RECEIVING – SEARCHING – BELIEVING

DECEMBER 12

They received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures dally, whether those things were so. Therefore many of them believed. (Acts 17:11-12)

What a testimony! The new Berean Christians were so hungry for God that they received the Word with a ready mind, then took it home and studied it for themselves to see if the things they had heard were really so. What a contrast to the Athenians, who “spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing” (Acts 17:21).

We are living in such an age today! Many are searching for something new to interest them, move them, and entertain them. Recently someone asked, “What has God been saying to you?” I replied, “The same thing He’s been saying for a long time; and He’s going to keep saying it until I do something about it.”

Do you want to succeed? Listen to God’s formula for a happy and successful life: “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then shalt thou good success” (Joshua 1:8). This formula will work for you if make it part of your daily life.

GET INTO THE WORD AND WATCH THE DIFFERENCE IT MAKES IN YOUR LIFE.

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY.

 

The Twelve Days of Christmas Cutbacks (CONT’D)

As you know, the eight maids-a-milking concept has been under heavy scrutiny by the EEOC. A male/female balance in the workforce is being sought. The more militant maids consider this a dead-end job with no upward mobility. Automation of the process may permit the maids to try a-mending, a-mentoring or a-mulching;

 

Nine ladies dancing has always been an odd number. This function will be phased out as these individuals grow older and can no longer do the steps;

 

Ten Lords-a-leaping is overkill. The high cost of Lords plus the expense of international air travel prompted the Compensation Committee to suggest replacing this group with ten out-of-work congressmen. While leaping ability may be somewhat sacrificed, the savings are significant because we expect an oversupply of unemployed congressmen this year;



GOD IS YOUR SOURCE

DECEMBER 11

Everything we have has come from you, and we only give you what is yours already! (1 Chronicles 29:14 TLB)

Sometimes we forget that, and we act like our employer or somebody else is our source. No! They may be the instrument God uses, but He alone is the Source. Listen: “Everything … has come from you.” He holds the deed and title to absolutely everything we have.

An old lady who hadn’t eaten for days was praying for bread. Two boys heard her and ran to the store, bought a loaf of bread, then climbed up on the roof and dropped it down the chimney. The old woman was thrilled, gave thanks, and began to eat. Later, when the boys knocked on the door and asked her what had happened, she told them how she had been praying for bread and God had sent a loaf down the chimney. They laughed and said, “We heard you praying, we bought the bread, and we dropped it down the chimney. Now what do you think?” She replied, “The devil may have delivered it; but God still sent it!”

Even if God has to turn the devil into His errand boy, He will come through for you! David said, “I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread” (Psalm 37:25 NIV). Have you?

REMEMBER, GOD IS STILL YOUR SOURCE!

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY.

 

The Twelve Days of Christmas Cutbacks (CONT’D)

The five golden rings have been put on hold by the Board of Directors. Maintaining a portfolio based on one commodity could have negative implications for institutional investors. Diversification into other precious metals as well as a mix of T-bills and high technology stocks appear to be in order;

 

The six geese-a-laying constitutes a luxury which can no longer be afforded. It has long been felt that the production rate of one egg per goose per day is an example of the decline in productivity. Three geese will be let go, and an upgrading in the selection procedure by personnel will assure management that from now on every goose it gets will be a good one;

 

The seven swans-a-swimming is obviously a number chosen in better times. The function is primarily decorative. Mechanical swans are on order. The current swans will be retrained to learn some new strokes and therefore enhance their outplacement;



SCARING BIRDS OR SOWING SEEDS

DECEMBER 10

At the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9 NIV)

Jesus told the story of a farmer who sowed seed in four different kinds of ground, but only the first could produce anything. What happened to the seed in the other three? Weeds choked the second,

the third was ruined by rocks, and the fourth was devoured by birds.

And that’s still how it works! You either spend your life pulling weeds, removing rocks, scaring birds-or sowing seeds. Make the right choice and you prosper; make the wrong one, and it’ll be a long, hard

winter.

Here are your options today: (1) Quit because of the “weeds” that attempt to choke the life out of your dreams. (2) Get discouraged because of the “rocks” you have to climb over or go around on your way to your goals. (3) Exhaust yourself fighting off “birds” that constantly attack your values and try to rob you of your vision. (4) Go through life sowing “good seeds” and reaping good harvests. It’s up to you!

Negative thinking will always empower your problem and keep you from reaching your destiny! lt’Il ensure that your harvest never makes it to the barn! So focus on the end game. When things go wrong, don’t you go wrong with them! Remember, God has promised that when the time is right-you will reap!

WHEN YOU GET UP EACH DAY. TELL YOURSELF, IT’S TIME TO GO OUT AND DO SOME MORE SOWING.

