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Family protection prayer against Proverb 6−16 wrongdoer young adult groups, whenever buying burger king or utensil for church

 posted by: Toro Nagai Michiko on 11/19/2018

Taking taxi ride is expensive but cab driver advise us that not to drive your own because many accident were intentionally done by professional drivers here in Japan. Read More

prayer request

 posted by: li cross on 11/16/2018

Prayer request : Sorry, please pray for that not to lost my job in the Administration Wing to preach the gospel, thank you. Read More

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Bullying

 posted by: Robert on 11/15/2018

Pray Derek's Bully will feel great fear when he sees Derek. Pray Derek's Bully will feel great Terror when he sees Derek and will not want to go near him. Read More

Protection against black magic and curse

 posted by: Fernanda Gomes de Melo on 10/25/2018

To protect Lukas Flucht (born on 11 of December of 1988) from a black magic, demonic oppression and curse. Please pray as much as you can, this situation is out of control now. Thank you Fernanda Read More

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Please pray

 posted by: Edmund Krzeminski on 10/22/2018

[We read] In the King James Bible, Ezekiel 22:30: "And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none." O God, please help us... Read More

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Reach for Holiness Before Happiness

 

Reach for Holiness Before Happiness

“Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14).
HOLINESS IS A HIGHER PRIORITY THAN HAPPINESS. It should rank higher in our scale of values than happiness, and maintaining its presence in our lives should be a matter of more pressing concern. The pursuit of holiness should be what we’re known for.
To say that anything is more important than happiness sounds absurd to our modern ears, of course. The very idea flies in the face of popular philosophy. Even when it comes to religious philosophy, most people nowadays take it as their basic premise that God “wants us to be happy.” We even use that benchmark to decide what God’s will is in the first place. Faced with various interpretations of scriptural teaching, we choose the one that we think would make us the happiest. And if someone challenges the correctness of our decision, our reply is often predictable: “Well, I just can’t believe that God wouldn’t want me to be happy.”
But while the “pursuit of happiness” may be a social and political priority, it does not rank at the top of any scriptural list of criteria by which our conduct is to be decided. Although long-term joy, properly defined, was His objective (Hebrews 12:1-2), Jesus often chose the difficult over the easy, and the painful over the pleasant: “Not My will, but Yours, be done” (Luke 22:42).
None of this is meant to imply that happiness is unimportant. It certainly is important, to some extent. But to whatever extent happiness matters, the way to achieve it is not to make it the main objective in life, as many people do. Happiness comes mostly to those who are willing to be unhappy, if need be, while they work on goals of greater significance. God, our Creator, is a better manager of our happiness than we are, and in the long run, we’ll be happier if we seek Him first and let Him decide how much happiness we can handle without forgetting Him. If we had to, we could survive the loss of any amount of happiness, but no one can survive the absence of holiness. So that’s the thing most worth pursuing . . . and if we don’t do that, then death will be our doom.
“No man should desire to be happy who is not at the same time holy. He should spend his efforts in seeking to know and do the will of God, leaving to Christ the matter of how happy he shall be” (A. W. Tozer).
Gary Henry – WordPoints.com
 

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