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An Abounding Life

September 9th, 2016

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Whatever good toward God or man will be returned from God’s own hand.

“Whatever good anyone does, he will receive the same from the Lord.” Ephesians 6:8 NKJV.

 

 

My thoughts and comments today are about “an abounding life.”

There is a simple lesson in life. What you do and say, whether good or bad, eventually comes back to you in some form of either kindness or distress. Because you feel like speaking or behaving in a certain way does not mean that you should. When you give and what you give determine what you will receive. Therefore, it would only be wise to consider carefully the effect of what you do or say before doing so.

Solomon wisely observed, “Your reward depends on what you say and what you do; you will get what you deserve.” Proverbs 12:14 TEV. Now that can be either encouraging or terrifying. It’s great to know that God rewards goodness; It is not so comforting to realize that He does not spare you the bitter fruit of wrongdoing. The Bible calls that sowing and reaping: “For he who sows to the flesh will of the flesh reap corruption. He who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.” Galatians 6:7-10 NKJV. Whenever you are not reaping enough, you are not sowing enough. 2 Corinthians 9:6-11 NIV.

As a child, I remember my grandfather McGinness saying, “God will be no man’s debtor.” I have come to understand what he meant by that. A simple rhyme comes to mind: “Whatever good toward God or man, will be returned from God’s own hand.” My grandfather had learned that whatever good is done, toward God or man, will be returned with added blessing from God, in one way or another at one time or another. God lets no good go unrewarded, however unnoticed by others. Your return may not always come from an expected source, but your reward always comes from the true Source of all that is good. God uses whom He chooses to do His work.

Here’s the practical lesson in this. Never hesitate to do what is right or to deal generously when you can; those opportunities come your way with God’s promise of blessing and enrichment. Conversely, never do what you know is wrong, nor withhold what you know is due, however small or secret that may at first appear. Solomon was specific. “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is the power of your hand to do so.” Proverbs 3:27 NLT. There is a moral law. Good comes from the good you do or the grace God gives.

You can count this to be true, “Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does.” Ephesians 6:7-8 NKJV. You may not realize the connection with a previous occasion at that moment, but God does, and remembers and rewards accordingly.

Today, I pray for you to do good freely and receive reward extravagantly.

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To Give Is To Grow

March 18th, 2016

Whenever you have the opportunity, you should do good to everyone.”  Galatians 6:11.

 Helping others benefits you and blesses them.  

My thoughts and comments today are that, “to give is to grow.”

Everyone has a selfish moment when you think, “Why should I help?” Here are some answers to help when you feel like just taking care of yourself. Helping others makes life easier, every task lighter, and any heart happier.

First in importance, God says to do so. The Bible is explicit. “Whenever you have the opportunity, you should do good to everyone, especially to your Christian brothers and sisters.” Galatians 6:11. “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do so. Proverbs 3:27 NKJV.

God has given you what someone else needs. “Be generous with the different things that God gave you, passing them around so all can get in on it.” Read 1 Peter 4:8-11 MSG. As was said of the turtle on top of a fence post, “He didn’t get there without a little help from somebody.” Wherever you are and whatever you achieve, you received a little help from someone. Jesus said, “Freely you have received, freely also give.” Matthew 10:8 NKJV.

 You will be blessed in the giving. So don’t hesitate. “So don’t get tired of doing what is good. Don’t get discouraged and give up, for you will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time.” Galatians 6:9. Never discount the value of God’s blessing. His blessing multiplies your success and compounds your enjoyment of that.

You will accomplish more with God’s blessing than without. Apart from God, success may come with a measure of regret. “The blessing of the Lord makes a person rich, and adds no sorrow with it.” Proverbs 10:22. Not everything that looks like a blessing is, if you can’t find God there.

You will feel better about yourself. That is not as small a thing as it might first appear. There is enough about life and our common frailty that doesn’t always leave you feeling good about yourself. There is great benefit from seizing every opportunity to do good for others, releasing an inner sense of self-satisfaction and well-being.

Obedience is its own reward. Growth is the goal. When you lend a helping hand, everyone grows a little, and you will grow a lot. Helping others benefits you and blesses them.

Today, I pray for you to learn that you grow only when you help others to grow.

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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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Pursuing God with Passion

November 18th, 2013

“God . . rewards those who earnestly seek Him.”  Hebrews 11:6 NKJV.

God is not reserved only for crisis management.

My thoughts and comments today are about “pursuing God with passion.”

Our culture is becoming incurably casual, as evidenced by our carelessness with language (both slang and profanity), lack of civility, immodest attire, diminishing social graces, collapse of marriages and families, and depreciation of religious faith in our communities and society. Casualness elevates one’s own preferences and interests above and before those of others. The result is diminishing community and elevation of individuality. The more serious problem comes not in the effects from our casual interactions with others but its corrosive effect on our reverence for God and His Word.

