SEED PRODUCES

NOVEMBER 7

Whoever sows generously will also reap generously. (2 Corinthians 9:6 NIV)

There are three principles you need to understand about sowing and reaping.

1) Every thing you have is a seed! A boy’s lunch became the seed that fed 5,000–when he put it into the Master’s hands. Listen: “For God … will give you more and more seed to [sow] and will make it grow so that you can give away more and more … ” (2 Corinthians 9:10TLB). Note: God gives seed to sowers-so keep sowing!

 2) The seed you sow will never Ieave your life! It just moves from where you are today to where you’ll be tomorrow. Consecutive sowing guarantees consecutive reaping; it’s a law! Listen: ” … whoever sows
generously will also reap generously” (2 Corinthians 9:6 NIV).

 3) God will never ask you to give what you don’t have, hut He’ll always ask you to give what you’d like to keep. Why? Because giving proves you’ve conquered self-interest! The Bible says, ” … God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all you need, you will abound in every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:7-8 NIV).

“How much can I believe God for?” you ask.

AS MUCH AS HE CAN TRUST YOU WITH. AND AS MUCH AS HIS WILL FOR YOUR LIFE REQUIRES!

Taken from the BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY.

A bent-over old lady hobbled into a doctor’s office. Within minutes, she came out again but miraculously, she was standing up as straight as could be. A man in the waiting room who had been watching her said in amazement; “My goodness, what did the doctor do to you?” The old lady replied, “He gave me a longer cane!” …

 



PAUL’S PRINCIPLES FOR HANDLING TEMPATION

NOVEMBER 6
Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation ••. (Matthew 26:41)

Martin Luther once said, “You can’t keep the birds from flying over your head, but you can keep them from building a nest in your hair.” Temptation is inevitable; how you deal with it is a matter of personal choice. So, how do you keep temptation from leading you into sin? By putting these four principles from the Apostle Paul to work in your life each day:

1) “Everything is pernissib/e for me-but not everything is beneficial” (1 Corinthians 6:12 NIV). Ask yourself, “Is it helpful spiritually, mentally, and physically?”

2) “Everything is permissible for me-but I will not be mastered by anything” (1 Corinthians 6:12 NIV). Ask yourself, “Is it habit-forming? Does it bring me under its power and control?” Look out-every stronghold begins with a thought, and every habit with a single act!

3) “Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again” (1 Corinthians 8:13 NIV). Ask yourself, “Will my actions cause me to lose my influence and respect with others? Will it hurt or confuse them?”

4) “Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31 NIV). Ask yourself, “Am I doing this to honor the Lord. or to promote myself?”

Tough questions! But by asking them you’ll always know what to do. and you’ll always know how your conduct will affect you, others, and ultimately the Kingdom of God!

MAKE PAUL’S PRINCIPLES YOURS TODAY!

Taken from the BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY.

​”The other day a funeral director tried to get a young lady to buy a casket when she was visiting with a friend who had to purchase one for a loved one.  She said, ‘I’m not interested; that’s the last thing I need!”​

You know the funeral director is the last one who will ever let you down. ..



A PRISONER OF LOVE

NOVEMBER 5

How great is the love the Father has lavished on us. (1 John 3:1 NIV)

The difference between God and everybody else you know is- love! You may say, “I have a car,” but you can never say, “I am a car.” Similarly, you may say, “I have love,” but you can never say, “I am love.” But God can! He is love! It’s His very essence!

Settle it once and for all. God loves you unconditionally! Get rid of your “daisy petal” ment~t1ity-“He loves me. lie loves me not.”
God’s decision to love you is based on Him-not you!

Paul writes, “God put his love on the line for us … while we were of no use whatever to him” (Romans 5:8 TM). Think about that; you can’t earn God’s love, and you can’t forfeit it. All you can do is accept it and pass it on to others.

One day a little girl asked her mother, “If Jesus lives in my heart, do you think if I wrote Him a note saying ‘I love you,’ and then swallowed it, that He’d read it?” Her mom smiled and said, “No, dear, the best way to show Jesus you love Him is to love others.” Good answer!

