The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it. Proverbs 10:22.
Lucifer … , before his rebellion, was a high and exalted angel, next in honor to God’s dear Son. His countenance, like those of the other angels, was mild and expressive of happiness. His forehead was high and broad, showing a powerful intellect. His form was perfect; his bearing noble and majestic. A special light beamed in his countenance and shone around him brighter and more beautiful than around the other angels; yet Christ, God’s dear Son, had the pre-eminence over all the angelic host. He was one with the Father before the angels were created….
Lucifer was envious and jealous of Jesus Christ. Yet when all the angels bowed to Jesus to acknowledge His supremacy and high authority and rightful rule, he bowed with them; but his heart was filled with envy and hatred…. Why should Christ thus be honored before himself?
Lucifer in heaven desired to be first in power and authority; he wanted to be God, to have the rulership of heaven; and to this end he won many of the angels to his side. When with his rebel host he was cast out from the courts of God, the work of rebellion and self-seeking was continued on earth. Through the temptation to self-indulgence and ambition Satan accomplished the fall of our first parents; and from that time to the present the gratification of human ambition and the indulgence of selfish hopes and desires have proved the ruin of mankind.
He who makes self-glorification his aim will find himself destitute of the grace of God, through whose efficiency the truest riches and the most satisfying joys are won. But he who gives all and does all for Christ will know the fulfillment of the promise, “The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.”
The Faith I Live By p. 67
Prayer Requests
—–Please pray for two friends who have the flu. Rose
—– Tuesday I am to undergo a fairly new procedure, Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement(TAVR), which is a minimally invasive procedure developed about 10 yrs ago, and found to be a very successful method of treatment, with few risks. . . . Today I am to be admitted around noon to undergo the procedure at 7:00 am Tues. It takes 2-3 hrs. & I will be under Conscious Sedation. Please pray that the medical personnel will maintain clear minds & steady hands throughout the procedure & that no plaque breaks away to cause a stroke or……..!! Like I said earlier, there are a few possible risks, as there can be in any area of our lives, from day to day! May God’s will be done & may He be uplifted & glorified! Jeannie
——I am requesting prayer for a friend. She has mentioned that her stomach is really bothering her. I hate to share.. but, she is so concerned about her figure. She is in her 70s. She speaks of cosmetic surgery and is consumed on eating no carbs. In fact, she hardly eats a nutritional meal. She does drink protein/fruit drinks but, no fiber or real substance. Kathrin
—–please pray for me because my pneumonia came back and I have a very tight cough and it’s very hard to cough up anything I have COPD and heart problems already but I had barely talk I’m losing my voice please pray that I can cough out what is in my lungs is constant hacking is driving me crazy and nothing is working absolutely nothing please I have to pack up my house and move on the 1st of February. Cathy
Dear Friends,

In the 1970’s Ron went to college to become an avionics technician. Over the years, he has built quite a reputation for good workmanship and knowledge that the current college graduates have not even been taught. Pilots have a confidence that Ron will fix their plane and will sometimes fly from quite a distance to have him do the work.
How often we need the Heavenly Technician to fix our spiritual “airplane”. Praise God! We have Someone will come to our rescue whenever we call. Indeed, when Jesus was on this earth, He mingled with those whose life needed fixing. “And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.” Matt 9:10-12 David sang, “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities, who healeth all thy diseases, Who redeemeth thy life from destruction, who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies.” Ps 103:2-4 Praise God for His goodness! When we cry unto Him in our trouble, He delivers us out of all our distresses!

May we be quick to call on the Heavenly Technician whenever we have a need. May we exclaim as did David, “Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee, which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!” Ps 31:19


Ambition Brings Sorrow
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