IT’S NOT TOO LATE

DECEMBER 6

Do not throwaway your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. (Hebrews 10:35 NIV)

Are you discouraged? Do you feel like giving up? If so, read the following words and make them your prayer today.

“God, I’ve done everything I know to see my dreams come true. I’ve had seasons of working hard and seasons of’ letting go and letting God’; still, the things I’ve believed for seem like they’ll never happen.

“I feel like Sarah-I’Il never hold the one thing I long for most. God, don’t let me miss my destiny. Don’t let me hope for things that are not part of Your plan for my life. Let me hear Your voice guiding me, reassuring me, and telling me You love me.”

“Give me a fresh glimpse of Your promise to me, so that I can fight with faith and take hold of it. Help me also to understand the difference between what I must go after and what I must wait on You for. When it’s up to me, give me the strength to demolish doubt and march fearlessly into the new day You’ve prepared for me. When it’s up to You, give me grace and patience to wait; fill me with the joyful anticipation that accompanies a perfectly timed present.”

“Lord, they say that You are never, ever late. So in these days of waiting, when time seems endless, keep me firm in my faith. Don’t let me stop short of my blessing.”

“REMIND ME AGAIN THAT I MUST NOT THROW AWAY MY CONFIDENCE, FOR IT WILL BE RICHLY REWARDED! AMEN.”

 

Mirror, mirror on the wall

Do you have to tell it all?

Where do you get the glaring right

To make my clothes look just too tight?

I think I’m fine but I can see

you won’t cooperate with me;

The way you let the shadows play

You’d think my hair was getting gray

 

What’s that, you say? A double chin?

No, that’s the way the light comes in;

If you persist in peering so

You’ll confiscate my facial glow,

 

And then if you’re not hanging straight

You’ll tell me next I’m gaining weight;

I’m really quite upset with you

For giving this distorted view;

 

I hate you being smug and wise ~

O, look what’s happened to my thighs!

I warn you now, O mirrored wall,

Since we’re not on speaking terms at all,

 

If I look like this in my new jeans

You’ll find yourself in smithereens!!



WE NEED MORE KINGS

DECEMBER 5

And hath made us kings and priests unto God. (Revelation 1:6)

Charles Neiman says, “Priests provide the vision, and kings provide the provision. The priests take care of things in God’s house, while the kings go out to do battle, and bring back the spoils to finance and fulfill the purposes of God.” What insight! Christian businessperson, you’re a king/You have a place in God’s plan that’s as important as that of any pastor or prophet. If religion has convinced you that God is against wealth, or against doing things with excellence, listen: “I am the Lord … which teacheth thee to profit” (Isaiah 48:17). David said, “The Lord shall increase you more and more, you and your children'{Psalm 115:15). God has increase on His mind, and He wants you to be like-minded. New Testament believers were blamed for “turning the world upside down,” but there’s something we often overlook-those who owned houses and land, sold them, brought the money from the sales, and placed it at the apostles’ feet. (See Acts 4:34-35.) It’s time you started seeing God’s purpose in your business and its success.

There is no shortage of money-it’s just in the hands of the wrong people! In the next five years, history’s greatest transfer of wealth from one generation to the next will take place-billions of dollars!

I’M PRAYING FOR AN ARMY OF KINGS TO GO GET IT AND BRING IT INTO THE KINGDOM OF GOD, SO THAT WE CAN LIFT UP THE NAME OF .JESUS ON EVERY CONTINENT!

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

A dirty little boy was playing at the playground and walked up to his mother and asked, “Who am I?” The mother replied, “I don’t know! Who are you?” The little boy said excitedly, “WOW! My teacher was right. She said that I was so dirty that even my own mother wouldn’t recognize me.” ..

 

Did you hear about the two females who were watching a blonde walk by?

The first one said, “I wonder whether she’s a natural blonde or a bleached blonde.”

Her friend said, “She’s a suicide blonde.”

The other said, “Suicide blonde? What’s that?”

The friend said, . . . “Dyed by her own hand!”



THE MOMENT OF TRUTH

DECEMBER 4

Peter remembered the word ofJesus …And he went out, and wept bitterly. (Matthew 26:75)

As the cock crowed, Peter remembered his words to Jesus, “If! have to die with you, I’ll never disown you” (Mark 14:31 NIV). The moment of truth had come for Peter, and it will come for you, too. Suddenly you’ll see things in yourself you never thought were there. God permits the storm to blow away your cover and reveal your weakness, so you can begin to deal with it. Sometimes the very point at which you thought you were strongest is your point of hidden weakness. Sound familiar?

