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3/08/21 Choose Joy

“Life, as you know it, could change in an instant. Are you living this day to the fullest? Are you taking every opportunity to focus on the wonders of your life with Me with joy and love, or are you wasting your energies worrying about what will happen tomorrow? Have you chosen to be free from every bondage in which the enemy of your soul would desire for you to wallow, or have you forgiven and forgotten every offense against you? Are your daily concerns self-oriented, or do you strive to see the needs of others before your own?

"You see, the highest caliber of life is available to everyone who has given his or her life to Jesus. All of the resources of heaven and earth are poised to provide what is necessary to those who understand My way of life. Why then, do you look and act and attempt to emulate those who do not know Me? Jesus was free from every hint of the world and its ways. You should be too! He established the pattern of living for those around Him. So should you!”

Genesis 1:27-28a AMP

27) So God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God He created him; male and female He created them.

28) And God blessed them and said to them, Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it [using all its vast resources in the service of God and man]…

Matthew 5:13 AMP

You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste (its strength, its quality) how can its saltness be restored? It is not good for anything any longer but to be thrown out and trodden underfoot by men.

 

Someone who is motivated at anything becomes a study of whatever has his heart. If he is really motivated, nothing stands in the way of the fulfillment of his desired end. He will work tirelessly, study endlessly, and spend whatever resources necessary to “own completely” the object of his affection, whether it be the ability to excel in sports, business, the love of another, or worldly possessions. What has his heart has his life.

When I first came to know Jesus as my Savior and Lord, He had my heart completely. There was nothing more vital than pleasing Him. Nothing would be powerful enough to stand in the way of whatever He desired. He was more important than anything and everything. He was the only One I could see or hear, my food and my drink, my very reason for living.

Somehow, things far less important have replaced Jesus in some areas of my life. Somehow, smaller, more fleeting loves have acquired portions of my heart to the point that I have forgotten the incredible wealth of knowing and desiring Him and only Him. My first love wonder has been modified to “mature” love; and although it is steady and real and obedient, it lacks the lover’s zeal it once had. I miss that “everything, Lord” zeal. I want it back and I believe that Jesus desires my heart to be that way for Him again also.

Bring me back, Lord,

Jim Corbett

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