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Recipe for Success

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Psalm 37:3

II Chronicles 17:1-12

Jehoshaphat was a king that loved God and kept his commandments. He protected the walls of his cities with armies of men. He removed false gods from within his kingdom. He also had the book of the law of The Lord taught throughout his land.

As a result he was honored by God, respected by man and his kingdom was made to prosper.

Most of us are looking for those same results. Simply follow Jehoshaphat’s example.

Make Jesus your King. Be conscious of what you allow in your life. Remove yourself from temptations. And diligently study the Word.

With your focus on Christ and ban on Satan your life will show the same results Jehoshaphat reaped.

Visible Respect

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Hebrews 12:28

Do you stand when the word of The Lord is being read?

As soon as Ezra opened the book the people stood.

Do you bow before The Lord when you pray?

Abraham’s servant bowed his head and worshipped The Lord when he found Rebekah for Isaac.

Jesus took it a step further and fell on his face when he spoke with his Heavenly Father.

Of course our positions don’t affect God. But they do affect us.

His Word will still go out powerful regardless if we are standing or sitting. Our prayers aren’t answered only if our heads are bowed.

But those reverent acts put us in a frame of mind which reminds us that we are hearing from or speaking with the Creator of the Universe, the Saviour of the World.

Take the opportunity to show respect to your Jesus. He is worthy of it.

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Shepherds of the Flock

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Hebrews 13:17

Being in church with fellow believers is critical. The time together strengthens the body of Christ. Ideally the church becomes more successful in spreading the gospel and reaching those in need.

And all of this happens best when there is an underlying respect for the pastor put in place.

The pastor has the responsibility of presenting the gospel to the people. He gives an account to God on how he delivers the good news.

As part of the congregation we should be respectful of his authority. If we truly believe that God has joined each pastor and congregation together then we should do our best to grow in Jesus as one.

Leave the backbiting and criticism behind. Lift one another up. In doing so Christ will be exalted and souls will be saved.

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