Maybe you were raised to always appear strong and look like you “have it together,” but now God is permitting all that to be stripped away. Self-confidence is shattered! Ego is exposed! Paul says, “Have no confidence in the flesh” (Philippians 3:3). Only when we reach this point can we lay a sure foundation, not with OUR pride or ability, but His grace.

We know we can do nothing of eternal value in our own ability. That’s easy to say, but having that truth deeply rooted in our being is another matter. Peter was never the same after that night. He was humbled. He was now a candidate for the grace of God. “Be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble” (1 Peter 5:5).

HAS GOD BEEN DOING THIS IN YOUR LIFE LATELY

Taken from the BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY.

 

A man goes into a pet shop and tells the owner that he wants to buy a pet that can do everything. The shop owner suggests a faithful dog.

The man replies, “Come on, a dog?”

The owner says, “How about a cat?”

The man replies, “No way! A cat certainly can’t do everything. I want a pet that can do everything!”

The shop owner thinks for a minute, then says, “I’ve got it! A centipede!”

The man says, “A centipede? I can’t imagine a centipede doing everything, but okay, I’ll try a centipede.”

He gets the centipede home and says to the centipede, “Clean the kitchen.”

Thirty minutes later, he walks into the kitchen and it’s immaculate! All the dishes and silverware have been washed, dried, and put away; the counter-tops cleaned; the appliances sparkling; the floor waxed. He’s absolutely amazed. He says to the centipede, “Go clean the living room.”

Twenty minutes later, he walks into the living room. The carpet has been vacuumed; the furniture cleaned and dusted; the pillows on the sofa plumped; plants watered. The man thinks to himself, “This is the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen. This really is a pet that can do everything!”

Next he says to the centipede, “Run down to the corner and get me a newspaper.”

The centipede walks out the door. 10 minutes later…no centipede. 20 minutes later… no centipede. 30 minutes later…no centipede. By this point the man is wondering what’s going on. So he goes to the front door, opens it… and there’s the centipede sitting right outside the door.

The man says, “Hey! I sent you down to the corner store 45 minutes ago to get me a newspaper. What’s the matter?”

The centipede says, “I’m going, I’m going, I’m just putting on my shoes!”



SELF-ACCEPTANCE

DECEMBER 2

May you be founded securely on love. (Ephesians 3:17 AMP)

It’s agony to be with people and feel deep down that they don’t like you; or to want to do something, but not feel free enough to step out and try it. Sound familiar? My healing began when I read the Bible and discovered that God chose to love me just as I am! Imagine that! I didn’t have to earn it! That set me free to stop trying and trust what God said about me. It took a while, because I’d spent a lifetime putting myself down.

God had a special destiny for me, but I couldn’t fulfill it as long as I was insecure and had a poor self-image. So I began confessing His Word over my life each day. One of the verses that helped me greatly was this: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew and approved of you [as my chosen instrument]” (Jeremiah 1:5 AMP).

Next, I learned the difference between my who and my do. God doesn’t love everything I do, but He loves me! He sees my heart, not just my flesh. Now, if He can keep the two separate, then He can teach me to do the same, too. You see, His unconditional love enables you to accept yourself as you are and then see yourself as you’re going to be.

WHAT ASSURANCE-ACCEPTED IN THE BELOVED!

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

While attending a Marriage seminar dealing with communication, Jack and his wife, Barb, listened to the instructor. “It is essential that husbands and wives know the things that are important to each other.” He addressed the man, “Can you describe your wife’s favorite flower?” Jack leaned over, touched his wife’s arm gently and whispered, “Its Pillsbury isn’t it?” …

 

Two husbands were discussing their married lives. Although happily married, they admitted that there were arguments sometimes. Then Chad said, “I’ve made one great discovery. I know how to have always the last word”” “Wow!” responded Sherman, “How did you manage that?” ​”It’s easy,” replied Chad. “My last word is always ‘Yes, Dear.” …

 



CHILDLIKE

NOVEMBER 29

Except ye . . . become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven . (Matthew 18:3)

What did Jesus mean when He said, “Become as little children”? He meant a child is teachable! David cried, “Give me understanding, that I may know thy testimonies” (Psalm 119: 125),

If you’re teachable, you’re reachable, If you’re hungry for God’s Word, you have a future.

A child is dependent. Jesus said in John 15:5, “Without me, ye can do nothing. “We speak those words glibly, and then go out and act like it all depends on us. If we succeed, we become drunk on a success

we had nothing to do with. If we fail, we fall apart under the weight of an assignment He never gave us to begin with. The truth is, you couldn’t even get out of bed in the morning without Him!

