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Morning Prayer, Friday, July 21, 2017 - WORD(S) OF THE DAY:  GOD DID IT

Father God, I do thank You for your grace and mercy that I do not take for granted.  Amen 

James 4:6

"Nothing you have is because of luck or chance.  It's all due to God's grace and favor."  In the Bible, we read about Hezekiah who is near death and then God sends the prophet to say, "You will live."  After Hezekiah's health is restored, a envoy comes to visit him from Babylon.  Whereas a short time ago he was at death's door, he is feeling good right about now.  Hezekiah gets prideful and starts showing off all of his wealth and riches to this group of men.  You can hear him now, "Look what I have accomplished," and "Look at all of my wealth."  He showed off proudly all of his treasures.  This spirit of pride angered the Lord so he sent the prophet Isaiah to tell him that because of his boastful actions his people would suffer.  You know, sometimes we are not aware of the effect our actions can have on those around us.  Another thing, not once did it say that Hezekiah shared with them that the Lord had blessed him with these treasures or that the Lord had delivered him from death's door.  Hezekiah was probably using the word "I" a little too much.  I have to be careful when talking to people who are complimenting me on my accomplishments that I do not get caught up and go to talking about what "I" have done and not giving God the glory for what He has done through me.  I know if it had not been for the Lord on my side that I would not be where I am today.  I'm grateful.  I'm thankful.  I am humbled because He loved me just that much.   I know there is more to come and for that too, I am thankful.  Don't forget to let others know just how grateful you are to God for all of His blessings and favor toward you. In spite of what some say or think, it did not come by luck or chance.  It was the umerited favor of God that brought it and will continue to bring 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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