Whatever the Cost

15 Apr

God’s Word: Genesis 13

God’s message to me:

Yes, this was written as an example for you.  Abraham saw a problem was brewing and took steps to nip it in the bud.  But he did not do it by grasping what was the best for himself.  No, he did it by giving up self-will and allowing Lot to have the first choice.

Lot thought he was the luckiest guy in the world but look what happened to him.  He could have said, “oh no, Uncle Abraham, I want you to have first choice.”  Selfishness always breeds evil.  Selfishness is to compromise your soul.  It causes a person to step out of my will and into the realm of Satan where only evil exists.  He lures a person in often innocent ways but the bottom line is always selfishness—how it will benefit self and give self more “things” or more “acclaim.”

Avoid selfishness at all costs.  It’s never worth the price you pay.  The benefits are short-lived and it does something extremely negative to your conscience.  It lowers the bar and soon you don’t notice that the bar no longer exists—selfishness has free reign in your life.  As my word says in I Corinthians 10:24—“Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others.”  Oh, how far my people have strayed from that simple instruction.  The norm of America today is “look out for number one.”  Abraham was a man after my own heart because he simply obeyed my instructions—whatever the cost.

God’s Question for me:

Will you simply obey my instructions and put the good of others ahead of yourself, no matter what the consequences?

God’s Promise to me:

Your job is to look out for the needs of others and I will look out for your needs.

My prayer to God:

I praise you for giving us the example of Abraham to help us avoid selfishness.

I am sorry that I have too often allowed selfishness to dictate my decisions.

Thank you for not giving up on me but using me as your witness, in spite of my sin.

Help me today to look for opportunities to give others first choice and stifle self.

My Song to God:

Verse 1:
Take my life, and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee;
Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in ceaseless praise.
Let them flow in ceaseless praise.

Verse 2:
Take my hands, and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love;
Take my feet, and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee.
Swift and beautiful for Thee.

Verse 3:
Take my voice, and let me sing
Always, only, for my King;
Take my lips, and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee.
Filled with messages from Thee.

Verse 4:
Take my silver and my gold:
Not a mite would I withhold;
Take my intellect, and use
Ev’ry pow’r as Thou shalt choose.
Ev’ry pow’r as Thou shalt choose.

Verse 5:
Take my will, and make it Thine,
It shall be no longer mine;
Take my heart, it is Thine own,
It shall be Thy royal throne.
It shall be Thy royal throne.

Verse 6:
Take my love, my Lord, I pour
At Thy feet its treasure store;
Take myself, and I will be,
Ever, only, all for Thee.
Ever, only, all for Thee.

Words: Frances R. Havergal 1874.

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