AREN’T YOU GLAD TODAY THAT HIS LOVE COMES WITH NO STRINGS ATTACHED?

Taken from the BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY.

 

A defendant in a lawsuit involving large sums of money was talking to his lawyer. “If I lose this case, I’ll be ruined.”
“It’s in the judge’s hands now,” said the lawyer. “Would it help if I sent the judge a box of cigars?” “Oh no! This judge is a stickler about ethical behavior. A stunt like that would prejudice him against you. He might even hold you in contempt of court. In fact, you shouldn’t even smile at the judge.”
Within the course of time, the judge rendered a decision in favor of the defendant.
As the defendant left the courthouse, he said to his lawyer, “Thanks for the tip about the cigars. It worked!” “I’m sure we would have lost the case if you’d sent them.” “But, I did send them.” “What? You did?” said the lawyer, incredulously.
​”Yes. That’s how we won the case.” “I don’t understand,” said the lawyer. “It’s easy. I sent the cigars to the judge, but enclosed the plaintiff’s business card.”



IN BETWEEN

NOVEMBER 4

He said to his disciples, Let us go over to the other side. (Mark 4:35 NIV)

To get from where you are to where you are going, you have to be willing to be in between. It’s hard to let go of what’s familiar and stand with your hands empty while you wait for God to fill them; especially in these three areas:

1) Feelings. When you’ve been hurt, you can actually become comfortable with feelings of anger and resentment. And when you finally face them and decide to let them go, you can feel empty for a time; this is normal. You’re in between pain and the peace that comes from forgiving and accepting. Hang in there; it will pass!

2) Relationships. When you let someone go (even a bad relationship), it can be frightening, because now you’re dealing with a sense of loss. Please don’t rush into another one half-dressed and ill-prepared. Wait. Talk to God. You need this time to become whole and make healthy choices.

3) Jobs, homes, or goals. You’/ve let go of the old and the familiar, but you’re not sure yet whether you can handle the new.  Listen: “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning” (Psalm 30:5). Joy is on the way! But until it gets here, you’ve got to hold steady and trust God to know what He’s doing.

When Jesus said to His disciples, “Let us go over to the other side,” the lessons they learned and the miracles they experienced in between changed them forever.

 

AND THEY’LL CHANGE YOU, TOO!

Taken from the BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY.

 

The top toothbrush salesman at the company was asked by his boss how he managed to sell so many brushes.

He replied “It’s easy” and he pulled out his card table, setting his display of brushes on top. He told his boss, I lay the brushes out like this, and then I put out some potato chips and dip to draw in the customers. He laid out his chips and dip.

His boss said, “That’s a very innovative approach” and took one of the chips, dipped it, and stuck it in his mouth. “Yuck, this tastes terrible!” his boss yelled.

​The salesman replied “IT IS! Want to buy a toothbrush?”

 



DAD, BE THERE

NOVEMBER 1

He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children. (Malachi 4:6 NIV)

Almost twenty million children in America grow up without a father. These children are five times more likely to commit suicide, ten times more likely to do drugs, and twenty times more likely to go to prison. Luther Burbank said, “If we paid as much attention to our plants as we do our children, we’d be living in a jungle of weeds!” Dad, answer these three questions:

1) Are you giving your children things instead of yourself? By the time they’re twelve, they’ll have learned 75 percent of all they’ll ever know. The question is, from whom? Television? Some drugged-out rap artist? Their peers? As the twig is bent, so grows the tree!

2) Are you giving your best to your career; or to them? If you spend all your energy at work and leave none for your family, you’ll pay a high price. Your children will grow up to either resent you and repeat your mistakes, or rejoice in the memory of a home where love was spelled T-I-M-E.

3) Are Y0lt setting the spiritual tone for your family? Or does your wife run circles around you in this area? Listen: “Fathers … bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4 NIV).

TEN OR TWENTY YEARS FROM NOW, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO WISH YOU’D DONE TODAY?

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY.

 

Two ladies were hanging out together and one was depressed.

“What’s wrong?”  asked the first lady.

The depressed one replied, “I’ve been married four times and everyone of my husbands has passed away.”

The other lady asked, “What did they used to do?”