Taken from the BEST OF THE WORD FOR  YOU TODAY

 

The Twelve Days of Christmas Cutbacks (CONT’D)

The two turtle doves represent a redundancy that is simply not cost effective. In addition, their romance during working hours could not be condoned. The positions are therefore eliminated;

 

The three French hens will remain intact. After all, everyone loves the French;

 

The four calling birds were replaced by an automated voice mail system, with a call waiting option. An analysis is underway to determine who the birds have been calling, how often and how long they talked;

 



GUT LEVEL HONESTY

DECEMBER 9

Thou shall not bear false witness. (Matthew 19:18)

In a recent major survey, people were asked, “What would you be willing to do for ten million dollars?” (Are you sitting down?) Twenty-five percent of them said they’d abandon their families; 23 percent said they’d become a prostitute for a week; 7 percent said they’d even murder a stranger!

Are you shocked? Are you saying, “I’d never do that”? Don’t be so quick-the survey also revealed that Christians were “almost as likely as non-Christians” to falsify their tax: returns, call in sick when they were not, cheat on their mates, or tear down someone else’s character to make themselves look better. Have you done any of those things recently?

Listen to these words: “Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old evil nature and all its wicked deeds. In its place you have clothed yourselves with a brand new nature that is continually being

renewed as you learn more and more about Christ” (Colossians 3: 10 NIT). Note the words “you have clothed yourselves. “It’s a garment you have to put on every day!

Want a challenge? Start modeling the truth … the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help you God. Think the truth! Face the truth! Love the truth! Pursue the truth! Walk in the truth!  

FROM THIS DAY FORWARD, PRACTICE “GUT-LEVEL HONESTY.”

Taken from the BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

The Twelve Days of Christmas Cutbacks

As a further restructuring, today’s global challenges require the North Pole to continue to look for better, more competitive steps. Effective immediately, the following economy measures are to take place in the “Twelve Days of Christmas” subsidiary:

 

The partridge will be retained, but the pear tree never turned out to be the cash crop forecasted. It will be replaced by a plastic hanging plant, providing considerable savings in maintenance;



IT’S NOT TOO LATE

DECEMBER 6

Do not throwaway your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. (Hebrews 10:35 NIV)

Are you discouraged? Do you feel like giving up? If so, read the following words and make them your prayer today.

“God, I’ve done everything I know to see my dreams come true. I’ve had seasons of working hard and seasons of’ letting go and letting God’; still, the things I’ve believed for seem like they’ll never happen.

“I feel like Sarah-I’Il never hold the one thing I long for most. God, don’t let me miss my destiny. Don’t let me hope for things that are not part of Your plan for my life. Let me hear Your voice guiding me, reassuring me, and telling me You love me.”

“Give me a fresh glimpse of Your promise to me, so that I can fight with faith and take hold of it. Help me also to understand the difference between what I must go after and what I must wait on You for. When it’s up to me, give me the strength to demolish doubt and march fearlessly into the new day You’ve prepared for me. When it’s up to You, give me grace and patience to wait; fill me with the joyful anticipation that accompanies a perfectly timed present.”

“Lord, they say that You are never, ever late. So in these days of waiting, when time seems endless, keep me firm in my faith. Don’t let me stop short of my blessing.”

“REMIND ME AGAIN THAT I MUST NOT THROW AWAY MY CONFIDENCE, FOR IT WILL BE RICHLY REWARDED! AMEN.”

 

Mirror, mirror on the wall

Do you have to tell it all?

Where do you get the glaring right

To make my clothes look just too tight?

I think I’m fine but I can see

you won’t cooperate with me;

The way you let the shadows play

You’d think my hair was getting gray

 

What’s that, you say? A double chin?

No, that’s the way the light comes in;

If you persist in peering so

You’ll confiscate my facial glow,

 

And then if you’re not hanging straight

You’ll tell me next I’m gaining weight;

I’m really quite upset with you

For giving this distorted view;

 

I hate you being smug and wise ~

O, look what’s happened to my thighs!

I warn you now, O mirrored wall,

Since we’re not on speaking terms at all,

 

If I look like this in my new jeans

You’ll find yourself in smithereens!!



WE NEED MORE KINGS

DECEMBER 5

And hath made us kings and priests unto God. (Revelation 1:6)

Charles Neiman says, “Priests provide the vision, and kings provide the provision. The priests take care of things in God’s house, while the kings go out to do battle, and bring back the spoils to finance and fulfill the purposes of God.” What insight! Christian businessperson, you’re a king/You have a place in God’s plan that’s as important as that of any pastor or prophet. If religion has convinced you that God is against wealth, or against doing things with excellence, listen: “I am the Lord … which teacheth thee to profit” (Isaiah 48:17). David said, “The Lord shall increase you more and more, you and your children'{Psalm 115:15). God has increase on His mind, and He wants you to be like-minded. New Testament believers were blamed for “turning the world upside down,” but there’s something we often overlook-those who owned houses and land, sold them, brought the money from the sales, and placed it at the apostles’ feet. (See Acts 4:34-35.) It’s time you started seeing God’s purpose in your business and its success.

