Dec 29, 2010

God & Government

Reading: Romans 13:1-8
"Those who refuse to obey the laws of the land are refusing to obey God"
(Rom 13:2)


Obeying civil authorities is obeying God. Read what Paul wrote to the believers in Rome the political capital of the then world (Rom 13:1-4). Peter belonged to the illiterate section of the society. Yet he clearly understood how God was behind the civil authorities. He writes in his first Epistle, "Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake, whether to the King as supreme, or to governors" (2:13,14). He beautifully brings out how our obedience to civil authorities is the other side of our obedience to God: "Fear God. Honour the King" (v17).

What a different world this would be if only all the Christians would pledge not to evade tax payment, not to cheat customs officials, not to bribe anyone, not to break traffic rules, not to disregard town-planning regulations, and so on and so forth! (Rom 13:6-8). We are the salt of the earth. If we lose our saltiness, the earth will decay to be thrown away as useless. We are the light of the world. If we lose our brightness, the world will descend into eternal darkness (Mt 5:13,14). India is one of the most corrupt nations of the world. "As the Church goes, so goes the world," lamented prophet Leonard Ravenhill.

If a law prohibits evangelism, or forces another religion on us, we are not obliged to obey it (Dan 3:16; 6:7-10; Acts 4:19; 5:29). We are also exempted from laws which are against our moral conscience (Ex 1:15-17).

When we talk about obedience to civil authorities we also must include our bosses and superiors in the workspots. "Servants, be obedient to those who are your masters with fear and trembling in sincerity of heart, as to Christ; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers, but as servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, with good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men, knowing that whatever good anyone does, he will receive the same from the Lord" (Eph 6:5-8). When we obey our bosses, we actually "serve the Lord Christ" (Col 3:22-24). We are called to be submissive and obedient "not only to the good and gentle, but also to the harsh" masters (1 Pet 2:18). If the boss is a believer, we must not take advantage of it but serve him with greater enthusiasm (1 Tim 6:2).
 

Dec 28, 2010

He Is A Healing God




Scripture: 2 Kings 5:1-14



It is no coincidence that when I began to write this,I ended up sick and needing physical healing. Our God heals our bodies,mind and spirit. He can heal anything we lift up to Him.But we need to remember it is His way not ours. In second Kings chapter 5 we see God healing Naaman of leprosy-not Naaman's way but His way. 'So Naaman went with his horses and chariots and stopped at the door of Elisha's house. Elisha sent a messenger to say to him,"Go wash yourself seven times in the Jordan and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed." But Naaman went away angry and said, "I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy..." So he turned and went off in a rage.' In verse 13 his servents interrupted Naaman as he walked angrily away from Elisha's. They reminded him that these were still the prophets words. When Naaman realized his servants were right, he heeded what Elisha's messenger told him to do and instantly was healed of leprosy.

If God can heal Naaman than he can heal us too. The book of Matthew lists many examples of Jesus' healing,from the sick to the demon-possessed. Today we see the same kind of healings. New sight,hearing,speech and the ability to walk. Sickness,pain and even marriages are being healed everyday. Nothing is too insignificant or difficult for God to heal. And to all who receive His healing, they are testimony to His capabilities.

Let us be thankful for what we have and never underestimate what God can do. He may just use you one day. Blessings,

Amy 

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Jesus Healing listed in Matthew:

4:23-25;8:1-4;8:14-17;

8:28-34;9:1-8;9:18-26;

9:27-34;15:21-28;17:14;

20:29-34 

Dec 26, 2010

Is it ok to condemn other religions?

I have seen that many a times during conversations Christians tell the negative side of the other belief and then the argument starts.....What do think about this.....Pl comment......The best answer can win a gift from us....Be Blessed....

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Dec 25, 2010

The Power of Serving Others


The Power of Serving Others
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 1 by Os Hillman
Thursday, December 16 2010

Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms (1 Peter 4:9-11).
There is a Kingdom principle I find few really understand. The principle is this: When you focus on serving others, your need is often met through God's supernatural law of serving.
I've seen this happen so many times. The law of sowing and reaping comes into play in this Kingdom principle. "Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love." (Hos 10:12). "Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work." (2 Cor 9:6-9)
Whenever God calls me to serve another person with my time and resources, I notice how God measures resources back to me from unrelated sources. Sometimes it comes through an unexpected donation to our ministry or a speaking engagement or a new opportunity. It is uncanny how this happens consistently when I serve others. We are never to view people or organizations as competition. The Bible says that God has already assigned our portion. We need not have to manipulate outcomes.
"LORD, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance" (Ps 16:5-6).
We don't serve others to get. However, when you do serve others, there is a Kingdom principle that works on your behalf as fruit of your service. Is there someone you need to serve today?

