GOD HAS IT ALL FIGURED OUT

SEPTEMBER 26

Having predestinated us … according to the good pleasure of his will. (Ephesians 1:5)

God’s plan for your life is set. It can’t be edited or changed any more than His character can be changed.

“But what about the sin of Adam and Eve-was that His plan too?” you ask. No! Satan created a dilemma when Adam sinned; he took what God loved and seduced it into doing what God hated.

The idea was to hand God a problem He couldn’t solve. For God to kill what he hated-sin-He’d also have to destroy what He loved-man.

But God had a strategy in place long before Satan ever created the dilemma. Jesus was “ . . .  the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (Revelation 13:8). Before there was ever a sinner on Earth, there was a Savior in Heaven, That means that nothing the devil can throw at you will ever thwart the purpose of God for your life!

Think of it this way: The script is already written before the actor arrives on stage. All he has to do is play the role assigned to him and follow the director. You say, “You mean I’ve no choice?” Yes, you do: submit and be blessed, or rebel and be sorry. That’s it!

TODAY. GOD ALREADY HAS IT ALL FIGURED OUT ” … ACCORDING TO THE GOOD PLEASURE OF HIS WILL.”

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

I couldn’t stand my boy’s long hair any longer, so I dragged him with me and ordered, “Give him a crew cut.” The barber did just that, and so help me, I found I’d been bringing up somebody else’s son!

 

I’ve got a 16-year-old son who was 6′ 3” until he got a haircut. Now he is 5′ 8”.



ARE YOU REALLY SERIOUS?

SEPTEMBER 25

 Wilt thou be made whole? (John5:6)

 A pastor friend once shared with me three questions he asks every person seeking counseling. By the time they’ve answered them honestly, over 75 percent discover they don’t need counseling after all, because they’ve gotten a handle on the situation themselves. He asks them to write down their answers, which is always a big step toward solving any problem.

Here are the questions:

  1. What exactly is the problem? We get so bogged down in our feelings, circumstances, and excuses that we lose sight of the real problem. Just writing it down for the first time can change our whole perspective.
  2. What have you already done to solve this problem? What steps have you already taken? What does the Word say about it? What Scriptures are you standing on?
  3. What do you think we can do for you that you cannot do for yourself?

By asking these questions, you’ll discover whether someone’s looking for solutions or sympathy, answers or attention. These questions, when honestly answered, bring to the surface such things as blame- shifting, making excuses, unwillingness to change, and dishonesty. Either way, you’ll get to know what you’re dealing with, and have the option of solving it and moving on, or remaining stuck.

 WHICH OPTION ARE YOU TAKING?

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

Officer: Soldier, do you have change for a dollar?

Soldier: Sure, buddy.

Officer: That’s no way to address an officer. Now, let’s try that again. Soldier, do you have change for a dollar? Soldier: No, sir!

 

“Papa, are you growing taller all the time?”

“No, my child. Why do you ask?”

“ ’Cause the top of your head is poking up through your hair.”



IF YOU DON’T ACCEPT GOD’S MESSENGER, YOU WON’T RECEIVE GOD’S MESSAGE

SEPTEMBER 24

He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me. (John 13:20)

When God gets ready to bless you, He usually sends a person to do It. It may take the form of correction, stretching your faith, or deepening your devotion to the Lord. If you want to take big steps, follow in the footsteps of big people. Who inspires you? Whom do you read? Timothy was an apostle by the time he reached seventeen, because he had spent much of his life under the influence of Paul. Elisha was influenced by Elijah, and he did twice as many miracles as his teacher before him.

The greatest man I ever knew was my pastor. I spent months in his home and years in his company, listening to every word and opening my life to his counsel. God never meant you to go it alone. Solomon said, “Two are better than one …. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10).Jesus sent His disciples out in companies of two. Today ask God to give you the humility and hunger to open your life to those whom God sends, and to give you a willingness to listen to them.

 AFTER ALL, YOUR DESTINY DEPENDS ON IT.

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

Passenger: Excuse me. How high is this plane?

Flight Attendant: About 30,000 feet.

Passenger: And how wide is it?

 

The loudspeaker of the big jet clicked on and the captain’s voice announced in a clear, even tone: “Now there’s no cause for alarm but we felt you should know that for the last three hours we’ve been flying without the benefit of radio, compass, radar, or navigational beam due to the breakdown of certain key components. This means that we are, in the broad sense of the word, lost and not quite sure in which direction we are heading. I’m sure you’ll be glad to know however, that we’re making excellent time!”



WHERE THERE IS UNITY, GOD COMMANDS HIS BLESSING

SEPTEMBER 23

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity … for there the Lord commanded the blessing. (Psalm 133:1,3)

When God sees us working together in unity and love, He commands His blessing upon us. Since we know that, why don’t we work harder for unity? One word that comes to mind is striving. Listen: “An argument started among the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest” (Luke 9:46 NIV).Jesus had to deal with the spirit of striving among His disciples. Someone has wisely said, “There is no limit: to what can be accomplished if nobody cares who gets the credit.”

Another reason for lack of unity is our failure to walk in love. We are unwilling to accept people as they are, to love them, and to let the Holy Spirit change them.

Sadly, some of those who are most guilty can be found in the pulpit. They are only interested in protecting their reputation, their influence, and their turf Today, you need to pray that God will help you transcend the spirit of striving, pettiness, and selfishness, and to reach out to others in love. Only a united Church can bring healing to a divided world.

