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At All Costs

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SCRIPTURE

“Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil. For forty days and forty nights he fasted and became very hungry. During that time the devil came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread.” But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Matt. 4:1-4

 

OBSERVATION

 

Jesus was the true example of someone who was steadfast and one with a flawless reputation. He never broke down and gave into selfishness and showed us the greatest definition of self-control. If you put yourself in Jesus’ shoes and think if you didn’t eat for forty days and nights, you would feel very depleted or as they say now “hangry.” If we miss one meal or even a couple hours pass our normal eating time, we get irritable. Can you imagine doing that for 40 days? God showed us through His Son the greatest example of what it means to “die to yourself.” Many of us would’ve probably given in to satisfy our immediate hunger pains but Jesus teaches us through this that our lives do not depend on our next meal…it relies on the Word of God and the power of Jesus Christ.

 

APPLICATION

I know for myself, I am always talking with my husband or my friends about what restaurant to try next or what meal we are craving but do I have this same zest talking about the Word of God? More than that, do we “crave” the Word of God as if it’s all we have to live on. To live as Christ lived and never give into temptation, selfishness, or compromise our reputation…do we truly live all that we should be? We have to count all the costs and not get caught up into the busyness of life but live as if the Word of God is all we have and our last breath depended on it.

 

PRAYER

Dear Lord Jesus, I want to live as you lived. I want my reputation to reflect that which is when people see me, all they see is you. I don’t want to feed my cravings of selfishness or impatience or anything that is less than what you want from us, but rather all the attributes you showed us when you were being tempted in the wilderness. I don’t want to give in but be steadfast and stalwart in my walk with you and at the end of the day- I always chose YOU! Lord, may my life always please you and may my actions bring you delight. I love you with all my heart! Amen

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Pursue Love at all Costs

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SCRIPTURE

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. (1 Corinthians 13:1-3)

 

OBSERVATION

Paul use these exaggerated comparisons to really highlight the significance that doing spectacular things without LOVE as the origin of your motivation it will have NO impact/NO gains at all. To have faith to move a mountain, but not to have love is like a useless noise that accomplishes nothing. Jesus mentions in John 13:34-35, "...Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

If you operate from a place of love, its a selfless position that brings glory to the Lord thus having a great kingdom impact positioning yourself as a beckon of light.

 

APPLICATION

My application is to love at all cost to bring glory to the Lord! When I'm operating from a place of love, the display of 

 my God given gifts will be pleasing to the Lord. Now my actions with Love will be meaningful, to encourage and equip His people. 

"But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ." (Philippians 3:7)

 

PRAYER

Lord, I pray that I can love as you intended with patience, kindness, selflessness and one that thrives in your truth. I pray against any self seeking motivation that may promote envy, boasting or pride. I want love to start and end with you - more of you and less of me. Amen! 

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