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Waiting on the Lord – June 30

  • “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.” – (Psalm 27:14)

Everyone knows the story of Joshua and the walls of Jericho. God commanded the Israelites to march around Jericho once a day for six days, then seven times on the seventh day. Upon doing so, the walls came crashing down. Why not just walk around Jericho one time? I think it was because God was testing their faith.

God was teaching them that waiting time is not wasted time. Isaiah 28:16 says, “He that believeth shall not make haste.” God is never in a hurry, like we are. He is always in control. Do you know what our problem is? We’ve been around Jericho six times and we’re ready to quit. Just wait on the Lord. Say with the psalmist: “My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from Him” (Psalm 62:5).

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Posted by on June 30, 2012 in Daily Thoughts, June

 

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The Love of Money – June 29

  • For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. (1 Timothy 6:10)

Greed is everywhere. And while we like to relegate it to the “fat cats” on Wall Street, greed is just as prevalent in the typical home as families try to “keep up with the Joneses” and acquire more and more toys and gadgets. And Christians, they aren’t immune; most can’t give to the widow or orphan because they’re in so much debt.

Money is not the root of all evil, but the love of money is. So instead of greed, choose contentment. Fulfillment never comes from worldly goods; it comes from a genuine trust in the work of Jesus Christ. Don’t let money be your idol, but stay firmly committed to God, knowing that all you have belongs to Him!

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2012 in Daily Thoughts, Finances, June

 

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Parable of the Rich Fool – June 28

  • And Jesus told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.” ’“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.” (Luke 12:16-21)

What do you treasure? Are you enamored with big homes, fast cars, and expensive clothing? Do you desire the things of the world or the things of God? Despite what some false teachers proclaim, you are not entitled to “your best life now.” You are entitled only what God sees fit to give. Your name, your fame, your health, and your wealth are God’s. He gives and takes away. Do the work of the Lord. “Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.” (Matthew 6:20)

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2012 in Daily Thoughts, June

 

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Why We Pray – June 27

  • Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. (Luke 18:1)

Here we see Jesus instructing the disciples to always pray; we also see Paul command the church in Thessalonica to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5). Yet you may wonder why you need to talk to God about your needs since “your Father knows what things ye have need of, before ye ask Him” (Matthew 6:8).

It is part of God’s grand scheme that we have been given the privilege to cooperate with God in prayer. Prayer is not overcoming God’s reluctance; it is laying hold of His willingness. Ephesians 6:18 tells us to always “pray in the Spirit.” As the Holy Spirit places thoughts on your heart, you are to submit those thoughts to God in prayer. In doing so, you are part of a closed circuit that begins with God and ends with God. Prayer is the reflection of a dependency on God, it is the continual willingness to submit ourselves to His authority in all things.

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2012 in Daily Thoughts, June, Prayer

 

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The Heart and God – June 27

  • “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13
“Just follow your heart and you can’t go wrong.” Those who offer such advice don’t understand that “The heart is more deceitful than all else” (Jeremiah 17:9-10).  However, when the heart is consumed by the work of Jesus Christ, it begins desiring the things of God.  God wants us to desire Him completely, to seek His will above our own. When we surrender our heart to Him, the Holy Spirit then works so that it is our heart continually searching for His heart.  In this we find God and His infinite wisdom.
 
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Posted by on June 27, 2012 in Daily Thoughts, June

 

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Running The Race – June 26

The other day, my son Evan and I agreed to take a run together.  He was not quite ready and I said I’d start, since he could easily catch up.  I kept looking back to see how far I was going to get before he caught me, and then I had this thought.  This is a picture of our lives.  How far can we get before death catches us?  How far can we get in the walk, the work, and the war before our privilege to serve Christ here is over?
– Bob Jennings
 
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Posted by on June 26, 2012 in Daily Thoughts, June

 

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The Importance of Affirmation – June 25

When our mouths are empty of praise for others, it is probably because our hearts are full of love for self.

God is not given the praise he deserves when we ignore or deny the work he is doing in people.

To fail to commend the character of Christ in people is to fall into the same lackluster indifference of a person who never exclaims what a beautiful morning it is, thereby robbing the Creator of glory he deserves for making that sky, that volcano, or that character.

Good affirmations are God-centered, pointing to the image of God in a person.

God is glorified in us when we affirm the work he has done and is doing in others.

We rob God of praise by not pointing out his reflection in the people he has knit together in his image.

Before being able to affirm people well, we need to learn to affirm God, the source of everything to be affirmed in people.

-Sam Crabtree


 
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Posted by on June 25, 2012 in Daily Thoughts, June, Leadership

 

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