April 2

Today's Bible Readings
     Leviticus 5
     Psalms 3 & 4
     Proverbs 20
     Colossians 3
''Set your mind on things above, not on things of the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God." (Colossians 3:2-3)
            Perhaps the greatest hindrance to an effective Christian ministry and service is the struggle and striving for success in the Christian community. The reign of pride and ego has made it difficult for the Spirit of God to work in the lives of Christian workers.  The key to success in ministry is set forth in Colossians chapter three.
            Wickedness is not the trap that most endangers us as Christian workers. The trap we fall into is extravagantly desiring spiritual success; that is, success measured by, and patterned after, the form set by this religious age in which we now live.
            Many Christian workers seem to be focused on the work of the Lord rather than the Lord of the work. You may want to ask yourself a question today, ''Are you worshipping the work or passionately loving the Lord of the work?''
What does it mean to have your life hidden with Christ in God? Do you want to experience this life? Then you must answer these questions today: ''Are you prepared to let God take you into total oneness with Himself, paying no more attention to what you call the great things of life? Are you prepared to surrender totally and let go?'' The true test of abandonment and surrender is in refusing to ask, “Well, what about this?” Abandonment means to refuse yourself the luxury of asking any questions. If you are totally abandoned to God, He immediately says to you, ''I will give your life to you as a prize." (Jeremiah 45:5) You will immediately begin to live life to its fullest. You will experience the life of the Lord Jesus being lived through you. This is when you begin to enjoy the exciting adventure of the Christian life. This step of total abandonment to Him relieves you of all pressure, stress and the struggle for success.
            We have no right to decide where we will be placed, or to have preconceived ideas as to what God is preparing us to do. God engineers everything, and wherever He places us, our one supreme goal is to pour out our lives in whole-hearted devotion to Him in that particular work. ''And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men. Knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. '' (Colossians 3:23-24)
This kind of life is expressed by the motto on the back of a moving truck, “We are at your service, anytime, anywhere, anything”
            Our prayer concern today is the U.S. territory of Guam, located in the Pacific.  This island represents about 550 sq. km. and has 175,000 people. It is a growing population, and there are estimated to be another 26,000 illegal immigrants. Most of the people in Guam are Micronesian and Asian.   The official languages are English and Chamorro. One-third of the island is used for U.S. military bases. Nearly 45% of Guamanians are employed by the government or military. Tourism is increasingly important on this island. The income per person averages $19,600 per year.
            Please pray that our military there will be a positive influence on the island rather than negative. Pray for God to give revival among the soldiers. When these soldiers join God's army, they will discover the true purpose of why God placed them on the island of Guam. Let's pray for spiritual awakening among the military in Guam, and see what God does for that kind of prayer.  Let's see the impact of thousands of people praying for the military on Guam today.
“Success and reputation are too often confused. Reputation may just as easily be the very opposite. Forget about man­ measured success.  Follow the course charted 2,000 years ago -the only course to true happiness and real success.
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