There is no shortage of money-it’s just in the hands of the wrong people! In the next five years, history’s greatest transfer of wealth from one generation to the next will take place-billions of dollars!

I’M PRAYING FOR AN ARMY OF KINGS TO GO GET IT AND BRING IT INTO THE KINGDOM OF GOD, SO THAT WE CAN LIFT UP THE NAME OF .JESUS ON EVERY CONTINENT!

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

A dirty little boy was playing at the playground and walked up to his mother and asked, “Who am I?” The mother replied, “I don’t know! Who are you?” The little boy said excitedly, “WOW! My teacher was right. She said that I was so dirty that even my own mother wouldn’t recognize me.” ..

 

Did you hear about the two females who were watching a blonde walk by?

The first one said, “I wonder whether she’s a natural blonde or a bleached blonde.”

Her friend said, “She’s a suicide blonde.”

The other said, “Suicide blonde? What’s that?”

The friend said, . . . “Dyed by her own hand!”



THE MOMENT OF TRUTH

DECEMBER 4

Peter remembered the word ofJesus …And he went out, and wept bitterly. (Matthew 26:75)

As the cock crowed, Peter remembered his words to Jesus, “If! have to die with you, I’ll never disown you” (Mark 14:31 NIV). The moment of truth had come for Peter, and it will come for you, too. Suddenly you’ll see things in yourself you never thought were there. God permits the storm to blow away your cover and reveal your weakness, so you can begin to deal with it. Sometimes the very point at which you thought you were strongest is your point of hidden weakness. Sound familiar?

Maybe you were raised to always appear strong and look like you “have it together,” but now God is permitting all that to be stripped away. Self-confidence is shattered! Ego is exposed! Paul says, “Have no confidence in the flesh” (Philippians 3:3). Only when we reach this point can we lay a sure foundation, not with OUR pride or ability, but His grace.

We know we can do nothing of eternal value in our own ability. That’s easy to say, but having that truth deeply rooted in our being is another matter. Peter was never the same after that night. He was humbled. He was now a candidate for the grace of God. “Be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble” (1 Peter 5:5).

HAS GOD BEEN DOING THIS IN YOUR LIFE LATELY

Taken from the BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY.

 

A man goes into a pet shop and tells the owner that he wants to buy a pet that can do everything. The shop owner suggests a faithful dog.

The man replies, “Come on, a dog?”

The owner says, “How about a cat?”

The man replies, “No way! A cat certainly can’t do everything. I want a pet that can do everything!”

The shop owner thinks for a minute, then says, “I’ve got it! A centipede!”

The man says, “A centipede? I can’t imagine a centipede doing everything, but okay, I’ll try a centipede.”

He gets the centipede home and says to the centipede, “Clean the kitchen.”

Thirty minutes later, he walks into the kitchen and it’s immaculate! All the dishes and silverware have been washed, dried, and put away; the counter-tops cleaned; the appliances sparkling; the floor waxed. He’s absolutely amazed. He says to the centipede, “Go clean the living room.”

Twenty minutes later, he walks into the living room. The carpet has been vacuumed; the furniture cleaned and dusted; the pillows on the sofa plumped; plants watered. The man thinks to himself, “This is the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen. This really is a pet that can do everything!”

Next he says to the centipede, “Run down to the corner and get me a newspaper.”

The centipede walks out the door. 10 minutes later…no centipede. 20 minutes later… no centipede. 30 minutes later…no centipede. By this point the man is wondering what’s going on. So he goes to the front door, opens it… and there’s the centipede sitting right outside the door.

The man says, “Hey! I sent you down to the corner store 45 minutes ago to get me a newspaper. What’s the matter?”

The centipede says, “I’m going, I’m going, I’m just putting on my shoes!”



SELF-ACCEPTANCE

DECEMBER 2

May you be founded securely on love. (Ephesians 3:17 AMP)

It’s agony to be with people and feel deep down that they don’t like you; or to want to do something, but not feel free enough to step out and try it. Sound familiar? My healing began when I read the Bible and discovered that God chose to love me just as I am! Imagine that! I didn’t have to earn it! That set me free to stop trying and trust what God said about me. It took a while, because I’d spent a lifetime putting myself down.

