Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Connections in Scripture

Every morning when I spend my time with God I read from a daily devotional, Our Daily Bread.  This morning's reading was from Matthew, 
"Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven." Matthew 6:1 NLT
As I was reading that verse, it made me think of this verse in Galatians,  
"For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ."  Galatians 1:10 ESV
I then turned to the book of Jude to do my scheduled Bible reading, and this verse caught my eye:
These people are grumblers and complainers, living only to satisfy their desires. They brag loudly about themselves, and they flatter others to get what they want.  Jude 1:16 NLT
I just couldn't help but notice the correlation between all these verses.  I don't believe in coincidences.  It's not just by chance that all these passages came together this morning.  

Father, search my heart.  I don't want to do anything out of selfish desire, to gain the approval of man.  I don't need to hear man say, "well done," - I need your approval.  I desire to be your faithful servant; help me to glorify You in everything I say or do.  May Your Will be done in my life. 
In Jesus' Precious and Holy Name ~ Amen!

Many blessings,

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  1. I like finding connections through-out scripture. It brings more clarity and it's like when God does that He REALLY wants us to get what He's trying to tell us. I believe this is an important lesson for all of us..Great post :)

  2. Hi Lisa - I feel very strongly about this, that we should do things anonymously and for the glory of God and not ourselves. I love how when one has a quiet time and all the sources you study from dove-tail. God is so good at that. One kind of cannot deny God is speaking :)
    God bless precious friend

  3. Love this reminder, Lisa. I spent many years caring way too much of other peoples opinion of me. It still is an issue at times. However, every time I slow down long enough to listen to His truth, He reminds me and redirects me back to what's really important.

  4. I love those "ah-ha" moments when I read something that connects with another verse in the bible. All the more proof that the scriptures are perfect and cohesive. God Bless!

    Encouraging Thoughts for Life

  5. This is also the cry of my heart - to please God.

  6. Hi Lisa!

    I can't tell you how this spoke to me today, I stopped caring what other people thought of me long ago and when I did found freedom unexplainable, I am free to be the me God created to me to be, but there are times that it rears it ugly head me, these scriptures you shared are such an awesome truth as to who God says we are, not other people.

    Blessings to you Lisa.

  7. Hi Lisa,
    Awesome post. We must always guard our hearts and minds that we do not serve the Lord looking for the recognition of man. Thank you for the reminder and God bless,

  8. I love it when God weaves together verses from completely different places. I am praying this prayer with you. Search me, God!