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TODAY’S DAILY PRAYER

yellow fall leavesI will praise you, Lord, with all my heart; before the “gods” I will sing your praise. I will bow down toward your holy temple and will praise your name for your unfailing love and your faithfulness, for you have so exalted your solemn decree that it surpasses your fame. Psalm 138:1–2, NIV

Dear Father in heaven, we thank you for your mercy and for your great goodness and power, revealed to us through the ages and in the present time. We live by your revelation, Lord God Almighty, for you perform wonders on earth and you reign in heaven so that heaven can bless and help us on our earthly pilgrimage. Grant that your loving-kindness and your justice may be revealed through all the world. Come, O Lord our God, bring the light for us who believe in you, and be the light for the whole world. Glory to your name, for you are indeed our Father in heaven and on earth, and you give certainty for our life in time and in eternity. Amen.

 

 

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TODAY’S DAILY DIG

Volcanic RockPeople are more themselves when joy is the fundamental thing in them, and grief the superficial. Melancholy should be an innocent interlude, a tender and fugitive frame of mind; praise should be the permanent pulsation of the soul. Pessimism is at best an emotional half-holiday; joy is the uproarious labor by which all things live.

 

 

Verse of the Day

Inspirational illustration of Proverbs 10:32

Thoughts on Today’s Verse…

How many times have you said just the “wrong” thing? For me, it is more often than I would like to recall. Jesus words on this topic are indeed convicting to me: “Out of the abundance of the heart does the mouth speak.” In other words, poor words and bad timing in our speech are more issues of our heart than issues of social skills and decorum. Let’s ask God to purify, mend, and re-focus our heart on his will and passions.

My Prayer…

Almighty God, loving and merciful Father, please purify my heart of all evil, hate, duplicity, prejudice, malice, lust and greed. By the powerful name of Jesus, please drive away any evil power or enticing tempation that would corrupt my heart and wound my soul. Fill my heart with love, grace, righteousness, holy passion, gentleness, forebearance, sensitivity, courage, conviction, and forgiveness. Give me discernment to know which of these qualities are needed at any given moment. Sanctify me, body, soul, and spirit with your Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

PS> This is a sin I am guilty of far too often…and especially over the last few days….but, not just I, but I caused my daughter and granddaughter to commit this same sin…..Please, Lord, forgive them, forgive me!!  Please bring them back to me!!

 

 

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Quote of the Day

“Pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” –Matthew 9:38

Today’s Answer

Recharging Our Batteries Each Day?

John Barnett

Matthew 4:4 “But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'”

Have you really heard what Jesus said? He reminds us; don’t just do the physical regimens of getting “bread” or physical preparation for life. He says there is an entire spiritual regimen that must not be neglected. We need to renew our souls as well as our bodies; we need to plug in and recharge our spiritual batteries for living another day.

Have you ever had your cell phone or laptop run out of battery? Or, how about your digital camera, just when you wanted to use it? Doesn’t that feel terrible? We know we should have plugged it in but we forgot. That is also how our spiritual batteries are. Many missed opportunities to serve the Lord come from not recharging our lives in the Word.

The best life possible to be lived on earth starts and continues through Christ’s commanded daily connection with God’s Word. Unless our lives are recharged, our minds are renewed, and our souls are fed—we will at some point during each day cease to work correctly, like a dead cell phone or powerless laptop.

The One who wants to call us, and use us is God. It is our Lord that is faced with an “out of power” or “unusable” signal from us. We need to seriously consider whether we are obeying Christ’s command in Matthew 4:4, lest we miss all the benefits of His Word in our lives each day.

Taken from “The Book You Can Trust For Life” by Discover the Book Ministries (used by permission).

 

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September 27

When I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me.–MICAH vii. 8.

There be many that say, Who will show us any good? Lord, lift Thou up the light of Thy countenance upon us.–PS. iv. 6.

How oft a gleam of glory sent
Straight through the deepest, darkest night,
Has filled the soul with heavenly light,
With holy peace and sweet content.
ANON.

Suppose you are bewildered and know not what is right nor what is true. Can you not cease to regard whether you do or not, whether you be bewildered, whether you be happy? Cannot you utterly and perfectly love, and rejoice to be in the dark, and gloom-beset, because that very thing is the fact of God’s Infinite Being as it is to you? Cannot you take this trial also into your own heart, and be ignorant, not because you are obliged, but because that being God’s will, it is yours also? Do you not see that a person who truly loves is one with the Infinite Being–cannot be uncomfortable or unhappy? It is that which is that he wills and desires and holds best of all to be. To know God is utterly to sacrifice self.
JAMES HINTON.

