Give Thanks To God – And Live In Obedience To Him.

The Lord blesses an obedient people (Deuteronomy 28:2). Our obedience to God arises from our thankfulness to Him (Luke 17:16). With grateful hearts, we make confession of our faith: "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble" (Psalm 46:1). To His people, God says, "Be still, and know that I am God; …

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Don’t settle for second best.

Don’t settle for second best when you can have God’s very best. ‘Samuel did what the Lord commanded’(1 Samuel 16:4). Real obedience comes from ‘the heart’. It is more than just ‘keeping up appearances’(1 Samuel 16:7). ‘The heart of the matter is the matter of the heart’ - This is something we must never forget!’. …

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Don’t let anyone or anything come before God. He must come first – every time.

The Gospel turns the world’s values upside down - the ‘poor in the world’ are ‘rich in faith’ (James 2:5). We are to live according to the Gospel. We are not to be controlled by the world’s way of thinking. If we ‘show favouritism’, we place ourselves in a dangerous position - ‘judgment without mercy’. …

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