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Obsession. That is a very strong word which describes the way someone or something can dominate a person's life. To be obsessed is to have almost no control over your feelings.

The reign of Christ is not that way. It is an invitation accepted to a way of life, not something that is forced upon us.

You are invited now to find your way into Christ's reign. Accept the invitation gladly!

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The Lord is king, he is robed in majesty; the Lord is robed, he is girded with strength. He has established the world; it shall never be moved; your throne is established from of old; you are from everlasting. The floods have lifted up, O Lord, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their roaring. More majestic than the thunders of mighty waters, more majestic than the waves of the sea, majestic on high is the Lord! Your decrees are very sure; holiness befits your house, O Lord, forevermore.

Psalm 93

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Think

A.W. Tozer said that the most important thing about a person is how they think about God. Do they think of God as distant and removed from human beings, or accepting and involved with people? Do they think of an angry God or a smiling God?

When you pray, what do you imagine God to look like? Do you imagine God as a king on a throne, with a beautiful, flowing robe and angels all around? Or do you imagine Jesus before you, listening to what you say and speaking back? Do you imagine anything at all?

It’s hard to imagine that the God pictured in today's psalm is also the God we know in Jesus Christ, walking among us, healing, blessing, and sacrificing. But God is both. God reigns in the heavens. God reigns on the earth. And God desires to reign in our hearts.

Brent McDougal

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God, you are the Lord of heaven and earth. You are my God. I give you reign over my life today. Amen.

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Blessings abound where-e're Christ reigns:
The prisoners leap to lose their chains,
The weary find eternal rest,
And all who suffer want are blessed.

Attributed to John Hatton

Brent McDougal

Brent McDougal lives in Dallas, Texas, and is pastor at Cliff Temple Baptist Church.

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