 

BIBLE STUDY BUDDY 

Read Matthew 5:20…”For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.”

Righteousness…

The characteristic of a disciple is not that he does good things, but that he is good in his motives, having been made good by the supernatural grace of God. The only thing that exceeds right-doing is right-being. Jesus Christ came to place within anyone who would let Him a new heredity that would have a righteousness exceeding that of the scribes and Pharisees. Jesus is saying, ”If you are My disciple, you must be right not only in your actions, but also in your motives, your aspirations, and in the deep recesses of the thoughts of your mind.” Your motives must be so pure that God Almighty can see nothing to rebuke. Who can stand in the eternal light of God and have nothing for Him to rebuke? Only the Son of God, and Jesus Christ claims that through His redemption He can place within anyone His own nature and make that person as pure and as simple as a child. The purity that God demands is impossible unless I can be remade within, and that is exactly what Jesus has undertaken to do through His redemption.

 

No one can make himself pure by obeying laws. Jesus Christ does not give us rules and regulations- He gives us His teachings which are truths that can only be interpreted by His nature which He places within us. The great wonder of Jesus Christ’s salvation is that He changes our heredity. He does not change human nature- He changes its source, and thereby its motives as well.

 

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Maybe it’s the small bead of sweat that rolls down your forehead every time the offering plate starts to come down your pew on a Sunday morning. Maybe it’s the quick change of the channel the moment you see those pitiful African orphans on television or the slight revulsion when another late-night huckster screams from the screen, “God wants your money!”

However you approach it, Christians start to get a bit uneasy when the subject of money comes up. But rather than a subject to be avoided, Christians ought to know what the Bible says about money, because what it actually says might surprise you. Did you know that Jesus talked more about money in the New Testament than He did about heaven and hell? Why would money garner more attention than even the afterlife? It speaks to the power of money in your life, for both good and evil. Here’s a verse you’ve probably heard about money:

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” Matthew 6:24

If you think this means God wants you to live in poverty, you would be wrong. If you think you’re supposed to give all of your money away to a charity, you would be wrong. When you start to look at what the Bible actually teaches about money, you will find some surprising things. Here are six surprising things the Bible says about money.

 

Your money isn’t really your money.

If you’ve ever raised a child then you’ve encountered that humorous moment when they mistakenly claim ownership of something that’s not theirs. “My sister can’t have my toy. It’s mine.” To which you would rightfully reply, “Actually, that toy is mine. I bought it with my money. I’m just letting you play with it.”

How many of us hoard our money and like that young child try and say, “God, you can’t have my money. It’s mine!”? In reality, your money is not your money because everything belongs to God. Here’s what the Bible says.

“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.” Psalm 24:1

The very next breath you take, the mind and intellect and physical strength you exert to go and earn money are all gifts from God. At the end of the day, everything we have belongs to Him, including ‘our’ money.

God isn’t after your money, He’s after your heart.

So if everything belongs to God, then why do we need to give Him our money? Is He poor? Does He need a loan? Isn’t it all His anyways? When God asks you to give, He’s not after your money (because it’s already His). God’s after your heart. Look at what Jesus taught,

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?’ Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart.’” Matthew 22:37-38

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21

When you follow the money, you find your heart. If you opened up your checkbook, it would be quickly obvious where you focused most of your affection. Money is the quickest onramp to your heart. If you can steer your money in the right direction, your heart will soon follow. Why does Jesus talk so much about money in the New Testament? It is because He is concerned with the condition of our hearts.

 

Giving is the only antidote to greed.

Imagine the greediest person you know: the person that focuses only on themselves, who thinks the world revolves around them and uses people only to further their own interests. Is that the kind of person you want to be around? Is that the kind of person you want to be? Absolutely not! Many people still wear the emotional scars of being around greedy people concerned only with their own interests. This is why the Bible speaks so strongly against greed.

“Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.” Colossians 3:5-6

Greed is a cancer which, if left unchecked, will grip your soul and never let go. What’s the antidote? Giving. When you willingly give your money away, when you choose to live a life of generosity, you break the power of greed in your life.

Every time you get paid, you take a test.

