Tuesday, February 21, 2017

We Cannot Serve Two Masters

Clear Water Drops 

Too often our career, family, sporting events, household chores, hobbies and busy schedule push God out of our life. Satan makes sure that the good things we choose to do become the enemy of the best times of prayer and fellowship with God.

We choose to walk on the thin line between carnality and Godliness. We compromise now and then, believing that it is a harmless flirtation with sin that effects only us and has no lasting effect on our spirituality; but we cannot serve two masters.

The more attention we give to God in our daily plans, the more intimate we grow in our fellowship with Him. Rather than resorting to prayer as an act of desperation after we tried everything else first, we go to God first and remain in His presence all day long.

We pray at times of abundance, as well as during times of need. We pray without ceasing and have that inner glow of peace and joy like a halo around our life.

When someone asks for prayer, we stop and pray right then and there, rather than promise them that we will keep their request in our prayers later. Chances are that later never comes, or when it does, their request is no longer in our mind.

There is no shame in praying for them in the pew at church, the grocery line at the store, the assembly at school, or the sidewalk in our neighborhood.

We can ask the person in the elevator, the hall in the Sunday school wing, the clerk at the retail store, the attendant at the gas station, the person on the street, etc. if there is anything we can pray about for them. Then, we say that prayer in our heart as we go on our way.

Praying without ceasing is the key to an active prayer life. Rather than attempting to serve both God and the world, in order to accomplish everything in life through our human effort, reasoning and understanding, we seek God's counsel on the issues and wait patiently for His direction on what to do next each moment of our day (Proverbs 3:5-6).

Father God, remind us not to allow Satan and this world to use our body, soul or spirit for carnal pursuits or to squeeze us into their mold for us. As we put on the armor of God each new morning, we dedicate our body and soul as a soldier in Your Army. We cringe to think of acting on the devil's behalf instead of on Yours. Help us not to fall to his deception and trickery.

Teach us that we cannot serve two masters by lusting after the things of this world while attempting to serve in Your Kingdom. Fill us with Your Spirit and convict us strongly if we open up our self to Satan's lies or temptations, or when we choose to walk away from You, even for a short season.  We choose right now to server You with our whole heart, mind and soul.

Thought for the Day:
God watches over us continually and advises us on which way to turn along the crossroads of life; we trust in Him with our whole heart and we do not rely on our human reasoning. - Proverbs 3:5-6


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