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A weekly letter of encouragement and challenge to business and professional men and women

Archive for August, 1996

Wednesday, August 28, 1996

IS GOD ASKING YOU TO TRUST HIM IN A NEW VENTURE THAT DEMANDS STEPS OF FAITH?

Good Morning!

Then consider several observations from Moses’ experience  as he prepared Israel to enter the Promised Land:

  • Carefully scope out the new territory before entering – Numb. 13:17 – 25.
  • The obstacles before you may appear insurmountable – Numb. 13:28, 31.
  • The weakest among you have the potential of paralyzing  any plans of faith and conquest by spreading fear and discontent among the troops – Numb. 13:32, 33; 14:1-4, 10, 36.
  • The opportunities that lie ahead are abundant and the rewards are many – Numb. 14:7, 8.
  • God exacts a high price for unbelief in not responding to his call of faith – Numb. 14:20-23, 26-35.
  • For the venture to succeed, you need one or two  people of faith and courage who are with you 100% – Numb. 14:24, 38.

 

 

 My prayer is that you are having a great week!

Wednesday, August 21, 1996

HERE ARE SEVEN TRUTHS THAT MAY HELP YOU IN DEFEATING WORRY+:

Good Morning!

  1. If God gave us the great gift of life, surely He will give us the things necessary to support that life:

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?” (Matt.  6:25)

  1. Since there is no worry in the birds’ lives, why should there be in yours?

“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”  (Matt. 6:26)

  1. Worry is useless and changes nothing:

“Which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?“ (Matt. 6:27)

  1. If God gives such beauty to a short-lived flower, how much more will He care for a person?

“See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?” (Matt. 6:29, 30)

  1. Worry is characteristic of the unbeliever, and not of one who knows what God is like. Worry is essentially distrust of God:

“For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.”  (Matt. 6:32)

  1. Worry can be defeated by concentrating first on the kingdom of God:

“This, then is how you should pray:…’Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.’”  (Matt. 6:9a10)

  1. Worry can be defeated when we acquire the art of living one day at a time:

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”  (Matt. 6:34)

 

My prayer is that you are having a great week!

Wednesday, August 14, 1996

APPLYING THE SCRIPTURES TO YOUR LIFE

Good Morning!

As you spend time with the Lord  meditating over a portion of Scripture, you may find it helpful to ask the following questions:

  • Is there an example to follow?+
  • Is there a sin to avoid?
  • Is there a promise to claim?
  • Is there a prayer to repeat?
  • Is there a command to obey?
  • Is there a condition to meet?
  • Is there a verse to memorize?
  • Is there an error to mark?
  • Is there a challenge to face?

If you would like practice in utilizing the above questions, read and meditate upon Luke 14:25 – 17:10.

 

 

My prayer is that you are having a great week!

Wednesday, August 7, 1996

YOU CAN “GROAN”, BUT YOU CAN’T “GRUMBLE”!

Good Morning!

The pilgrimage from here to eternity was never intended to be easy.

So naturally, we are inclined to grumble about our circumstances! Perhaps our grumbling is related to the fact that we are confused about the sequence of events: Rewards occur after we get to heaven! The present however, is the time for character training in preparation for eternity.

The comforting news is that amidst this time of testing and development, we have been given the enabling presence of the Holy Spirit:

“We ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit…groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body.”  (Rom. 8:23)

And so…understandably, we groan

But grumbleThat is quite another matter

When we grumble, we signify a basic discontent with our lot in life, and a challenge to God’s sovereign purposes. In effect we are saying that God has unfairly violated our rights by allowing us to experience difficult circumstances. We feel we deserve better than this!

In their trek across the desert en-route to the Promised Land, the Jews responded similarly to adversity:

They grumbled

From their perspective, there was never enough water and comfort, and the food was of the wrong variety! They felt they deserved better than this! 

Citing their example, Paul admonishes us,

Do not grumble…(or) test the Lord, as some of them did…God was not pleased with most of them…”  (I Cor. 10:10a;9a,5a)

QUESTION: Amidst the trials of your life, are you groaning or grumbling? How you answer that question reflects whether or not you understand and accept the fact that this earthly sojourn is God’s time and means of making you Christ-like in preparation for eternity. (Rom. 8:28-30)

 

 

My prayer is that you are having a great week!