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?” …



INTIMATE WORSHIP

NOVEMBER 21

I will love thee, 0 Lord, my strength. (Psalm 18:1)

Sometimes you just run out of words. Your heart overflows with praise, but your lips struggle to find expression. Those are the times when you long to move beyond praise into the place of intimate worship. Is that how you feel? If so, here’s a prayer and a song of praise-from your heart to His:

“God, You alone are King of my heart; my Hero, my Helper, my Confidant, my Friend. You are the great and only Lover of my soul; my Solace, my Listener, my Amazing One, Protector, Provider, Supreme Sacrifice, Source of life and love and all good gifts.

“You are the River that runs through me, the Rock of Ages beneath me, the God of glory above me, and the Spirit of life within me.

“My heart beats for You. Yours is the love I lean on. Yours is the hand I reach for. Yours is the breast my tears find their way to. You are my Counselor, my Comforter, and the Captain of all my ways.

“You are the Searcher of my heart, the Keeper of my secrets, and the Giver of my dreams. You are all the Wonder that is love to me-my most Intimate Companion and Dweller in the deepest parts of me.

“We walk together now and through all eternity-Savior and sinner, Master and servant, Father and child. The most natural conversation of my day is prayer. The constant beat of my heart is praise. I will love You, 0 Lord, my strength! Amen.”

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY!

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

An out-of-towner drove his car into a ditch in a desolated area. Luckily, a local farmer came to help with his big strong horse named Buddy. He hitched Buddy up to the car and yelled, “Pull, Nellie, pull!” Buddy didn’t move. Then the farmer hollered, “Pull, Buster, pull!” Buddy didn’t respond. Once more the farmer commanded, “Pull, Coco, pull!” Nothing.

​Then the farmer nonchalantly said, “Pull, Buddy, pull!” And the horse easily dragged the car out of the ditch. The motorist was most appreciative and very curious. He asked the farmer why he called his horse by the wrong name three times. The farmer said, “Oh, Buddy is blind and if he thought he was the only one pulling, he wouldn’t even try!



BUILDING FOR THREE GENERATIONS

NOVEMBER 20

Do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them. (Deuteronomy 4:9 NIV)

Recently Chris Demetriou, who is building a great church in London, told me, “I’m not building this for myself I’m building for three generations-for that’s where God has placed His blessing. “Your influence should outlast your lifespan and touch your children and your children’s children. Whatever you’re building is not just for you; it’s for them. If this is the standard by which your life is measured, how are you doing today? The son of a well-known missionary once confided, “My parents sure loved the heathen, but I’m not sure they ever loved me.” Tragically, because he rebelled against God and everything they ever preached, their vision died with them! Law without love can cost you your family!

Abraham prayed for everything he received, Isaac inherited it, and Jacob schemed and took shortcuts to it. But when trouble hit Isaac’s life, he remembered and returned to his father’s God. So did Jacob!

(See Genesis 32:24-26.)

Cover your children and your grandchildren with prayer every day. Sow the Word of God into their hearts. Don’t just talk about it-show them! By the time your child is twelve, he or she will have

asked a half-million questions, and you’ll have had a half-million opportunities to tell them what God has to say.

WHEN YOU GO. MAKE SURE YOU LEAVE THE LIGHTS ON FOR THEM!

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

This farmer had a wife who nagged him all the time.

One day while he was outside plowing the field, she came out and started nagging him. While she was doing this, the mule kicked her and she died.

At the funeral, the ladies came up and talked to the farmer. The farmer nodded his head “yes.”

The men came up and talked to him and the farmer nodded his head “no.”

Well this other man wondered why he nodded his head “yes” to the ladies and “no” to the men.

Then, he went up to the farmer and asked him why.

The farmer replied, “Well, when the ladies came up, they told me how pretty my wife’s dress was and how pretty she looked.

​When the men came up, they asked, “That mule for sale?”



