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    This year I will be sharing brief excerpts from the articles, sermons, and books I am currently reading. My posts will not follow a regular schedule but will be published as I find well-written thoughts that should be of interest to maturing Christian readers. Whenever possible, I encourage you to go to the source and read the complete work of the author.

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The Secret of Being Content

The Practice of GodlinessJerry Bridges:

This is the secret of being content: To learn and accept that we live daily by God’s unmerited favor given through Christ, and that we can respond to any and every situation by His divine enablement through the Holy Spirit. (The Practice of Godliness, p. 99)

The Influence of Jesus Christ

Socrates taught for 40 years; Plato for 50; for 40; and Jesus for only 3 years. However, the influence of Jesus Christ during His 3-year ministry infinitely transcends the impact of the joint 130 years of teaching from the other men who were among the greatest philosophers of all antiquity.

 

 

 

The Rest of Your Life

Kingdom of GodBut seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (Matthew 6:33 ESV)

I believe you are never too old to learn something new. However, I have also observed the truth of the old oriental saying, “Too soon old; too late wise!” Whatever your age, it is a good idea to ask yourself “How can I make the rest of my life the best of my life?”

I think one truth the Bible teaches us is an important key to living: “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” If your priorities are not in line with God’s Will, then your life will not be all it could be. If you wish to seek the kingdom of God, you must first know God. God has promised, “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13 ESV)

When you seek the kingdom of God, you must want the rule and reign of God over your entire life. The Scriptures teach us: “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV) The first question of the Westminster Shorter Catechism is “What is the chief end of man?” The answer is “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.” How do we know what glorifies God? The answer to the second question of the Shorter Catechism tells us: “The word of God, which is contained in the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, is the only rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him.” There is no higher calling than to obey God.

We are also told to seek God’s righteousness. We are actually to desire the formation of God’s character within us. A man’s character is simply the outward expression of whom or what sits on the throne of his heart. Character is always seen in the way a man conducts himself. If God is ruling over you, then people should see God’s righteousness in your actions. A true Christian makes it easier, by his actions, for others to believe in God.

Whatever your age, you can make the rest of your life the best part of your life. You can be part of life’s greatest adventure. Simply, “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33 ESV)

Samuel at Gilgal

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