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The Vanity of Life

Psalm 39 is such a great tool to keep things in perspective...God's perspective. Is our prayer like the Psalmist's "Let me know how transient I am" in total humilty? Or do we find ourself boasting in our strength, wisdom, or riches (Jeremiah 9:23-24)? We must not lose focus of the shortness and meekness of our own lives. We must "in humility consider others better than" ourselves (Philippians 2:3-4) and seize every day as an opportunity to glorify God in all that we do.

Key to Success?

Joshua 1:8 "Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful." Often times the world (and its great deceiver satan) can trick us into thinking that success and prosperity lies within ourselves and our work. The reality is that ultimate success and prosperity lies not in the things of this world, but in our relationship with God. Our guide to such a relationship is found in the Scriptures alone. I know I must remain disciplined in order to keep God's Word before me every day. It is not easy and sometimes I fail to do it in the way that I hope or planned. We must not let Satan discourage or use guilt of our past failing to prevent us from staying in His Word or renewing our devotional efforts. The Bible is more readily available with the widest variety of tools and media forms than ever we take advantage of that, or do we take it for granted? Psalm 19:14 "May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer."

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