Christmas thoughts by various authors

"Christmas Eve was a night of song that wrapped itself about you like a shawl. But it warmed more than your body. It warmed your heart...filled it, too, with melody that would last forever."
-- Bess Streeter Aldrich (Song of Years)
"So remember while December Brings the only Christmas day, In the year let there be Christmas In the things you do and say."
-- Anonymous
"Until one feels the spirit of Christmas, there is no Christmas. All else is outward display-so much tinsel and decorations. For it isn't the holly, it isn't the snow. It isn't the tree not the firelight's glow. It's the warmth that comes to the hearts of men when the Christmas spirit returns again."
-- Anonymous
"Don't expect too much of Christmas Day. You can't crowd into it any arrears of unselfishness and kindliness that may have accrued during the past twelve months."
-- Oren Arnold
"Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect."
-- Oren Arnold
"A woman spent all Christmas Day in a telephone box without ringing anyone. If someone comes to phone, she leaves the box, then resumes her place afterwards. No one calls her either, but from a window in the street, someone watched her all day, no doubt since they had nothing better to do. The Christmas syndrome."
-- Jean Baudrillard
"I'm dreaming of a white Christmas,
Just like the ones I used to know,
Where the tree tops glisten
And children listen
To hear sleigh bells in the snow."
-- Irving Berlin


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"There's nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child."
-- Erma Bombeck
Dear Lord, I've been asked, nay commanded, to thank Thee for the Christmas turkey before us... a turkey which was no doubt a lively, intelligent bird... a social being... capable of actual affection... nuzzling its young with almost human- like compassion. Anyway, it's dead and we're gonna eat it. Please give our respects to its family...
-- Berke Breathed
"The earth has grown old with its burden of care But at Christmas it always is young, The heart of the jewel burns lustrous and fair And its soul full of music breaks the air, When the song of angels is sung."
-- Phillips Brooks
"Christmas! The very word brings joy to our hearts. No matter how we may dread the rush, the long Christmas lists for gifts and cards to be bought and given-when Christmas Day comes there is still the same warm feeling we had as children, the same warmth that enfolds our hearts and our homes."
-- Joan Winmill Brown


