The focus of every believer ought to be growth in relationship with the Lord, from knowing the Lord to loving the Lord, to becoming a friend of God. This trajectory can however not be achieved when we do not know how to pursue friendship with God at the expense of the things of this world.
One cannot fully love the Lord and love something else equally because love means totally giving oneself to a thing or a course. Just as our opening text says, it is impossible to be a friend of this world and a friend of God at the same time. If you choose to be friends with God, then you must become an enemy to the world. In other words, you must cut off things that hinder our relationship with God.
Whatever competes for the time and worship that is due to the Lord is not worth keeping. When you therefore begin to find yourself giving too much attention to a thing more than you give to God, then it may be time to give that thing up, so that your undivided attention might be towards God.
Remember, only the Lord deserves to be worshipped with all your might, all your strength and all your heart; nothing else qualifies for that level of attention. Therefore, fight to ensure that nothing takes the time, resources, oblations or priority that you have separated for Him. Make the Lord your daily pursuit, and He will reveal Himself to you in a new way!
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🙏 DAILY PRAYER GUIDE
Father in the name of Jesus, help me to give undivided attention and focus on you each and everyday, and to grow in my fellowship with you, in Jesus Name.
🏞️ PRAYER FOR A NATION – NORTH KOREA
Known as the “Hermit Kingdom,” North Korea has chosen to isolate its people from the outside world. Once called the “Jerusalem of the East,” Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital, no longer can claim that title as many of its Christians fled to South Korea during the Korean War.
1. Prayer for the nation: Father in the name of Jesus, bring comfort and respite to every persecuted believer in the nation of North Korea, in the name of Jesus.
2. Prayer for the leaders: Father in the name of Jesus, raise unto yourself a new crop of leaders in every city who will fear you, and begin to work for your purpose in that nation, in Jesus Name.ather in the name of Jesus, just like you did to Paul on the way to Damascus, raise unto yourself in North Korea, a leader who will encounter you and be the factor for change in the Nation, in Jesus Name.
🕍 PRAYER FOR ISRAEL – (
Father in the name of Jesus, show your mercy and favour in this set time to Israel. Let your mercy not depart from Israel, in Jesus name.
💒 PRAYER FOR UNITY IN THE CHURCH
Father in the name of Jesus, cause your love to be shed abroad in the heart of every believer in the body of Christ today, that we may live as one and fulfil your word, in Jesus Name.
☄️ PRAYER FOR SOULS / REVIVAL
Father in the name of Jesus, pour out your Spirit upon our city today, and cause there to be a new harvest of souls in every sphere, in the name of Jesus.
📚DAILY BIBLE STUDY
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