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Morning Prayer, Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - WORD(S) OF THE DAY: JEALOUSY
Father God, don't let the jealous heart of other people be a blocker in my life. Amen
Proverbs 27:4 and John 11:53
"I think it's important to get your surroundings as well as yourself into a positive state - meaning surround yourself with positive people, not the kind who are negative and jealous of everything you do." The Pharisees and some of the other religious leaders were quite jealous of Jesus. Here he was drawing huge crowds of followers. Here he was healing the lame, the blind, and bringing the dead back to life. They couldn't take that Jesus the people were following and believing in Jesus. They felt threatened. How could he have that kind of power unless he was possessed by Beelzebul? That is what they said in Mark 3:22. This did not stop Jesus. He was on a mission. People will see you being blessed and prospering and doing good and hate you for it. We cannot allow other people's dislike or jealousy of us to stop us or block us. Too many of us have lost sight of the dream in us because we started listening to and being affected by our haters. That, and the fact that all too often we put too much into the stuff we have or the power we have than the God who gave it to us. Jesus did not let his power go to his head. He knew where it came from. He gave God all the glory because of it. As God moves us up the ladder, we have to follow the ways of Jesus. Don't let people dictate your way, and give God praise for how far you have come. The Pharisees were angry because they could not control or stop Jesus. If you place focus on what men think, you will lose your peace and your surroundings, instead of being positive will flow with negativity. That's not what you want, now is it?
"For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believed in him would not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16
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