FEELINGS CAN BE MISLEADING

FEBRUARY 11

Be careful what you think. PROVERBS 4:23 NCV

Amy Christian writer says: “For many years I lived according to feelings. It was like riding a roller coaster; one day laughing and feeling good, the next crying and feeling sorry for myself. I was being tormented and controlled. I needed emotional maturity, but I needed God’s help to attain it. It’s easy to fall into the trap of believing your fickle feelings more than what God says in His Word. And it will take a constant act of your will to choose to do things His way rather than your own. But when you do, you’ll discover that life is more enjoyable when you’re living according to God’s plan. ”

Just as you don’t let everybody who knocks on your door come in and make themselves at home, don’t let every emotion that surfaces dictate the direction of your day or decide your responses. The Bible says: “Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life” (Pr 4:23 NCV); “Capture every

thought and make it give up and obey Christ” (2Co 10:5 NCV); if it doesn’t line up with God’s Word-don’t think it. Paul says, “We walk by faith, not by sight” (2Co 5:7), because (and this may come as a surprise) you won’t always feel God’s presence.

After the crucifixion two disciples were walking along the Emmaus Road when Jesus came up and walked along with them. But they didn’t recognize who He was. They didn’t know the leader they’d followed for three years because “he appeared .. .in a different form” (Mk 16:12 TM). God is a God of faith and He works in ways that faith, not feelings, can discern.

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“Let’s make our own Valentines,” Tom said craftily.

“She tore my valentine in half!” said Tom half-heartedly.

 

I just got a text from my girlfriend that said, “I bought you an awesome Valentine’s Day gift! xox”

I really hope she spelled “Xbox” wrong.



THIS IS THE DAY

FEBRUARY 10

This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.  Psalms 118:24 NKJV

Some days the road seems too long and the climb too steep.

Lucado describes them as days when “Hope is Hindenberged by crisis. You never leave the hospital bed or wheelchair. You wake up in the same prison cell, the cemetery dirt is still fresh, the pink slip still folded in your pocket, the other side of the bed still empty. ‘This is the day’ includes divorce days, final-exam days, surgery days, tax days, sending-your-firstborn-off-to-college days. God made this day. He knows the details of each wrenching moment. He isn’t on holiday. He still holds the conductor’s baton, sits in the cockpit, and occupies the universe’s only throne. ‘We will rejoice and be glad in it!’

Oops, there’s another word we’d like to edit in. Perhaps we could swap it for after? Or through, or over. ‘I’ll rejoice when this day ends!’ Paul rejoiced in prison. David wrote psalms in the wilderness; Paul and Silas sang in jail; the Hebrew children remained resolute in the fiery furnace; John saw heaven in his

exile, and Jesus prayed in the garden of pain. You no longer have yesterday. It slipped away as you slept. You don’t yet have tomorrow. You can’t spend its money, celebrate its achievements or resolve its riddles. Days are bite-sized portions of life: 84,000 heartbeats, 1,440 minutes, a rotation of the earth, a

sunrise and sunset, a gift of twenty-four unlived, unexplored hours. And if you can stack one good day on another, you’ll link together a good life. ‘This is the day,’ live in it.”

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“If you step on a purple mushroom, you’ll be forced to marry the ugliest person in the world,” warned the old gnome, so the man continued carefully through the woods. He didn’t step on any purple mushrooms.

Suddenly a beautiful woman walked up and said: “We have to marry.”

“Why?” asked the man, smiling.

“I just stepped on one of those pesky purple mushrooms!” she replied.

 

Dawson: What do pigs give on Feb. 14?

Brad: I don’t know.

Dawson: Valen-swines!



DON’T GET SIDETRACTED

FEBRUARY 9

Everyone is looking for you! MARK 1:37 NIV

Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger once quipped, “There can’t be another crisis. My schedule’s already full!”

That can happen when other people determine your agenda. Jesus refused to live that way. During His early ministry when word spread about His miracles, “The whole town gathered … and Jesus healed many” (Mk 1 :33-34 NIV). The next morning another crowd of needy people was waiting OIl His doorstep. But how Jesus responded this time might surprise you. “While it was still dark, jesus .. .left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed … his companions went to look for him, and when they found him they exclaimed: ‘Everyone is looking for you!’ Jesus replied, ‘Let us go somewhere else … so I can preach there also. That is why I have come'” (vv. 35-38). What was He thinking! There were headlines to be made, people to be healed, and fans waiting to pat him on the back! Could you

resist the lure of all that? Jesus did, because He followed God’s agenda, not man’s.

Jesus loved people so much that one day He would die for them. But that didn’t stop Him from saying no when He needed to. Appeasing people in order to win their approval is never a good idea; it puts somebody other than God in the driver’s seat. Instead of getting sidetracked, Jesus: (a) made prayer and uninterrupted time with His Father a top priority; (b) recognized that doing God’s will was more important than “being all things to all people;” (c) refused to let other people’s definition of what was urgent, distract Him from fulfilling His life’s purpose. So, don’t get sidetracked.

