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Rise Above What Gets You Down

June 25th, 2015

“The Lord was with Joseph, and he was successful.” Genesis 39:2 NKJV

If you stay where you were, you will never get where you are going.

My thoughts today advise that you “rise above whatever gets you down.”

Joseph’s story is a great one. His rise to the second most powerful governmental position in the most influential nation at the time is a phenomenal success story. It is certainly not about luck or good fortune, nor about his being in the right place at the right time. Actually, he seemed more often to be in the wrong place at the wrong time – except for the fact that wherever Joseph was, God was there with him. That is what makes all the difference in the world.

To get there, he had to rise above significant misfortunes and mistreatment – shattered dreams, dysfunctional family history, violent sibling rivalries and jealousy, cruel mistreatment, false accusations, felony imprisonment, and being a foreigner far from home with a religion at odds with the population around him. Who would ever have guessed that he would end up at the right hand of Pharaoh, ruler of Egypt? To be who you want to be and what God wants you to become, you have to rise above little people and petty things.

Joseph succeeded beyond his wildest imagination – because God was with him, and he was willing to rise above everything that could have prevented his becoming what he could be. Never let “it” or “them” get you down or keep you down – reach higher, touch something greater. Reach until you touch the One who loves and lifts, and cares. That’s how you rise above anything. Paul discovered how to rise above it all, “We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed and broken. We are perplexed, but we don’t give up and quit . . we get knocked down, but we get up and keep going.” 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 NLT.

If you stay where you were, you will never get where you are meant to go. Where do you want to go with your life? Who do you want to be? Some stay trapped in their hurts, reliving their mistreatment and excusing their lack of moving forward. Others find people to blame for what they have not done and what they fail to become. There are those who earned a bad reputation that still limits their opportunities, but are not willing to do the hard work of building a new and better reputation for reliability. Sure unwanted, even unfair, things will happen to you, but success comes when you rise above all that to be more than you’ve been. “It is never too late to be who you might have been.Mark Batterson and Richard Foth, A Trip Around The Sun.

The Bible says, “Keep putting into practice all you learned from Me, and heard from Me, and saw me doing, and the God of peace will be with you . . may grace, mercy, and peace, which come from God our father and from Jesus Christ His Son, be with us all who live in truth and love.” Philippians 4:9/2 John 3 NLT.

My prayer for you today is that you rise above whatever gets you down.

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Never Too Late

June 23rd, 2015

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This morning, I read a comment from Pastor/Author Mark Batterson in his and Dick Foth’s new book, “A Trip Around the Sun.” Mark wrote, “It’s never too late to be who you might have been.” His words may well be the most motivating, spirit inspiring, excuse removing, possibility producing, new life beginning words I can imagine.

And I hear the echo of Heaven’s Amen. “This is the day the Lord has made. Rejoice and be glad in this day!” Psalm 118. This is your day to write a new and glorious chapter in your story. “To as many as received Him, to them He gave the power to become the sons of God.”
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“Jesus, I pray for You to give a new hope, resolve, and strength to those who read these words and feel their heart quicken with Godly desire to begin a new life today. Amen”

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Success With Satisfaction

June 10th, 2015

Please read a personal message for EDL Readers I have included at the end of today’s Devotional . .

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“I pray that you may prosper in all things, just as your soul prospers.” 3 John 2 NKJV.

Prestige will not satisfy if  your soul is bereft of God’s benediction.

My thoughts and comments today are about “success with satisfaction.”

Success is a worthy goal; satisfaction should be the result. No one plans to fail; some fail to plan. It is important that you establish your personal definition of success. Without reliable benchmarks for measuring success, you cannot know when you achieve it, or recognize when you have failed. Everything without God is nothing, but little or nothing with God can be everything. 

Do not allow other people to determine what success looks like for you. The world’s values are vastly different than God’s. Decide to which value system you will give your heart and where you will invest valuable effort and energy. Someone has written, “As you climb the ladder of success, be sure your ladder is leaning against the right building.”

Prosperity does not result from the labor of your hands alone. True prosperity rests in the contentment of your heart. The prophet, Isaiah, asked a probing question, “Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in abundance.” Isaiah 55:2. Prosperity is found only in what God provides.

His intention for you is clear and simple; “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” 3 John 2. God delights in your success – materially, physically, and spiritually. Your greatest delight is when your success is evidenced by satisfaction. Prosperity is the sweet fruit of success; and real prosperity occurs, “as your soul prospers.” Read Joshua 1:7-8 NIV.

Neither possessions nor prestige will satisfy, if your soul is bereft of God’s benediction. “This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Consider how things are going for you! You have planted much but harvested little. You have food to eat, but not enough to fill you up. You have wine to drink, but not enough to satisfy your thirst. You have clothing to wear, but not enough to keep you warm. Your wages disappear as though you were putting them in pockets filled with holes!’ This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Consider how things are going for you!’” Haggai 1:5-7 NLT. In things important, are you succeeding or failing. Take time to consider.

