August 17 Treasure Pleasure

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Nehemiah 12:27-13:31;  1 Corinthians 11:3-16;  Psalm 35:1-16;  Proverbs 21:17-18

“He who loves pleasure will become poor;  whoever loves wine and oil will never be rich.”  Proverbs 21:17

Lord Jesus, teach me to love what you love, to walk in your ways.  Help me to deny myself when cravings for pleasure takes precedence over a desire to please and serve you.  Help me to manage wisely the resources you’ve blessed me with and to not fritter them away on meaningless things.  Forgive me, Lord Jesus, for seeking my own pleasure at the expense of devotion to you.  Cleanse my heart of misplaced affections.  Fill it with fervent love for you.  In your name I pray, Amen.

Oh that the Lord would guide my ways;

to keep his statutes still!

Oh that my God would grant me grace

to know and do his will!

 

Order my footsteps by your word

and make my heart sincere;

let sin have no dominion Lord,

but keep my conscience clear.

 

Assist my soul to apt to stray

A stricter watch to keep;

If ever I forget you way,

Restore your wand’ring sheep.

 

Make me to walk in your commands,

a most delightful road;

Nor let my head or heart or hands

offend against my God.

 

~Isaac Watts, 1674-1748

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