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Too Much Happiness

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

    There are so many things in this life that God has given us to enjoy, and He does want 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 sole focus of your life.

    Anytime something becomes more important in your life than God, then the cart is getting in front of the horse. Before long your life will take on an unhealthy balance. Self-control is a fruit of the Spirit and it almost the opposite of addiction. Like Paul, we are to discipline our bodies and make it obey us, rather than following what it desires.

    'But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.' (1 Corinthians 9:27).

    Jesus told a parable in Luke 12:21 about a man who hoarded wealth 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 because he was wealthy. God wants you to have wealth, but not for wealth to have control you. God wants you to have food, but not for food to have control over you.

    So put God first in your life. Involve Him in your work, in your relationships, in your hobbies, pray over your meals, and during your workouts. If you do this, then 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 and help you maintain a healthy balance. Moderation in all things, including moderation.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You so much for all that You have given me. Please help me discipline my life and learn when to say no. Help me to know when enough is enough. Teach me Your way and give me a clear vision of the bigger picture. Make me steadfast, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Kevin J. Eck
Kevin J. Eck

Amen,

Aug 11
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father

Aug 11
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

Yes Jesus,let our lives be for your wonderful glory. Amen 

Aug 11
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Thank You Lord!

Aug 11
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Dana Rozell
Dana Rozell

Amen!

Aug 11
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Dear Father I need Your help to discipline myself,to say no when is necessary and to follow Your designs. Give me a clear vision of what is ahead, in Jesus name I pray. Amen, glory be to the Lord Almighty. 

As always, thank you Pastor. God bless you. 

Aug 11
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen

Aug 11
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Amen

Aug 11
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Aug 11
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Aug 11
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes Lord Jesus, amen

Aug 11
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Mechelle Tarplin
Mechelle Tarplin

Amen 

Aug 11
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen another great devotional thank you pastor Dion!

Aug 11
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Ed Frye
Ed Frye

Amen!

Aug 12
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Praising You, Lord, for Your bountiful blessings and lessons! Please help me discipline my life. Teach me Your way and give me a clear vision of the bigger picture. Make me steadfast! Thank you for RHM!

Aug 12
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardleedited: Aug 12

Amen! Thank you Lord for your everlasting love, for being so patient with me, for your many provisions, for strength and peace! I praise Your holy name forever and ever, Amen! Thank you for bringing RHM into my life and the lives of so many of us! RHM is a lighthouse shining into this dark world!!! Thank you!!!

 

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Sandra Colby
Sandra Colby

AMEN

Aug 15