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Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

June 15, 2021 OUR WORST ENEMY

Sports, money, and other things of the world can consume us if we are not careful. We may get drawn into worldly things and stop thinking about what others need. We could possibly get so consumed with ourselves that we miss out on relationships. When we do things for selfish reasons, we end up living a lonely life. The longer we stay in that state of mind, the more burdened we will become. We were not created to be alone in this world. It may be hard to step out and put others first, but it is very rewarding.

We can’t have faith in God when we are living a selfish life. If we are trying to figure out things on our own believing we have all the answers, we will be sorely disappointed. When we are focused on our feelings or what others are doing (or not doing) to or for us, we are not focusing on God. How do we escape from ourselves when we have to live with ourselves every day? How do we move from the selfish mindset to a faith in God to help us from our own worst enemy? We are to pray for God to strengthen our faith in Him and trust Him to protect us – even from ourselves.

SCRIPTURE:
Psalm 91:1-2 “Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him.” (NLT)

ACTION STEPS:
1. Write ways you may be focusing on yourself.
2. List ways you can allow God to put your focus on Him.
3. Know God wants your full attention.
4. Seek Him and His ways so you will know how to serve Him and help others.

PRAYER:
Dear Lord, we are so consumed by ourselves. At times, we don’t even realize the needs of those around us. Please forgive us, we pray. Please help us to turn from our selfish thoughts, words, and action and turn to You. We know living a selfish life is living a lonely life. We want to stop serving ourselves and start serving You. Help us to seek Your word and serve only You. Show us how to help others rather than constantly focusing on how to help ourselves. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.

REMEMBER:
James 3:14-16 “But if you are bitterly jealous and there is selfish ambition in your heart, don’t cover up the truth with boasting and lying. For jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic. For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind.” (NLT)

Philippians 2:3 “Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.” (NLT)

FOCUS:
1 Corinthians 10:24 “Don’t be concerned for your own good but for the good of others.” (NLT)
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