Facts of the Matter

A weekly letter of encouragement and challenge to business and professional men and women
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Dear Colleagues,

Good Morning!

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#1 He has adopted as his objective in life the same objective God sets forth in Scripture: “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matt. 6:33)

#2 He is willing to pay any price to have the will of God fulfilled in his life: “Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier.” (2 Tim. 2:3,4)

#3 He has a love for the Word of God: “Thy words were found and I ate them, and Thy words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart…” (Jer. 15:16a)

#4 He has a servant heart: “…Whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave; just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” (Matt. 20:26-28)

#5 He puts no confidence in the flesh: “For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the wishing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not .” (Rom. 7:18; see 2 Cor. 1:9)

#6 He does not have an independent spirit: …[Paul] was accompanied by Sopater of Berea, the son of Pyrrhus; and by Aristarchus and Secundus of the Thessalonians; and Gaius of Derbe, and Timothy; and Tychicus and Trophimus of Asia.” (Act. 20:4)

#7 He has a love for people: “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” (I Jn. 4:10)

#8 He does not allow himself to become trapped in bitterness: “See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled.” (Heb. 12:15)

#9 He has learned to discipline his life: “…Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things…I buffet my body and make it my slave, lest possibly, after I have preached to others, I myself should be disqualified.” (I Cor. 9:25a – 27)

My prayer is that you are having a great week!

R. Dwight Hill

+Adapted from “Disciples are Made, Not Born” – Walter Henrichsen, pages 12-19 (Original release date Nov. 1st, 2000)

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