WHO BELONGS IN YOUR LIFE?

DECEMBER 16

Where you go I will go. RUTH 1:16 NIV

Ruth told Naomi, “Where you go I will go.” You can spend your life anywhere with anybody doing anything, then suddenly meet someone and sense that there is a connection between you. It’s what made Elisha quit farming and follow Elijah, an eccentric prophet; it’s why Timothy hung out with Paul, an old man soon to be executed. You know intuitively, “I won’t reach my destiny without you in my life.” Looking back you realize if you hadn’t met that certain person, or taken that phone call, or read that ernail, you wouldn’t be where you are today.

On the other hand, “Orpah kissed her mother-in-law goodbye” (Ru J:14 NIV). Now Orpah’s leaving didn’t make her a bad person; it just meant her part in the story was over. Recognize when somebody’s part in your story is over, otherwise you’ll just keep trying to raise the dead. David pleaded with God for his newborn baby’s life. “FIe fasted … spent the nights lying on the ground … and … would not eat” (2Sa 12:16-17 NIV). But when the child died he had to accept that there was nothing more he could do, so he “got IIp … washed … changed his clothes … and he ate” (2Sa 12:20 NIV). Acknowledge when something

is over. If God means you to have it, He’ll give it to you. If you’ve tried to make it work and it hasn’t, accept His will in the matter. Get up, go to the mall, buy yourself a new outfit, treat yourself to a good meal; start living again! Never beg anyone to stay with you against their will. Their leaving is no accident;

it just means God has something better in store for you (and possibly them too), so trust Him and move on!

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

Six guys are playing poker.

 After losing $500 on one hand, Smith clutches his chest and topples over, dead at the table.

 To decide who’s going to tell his wife, his buddies draw straws.

Anderson picks the short one.

 “Break it to her gently,” they all urge.”Leave it to me,” he says.

When Smith’s wife comes to the door, Anderson says, “Your husband just lost $500 playing cards.”

​”How much?” the wife yells, eyes blazing. “Tell him to drop dead!” …

 

 



YOU MUST UNDERSTAND THE REASON

DECEMBER 15

Let grain from the bundles fall purposely for her. RUTH 2:16 NKJV

Can you imagine how Ruth felt? She was bereaved by loss, penniless, worried about the future, coming out of famine, then suddenly having more than she needed dropped into her lap. She didn’t deserve it, didn’t earn it, and couldn’t even understand it. That’s how God works.

But a word of caution: When you’re not used to being blessed it can go to your head! The Bible says: “Remember the Lord your God, for it is He Who gives you power to [succeed in life]” (Dt 8:18 AMP). God is the One Who enables you to do what others find difficult or impossible; in some cases they are taking classes to do what you do naturally. That’s because God has blessed you with ability. “Why would He do that?” you ask. Because there’s a direct correlation between your blessings and your life’s purpose. God doesn’t bless you so you can hoard, or strut. Whether His blessings come in the form of increased finances, improved health or greater influence, God’s gifts are just tools to reposition you so that YOll can do His will. The enemy isn’t just after your provision, He’s after your purpose! What good is success if you are not in the will of God? When God gives you something, He wants you to use it for His glory. So when God gives you His blessings, be sure to read the instructions that go with them-only then will you please Him and find fulfillment! And one more thing, always remember that God is the source of everything you have-and ever will have!

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

​A friend and I were standing in line at a fast-food restaurant, waiting to place our order.

 There was a big sign posted. “No bills larger than $20 will be accepted.”

The woman in front of us, pointing to the sign, remarked,

 “Believe me, if I HAD a bill larger than $20, I wouldn’t be eating here.” .



HELP IN NEW PLACES

DECEMBER 14

God is our refuge and strength. Psalms 46:1

We live in a troubled world. COVID-19, natural disasters like Hurricanes, tsunamis, wars, the sub-prime mortgage crisis and soaring gas prices have tapped the foots of our anxiety. Every night the media invades our homes bringing it all to us in real time, exposing us to a new phenomenon called “compassion fatigue.” Modern-day psychiatrists identify the helplessness, stress, vulnerability and depression we feel watching and wondering, “What if we are next to be targeted by terrorists or slammed by forces of nature? Who will protect us?”

