Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Don't Miss This~ Day 23 (31 Days of Wisdom)

The following question is probably none of my business, but I'm going to ask it anyway.

Have you every been jealous of sinners*

Have you ever wanted what they have...

a fun, carefree lifestyle, where you are free to do whatever you want, with no rules, regulations or "commandments" to slow you down or cramp your style?

a life of selfish-indulgence with no thoughts for anyone but me, myself and I?

a life where you are the one calling all the shots and not God?

Sometimes,
looking into the world,
it appears as though the wicked have it made.


But as a Christian, (who is a sinner still, saved by God's amazing grace)

as one whose very life has been bought and redeemed with the blood of Jesus,

as one who has been adopted into the family of God,

as one who has (and is daily being) transformed into the image of God,

as one who is blessed beyond words and loved beyond measure,

as one who is living for Jesus and no longer held captive to "self",

you and I know nothing could be further from the truth.


* Let not your heart envy sinners, but continue in the reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord all the day long. For surely there is a latter end [a future and a reward], and your hope and expectation shall not be cut off. ~ Proverbs 23:17,18 (The Amplified Bible)

I think it all comes down to what we are focusing on.

It is so easy as humans to only see what we want to see and how we choose to see it. Grass is grass, after all.  But, somehow, it always seems greener in someone else's yard, doesn't it?

Maybe that is why we are reminded
time and time again

Finding Focus - #14
{Photo Credit}


to count OUR blessings,



to be mindful of what God has done for US,




to (as Proverbs 23 counsels) continue in the reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord all the day long,

to keep our focus focused on truth!


While it may appear as though the wicked are the ones truly enjoying their time here on Earth, we know this is only a deception from Satan.  The joy that the wicked are enjoying is not a true  and lasting joy. It is fleeting...just like the world itself.  Here for a moment, and gone the next.  In fact, the wicked spend their entire life in pursuit of joy, only to find it keeps slipping right through their finger tips.

The only joy that remains now, and through out all eternity, is the JOY found in Jesus.



With Christ, we have the blessed hope of Heaven,

(DON'T MISS THIS!)

WHILE we live here on earth.




With Christ, we have the hope of living forever with God in Heaven,

(DON'T MISS THIS!)

WHILE Christ lives in us here on earth.





With Christ, we have an eternal reward waiting for us in Heaven,

(DON'T MISS THIS!)

WHILE Christ daily (though undeserving are we!) rewards us with love, joy, peace, mercy and grace here on earth.



The next time Satan tries to lure you into thinking you are "missing out" on life,

 just focus your eyes back onto THE ONE,

Christ Jesus,

who has come that we might have life and life more abundant (John 10:10)

....here and now......and through out all eternity.

 Let not your heart envy sinners, but continue in the reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord all the day long. For surely there is a latter end [a future and a reward], and your hope and expectation shall not be cut off. ~ Proverbs 23:17,18 (The Amplified Bible)






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2 comments:

  1. http://foreverspringtime.blogspot.com/2012/01/have-you-ever-been-jealous-of-sinners.html

    Thank you for the inspiration for my latest blog post! What a powerful question to us ask (but mind your own business! - just kidding!).

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  2. Guilty as charged, which is why I LOVE this verse:
    2 Corinthians 4:18
    So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
    Makes you look at sinners in a whole new light!

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