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FRIDAY 22ND JAN., 2016

TEXT: Colossians 3:2 “Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.”

Today’s, society is saddled with the concept of instant gratification and acquiring more stuff (wants). Do you know impulse acquisition of ‘earthly things’ lose their appeal once the bill arrives and the interest on your credit cards starts piling up. When that happens, blessings can turn into curses and rob you of the joy of living. Here is someone’s thought: ‘Materialism doesn’t satisfy because it’s tyrannical, whereas human beings were born to be free We suddenly discover we don’t own the house—the house owns us. Many are married to mortgages. Some become slaves to gadgets and garments etc. All this after they’re purchased, delivered and installed, we enjoy a fleeting sense of pleasure, but they still dominate, dictate and demand, “Press me, polish me, patch me, paint me, prune me, plaster me! ” We spend our best years and the bulk of our money working for “things” until we’ve no time left to pursue life’s really enjoyable vocations such as: visiting valuable friends, having (recreation) with our family members, spending valuable time in church/fellowship etc, really no time to do good deeds, that gives us the greatest inner joy. Paul says, “Godliness with contentment is great gain” (1 Timothy 6:6 NIV). To really experience that contentment, you need to count your blessings every day and thank the One who made them all possible.‘ Beloved ‘assume there’s an imaginary line dividing what you can see from what you can’t see—the temporal from the eternal. Our objective in Jesus is to look upon the things “above” so we can understand that what we see and feel is not a full and accurate measurement of God’s reality. People are eternal beings, and decisions that seem insignificant now, when seen in the fullness of reality, are of eternal significance. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you meditate on and do those things that would always bring inner joy- contentment to you especially earthly things at our disposal.

MEDITATION: Matt. 6:19-21

LK 17/GE 29:1-30/PSALM 22

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