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Psalm 27

Psalm 27:7–14.

Hear my voice when I call, LORD; be merciful to me and answer me.

My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, LORD, I will seek.

Do not hide your face from me, do not turn your servant away in anger; you have been my helper. Do not reject me or forsake me, God my Savior.

Though my father and mother forsake me, the LORD will receive me.

Teach me your way, LORD; lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors.

Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, spouting malicious accusations.

I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.

Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.

Amen

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Success in Life!

You’re going to hunger for some success in life. May you hunger for the complete success of the gospel in your heart.

You and I don’t live by instinct. We are value-oriented, goal-oriented, purpose-oriented, and importance-oriented human beings. We are constantly rating everything in our lives. We all have things that are important to us and things that are not, things that mean a lot to us and things that mean very little. We willingly make sacrifices for one thing and refuse to sacrifice for another. We grieve the loss of one thing and celebrate the loss of another. We love what another person hates and we see as a treasure something that another person thinks is trash. We look at something and see beauty while the person next to us sees no beauty in it at all. Some things are so important to us that they shape the decisions that we make and the actions that we take. Some things command the allegiance of our hearts, while other things barely get our attention.

In the center of this value system is our definition of success. No rational human being wants to be a failure. No one wants to think that he has wasted his life. No one wants to think that in the end she will look back and realize that she invested in things that just didn’t matter. Everyone wants to think that his or her life is or will be successful. But what is success? Is it judged by the size of your house, the prominence of your friends, the success of your career, the power of your position, the size of the pile of your possessions, the perfection of your physical beauty, the breadth of your knowledge, or the list of your achievements? The problem with all of these things is that they quickly pass away, and because they do, if you have lived for these things, you will eventually come up empty.

Contrast that view of success with the success of God’s work in and through you. God offers you things of supreme value (his forgiveness, his presence, welcome into his kingdom, a clean conscience, and a pure heart). These things will never pass away. They are the eternally valuable gifts of divine grace. This leaves you with this question: “What do I really want in life: the success of God’s agenda of grace or the fulfillment of my catalog of desires?” At the end of the day, what do you long for: for God’s grace to do its work or for more of the stuff that this physical created world has to offer? Be honest. What kind of success are you hooking your heart to and how is it shaping the decisions you make and the actions you take?

For further study and encouragement: Matthew 6:25–34

Courtesy of Paul Tripp David

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Break!

Hello beautiful readers,

I am eternally gratefully to God for the enormous impact blogging has brought to my life. Blogging helps me in all dimensions which is a great thing. Many times I receive encouragement from brothers and sisters in the Lord in a genuine way. Occasionally, I pick up sermon illustrations from articles or blog posts (which makes the process of sermon preparation a bit easier) since most people who appear in my reader are active Christian bloggers whose writing focus on Christian topics. I also have health veterans in my reader who are constantly sharing updates on a variety of health topics – which I can easily read and share with my peers.

Of all the activities in the blogging community, I cherish the friendships I have made with great men and women of God, people I would not have otherwise been able to know.

In late August, we started exams in College. I am currently doing my final year of Nursing school. My next months are going to be super busy months starting from September as I have clinical placements. I thought I would let you guys know that I wouldn’t be reading or sharing or writing blog posts. I may do that occasionally on special occasions. I tried to share a few stuff almost every month, I am not sure if I will be able to keep that pace in this period. Like I said, I have a two-month clinical placement from September to November and a six-month clinical placement in a Referral Hospital that will start from early January next year plus a licensing exam in July or August 2019 with small breaks between these busy periods. So, I am looking forward to spending ample time taking care of patients in hospitals and reading for the last exam. I will miss you guys!

I covet your prayers above all. Happy blogging y’all. God bless you and keep you!

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Psalm 24

Psalm 24:7-10

[7]Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.

[8] Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.

[9] Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.

[10] Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.

Amen. Hope y’all have a blessed day in the Lord!

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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

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