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Who do you serve? God, others or yourself! Are you self-serving, or do make it your deliberate practice to serve others? Serve God first, then, serve others, because, He will take good care of you and your needs. In The Church, there are predominantly two distinguished categories of folks, those who are looking for opportunities "to serve," and those who are looking for opportunities "to be served." So the age old question arises, "to serve or to be served" that is a question that each of us, in The Church, ought to be asking ourselves. Since, according to scripture, "it is more blessed to give than to receive," that ought to answer that question. (Acts 20:35 NIV) It is actually though, a good thing that there are those, in The Church, that are looking to serve others, for there are those, in The Church, that desperately need to be served, such as, the widows and orphans, the sick, and afflicted, the weak and those who need Godly wise counsel, as well as others who may need encouragement and strength. Another question for us to consider, "if you're not ministering to the world, then who in the world are you ministering to?" (Quote by, Tim Sipes) If we're not focused on the lost, then we've just simply lost our focus! We were created to serve, (Ephesians 2:10 PDCP) in the same way that The Lord came to the earth to serve, and to seek and to save those that are lost rather than to be served, (Mark 10:45, Luke 19:10 NIV) so too, should we follow accept The Lord's unction and instruction in The Gospel of John 20:21, "as the Father has sent me, I am now sending you." We are to serve The Lord in His House, (Ezekiel 44:11 NIV) wholeheartedly, (Ephesians 6:7 NIV) with gladness, (Psalm 100:2 NIV) with humility, (Philippians 2:3 NIV) for the benefit of the whole body of Christ, (Ephesians 4:16 NIV) by serving each other, (1 Peter 4:10 NIV) with the gift we've been given, (Romans 12:6-8 NIV) we are to serve in obedience, difficulties, with reverence and holy honor and with the proper attitude. (Joshua 24:24, 2 Timothy 2:4, Daniel 3:17-18, Psalm 130:4, Luke 22:27, Philippians 2:5 NIV) We were created to serve: The art and skill it took to make us what we are, a unique, one of a kind creation, is beyond our comprehension, for we are wonderfully shaped, by the work of God's hands, brought into being out of His own imaginative design, made new in Christ, in order to perform honorable, virtuous, worthy of excellence, righteous good works; which by the way, was already in God's prepared plan for us, as believers, well in advance and even before we were saved or perhaps yet born into this world, so as, to carry out and do, bringing to fruition, His ultimate purpose and plan of reconciliation for all humanity! (Ephesians 2:10 PDCP) Follow the example of The Lord: In order to fully experience, with a true understanding of what real genuine, self-sacrificing, unconditional, for the benefit of others, love is: we must be willing to follow the ultimate example of pure love, which is Jesus Christ, The One True Sovereign Lord of all, who willingly descended from the heights of Heaven to the lowest parts of the earth, so that we could one day, also enjoy,with Him, the wonder and magnificent splendor of Heaven. He freely gave His life up for us, by allowing Himself to be nailed to a cruel cross, (even to the point of abject humiliation). And we, the beloved and cherished of The Lord, should also reciprocate with the appropriate response of, likewise being willing to express our love towards each of our brothers and sisters in the same manner and fashion. (1 John 3:16 PDCP) Serve The Lord with a grateful attitude: Allow the Good News of Christ to permanently reside, in an abundant supply, deep within each of you, as you continue to impart instruction, with caution and reproof, His great wisdom, through the reciting, recounting and singing of the Psalms, Hymns and Songs, of The Lord and His great exploits; always with a heart that expresses a deep appreciation of gratitude for all the kindnesses and benefits shown you! (Col. 3:16 PDCP) A warning to all of us: Look, I'm not unaware of your spiritual condition; you are neither a cold refreshing drink, nor are you a hot satisfying drink. If you were cold, well, we could work with that and if you were hot, now that would really be cool, but because you're less than warm, you are of no use to me; therefore, I'm getting rid of you forthwith! (Rev.3:15-16 PDCP) "Keep your heart free from debris, flush the flesh and stay refreshed!" There isn't anything more important, than to make sure your heart is free of all debris; because everything else, in your life, is affected by the condition of your heart! (Pro. 4:23 PDCP)
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A simple Prayer for you...

When God takes something from your grasp, he's not punishing you, but merely opening your hands to receive something better. Concentrate on this sentence. "The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you." Something good will happen to you today, something that you have been waiting to hear. Just 27 Words, 'God our Father, walk through my house and take away all my worries and illnesses and please watch over and heal my family in your name, Amen.' This prayer is so powerful. I would ask that you pass this prayer to 12 people including me. A blessing is coming to you in form of a new job, a house, marriage or financially.  Does God come first in your life? If so,stop what you're doing and pray this now.  Watch what He does.