"Midnight, and the clock strikes. It is Christmas Day, the werewolves birthday, the door of the solstice still wide enough open to let them all slink through."
-- Angela Carter
"Christmas is not a date. It is a state of mind."
-- Mary Ellen Chase
"Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas."
-- Calvin Coolidge
"Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won't make it 'white'."
-- Bing Crosby
"Whatever else be lost among the years, Let us keep Christmas still a shining thing: Whatever doubts assail us, or what fears, Let us hold close one day, remembering Its poignant meaning for the hearts of men. Let us get back our childlike faith again."
-- Grace Noll Crowell
"At this festive season of the year, Mr Scrooge," said the gentleman, taking up a pen, "it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for the poor and destitute, who suffer greatly at the present time. ... We choose this time, because it is a time, of all others, when Want is keenly felt, and Abundance rejoices."
-- Charles Dickens (A Christmas Carol)
"I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.""
-- Charles Dickens (A Christmas Carol)
"A merry Christmas to everybody! A happy New Year to all the world!""
-- Charles Dickens (A Christmas Carol)
"A merry Christmas, uncle! God save you!" cried a cheerful voice. "Bah!" said Scrooge. "Humbug!""
-- Charles Dickens (A Christmas Carol)
"Once upon a time"-- of all the good days in the year, on Christmas Eve"-- old Scrooge sat busy in his counting-house."
-- Charles Dickens (A Christmas Carol)
""Somehow he [Tim] gets thoughtful sitting by himself so much, and thinks the strangest things you ever heard. He told me, coming home, that he hoped the people saw him in the church, because he was a cripple, and it might be pleasant for them to remember upon Christmas Day, who made lame beggars walk, and blind men see.""
-- Charles Dickens (A Christmas Carol)
"It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air."
-- W. T. Ellis
"Christmas isn't a season. It's a feeling."
-- Edna Ferber (Roast Beef Medium)
"I sometimes think we expect too much of Christmas Day. We try to crowd into it the long arrears of kindliness and humanity of the whole year. As for me, I like to take my Christmas a little at a time, all through the year. And thus I drift along into the holidays-let them overtake me unexpectedly-waking up some fine morning and suddenly saying to myself: "Why this is Christmas Day!""
-- David Grayson
"The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other."
-- Burton Hillis
"Next to a circus there ain't nothing that packs up and tears out faster than the Christmas spirit."
-- Frank McKinney Hubbard
"Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart."
-- Washington Irving
"A lovely thing about Christmas is that it's compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together."
-- Garrison Keillor
"Call a truce, then, to our labors -- let us feast with friends and neighbors, and be merry as the custom of our caste; for if ''faint and forced the laughter,'' and if sadness follow after, we are richer by one mocking Christmas past."
-- Rudyard Kipling
"I was Christmas shopping and ran into a guy on the street. I noticed his watch and said that it runs slow. He said, "So does the guy I stole it from."
-- David Letterman
"Late on a sleepy, star-spangled night, those angels peeled back the sky just like you would tear open a sparkling Christmas present. Then, with light and joy pouring out of Heaven like water through a broken dam, they began to shout and sing the message that baby Jesus had been born. The world had a Savior! The angels called it "Good News, " and it was."
-- Larry Libby ("The Angels Called it Good News" in Christmas Stories for the Heart)
"A Christmas candle is a lovely thing; It makes no noise at all, But softly gives itself away; While quite unselfish, it grows small."
-- Eva K. Logue
"I heard the bells on Christmas Day Their old, familiar carols play, and wild and sweet The word repeat Of peace on earth, good-will to men!"
-- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Christmas Bells)
"Off to one side sits a group of shepherds. They sit silently on the floor, perhaps perplexed, perhaps in awe, no doubt in amazement. Their night watch had been interrupted by an explosion of light from heaven and a symphony of angels. God goes to those who have time to hear him"-- and so on this cloudless night he went to simple shepherds."
-- Max Lucado
"Were it not for the shepherds, there would have been no reception. And were it not for a group of stargazers, there would have been no gifts."
-- Max Lucado
"There are some people who want to throw their arms round you simply because it is Christmas; there are other people who want to strangle you simply because it is Christmas."
-- Robert Lynd
"Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love."
-- Hamilton Wright Mabie
"I once bought my kids a set of batteries for Christmas
with a note on it saying, toys not included."
-- Bernard Manning
"Best of all, Christmas means a spirit of love, a time when the love of God and the love of our fellow men should prevail over all hatred and bitterness, a time when our thoughts and deeds and the spirit of our lives manifest the presence of God."
-- George F. McDougall
"This is Christmas: not the tinsel, not the giving and receiving, not even the carols, but the humble heart that receives anew the wondrous gift, the Christ."
-- Frank McKibben
"Please to put a nickel, please to put a dime. How petitions trickle in at Christmas time!"
-- Phyllis Mcginley
"I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month."
-- Harlan Miller
"This is the month, and this the happy morn, wherein the Son of heaven's eternal King, of wedded Maid and Virgin Mother born, our great redemption from above did bring."
-- John Milton
"Let Christmas not become a thing Merely of merchant's trafficking, Of tinsel, bell and holly wreath And surface pleasure, but beneath The childish glamour, let us find Nourishment for heart and mind. Let us follow kinder ways Through our teeming human maze, And help the age of peace to come."
-- Madeline Morse
"Christmas begins about the first of December with an office party and ends when you finally realize what you spent, around April fifteenth of the next year."
-- P. J. O'Rourke
"Christmas is not just a day, an event to be observed and speedily forgotten. It is a spirit which should permeate every part of our lives."
-- William Parks (Missions)
"You know you're getting old, when Santa starts looking younger."
-- Robert Paul
Even before Christmas has said Hello, it's saying 'Buy Buy'
-- Robert Paul
"Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful."
-- Norman Vincent Peale
"Christmas is not in tinsel and lights and outward show. The secret lies in an inner glow. It's lighting a fire inside the heart. Good will and joy a vital part. It's higher thought and a greater plan. It's glorious dream in the soul of man."
-- Wilfred A. Peterson (The Art of Living)
"The one thing women don't want to find in their stockings on Christmas morning is their husband."
-- Joan Rivers
"It is not even the beginning of Christmas unless it is Christmas in the heart."
-- Richard Roberts
"Christmas, my child, is love in action. ... Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas."
-- Dale Evans Rogers
"One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don't clean it up too quickly."
-- Andy Rooney

"The best Christmas trees come very close to exceeding nature."
-- Andy Rooney
"Love came down at Christmas; Love all lovely, love divine; Love was born at Christmas, Stars and angels gave the sign."
-- Christina Rossetti
"Christmas--that magic blanket that wraps itself about us, that something so intangible that it is like a fragrance. It may weave a spell of nostalgia. Christmas may be a day of feasting, or of prayer, but always it will be a day of remembrance--a day in which we think of everything we have ever loved."
-- Augusta E. Rundell
"Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone."
-- Charles Schulz

