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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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Priorities and Practices

October 14th, 2014

Where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.” Matthew 6:21 MSG.

Your attention, efforts, and resources flow to where your interests and investments are.

My thoughts and comments today are about “priorities and practices.”

Every day in many ways, you decide what is important to you. Be sure to make those decisions consciously and deliberately, lest they occur by default through insufficient forethought. More decisions are about a person’s happiness rather than their holiness. Who and what you believe to be of value and importance shapes who you become and determines how and where you invest your time, talent, and treasure.

Haggai, an Old Testament prophet, captured the futility of continuing in unprofitable ways. “Consider your ways! You have sown much, and bring in little; you eat, but do not have enough; you drink, but you are not filled with drink; you clothe yourselves, but no one is warm; And he who earns wages, earns wages to put into a bag with holes.” Haggai 1:5-6 NKJV. Isaiah challenged Israel, “Why do you spend money for what . . does not satisfy?” Isaiah 55:2.

Jesus taught this simple, practical truth, Where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.” Matthew 6:21 MSG. Jesus described an inevitability of destination. When viewing what is near and dear to you, where would you “end up being?” As predictably as water flows to the lowest point, your attention, efforts, and resources flow to where your interests and investments are.

In two stories brilliant for their brevity, Jesus likened His Kingdom to persons who discovered such vast treasures that they sold all they had to possess the riches they had discovered. Read Matthew 13:44-46. Jesus captured the profound simplicity of Godly priorities and practices, “Seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33 NIV. The rule and reign of God must be your priority in all things and your practice at all times.

Never sacrifice the invaluable and eternal for inconsequential trinkets or abbreviated pleasures. Learn a valuable lesson from Old Testament Esau, “who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son . . afterward, when he wanted to inherit this blessing, he could bring about no change of mind, though he sought the blessing with tears.” Hebrews 12:16-17 NIV. Also see Genesis 25:29-34. Choose wisely; some choices may be irreversible.

Desires, direction, and even your eternal destiny will be shaped by who or what you choose to treasure. Jesus commanded, “Lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.” Matthew 6:19-21. Yes; Jesus is right. Where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.” I choose Heaven for my destination, because the Savior and others I treasure most will be waiting for me there. I would be disappointed if I were not to see you there as well. “Godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.” 1 Timothy 4:8.

Today, my prayer for you is that you will prize the things that are invaluable and irreplaceable.

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