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Mojave Narrows, Victorville, CA

Joshua 1:8

Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

Matthew 19:29

And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.

Mark 10:29-30

“Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—along with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life.

Following Jesus means not only gathering information about him but also obeying what he says. While obeying what he says we will find ourselves at odds with the world including our own families, our friends, our business associates and even what you considered to be perfectly acceptable thoughts and practices. You may find yourself turning away from “deals” or “advantages” that may very well have advanced your career or given you success on the job before but now, it seems these things have taken on new meaning. Moses grew up in Pharaoh’s household, knowing he was a Hebrew. He had privilege and status yet he chose to walk away from it all and God took him and trained him to know something more. He left everything he knew and came to gain much more.

Living your life for Christ will mean surrender to change. God will put you through the fire to refine and purify you so that although you will not fail to receive a hundred times as much… persecutions in this life, you will also receive, appreciate and enjoy a hundred times as much homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields. God is good and faithful. Nothing will be allowed to destroy you, be grateful and humble. He’s only refining you for your position in eternity