YOU FIRST

NOVEMBER 19

Eat this scroll; then go and speak to the house of Israel, (Ezekiel 3:1 NKJV)

The prophet was told to digest the message himself before he shared it with others. Until the Word is part of you, until it’s been absorbed into your own life, it won’t come out with power and authority, and it won’t produce lasting fruit. What we feel compelled to share with others, is often what the Lord is trying to say to us. Again Paul says, “I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them” (1 Timothy 1:16). Did you hear that? “Me first.”

In Rome there is a fountain where tourists throw coins into the water and make a wish. The water in the fountain pours from the mouths of two lions cast in stone. They give it out-but they never taste it!

It pours from their mouths, but they are not refreshed by it themselves.

Are you getting the idea? Jesus said, “Out of his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water” (John 7:38). In ancient Israel they had to gather fresh manna each day. If it was kept overnight it spoiled. Jesus must be new to you every morning. He must become your daily bread.

HAVE VOU EATEN OF THAT BREAD TODAY?

Taken from the Best of THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

 

A speeding driver was pulled over by a policeman. He asked, “Why was I pulled over when I wasn’t the only one speeding.”

The police replied, “Have you ever been fishing?” The man then said, “yes.”

​”Have you ever caught all the fish?” asked the policeman.



YOU HAVE PERMISSION TO ENJOY YOURSELF TODAY

NOVEMBER 18

I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed, (Psalm 77:3)

Your words are like photographs of your thoughts. The moment you express them, you empower them. You also create a climate that affects everything else around you.

Some of us can’t give ourselves permission to enjoy life because we grew up “burden-conscious” instead of “blessing-conscious. We say things like, “Nobody understands me … everybody expects too much of me. I get no appreciation.” David said, “I complained and my spirit was overwhelmed.” That’s still how it works!

Who created your schedule anyway? Do you get your self-worth. from carrying the world on your shoulders? Does the voice in your head say, If you don’t do everything pefectly and on time … you’re a

failure … others won’t need you … love you ‘” respect you?” Look out; that’s the voice of pride! However humble and self-sacrificing it may sound, it’s pride!

What’s really important in your life? If you’d only a year to live, you’d figure it out in a hurry. wouldn’t you? Three things would change right away: (1) you’d place more value on what you’ve got than on

what you want; (2) you wouldn’t be in such a hurry; (3) being right and perfect would lose their appeal.

SO. INSTEAD OF COMPL.AINING AND BEING OVERWHEL.MED TODAY, WHY DON’T YOU COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS, AND FIGURE OUT WHAT’S REALLY IMPORTANT?

Taken from the BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY.

 

The Student reported for her university final examination which consisted of “yes/no” type questions. She took her seat in the examination hall and stared at the question paper for five minutes.

In a fit of inspiration, she took her purse out, removed a coin and started tossing the coin and marking the answer sheet – Yes for Heads and No for Tails. Within half an hour she was all done, whereas the rest of the class was still sweating it out. During the last few minutes, she was seen desperately throwing the coin, muttering and sweating.

​The moderator, alarmed, approached her and asked what was going on. Her reply was, “I finished the exam in half and hour, but I’m rechecking my answers.”



WHEN OTHERS LOOK AT YOU

NOVEMBER 15

Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

(Matthew 5:16 NIV)

Could people look at you today and wonder, How come they live in basically the same circumstances as me, yet live such a different kind of life? Why is their love so deep and lasting, while mine is so shallow? How can they forgive and not hold a grudge? How can they have such integrity?

Some of the nicest people you know (and some of the most successful) are wandering around in spiritual darkness. They don’t have so much as a ray of light! When the truth of that hits you, you’ll

become impatient with Christians who just run around shining their lights on each other! Jesus said, “Let your light shine before men” (Matthew 5:16 NIV). Why? So that they can see the difference!  So that they’ll want what you’ve got!

