Facts of the Matter

A weekly letter of encouragement and challenge to business and professional men and women
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Dear Colleagues,

PROFILE OF A FINISHER – Principles taken from Psalm 84 (Part 2 of 3)

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In last weeks Facts we discussed Desperation for God as a quality of a finisher.

  A heart filled with praiseBlessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you (Vs. 4).


The first generation of Israelites grumbled against God and Moses in the desert, costing them entrance to the Promised Land.  (See Ex. 16:2-9; 17:23; Num. 14:27-30)  When you possess a thankful and worshipful spirit before God, you cant be grousing. Observe  Philippians 2:14, 15 that your effectiveness in influencing the lost among you for Christ is predicated on whether you are a person of praise, or a grumbler.

Do all things without grumbling and faultfinding and complaining [against God] and questioning and doubting [among yourselves],That you may show yourselves to be blameless and guileless, innocent and uncontaminated, children of God without blemish (faultless, unrebukable) in the midst of a crooked and wicked generation [spiritually perverted and perverse], among whom you are seen as bright lights (stars or beacons shining out clearly) in the [dark] world,

Question: Are you a person full of praise, or are you a grumbler?

  Singleness of heart and mind: Blessed are those who have their hearts set on pilgrimage(vs. 5a, c)

 These are the folks who have one thing on their mind.  Getting to heaven. Finishing the pilgrimage to Zion. Whatever it takes. In their mind there are no other options. While writing this Facts, the NBA playoffs were on. In the fourth game, a T. V. camera panned in on Kobe Bryants (Los Angeles Lakers) clinched teeth and fist, signaling his and his teammates intention to win the series over the Boston Celtics.  Said he, We will do whatever it takes to win.  And win they did. Singleness of heart and mind personified.

 James reminds us that the man who trusts God but with inward reservations, is like a wave of the sea, carried forward by the wind one moment and driven back the next. That sort of man cannot hope to receive anything from the Lord, and the man of divided loyalty will reveal instability a t every turn Jms.. 1:6-8b Phil. Trans.  (See Isa. 50:7; Lk. 9:51, 62; Philip:3:12-14)

 Question:  Sois your heart singularly bent on finishing the pilgrimage wellwhatever it takes?

This week, may you experience His grace, peace, and protection.

R. Dwight Hill

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