"As long as we know in our hearts what Christmas ought to be, Christmas is."
-- Eric Sevareid
"God walked down the stairs of heaven with a Baby in His arms."
-- Paul Scherer
"Let us keep Christmas beautiful Without a thought of greed, That it might live forevermore To fill our every need, That it shall not be just a day, But last a lifetime through, The miracle of Christmastime That brings God close to you."
-- Garnett Ann Schultz
"'Twas Christmas broach'd the mightiest ale; 'twas Christmas told the merriest tale; a Christmas gambol oft could cheer the poor man's heart through half the year."
-- Sir Walter Scott
"He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree."
-- Roy L. Smith
"Christmas is most truly Christmas when we celebrate it by giving the light of love to those who need it most."
-- Ruth Carter Stapleton
"Christmas ... is not an eternal event at all, but a piece of one's home that one carries in one's heart..."
-- Freya Stark
"I stopped believing in Santa Claus when my mother took me to see him in a department store, and he asked for my autograph."
-- Shirley Temple
"Christ was born in the first century, yet he belongs to all centuries. He was born a Jew, yet He belongs to all races. He was born in Bethlehem, yet He belongs to all countries."
-- George W. Truett
"What do you call people who are afraid of Santa Claus? Claustrophobic."
-- Unknown
"So stick up ivy and the bays, and then restore the heathen ways, green will remind you of the Spring, though this great day denies the thing, and mortifies the earth, and all, but your wild revels, and loose hall."
-- Henry Vaughan
"Christmas is for children. But it is for grownups too. Even if it is a headache, a chore, and nightmare, it is a period of necessary defrosting of chill and hide-bound hearts."
-- Lenora Mattingly Weber
"'Tis blessed to bestow, and yet, Could we bestow the gifts we get, And keep the ones we give away, How happy were our Christmas day!"
-- Carolyn Wells
"From a commercial point of view, if Christmas did not exist it would be necessary to invent it."
-- Katharine Whitehorn
"When Christmas bells are swinging above the fields of snow, We hear sweet voices ringing from lands of long ago, And etched on vacant places Are half-forgotten faces Of friends we used to cherish, and loves we used to know."
-- Ella Wheeler Wilcox
"Christmas is the season when people run out of money before they run out of friends."
-- Larry Wilde
"This Advent we look to the Wise Men to teach us where to focus our attention. We set our sights on things above, where God is. We draw closer to Jesus... When our Advent journey ends, and we reach the place where Jesus resides in Bethlehem, may we, like the Wise Men, fall on our knees and adore him as our true and only King."
-- Mark Zimmermann

Dec 24, 2010

My strange experience

Be aware of the people who often come in the name of the lord.
As shared by my cousin I got to know a person who got converted 
in 1978 and says that he is doing the ministry.When I was talking 
he started bombarding me with the word of God saying you are in 
confusion because of various doctrines.I was shocked in that way 
cause the people who know me.They can say that I don't mingle in doctrinal differences and I stick to the word of God.He was speaking 
to me as a prophet sent by the lord but all the things which 
he shared was not for me then I came to know that he 
misunderstood me with some other person.
Not let me tell you the real problem of sharing about ourselves with others.
1.They will collect the matter and go to the person and share as if 
they got the message from the lord.
2.These people come with a deceiving spirit and try to focus our life 
from God to an Individual.
3.They will try to have the relationship for monitory benefit.
What we need to do.
Ask for the discernment of spirit and be victorious in this evil world.


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Dec 22, 2010

Jesus know

HEBREWS 4:15 NKJ
15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with
our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet
without sin.

Whatever you face, Jesus Christ has already faced it.
Jesus knows what it is like:
to be hungry
to be tired
to be lonely
to be hurt
to be hated
to be beaten
to be persecuted
to be misunderstood
to be mistreated
to be mocked and laughed at
to be betrayed by a friend
to be tempted to sin
to be responsible for employees
to feel forsaken
to feel hopeless
to have no spouse
to have no earthly father there to help
to have lost a loved one
to have to pay taxes
to have money stolen from you
to have the responsibility to provide for a family
to live under an oppressive government
to experience extreme pain

HEBREWS 4:16 NKJ
16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we
may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Don't be afraid to talk to Jesus about anything. Not only does
He understand, but He knows how to help you so you can overcome
and have victory.

Remember, Jesus loves you -- enough to die for you. And He also
ever lives to intercede for you.

So Jesus not only understands what you face, but He is able and
willing to help you.

SAY THIS: Jesus understands what I am going through and is
leading me to victory.