When others look at you today, what do they see? Your love? Your consistency? A visible manifestation of Christ in you? People will only be attracted to God because you make Him attractive! So when someone asks you today, “What’s your secret?” say, “I’m glad you asked”-and then light their way home!

WHAT DO OTHERS SEE WHEN THEY LOOK AT YOU TODAY?

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

A farmer and his wife had just awakened one morning to the crowing of their rooster. While still in bed, the farmer’s wife says, “Pa, you know our neighbor Mr. Jones?” “Yes Ma, I reckon I do,” replied the sleepy farmer. “Well, every morning before he leaves the house for work, he gives his wife a big ol’ kiss. Why don’t you ever do that?” ​The farmer sighed and said, “Well, I reckon I can, but I just don’t know her very well. …

 



HIS WAYS AND HIS ACTS

NOVEMBER 14

He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel. (Psalm 103:7)

God showed His acts to Israel, but He revealed His ways to Moses. There’s a big difference. You already know the wonderful things God can do, but how well do you know His ways?

Have you ever heard something about someone and thought, That doesn’t sound like her-there’s more to this? That’s because you know their character and you know how they act. That’s the kind of confidence God wants you to have in Him.

It’s good to praise Him for the things He’s done, but you only learn His ways by spending time with Him. At first you’re like a child trying to keep pace with your father; it’s hard because his legs are longer than yours, and His thoughts are far above yours.

Regardless of how hot the furnace gets, when you know God’s ways, you know His hand is on the thermostat. When He increases the heat, you know it’s because He wants to accomplish something in

your life. David said, “Teach me your way … that I may walk and live in your truth” (Psalm 89: 11 AMP). Things that seemed chaotic suddenly begin to have purpose when you can pray:

“LORD, EVEN IF YOU DON’T ACT, I THANK YOU FOR YOUR WAYS. IF YOU DON’T DELIVER ME AND I HAVE TO FACE THIS, I’M GLAD YOU’RE IN CONTROL, AND THAT YOU’LL DO WHAT’S BEST. YOU DON’T EVEN HAVE TO EXPLAIN; I’M GOING TO TRUST THAT WHEN IT’S ALL OVER, EVERYTHING YOU PERMITTED WILL WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD, BECAUSE I’M CALLED ACCORDING TO YOUR PURPOSE.”

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

John received a free ticket to the Super Bowl. Unfortunately. John’s seat was in the last row in the corner of the stadium. He was closer to the Goodyear Blimp than the stadium.

He noticed an empty seat 10 rows up from the 50-yard line. He decides to make his way to the empty seat. As he sits down he asks the man next to him if anyone is sitting there. The man told him no, it was empty. John is very excited to have a seat like this at a Super Bowl and asks why in the world no one is using it?

​The man replied that it was his wife’s seat but she passed away. He said this was the first Super Bowl that they have not attended together since they were married in 1968. John said that it was really sad and asked if he couldn’t find someone, a relative or a close friend to take the seat? “No” replied the man, “They’re at her funeral!”

 



ACCIDENT OR DESIGN?

NOVEMBER 13

The heavens are telling the glory of God; they are a marvelous display of his craftsmanship.

(Psalm 19: 1 TLB)

Whether you look through a telescope or a microscope, God is an awesome designer. Take a look at these three things.

1) Temperature. The sun is 12,000 degrees Fahrenheit, and we are 93 million miles away from it …. -just the right distance. If the Earth’s temperature was even fifty degrees hotter or colder, all life would cease. Why was the Earth not placed twice as far away, or twice as close? Accident or design?

2) Rotation. We rotate 365 times a year around the sun. Suppose we only rotated thirty-six times instead? Well, our days and nights would be ten times as long; we’d be terribly hot on one side, unbearably cold on the other, and life as we know it would begin to disappear. Accident or design?

3) Air. Oxygen constitutes about 21 percent of our atmosphere – just the right amount. Why not 50 percent? Well, if it were SO percent, the first time someone lit a match we’d all be toast! Is it 21 percent

by accident or by design?