The depressed lady replied, “Well, my first husband was a millionaire, the second was a magician, the third was an evangelist, and the fourth was a mortician.”

​And the other lady said, “Oh, one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, and four to go.” …



HOW GOD FEELS ABOUT INDIFFERENCE

OCTOBER 31

“Curse Meroz,” said the angel of the Lord … because they did not come to help the Lord. (Judges 5:23 NIV)

God has strong feelings, and. even stronger words, for those who are callous and do nothing. The gentle Jesus, who loved the little children, took a whip and drove the money changers out of the Temple because they were taking advantage of the weak and the poor. (See John 2:14.) The Bible doesn’t say you shouldn’t be angry; it says, “Be ye angry, and sin not” (Ephesians 4:26). Don’t be resentful! It’s right to feel passionately about a lost generation being destroyed by schools without discipline and homes without parents. When God’s people get angry enough, things will begin to change. But as long as you can tolerate it, you will never change it! You are called to be salt and light. Salt cleanses and light reveals. When Martin Luther saw Tetzel selling indulgences (the right to sin freely and without consequences) in the Church, he rose up in righteous anger, and a reformation started that cleansed the Church and changed it forever. Maybe you can’t change history, but how about working on your own little corner? Listen: “The people of Zebulun risked their very lives” (Judges 5:18 NIV).That’s why God

cursed Meroz-because they did nothing! Child of God, get back to your post. Put on your armor and take up your sword.

FOR THE BLESSING AND PROTECTION OF THE LORD BELONG ONLY TO THOSE WHO DO.

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

Seems an elderly gentleman had serious hearing problems for a number of years. He went to the doctor and the doctor was able to have him fitted for a set of hearing aids that allowed the gentleman to hear 100%.

The elderly gentleman went back in a month to the doctor and the doctor said, “Your hearing is perfect. Your family must be really pleased you can hear again.”

​To which the gentleman said, “Oh, I haven’t told my family yet. I just sit around and listen to the conversations. I’ve changed my will five times!”



BECOME AN EARLY RISER

OCTOBER 30

O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee.  (Psalm 63:1)

Want a suggestion that’s guaranteed to make things better? Become an early riser! That’s right; spending time with God before your day starts is an incredible way to energize yourself: Some of the world’s most successful people have done it. Isaiah writes, “My soul wants to be with you at night, and my spirit … at the dawn of every day” (Isaiah 26:9 NCV). David said, “Early will I seek thee … ” (Psalm 63:1). Look at the life of Christ: “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up … and
went off to a solitary place, where he prayed” (Mark 1:35 NIV).

If you want to enjoy that kind of communion, you’ll have to exercise that kind of control, That means you’ll have to turn off the TV, get to bed earlier, and rise earlier. If you do, it’ll be one of the most rewarding changes you’ll ever make. Here are three things that will happen:

(1) You’ll experience a greater sense of peace, because you’re no longer relying on your own resources, (2) Because you’ve opened yourself to God at the beginning of the day, you’ll sense His guidance all through it.

(3) As you communicate with Him, you’ll be instructed, empowered, refreshed, and more successful at whatever you do. Think about it!

TRY IT-YOU’LL BE AMAZED BY THE RESULTS!

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

My elderly Jewish grandmother was giving me directions to her apartment.

“You come to the front door of the apartment. I am in apartment 4012.”

“There is a big panel at the front door. With your elbow, push button 4012. I will buzz you in. Come inside, the elevator is on the right. Get in, and with your elbow, push 4.”

“When you get out, I’m on the left.”

“With your elbow, hit my doorbell.”

“Grandma, that sounds easy, but, why am I hitting all these buttons with my elbow?”

“Vaat . . . . . You coming empty handed?”



CHEAP CROSS

OCTOBER 29

My people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. (Mattbew 15:8)

In a small Mexican town where a religious festival was in progress, several street vendors were selling crosses. Some were gold, others were silver, but most were cheap wooden crosses. At the top of his voice, one man cried, “Cheap cross! Cheap cross!” Nobody bought a gold cross, nobody bought a silver cross, everybody bought a cheap wooden cross.

