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.”
 


POSITION YOURSELF TO RECEIVE

MAY 6
 
If you hold anything against anyone, forgive him. (Mark 11:25 NIV)
 
Sometimes forgiving is the hardest thing you’ll ever do. Jesus said, in effect, “Don’t just dismiss it-throw the case out of court!” Make a decision never to discuss it again. When you consider how often God has forgiven you, how could you think of doing less? Don’t wait for the other person to ask, and don’t criticize them if they never do-that’s between God and them. Forgiveness is for your benefit! You’re removing the roadblocks between you and His blessing.
 
In Mark 11:23, Jesus told His disciples to tell the mountain to move and it will move. Perhaps you’re thinking, l spoke to my mountain and it grew. But notice that Jesus also said, “Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours” (Mark 11:24 NIV). Perhaps you’re saying, “I prayed, I claimed, I believed, and nothing has happened.”
 
Then maybe you need to focus on this verse, “If you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins” (Mark 11 :25 NIV). Go ahead, open your heart, close the door on the past, stand in His presence, and say, “Lord, I’ve done what You asked. I’ve forgiven any and all, as You’ve forgiven me, and I’m ready now for everything You have f(}r me today.”
 
THESE WORDS COULD BE THE KEY TO YOUR DELIVERANCE AND THE DOOR TO YOUR FUTURE.
 
From the Best of the Word for Today.
 

   

Doctor: “If I find an operation necessary, will you have the money to pay for it?”
 
Patient: “If I don’t have the money to pay for it, will you still find the operation necessary?” …
 

 

Personnel manager: “So you would like a job in this office?” Well, what can you do?”
 
Prospective employee: “Nothing.”
 
Personnel manger: “Sorry, you should have applied earlier. All of those high paying jobs are now filled.”
 


LAYING IT ALL ASIDE TO SERVE.

MAY 3
 
He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments’ took a towel . . .  and began to wash the disciples’ feet. (John 13:4-5)
 
They would never forget this night. Jesus alone had the right to be called Master” but He laid it aside to serve. Paul said, “Let this mind be In you, which was also in Christ Jesus. . . who took upon him the form of a servant” (Philippians 2:5-7).
 
The secret of great ministry lies in what we lay aside to respond to God’s call. Laying aside the comforts of home to go where His name hasn’t been heard. Laying aside the things we most enjoy to experience those that few will ever know.
 
There are evangelists, pastors, and workers who never sold a tape or wrote a book, never drew a crowd, nor gained national fame but like Noah, whose membership never exceeded eight souls, they ministered faithfully. They wanted to do more and they, thought they would go further. But they laid it all aside to serve. They said, “If I’m not called to help everybody, then please God let me help somebody.” Child of God, ask yourself today Am I willing to lay It all aside to follow Him?  
 
IT’S ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTIONS YOU’LL EVER ANSWER,
 
Taken from the BEST of THE WORD FOR TODAY.
 

 

One day a man went to an auction. While there, he bid on a parrot.
 
He really wanted this bird, so he got caught up in the bidding. He kept on bidding, but kept getting outbid, so he bid higher and higher and higher.
 
Finally, after he bid way more than — the parrot was his at last!
 
As he was paying for the parrot, he said to the Auctioneer, “I sure hope this parrot can talk. I would hate to have paid this much for it, only to find out that he can’t talk!”
 
Don’t worry.” said the Auctioneer,
 

​”He can talk. Who do you think kept bidding against you?”



INTERCESSION OR ACCUSATION?

MAY 2
 
Then you will call, and the Lord will answer … “If you remove the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the Finger and speaking wickedness …. ” (Isaiah 58:9 NAS)
 
Has your healing failed to come? Do troubles follow you more than blessings? Are your prayers seldom answered? The reason could be a yoke in your life called, “The pointing of the finger and speaking wickedness.” God promised through Isaiah that things will change radically when you remove this yoke!
 
There are two ministries that go on continually before the throne of God. One is intercession. ‘The other is accusation. Jesus lives to intercede for His people, and if you abide in Him, you will intercede fix them, too. (See Hebrews 7:25.) On the other side, Satan is “the accuser of our brethren” (Revelation 12:10). When you give him access to your life, you’ll become increasingly critical of others.
 
You’ve got to make a choice about which of these ministries will be yours. You may ask how Satan can continually accuse the saints before God, if he’s been thrown out of heaven, The answer is, he uses the saints to do it jar him. Any time you see one believer accusing another, he’s at work. Satan knows the authority God has given to any two who will agree in prayer. (See Matthew 18:19.)
 