To the fearful in heart, the Bible says three things: (1) “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” The margin of the New American Standard Bible renders this last phrase, “Abundantly available for help in tight places.” Isn’t that great! When you’re in a tight spot, God is abundantly available to help you. Notice, it doesn’t say that God will help you occasionally or reluctantly. No, He will do it abundantly and faithfully. What more do you need? (2) “Therefore we will not fear” (v, 2 NIV). You needn’t panic, talk defeat, or give in to despair. The songwriter said, “He’s as close as the mention of

his name.” Just breathe His name in prayer, and He’ll be there for you. (3) “Let the oceans roar. .. Let the mountains tremble” (v. 3 NLT). When everything you once thought to be stable and dependable, is threatened and shaken to the core-you will be

where you have always been-in the strong and loving arms of God; the One who is “abundantly available to help in tight places.”

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

 

Duct Tape or a Nail?
A man dies and goes to heaven. St. Peter meets him at the Pearly Gates and says, “Here’s how it works. You need 100 points to make it into heaven. You tell me all the good things you’ve done, and I give you a certain number of points for each item, depending on how good it was. When you reach 100 points, you get in.”
“Okay,” the man says, “I was married to the same woman for 50 years and never cheated on her, even in my heart.”
“That’s wonderful,” says St. Peter, “that’s worth two points!”
“Two points?!” he says.
“Well, I attended church all my life and supported its ministry with my tithe and service.”
“Terrific!” says St. Peter. “That’s certainly worth a point.”
“One point!?!!”
“I started a soup kitchen in my city and worked in a shelter for homeless veterans.”
“Fantastic, that’s good for two more points,” Peter says.
“Two points!?!!”
“Exasperated, the man cries. ‘At this rate the only way I’ll get into heaven is by the grace of God.'”
“Bingo! 100 points! Come on in!”
We often try to fix problems with WD-40 and duct tape.
God did it with a nail.

 



OUT WITH THE OLD. . . IN WITH THE NEW

DECEMBER 11

No one pours new wine into old wineskins. MARK 2:22 NIV

Jon Walker writes: “A few miles from my house there’s a convenience store that went through a make-over. However, the employees may have missed the make-over memo. The kid behind the counter wore a new uniform … but he also wore the same sullen look I’d seen before. It made me think about how

we try to put new wine into old wineskins. Jesus says we’re bound to fail because ‘the wine will burst the skins and both … will be ruined.’ But don’t we [do the same] when it comes to our Christian walk? The new wine of honesty-at-work, poured into the old wineskin of cutting corners. The new wine of un-

conditional Jove, poured into the old wineskin of hatred for the family two doors down. The new wine of worship, poured into the old wineskin of idolizing money, power, music or the latest video game. The new wine of Bible study, poured into the old wineskin of ‘gotta-go-pop-tart-for-breakfast’ busyness. The

new wine of humility, poured into the old wineskin of conceit. The new wine of forgiveness, poured into the old wineskin of bitterness. The new wine of others first, poured into the old wineskin of selfish ambition. The new wine of joy, poured into the old wineskin of jealousy and factions. The new wine of

peace, poured into the old wineskin of discord.”

Any of these ring a bell? If they do, it’s time you asked God to help you abandon the old wineskins of carnality and make you a strong, new, clean vessel. As a new creation, you’re no longer defined by old behaviors; you’re defined by your relationship with Christ.

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

 

There was a lady in her 90s who became a sort of local celebrity because she had recently gotten married. The local news station decided to interview her. The interviewer asked questions like how it was to be a newlywed in her 90s.
“This isn’t my first husband, so it’s not much different than the others,” she replied with a smile.
“Oh? How many husbands have you had?” the interviewer inquired. “This one will be my fourth,” she replied.
“I was married in my 20s to a banker, then in my 40s to a circus performer. After that I married a preacher.”
“What does your current husband do?”
“Oh he’s a funeral director.”
The interviewer laughed and then asked how she came to marry these men from such different backgrounds and personalities.
“It always made sense to me,” she replied. “I married one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, and four to go.”

 



LETS REVERSE THE GENERATIONAL SLIDE

DECEMBER 10

Another generation arose after them who did not know the Lord.  JUDGES 2:10 NKJV

Approaching the end of his life, Joshua calls the nation’s leaders together and says, “You yourselves have seen everything the Lord your God has done” (Jos 23:3 NIV). His listeners could remember being supernaturally fed for forty years, seeing the Red Sea divide and the walls of Jericho fall. Then Joshua nails it squarely: “Choose … whom you will serve” (Jos 24:15 NIV). What did they do? “Israel served the

Lord all the days of Joshua” (Jos 24:31 NKJV). SO far, so good! But take a closer look. They served God partly, and only when it suited them. The one military action remaining to be taken after Joshua’s death, was to clean out the last pockets of pagan worship. But Israel “did not drive out the inhabitants”

(Jdg 1:27 NKJV).

