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Don't be a blame thrower 1



'Each of us shall give account of himself to God.' Romans 14:12 NKJV

Ever seen a flamethrower in the movies? It's a fiery torch designed to destroy people. 'Blame throwers' do the same. When life doesn't go their way, instead of taking responsibility for their decisions and actions they blame others. And there's no shortage of scapegoats. For example: my business would have succeeded if the banker had loaned me more money...I wanted to be part of the ministry team but my husband didn't like the idea...But when it comes to blame-shifting, there's no wiggle room as far as God's Word is concerned: 'Each of us shall give account of himself to God' (Romans 14:12 NKJV).

The problem with blame-shifting is that it stops you from taking constructive action and moving on with your life. As psychologist Dr Brenda Shoshanna observes: 'Each person you blame is holding on to a piece of your personal power and self-respect...Taking responsibility for what's happening in your life is one of the most empowering things you can do. New choices become available...your anger is reduced...you see people and events with new eyes. Remember, responsibility can also be read as response-ability: the ability to respond instead of reacting.'

No question - it can be intimidating to take charge of your life, but you'll be amazed at the joy and freedom it brings. Will you make mistakes along the way? Of course! Will you stumble and fall? Sure! But there's nothing like that feeling of stepping out in faith, and with God's help taking the next step.

Soulfood: Ex 10-12 Jn 1:29-42 Ps 29 Pro 26:4-6,

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Wherever you go God is there



'For the place where you stand is holy ground.' Exodus 3:5 NKJV

Jewish scholars used to debate why God revealed himself to Moses in the middle of the desert. Why not a highly populated or religiously significant place? The consensus was that God wanted to show 'that no place on earth, not even a thorn bush, is devoid of God's presence'. Pastor and author A.W. Tozer wrote: 'God is above, but he's not pushed up. He's beneath, but he's not pressed down. He's outside, but he's not excluded. He's inside, but he's not confined. God is above all things presiding, beneath all things sustaining, outside all things embracing, and inside all things fulfilling.' And here's the best part: 'God...works in you both to will and to do for his good pleasure' (Philippians 2:13 NKJV).

Today God is living within you, working within you, and giving you a desire to do the things that please him. And here's an interesting thought. Since God lives within you, don't go anywhere that you know he wouldn't be pleased to go, or get into situations you know he wouldn't be pleased to be in. When you feel wrong about being with a certain person, or in a certain place, pay attention. It may be the Holy Spirit telling you that you don't belong there and you shouldn't be doing that. Is God being narrow-minded? No; he wants only the best for you, so he's protecting you from harm. The Bible says, 'For the Lord God is a...shield...no good thing will he withhold from those who walk uprightly' (Psalm 84:11 NKJV).

Today wherever you go, remember that God is there!

Soulfood: Ex 7-9 Jn 1:14-28 Ps 92 Pro 26:1-3,

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Strength for speakers



'Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength.' Isaiah 40:31 NKJV

Describing the emotions evoked in having to address an audience, a respected writer says: 'Public speaking is listed as [our] number one fear, before death at number five, and loneliness, which weighs in at number seven. That means that most of us are less afraid of dying alone than of making fools of ourselves in front of others. Fear is a powerful motivator...There is the fear of being seen as exceptional and different; the fear of the unknown; the fear of being a fraud; the fear of forgetting everything you were going to say; the fear of being at risk publicly; and the fear of being up there alone. They all come together for most of us in public speaking.'

In The Bible on Leadership, author Lorin Woolfe writes: 'Leadership takes an almost bottomless supply of verbal energy; working the phones, staying focused on your message, repeating the same mantra until you can't stand the sound of your own voice - and then repeating it some more, because just when you start to become bored witless with the message, it's probably starting to seep in.'

If you do a lot of teaching, preaching, or public speaking, you're probably smiling and saying 'Amen!' The fact is, you can't fill an empty bucket from a dry well. In order to keep giving out you must keep your batteries charged spiritually, emotionally and physically. And the Bible tells you how: 'Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint' (Isaiah 40:31 NKJV).

Soulfood: Ex 4-6 Jn 1:1-13 Ps 63 Pro 25:26-28,

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