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When is Enough, Enough?

  • Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Phil 4:5 KJV

    There are so many things in this life that God has given us to enjoy and He wants us to have pleasure while we are here. Relationships, eating, drinking, work, health, exercise, hobbies, are all valuable pursuits. However, none of these are to become the end goal and focus of your life.

    When something becomes more important in your life than God, the cart is getting in front of the horse and before long your life will have an unhealthy balance. Self-control is a fruit of the Spirit and almost the opposite of addiction.

    Jesus told a parable in Luke 4:21 about a man who amassed goods and the last verse was, "So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God." The problem was the man was NOT rich toward God, not necessarily having wealth. God wants you to have wealth, but not wealth to have you. God wants you to have food, but not food to have you.

    Put God first in your life. Involve Him in your work, in your relationships, in your hobbies, pray over your meals, during your workouts. If you do this things will balance and He will show you when enough, is enough. When He is invited into your life, He will take part in your activities.


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Vinayaka Genious
Vinayaka Genious Thank you
March 11, 2015
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Pam Ivins
Pam Ivins I need to hear them words, that's the way I was feeling that enough is enough, Thank you.
March 11, 2015
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Leslie McLea
Leslie McLea Awesome read!
March 11, 2015
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Amber Roundtree
Amber Roundtree Last night I was meditating on the Lords Prayer specifically "Give us this day our Daily Bread". I asked that God give me just enough of everything for each day and that I not obsess about tomorrow's Bread. I need to stop trying to save today's Manna for tomorrow and let God bring his promises to fruition 
March 11, 2015
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vickie vickers
vickie vickers I have decided to make a lifestyle change, and my salvation has taken on a new meaning for me.
March 11, 2015
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Linda Montalvo
Linda Montalvo Thanks for sharing, it a great way to start my day. Amen
March 11, 2015
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Cathy Card
Cathy Card Love this post and such a great way to start my day!!
March 11, 2015
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Lucas Napo
Lucas Napo Amen
March 11, 2015
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Elena Vasquez
Elena Vasquez Amen, feliz dia a todos, gracias
March 11, 2015
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Mike Stephenson
Mike Stephenson Good word!!! Jesus first and foremost leads to perfect peace.
March 11, 2015
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Ruth Martin
Ruth Martin Very interesting. I never really thought about praying over my activities through out the day, definitely something I will strive to remember to do, as I want to be as productive for the Lord and with the Lord as I can. Thank you for sharing this, Pastor.
March 11, 2015
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Jack Murphy
Jack Murphy Thank you for sharing! This is something I struggle with at times. Moderation is such a simple practice that isn't always so simple if we lose sight of its importance., and what a difference maker it can be in our lives!  Great devotional! Thank you again!
March 11, 2015
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd As a man, I often get tunnel vision where I only see the project ahead of me and can easily ignore everything around. Multi-tasking is not my strong point, so this has always been a struggle for me.  :)
March 11, 2015
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Yes moderation has been difficult for me at times. Thank you for pointing this out!
March 11, 2015
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Karen Fletcher
Karen Fletcher I can remember when God kept placing in front of me the sscripture to keep Him first and everything would be added.  As I obeyed and kept my focus on Him instead of my surroundings I saw family issues solved, friends turn, financial, and many other things come into place. 
March 11, 2015
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Sharon Buck
Sharon Buck Self control has been the one evidence of the Spirit in my life that seems to have eluded me over the last 45 years...disciplines such as eating correctly, being a wise steward of time and money, taking care of my home consistently ... I have wept and wailed and made efforts and failed ... and even at this late date, the Lord continues to speak to me about the blessings of those things if I would embrace them - not condemning, but inviting me to enjoy His participation if I would only commit.  I'm making some headway - not strides, exactly, but steps. He is the faithful One, and always wants His plans for me to be for good, to give me hope and a future!
March 11, 2015
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Sharon Buck
Sharon Buck Good perspective, asking for just enough of everything needed for the day!
March 11, 2015
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Conchita Bowman
Conchita Bowman Love it "God first last and always"!!!
March 11, 2015
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geneva miller
geneva miller I love how you say, pray during your workout, I do crossfit and will be 50 in August, I have to pray before, during and after, as Id never make it thru if I didn't......I had to do 6 over head squats with weight and they had to be on form, I knew I had 2 but with Christ, I got all 6, and I know where that strength came from.......the Lord Himself......;-))))))
March 11, 2015
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd I understand that well! :)
March 11, 2015
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you for the beautiful message!
March 11, 2015
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Thank you for the time you put into these devotions....such a blessing!
March 11, 2015
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield For many years, food was my "idol"--as silly as it sounds, I DID worship something that is usually so basic, so essential for life--yet I abused it! I believe the 12-Step Programs work so well because they tell us to surrender our addictions (food, in my case) to God. God can and will do what we can't do for ourselves!
March 11, 2015
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Thanks...what a good inventory on not worrying about tomorrow:)
March 11, 2015
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Rod Fortner
Rod Fortner Amen, we must "A"sk, "S"eek, "K"nock. Matthew 7:11 says, "If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in Heaven give good things to those who ask Him!" Including the gift of the Holy Spirit! Luke 11:13 (NKJV)
March 11, 2015
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George V
George V Is Luke 4:21 the right reference?
March 11, 2015
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thank you!  I pray before my workouts, but I'm going to be mindful to pray during my workouts and see what a difference it makes.
March 12, 2015
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kylie dempsey
kylie dempsey Why I'm in a 12 step fellowship....keep God for most and know I am powerless over people, places and things 
March 13, 2015
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kylie dempsey
kylie dempsey Kathy, your a lady after my own heart....I'm a food addict...I used to weigh over 300 pounds...now flour, sugar and excess quantities are no longer idols for me.
March 13, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Especially people :).
March 13, 2015
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Hymn Wiriyapibool
Hymn Wiriyapibool Help me to obey you, listen to you and following you ALWAYS and everyday
March 27, 2015
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Hymn Wiriyapibool
Hymn Wiriyapibool Oh my, I am lacking of self control. I am always put game first of everything. oh! boy! oh no! 
March 27, 2015
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Like this.....so balanced.  Can't tip a cart then.  Feeling something mastering is uncomfortable.  Pray discernment helps me..
March 28, 2015