Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Daily devotional: Praise from men, or praise from God?

for they loved praise from men more than praise from God.
John 12:43 NIV

What keeps me from confessing my faith before men more regularly? It is when I love praise from men more than praise from God.

Remember verse 25, which says, "The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life." Watch my motives and ensure they are eternally focused rather than temporally focused.

Lord, I want to know You more and more. I love you and don't want to be one who shies away from proclaiming Your great name because of being concerned about what people will think. I only want to be careful to present Your name in such a way that I am sensing and following the promptings given me by Your Spirit. Please help me always to choose hating my life in this world so that I will be able to keep it for eternal life. Purify my motives. Please clearly give me words to say to honor You.

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