SO, WALK IN LOVE TODAY, AND BECOME A DIRECT THREAT TO HIS DOMAIN.
 
Taken from the BEST of THE WORD FOR TODAY.
 

 

You don’t stop laughing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop laughing!
 
Take heed and pass these along to people who need a laugh.
 
I thought you would enjoy this…times are tough right now…for all of us…so we need something to make the day a happy place
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“They” haven’t found a way to tax you for laughing yet.  
 

  ​A Sunday school teacher asked her class why Joseph and Mary took Jesus with them to Jerusalem.A small child replied, “They couldn’t get a baby-sitter.”



HOW BADLY DO YOU WANT IT?

MAY 1
 
Let us throw off everything that hinders. (Hebrews 12:1 NIV)
 
You’lI start getting well when getting well is what matters most to you. Let your desperation drive you beyond concern about the opinions of others. As long as you’re more conscious of people than you are of God, you’ll never get what you need.
 
When Hannah, Samuel’s mother, prayed in the Temple, there was so much locked inside her that when she began to pour her heart out, Eli thought she was drunk. (See 1 Samuel 1:13.) God is raising up people who will confound us-radical Christians. Like those on the Day of Pentecost, they’re hungryfor God. They’ll raise the roof to get to Jesus. They’ll interrupt carefully laid plans, and cry like blind Bartimaeus “Jesus thou Son of David, have mercy on me” (Mark 10:47). When you’re blind, all that matters is receiving your sight.
 
When it looks like there’s no way out for you-start shouting! Faith is born in the storm and conceived in the incubator of impossibility. Don’t panic. Don’t quit. Don’t stop short of the prize. The greater the conflict, the greater the conquest. There’s something good inside you, and God wants to bring it out.
 
So, HOW BADLY 00 YOU WANT IT?
 
Taken from the BEST of THE WORD FOR TODAY.
 

  ​A teenager lost a contact lens while playing basketball in his driveway. After a fruitless search, he told his mother the lens was nowhere to be found. Undaunted, she went outside and in a few minutes, returned with the lens in her hand.” How did you manage to find it, Mom?” the teenager asked. “We weren’t looking for the same thing,” she replied.​”You were looking for a small piece of plastic. I was looking for $150.” …



SET FREE!

APRIL 30     
         
Go, sell the oil, and pay thy debt, and live thou and thy children of the rest. (2 Kings 4:7)
 
In Old ‘Testament days, if you couldn’t pay your bills, your creditor took your children and made them work off the debt.
 
In 2 Kings 4, the widow of prophet was in that position. But she turned to a man of God-and that’s always a wise move, because if you can hear from a messenger of God, you can hear from God. (See John 13:20.)
 
The prophet asked her, in effect, “What have you got?” (See 2 Kings 4:2.) God always uses what you’re got to create what ,you need, and all she had was a little pot of oil. But no, matter how little you have, when you put it into His hands, it multiplies. Remember this principle: When ‘what you have isn’t enough to be a harvest, make it a seed! Don’t eat it. Don’t keep it. Sow it and start a harvest. The woman was instructed to borrow all the empty vessels she could, and “pour out”.
 
That’s the key-pour out! Find something outside yourself, something bigger than you, and pour your time, your life and, your resources into it. The oil from her little pot kept pouring until her debt was paid and her children were redeemed. And the character of God never changes; today He wants to lift your burden, cancel your debts, and set you free to really live.
 
TAKE A FEW MOMENTS AND TALK TO HIM ABOUT IT. HE’LL TELL YOU WHAT TO DO.
 
Taken from the BEST of THE WORD FOR TODAY.
 

 

Albert’s Leaving Presentation
 
Today we would like to thank Albert for his service to our company. Albert is someone who does not know the meaning of impossible task, who does not know the meaning of lunch break, who does not understand the meaning of the word no.
 

So we have clubbed together and bought Albert a dictionary. …



DON’T GO UNTIL HE SENDS YOU

DON’T GO UNTIL HE SENDS YOU
 
APRIL 29
 
I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me. (Psalm 40: 1)
 
Don’t jump the starter gun, or you’ll be disqualified from the race. Don’t come out until God has finished working on you, or you won’t be ready for the job.
 
There’s never been a day like this. Listen: “Woe to the Earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short” (Revelation 12: 12 NIV). Forces have been released that no previous generation ever faced, and if we’re not strong and well-equipped, we won’t be able to cope with them, much less conquer them.
 