God rewards the spiritually earnest soul. The Bible says, “Anyone who comes to [God] must believe . . that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6 NIV. God Himself is their reward. Do the words, “earnestly seeking,” accurately describe your spiritual life right now? “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13 NKJV. What would describe your pursuit of God? I have observed that people get earnest quickly when crises interrupt life – sickness, financial need, marriage or family disharmony, unemployment, spiritual barrenness, or such difficulties. God is not reserved only for crisis management.

The eleventh chapter of Hebrews poses inspiring examples: Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Joseph, Moses, Gideon, David, and others whose passion and pursuit of God was greatly noted and rewarded – “Who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouth of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, and turned to flight armies . .” Hebrews 11:33-34 NKJV.

Of such earnest seekers after God then and now, the Bible says, “Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.” Hebrews 11:16 NKJV. I do not want to live in a casual manner that would embarrass God for my name to be linked with His. I have long felt challenged to live and serve in a way that could include me in the company of those of whom it can rightly be said, “God is not ashamed.” There is a spiritual gravity to such earnest disciples of Jesus.

“I was very diligent . . exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.” Jude 4:3 NKJV. Earnestness describes the exertion and effort required in the Grecian games, as also referenced by Paul. See 1 Corinthians 9:24 NIV. In doing so, Jude uses a Greek word, “agonizomai,” from which our English words, “agony and agonize,” derive. It refers to, “extreme exertion and struggle.”

God is not elusive, but neither is He available to the indifferent. With tears, Paul must have written, ”For all seek their own, not the things which are of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 2:21 NKJV. Loss of passion is as unworthy of God as is deliberate lack of passion. Read Isaiah 55:6 NKJV.

God’s Word provides the remedy; “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God . . Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, until He comes and showers righteousness on you.” Colossians 3:1-3 NKJV/ Hosea 10:12 NIV. Showers of righteousness!

My prayer for you today is that you are earnestly passionate in your pursuit of God.

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Diligence

February 25th, 2013

“The desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.” Proverbs 13:4 NIV.

Life does not regard your wants; life rewards your work.

There is a very important lesson you must and will learn. Life does not regard your wants. Life rewards your work. And God honors those whose efforts reflect His nature and Name. Some learn that reality early and prosper; to their loss, others learn it late. Obtaining your wants apart from your work is unlikely apart from spiraling debt, demoralizing dependence on others’ charity, or resorting to dishonorable and dishonest behavior.

Paul’s personal example and clear instruction was, “. . this rule: ‘If a man will not work, he shall not eat.’ We hear that some among you are idle. They are not busy; they are busybodies. Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the bread they eat.” 2 Corinthians 3:6-12 NIV. My father was a kind and generous man, but he strongly believed that principle and taught me early that reward came from responsibility.

As a child, I had family responsibilities in our home suited to my age and ability, then worked through High School and College for the extra things I wanted but the family could not afford. I am grateful I was taught the connection between contribution and compensation. The comparative affluence of more recent generations allows parents to lavish children with their wants but, in the process, impoverish their understanding of the practices contributing to future success.

The Bible warns, “The sluggard craves and gets nothing. .” Proverbs 13:4 NIV. There is a reason. No harvest can be expected where no seed was sown in preparation. Proverbs 20:4 NIV. The Bible corrects those who will not provide for themselves, not persons who cannot. This is a Biblical standard useful for self-evaluation of your effort and diligence, not for judging others.

The Bible also promises, “. . the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.” Proverbs 13:4 NIV. Diligence is defined as, “the constant and earnest effort to accomplish what is undertaken; persistent exertion of body or mind.” How would you personally define diligence? For my spiritual and everyday life, I think diligence is best expressed by attention to duty and detail. Diligence requires a “second mile mentality,” doing the extra any situation requires from a success attitude of “whatever it takes.” Jesus taught, “And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two.” Matthew 5:41 NKJV. Rather than the mandatory minimum, do the unanticipated; contribute more than required.

Success with satisfaction relates to one’s maximum effort and contribution, not marginal or normal. See Proverbs 12:24/22:29 NKJV. For God and man, as well as yourself, do more not less; give your best not least; be excellent not ordinary; be an example not exception. Your part is to give your best effort and abilities every time; anything less is unworthy. God’s part is to prosper the work of your hands. “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart . . Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” Psalm 37:4 NIV/Colossians 3:23-24 NIV. See 2 Peter 3:14 NKJV.

My prayer for you this day is: whatever you do, do joyfully and wholeheartedly as unto the Lord!

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