Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2016 - Day 330
Devotional Song: … GO TO THIS LINK … Please take the time to take in a YouTube video of images and lyrics from the group Hillsong singing … Jesus, You’re All I Need … singing of how any Christian can find contentment and avoid greed in this life.
Highlight Verse[s]: Ecclesiastes 5:10 [NKJV] …
10 He who loves silver will not be satisfied with silver; … nor he who loves abundance, with increase. This also is vanity.
… Solomon had experienced the effects of abundance and wealth; and God uses him to warn God’s people of the effect it can have on many.
Highlight Context: Ecclesiastes 5:10-19 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK …
… God, “The Teacher,” in Solomon’s treatise on vanity tells of the effect that possessions can have on the human spirit.
Reference Passage #1 … Matthew 6:24-34 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK …
… Jesus’ warning of how wealth and possessions can take a hold of one’s spirit.
Reference Passage #2 … 1st Timothy 6:6-10 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK …
… God, thru Paul, teaches on finding contentment in the possession of God’s providence … in order to avoid becoming overwhelmed with greed.
My Journal for Today: … Our Daily Bread author, Amy Boucher Pye, used an illustration of what happens on this date annually, … teaching on the effect pursuing STUFF can have on our mentality. She wrote: How much is enough? We might ask this simple question on a day that many developed countries increasingly devote to shopping. I speak of “Black Friday”, the day after the US Thanksgiving holiday, in which many stores open early and offer cut-price deals; a day that has spread from the States to other nations.
Some shoppers have limited resources and are trying to purchase something at a price they can afford. But sadly, for others greed is the motivation, and violence erupts as they fight for bargains.
If you’ve taken in and meditated on the ODB teaching, the linked song, and the Scriptures above, I don’t think I have to add very much to teach what Jesus clearly taught in his hillside sermon about the effect which possessions can have on us (see Matthew 6 passage), do I?
So, I won’t.
I’ll leave it to God’s Spirit through these truths to get us to realize what the group Hillsong sings (see the link). Jesus is truly all we need!
My Prayer Today: Heavenly Father, … Jesus, You are all I need to pursue in life. … Amen
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