Flow long did it take to prepare Ananias to lead Saul of Tarsus to Christ? And after he did, we never hear of him again. He was born for a purpose, and when it was fulfilled, he disappeared. That’s hard on the ego. We want to be permanent. We want to be featured. But John the Baptist said, “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30).
 
In the wilderness, Moses learned reverence and dependence, and he built a relationship with God that would sustain him for the rest of his life. Child of God, stop looking for a door out of your wilderness.
 

 

IF YOU DON’T STAY WHERE HE HAS PLACED YOU TODAY, YOU WON’T MAKE A DIFFERENCE WHERE HE SENDS YOU TOMORROW.
 
Taken from the BEST of THE WORD FOR TODAY.
 

 

A woman had a parrot who talked, but the only thing he ever said was, “Let’s kiss!” It was embarrassing. She didn’t feel that she could invite anyone over because of that bird.
 
She was overjoyed to hear that the new pastor also had a parrot, and the only thing he said was, “Let’s pray.”
 
“Hmmmm,” she thought. “If I could get those two birds together, maybe his would be a good influence o mine.”
 
 
So she invited the pastor over and asked him to bring his parrot. He did. She put the two birds in the same cage.
 
Sure enough, her parrot turned to his and said, “Let’s kiss!”
 

His parrot said, “Praise the Lord! My prayers have been answered!”



THE NEW BIRTH PRODUCES A NEW BATTLE

APRIL 26
 
Now there was long war between the house of Saul and the house of David: but David waxed stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul waxed weaker and weaker. (2 Samuel 3:1)
 
Saul represents the flesh, and David the spirit; and the war between them lasted a long time. It takes faith and patience to produce in any of us the nature of Christ. Today, in The Message, I read a remarkable statement by Paul: I decide to do good but I don’t really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. My decisions, such as they are, don’t result in actions. Now if that sounds familiar, listen to what he says next: I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? … The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does. (See Romans 7:17-25.) To feed David and starve Saul, you’ve got to move closer to Jesus.
 
Paul says, “My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you” (Galatians 4:19). Only God knows the process it will take for the Christ who saved you to be formed in you. That’s when you really begin to resemble your Father.
 
THIS ONLY HAPPENS AS THE HOUSE OF SAUL GROWS WEAKER AND THE HOUSE OF DAVID GROWS STRONGER IN OUR LIVES.
 
Taken from the BEST of Word for Today
 

 

One day a man drove his secretary home after she fell quite ill at work. Although this was an innocent gesture, he decided not to mention it to his wife, who tended to get jealous easily.
 
Later that night the man and his wife were driving to a restaurant. Suddenly he looked down and spotted a high-heel shoe half hidden under the passenger seat. Not wanting to be conspicuous, he waited until his wife was looking out her window before he scooped up the shoe and tossed it out of the car. With a sigh of relief, he pulled into the restaurant parking lot.
 
That’s when he noticed his wife squirming around in her seat.
 

“Honey,” she asked, “have you seen my other shoe?



CHRISTIAN LIFE ISN’T NATURAL; IT’S SPIRITUAL

APRIL 25
 
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. (2 Corinthians 4:7)
As a young Christian, the love of God I saw demonstrated was based on performance, like a merit system. If I did well, He loved me-if I failed. He didn’t. What a roller coaster! To make matters worse, I constantly heard testimonies from people who seemed to live in unending bliss. They never had a Monday morning-at least, never one I heard about! I thought they woke up swinging from the rafters, never had a down day, terrorized the devil, and heard from heaven regularly. Meanwhile, I soldiered on.
 
Sometimes I felt ashamed, but mostly I felt insecure, I felt like something was missing, and even though I was a babe in Christ, I always felt like I should be further along. Sound familiar?
 
Then I read, “I don’t mean to say I am perfect. I haven’t learned all I should even yet, but I keep working toward that day when I will finally be all that Christ saved me for and wants me to be” (Philippians 3:12TLB). The mighty Apostle Paul said that! Today, I understand that the Christian lite isn’t natural, it’s spiritual. (See Matthew 5:44.)
 
IT’S ENOUGH TO DRIVE YOU INTO THE ARMS OF JESUS- AND THAT’S THE WAY HE PLANNED IT!
 
Taken from the BEST of Word for Today
 

  When the man came home, his wife was crying. “Your mother insulted me,” she sobbed.” My mother? How could she do that when she is on vacation on the other side of the world?” the man asked. “I know. But this morning a letter addressed to you arrived. I opened it because I was curious.” “And?”​”At the end of the letter she had written: P.S. Dear Diane, when you have finished reading this letter, don’t forget to give it to my son.” …




 

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