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Two antennae met on a roof, fell in love and got married. Their wedding ceremony wasn’t fancy. The reception, however, was excellent.

 

A Cub Scout found a frog that said, “Kiss me and I will become a beautiful princess.”

The boy studied the frog, then put it in his pocket.

“Hey,” the frog croaked, “how come you didn’t kiss me?”

“I’d rather have a talking frog than a princess any day!”

 

Justin: What did the boy candy say to the girl candy?

John: I haven’t a clue.

Justin: “It’s Valentine’s Day and we’re mint for each other.”



THE POWER OF PERSEVERANCE

FEBRUARY 8

Blessed is the man who perseveres. JAMES 1 :12 NIV

Have you ever seen one of those inflatable clowns with a round base?

When you knock him down he bounces back up wearing a big, cheesy grin! Perseverance: it’s a powerful tool! The Bible says, “Blessed is the man who perseveres.” Paul was flogged, shipwrecked, persecuted, and imprisoned in establishments without weight rooms, HDTV, and time off for good behavior!

He could have thrown in the towel, but instead he said, “I have no regrets. I couldn’t be more sure of my ground-the One I’ve trusted in can take care of … me … to the end” (2Ti 1:12 TM). Can you say that?

God isn’t impressed by human ability, dynamic personalities, titles, and designer clothes. He respects people who, when they get knocked down, bounce back with their faith intact, more determined than ever to live for Him. It’s Satan’s job to attack yon-it’s your job to fight back. If you are passive he will

demolish you! Paul writes: “Resist the enemy … [and] after the battle you will still be standing” (Eph 6:13 NLT). Perseverance means staying in the fight and refusing to give up. It empowers you so you stop feeling like a victim of circumstances. It builds your confidence and becomes a tool you automatically use.

Somebody said the nose of the bulldog is slanted backward so he can keep breathing without letting go! Plus, your reward in heaven is determined by your level of perseverance here on earth. “To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne” (Rev 3:21 NKJV). SO keep persevering.

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Zach: What did one flame say to the other on Valentine’s Day?

Scott: Tell me.

Zach: “We’re a perfect match.”

 

Will: Why do oars fall in love?

Eric: Why?

Will: Because they’re row-mantic.

 

Craig: Why do melons have to get married in churches?

Joe: Why?

Craig: Because they cantaloupe!



IN THE FIRE

FEBRUARY 5

Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. DANiEl 3:30 NIV

story of the three Hebrew children in the fiery furnace

The story makes us realize four things: (1) Obeying God doesn’t exempt you from trouble. Don’t expect the world to always understand or appreciate you. Look at Christ: “In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it” (John 1:4-5 NIV).

(2) You’re not alone, God is with you in your trouble. When King Nebuchadnezzar looked into the fiery furnace he said, “I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God” (Da 3:25). Instead of destroying them, the fire burned the ropes that bound them and set them free. So be encouraged. It may feel like you’re “bound by circumstances,” limited and locked in, but God is with you; He’s going to vindicate you and bring

you out of this victorious. (3) Your trouble will become your testimony. Others are watching. What they’re trusting in doesn’t work, and they’re wondering if what you’re trusting in does. Your faithfulness to God and His intervention on your behalf, will touch their lives in ways your theology never will. Every-

body in Babylon knew what the three Hebrew children believed, but they wanted to know, “Does it work when you’re in the fire?” It does! (4) 011 the other side of your trouble, there’s great blessing. “Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the province of Babylon.” It’s a Scriptural principle: when you are faithful in a hard place, God can trust you in a high place.

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An old, tired-looking dog wandered into the yard. I could tell from his collar and well-fed belly that he had a home.

He followed me into the house, down the hall, and fell asleep on the couch. An hour later, he went to the door, and I let him out. The next day he was back, resumed his position on the couch and slept for an hour. This continued for several weeks. Curious, I pinned a note to his collar: ‘Every afternoon your dog comes to my house for a nap.’

The next day he arrived with a different note pinned to his collar: ‘He lives in a home with four children — he’s trying to catch up on his sleep. Can I come with him tomorrow?



