Instructions: Never Take Life For Granted by Valerie Cheers Brown

“I never realized how much was spoken about ‘Don’t Take Life for Granted’ until I got to the book of Ecclesiastes 7.”

“I pray these Bible Verses, Scriptures & Quotes and hope they will encourage and inspire us all to always live in the present, live for today, live in the moment, live life, live for the moment, and live in the present moment – always thankful for the blessing of each day.”

“Not taking life for granted; Not living in the past, but living in the present moment, living for today, living life for God, living life for Christ, living in love, making the most of every opportunity, making the best use of your time, and living in peace with everyone is serious business.”

“May we always live our lives to the glory of God. So help us God.” ~ Amen.

Ecclesiastes 5:18-20

“After looking at the way things are on this earth, here’s what I’ve decided is the best way to live: Take care of yourself, have a good time, and make the most of whatever job you have for as long as God gives you life.”

“And that’s about it.”

“That’s the human lot.”

“Yes, we should make the most of what God gives, both the bounty and the capacity to enjoy it, accepting what’s given and delighting in the work.”

“It’s God’s gift! God deals out joy in the present, the now.”

“It’s very useless to brood over how long we might live.”

Isaiah 43:18-19, NIV

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”

“We must stay in touch with both sides.”

Ecclesiastes 7:15-18

15-17 I’ve seen it all in my brief and pointless life—here a good person cut down in the middle of doing good, there a bad person living a long life of sheer evil. So don’t knock yourself out being good, and don’t go overboard being wise. Believe me, you won’t get anything out of it. But don’t press your luck by being bad, either. And don’t be reckless. Why die needlessly?

18 It’s best to stay in touch with both sides of an issue. A person who fears God deals responsibly with all of reality, not just a piece of it.

What it boils down to is: “We take many things for granted. We think we can eat whatever we want and that somehow our body will survive. We can take for granted that we are going to wake up tomorrow. We put the key in the car and we know it is going to start. We just take it for granted.”
“To ‘take for granted’ means to be complacent or neglectful.”
“Some synonyms for complacent are (so we can really get the picture): apathetic—which in turn means unresponsive, unemotional, and unconcerned. Impervious is part of being complacent and it means being inaccessible and impenetrable.”
“It means nobody can get to you.  You just are not going to wake up.”
“Indifferent means to be detached and impassive.”
“It strikes me how suddenly and painfully disaster can strike.”
“Maybe one had planned to go to the movies that night or somewhere else. You see that all of a sudden disaster came down around their head.”
“It can all happen “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye!”

“In God’s Word we see similar results occurring when people take God for granted.”

Leviticus 6:9-13 Command Aaron and his sons, saying, ‘This is the law of the burnt offering: The burnt offering shall be on the hearth upon the altar all night until morning, and the fire of the altar shall be kept burning on it. ‘And the priest shall put on his linen garment, and his linen trousers he shall put on his body, and take up the ashes of the burnt offering which the fire has consumed on the altar, and he shall put them beside the altar. ‘Then he shall take off his garments, put on other garments, and carry the ashes outside the camp to a clean place. ‘And the fire on the altar shall be kept burning on it; it shall not be put out. And the priest shall burn wood on it every morning, and lay the burnt offering in order on it; and he shall burn on it the fat of the peace offerings. ‘A perpetual fire shall be burning on the altar; it shall never go out.

“This is what God wanted.”

Leviticus 9:23-24 And Moses and Aaron went into the tabernacle of meeting, and came out and blessed the people. Then the glory of the Lord appeared to all the people, and fire came out from before the Lord and consumed the burnt offering and the fat on the altar. When all the people saw it, they shouted and fell on their faces.

Here God started the fire.

Leviticus 10:1-3 Then Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer and put fire in it, put incense on it, and offered profane fire before the Lord, which He had not commanded them. So fire went out from the Lord and devoured them, and they died before the Lord. And Moses said to Aaron, “This is what the Lord spoke, saying: ‘By those who come near Me I must be regarded as holy; and before all the people I must be glorified.’ ”

“We do not know exactly what had happened, but verse 9 may provide some insight into this incident.”

Leviticus 10:9 “Do not drink wine or intoxicating drink, you, nor your sons with you, when you go into the tabernacle of meeting, lest you die. It shall be a statue forever throughout your generations,

What we see here is that God is saying, “I will not allow you to become complacent or neglectful concerning Me. I will not allow you to take Me for granted.”

“There has been much speculation as to exactly what had occurred. Did these men get drunk? Did they fall asleep? Did they just think they had to get extra coals? We do not know, but God did not take it lightly!”

“We live in a country where we take our freedom for granted. We do not think about the national character and what it is going to produce.”

“We forget the laws of honesty and decency that make society work properly.”

“We forget as a nation to love God and to love our neighbor as we love ourselves.”

“In essence we take for granted what God has given us.”

“We treat our national blessings as though we have always had them and as though we deserve them.”

“And we neglect to live by the rules that build and govern our nation’s relationship with God.”

“When prayer was taken out of the school by the flesh being man, all hell broke loose in this world.”

“We can still pray for our world when we pray for giving grace or blessing for our food, in our churches, on our knees before we rest for the night, etc.”

“This attitude of carelessly taking for granted how we live can rub off on us—and do not think that we are immune!”

“Do we think perhaps we are better than this world?”

“How much better: 25 percent, 50 percent?”

“When this world declines in its morality are we still only 25 percent or 50 percent better?”

“In other words, do our morals degrade with the world’s morals?”

“This world is infecting the church.”

“Beware of the danger of overlooking the great purpose God is working out in us.”

“Beware of taking God for granted!”

“Remember that one reason we take God for granted is because we do not see Him.”

“What, then, is the purpose of study? We should be studying the Bible to sharpen our image of God. That is our purpose—We sharpen our image of God through study so that we will be able to emulate God.”

“What does God want? He wants to see Himself in us! What did the apostle Paul say in I Corinthians 11:1? He said to follow him as he follows Jesus Christ. You see we are to follow Jesus Christ as well.”

“God wants us to take our prayer and Bible study seriously!”

“In the process of that completion—as His good work continues—there are going to be fiery trials. God is going to perfect us. He is going to try us and test us. At times we may not feel very important and we may want to let down or even give up.”

“But remember that God the Father has called us personally. And He wants to see us earn the highest, the most the most useful, and the most helpful office that He can give us. He is working out a great purpose in our lives. It is far greater than we can begin to understand.”

“So let us work diligently in our efforts to imitate God. Never let down! Never let anything lead us to neglect or become complacent toward God! And never carelessly take Him for granted!”

“Always place Jesus Christ at the forefront of our minds. Always focus on the tremendous example He set. And always do everything we can to be like Him! Never take your eyes off God or the great purpose He has set before us.”

“The spirit led me to do this and these are in short…. my own personal Instructions: Never Take God For Granted and God is life!”

“I hold onto these words by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and they resonate for me sincerely.”

“If you can’t fly then run,

if you can’t run then walk,

if you can’t walk then crawl,

but whatever you do,

you have to keep moving forward.”

~Martin Luther King Jr.

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