God had a special destiny for me, but I couldn’t fulfill it as long as I was insecure and had a poor self-image. So I began confessing His Word over my life each day. One of the verses that helped me greatly was this: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew and approved of you [as my chosen instrument]” (Jeremiah 1:5 AMP).

Next, I learned the difference between my who and my do. God doesn’t love everything I do, but He loves me! He sees my heart, not just my flesh. Now, if He can keep the two separate, then He can teach me to do the same, too. You see, His unconditional love enables you to accept yourself as you are and then see yourself as you’re going to be.

WHAT ASSURANCE-ACCEPTED IN THE BELOVED!

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

While attending a Marriage seminar dealing with communication, Jack and his wife, Barb, listened to the instructor. “It is essential that husbands and wives know the things that are important to each other.” He addressed the man, “Can you describe your wife’s favorite flower?” Jack leaned over, touched his wife’s arm gently and whispered, “Its Pillsbury isn’t it?” …

 

Two husbands were discussing their married lives. Although happily married, they admitted that there were arguments sometimes. Then Chad said, “I’ve made one great discovery. I know how to have always the last word”” “Wow!” responded Sherman, “How did you manage that?” ​”It’s easy,” replied Chad. “My last word is always ‘Yes, Dear.” …

 



CHILDLIKE

NOVEMBER 29

Except ye . . . become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven . (Matthew 18:3)

What did Jesus mean when He said, “Become as little children”? He meant a child is teachable! David cried, “Give me understanding, that I may know thy testimonies” (Psalm 119: 125),

If you’re teachable, you’re reachable, If you’re hungry for God’s Word, you have a future.

A child is dependent. Jesus said in John 15:5, “Without me, ye can do nothing. “We speak those words glibly, and then go out and act like it all depends on us. If we succeed, we become drunk on a success

we had nothing to do with. If we fail, we fall apart under the weight of an assignment He never gave us to begin with. The truth is, you couldn’t even get out of bed in the morning without Him!

A child is trusting. It never occurs to him to wonder if his needs will be met, He’s learned to trust. Sadly, it’s only after we have exhausted our own efforts that we turn in desperation to God. Someone has

said, “If we used God as a first resort, we wouldn’t have to use Him. as a last resort.”

TODAY, YOU NEED TO BECOME AS A LITTLE CHILD- TEACHABLE. TRUSTING. DEPENDENT, AND OBEDIENT.

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

The sales manager of a large corporation was horrified when he discovered that their newest salesman, Johnson, was actually illiterate. He was just about to fire him when he received a note from Johnson. It read:

“Dat Chicogo compiny dat ain’t ever bot from us. Wel, I sole dem $150,000. Now I go to Spreengfel.”

The next day the sales manager received another note from Johnson.

“Dat compiny in Spreengfel dat ain’t ever bot nothin.’ I sole them haf a million.”

The sales manager posted the notes on the bulletin board along with a note with these words:

“We ben spendin’ to much time tryin’ to spil instead of tryin’ to sel. Johnson, who is out on the rode, is doin’ a grate job for us. You shuld go out an do like he dun.”



HE STILL BELIEVES IN YOU

NOVEMBER 28

Now go and give this message to his disciples including Peter. (Mark 16:7TLB)

In 1929 Georgia Tech played the University of California in the Rose Bowl. A California player named Roy Reigels recovered a fumble but made a mistake and ran the wrong way. One of his teammates tackled him just before he scored. Reigels was devastated!

During halftime the California players sat quietly waiting to hear what the coach had to say. Coach Pierce looked at the team and said, “Men, the same team that played the first half will start the second, including Reigels. “Roy Reigels responded, “I couldn’t face that crowd in the stadium to save my life. I’ll never play again!” Coach Pierce put his hand on Roy’s shoulder and said, “Son, you made a mistake; but the game is only half over, and I need you to go out there and give me the best you’ve got.” His team won in the second half, and Roy played like a hero. Later he told a friend, “When I realized that my coach still believed in me, I could do nothing less than give him my best.

Have you fumbled the ball? Have you run in the wrong direction? Do you feel like quitting? Don’t give up! Your coach still believes in you! The One who restored Peter after his weakness and denial wants

to put you back on His team and make you a winner.

GIVE HIM A CHANCE TODAY-GET BACK IN THE GAME!

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY.

 

​I Celebrated Thanksgiving the Old Fashioned Way. I invited everyone in my neighborhood to my house, we had a enormous feast, then I killed them and took their land.  – Jon Stewart

 

Thanksgiving is an emotional time. People travel thousands of miles to be with people they see only once a year. And then discover that one time a year is way too often. – Johnny Carson

 

It took me three weeks to stuff the turkey. I stuffed it through the beak. – Phyllis Diller




 

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