NO SHORTCUTS – YOU HAVE TO WORK FOR IT

FEBRUARY 4

Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth. PROVERBS 10:4 NIV

When questioned about his incredible success, Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, offered these ten insights to anyone starting out. They are worth considering:

(1) Life isn’t fair-get used to it. (2) The world doesn’t care about your self-esteem; it expects you to accomplish something before feeling good about yourself. (3) You won’t make $60K a year right out of school, or be a vice president with a cell phone. You have to earn it. (4) Do you think your teacher is tough? Wait till you have a boss-he’s not tenured. (5) Flipping burgers isn’t beneath you; your grandparents called it opportunity. (6) Your parents weren’t always boring; it came from feeding

you, cleaning your clothes and paying your bills. So before you rush out to save the rain forest from the “parasites” of your parents’ generation, try delousing your own closet. (7) Some schools may have abolished winners and losers, but life hasn’t, They may have eradicated “failing grades” and given you as

long as you want to get the right answer. This bears no resemblance to reality. (8) Life isn’t divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off. Employers aren’t interested in helping you “find yourself;” you do that on your own time. (9) Unlike television, real people actually have to leave the coffee shop and

go to work. (10) Be nice to nerds; chances are, you’ll end up working for one someday!

The Bible says: “Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth.” “The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied” (Pr 13:4 NIV). No shortcuts-you’ve got to work for it!

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A very successful businessman had a meeting with his new son-in-law. “I love my daughter, and now I welcome you into the family,” said the man. “To show you how much we care for you, I’m making you a 50-50 partner in my business. All you have to do is go to the factory every day and learn the operations.”

The son-in-law interrupted, “I hate factories. I can’t stand the noise.”

“I see,” replied the father-in-law. “Well, then you’ll work in the office and take charge of some of the operations.”

“I hate office work,” said the son-on-law. “I can’t stand being stuck behind a desk all day.”

“Wait a minute,” said the father-in-law. “I just make you half-owner of a moneymaking organization, but you don’t like factories and won’t work in a office. What am I going to do with you?”

“Easy,” said the young man. “Buy me out.”



THE JOY OF GIVING (2)

FEBRUARY 3

Every man shall give as he is able.DEUTERONOMV 16:17

Academy Award-winning movie Schindler’s List is the

story of one man’s efforts to make the most of a desperate

opportunity. As the director of a munitions factory in Germany,

Schindler decides to use his position to save lives. By employ-

ing them in his factory, Schindler is able to rescue condemned

Jews from the gas chambers. But keeping them on is costly.

Little by little, he liquidates his personal possessions in order

to keep the business afloat. At the end of the story the Nazis

are defeated. The full weight of Schindler’s efforts is finally

revealed as the dead arc counted and the living stagger back

to freedom. In one scene, kneeling by the railroad tracks that

had carried thousands of Jews to their death, Oskar Schindler

has a startling realization: he could have saved a few more.

Overwhelmed with regret, he laments the few goods still re-

maining in his possession. If only he’d known when the war

would end, he would have done more, But now it was too late.

Oskar Schindler is a hero. He’s credited with saving more lives

during World War II than any other single person. But interest-

ingly, all he could think about was what he didn’t do. He

wished he had done more.

We can learn a powerful lesson about giving from this

man. Because, in the same way, even joyful givers will look back

on their lives and wish they’d done more. And as for those who

never gave at all, Of gave less than they could, imagine their

thoughts as they stand before God in the final audit to give an

account of how they used their finances-and are rewarded

accordingly!

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The teacher asked little Johnny if he knew his numbers.

“Yes,” he said, “I do. My father taught me.”

“Good. What comes after three?”

“Four,” answers the boy.

“What comes after six?”

“Seven.”

“Very good,” says the teacher. “Your dad did a fine job. What comes after ten?”

“A jack!”



THE JOY OF GIVING (1)

FEBRUARY 2

Every man shall give as he is able. DEUTERONOMY 16:17

There are over 2,000 Scriptures in the Bible on money and giving. Here are two: (a) “Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord thy God which he hath given thee.” (b) “Let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly … for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Cor 9:7 NKJV). Here are two stories on the joy of giving, worth thinking about:

(1) Oseola McCarty, eighty-seven, did one thing all her life: laundry. Now she’s famous for it. For decades, she earned fifty cents per load doing laundry for well-to-do families in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, preferring a washboard over a washing machine. Every week she put a little bit in a savings account.

When she finally retired she asked her banker how much money she had. “$250,000,” he replied. She was in shock. “I had more than I could use,” she explained. So this shy, never married laundry woman gave $150,000 to the University of Southern Mississippi to help African American young people attend college. “It’s more blessed to give than to receive,” she told reporters. “I’ve tried it.”

(2) Don McCullough, President of San Francisco Seminary, says: “Scottish Presbyterians established churches in Ghana over 100 years ago. Their worship services still resemble a formal Scottish Presbyterian service. But recently they’ve allowed traditional African expressions into the worship service. Now the people dance at offering time. The music plays, and each individual joyfully dances down the aisle to the offering plate. According to the missionary who told me this, the offering is the only time in the service when people smile. No doubt, God also smiles!”

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​Two women came before wise King Solomon, dragging between them a young man in a three-piece suit. “This young CPA agreed to marry my daughter,” said one.

