AMBASSADOR

MAY 21

We are ambassadors for Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:20)

An ambassador holds a position of great honor and responsibility. They have to know the mind of your king and represent his interests only. Someone who gives his own opinions would never qualify,

Often kings would recall ambassadors after only two or three years. They were afraid that if they stayed in another country too long, they would become more concerned with that country’s interests than those of their own king.

We, too, must guard our hearts from becoming more attuned to the interests of this present age than to those of Christ. Paul writes, “Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world” (2 Timothy 4:10). It can happen easily; Demas was seduced by things and lured away by the appeal of the world.

The Lord doesn’t change His ambassadors every few, years; you have a lifetime commission. Therefore, you must be careful, to keep your mind and heart set on God’s interests alone. Paul said, If I were, stIll

trying to please men I would not be a servant of Christ” (Galatians 1:10 NIV). As long as you fear men and seek their praises, you can never properly represent your King and HIS Kingdom.

TODAY, ASK GOD TO TRULY MAKE YOU HIS AMSASSADOR. WHAT A CALLING!

Taken from THE BEST of THE WORD FOR TODAY

 

An unemployed guy got a new job at the zoo. They offered him to dress up in a gorilla’s skin and pretend to be a gorilla so people will keep coming to the zoo.

On his first day on the job, the guy puts on the skin and goes into the cage. The people all cheer to see him. He starts really putting on a show, jumping around, beating his chest and roaring. During one acrobatic attempt, though, he loses his balance and crashes through some safety netting, landing square in the middle of the lion cage!

​As he lies there stunned, the lion roars. He’s terrified and starts screaming “Help, Help!” The lion races over to him, places his paws on his chest and hisses, “Shut up or we’ll both lose our jobs!”



TO BE LIKE JESUS

MAY 20

And we … are being transformed into his likeness. (2 Corinthians 3:18 NIV)

Teaching is very important, but people are not changed by doctrine. Some of the most critical, self-righteous, self-serving people I’ve ever met, held positions in the Church. Some were even Bible school graduates, and taught the Word. But try to do business with them, and you’ll always end up with the short end of the stick! Don’t cross them, for they have tempers like tornados! When some of them are far away from home, it’s amazing where you’ll find them.

Don’t get me wrong, sound teaching is critically important and we must have it. But a few minutes in the manifest presence of the Lord, can accomplish more than weeks or years cf theology. Remember Saul

on the Damascus Road? (See Acts 9.)

Teaching that’s anointed by His Spirit will lead those who hear it into God’s presence, where truth is transmitted from the head to the heart. The Living Bible says, “As the Spirit of the Lord works

within us, we become more and more like him” (2 Corinthians 3:18TLB).

MAKE THE GOAL OF YOUR LIFE TODAY TO SE LIKE JESUS.

Taken from THE BEST of THE WORD FOR TODAY

 

What did one ocean say to the other ocean? Nothing, they just waved.

 

​A mother was starting out of the house to attend a party. One of her seven children said, “Mother, please let us go with you. “”No, children, this is a surprise party,” she told them. The child thought for a moment and said, “Wouldn’t the lady be more surprised if you brought the seven of us along with you?”​ …



TRUST

MAY 17
 
Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own, Listen for God’s voice ill everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.(Proverbs 3:5 -6 TM)
 
Faith has many facets, but I think the most brilliant is trust! Trust is something you already have; you just have to decide where to place it. You’re going to trust somebody; the question is-who will it be?
 
For you to put your trust in the right place, you must be able to look back and see who delivered you in the past, and who takes care of you daily.
 
Trust has two major characteristics. (1) It’s not easily upset, because it has, found a place of rest and confidence in Christ (Matthew 11:28). (2) It’s not easily confused, because it doesn’t need to figure everything out. In other words, it doesn’t indulge in human reasoning. Instead it allows God to be in charge!
 
Where are you placing your trust today? Your job? Your bank account? Your natural talents? Your track record? Your friends? Yourself?
 
All these things are temporal and subject to change. (See 2 Corinthians 4: 18.) The only One ‘Who doesn’t change is God! He alone is the Rock that cannot be moved.
 
PLACING YOUR TRUST IN HIM MAY REQUIRE GREATER FAITH-BUT IT PAYS GREATER DIVIDENDS!
 
Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR TODAY
 

   

​A police officer found a perfect hiding place for watching for speeding motorists.
 
One day, the officer was amazed when everyone was under the speed limit, so he investigated and found the problem.
 
A 10- year-old boy was standing on the side of the road with a huge hand painted sign which said “Radar Trap Ahead.”
 
A little more investigative work led the officer to the boy’s accomplice: another boy about 100 yards beyond the radar trap with a sign reading “TIPS” and a bucket at his feet full of change.
 


CONTENTMENT ISN’T GETTING WHAT YOU WANT; IT’S ENJOYING WHAT YOU’VE GOT.

MAY 16
 
I have learned to be content. (Philippians 4:11 NIV)
 
A farmer had spent his life on the same farm. It was a good one with fertile soil; but with the passing of years he began to think, Maybe there’s something better for me. So he went out to fInd a better plot of land to farm.
 
Every day he found a new reason to disparage his old farm, until finally he decided to sell. He listed it with a real estate broker, who promptly prepared an advertisement emphasizing all its advantages:
 
ideal location, modern equipment, healthy stock, acres of fertile ground, high yields on crops, well-kept barns and pens, nice two- story house on a hill above the pasture.
 
When the agent called to read her ad to the farmer for his approval prior to placing it in the local paper, the fanner heard her out. And when she had finished, he said, “Hold everything! I’ve changed my mind. I’m not going to sell. I’ve been looking for a place just like that all my life!”
 
When you start seeing the good in your situation, you’re likely to find it far outweighs the bad. Paul says, “Dwell on the fine, good things in others. Think about all you can praise God for and be glad about” (Philippians 4:8 TLB).
 
TODAY, WHEN YOU LOOK FOR THE GOOD IN YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES, YOU’LL FIND IT!
 
Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR TODAY
 

 

A pastor parked his car in a no-parking zone in a large city because he was short of time and couldn’t find a space with a meter.
 
Then he put a note under the windshield wiper that read: “I have circled the block 10 times. If I don’t park here, I’ll miss my appointment. Forgive us our trespasses.
 

“When he returned, he found a citation from a police officer along with this note “I’ve circled this block for 10 years. If I don’t give you a ticket I’ll lose my job. Lead us not into temptation.” …



FALSELY ACCUSED

 

MAY 14
Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you ….
 
(Matthew 5:11 NIV)
 
Have you been judged unfairly? Are you struggling with resentment? Do you feel like striking back? Read this prayer, and make it yours today:
 
Lord, I’m tired of being misrepresented; of dodging verbal bullets and ducking insults. You know I’m not guilty of the things they say I’ve done. Clearly they’re out to get me, to make me the brunt of their jokes. How could they be so cruel?
 
And then I think of what You endured ·while You ‘walked on this Earth. They made jokes about You, too. You were despised, and rejected, and crucified. They even dared You to prove yourself  while You were hanging on a cross taking Your dying breath-for them, and for me! That’s when You said, “Father forgive them. They don’t know what they are doing.
 

Lord, forgive me for my pity party; help me to deal with this – Your way. Give me compassion in the face of criticism and grace in the face of contempt. Above all, help me to turn it over to You, knowing that You are my Defender and my Provider.

SeNd the Spirit of Truth into every aspect of this situation.  Make me strong in You. Keep me focused on the
path You’ve set before me. Make my heart big enough to forgive, as You’ve forgiven me.
 
“THANK YOU, FATHER, THAT WHAT OTHERS MEANT FOR EVIL, YOU WILL USE FOR MY GOOD. AMEN.
 
Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR TODAY
 

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NASA was interviewing professionals to be sent to Mars. Only one could go and couldn’t return to Earth.
 
The first applicant, an engineer, was asked how much he wanted to be paid for going. “A million dollars,” he answered, “because I want to donate it to M.I.T.”
 
The next applicant, a doctor, was asked the same question. He asked for $2 million. “I want to give a million to my family,” he explained, “and leave the other million for the advancement of medical research.”
 
The last applicant was a lawyer. When asked how much money he wanted, he whispered in the interviewer’s ear, “Three million dollars.”
 
“Why so much more than the others?” asked the interviewer.
 
