THEME: PROFIT IN GOD’S KINGDOM
“Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works.”
-When Jesus was tempted by the devil, Jesus took a firm stand of defense basing His arguments on His word. The devil presented an offer that seemed rather enticing to give Him the whole world in exchange for His soul. Jesus responded by saying, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve” (Matthew 4:10). Such kind of offers does the devil and his agents present in exchange for ones soul. They present enormous wealth, power and fame, that entice people including believers to join cults like freemason, illuminati etc. Those who agree, sadly value their souls less than material wealth. From the anchor scripture, Jesus posses a question to His disciples, “what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?” Material wealth and our bodies are temporal but our souls are eternal. God values our souls more than anything in this world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. To gain profit in God’s kingdom, we are called to abandon all forms of satanism and idol worship, and believe in Jesus Christ. To take up our crosses and follow Jesus. Christ calls us to Himself for we are His sheep and He is our Good Shepherd who gives us eternal life.
Almighty and Ever-living God, we praise You and worship You. Only You are great and greatly to be praised. We lift You higher above everything and every situation. Take Your place and be enthroned in our lives and all that concerns us. May You sanctify us with Your precious blood and purify us; that we may be whiter than snow. We pray that You will forgive us where we have desired to gain the whole world and not surrendered fully unto You. May You forgive us and direct our eyes and our hearts always towards You. We surrender our lives to You Jesus, take charge. We lay our crowns down to follow You and obey Your will. Help us and teach us to follow You and obey You fully our Good Shepherd. We pray that You remember our families, nation and all the nations of the world including India, that You may forgive us and restore us. Draw all people to Yourself dear Jesus. Deliver all those who have joined cults like illuminati and freemason and show them Your true salvation. Draw all people to Yourself dear Jesus including all those who worship idols. Grant us Your perfect peace, love, unity and true salvation dear Jesus. We pray for our jobs, businesses and economy that they will flourish and prosper even during these trying times. We pray that You will continue to provide for all our needs, God our Provider. Bless us dear Jesus and protect us from evil. We thank You for You have heard us and we believe that You answer all our prayers and hearts desires according to Your perfect will. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy spirit, be with us now and forevermore. Amen
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