A common theme in the Old Testament is the principle of firstfruits: God asks us to trust him with the firstfruits of our wealth as a sign of worship and trust.

“Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops.” Proverbs 3:9

When we honor God with the first portion of our income, also known as the tithe (which means tenth), God blesses us in return. And whether you know it or not, every time you get paid, whether it’s weekly, bi-monthly or monthly, you take a test. Will you trust God with the firstfruits of your income? Will you trust Him with the tithe? Here’s the promise from God Himself of what happens when you do:

“‘Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,’ says the Lord Almighty, ‘and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe,’ says the Lord Almighty. ‘Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land,’ says the Lord Almighty.” Malachi 3:10-12

You’re happier when you give.

When the Apostle Paul was nearing the end of his ministry, he set an example of generosity and reminded the church of the power of giving:

“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Acts 20:35

Who are the happiest people you know? Think about it for a moment. Happiness isn’t directly tied to your bank statement. In fact, some of the most miserable people in the world are some of the richest (just read the tabloids). Conversely, some of the happiest people you know are people who don’t necessarily have a lot in this world but they’ve found something deeper, a richer joy that transcends worldly wealth and possessions. It all goes back to what Jesus said 2000 years ago. You are more blessed (a word that means joyful and happy) when you give. Try living a life of generosity and see how it improves your disposition and overall mindset.

How you handle God’s money now is a trial run for greater riches.

Let’s say you’ve got a cousin that always asks for money. They promise to pay it back, but all they’ve done is waste it on useless and selfish things. How tempted would you be to give them even more money? Let’s say you have a financial or money manager that has managed to waste away all of your retirement. How tempted would you be to give that manager even more of your money?

God looks at us in the same way. We’ve been called to manage or steward his riches on earth. For many of us, we’ve wasted away the little amount of money we have on useless and selfish things, and we’re angry that God won’t give us any more. We ask God for more wealth, but we can’t properly manage what we already have. Why would God give us any more financial blessing when we can’t take care of what we already have? In the Parable of the Talents Jesus drives home this point in a story of a master who went away and entrusted his servants with money. When they managed it well, here was the master’s response:

“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.'” Matthew 25:21-29
God doesn’t want us to live in poverty all our lives. Instead, it is actually quite the opposite. The Bible gives out an outline on how we can handle our finances in a Christian way that serves the Lord. We can worship God and honor Him by giving to our church and giving up greed. God will bless us financially if we do so.

 

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Michael Brown is seen entering the Ferguson Market hours before the unarmed 18-year-old was shot dead by a police officer.
Michael Brown is seen entering the Ferguson Market hours before the unarmed 18-year-old was shot dead by a police officer. (St Louis County Prosecutor/Handout via REUTERS)

According to every reliable report, my young namesake, Michael Brown, was not shot in the back, nor did he have his hands up, nor did he utter the words, “Hands up, don’t shoot.” If any of this had been true, the Department of Justice would have nailed Darren Wilson, the policeman involved in the incident, since the DOJ was quite motivated to find fault with the police. Why, then, do so many black Americans believe (and repeat) the “Hands up, don’t shoot” narrative?

A few months ago, for the first time, I signed up for Google Alerts, where you get regular e-notices when your name is mentioned online. Of course, with a common name like mine, especially without my middle initial “L,” I knew that most of the notices would be about others. There are a lot of Michael Browns out there!

But almost every day, the vast majority of notices I get are about Ferguson’s 18-year-old Michael Brown. He is the constant topic of conversation, the cause célèbre when it comes to justice issues in America. Why?

There are plenty of derogatory answers that are readily available (and I apologize for having to list them, as offensive as they are).

These answers would include: Black Americans are simply listening to their race-baiting leaders (think, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and others). Or, black Americans are being duped by the left-wing media. Or, black Americans are easily stirred up by groups like Black Lives Matter.

Although it’s distasteful to list such charges, I’m sure that some readers will nod in affirmation, saying, “Yes, it’s actually all of the above.”

In reality, black Americans are influenced by race-baiters, the left-wing media and activist groups just as much as white Americans are. (Check out the latest “Nazi scum” chant at Berkeley for evidence.)

Why, then, do so many black Americans continue to believe the Ferguson myth? It’s for the same reason that many black Americans thought O.J. Simpson was innocent: a fundamental distrust of the criminal justice system.

Years of listening to my radio show callers have taught me that, generally speaking, black Americans and white Americans still do not share equal footing.