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Paul's Personal Mission Statement


Paul's Personal Mission Statement
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 1 by Os Hillman
Saturday, December 11 2010

I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead. Philippians 3:10-11 - Acts 21:11-12

Paul understood his personal mission, which should be the personal mission of every believer in Jesus Christ. It is the one summary statement that best describes the purpose of our existence on earth and the goal of our Christian experience. It can be reduced to three important characteristics.

To know Christ.

To know and experience His power.

To identify with His sufferings.

All that flows from these three objectives becomes a by-product. Salvation is a by-product. Miracles are a by-product. Christlikeness is a by-product. Paul's focus was on relationship. He understood that the deeper the relationship, the more power he would experience. He also understood that as he grew in this relationship, there would be suffering. Whenever the Kingdom of Light confronts the kingdom of darkness, there is a battle, and this often results in casualties. Christ confronted these earthly kingdoms and suffered for it. If we are living at this level of obedience, we, too, will face similar battles; it simply comes with the territory.

Does this sound like your personal mission statement? Is your focus in life centered on knowing Christ and the power of His resurrection? If not, press into Him today in order to begin experiencing Christ more intimately.

How to make Mumbai free from Prostitution!.....contd....

As per Times of India, Mumbai Edition (dated Dec 19), Court orders closure of Jamuna Mansion, in Grant Road, Mumbai. This building was used for 3 decades for prostitution. Its wooden staircase leading to 85 rooms in two wings are worn out. Girls in this building are set free. 30 brothel keepers were convicted. One Garhwali committed suicide by eating sleeping tablets. Our beloved brother Anson Thomas was playing major role in this regard, since 2001. We were ministering in this building since 2006. In 2008, they threatened us and asked us not to visit the building again but we made peace by distributing cakes during Christmas. City of Jericho is falling down. Our Lord Jesus always wins!!!! 
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In 2008 I was there when they opposed but now we can see the answer for the prayers.Do continue to pray for this community....

Dec 6, 2010

How To Get Rich

PROVERBS 21:20 NLT
20 The wise have wealth and luxury, but fools spend whatever
they get.


The Bible teaches us how to get rich, and it is not by winning

the lottery. It is by walking with God and being diligent and

disciplined to do what God guides you.



Wise people wait and enjoy the fruit of their investments.

Foolish people eat all their "seed" now, instead of investing

any for a better future.



If you are reading this, then you have enough of what it takes

to become rich.



It is simple, really: just spend less than you make. Take the

money you don't spend and grow it by prayerfully investing

as God guides you.



Even if your annual income is not very high, over your lifetime

you will earn a large amount of money. Think how much money you

would have now if you had saved and invested ten percent of all

you have ever earned.



(If your life is about over, you won't get the full benefit you

could have by starting when you were young. But the principle

is still valid, and you may live longer than you think.

Whatever you do, be sure to teach this principle to your

descendants.)



You may not be able to save a large amount each pay period from

your present earnings. But God can take even small amounts and

multiply them when you look to Him in faith.



The devil is the one who wants us to spend all (or more) than

we make, so we will always be in bondage. To have financial

freedom, you MUST consume less than you make.



Modern advertising is a big culprit in tempting us to spend

more than we should. Its purpose is to convince you that you

cannot live or be happy without their product. Don't buy that lie!



Not everyone will earn a huge income. But everyone can

discipline themselves to save and invest from whatever they do

make. If they walk with God and prayerfully invest their

savings, over time, God will cause those investments to

multiply into riches.



SAY THIS: I will not eat all the seed God gives me

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Dec 5, 2010

Friendship with God……….

 Friendship with God……….



One of the best ways to ensure a deepening friendship with God is to have a heart that wants to obey Him. When our hearts are pure, tender towards His leading, and eager to respond obediently, we are in a terrific position to experience God's friendship and hear His voice. God knows that we will not arrive at a place of perfection while we are on this Earth, but we can and should have perfect hearts towards Him, hearts that seek and crave to do what is right to please and glorify God. As you grow in your friendship with God, never forget that your relationship must be based on who He is and not on what He can do for you. Keep seeking His presence; keep seeking His face and just not his hand, because one of the hindrances to a vibrant, maturing friendship with God is allowing ourselves to focus on the benefits of friendship with God instead of focusing on Him as our friend. As human beings, we do not appreciate finding out that certain people want to be our friends because we have an ability to get them something they want; we feel valued when we know people have a right heart attitude towards us and that they want to be friends with us simply because of who we are and just because they enjoy having our relationship. The same principle applies with God. "This day the Lord God had commanded you to do these statues and ordinances. Therefore you shall keep and do them with all your heart and with all your being" (DEUTERONOMY 26:16).
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