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Chapter-a-Day Matthew 5

The Seven Deadly Sins and the Four Last Things...
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“You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.” Matthew 5:6 (MSG)

I have never heard a message delivered about appetites. Someday, when God gives the opportunity, I’m going to do so. Over the last several years of my own journey I’ve come to understand that my life reveals my appetites, and my appetites reveal the condition of my heart.

I can draw a dotted line between those things with which I struggle and appetites out of control. The first bite of forbidden fruit was rooted in Adam and Eve’s appetites. The fruit was pleasing to the eye and they wanted to possess it. It was so juicy, looked so scrumptious that they wanted to taste it. It would make them like God and they wanted to experience it. The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life are appetites without a governor. Every one of the seven deadly sins (greed, lust, sloth, envy, pride, gluttony, and wrath) are unbridled appetites.

Today, I’m asking myself: For what do I truly hunger? For what do I truly thirst?

The fruit of my life will reveal my appetites.

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Chapter-a-Day Jeremiah 50

Adam and Eve Leave Eden
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“Do you get it, Mister Pride? I’m your enemy!”
   Decree of the Master, God-of-the-Angel-Armies.
Jeremiah 50:31a (MSG)

When I am given the opportunity to preach or teach, I always try to boil my message down into one sentence or statement. I ask myself “What’s the one thing I’m trying to say?” and try to state it clearly. Then, as I fill in the outline of my message, I continue to ask myself if my outline, my illustrations, and my content bring clarity to my one theme or distract from it.

Maybe that’s why I find myself looking for this main point when I read chapters like the one today. It’s a long, rambling prophetic message and it’s easy to get lost in the sheer length and redundancy of it. So, my eyes and my heart start looking for the real message beneath the text. What’s the main point God’s wants me to take away from this?

Today, I found it in the verse above. God’s beef with Babylon is really pride (read the first five chapters of Daniel for more detail). God and pride are enemies. Pride led to Lucifer’s fall. Pride led to Adam and Eve’s disobedience. Pride, the inordinate opinion of my own dignity, importance, and merit, has led to countless stupid choices and painful experiences.

Today, I’m asking God to teach me humility in greater measure.

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