God Centeredness Is Practical
Self-centeredness is a full-time job with no rest. It is a cruel task master. Self-centered individuals never seem to let up on themselves. They seem never to be satisfied. They never have the deep and repeating joy that is the fruit of the Spirit. A Christian can be joyful with or without wealth, with or without health and with or without many other things. A self-centered individual does not have the most valuable things, the fruit of the Spirit. God-centeredness is far more practical than self-centeredness.
Galatians 5:22-23: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Love blesses others, joy is the Holy Spirit blessing us, peace is the Holy Spirit blessing us and others, longsuffering, gentleness and goodness bless others and please the Lord and faith pleases Him.
Hebrews 11:6: But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
James 1:17: Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
Can anyone deny that God is the best rewarder and the only source of perfect gifts? I have received many wonderful gifts from loved ones but none of them were as perfect as the ones from God.Romans 11:29: For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
When God gives gifts He never takes them back. He builds on them and makes them perfect.
Matthew 6:19-20: Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
When God gives gifts they can never be destroyed, corrupted or stolen.
Matthew 6:33: But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Here are just a few of the things that will be added unto us if we seek the Kingdom of God first, if we are God-centered:
Matthew 6:25-32: Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? 26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? 27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? 28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: 29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? 31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
God also knows what we do not need. Whatever He does not add unto us will be unnecessary or harmful.
Philippians 4:19: But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
ALL your need. Do you anyone else who could make and keep such a wonderful promise? I too forget the promise and The Promiser too often.
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