Where there is a design, there must be a designer! Would you like to know Him?

THROUGH JESUS CHRIST, HIS SON, YOU CAN KNOW THE GREAT DESIGNER PERSONALLY

AND RECEIVE ETERNAL LIFE.

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

Charlie took his girl friend to her first football game. They had really good seats, right above their team’s bench. At the end of the game, Charlie asked her if she liked it. “Yeah, it was great,” she said. “I mean, with all the tight pants and stuff. I just don’t get why all the fuss about a quarter!” Charlie is confused. “At the beginning of the game,” she explained, “I saw the two guys flip a quarter. Then the rest of the game, all they said was: Get the quarterback! Get the quarterback!

 



GOD HAS EVERYTHING UNDER CONTROL

 

NOVEMBER 12

Fear not, neither be discouraged … (Deuteronomy 1:21)

Listen to these words from the God who loves you beyond expression, protects you around the clock, and goes with you wherever you go.

When there seems to be no way out, He says to you: ” … Fear not: stand still [firm, confident, undismayed] and see the salvation [deliverance} of the Lord, which He will work for you today … ” (Exodus 14:13 AMP).

When the problem looks too big, He says to you: “Be strong, courageous, and firm; fear not nor be in terror before them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you; He will not fail you or forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6 AMP).

When you feel like you just can’t cope anymore, He says to you: ” … do not look around in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with my [victorious] right hand … ” (Isaiah 41:10 AMP).

When you long for peace of mind, He says to you: “Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance … continue to make your wants known to God. And God’s peace ‘” which transcends all understanding, shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds … ” (Philippians 4:6-7 AMP).

AREN’T YOU GLAD HE HAS EVERYTHING UNDER CONTROL?

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

“Didn’t you suspect burglars had been in the house when you saw all the drawers pulled out and the contents scattered all over the floor?” asked the policeman. ​”No, I just thought my husband had been looking for a clean shirt,” replied the woman. …

 

Two Musicians in a major symphonic orchestra were discussing who they thought the LEAST talented musician in the orchestra was. One of them said; “That’s easy. See that guy standing in the back? Well, we just put two sticks in his hands and we call him a Drummer.”​The other responded; “Well, if we take one stick away, we call him a Conductor!” ..

 



HELP WITH YOUR PRAYERS

NOVEMBER 11

Let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. (Hebrews 4:16 TM)

Set aside time each day to spend with God-and discipline yourself to keep it! If you’re diligent about keeping other appointments, but feel like you can change 01′ cancel your appointment with God any time you feel like it, can you imagine how that makes Him feel? Be careful: God’s Spirit can be grieved! You say, “But I’m so busy.” That’s the lamest excuse you can offer, How you spend your time reveals what’s important to you. If you don’t pray, it’s because you don’t realize its potential, or you don’t think you need God’s help. Change your schedule! Rearrange your priorities! Make time for prayer! You won’t succeed (as God counts success) unless you do.

Martin Luther once said, “I have so much business to do today, that I’ll never get it done unless I first spend the first few hours in prayer.” John Wesley said, “God does nothing, except in answer to prayer. “It’s not optional. If you want to see anything accomplished, you must pray, and pray with confidence. Listen, “How bold and free we then become in his presence, freely asking according to his will, sure that he’s listening. And if we’re confident that he’s listening, we know that what we ask for is as good’ as ours” (1 John 5:14-15 TM).

WHAT ASSURANCE!

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

 

 

During the initial space flights, NASA discovered that biro pens didn’t work under zero gravity conditions. To beat the problem, NASA spent 6 years and $2 million in designing a pen for use in space. The pen would work under zero gravity conditions due to the pressurized ink inside, it would work under sub zero conditions, underwater, on glass and virtually any surface known to man. ​The Russians used a pencil. …

 




 

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