Proverbs 23:17-18

“Let not your heart envy sinners but continue in the fear of the Lord all the day. Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off.”

  • Far too often our desires fall to being like someone who has attained wealth, status, or popularity. Jesus Christ was our only example, and His heart, passion, and purpose was to glorify God. The peace found in glorifying God far outweighs anything else we may attain. We cannot buy or earn peace, joy, or eternity, because they only come through a relationship with Jesus Christ and a commitment and submission to His lordship in our life.
  • What will you value most today?
  • What are your goals and who do you want to be like?

1 Corinthians 15:19 “If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.”

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”

Matthew 6:19-21 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

2 Timothy 4:7-8 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.”

Matthew 5:11-12

“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” These are words from Jesus instructing us to share His love and provision with the lost world. We all have room for improvement in sharing our Lord, and we must understand that insults, persecution, and false accusations, may come, but we will be blessed when we are obedient. The way we live our lives may show that we are good people, but our intentional conversation will challenge others hearts, if it is centered on Christ. What are the chances that people have heard you talk about, or share, Jesus? Would anyone ever accuse you of standing up for Jesus? Would anyone say that you lived your life for Him? If you were accused of telling others about Jesus, and brought to trial, would there be enough evidence to convict you? Is your heart for Jesus, and your heart for a lost world, committed enough to get you out of your comfort zone?

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Matthew 5:10

“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Persecution, in one form or another, will find everyone who is truly following Christ. If you have not experienced persecution because of your Christian walk, you either need to strengthen your commitment, or prepare and understand that it is coming. 2 Timothy 3:12 “Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,”

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Matthew 5:8

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” A pure heart is not trying to be a good person, it is having a heart like Christ, that leads your actions. It is achieved only through a growing relationship with Christ, which must be our number one passion above everything else.

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Matthew 5:6

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” If you truly hunger and thirst for righteousness, you can only satisfy your hunger with Jesus. What do you truly hunger and thirst for?

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Matthew 4:21-22

“Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.” When Jesus calls you to follow Him, your obedience to follow Him should be immediately. Whether He is calling you for the first time, to give your life over to Him, or you have been a Christian for a long time, do not delay in obeying the One who loves you and died for you. His love never fails, and His path is always right.

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Matthew 4:18-20

“While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him.” The correct response to Jesus is, “Yes Lord”, and the correct time to respond is immediately. God will never tell you to get your life right and then come to me, but He does say to come to Him, and He will make your life right. A calling from God has one correct response, immediate obedience. Dear Lord, may we walk with You daily, remaining in the center of Your will, so that we recognize where You are leading us. May our only answer be, “Yes Lord”, and may we never delay in being obedient. Amen

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