The lawyer replied, “If you give me $3 million, I’ll give you $1 million, I’ll keep $1 million, and we’ll send the engineer to Mars.”
 


WHEN YOU’RE FOLLOWING HIM, YOU CAN FACE ANYTHING

MAY 13
 
He goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. (John 10:4 NIV)
 
When you face something bigger and stronger than you, remember that it’s not bigger than your God! He shut the mouths of the lions for Daniel, and He quenched the fire for the three Hebrew children. He opened the prison door for Peter, who was about to be executed the next day. Why? Because Peter’s assignment wasn’t yet completed, and nothing could happen to him until it was.

 

Don’t be afraid today. David said, “Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass” (Psalm 37:5). You can either commit it, or sweat it.
 
You can look at the mountain, or look at the Mountain Mover. If you’ve tried running away, or manipulating the situation, or giving in to doubt and despair, stop and give it to Him. Peter said, “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you” (1 Peter 5:7). He may not do it in your time frame, and He may not do it the way you think it should be done, but He’ll do it right. Give it to Him! Surrender is simply turning it over one more time than you take it back.
 
DO IT, AND YOU’LL DISCOVER THAT WHEN YOU’RE FOLLOWING HIM, YOU CAN FACE ANYTHING.
 
Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR TODAY
 

   

​Our pastor, an avid golfer, was once taking part in a local tournament. As he was preparing to tee off, the organizer of the tournament approached him and pointed to the dark, threatening storm clouds which were gathering. “Preacher,” the organizer said, “I trust you’ll see to it that the weather won’t turn bad on us.” Our pastor shook his head. “Sorry,” he replied. “I’m sales, not management!” .
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  Fred: “How’s your father’s dairy farm doing? “Rick: “Great! He’s teaching his cows to sleep on their backs. “Fred: “What for?” Rick: “So in the morning the cream will be up on top.” .



SPREAD THE “I LOVE YOU” VIRUS

MAY 10
 
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another.  (John 13:34 NAS)
 
A deadly virus. rocked the computer world a while ago. Millions logged on one morning to read their email, only to find their computers infected by a virus masquerading as the message, “I Love you.” Whomever sent it was clever; they understood the tug of those words. After all, who could resist opening an e-mail with that title?
 
Jesus told His disciples “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love [not doctrinal agreement] for one another” (John 13:35 NAS). We never lose our need to feel loved and appreciated. Never! Even when we act tough and put on a front. So, don’t act like the crusty old lrishman who said to his wife .. “I told you I loved you when I married you fifty years ago-and if it ever changes, I’ll let you know.”
 
Lower your guard. Open your heart. Take the time today to tell at least one person that you love them-and really mean it, You’ll be amazed at how good it’ll make you both feel.
 
The famed psychiatrist Carl Menninger said, “Love cures people; both the ones who give it, and the ones who receive it.”
 
TODAY, ASK GOD TO HELP YOU DEMONSTRATE LOVE.
 
Taken from the Best of The Word for Today
 

 

WHAT MY MOTHER TAUGHT ME
 
My mother taught me RELIGION: When I spilled grape juice on the carpet, she instructed, “You better pray the stain will come out of the carpet.”
 
My mother taught me LOGIC: From her decisive words, “Because I said so, that’s why.”
 
My mother taught me FORESIGHT: “Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you’re in an accident.”
 
My mother taught me IRONY: “Keep laughing, and I’ll give you something to cry about.”

 

My mother taught me about STAMINA: “You’ll sit there ’til all that spinach is finished.”
 
My mother taught me about WEATHER: “It looks as if a tornado swept through your room.”
 
My mother taught me THE CIRCLE OF LIFE: “I brought you into this world, and I can take you out.”
 
My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION: “Stop acting like your father!”
 
My mother taught me about ENVY: “There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don’t have a wonderful Mom like you do!”
 

THANKS, MOM!



VICTORY

MAY 9
 
Use every piece of God’s armor to resist the enemy whenever he attacks, and when it is all over, you will still be standing up. (Epbesians 6: 13 TLB)
 

During World War II, Winston Churchill’s words inspired the British people to believe in Victory. Listen:

You ask, what is our policy? It is to wage war by sea, land, and air; ‘with aIl our might and all the strength that God can give us. ” You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: Victory! …., at all costs, Victory! … in spite of all terror; Victory!” . . . however long and hard the road may be; for without victory there is no survival.
 