I’m talking about countless calls that I’ve received from God-fearing, Bible-believing, authority-respecting, conservative black Americans.

I’m talking about people who have listened to me for years, who will shout to the world that they don’t believe there’s a racist bone in my body, and yet will say, “Dr. Brown, I love you, but you just don’t get it.”

Black pastors have told me about their bad experiences with police.

Black Christian mothers have told me about how they had to train their kids not to respond to hostile questioning from a police officer, for fear that they would be shot.

Dr. Brian Williams, the black doctor in Dallas who treated some of the cops who were ambushed last year said, “This is much more complicated for me personally. … There’s this dichotomy where I’m standing with law enforcement, but I also personally feel that angst that comes when you cross the path of an officer in uniform and you’re fearing for your safety. I’ve been there, and I understand that.”

Lest you think this is just urban myth, TheNew York Timesreports that “Decades of research have shown that the criminal courts sentence black defendants more harshly than whites.”

Indeed, a new study “exposes the fact that African-American defendants get more time behind bars—sometimes twice the prison terms of whites with identical criminal histories—when they commit the same crimes under identical circumstances. It also shows how bias on the part of individual judges and prosecutors drives sentencing inequity.”

You might say, “But who started all this? It’s because of rampant black crime that black youths are profiled. It’s because of the breakdown of the black family that so many kids are wayward. It’s because of absentee fathers that we’re having this crisis. The cops are just doing their jobs, and there’s obviously a reason the judges are sentencing blacks more harshly.”

I personally agree that, in the vast majority of cases, the cops are just trying to do their jobs, and I stand strongly with our police. And there’s no question that the breakdown in the black American family, aided and abetted by the welfare system, is a major culprit in this crisis. As for sentences handed down by the courts, I claim no expertise and need to examine the data more carefully.

But I’m not trying to win an argument here. I’m trying to make a point: Speaking in broad terms, the life experience of black Americans is often very different than that of white Americans, leading to very different perceptions of the same events.

We can ignore these differences, arguing our points with passion and talking about the unpatriotic actions of black athletes who protest our national anthem. Or we can do our best to sit down with those who differ with us and ask them to share their perspective with us.

I personally believe the national anthem protests are misguided and do more harm than good, since they send out an unpatriotic, ungrateful message. And I hate the fact that the Ferguson myth is being used to stoke fires of racial hatred.

But I also know there’s another side to the story, one that many white Americans miss entirely. And as a follower of Jesus, I want to listen first and speak second. I encourage you to do the same.

Don’t we all want justice for all?

Dr. Michael Brown(www.askdrbrown.org) is the host of the nationally syndicated Line of Fire radio program. His latest book is Saving a Sick America: A Prescription for Moral and Cultural Transformation. Connect with him on Facebook or Twitter.

 

 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27

Always on Duty

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Galatians 6:1-10

Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith (v.10).

Julie Stroyne, a trauma nurse, had just gotten married and immediately after the reception was walking with her wedding party in downtown Pittsburgh. Suddenly she spotted an unconscious woman on a bench. Still in her wedding dress, Stroyne kicked off her shoes and jumped into action in an effort to save the woman’s life. It didn’t matter that she was celebrating her wedding. As a nurse, she was ready to serve.

The apostle Paul says that all believers in Jesus should be ready as well. He wanted those who have received salvation to know that “whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith” (Galatians 6:10).

Yes, we have a special responsibility to other believers (v.2). Doing good to those who are in the family of God demonstrates His faithfulness to His people. Like a loving home, family members’ needs are to be met first—followed by friends and neighbors.

Members of the Galatian church to whom Paul wrote didn’t receive help from local civic leaders. The only source of aid for struggling believers was the generosity of other believers. So as the individual Galatian believers had opportunity to do good, they were to do so to everyone. Paul reminded them that no matter the disruptive circumstances, the constant inconveniences, or changing locations, they were always on duty, and shouldn’t “give up” helping others (v.9).

Like medical professionals, followers of Jesus are always on duty. Therefore, the time for doing good is anytime. God is always orchestrating fresh opportunities for us to assist those who are in need. May the Holy Spirit open our eyes so we can see where and to whom He wants us to do good today.  —Marvin Williams

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Read John 9:4. Why is it important for us to take every opportunity to do good to others?

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What opportunities has God given you to do good in the last week? What does it mean for you to be “ready” to serve others for Jesus’ sake?