A child is trusting. It never occurs to him to wonder if his needs will be met, He’s learned to trust. Sadly, it’s only after we have exhausted our own efforts that we turn in desperation to God. Someone has

said, “If we used God as a first resort, we wouldn’t have to use Him. as a last resort.”

TODAY, YOU NEED TO BECOME AS A LITTLE CHILD- TEACHABLE. TRUSTING. DEPENDENT, AND OBEDIENT.

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

The sales manager of a large corporation was horrified when he discovered that their newest salesman, Johnson, was actually illiterate. He was just about to fire him when he received a note from Johnson. It read:

“Dat Chicogo compiny dat ain’t ever bot from us. Wel, I sole dem $150,000. Now I go to Spreengfel.”

The next day the sales manager received another note from Johnson.

“Dat compiny in Spreengfel dat ain’t ever bot nothin.’ I sole them haf a million.”

The sales manager posted the notes on the bulletin board along with a note with these words:

“We ben spendin’ to much time tryin’ to spil instead of tryin’ to sel. Johnson, who is out on the rode, is doin’ a grate job for us. You shuld go out an do like he dun.”



HE STILL BELIEVES IN YOU

NOVEMBER 28

Now go and give this message to his disciples including Peter. (Mark 16:7TLB)

In 1929 Georgia Tech played the University of California in the Rose Bowl. A California player named Roy Reigels recovered a fumble but made a mistake and ran the wrong way. One of his teammates tackled him just before he scored. Reigels was devastated!

During halftime the California players sat quietly waiting to hear what the coach had to say. Coach Pierce looked at the team and said, “Men, the same team that played the first half will start the second, including Reigels. “Roy Reigels responded, “I couldn’t face that crowd in the stadium to save my life. I’ll never play again!” Coach Pierce put his hand on Roy’s shoulder and said, “Son, you made a mistake; but the game is only half over, and I need you to go out there and give me the best you’ve got.” His team won in the second half, and Roy played like a hero. Later he told a friend, “When I realized that my coach still believed in me, I could do nothing less than give him my best.

Have you fumbled the ball? Have you run in the wrong direction? Do you feel like quitting? Don’t give up! Your coach still believes in you! The One who restored Peter after his weakness and denial wants

to put you back on His team and make you a winner.

GIVE HIM A CHANCE TODAY-GET BACK IN THE GAME!

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY.

 

​I Celebrated Thanksgiving the Old Fashioned Way. I invited everyone in my neighborhood to my house, we had a enormous feast, then I killed them and took their land.  – Jon Stewart

 

Thanksgiving is an emotional time. People travel thousands of miles to be with people they see only once a year. And then discover that one time a year is way too often. – Johnny Carson

 

It took me three weeks to stuff the turkey. I stuffed it through the beak. – Phyllis Diller



LIFE BEGINS AT EIGHTY

NOVEMBER 27

With long life I satisfY Him, and show Him my salvation. (Psalm 91:16)

Listen to these wonderfully humorous words by the renowned Frank Laubach on his eightieth birthday.

“The first eighty years are the hardest; the second eighty are just a succession of birthday parties! Once you reach eighty, everybody wants to carry your bags and help you up the steps. If you forget your name, or anybody else’s, or an appointment, or your telephone number, or promise to be three places at the same time, or you can’t remember how many grandchildren you have-all you have to do is say you’re eighty.

“At sixty or seventy everybody gets mad at you for everything, but at eighty you have a perfect excuse no matter what you do. At sixty or seventy, they expect you to retire to a house in Florida and complain about your lumbago. I think they call it arthritis now. At sixty or seventy you ask everybody to speak up and stop mumbling because you can’t understand them, when the truth is your hearing is about 50 percent gone. But if you make it to eighty, everybody is surprised and they treat you with respect just for having lived so long. So please, try to make it to eighty; for it’s the best time of your life.”

Now in a more serious vein, listen to these words: “If you walk in my ways and obey my statutes … I will give you a long life” (1 Kings 3:14 NIV). Child of God, you have a scriptural right to two things: (1) more days in your life, and (2) more life in your days.

 CLAIM THEM B0TH TODAY!

Taken from the Best of THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY.

 

True Stories From The Butterball Turkey Hotline, where people call to get advice how to cook a Turkey from the experts

* Thanksgiving Dinner on the run. A woman called 1-800-323-4848 to find out how long it would take to roast her turkey. To answer the question, the Talk-Line home economist asked how much the bird weighed. The woman responded, “I don’t know, it’s still running around outside.”

* Tofu turkey? No matter how you slice it, Thanksgiving just isn’t Thanksgiving without turkey. A restaurant owner in California wanted to know how to roast a turkey for a vegetarian menu

* Then there’s the time a lady was picking through the frozen turkeys at the grocery store, but couldn’t find one big enough for her family. She asked a stock boy, “Do these turkeys get any bigger?” The stock boy replied, “No ma’am, they’re dead.”



