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The Word For Today

God's definition of 'rich'

'The blessing of the Lord - it makes [truly] rich, and he adds no sorrow with it [neither does toiling increase it].' Proverbs 10:22 AMPC

It's said the famous publisher William Randolph Hearst saw a picture of a beautiful painting and became very interested in acquiring it for his collection. He sent agents all over the world to search for it, but they couldn't find it anywhere. A year later, out of the blue, one of his employees came and told him that the painting had been found. Excited about the discovery, Hearst asked where it had been unearthed. His employee said, 'It was in a crate in your warehouse. You owned it all the time.' The problem was, Hearst had never read the ledger that had the record of everything he owned.

Your Bible is a ledger filled with blessings God wants you to experience. Now, none of these blessings are greater than salvation, but it's not the only blessing. 'The blessing of the Lord - it makes [truly] rich, and he adds no sorrow with it [neither does toiling increase it]' (Proverbs 10:22 AMPC). John D. Rockefeller once said he'd exchange his fortune for a chance to go back and work as a clerk in his old office in Cleveland, Ohio. Why? Because stress caused him to suffer bouts of insomnia, ulcers and depression. The blessing of God brings success - without stress! God tells you about it in his Word. He wants you to be 'rich' in your relationships, in your health, in your peace of mind, in your career and in everything that concerns you.

So get to know what God has promised you, then begin praying and believing him for it.

Soulfood: Lev 21:1-23:25 Mt 6:19-34 Ps 71:17-24 Pro 2:3-5,


Don't label people love them

'We have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view.' 2 Corinthians 5:16 NLT

If you tend to associate only with 'your own kind', think about this: 'We have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view' (2 Corinthians 5:16 NLT). Jesus went out of his way to meet a Samaritan woman at a well. From a cultural and religious point of view, it was a bad move. First, she'd been married five times so she had a tarnished reputation. Second, she was a Gentile. And in those days a Jew couldn't drink water drawn by Gentiles or eat their food. Jewish physicians couldn't attend to non-Jewish patients. Jews actually referred to Gentiles as 'unclean', believing that by mixing with them they too would become unclean.

But Jesus was all about including people, not excluding them: 'The Word became human and made his home among us' (John 1:14 NLT). Jesus touched lepers, loved foreigners, and spent so much time with partygoers that religious leaders called him a 'glutton and a drunk' (Matthew 11:19 GWT). Jesus didn't label people; he loved them. And when you follow him, he puts his finger on your prejudices and makes you deal with them. That's because he wants to change the way you look at people, not seeing them as Jews or Gentiles, insiders or outsiders, liberals or conservatives, etc. 'We have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view.'

Today you may come across some discarded people like the woman at the well. They may have been thrown out of church, or just turned off by church - and you'll have a chance to label them or love them. Honour God - and love them!

Soulfood: Lev 18-20 Mt 6:9-18 Ps 71:1-16 Pro 2:1-2,


Stop doing things that don't work

'Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom.' Colossians 3:16 NKJV

The story's told of a couple who decided to go duck hunting together. They heard that they needed a good duck hunting dog, so they went to a kennel and got one. They heard that they needed a good shotgun, so they went to the store and bought one. Then they went hunting. At the end of the day they hadn't got a single duck. The husband said to his wife, 'Honey, we've got to be doing something wrong here.' His wife replied, 'Well, maybe if we throw the dog up a little higher he could catch a duck this time.' When it comes to the Christian life, we try to accomplish things with tools that don't work or don't make sense. A dog is not the right equipment to get ducks - you need firepower to bring a duck down.

Why did Paul write, 'Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom' (Colossians 3:16 NKJV)? Because when the word of Christ dwells richly in your heart, you're equipped with God's wisdom. You can't solve a problem by using the very elements that caused it. You need God's wisdom, and it's found in his Word. Less than 30 per cent of Christians read their Bible daily. Think about that: 70 per cent of Christians look for the answer in the wrong places.

When you have a problem, the first thing you should ask is, 'What does God's Word say about this?' 'The entrance of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple' (Psalm 119:130 NKJV). Instead of doing things that don't work - turn to God's Word.

Soulfood: Lev 15-17 Mt 6:1-8 Ps 46 Pro 1:32-33,

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