Updated: Mar 18, 2020
From Daniel's Desk on 3/16/2020
My Title: WIDEN Your Heart
My Verse: 16-18
"What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, 'I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17 Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty."
What part of your heart begs you to ignore it's selfishness!? WIDEN YOUR HEART. Do you want to be a servant of the LIVING God? Do you WANT to be a light for the LORD MORE than you want anything else in life? - There is nothing greater in this life and there is nothing that better prepares the FOREVER for you than being faithful NOW.
There is an eternal weight of GLORY for those willing to sacrifice the illusion of comfort and peace today for the truth and certainty of glory tomorrow. - Why is it a certainty? Because DEATH does come to us all. We will all be called to the other side of life. Everyone in HISTORY has died. Only one was able to beat death. Jesus Christ. The things He said and claimed to be were pretty remarkable. His KINGDOM story is all about God's desire to save His creation at the COST OF HIMSELF so that we can dwell with HIM FOREVER. FOREVER. FOOOOOOOREEEEEEEVEEEEEER.
You only have one life. The blink of an eye. What are you going to do with the time you have? Live for yourself and sacrifice the forever... or sacrifice the present to gain the abundance of forever?
Honestly, being a servant doesn't sound fun. It sounds like work. Hard, thankless work. But that's where the LIVING GOD IS. That's where you will hear His voice calling you to an abundant life of ADVENTURE WITH Him and experiencing Him now and even more in the forever.
How Will This Make You a Better Husband/Father/Man:
LIFE IS WORTH LIVING. Do you know why? If you do, you should be using every opportunity you have to be pointing your sons and daughters to it. Every. Single. Second. WIDEN YOUR HEART BRO.
Working WITH Him (Jesus), then, we appeal to you not to receive the frace of God in vain.
Behold "NOW is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation."
Vs. 4-10 "4 but as SERVANTS of God we commend ourselves in every way: by great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, 5 beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger, 6 by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love, 7 by truthful speech, and the POWER OF GOD; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; 8 through honor and dishonor, through slander and praise. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; 9 as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as punished, and yet not killed; 10 as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet possessing everything.
You are restricted by your own affections! - Selfishness will choke out your relationship with God every time!
Widen your hearts!
Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. (What partnership has righteousness with lawlessness?)
What agreement has the temple of the LIVING GOD with idols? THE LIVING GOD BRO.
I WILL, I WILL, I WILL, I WILL. God is INTENTIONAL about DWELLING AMONG US, WALKING AMONG US. Being OUR FATHER, OUR GOD, and making us His sons and daughters!!!