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Lenten Diet Devotions- 35

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Day 35

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 4: 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.

Application: We discovered yesterday that we are to glorify God in our eating and drinking. Until we restore our body to its former glory our dieting efforts may appear a light and momentary trouble, but when we reach our desired weight we will have accomplished at least three things. Eternal glory by honoring God in all we do, pleasing God, and obeying God’s commands once more.

Yes, we will have reached goal weight, but the eternal glory is far more lasting than the magic number that we hit. If you can’t get motivated to do it for yourself, that is all right because we should do it for God first, and then for our eternal glory which will be given to us in heavenly currency.

Prayer: Father, help me to put away the “I feel sorry for myself dieting” mentality. Help me to remember that this journey I am on to restore my body is farther reaching than just hitting a certain number on the scale just so I can be through with it. You observe my motives and actions, Lord, and may they be pleasing in spirituality which outweighs the physical in Your Kingdom. Amen

Today's action and commitment: I try to live a selfless life so others can experience some of the happiness I feel. Today, I reflect on ways I can be of more help to others while setting aside my troubles and bringing God eternal glory. What abilities do you have that could offer unique assistance to others around you? Is there a cause you are passionate about? How have you involved others in your passions, past, present, or will do it?
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    Thank you for another inspiring lesson. Today I spent the day with my friend delivering Avon. We were able to discusss scriptures and comparing them to things going on in today's world. I feel great having Maureen helping and I'm sure God crossed our paths for a reason.
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    Since we learn by example I pray that I will be the example HE wants me to be as I move through my days.

    Lord, please make me an instrument of your will. Amen

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    The verse you quoted was one of Richard Wurmbrand's favorites. emoticon He would quote it with a big smile while he told of his 14 years of torture in Nazi and Communist prisons in Romania. Very humbling.
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  • WENDYW596
    As always I enjoy the insights you bring to us.

    I know if I hadn't become concerned about my health, I probably would have numerous Heath problems by now. And if I hadn't determined to commit to a workout every morning, I might have had to have knee surgery by now. That may come eventually, but I am so much stronger than before.

    I believe that that has made it possible for me to lead a small group bible study again for the last year and a half. I have a better outlook on life because I feel better.

    Thanks again for you daily encouragement! emoticon
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    Thank you, once again, for your faithful reminders:) You are a blessing!
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    Since God has blessed me I pray that I might be a blessing to those around me. May I offer someone a word of encouragement, a prayer of petition on their behalf, or a testimony of God's great grace in my life. May I be a blessing!
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    Amen. Thank you for sharing.
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    We love God in many ways All work together
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  • JOANIE69
    Wonderful, and amen! (Today I go with a friend from church to do our monthly visits to shut-ins and those who are far off and perhaps need to know they are loved. We so enjoy these visits, and so do those whom we visit. God is blessing this ministry; to Jesus be the glory.)
    emoticon Bless you, Joanie emoticon

    "You observe my motives and actions, Lord, and may they be pleasing in spirituality which outweighs the physical in Your Kingdom. " Amen
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    I do want to please God and obey His commands and I know there are many days were I fail in that area. Thanking Him for second chances!
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    My job daily is working with clients who have mental illness and those that referrals to community programs that can help them paying something as simple as a gas bill so it doesn't get disconnected or a food pantry. I love this job. It's a very giving profession that asks little in return. I feel I am right where I need to be ~ Donna
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    The Message Bible reads"Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us."
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