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Holy Ghost Working!

The impulse to pursue God originates with God, but the outworking of that impulse is our following hard after Him. All the time we are pursuing Him we are already in His hand.

— A. W. TOZER

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Need to be Filled with Joy!

The DNA of joy is thankfulness. Have you noticed that entitled, complaining people don’t happen to be very joyful?

“I wish I always carried it with me. I wished it always shaped the way I look at life. I wish it directed my desires. I wish it was the natural inclination of my heart. I wish remembering your boundless grace would silence my grumbling. I wish my worship of you, my trust of you, my rest in you would drive away all complaint. If my heart is ever going to be freed of grumbling and ruled by gratitude, I need your grace: grace to remember, grace to see, grace that produces a heart of humble joy.”

Psalm 107 for further reading!

Paul David Tripp

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Contentment

Contentment celebrates grace. The contented heart is satisfied with the Giver and is therefore freed from craving the next gift.

Sin does two very significant things to us all. First, it causes us all to insert ourselves into the center of our worlds, making life all about us. In our self-focus, we are all too motivated by our wants, our needs, and our feelings, and because we are, we tend to be more aware of what we don’t have than of the many wonderful blessings that we have been given. But there is more; because we are self-focused, we tend to be scorekeepers, constantly comparing our piles of stuff to the piles of others. It’s a life of discontentment and envy. Envy is always selfish. There is a second thing of equal significance that sin does to us. It causes us to look horizontally for what can only ever be found vertically. So we look to creation for life, hope, peace, rest, contentment, identity, meaning and purpose, inner peace, and motivation to continue. The problem is that nothing in creation can give you these things. Creation was never designed to satisfy your heart. Creation was made to be one big finger pointing you to the One who alone has the ability to satisfy your heart. Many people will get up today and in some way will ask creation to be their savior, that is, to give them what only God is able to give. “Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” (Ps. 73:25–26). These are the words of a man who learned the secret to contentment. When you are satisfied with the Giver, because you have found in him the life you were looking for, you are freed from the ravenous quest for satisfaction that is the discouraging existence of so many people. Yes, it is true that your heart will rest only ever when it has found its rest in him. Here is one of the most beautiful fruits of grace—a heart that is content, more given to worship than demand and more given to the joy of gratitude than the anxiety of want. It is grace and grace alone that can make this kind of peaceful living possible for each of us. Won’t you reach out today for that grace?

For further study and encouragement: 1 Timothy 6:6–10

Paul Tripp, Devotional Book

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Dear bloggers!

Brothers and sisters,

I need to ask you a favor.

I am part of a Community of Pentecostal students at Kibogora Polytechnic and we are in a desperate need of a keyboard (a musical instrument). We’ve been contributing and collecting money from October last year from members and friends of our community but we haven’t found enough money to purchase one. We hold services on Sundays, and have regular prayer meetings during the weekdays. An electronic keyboard would help us in our worship/services and the Choir and the Worship Team need it most, as we have no other musical instrument. Along with your prayers, please consider making a donation and anything you give, no matter how small, will make a big difference in helping us get a keyboard. Please, leave us an email at mugishacharlesn@gmail.com

Thank you, May God bless you abundantly!

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The Nineteenth Day!

The nineteenth day

Is it not a shameful and cursed boldness that the poor man who only deserves in all things to be crossed, dares to imagine that he will first apply himself seriously to the service of God, when God the Lord shall grant him this or that which he would gladly possess? How so? Though the Lord should never give us what we wish, yet we are still equally obliged to do that which He requires. Therefore, Lord! grant that I may in the first place practise what Thou requirest, knowing that this is the readiest way to obtain what I would gladly have.

Redeeming The Time!

William Teellinck

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Contentment!

Contentment celebrates grace. The contented heart is satisfied with the Giver and is therefore freed from craving the next gift.

~ Paul David Tripp

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Tozer On Spiritual Growth!

The causes of retarded growth are many. It would not be accurate to ascribe the trouble to one single fault. One there is, however, which is so universal that it may easily be the main cause: failure to give time to the cultivation of the knowledge of God.

~ A.W. Tozer