“No! He agreed to marry MY daughter,” said the other.

And so they haggled before the King, until he demanded silence.

“My sword! Bring me my biggest sword,” said Solomon, “and we shall hew the young man in half. Each of you shall receive a half.”

“Fine. Sounds good to me,” said the first lady.

But the other woman said, “Oh Sire, do not spill innocent blood. Let this other woman’s daughter marry him.”

The wise king did not hesitate a moment. “Indeed, the accountant must marry the first lady’s daughter,” he proclaimed.

“But she was willing to hack him in two!” exclaimed the king’s court.

“Precisely!” said wise King Solomon. “That shows she is the TRUE mother-in-law.”



SERVING GOD WITH ONE EYEBROW

FEBRUARY 1

The strong spirit of a man will sustain him in bodily pain or trouble. PROVERBS 18:14 AMP

David Rabin was a professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University. When he was forty-six he was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He knew what would happen: Stiffness in the legs, then weakness; paralysis elf the lower limbs and then the upper. Eventually his body would no longer obey his commands. He could form words only with the greatest difficulty, and eventually not at all. He lost his ability to treat patients and could no longer go to the hospital to work. He would have had a brilliant academic career; now he couldn’t even turn the pages of a book. gut there was one thing he would not surrender: his spirit’ One day be heard from a fellow physician who also had Lou Gehrig’s Disease, about a computer that could be operated by a single switch. That switch could be operated by anyone, however physically challenged, who retained the function of just one muscle group. David Rabin still had enough strength in one part of his body-his eyebrow. So for the next four years he used it to speak to his family, tell jokes, write papers and review manuscripts. He carried on a medical consulting practice. He taught med students. He published a comprehensive textbook on endocrinology and achieved a prestigious award for his work. And he did it with the only thing he could control, a single eyebrow.

The Bible says: “The strong spirit of a man will sustain him in bodily pain or trouble.” David Rabin proved that’s true. With a spirit that refused to give up, and one eyebrow, he served God and blessed the world around him!

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A young boy, about eight years old, was at the corner “Mom and Pop” grocery picking out a pretty good size box of laundry detergent. The grocer walked over, and, trying to be friendly, asked the boy if he had a lot of laundry to do.

“Oh, no laundry,” the boy said, “I’m going to wash my dog.”

“But you shouldn’t use this to wash your dog. It’s very powerful and if you wash your dog in this, he’ll get sick. In fact, it might even kill him.”

But the boy was not to be stopped and carried the detergent to the counter and paid for it, even as the grocer still tried to talk him out of washing his dog.

About a week later the boy was back in the store to buy some candy. The grocer asked the boy how his dog was doing. “Oh, he died,” the boy said.

The grocer, trying not to be an “I-told-you-so”, said he was sorry the dog died but added, “I tried to tell you not to use that detergent on your dog.”

“Well, the boy replied, “I don’t think it was the detergent that killed him.”

“Oh? What was it then?”

“I think it was the spin cycle!”

 

 



THE ENGRAFTED WORD (3)

JANUARY 28

Receive … the engrajted word. JAMES 1 :21

When God gives you an “engrafted Word,” it will make you hunger for more of the same. But be careful; don’t go “cherry-picking” the Bible for feel-good Scriptures. To grow in your faith you must discipline yourself to spend time each day in God’s Word. You don’t discover an engrafted Word all by yourself, or decide that one particular Scripture is for you and another is not. “All Scripture is … profitable” (2Ti 3:16 NKJV). To make a profit in business you must know your business thoroughly, otherwise you’ll soon be out of business. The way to succeed in your Christian life is to make it your business to know your Bible. Don’t just seek a Word from God, study the entire Word of God.

Do you want your life to count? Saturate yourself in the Scriptures! It’s the analogy of the sperm and the egg. Neither the male sperm nor the female egg is capable of reproduction. Only when the sperm impacts and is embraced by the egg, is there conception and reproduction. And it’s the same with our spiritual growth. When God’s Word and the receptive heart get together, something is going to happen. That’s a combination that works every time!

 There’s nothing to beat prolonged personal exposure to the Scriptures. It’s vital. Without it you won’t be able to hear what God is saying to you. You’ll always have to depend on somebody else. Imagine dealing with your husband or wife on that basis? How long do you think your marriage would last? The same is true with God. There’s no substitute for first-hand, daily, consistent exposure to His Word.

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True story as told by Judge Rusty Duke.

A young man appeared in his court for trial. The case was argued for two days after which the jury found the young man guilty.

As was his customary procedure the judge asked the young man to approach his desk for sentencing and if he would like to say something.

“Yes I do,” said the young man.

“When I came to court yesterday I knew I was guilty, but after listening to these lawyers for the past two days I’m not so sure anymore.




 

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