17, October 2010

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What You Really Want–Is the Lord!

‘…I shall not want.’ Psalm 23:1 KJV

Do you remember when all the stuff you now have was stuff you only dreamed of? Now you realise that lasting joy doesn’t come from what you drive, deposit or dwell in. The words ‘The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want’ teach us that what we have in God is greater than whatever else we don’t have. Here are two stories to help you realise that. Story one: while on a short-term mission trip, Pastor Jack Hinton was leading worship at a leper colony when a woman who’d been facing away from the pulpit suddenly turned around. ‘It was the most hideous face I’d ever seen,’ Hinton said. Her nose and ears were entirely gone. She lifted a fingerless hand in the air and asked, ‘Can we sing Count Your Blessings?’ Overcome, Hinton left the service. He was followed by a team member who said, ‘I guess you’ll never be able to sing that song again.’ ‘Yes, I will,’ he replied, ‘but I’ll never sing it the same way.’ Story two: Doug McKnight was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at 32. Over the next 16 years it would cost him his career, his mobility, and eventually his life. But he never lost his sense of gratitude. When his church friends asked him to compile a list of prayer requests, he responded by sending them 18 blessings for which to be grateful and six concerns for which to be prayerful. His blessings were three times greater than his needs! Doug McKnight discovered that what he had in God was greater than whatever else he didn’t have in life. Have you discovered that yet?

SoulFood: Esther 4:9-5:3, Heb 4:7-16

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