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Saturday, 26 September 2009

Spiritual Sundays

Hello dear Friends~ Today I was going to share a poem with you but I ran across this devotional and thought I would share it instead. The reason being, I am astonished at the number of believers in the Church today who have gotten their focus on to worldly things instead of heavenly things. I have been guilty of this myself! We are busy seeking after those things which shall pass away. I think this devotional puts it very plainly where our focus should be.

I'd rather have Jesus than silver or gold;
I'd rather be His than have riches untold;
I'd rather have Jesus than anything
This world affords today. - Miller

It seems there are two kinds of people in this world: those who have an eternal perspective and those who are occupied with the present.
One is absorbed with the permanent; the other with the passing. One stores up treasure in heaven; the other accumulates it here on earth. One stays with a challenging marriage because this isn't all there is; another looks for happiness in another mate, believing this life is all there is. One is willing to suffer poverty, hunger, indignity, and shame because of "the glory which shall be revealed" {Romans 8:18}; another believes that happiness is being rich and famous. It's all a matter of perspective.
Abraham had an "other world" perspective. That's what enabled him to give up a piece of well-watered land by the Jordan.{Gen. 13}. He knew that God had something better for him later on. The Lord told him to look in every direction as far as he could see and then said that his family would someday have it all. What a land grant! And God promised that his descendants would be as numerous "as the dust."{v.16}
That's an outlook many people can't understand. They go for all the gusto right now. But God's people have another point of view. They know that God has something better later on!- David Roper

"I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. - ROMANS 8:18

Thank you Charlotte and Ginger for hosting another Spiritual Sundays. I hope everyone visiting my blog today will take a few moments to visit these ladies and the other participants found here You may also click the Spiritual Sundays button on my sidebar to go to the website. There, I know you will be encouraged and prayed for.

The Lord bless you all.

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi


Cherdecor said...

This is one of the best devotionals I have read in a long time. This Dave Roper really said it well. Thank you for posting it.
Have a wonderful Sunday!

Sandy said...

Thank you!

~Country Lady~ said...

Amen and thank you. Have a blessed Sunday.

Lisa said...

Oh I don't know what I would do with out Jesus! It is so nice I will never have to try!
Lovely Post!
Hugs, Lisa

Beautiful Pear Tree Lane said...

Hello Sandi, This is such a great devotion by Mr Roper,I too have been guilty of getting my priorities out of order, but am so thankful that God always redirects me back to where I am suppose to be. Thank you for sharing.

Clif said...

What a timely devotional. It certainly is easy to get caught up in the things of this world. As taught in Matt. 6:33 we need to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. Thank you posting this.

RCUBEs said...

Great reminder of where our minds should be. Thank you for sharing this. God bless you.

enchanting cottage said...

This is a wonderful post! I have never heard of David Roper before, I enjoyed reading this very much.


Great devotional.I too at times am guilty of focusing on things instead of our Lord. thanks for the good reminder.

Charlotte said...

This is so true, Sandi. The Bible plainly tells us not to lay up treasures on this earth but to lay up treasures in heaven. It is so easy to get caught up in the things we see here and now. We can't be reminded too often to focus on what will last forever, and not just for the blink of an eye. Thank you for the reminder.

Heidi said...

What a wonderful scripture. I love it. I hope you have a wonderful blessed Sunday.


Debbie said...

This is a great post. Which of us has not been guilty at one time or another of having our priorities our of whack? I know I have for sure!! We must struggle against our own natures ALWAYS to avoid this. This was a great reminder. Thanks for sharing. Blessings to you, Debbie

the wild raspberry said...

Very well said~~and absolutely true.
It's always a stuggle to remember that this life is fleeting and we have so much more to look forward to~thank you for this beautiful reminder.


Regina said...

I rather have Jesus more than anything..
Beautiful post Sandi. Thanks for sharing.
My SpiritualSundayPost
A blessed week.

Denise said...

Amen, amen.

SmilingSally said...

Thanks for sharing. I hope you have a beautiful Sunday.

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi special. Thank you!

Barb ♥

Gracie said...

Good Morning Sandi
Well said,last night at church our paster said the same things you've just said in your post today.I get so much out of visiting spirtual Sundays and reading the scriptual teaching that so many of you wise wemon post about.I am "one" who benifits...keep it up,you never now who you are blessing/helping through your words.
Please know that Jim is on my prayer list.

Cathy said...

"I'd Rather Have Jesus" is a beautiful song. Thank you for that post about what is really important.

Saleslady371 said...

A good word Sandi as we live in today's world of temptations. They don't satisfy like Jesus.

Cathy said...

Sandi, that was a beautiful devotional. It was so true and inspiring to read, also a great reminder to love God above all things.

xo Cathy

Lisa said...

We used to sing that song in church...I'd rather have Jesus than silver or gold.I'd forgotten how much I love that song.:)

Karla @ Ramblin' Roads said...

It is so important to be reminded of where our focus should be. How easy it is to get distracted with the cares and concerns of the world. Thanks for the encouragement!

Terry said...

That is such a beautiful post. Thank you!!

Mary said...

Hi Sandi...I have that wonderful song on a cd...its wonderful, and the devotional was sooo good. I think for most of us, it is a daily battle, to be in the world but not of it. Thank the Lord He has given us the Helper to see us through.

God bless you!


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