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The Word For Today

IT'S TIME TO TAKE ACTION (3)

'They go from strength to strength.' Psalms 84:7 NKJV

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 NIV).

SoulFood: Neh 11-13; Luke 22:14-23; Ps 78:56-64; Pro 24:5-10

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IT'S TIME TO TAKE ACTION (2)

'His heart is established; he will not be afraid.' Psalms 112:8 NKJV

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 we know it's the truth, don't we? 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.

SoulFood: Neh 8-10; Luke 22:1-13; Ps 78:40-55; Pro 24:1-4

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FLAWED, BUT VALUABLE TO GOD

The Bible says, '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 NIV). 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 ad infinitum.

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 TLB).

You say, 'But shouldn't I strive to be better?' Yes, but if God only used perfect people, He would never call anyone to work with Him.

Soulfood : Neh 1-4, Lk 21:12-24, Ps 78:17-31, Prov 23:26-28

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