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Pleasure

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Moses chose to share the oppression of God’s people instead of enjoying the fleeting pleasures of sin. (Hebrews 11:25, NLT)

She who lives only for pleasure is spiritually dead even while she lives. (1 Timothy 5:6, NLT)

For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever. (1 John 2:16-17, NLT)

God’s pleasures are perennial. This poor age loves the temporal. It lives from one passing fancy to another. Today’s hit is forgotten tomorrow. Everything is for a season. … The man who lives in God is never out of season. “The fashion of this world passeth away,” but he is not of this world. — Vance Havner

You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. (Psalm 16:11, NIV)


Broken

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Jesus said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. (1 Corinthians 11:24, KJV)

Their insults have broken my heart, and I am in despair. If only one person would show some pity; if only one would turn and comfort me. But instead, … they offer me sour wine for my thirst. (Psalm 69:20-21, NLT)

Jesus was in Bethany at the home of Simon, a man who had previously had leprosy. While he was eating, a woman came in with a beautiful alabaster jar of expensive perfume made from essence of nard. She broke open the jar and poured the perfume over his head. (Mark 14:3, NLT)

Broken and spilled out
Just for love of you, Jesus
My most precious treasure
Lavished on thee
Broken and spilled out
And poured at your feet
In sweet abandon
Let me be spilled out
And used up for Thee — Steven Green

You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise. (Psalm 51:16-17, NIV)


Today

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We “walk with Jesus.” We are [to be] concerned only with the step-by-step life. We live in the present: “Today, today, today.” — Norman Grubb

The Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.” (Hebrews 3:7-8, NIV)

Encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. (Hebrews 3:13, NIV)

He is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care. Today, if only you would hear his voice, do not harden your hearts. (Psalm 95:7-8, NIV)

We beg you not to accept this marvelous gift of God’s kindness and then ignore it. For God says, “At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you.” Indeed, the “right time” is now. Today is the day of salvation. (2 Corinthians 6:1-2, NLT)