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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Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.

Revelation 1:4b-5a

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Through social media, many people seem to be revealing themselves, but in truth they are hiding who they really are.

God doesn’t hide who God is. God has revealed God's total self to us. And the good news is this: God is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8) God was, is, and is to come. God sent Jesus to come to us as a witness to who God is and to be the best ruler we can imagine.

God has your life in the palm of God's hand, bringing it about to a good end. And when you believe that, you can trust that, even if you fail, God is working everything out for the good. God was thinking ahead long before you started to mess up. "My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord," (Isaiah 55:8) Even so, God reveals who God is to us.

Do you hide who you really are?

Brent McDougal

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God, I want to live an authentic, open life today. I want others to know the real me - and to see the real you living in me. Reveal who you are today as I worship you wherever I go. 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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