While Joshua had been fully committed to God, the elders were only partly committed. And the result? Their sons and daughters began marrying their neighbors and adopting their sinful lifestyles. “Another generation arose after them who did not know the Lord … they provoked the Lord to anger. .. They

did not cease from their own doings nor from their stubborn way” (Jdg 2:10-12,19 NKJV). What shaped the spiritual values of these children? The compromise of their parents! It’s called the generational slide. It helps us to understand how our parents shaped us, and predicts how our commitments, or the

lack of them, will shape our children. Parent, you get the first crack at it. Give your children deep spiritual roots as early as possible. That way if they rebel, they’ll have the memories and values to return to. Don’t just tell them about God, model a godly lifestyle before them every day!

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

​The wife of young engineer who was away on a trip to Alaska knitted him a warm sweater which she mailed to him with the following message: “Postage costs so much that I cut off the buttons.

Love and kisses.”

  1. S. “The buttons are in the left-hand pocket.” …


A TITLE OR A TESTIMONY

DECEMBER 9

The memory of the righteous is blessed. PROVERBS 10:7 NKJV

The Bible calls Barnabas “a good man .. .full of.. .faith” (Ac 11 :24) although, unlike Paul, he never did the kinds of things that made him stand out. He’s mentioned only three times in the book of Acts: (1) Selling his land to help finance God’s work. (2) Vouching for Paul’s character. (3) Giving John Mark a second chance. Barnabas didn’t earn many titles, but he earned a pile of testimonies! The Bible says: “The memory of the righteous is blessed” because in God’s eyes it’s not what society considers important that counts.

During recognition day for college graduates a pastor stood up and said: “You don’t think it now, but eventually you’re going to die. When they lay you in the grave, are people going to stand around reciting the titles you earned, or talking about what a blessing you were? Will you leave an obituary about how ‘important’ you were, or about people grieving the loss of the best friend they ever had? Titles are good, but if it comes down to a choice between a title and a testimony-go for the testimony! Pharaoh had the title, Moses had the testimony, Nebuchadnezzar had the tide, Daniel had the testimony. Jezebel had the title, Elijah had the testimony. Pilate had the title, but Jesus had the testimony. It’s easy to think write-ups in Who’s Who are the most important thing, but it’s the loving acts you do that’ll be remembered.” The song goes “only one life, ’twill soon be past. .. only what’s done for Christ will last!”

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

Two policemen called the station on the radio.

“Hello. Is that you Sarge?”

“Yes?”

“We have a situation here. A woman shot her husband for stepping on the floor she had just mopped clean.”

“Have you arrested the woman?”

“No Sir. The floor is still wet.” …



HINDRANCES TO ANSWERED PRAYER (6)

DECEMBER 8

Without faith it is impossible to please God. HEBREWS 11:6 NIV

Faith longs to be believed! The Bible says: “Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he … rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Faith is a powerful spiritual force. It’s the thing God responds to.

But we must expect our faith to be challenged. Satan will cloud our mind with doubts and fears. When he does, we need to examine our heart and see what it says. We can believe God’s Word in our heart, even when our mind questions it. So we need to stand on what’s in our heart, not on what’s in our head.

We must not believe our doubts; we must challenge our doubts and believe God!

Sometimes doubt begins with distraction. When we’re distracted from God’s promises, we start to doubt. As we think more and more about our problems, our faith begins to waver.

We must focus like a laser on God’s promises, His power and His willingness to work on our behalf-and merely glance at our problems. We don’t deny their existence, but we refuse to pay too much attention to them. James writes: “But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he wbo doubts is like a wave of

the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways” (Jas 1:6-8 NKJV).

We must be anchored to what God says, and not drift all over the place when our circumstances begin to change.

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

A lion comes across two men, one reading and the other writing.

The beast pounces on and devours the reader but ignores the writer.​

Why?

Because, as everyone knows, a writer cramps while a reader digests. …

 

 



HINDRANCES TO ANSWERED PRAYER (5)

DECEMBER 7

You do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives. JAMES 4:3 NIV

The fifth hindrance to answered prayer is-wrong motives!

