Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2014 - Day 301
Devotional Song: Go to this link … Please take the time to see/hear the group Avalon singing the poignant and pertinent song Everything To Me. declaring the heavenly value of living for Jesus … in that HE is everything to us … And THEN TO THIS LINK to hear the Vineyard fellowship singing what I desire always - I Surrender All
Highlight Passage - NKJV Ecclesiastes 5: 16 …
16 And this also is a severe evil —
Just exactly as he came, so shall he go.
And what profit has he who has labored for the wind?
Highlight Context - NKJV: Ecclesiastes 5: 8-17 [NKJV] … GO TO THIS LINK … Solomon on the righteousness of honest labor
Reference Passage #1… Ecclesiastes 12: 13-14 — GO TO THIS LINK … Solomon’s conclusion on living out one’s life
Reference Passage #2 … Matthew 5: 3 [NKJV] - Jesus teaches on the value of pursuing life in humility …
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, … for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Reference Passage #3… Matthew 19: 21 [NKJV] …
Jesus to the young rich men, lost in his pursuit of riches ...
21 Jesus said to him [i.e., the rich, young ruler], “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”
Reference Passage #4… Romans 12: 1-2 — GO TO THIS LINK … Paul teaching on living as living sacrifices and avoiding the worldly ways which tear away from and tempt our souls
Reference Passage #5… Colossians 3: 1-4 — GO TO THIS LINK … Paul teaching Christians about setting our sights on the Heavenly rather than the earthly
My Journal for Today: Today’s Our Daily Bread devotional entry, authored by Jennifer Benson Schuldt, took her readers (me) back to the book of Ecclesiastes, which is a very pertinent study of a King’s repentant attitude after having lived his life, going against much of what he had journaled in the book of Proverbs, which was written much earlier in his life.
Solomon had lived out his life in the opulence of kingly, worldly living; and he discovered that it all was vanity and worthless when it comes to what God values from His children [see Ecclesiastes 12: 13-14]. I’m not going to write much here. It would vanity to try to expound on what God brings to us through the truths, either copied or linked above. So, I merely ask any reader here to take in the attached photo, the linked songs above, and all of God’s declarations about His values; and then do your own self inventory, … as I am now.
I, personally, am heartened that I’ve come a long way from the time God’s grace saved me when I surrendered to the Lordship of Christ; but when I take in God’s exhortations above, I’ve still got some more surrendering to bring me to the place of Romans 12: 1-2 Yet, it TRULY is my belief that Jesus is my ALL IN ALL; and it is HIS VALUES which I pursue.
My Prayer for Today … Lord, … I do surrender all. … Amen
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