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by John Piper
33 Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end. 34 Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart. 35 Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight. 36 Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness. 37 Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way. 38 Stablish thy word unto thy servant, who is devoted to thy fear. 39 Turn away my reproach which I fear: for thy judgments are good. 40 Behold, I have longed after thy precepts: quicken me in thy righteousness. Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God. —1 Timothy 6:17 Two friends were talking about a business entrepreneur who had just gone public with stock in his company. “I wonder what he’s worth now?” asked one. In most societies of the world, worth is determined by wealth. But if we take away the dollar signs, what something is worth becomes a very different question. Is something valuable because it is useful? Because of its ability to bring pleasure or prestige? Or perhaps because it is truthful? The Bible gives us many insights into the real value of things. In our reading for today, the psalm writer prays, “Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain. Turn my eyes away from worthless things.” All our earthly possessions will prove to be worthless on the judgment day of Christ. In contrast, the Bible gives us the good news of complete forgiveness of sin and guaranteed eternal life. What can be more valuable than that? We need to be continually reminded to see value from God’s perspective, because worshiping wealth remains a powerful attraction. Jesus himself warned us, “You cannot serve both God and money” (Matthew 6:24). Instead, he told us to store up treasures in heaven. Prayer Lord, keep me from wanting to get rich at all cost or any means. Your Word says it’s a trap that can ensnare me with harmful desires that will plunge me into ruin. Satisfy me with the supreme value of your Spirit’s presence. Amen. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. Psalm 23:6. I Prophesy goodness and mercy to your life and businesses this morning in Jesus Name. Almighty God will lead you right this morning, all your endeavors will prosper in Jesus Name. Jehovah will keep you under His canopy and no evil occurrence will before you in Jesus Name. From every corners of the world, Mercy will locate you in Jesus Name.  Sam Makanjuola         TAGSchurch devotiondaily devotionalsdevotionalsprayers FacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsAppLinkedinCopy URL Previous articleThe Problem of Suffering | Devotionals | Q4KNext articleObedience to God’s Word | Devotionals | Q4K Sam Makanjuolahttps://churchisonline.com RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Devotionals Favoritism: an Old Infection  | Devotionals | Q4K Devotionals Redemption Comes Hard | Devotionals | Q4K Devotionals God’s Beautiful Word of Grace | Devotionals | Q4K LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.

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I’m not on a mission to help you feel good about yourselves. I am on a mission to help you feel so good about the greatness of God that you forget about yourselves and live a life of love, making others glad in God. I’m going to say that again because in our twenty-first-century mold and time on the back end of the crest of the wave of self-esteem, it needs to still be said.

I am not here to make you feel good about yourself. That’s a low salvation. That’s a low-level, American gospel message. I am here to make you so happy in God — to help you feel so good about the glory, majesty, beauty, justice, love, truth, and power of God — so that in all that, you forget about yourself.

“Nobody goes to the Grand Canyon to increase his self-esteem.”

Some of you have heard me say, “Nobody goes to the Grand Canyon to increase his self-esteem.” Because on the edge of the Grand Canyon, as you feel your soul being drawn out into this vast opening, that’s not what happens. What happens is wonder and awe, which is what you were made for. Heaven will not be a hall of mirrors in which you like what you see. In fact, I just have this suspicion there won’t be any mirrors in heaven because anything good and beautiful about you will be radiated back to you from the other people that you’re loving so much it just bounces back to you. But mainly it’s going to be about Jesus everywhere satisfying your soul.

So, thoughts about you in this world cause us so much grief. We think that the solution is “If I could just feel better about me — better about the way I look, better about my height, my weight, my complexion, my hair, my mathematical ability — if I could just feel better about me, I’d be healed.”

You wouldn’t. You wouldn’t be healed. You’d have low-level, low-grade, non-satisfying measures of contentment. You were made to see God, love God, delight in God, and be stunned by God.

So, I’m not here to help you feel good about yourself. I’m here to help you feel good about God and forget about yourself and give your life away in love to others. It is more blessed to give than to receive.

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