This is Godly counsel; “Teach is to number our days, that we may present to You a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12 NAS. The intangible contentment and satisfaction of your achievements are a more reliable measurement of success than all tangible rewards gained by your accomplishments. Satisfaction is a reliable measurement of success. Gayle and I have simply tried to obey God and serve Him and others to the best of our abilities and opportunities, “seeking God and working wholeheartedly.” 2 Chronicles 31:21 NIV.

Today, I pray for you to always place the highest value on that which has eternal reward.

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The Nature of Love

June 5th, 2015

“Love always looks for the best.” 1 Corinthians 13:7 MSG.

Love has the power to rescue a ruined life and heal a broken heart.

My thoughts and comments today are about “the nature of love.”

People usually see what they expect to find. If you look for people’s faults you will find them plentiful and with that as your focus you will see little else but faults. We all have enough of those if anyone looks for them. But that’s not what real love does. Love chooses a benevolent focus.

The challenge of any friendship or marriage is how to keep in view what first prompted your friendship and love to be given. If not careful, over time you begin to notice small things that are other than you expected. A wrong focus can cause another’s graces to appear overshadowed by their flaws. That’s when you are tempted to “fix” what you see as the other’s faults, much to their displeasure and the detriment of your relationship. Our humanity seems to withdraw love until justification is undeniable.

When a person seems not to see another’s imperfections or faults, it is explained that, “Love is blind.” I would argue that real love is not blind at all, but chooses to overlook what is contrary to love. In the great passage about love, Paul wrote, “Love trusts God always, always looks for the best, never looks back, but keeps going to the end.” 1 Corinthians 13:7 MSG. You can only love others that way when you “always look for the best.” Love is not blind, but rather looks for what others do not care enough to see.

Otherwise, how would you explain God’s love? “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8. God’s only justification was His own love and the depth of your need. Years earlier, Dottie Rambo wrote a touching song of testimony that declared, “He looked beyond my faults and saw my needs.” Love has the power to rescue a ruined life and heal a broken heart. That is the nature of love. “Since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love one another.” 1 John 4:11 NLT.

You assume others will ignore your peccadilloes. If you want to be loved, remember, “Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.” (Luke 6:31 NAS), as well as an irrevocable principle, “Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly and whoever sows generously will reap generously,” (2 Corinthians 9:6 NIV), and you determine the measure of love you will receive by choosing how you will give, “Whatever measure you use in giving will be used to measure what is given back to you.” Luke 6:38 NLT. Sow love extravagantly.

Today, I pray for you to love enough to look for the best in others as they will in you. EDL pix faith hope love

 

 

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Weariness

June 2nd, 2015

“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened.” Matthew 11:28 NIV.

To be holy and healthy, you need safe places, still times, and special friends.

My thoughts and comments today are about “weariness.”

Too frequently our lives could be described in the terms of, “hurry, worry, and weariness.” Busyness and noisiness produce weariness of body, soul, and spirit. The relentless pace of daily lives and the incessant noise of crowded surroundings become exhausting – physically, emotionally, and spiritually, as well as relationally destructive. The result? Marriages struggle; families suffer; relationships are strained. Too often people are busy but ineffective. As efficiency and effectiveness diminish, multiplying your efforts is rarely the best solution.

Mark’s Gospel reports a productive, but equally draining time, for Jesus’ disciples. They preached; people repented; demons were cast out; sick people were healed. The disciples were busy about matters important to the Kingdom, doing exactly what Jesus commissioned them to do, and with remarkable success. The more the disciples accomplished, the more there was yet to do. Jesus wisely foresaw that they would experience the “law of diminishing returns,” growing efforts producing waning results.

“Because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, Jesus said to them, ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.’ So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place.” Mark 6:30-32 NIV. There have to be moments when you draw aside from the rush and routines. Read Hebrews 12:1-3 NIV.

The venerable King James translation reads, “And Jesus said to them, ‘Come apart . . and rest a while.” There are occasions when you need to be wise enough, “to come apart,” before you literally come apart – physically, emotionally, or spiritually. Whatever your activities, maybe today you feel life unraveling – weary of soul, depleted of energy, empty of resolve, dissatisfied with success, or a tiredness that is never rested.

If experiencing one of those times, Jesus’ invitation is the best advice I could give you, “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 NIV. Read Isaiah 40:28-31 NIV.

Gordon MacDonald, a favorite author of mine, wrote, “Restoring Your Spiritual Passion.” Thomas Nelson Publishers. He gave three essentials things for spiritual passion: (1) Safe Places. You need a map of your life marking where you find Sanctuary, free from disruptions and misdirection. (2) Still Times. You need a calendar showing when you will observe Sabbath, apart from the demands of depleting schedules. (3) Special Friends. You need a life-restoring Fellowship, people who inspire, encourage, correct, challenge, and affirm you.

Today, I pray for you that draw strength and hope from a source that never fails.

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