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  • It’s Time To Take Action – Part 3 – July 1, 2015

    It’s Time To Take Action – Part 3 – July 1, 2015

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    It’s Time To Take Action
    – Part 3

    They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion. Psalms 84:7

    The three essential steps to success are: 1) Do something; 2) Do something today; 3) Do something every day. One personal growth expert says, ‘We read about people who sail around the world in a thirty-foot sailboat or overcome handicaps to win a gold medal at the Olympics, and we later find their stories are all about persistence.’ If you want to know your future, look at your daily routine. You don’t determine your future, you determine your habits and your habits determine your future. The secret to success lies in doing the right things day after day. If you do that, you will eventually succeed. But a word of caution: important priorities have a way of slipping out of place while you’re focused on less important things. Some sacrifices are simply not worth it: 1) In your attempt to build a reputation, don’t lose your character. Reputation is what people think you are; character is what God and those closest to you know you are. 2) Don’t sacrifice your family for your career. If you do you’ll end up winning the admiration of those who don’t matter, while losing the love of those who do. 3) Don’t sacrifice your relationship with God for material things. God told His people, ‘You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” But remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth…If you ever forget the Lord…you will surely be destroyed’ (Deuteronomy 8:17-18).

    Prayer
    Heavenly Father, help me to heed the warnings above so that I keep the most important things the most important things. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

     

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  • It’s Time To Take Action – Part 2 – June 30, 2015

    It’s Time To Take Action – Part 2 – June 30, 2015

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    It’s Time To Take Action
    – Part 2

    His heart is secure, he will have no fear; in the end he will look in triumph on his foes. Psalms 112:8

    Cartoonist Jonny Hawkins drew a sketch of five board members sitting around a table at the annual church business meeting. One says, ‘I see our church’s biggest problems as communication and procrastination.’ To which a fellow board member replies, ‘I vote that we postpone this discussion till next year.’ We smile, but you know it’s the truth, don’t you? In yesterday’s daily devotion we discovered that the first step to success is: Do something! Now let’s discuss the second step: 2) Do something today. Runner, author and cardiologist George Sheehan puts it this way: ‘There are those of us who are always about to live. We are waiting until things change, until there is more time, until we are less tired, until we get a promotion, until we settle down—until, until, until. It always seems as if there is some major event that must occur in our lives before we begin living.’ If you want to achieve your God-given dream, you can’t allow yourself to be one of those people! ‘How can I avoid it?’ you ask. By doing something that will move you forward today! You can’t fulfil your dream all at once. You have to get there in steps, and the only time you can actually take a step is—today. German philosopher Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said, ‘Each indecision brings its own delays, and days are lost lamenting over lost days… What you can do, or think you can do, begin it. For boldness has power and genius in it.’ So before the sun sets today, do something that will move you further toward your dream.

    Prayer
    Heavenly Father, help me do something today that furthers what You have planned for me and stop waiting for You to reveal everything before I act. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

     

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  • It’s Time To Take Action – Part 1 – June 29, 2015

    It’s Time To Take Action – Part 1 – June 29, 2015

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    It’s Time To Take Action
    – Part 1

    The wicked man flees though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion. Proverbs 28:1

    John Ruskin said, ‘What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do.’ If you’re serious about succeeding at what you believe God called you to do, you must take three steps: 1) Do something! Sir Edmund Burke said, ‘Nobody made a greater mistake, than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.’ Praying, planning and deliberating are all good, but there comes a point when you have to step out in faith and act. And if you’re naturally sedentary or easily discouraged, you’ll have to confront your fear and reluctance and take that first step. Declaration of Independence signer John Hancock said, ‘All worthwhile men have good thoughts, good ideas and good intentions, but precious few of them ever translate those into action.’ God promised to part the waters of the Jordan River so that His people could go through and enter the Promised Land. But the waters parted only after they stepped in (Joshua 3:11-17). The same principle applies to you. In the beginning you just need to get moving. Try different things. It’s easier to start doing something right if you’ve already started doing something. It’s easy to steer a car when it’s moving forward, but almost impossible when it’s standing still. Dennis Bakke, co-founder and former CEO of global energy supplier AES Corporation, said, ‘We try a bunch of stuff… see what works…and call that our strategy.’ In other words, if you don’t know exactly what to do, don’t let it keep you from doing something.

    Prayer
    Heavenly Father, give me strength to continue to be a moving object that You can work with, steer and guide. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

     

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  • Things Change, But God Doesn’t! – June 28, 2015

    Things Change, But God Doesn’t! – June 28, 2015

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    Things Change, But God Doesn’t!

    Then I realized that it is good and proper for a man to eat and drink, and to find satisfaction in his toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given him — for this is his lot. Ecclesiastes 5:18

    Over one hundred times in Scripture we read, ‘It came to pass.’ That’s because most things in life aren’t permanent. Things change, but God doesn’t! Knowing that can help you to handle the bad times and stop you from clinging so tightly to the good ones. Here are three important truths to keep in mind: 1) Enjoy today. It’s a gift—that’s why it’s called ‘the present’. Solomon said, ‘To enjoy your work and accept your lot in life…is…a gift from God’ (v. 19). Even though you are constantly moving toward another goal or objective, learn to live in the present. Don’t put your joy on hold, or let it slip away while you’re waiting for the next big event. 2) Learn to appreciate the little things. They’re all around you: the love of a good friend, a kind deed, a fresh insight, a good night’s sleep, the delight on your child’s face. When you appreciate what you have, it multiplies. When you’re grateful for the little things, God will give you more to appreciate (Matthew 25:23). 3) Each ending brings a new beginning. There are two myths you should never believe. The first is the ‘forever myth’, which says your situation will never improve. The second is the ‘never myth’, which says if things get any worse you’ll never be able to handle them. Both are distortions. God’s Word says everything comes ‘to pass’. And while you’re going through it, He promises to ‘strengthen…and help you’ (Isaiah 41:10). Yes, this ending will bring your new beginning. So keep trusting God.

    Prayer
    Heavenly Father, in a world that is constantly changing, I value Your always being the same – today and tomorrow. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

     

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  • Flawed but Valuable To God – June 27, 2015

    Flawed but Valuable To God – June 27, 2015

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    Flawed but Valuable To God

    But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 2 Corinthians 4:7

    Some people don’t read the Bible because they think it’s all about saintly people whose lives have no bearing on reality. If you feel that way, read the book of Genesis. The dysfunctional families there will make yours seem normal! Cain was jealous of his brother Abel so he murdered him. Lamech introduced the world to polygamy. Noah, the most righteous man of his time, got drunk and cursed his children. When the men of Sodom wanted the two angels who visited Lot, in order to save himself Lot offered them sex with his daughters instead. (And the Bible still refers to him as ‘godly’! 2 Peter 2:7) Abraham slept with his wife’s maid, got her pregnant and then banished her and her son to the wilderness because his wife Sarah complained about ‘the other woman’. Jacob’s firstborn son Reuben slept with one of his father’s wives. The list goes on and on. The question is: why would God include this cast of characters in the Bible? To make the point that we’re all flawed in some way! We like to think we’re normal, but by God’s definition we fall far short. We all have habits we struggle with, past mistakes we can’t undo, and inherent tendencies we can’t overcome without His help. God said, ‘My power shows up best in weak people’ (2 Corinthians 12:9). You say, ‘But shouldn’t I strive to be better?’ Yes, but if God only used perfect people, His work would never get done.

    Prayer
    Heavenly Father, thank You for using flawed people like myself – forgiving us, and asking us to grow and start new – every day. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

     

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