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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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Shoppers and Seekers

March 18th, 2015

“Those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.” Psalm 34:10 NIV.

There is no lack for those who seek God with a whole heart.

My thoughts and comments today are about “shoppers and seekers.”

When a sales clerk asks, “Can I can help you,” most shoppers answer, “Just looking.” You may be just shopping because you don’t yet know specifically what you are looking for. It is essential to know what you are seeking for in life. Or maybe you are “just looking,” hoping you will stumble upon what satisfies? Life is more fruitful when you are a seeker “on a mission,” knowing what you want and where to find it. That seems a metaphor for life. I observe three different kinds of people.

In life, there are shoppers.

Some people are just shopping. They just wander, having a general idea of what they want, but not really knowing where they will find it. Some know they are looking for something, but just haven’t decided exactly what that is yet. So people try this and try that, sometimes successfully, but often not. People keep looking, or just give up, and accept what they have; that’s sad and unnecessary.

In life, there are seekers.

Some are seeking right things – success, satisfaction, meaning, belonging, or purpose – but looking in all the wrong places, trying in all the wrong ways. Some are seeking things that don’t satisfy, such as influence, approval, admiration, applause, or achievement; there is nothing wrong with those, except when you do so for the wrong reasons. Others seek lesser things, such as power, wealth, pleasure, fame, or recognition for all the wrong reasons as well. Sadly, even when succeeding, they fail.

In America, we can take a lot of things for granted; we seek for luxuries while much of the rest of the world pursues necessities, seeking survival and safety – survival from starvation or disease and safety from political, racial, or religious violence and wars, without knowing there is a Savior who died for their sins, and a Father Who wants to bless and provide for them. Read 1 John 4:11/John 3:16-17.

EDL pix Psa 34.10Most importantly, let us be seekers after God. “Those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.”  Psalm 34:10 NIV.

Meditate on that wondrous promise. The Almighty God said, “I love those who love Me, and those who seek Me diligently will find Me.” Proverbs 8:17 NKJV. That’s the company in which I want to be found, not casually looking but actively, aggressively, and obediently seeking all that God offers. “You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13-14 NIV. Spiritually, are you a shopper or a seeker? There is no lack for those who seek God with a whole heart. Seek for God in the manner that God seeks for you – intently,lovingly, and enduringly. Read Jesus’ Parables of the lost sheep, lost coin, and lost son. Luke 15:1-31.

Consider these practical admonitions from Scripture. “Seek His face always.” Psalm 105:3-4 NIV; “Seek Him with all your heart and soul.” Deuteronomy 4:29-31 NKJV; “Seek first His Kingdom and righteousness.” Matthew 6:33-34 NIV; “Seek, and you will find.” Luke 11:9-1o; “Seek those things which are above, where Christ is.” Colossians3:1-2; “Seek the good of others.” 1 Corinthians 10:24 NIV. The Bible offers both a promise and a warning, “He who comes to God must believe that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him . . Seek the Lord while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near.” Hebrews 11:6/Isaiah 55:6.

Today, my prayer for you is that you will find all for which you seek, when you seek for God.

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A Fulfilling Life

December 11th, 2013

“You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13 NKJV.

If you know what God seeks, you know where to look when you seek for Him.

My thoughts and comments today are about “a fulfilling life.”

People spend a lot of time seeking things they may or may not find. You can expend much personal effort and resources in the process, only to experience disappointment at the elusive nature of what you seek. People seek things like happiness, meaningful relationships, self-realization, purpose, peace of mind, confidence, satisfaction, or maybe just trying to “find themselves.” None of those, or other things like them, are found where you think they would be; they are only found in God, and received from God. Jesus said, “Your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.” Read Matthew 6:31-33 NAS. A fulfilling life is found when you seek God, not things.

Seekers of God are different; they are not disappointed. Here is God’s promise, “Serve Him with a loyal heart and a willing mind; for the Lord searches all hearts and understands every intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you.“ 1 Chronicles 28:9 NKJV. Consider His encouragement and your clear prerequisite: “When you come looking for Me, you’ll find Me. Yes, when you get serious about finding Me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure that you are not disappointed.” Jeremiah 29:13 MSG. God is not found by casual inquirers. “O God, You are my God, earnestly I seek You.”Psalm 63:1 NIV.

