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Time Well Spent

April 24th, 2013

“Make every minute count.” Ephesians 5:16 CEV.

You cannot buy, borrow, or bargain for more time than God gives.

My thoughts and comments today are about “time well spent.”

Most of everything you use or lose can be replaced, except for time. It is a mistake to not value time as you should or use it as wisely as you could. Time is a limited commodity; you cannot buy, borrow, or bargain for more time than God gives you. Use the time you have, well and wisely. Time is irreplaceable, much too precious to waste; invest in people and matters of eternal importance rather than spending it frivolously. Jesus advised, “Store up for yourselves treasures in Heaven . . for where your treasure is there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21 NIV.

James’ counsel was that you not presume anything about tomorrow, because “How do you know what will happen tomorrow?” James 4:13-17 NLT. The Psalmist prayed, “Teach us to make the most of our time, so that we may grow in wisdom. Psalm 90:12 NLT. The wise objective is to prize each moment, investing it wisely as a gift from God. Paul’s counsel is, “Make every minute count . . find out what the Lord wants you to do.” Ephesians 5:16-17 CEV. Here’s practical advice how to do that.

(1) Just say, “No.” Learning to say no to things – or people – that waste time allows you opportunity to say yes to God’s will, caring for your responsibilities, and being helpful to others. Stress results when you busy yourself with things not your responsibility, or commit to more than you can accomplish in available time. Jesus could confidently say to His Father, “I have finished the work You gave Me to do.” John 17:4 TEV. Jesus was not distracted by lesser matters, understanding personal priorities and knowing what is eternally important.

(2) Avoid procrastination. Ignoring things that must be done wastes time now and usually takes more time later. Personal and spiritual maturity is evidenced by doing what you should even when you don’t feel like doing so, just because that is what you should do. Jesus said, “I always do those things that please [the Father].” John 8:29 NKJV. Can you say that today? My spiritual life improved noticeably when I understood that procrastinated obedience is merely disobedience by lesser name. Read Matthew 21:28-31 NIV. Obeying God promptly and fully is time best spent.

(3) Take time to abide in Christ. Time reflecting on God’s Word, worshiping in His presence, and serving others is time well spent. Jesus was clear,“You cannot be fruitful unless you abide in Me.” John 15:4 NKJV. You will be more effective, more fruitful, more successful, and so much more satisfied. Listen and learn from the One Who will guide your life and direct your steps. Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV. Your time doing so is well spent and makes every other minute more effective. A disciple of Jesus will trust His promise, “Seek first the Kingdom of Heaven and His righteousness, and all these other things will be provided for you.” Matthew 6:33. Life works best God’s way. First things first” is always good advice.

My prayer for you today is that you value time and use it with eternal purpose in mind.

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Having Enough

June 16th, 2011

“My God shall supply all your need.” Philippians 4:19

Having more is rarely the solution to having enough.”

My thoughts today are about “having enough.”

However much you have at any given time, there always seems an underlying and nagging worry that you will not have enough. No one wants the unknown circumstance to become the unforeseen need. But really, can you ever be sure that you have enough for absolutely any eventuality? How much would that require?  I suggest that having more is rarely the solution to having enough. What then is the answer? Glad you asked!

However much you have, your resources will always have limits. You will never know enough to know everything, never able to do enough to do all things, never have enough to have everything, whereas God’s knowledge and wisdom, abilities, and resources are infinite. The real question is not about what you know, can do, or have; the question is whether God is the Source and Supply in which you trust.

Here’s Solomon’s conclusion: “The steps of the Godly are directed by the Lord. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble they will not fall for the Lord holds them by the hand. Once I was young and now I am old and I have never seen the Godly forsaken or his children begging for bread.” Psalm 37:23-25 NLT. I think one of the problems is our confusion that having a lot is the same as having enough. God is your sufficiency for every lack.

