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Discover the Book - October 21

  • 2012 Oct 21
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The Worship Christ Seeks

"No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon[material possessions]."
-Matthew 6:24, emphasis added

How did the devoted Christians at Ephesus resist Satan's stronghold of materialism? As Paul said in Colossians 3, they set their affections on things above, not on things on the earth. As specific biblical principles were followed, they broke free of the lust for money and possessions. These same principles apply to us today as well.

Live for your new inheritance reserved in heaven:In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will (Ephesians 1:11).

Rejoice in your secure inheritance: [The Holy Spirit] is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory (Ephesians 1:14). God is safeguarding our inheritance! After the Resurrection, Jesus went back to prepare a place for us. In light of the fact that it took Jesus only six days to make the whole universe, the heavenly mansions He is preparing must be spectacular (John 14:2).

Rejoice in your magnificent inheritance:The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints (Ephesians 1:18). What Christ has in store for us is far greater than we could possibly ever imagine, for His riches are unsearchable (Ephesians 3:8)!

Rejoice that your wealth in Christ is more than can be counted:In the ages to come He [will] show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:7). The only way to get victory over the lust of materialism is to rejoice wholeheartedly in Jesus himself-and the richness of what Christ has in store for you. "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also" (Matthew 6:21).

Jesus says, "Worship before You serve Me! You can't worship Me ‘in spirit and in truth' if you have left your first love! And see to it that you maintain your passion to be with My people every time they meet!"

Do you have "an ear to hear" His voice speaking to you? I pray so!

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