The Northfield

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  Northfield, NJ 08225

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12/20/2008

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The Filtration Process


"As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness; I will be satisfied with your likeness when I awake" (Ps. 17:15).

There is no doubt about it...There is a lot of "junk" in this world. As we do the "one day at a time" thing, we find ourselves filtering out the bad things and sorting through the rest. We often face fears, temptations, or cares that come with the program. Often we find ourselves trapped by the busyness of running here and there, accomplishing and doing, and trying to squeeze in a little more time to get some more done.

With all the "stuff" swirling around us, vying for our attention, we may find that instead of serving God, family, and church in a balanced and happy way, that we are juggling and worrying. At the end of a particularly busy day, we may catch our breath only to find that we have only survived, and afterwards realize that we left something out..Sound just a bit familiar? Where's the peace? You know, the Philippians 4:7 peace that's supposed to "transcend all understanding." Maybe, just maybe, we find that our priorities have been skewed, or misplaced....That all the "stuff" that we spent all of that time and energy on wasn't as worthwhile as we thought. We maybe even neglected what should have been the most important to us.

Its time to stop! Its time to turn to God! Turn to God in prayer. Time to turn to our Bibles and revisit some of our favorite verses and meditate on them. We might just find the job, bills, entertainment, or even winning that last argument of the night with our spouse or kids wasn't really that important.

How is it that we can wander so far off course sometimes? Satan is very devious. We would never jump into a pool of water with ice floating all through it would we? We know cold and avoid it. Satan changes the temperature gradually so that we don't even know we are getting cold until its too late. Pretty soon, we can put priorities on things that just shouldn't be priorities.

Enough is enough...I'm usually the glass half full guy and I've just painted a pretty bleak picture with some rather broad strokes. The assurance that our God will never leave us or forsake us is our hope. "I shall be satisfied when I awake in your likeness." Some more about this next time.

Have a wonderful weekend and a meaningful worship experience on His day....Make a difference....Love mark Phil. 4:11

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