The Bible says, “My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 NKJV. Do you know the context for that promise? It is not at all as you might presume. Read the preceding verses about Paul’s experiences – “I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation . . well fed and hungry . . living in plenty or in want . . I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:11-13 NIV. He discovered that even when he didn’t have it all, in Christ Jesus he would always have his needs supplied adequately. Maybe we need to embrace the conviction that adequate is enough. Learning to be content in God’s faithful provision is the path to realizing you have enough.

What do you think you need when you don’t have enough? Will more of what you lack be sufficient to have enough? Paul’s answer is simply this: in every situation, God is enough! When you are looking at what you lack, you are distracted from who God is, what He has, and what He can do. “And we have such trust through Christ in God. Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything is of ourselves, but our sufficiency is of God who has made us sufficient . .” 2 Corinthians 3:4-6 NKV.

It is possible to have correctly assessed all the facts of your situation, yet overlooked one overriding truth – “(Your) God will supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus!” Whatever else appears true at the moment, this is one truth that is eternal.

My prayer for you today is that you find faith and satisfaction in what God provides.

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No Deficit Mentality

January 10th, 2011

“His . . power has given us everything we need for life and godliness.” 2 Peter 1:3 NIV

A deficit mentality is knowing what you can’t do, without allowing for what God could do.”

My thoughts today are about “no deficit mentality.”

Most individuals are aware of what they lack, but not appreciative of what they have. That will produce a deficit mentality in your approach to life. You know the drill. Poor me! I don’t have enough; I don’t know enough; I can’t do enough. A deficit mentality is awareness of what you can’t do, without allowing what God could do. No one is truly self-sufficient, possessing everything they want, but as a Christ-follower you can access all you need.

What you have in Christ is a lot, much more than you realize most of the time. The Bible says, “His divine power has given (you) everything (you) need for life and godliness, through (your) knowledge of Him who called (you) by His own glory and goodness . . And by that same and mighty power He has given (you) all His rich and wonderful promises . . so make every effort to apply the benefits of these promises to your life.” 2 Peter 1:3-6 NIV/NLT.

God’s promise is this: you are given everything that you need in order to achieve God’s will and purpose. If ever, and whenever, you place your agenda before His, what you will accomplish is never the same as what you could have done, if working with God’s power. It won’t take much life-experience to exceed your limits, to bring you to the end of yourself. Everything you possess is limited – your time, knowledge, wisdom, ideas, strength, resources, abilities, and the like. Not so with God!

Everything God is, has, and does is limitless. “. . know this love that surpasses knowledge that you may be filled with the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able o do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” Ephesians 3:19-20 NIV.

God is described as “unsearchable,” beyond explanation or human comprehension. The Old Testament describes God this way: “Who does great things, and unsearchable, marvelous things without number.” Read Job 5:9-27 NKJV. In the New Testament, God is described: “”Oh, the depths of the riches of the knowledge of God. How unsearchable His judgments, and His paths beyond tracing out . . for from Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen!” Romans 11:33-36 NIV.

Don’t indulge a deficit mentality. You might know all the facts about your situation, but you haven’t considered your possibilities until you include God in the equation. Paul models such a faith, “I am exceedingly joyful in all our tribulations . . for indeed . . our bodies had no rest. We were troubled on every side. Outside were conflicts; inside were fears. Nevertheless God . .” 2 Corinthians 7:4-6 NKJV. Whatever your situation, or your present evaluation of its realities, do not complete your narrative without sufficient room for divine intervention, “Nevertheless, God . .” Leave plenty of room for God in every situation.

By experience, Paul had learned this transforming truth. “I think you ought to know about the trouble we went through in Asia. We were crushed and completely overwhelmed, and we thought we would never live through it. In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we learned not to rely on ourselves, but on God who raises the dead!” 2 Corinthians 1:8-9 NLT. Ever feel that way? God is the same for you today; God, “Who raises the dead,” miraculously restoring life where hope seems lost, and fate inevitable. The Bible is filled with examples; testimonies are plentiful every day!

My prayer for you today is that you discover the sufficiency of God in everything.

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