At a birthday party, it came time to serve the cake. A little boy named Brian blurted out, “I want the biggest piece!” His
mother scolded him: “Brian, it’s not right to ask for the biggest piece.” The little guy looked at her in confusion and said, “Well then, how do I get it?” If you have the wrong motives, your prayers won’t be answered. A motive is the why behind the what. In prayer, the reason we pray is much more important than the words we say. Having a pure heart that loves God and loves people, is always an acceptable motive to the Lord. Selfishness is unacceptable; revenge is unacceptable; manipulation and control are unacceptable; jealousy is unacceptable; pride is unacceptable. In fact, anything that is selfish is an unacceptable motive. A.W. Tozer writes: “The labor of self-love is a heavy one indeed. Think for yourself whether much of your sorrow has not arisen from someone speaking ill of you. As long as you set yourself up as a little god to whom you must be loyal, there will always be those who will delight in insulting your idol.
How then can you hope to have inward peace? The heart’s fierce effort to protect itself from every slight, will never let the mind rest.” To pray effectively we must purify our hearts on a regular basis, especially when we find ourselves wanting “the biggest piece.” We need to examine our motives. Taking a look at them will be painful, but it must be done if we desire to see ourprayers answered.

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

 

Dentist: I have to pull the aching tooth, but don’t worry it will take just five minutes.

Patient: And how much will it cost?

Dentist: It’s $150.

Patient: What?! $150 for just a few minutes work?​

Dentist: I can extract it very slowly, if you like.

 



HINDRANCES TO ANSWERED PRAYER (4)

DECEMBER 4

If we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 1 JOHN 5:14 NKJV

The fourth hindrance to answered prayer is-praying outside of God’s will. The Bible says: “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us and … we know … that we have the petitions that we ha ve asked of Him.” One of the best ways to make sure we are praying according to God’s will, is to pray according to His Word. Use a verse, a passage or a principle from Scripture to back up what you’re praying, for God says, “I am ready to perform My word” (.Jer 1:12 NKJV).

Sometimes there are things we want to pray for, but we aren’t sure whether those things are God’s will for us according to Scripture. In this case we simply need to ask God to give it, if it’s His will to do so-and to help us to be satisfied with His decision. St. Augustine said, “0, Lord, grant that I may do thy will as if it were mine; so that thou mayest do my will as if it were thine.” D.L. Moody said, “Spread out your petition before God, and then say, ‘Thy will, not mine, be done.’ The sweetest lesson 1 have learned in God’s school, is to let the Lord choose for me.”

When we pray in harmony with God, we will have what we ask for. We may have to wait, because God’s timing is part of His will, but it will come. We can say, “1 may not see it yet, but God has promised it to me, so it’s on the way.” And if God doesn’t give us what we ask for, He will give us something better, if we walk in faith and keep a good attitude.

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

Have you ever wondered? . . .

Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker?

Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour?

Why isn’t there mouse-flavored cat food?

Why didn’t Noah swat those two mosquitoes?

Why do they sterilize the needle for lethal injections?



HINDRANCES TO ANSWERED PRAYER (3)

DECEMBER 3

If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me. PSALM 66:18

The third hindrance to answered prayer is-sin! Lillian Pearsall says: “When I was a telephone operator, a customer talked overtime on a long-distance call from a pay phone. Even with my friendly reminders, he refused to deposit his overtime coins. Instead he slammed down the phone, irate and verbally abusive. A few seconds later he was back on the line- somewhat calmer. ‘Operator, please let me out of the phone booth-I’ll pay, just let me out!’ Apparently he had locked himself in and mistakenly thought that I had control over the phone booth’s doors. He gladly paid the overtime charge, and with my advice, gave the door a hefty kick and set himself free.”

Unconfessed sin locks us in and shuts God out. If we have hidden sin in our hearts, we cannot pray with confidence that God will answer. However, if we ask Him to reveal our sin, He will. When He does, we must deal with it if we want to keep the lines of communication open. If God reminds us of a situation in which we didn’t do the right thing, we can’t just sweep it under the rug; we have to acknowledge it and receive His forgiveness .

What we call “little things,” grow into sinful habits and lifelong patterns. So when God reveals our sin we need to repent and stop what we are doing. We need to take Him seriously- immediately! This means doing everything within our power to make sure our relationship with Him is unobstructed. That way

our prayers will be heard and answered.

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

Have you ever wondered? . . .

Why the sun lightens our hair, but darkens our skin?

Why don’t you ever see the Headline “Psychic Wins Lottery'”?

Why is . . .”abbreviated” such a long word?

Why is it that . . .

Doctors call what they do “practice”?

Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavor, and dish-washing liquid made with real lemons?




 

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