We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air; we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be; we shall fight on the beaches, ‘we shall fight on the landing grounds; we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; but we shall never; never, never surrender.
 
Child of God, never give up, You’re on the winning side. No matter how bad tidings ,may look today, His Word to you is, “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged” (Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV).
 
THE WORD TO YOU TODAY IS, “VICTORY!”
 
Taken from the Best of the Word for Today
 

 

A Mother’s Wisdom
 
A mother mouse and a baby mouse are walking along when suddenly a cat attacks them. The mother mouse shouts “BARK!” and the cat runs away. “See?” the mother mouse says to her baby. “Now do you see why it’s important to learn a foreign language?”
 

 

Jack: What did the mother broom say to the baby broom?
 
Bill: What?
 
Jack: It’s time to go to sweep!
 

 

Mother to son: I’m warning you. If you fall out of that tree and break both your legs, don’t come running to me!
 


FIND YOUR PLACE 2

MAY 8
 
And they stood every man in his place round about the camp: and all the host ran, and cried, and fled.  (Judges 7:21)
 
 It’s one of the greatest military victories in the Bible. Three hundred men willing to stand in their places, and as a result, the enemy was routed. All Gideon needed was a consecrated few, and God did the rest. Have you found your place yet? Are you identified with the cause of Christ? Is your light shining?
 
Perhaps things are not going well in your local church, and you wonder what to do. The answer lies in a small group of believing, Christians who will join with you to fast, pray, bring in the lost, and refuse to yield an inch to the enemy. The New Testament Church started with 120, and before it was over they were accused of turning “the world upside down” (Acts 17:6)
 
Revival can begin with two or three people seeking the face of God, and refusing to settle for anything less. If you haven’t found your place yet, get into God’s presence and ask Him about it. He’ll reveal it to you, and when He does, you will find greater joy there than anywhere else you’ve ever been.
 
UNTIL YOU FIND YOUR PLACE YOUR SUCCESSES WILL BE HOLLOW, AND YOU’LL FEEL LIKE A MISFIT.
 
Taken from The Best of the Word for Today
 

 

A Mother’s Wisdom
 
A mother is trying to get her son to eat carrots. “Carrots are good for your eyes,” she says.
 
“How do you know?” the boy asks.
 
The mother replies, “Have you ever seen a rabbit wearing glasses?”
 

 

Elephant: Why do mother kangaroos hate rainy days?
 
Hippo: I give up.
 
Elephant: Because their kids have to play inside!
 


ACTING OR REACTING

MAY 7
 
He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly. (Proverbs 14: 17)
 
The little girl was in a bad mood, so she took her frustration out on her younger brother. At first she just teased him, then she punched him, pulled his hair, and fInally kicked him in the shins. He could take it all until the kicking began. That hurt! So he went crying to his mother, who said to her daughter, “Mary, the devil made you pull your brother’s hair and kick his shins.”
 
She thought it over for a moment, and then answered, “Maybe the devil did make me pull his hair, but kicking him was my own idea. “
 
Blaming the devil for everything can be a cop-out. All the evil in the world doesn’t necessarily come from him. A lot of it comes from the hearts of people. Jesus said, “Out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies” (Matthew 15:19). What we do with our anger and frustrations is subject to our will.
 
You can choose how you respond to stress, and to the behavior of others. You either actor you react. When you react, you give control to other people and other things, But when you act according to the Word, you can change that person or circumstance, and end up feeling better about yourself.
 
TODAY, YOU’RE GOING TO GET ANOTHER CHANCE TO D0 IT GOD’S WAY !
 
From the BEST of The Word for Today
 

 

A Mother’s Wisdom
 
 

A little girl asked her mom, “How did humans appear? “

The mom said, “God made Adam & Eve & they had offspring. “
 
Later she asked her dad & he said, “Humans evolved from monkeys. “
 
The confused girl returned to ask her mom; “Mom, how is it possible that humans were created by God & dad said they evolved from monkeys?”
 
The mother answered, “Well dear, I told you about my side of the family & your dad told you about his.”
 



 

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