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Net Profits - Dwight Hill

... a weekly letter of encouragement.


Singapore

December 19, 1994

Good Morning!

"YOU ARE TO CLING TO THE LORD YOUR GOD" - These were Joshua's parting words to wayward Israel, just before his death. (Joshua 23:8)

CLING :

" To hold fast to something, as by grasping, sticking, embracing, or winding around".

- As a wet raincoat would CLING to your back.

- As a person on the verge of death would CLING to life.

"To remain attached in thought or practice".

"To follow close after, pursue hard; to resist separation".

Jesus put it this way: "If anyone wants to follow in my footsteps, he must give up all right to himself... and keep close behind me." (Luke 9:23a - Phillips)

CLINGING conveys the sense of desperation: That there is no other viable option.

QUESTION: ARE YOU CLINGING TO CHRIST? Or to:

Your bank account?

Your reputation?

Your capabilities?

SELF SUFFICIENCY is the ARROGANT ASSUMPTION that I can go it alone...without God.

CLINGING is the HUMBLE ACKNOWLEDGMENT that I must be intimately connected to God for life to make sense and to be worth living.

In Joshua's admonition to CLING to God he gives this warning:

"...If you ever go back and CLING to the rest of these nations (i.e. the world and its values)...(they) shall be to you as:

A snare and a trap...A whip on your sides...Thorns in your eyes...until you perish from off this good land which the Lord your God has given you." (Joshua 23:12)

QUESTION: Are you CLINGING to Christ? OR DO YOU HAVE IT SO TOGETHER THAT YOU CAN GO IT ALONE? IF SO, ARE YOU WILLING TO PAY THE PRICE OF INDEPENDENCE?

Have a great week!

Dwight Hill


Copyright 1996 Dwight Hill. Unlimited permission to copy or use is hereby granted subject to inclusion of this copyright notice.



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