Maybe you are asking, “Where would I find God?” I suggest a practical idea that may seem simplistic, yet I believe you will find truth in my suggestion. Jesus said, “Where I am, My servant will also be.” John 12:26 NIV. If you know what God seeks, you will know where He will be found when you seek Him. What does God seek?

God seeks the lost. The Bible says that Jesus came to: “. . seek and to save what was lost.” Luke 19:10 NIV.  If you are also seeking those who are lost, you will find God there. Jesus was often found with those needing Him most, a friend of publicans and sinners.

God seeks worshipers. Jesus said, “True worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for anyone who will worship Him that way.” John 4:23-24 NLT. True worship brings you into the presence of God. “Where two or three are gathered together in My Name, I am there in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:20 NKJV.

God seeks intercessors. The prophet Ezekiel prophesied the Word of the Lord, “And I sought for a man among them who would . . stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land.” Ezekiel 22:30 NKJV. God will be found in the place of prayer and intercession. See Matthew 18:19 NKJV.

Jesus described the price and joy of finding God in this way, “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who when he found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.” Matthew 13:45-46 NKJV. Any sacrifice is worth the price of finding God. Finding God is where you find a fulfilling life.

My prayer for you today is that you know where to find God, if you lose sight of Him.

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Seeking God

July 15th, 2013

Please read the “EDL Update and Email Change” below today’s Devotional

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“O God, You are my God, earnestly I seek You; my soul thirsts for you.” Psalm 63:1 NIV

A man with time to spare never has enough to do what He would rather not.

My thoughts and comments today are about “seeking God.”

In life, your desires decide your direction. David wrote, “O God, You are my God; earnestly I seek You.” Psalm 63:1 NIV. Could he say honestly, “O God, You are my God,” yet be disinterested or unwilling to seek Him? Christians may profess He is their God, but not earnestly seek Him; such professions claim Him as their God, but He is not their goal. That disconnect can be caused by distraction more than disinterest.

Jesus said of some of the religious people, “These people . . honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me.” Matthew 15:8 NKJV. If He truly is your God, respect Him as such. Set the direction of your life to seek and know God. There you find life in its fullness. See John 10:10 NIV.

Let’s get practical. Would you describe yourself as seeking God earnestly? If not, why not? If so, how so? Let’s be clear about this: you are not seeking God because He “is lost.” You and I are the ones who were lost, and like the Good Shepherd who leaves the ninety-nine to seek the one that was lost “. . until he finds it,” Jesus came seeking you, until you found Him! See Luke 15:4.

What do you do with a God like that? The only worthy response to such a Savior is to give your life to know and serve the One who loved you so, and sacrificed Himself for you. He did not grow weary nor discouraged in the pursuit of your soul. God’s love was unrelenting; His grace expansive. Seeking God earnestly is the proper response to the love as He has shown you. See Jude 3 NKJV.

Paul’s passion was, “That men would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us: for in Him we live, and move, and have our being.” Acts 17:27-28 NIV. He is not far; He is near. He is not elusive; He is inclusive. He does not conceal Himself; He reveals Himself. Human history evidences God’s availability to all who call upon Him. The promise reserves no exceptions, has no expiration date; “Draw close to God, and He will draw close to you.” James 4:8 NLT.

Is it time you lack or inclination? Life is busy; spare time is scarce. That’s true for all of us. The Bible wisely says, “Walk circumspectly . . redeeming the time . .” Ephesians 5:15-16 NKJV. We all have the same number of minutes in an hour and the same number of hours in a day. You just don’t know how many days, months and years you have. Busy schedules are convenient for not doing what you would rather not do. A man with little time will find time to do what he chooses, whereas, a man with time to spare never has enough to do what He would rather not.

More honestly, people lack inclination. Jesus wept over a city and nation saying, “O Jerusalem . . how often I have longed to gather your children as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing.” Matthew 27:37 NIV. They had Jesus invitation, but lacked inclination. Does Jesus weep over your neglect as He did theirs? You and I should weep at our neglect.

My prayer for you today is this: regard God as worth every effort His fellowship requires.

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