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Too Much Happiness

  • Every man who strives in the games exercises self-control in all things. Now they do it to receive a corruptible crown, but we an incorruptible. I therefore run like that, not aimlessly. I fight like that, not beating the air, but I beat my body and bring it into submission, lest by any means, after I have preached to others, I myself should be disqualified. 1 Corinthians 9:25-27 WEB.

    There are so many things in 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 sole focus of your life.

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

    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 man's problem was that he was "not rich toward God," not because he was wealthy. God wants you to have wealth, but not for wealth to have control over 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, things will balance, and He will show you when enough is enough. When He is invited into your life, He will participate in your activities and help you maintain a healthy balance. We should have 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 know when enough is enough. Teach me Your way, and give me a clear vision of the big picture. Make me steadfast. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

    Note: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths." (Prov. 3:5-6) ~ If you are in need of prayer, we and the prayer team are ready to lift you up at our private prayer page: RHM Prayer Network


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Kevin J. Eck
Kevin J. Eck Amen,
May 7
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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Praise the Lord Hallelujah! Thank you for the balance and discipline in my life!
May 7
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Susan Petho
Susan Petho

Amen!

May 7
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Narciso Salas
Narciso Salas

Thank you and God bless you.

May 8
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Susan Petho
Susan Petho

Thank you!  May God bless you!

May 15
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Sharon Leonard
Sharon Leonard

Such Good Advice !  Amen... A+

May 7
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Narciso Salas
Narciso Salas

Thank you, God bless you 

May 8
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

May 7
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Narciso Salas
Narciso Salas

Thank you, God bless you.

May 8
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen and Amen 

May 7
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Narciso Salas
Narciso Salas

Thank you, God bless.

May 8
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father I Thank You

May 7
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Narciso Salas
Narciso Salas

Thank you. God bless you.

May 8
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Narciso Salas
Narciso Salas

This hit right on the mark. I fought drug addiction. I fought alcoholism and thanks to Jesus Christ only, I won those battles over 17 years ago. I have eaten out of trash cans on the streets of downtown Norfolk , Virginia! And now I have been battling with my health all these years, I have no discipline or self control. I pray to God, "Lord you gave me the strength to fight all the other addictions, and now I can't fight the addiction of overeating,  help me Lord." I am type two diabetic and I still eat candies and other things that aren't good for me and I just got put on the freestyle Libre, an 24 hour monitor.  This helps to keep an eye on things, but God is my ultimate strength!!!

May 7
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Praying for your steadfastness and strength, Narciso! God gives the victory!

May 7
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Narciso Salas
Narciso Salas

God bless you, thanks.

May 8
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Such Right On Words. I pray God help me always to make the right choices and to enjoy life. Amen

May 7
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. Heavenly Father, May Your will be done in my life. Thank You for Your blessings. Amen

May 7
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen 

May 7
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

May 7
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Good Morning Everyone 

May 7
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Thank you God for giving us your strength.We love and worship you. Amen 

May 7
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Thank You Father for helping me to have balance and discipline, Amen.

May 7
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen thank you Father for the balance in my life today and thank you for bringing me the right people to help me along my path I will love and worship you forever!! Happy Friday family

May 7
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen 

May 7
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

A wise word of encouragement, Pastor Dion! Lord, teach me Your way, and give me a clear vision of the big picture. AMEN

May 7
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father I thank You for giving us the discipline needed to follow up with our lives, we need more of You in our lives to walk in Your word. In Jesus Christ name we pray, Amen. 

A very encouraging message for all of us Pastor, God bless you and Sylvia, Amen. 

May 7
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen and Amen!!! 

May 7
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes amen Lord 

May 7
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

May 7
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Jeff Brown
Jeff Brown

That was excellent insight and teaching.  Moderation and thoughtful prayer in all things.

May 7
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Paul Boore
Paul Boore

Amen!

May 8