Isn’t that just like us? We give God one dollar out of ten, or one day out of seven, and occasionally we might even make a sacrifice. But generally speaking, we live by this formula: just enough salvation

to make us feel safe,just enough religion to make us feel right, just enough to get by. It’s called lip service.

Today, if your love has grown cold, and other things have taken His place, stop whatever you’re doing, and get back into His presence.

Repent! Ask God to cleanse you and restore to you your “first love.” (See Revelation 2:4.)

I PROMISE YOU, HE WILL – HE’S JUST WAITING TO BE ASKED.

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

A cop pulls a young guy over: “Hello officer” said the smart aleck kid. “Young man did you see that stop sign?” asked the cop. ​”Yup, but I didn’t see you!” .

 

When the lodge meeting broke up, John confided to a friend.

“Mike, I’m in a terrible pickle! I’m strapped for cash and I haven’t the slightest idea where I’m going to get it from!”

“I’m glad to hear that” answered Mike. “I was afraid you might have an idea you could borrow it from me!” ..



WHEN IT’S HARD TO FORGIVE

OCTOBER 28

First forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your father in heaven will forgive your sins, too. (Mark 11:25 NLT)

Are you struggling to get over something? Are you having a hard time forgiving? If you are, here’s a prayer for you to pray today:

“Lord, there is nothing harder than trying to forgive when you’ve been terribly wounded. And it’s worse when the offenders show no remorse, and even seem to gloat over the pain they’ve brought into your life. That’s where I am today, and I don’t want to forgive.

“I know enough to understand that I must-no matter what. You have given me no option, but I’m struggling with it. “Help me to realize that unforgiveness can kill; it can destroy my friendships, my joy, my peace, my potential, and even my life.

“Today I choose to forgive those who have taken so much from me, who have broken my heart and wounded me .. For Your sake, I forgive.

“Thank You, Lord, for the strength to walk in love and forgiveness, especially when the memories return and ‘the committee’ in my head begins to speak.”

“THANK YOU FOR THE GRACE TO FORGIVE MOMENT BY MOMENT, AS YOU HAVE FORGIVEN ME. AMEN.”

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

At a party an elderly lady was bemoaning the behavior of the youth of today. “Look at the girl over there, she complained. I don’t know what young girls are coming to! She’s wearing boy’s jeans, a boy’s shirt, and that haircut is so boyish you wouldn’t know she was a girl at all, would you?” “Well, as it happens, I would,” came the reply, “because she is my daughter.” ​”Oh dear, said the old lady embarrassed, “I’m so sorry, I didn’t know you were her father.” “I’m not, I’m her mother.” …

 



MAKING EVERY MOMENT COUNT

OCTOBER 24

What right do you have to condemn your neighbor? (James 4:11 NLT)

A reader writes: “We share our home with two sibling cats-or more accurately, they share there home with us! Delaney’s a quiet, affectionate soul, while O’Malley’s a predator-and a world-class backbiter! For reasons known only to God and himself, O’Malley waits until Delaney’s back is turned, then he pounces on her and bites her rear end. Like all seasoned backbiters, he acts without warning. ” his attacks are unprovoked … his victims can’t defend themselves … and he does it to get attention.”

Backbiting-how often have you engaged in it, and afterward wished you hadn’t opened your mouth at all? When you backbite, others may listen to what you have to say, but they’ll never trust you. Because they know whatever you say to them, you’ll later say about them. You see, when you hurt someone by gossip and innuendo, it says much more about your character than it does theirs! Listen: “Who may enter your presence? Those who refuse to slander others … or speak evil of their friends” (Psalm 15:1-5 NIT).

Do you want to pray with confidence? Do you want His presence and His approval on all that you do? If so, don’t backbite!

IF YOU CAN’T FIND SOMETHING GOOD TO SAY- THEN SAY NOTHING!

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

With high-definition TV everything looks bigger and wider. ​Kind of like going to your 25th high school reunion. …

 

Teacher to a student: “Can you think of a solution to end unemployment?” “Yes, sir! I’d put all the men on one island and the women on another.” “And what would they be doing then?” ​”Building boats!” …




 

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