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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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Success and Satisfaction

April 24th, 2015

“God has given each of us the ability to do certain things well.” Romans 12:6 NLT.

Nothing is more satisfying than a job well done
and for which you are well suited.

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

Imagine an orchestra with all the chairs empty, except for one lone instrumentalist. However skilled the musician, a single musician and musical instrument is not an orchestra. Their individual talent and best effort would be inadequate and the composer’s arrangement unrealized. Nor would any musician attempt to play all the instruments singlehandedly. Such an intent and effort may be commendable but their ambition and ability would be questionable.

My application is this: no one can do everything equally well; you’re neither equipped to do so nor expected. You will do some things better than other things and some things not well at all. Best that you learn the difference. But everyone can do something well; that you ought to do as your stewardship of God’s grace and contribution to others’ benefit. A few words have often guided and strengthened my resolve, “I can’t do everything, but I can do something. And what I can do, I ought to do. And what I ought to do, by the grace of God, I will do.”

The Apostle Paul reminded Christians in Rome, “God has given each of us the ability to do certain things well.” Romans 12:6 NLT. Scripture is best read in the context of what precedes and follows. Paul introduced this verse with a profound understanding, “We belong to one another, and each of us needs all the others. God has given each of us the ability to do certain things well. So if God has given you the ability . . do it!” Read Romans 12:5-8 NLT.

God’s intent is clear. The abilities, skills, and experience God has provided you are for His purposes – serving Him, and serving others in His Name. “We belong to each other and each of us needs all the others.” Romans 12:5 NLT. Neither you nor I are complete separately, but together we are completed and sufficient in Christ. Read 2 Corinthians 3:4-5 NLT. You are needed even as you need others. You need the practical blessing from the giftedness of others, and they need yours.

The opportunities, abilities, and interests you possess are from the Lord and for His purpose and glory – not your pleasure or profit alone, nor to use as you will or withhold as you choose. “So if God has given you the ability . . do it gladly.” Romans 12:6/8 NLT. Don’t tout what you can do or have done, nor apologize for what you can’t do or have not done. Serve others graciously, thereby glorifying God. “For God loves the person who gives cheerfully. God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.” Read 2 Corinthians 9:6-8 NLT.

Nothing is more satisfying than a job well done and one for which you are well suited. Your preeminent satisfaction and success are when you offer what you do well, knowing you are serving as God created and gifted you, seeing others strengthened, and knowing God receives the glory. The preeminent benediction of God will be these simple words, “Well done, good and faithful servant . . enter into the joy of your Lord.” Matthew 25:11. Miss that and you miss everything that matters.

Today, my prayer for you is to experience and express joy-filled contentment each day of your life.

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Safe Environs

April 29th, 2013

“Your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” Colossians 3:3 NIV.

A hurting world is hurtful by nature and practice.

My thoughts and comments today are about “safe environs.”

Because of sin, the world is not a safe place. Every day the news reports that reality. That was not the case in the beginning. When God surveyed the world of His creation, His benediction was, “It is good.” But His world did not long remain that way. Nothing and nowhere is good is God is not found there. Sin entered into a perfect Eden bringing pain and suffering, betrayal and distrust. See Genesis 3. And the world we know was changed for the worse.

A hurting world is hurtful by nature and practice. Sin brings hurt, and hurting people hurt others. Nations as well as neighborhoods fill with danger and violence. The result? Our cities are not always safe; our highways are not always safe; our communities are not always safe; even some homes and families are not always the safe place they should be. Solomon wrote much about the place of safety, “In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, and His children will have a place of refuge . . The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe . . Whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.” Proverbs 14:26 NKJV/18:10 NIV/29:25 NIV. Safe is what God wants for you. In Him alone, safety can be found.