DISCLOSURE

NOVEMBER 26

I will love him, and will disclose Myself to him. (John 14:21 NAS)

Too Many of us only know God through the experience of others. Our relationship with Him is like the one we have with our dentist-we only call on Him when we’re hurting. But Jesus said, “I will reveal Myself to you,” This is an invitation to get personal with Him.

Yes, there’s a price tag. Listen: “The one who obeys me is the one who loves me … and I will reveal myself to him” (John 14:21 TLB). Are you walking in obedience? Have you forgiven that person who hurt you? Have you paid that debt yet? Are you still living in disobedience concerning that relationship?

Jesus said, “If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it. If you love Me, you will keep My commandments” (John 14:14-15 NAS). Do you see the connection? Jesus will spontaneously answer
your requests ‘when you instinctively obey Him.

Has your obedience become mechanical and meaningless? If the answer is yes, you need to fall in love with Him all over again. Get into His presence and stay there until you’ve seen His face, heard His voice, and said yes to all He’s asking.

TODAY HE LONGS TO DISCLOSE HIMSELF TO YOU.

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

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The Reply:

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Love, Mom …

 



GET REAL!

NOVEMBER 25

Handle me, and see. (Luke 24:39)

Jesus could say to Thomas, “Handle me and see-I’m real!” Can you say that? Do you dare let people get close enough to you to see your strengths and your weaknesses-to know that you’re real? If we are the Body of Christ, then we must let people in! Take off the mask! Get rid of the ridiculous religious facade that hides your struggles and shortcomings, and say to the world, “Come on, handle me and see I’m real. I’m not perfect. I struggle with my kids. I battle with habits. I don’t always read and pray as I should. But I’m a child of God. He has made a difference in my life, and He can do it for you, too!”

Ghandi once said, “If I could find Christians who were truly like Christ, I would be one, too.” Imagine having Ghandi on our team! However, the Christians he knew preached love but practiced discrimination. They taught righteousness but perpetuated a system that reinforced poverty and despair.

It’s time to “get real”! Jesus was called the “Good Shepherd. “The word good is translated, “winsome.” Are you winsome? When you arrive, what do you bring with you? Do you turn people on or off? Using Jesus to bore people should be a crime! When you’ve had all the spiritual experiences you can have in church, how is your influence and reputation in the marketplace of life? Can you look at those you live and work with today and say, “Handle me and see”? 

ULTIMATELY THAT’S THE SCALE ON WHICH WE ARE ALL WEIGHED!

Taken from the BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

People say that there is no difference between “finished” and “complete.” I say there is… Marry the right person, and you’re “complete.”  Marry the wrong person and you’re “finished.”  …

 

The Rev. Mr. Warren J. Keating, Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Yuma, Arizona, said that the best prayer he ever heard was, “Lord, please make me the kind of person my dog thinks I am.” .



TRADE OFFS

NOVEMBER 22

The way to life-to God …is vigorous and requires total attention. (Matthew 7:14 TM)

Do you consider your life a success? Before you answer, listen carefully to these words: “Success is waking up in the morning and bounding out of bed, because there’s something out there that you believe you’re called to do and you love to do it. Something you believe in; that you’re good at; that’s bigger than you; and you can hardly wait to get at it again. “To succeed at anything you have to make trade offs. Here are three of the biggest:

1) Immediate pleasure for personal growth. It takes decades to grow an oak tree, but days to grow a squash. Which do you want to be? Are you willing to discipline yourself?

2) Everything for one thing. The younger you are, the more experimenting you should do. But once you’ve found God’s purpose for your life, stick with it, give it all you’ve got, and refuse to be sidetracked. (See Philippians 3:13.)

3) Quantity for quality. You don’t really pay for things with money; you pay with time. For example, you might say, “In five years I’ll have enough to buy my dream home, then I’ll slow down.” Five years could be one-tenth of your adult life. By translating the dollar value of something into time, you’ll know whether it’s a worthwhile investment.

Remember to give God the first part of every day, the first day of every week, the first portion of every paycheck, and the first consideration in every decision.

THAT’S A FORMULA THAT CAN’T FAIL!

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

Three friends — a surgeon, an engineer, and a politician were discussing which of their professions was the oldest. The surgeon said “Eve was created from Adan’s rib – a surgical procedure.” The engineer replied, “Before Adam and Eve, order was created out of chaos, and that was an engineering job.” ​The politician said, “Yes, but who do you suppose created the chaos?” …




 

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