 

Today's Insight from Chuck Swindoll

The Fine Art of Blowing It

It happens to every one of us. Teachers as well as students. Cops as well as criminals. Bosses as well as secretaries. Parents as well as kids. The diligent as well as the lazy. Not even presidents are immune. Or corporation heads who earn six-figure salaries. The same is true of well-meaning architects and hard-working builders and clear-thinking engineers… not to mention pro ball players, politicians, and preachers.

What? Making mistakes, that’s what. Doing the wrong thing, usually with the best of motives. And it happens with remarkable regularity.

Let’s face it, success is overrated. All of us crave it despite daily proof that man’s real genius lies in quite the opposite direction. It’s really incompetence that we’re all pros at. Which brings me to a basic question that has been burning inside me for months: How come we’re so surprised when we see it in others and so devastated when it has occurred in ourselves?

Show me the guy who wrote the rules for perfectionism and I’ll guarantee he’s a nailbiter with a face full of tics… whose wife dreads to see him come home. Furthermore, he forfeits the right to be respected because he’s either guilty of not admitting he blew it or he has become an expert at cover-up.

You can do that, you know. Stop and think of ways certain people can keep from coming out and confessing they blew it. Doctors can bury their mistakes. Lawyers’ mistakes get shut up in prison–literally. Dentists’ mistakes are pulled. Plumbers’ mistakes are stopped. Carpenters turn theirs into sawdust. I like what I read in a magazine recently.

Just in case you find any mistakes in this magazine, please remember they were put there for a purpose. We try to offer something for everyone. Some people are always looking for mistakes and we didn’t want to disappoint you!

Hey, there have been some real winners! Back in 1957, Ford bragged about “the car of the decade.” The Edsel. Unless you lucked out, the Edsel you bought had a door that wouldn’t close, a hood that wouldn’t open, a horn that kept getting stuck, paint that peeled, and a transmission that wouldn’t fulfill its mission. One business writer likened the Edsel’s sales graph to an extremely dangerous ski slope. He added that so far as he knew, there was only one case on record of an Edsel ever being stolen.

And how about that famous tower in Italy? The “leaning tower,” almost twenty feet out of perpendicular. The guy that planned that foundation to be only ten feet deep (for a building 179 feet tall) didn’t possess the world’s largest brain. How would you like to have listed in your resumé, “Designed the Leaning Tower of Pisa”?

A friend of mine, realizing how adept I am in this business of blowing it, passed on to me an amazing book (accurate, but funny) entitled The Incomplete Book of Failures, by Stephen Pile. Appropriately, the book itself had two missing pages when it was printed, so the first thing you read is an apology for the omission–and an erratum slip that provides the two pages.

Among the many wild and crazy reports are such things as the least successful weather report, the worst computer, the most boring lecture, the worst aircraft, the slowest selling book, the smallest ever audience, the ugliest building ever constructed, the most chaotic wedding ceremony, and some of the worst statements . . . proven wrong by posterity. Some of those statements, for example, were:

“Far too noisy, my dear Mozart. Far too many notes.” –The Emperor Ferdinand after the first performance of The Marriage of Figaro

“If Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony is not by some means abridged, it will soon fall into disuse.” –Philip Hale, Boston music critic, 1837

“Rembrandt is not to be compared in the painting of character with our extraordinarily gifted English artist Mr. Rippingille.” –John Hunt (1775–1848)

“Flight by machines heavier than air is unpractical and insignificant . . . utterly impossible.” –Simon Newcomb (1835–1909)

“We don’t like their sound. Groups of guitars are on their way out.” –Decca Recording Company when turning down the Beatles in 1962

“You will never amount to very much.” –A Munich schoolmaster to Albert Einstein, aged ten

And on and on it goes. The only thing we can be thankful for when it comes to blowing it is that nobody keeps a record of ours. Or do they? Or do you with others?

Come on, ease off. If our perfect Lord is gracious enough to take our worst, our ugliest, our most boring, our least successful, our leaning-tower failures, our Edsel flops, and forgive them, burying them in the depths of the sea, then it’s high time we give each other a break.

In fact, He promises full acceptance along with full forgiveness in print for all to read . . . without an erratum sheet attached. Isn’t that encouraging? Can’t we be that type of encourager to one another? After all, imperfection is one of the few things we still have in common. It links us close together in the same family!