I awakened this morning with two words in my spirit: “safe environs.” I recalled the Apostle Paul’s words, “Set your hearts on things above where Christ is seated at the right hand of God . . set your mind on things above . . [for] your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” Colossians 3:1-3 NIV. Read those last words again; meditate on them, allowing their powerful truth to penetrate your faith. Do not stray from His safe environs for even a moment.

What you are to do – establishing your affections, emotions, and thoughts on Christ – is the after effect of, “your life [being] hidden with Christ in God,” not a prior cause. That distinction of order is more important than you may first presume. What you are now asked to do will flow out of your conviction of what God in Christ has already done. “The righteous . . shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord.” Psalm 112:6-7 NKJV. Your heart must not waver or wander.

When life would overwhelm or darkness envelop and danger surround, remember who you are and where you abide; you are His and “hidden with Christ in God.” There is no safer place. Just as Christ resides safe and sure in His Father’s love, you can abide in the safe environs of a Savior’s loving care. Jesus said, “I give them eternal life and . . no one can snatch them away from Me . . no one can snatch them away from My Father’s care.” John 10:28-29 TEV. That is security which is enduring.

I love David’s words, “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust’ . . because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place.” See Psalm 91:1-11 NKJV. Read Psalm 90:1 NIV. Make the Lord your refuge and dwelling place.

My prayer for you today is that your heart and soul reside always in safe environs.

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Thanksgiving As Benediction

November 26th, 2009

A Blessed Thanks Giving Day!

May this day be graced with His pronounced blessing and favor upon your heart and home. Thank you for your daily fellowship in God’s Word, allowing me to share something of the practicality and wonders of His truth as that has shaped my life. The privilege is mine that you would give audience to my thoughts and comments, and generously share them with others. I was just told that EveryDay Life in Bulgaria as translated by my friends, Lusi and Svetlana Arsov, has been requested by almost 900 individuals in the last 6 months since being made available by Friends Church in Sofia. I rejoice wherever and by whomever His Word is published and received into hungry hearts.

Thankfully, Allen Randolph

“God saw all that He had made and it was very good.” Genesis 1:31 NIV

Life is best when you look past things distressing to all that is blessing.”

My thoughts today are about “thanksgiving as benediction.”

When you hear the word, “benediction,” do you think of that as the closing prayer or final word of dismissal? Actually, benediction just means “a good word or saying,” which usually comes at the conclusion of some event or activity of success. It feels good when you can look at what you have done or made, and say confidently without undue boasting, “I am proud of that.” You feel satisfied with your effort, and pleased with the result.

God gave His superlative benediction in the Garden of Eden when He surveyed all that His hands had made, “and it was very good.” That’s what God felt when He created the world and all that is in it, and finished with His masterpiece, Adam and Eve. God pronounced confidently, without fear of contradiction, “It is very good.”

Jesus gave the ultimate benediction at Calvary as He hung upon a cross to die for yours and my sin as He cried to the Father, “It is finished.” The single Greek word that phrase is translated from was really a benediction . . “that is my best effort and finest result.” When you were created by the hand of God, and again when you were redeemed through faith in Christ, Heaven heard the Eternal Creator say again, and just as true as at Creation, “It is very good.”

Think about it! God looks at you and speaks a wondrous benediction of grace, “very good!” It is never your right to disagree with God, to contradict for whatever reason what He chooses to prophesy over you in grace and love. “Long ago, even before He made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in His eyes.” Ephesians 1:4 NLT. Will you give a benediction about your life, what you have done with your time, talents, gifts and opportunities, and how you have lived it?

On this Thanksgiving Day, look past whatever struggles and challenges of the moment and see the full brilliance of His grace, and the abounding nature of His love, and the generous supply of His daily provision and give thanks.  You will find you have more for which to be thankful than things about which to complain or regret. Life is best when you look past things distressing to all that is blessing. The sincere giving of thanks – God is very good” – is your fitting response of benediction for God’s goodness to you. “In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17 NKJV.

My prayer today for you is: may your life be a resounding amen to what God has spoken.

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