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The Word For Today

Try to learn something every day

'Knowledge will fill you with joy.' Proverbs 2:10 NLT

One Friday morning an eager young Stanford University student stood before Louis Janin, a well-known mining engineer. He was seeking employment. Janin informed him, 'All I need right now is a stenographer.' The young man said eagerly, 'Fine, I'll take the job.' Then he added, 'But I can't come back until Tuesday.' Janin agreed, and the next Tuesday the young man reported for work as scheduled. Janin asked him, 'Why is it that you couldn't come back before Tuesday?' The young man replied, 'Because I had to rent a typewriter and learn how to use it.' The young typist was Herbert Hoover, whose can-do attitude eventually led him through the doors of the White House to become one of America's presidents.

By taking shortcuts - you risk short-changing your future. Your unwillingness to learn today will leave you unprepared for tomorrow's opportunities. No skill you learn will ever be lost. Gleaning knowledge and learning new skills builds confidence and sharpens your mind. Successful people have one thing in common: they never quit learning!

Furthermore, God calls prepared people, so prepare yourself. The Bible says: 'Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding. Search for them as you would for silver...Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair, and you will find the right way to go. For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy' (Proverbs 2:2-10 NLT).

Soulfood: 1 Tim 1-3 John 5:16-30 Ps 5 Pro 24:8-9,


When you worship you're taking in God's Word

'Speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs.' Ephesians 5:19 NKJV

The truths of God's Word have been passed down from generation to generation through preaching, teaching and publishing. But they have also been passed down through the hymns of worship we sing in church. When you sing them, you're proclaiming the truth of God's Word and simultaneously ingesting it. You grow spiritually through the Word you hear, the Word you study, the Word you speak, and yes, the Word you sing. Paul writes, 'Be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord' (Ephesians 5:18-19 NKJV). Jesus didn't just preach the Word, he sang it too: 'And when they had sung a hymn, they went out into the Mount of Olives' (Matthew 26:30 NKJV).

Why does the Bible emphasise speaking God's Word? Because when you read God's Word aloud you ingest it in two ways - through the eye-gate and the ear-gate. The same thing happens when you sing God's Word. The readers of God's Word shouldn't look down on the singers of God's Word, and the singers shouldn't feel spiritually inferior to the readers. The important thing is to get into God's Word and get God's Word into you. Some of us do that best through a sermon, others through personal Bible study and others through songs that proclaim the life-changing truths of his Word.

So, when you worship, you're taking in God's Word.

Soulfood: Hab 1-3 John 5:1-15 Ps 15 Pro 24:7,


Thank God for your job

'Those who work hard will prosper.' Proverbs 13:4 NLT

Author and motivational speaker Charlie 'Tremendous' Jones tells the story of a man who dreamed he'd inherited a million dollars. In the dream he tried to take a shower, but the shower wouldn't work. He tried to shave, but his shaver wouldn't shave. He tried to make breakfast, but the coffee wouldn't perk and the toaster wouldn't toast. He went to get a newspaper, but the newspaper box was empty. He went to catch the bus to work, but the bus didn't come. Finally, after waiting an hour, he asked somebody, 'What's going on here?' They replied, 'Haven't you heard? Everybody has inherited a million dollars and nobody's working anymore.' Suddenly the man woke up, discovered that it was all a dream, and said, 'Thank God!' So he went and had a tremendous shower, a tremendous shave, a tremendous cup of coffee and a tremendous piece of toast while he was reading a tremendous newspaper. Finally he caught a tremendous bus to a tremendous job!

Thank God for the job he has given you, and put your very best into it. Your position and salary would most likely have been a dream-come-true for some of your ancestors. You may not be called to 'the ministry' per se, but if your job affords you the privilege of being a solution to somebody's problem and offers you the dignity of making a difference in life, be grateful. Imagine what your life would be like without it!

'Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper' (Proverbs 13:4 NLT).

Soulfood: Nahum 1-3 John 4:39-54 Ps 41 Pro 24:5-6,

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