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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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To him who loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood, and made us to be a kingdom, priests serving his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Revelation 1:5b-6

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Hebrews 12:2 says that Jesus, “for the sake of the joy that was set before him, endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.” Jesus laid down something of value - his own place by God’s side, his own life on earth, his own heavenly reign - because he wanted to gain something far more valuable for humanity. There was nothing we could do about our problem of sin. So Jesus gave his life because it was the only way to bring about the joy of salvation.

And now, this is our task: to serve as priests to the glory of God. You are a priest. You are blessed with salvation in order to be a blessing for others.

Brent McDougal

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Lord Jesus, thank you for laying down your life for me and for others. I am your priest today. Use me as you will; direct me as you desire. 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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