So then, whenever one of us blows it and we can’t hide it, how about a little support from those who haven’t been caught yet?

Oops, correction. How about a lot of support?

Our perfect Lord graciously forgives us for our worst. Let’s give each other a break.

 

 

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From Go for the Green by Jeff Hopper

THE NARROW WAY

“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”

-Matthew 7:13-14

Like golf, our spiritual life was designed to be lived down the middle, away from the thicket. Yet like a golfer whose eyes are too big for his fairway wood, we often “go for it” when we should be laying up. We take foolish risks.

The primary risk is to abandon the Word of God. When we stop reading the Bible, we forget its irreplaceable instruction. A second risk is to abandon the people of God. Jesus Christ was misinterpreted, misrepresented, and mistreated countless times during His ministry. But He never left the people. A final risk is to abandon conversation with the Father. As your closest friend, God is communicative— He wants to hear from you, and He wants you to feel free to tell Him everything. Yes, our walk with Christ is a narrow one. But that is because we are playing Follow the Leader.

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Service

Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.  – 1 Peter 4:10
Finding a way to help others is an expression of faith. It shows that we believe in the sovereignty of God. We don’t’ have to wait until the pain in our life is gone, because we know God can use it for good.
Finding a way to help others requires that you ask two questions: What is God doing? and How can I get into the flow of his activity? When we ask these questions, ideas will come. And once we begin doing this, the ‘why is this happening’ question, which once seemed so important, becomes irrelevant.
The best answer to why is always what. When we stop asking, “Why has God allowed this?” And begin asking, “What does he want me to do with it?”, we’re ready for God to start his work in us, and that prepares us for service, and that prepares us for service.
“I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.” – Galileo Galilei (1564-1642)
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DAILY DEVOTIONAL SEPTEMBER 27, 2017

Are You Happy Today?

Happy are you, O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the Lord.
Deuteronomy 33:29

The person who declares that Christianity makes men miserable is himself an utter stranger to it. It would be strange indeed if it made us wretched;consider to what a position it exalts us!

It makes us sons of God. Do you suppose that God will give all the happiness to His enemies and reserve all the mourning for His own family? Will His foes have laughter and joy, while His home–born children inherit sorrow and wretchedness? Will the sinner, who has no part in Christ, call himself rich in happiness, while we go mourning as if we were penniless beggars? No; we will rejoice in the Lord always and glory in our inheritance, for we “did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, ‘Abba! Father!'”1 The rod of discipline must rest upon us in our measure, but it works for us the comfortable fruits of righteousness; and therefore by the help of the divine Comforter, we, a “people saved by the LORD,” will rejoice in the God of our salvation.

We are married to Christ; and will our great Bridegroom permit His spouse to linger in constant grief? Our hearts are knit to Him: We are His members, and though for a while we may suffer as our Head once suffered, yet even now we are blessed with heavenly blessings in Him.

We have the promise of our inheritance in the comforts of the Spirit, which are neither few nor small. Inheritors of joy forever, we have foretastes of our portion. There are streaks of the light of joy to herald our eternal sunrise. Our riches are beyond the sea; our city with firm foundations lies on the other side of the river; gleams of glory from the spirit–world cheer our hearts and urge us onward.

It is truly said of us, “Happy are you, O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the LORD.”

1) Romans 8:15

 

 

The Daily Word of Hope Devotional

Bible Fun Fact: David had a son named Daniel (1 Chr 3:1).

The Rock And A Hard Place

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered the king, ‘Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If it happens, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace; and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image which you have set up.’ Daniel 3:16 WEB

Standing before the most powerful king on earth, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego had a decision to make. Obeying the king would be directly disobeying God’s command to have no other gods. Disobeying the king would land them in a burning furnace. They were caught between The Rock and a hard place.

King Nebuchadnezzar had built a golden idol ninety feet high and commanded everyone in his kingdom to bow down and worship it. Three Israelites refused and told him that God was able to deliver them, but even if He did not, they would not serve his god. When faced with evil and certain destruction, they chose to trust God and they stood strong in their faith. In the end, God did deliver them and they were promoted.

When in the darkness, it’s not time to whine, but time to shine. When you have done all that you can, stand, and believe that God will take care of the rest. And even if He does not, you will do what is right. In the end, you will find that God always does what is best for you. Be calm, be patient, God is not dead, and this too will pass. If you do go into the furnace, God will meet you there.

Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank you for everything that You have done for me. Help me to stand strong when faced with adversity. Help me make the right decisions and be the one that you called me to be, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

 

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Today‘s Scripture

“But God shows and clearly proves His [own] love for us by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) died for us.” Romans 5:8 AMP

Thoughts for Today

You are significant!

Why? Because you are successful? Because you are good-looking? Because you are popular? Because you do good things? No. You are significant because God loves you. Because Jesus died on the cross for your sins–while you were still a sinner.

No matter what you have or haven’t done, look at God’s Word to find your reflection of significance. Nothing and no one can take that from you. You are significant because of God’s great love for you–now and forever.

Here are just a few more reflections of your significance:

Spend time in God’s Word–you will find many more reflections.

Consider this …

Have you opened your heart to God’s love? No matter what your past or what you have done, you are significant to God. He sent His Son Jesus to die on the cross for your sins. Forgiveness is available to you as a gift–Jesus has already paid the price. Consider receiving that gift right now. Just tell God how you feel. Ask Him to forgive you. Tell Him you want to accept Jesus and His precious gift. And then begin to see your reflection in the Bible.

Prayer

Lord, thank you for loving me. I don’t understand how I can be significant to you, but I thank you that I am.
In Jesus’ name …

 

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A Joseph Story
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 1 by Os Hillman
September 27, 2017

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

“I’d like you to help us develop our marketing program beginning in January,” said the CEO of a sports product company. The consultant was delighted to have the opportunity. It was the first new business opportunity he’d had in some time. He had just come out of some very difficult business and personal circumstances in the last few years. A few months into the relationship, the CEO asked the consultant to manage the entire marketing department, placing him over the current marketing staff. It appeared that God was blessing his efforts with several successful initiatives. The consultant began to build a relationship with a few of the executives. One day, the sales manager came into his office and asked for help on a personal crisis. One thing led to another, and two months later, the consultant found himself leading the sales manager in the sinner’s prayer in the sales manager’s office.

God prepares His servants in many ways to accomplish His purpose. The story of Joseph is repeated every workday in the lives of His people. The circumstances may be different, but the results are the same. God trains His servant through sometimes difficult “boot camps.” When that training is complete, He places them in strategic places to be a provider-both physically and spiritually.

Is God preparing you to be a provider in the workplace? Do not fret at the difficult training ground you may be required to endure. He has a plan. If you’ll allow Him to carry out His plan, you’ll be privileged to be used by the Master’s hand. I know because I am that consultant.

 

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This is exactly what I did….AGAIN!  My big mouth got me in trouble again, and THIS time, there may be no taking any of it back!

I didn’t sleep a wink all night, and, as I lay here, I was thinking……I thought of how my daughter exploded at me over the wedding invitation months ago…….how did she even know that I’d said anything?  I only spoke to two people, in private messages– my two daughters-in-law…..and, now I’m positive it wasn’t Stephanie who repeated anything….so, it had to be Cindy………and she exaggerated the whole thing, too!  I NEVER made fun of the invitation, as my daughter said……..

Now, this latest furor……….it was ONE DAY of posts, and I mentioned NO NAMES…….now, my daughter doesn’t follow me so someone had to have told her that I was “trashing” on her daughter……when, in all reality, I was more angry with Cindy for what she had said about my not living in civilization…….also, if my granddaughter is old enough to dish out crap, then she must be old enough to face the results of it……it isn’t the first time that she has been disrespectful to me!  I think that they all just want me out of their lives…….as for my daughter…….she has always been cold and cruel, like my baby sis………and, whether she admits it or not, they ARE uppity……..

She actually told me to get a job…..me, at nearly 64 years old!  She doesn’t realize that I worked my whole life…….I just didn’t choose to have a career, like her…….not every woman wants to live in a man’s world!  No, from when I was young, I felt that MY calling was to bear and raise children……to be what God intended women to be:  a helpmate for man….oh, I know she thinks her childhood was horrible…..she’s told me this many times!  But, she was always headstrong and wanting HER way……….out of all five of my children, the only one who never raised a hand to me was Steven, my Warrior son!  Yes, Jen, you, too, beat me up……you tried to beat up your Aunt Sue, too…remember?

Oh, I know none of them will read this probably…….but, I need to get it out……maybe I’ll print it up and mail a copy to each of them!!

God bless…..have a pleasant Humpday!!!!

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