IF IT DOESN’T WORK FOR US, HOW WILL IT EVER WORK FOR OTHERS?

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

At what time of day was Adam born?

A little before Eve.

 

Adam and Eve were naming the animals of the earth when along came a rhinoceros.

“What shall we call this one?” Adam asked.

“Let’s call it a rhinoceros,” said Eve.

“Why?” responded Adam.

“Well, it looks more like a rhinoceros than anything we’ve named yet!” Eve replied.



DON’T “TAKE IT EASY”

SEPTEMBER 20

You will come to the grave in full vigor. (Job 5:26 NIV)

Norman Cousins said, “No disease is more lethal than the boredom that follows retirement .”The other day I heard about a woman in her eighties who was being examined by her doctor. He asked her if she stayed pretty active. With a smile, she said, “I walk about four or five miles every day.” Surprised, he told her that she didn’t need to overdo it. “Take it easy,” he suggested. She took his words to heart and decided to slow down. She reduced her brisk walks to a stroll and cut back to three days a week. She

died in less than a year! The doctor Who had given her the advice sadly told a friend, “Never again will I tell a patient who’s doing so well to take it easy.”

The Bible is filled with people who lived on because they had something to live for!

Remember Caleb? At eighty-five he attacked giants in the hill country, drove them out, and became a land developer (see Joshua 14). And how about Noah, who began building an ark when he was

500, and helped to start the world over again at 621?

Age means nothing-unless you’re cheese! Wrinkles, gray hair, and age spots mean less than nothing. If God chooses to leave you on this Earth, then don’t just exist – live! Keep dreaming! Accept new

challenges.

AND WHATEVER YOU DO-DON’T TAKE IT EASY!

Taken from the BEST of THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY.

 

There comes a time in your life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh. Forget the bad, and focus on the good. Love the people who treat you right, pray for the ones who don’t. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is a part of life, getting back up is living.”

Life goes on…and it is beautiful.~

 

One parent to another: “Do you believe in spanking children?”

Other parent: “Certainly not. But I do believe in patting them on the back every once in a while–often enough, low enough, and hard enough.”



DO YOU CARE?

JUNE 7

 Refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul. (Psalm 142:4)

Nobody knew who he was, and nobody seemed to care. They found him lying in a heap with his throat slashed. A doctor used black thread to suture the gash, and then the man was dumped into a paddy agon and dropped off at Bellevue Hospital, where he languished until he died.

A friend seeking him went to the local morgue, and there, among dozens of nameless corpses, he found him. His only possessions were a ragged coat that smelled of liquor, with thirty-eight cents in one pocket and a scrap of paper in the other, on which was written, “Dear friends and gentle hearts.”  It almost Sounded like the words of a song somebody was going to write.

Which would have been correct-for in another time, this man had written songs that made the whole world sing. Songs like “I Dream of Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair,” “My Old Kentucky Home,” “Oh! Susannah,” and 200 more, with deep roots in our culture. The man’s name was Stephen Collins Foster. You may have heard of him.

So many people around you today are hurting. Some are hard to spot because they wear the mask of success. Others are clearly down-and-out.

But how do you change the world around you? You do it one life at a time! But you’ve got to have enough love to restore and rekindle the flame life has snuffed out.

 TODAY, TOUCH ONE PERSON-JUST ONE – WITH GOD’S LOVE!

Taken from the BEST OF THE WORD FOR TODAY

 

A college student at a recent football game challenged a senior citizen sitting next to him, saying it was impossible for their generation to understand his.

“You grew up in a different world,” the student said loud enough for the whole crowd to hear. “Today we have television, jet planes, space travel, man has walked on the moon, our spaceships have visited Mars, we even have nuclear energy, electric and hydrogen cars, computers with light-speed processing … and uh….”

Taking advantage of a pause in the student’s litany, the old geezer said, “You’re right. We didn’t have those things when we were young; so we invented them, you little twit! What are YOU doing for the next generation?



LIKE A TREE

JUNE 6

He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water ••• whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. (Psalm 1:3)

The Bible likens the prosperous man to a tree because:

  • It’s stable. That’s because it draws continually from underground streams. If you want to succeed, learn how to draw daily on the indwelling power of God’s Spirit. Not all of the answers are in heaven; some of them are within you waiting for expression.
  • It’s productive. Note the words, “Whatsoever he doeth shall prosper (Psalm 1:3). You’ve got to do something to be blessed! You say. “But I’m praying about it. “That’s good; prayer releases the favor of God-but work releases the force of man! When one is in harmony with the other, you’re unstoppable. Don’t just pray for a better relationship with your husband or wife – give them more attention. Don’t ask for better credit, or more money – set a budget and start living within your means.
  • It’s connected.  Without additional sources to draw from, a tree may survive, but It II never reach its full potential for fruitfulness. And neither will you. You can’t beg or borrow somebody else’s fruit, but There’s a lot to be said for using a little of their pollen to stimulate what God’s already placed within you, Joshua drew from Moses. Timothy drew from Paul.

FROM WHOM ARE YOU DRAWING TODAY?

Taken from the BEST OF THE WORD FOR TODAY

 

Several weeks after a young man had been hired, he was called into the personnel manager’s office.

“What is the meaning of this?” the manager asked. “When you applied for the job, you told us you had 5 years’ experience. Now we discover this is the first job you’ve ever had.”

“Well,” the young man said, “in your ad you said you wanted somebody with imagination.”



THE REJECTION TEST

June 5

 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. (John 1:11)

 How many of us would spend our last night with someone if we knew they were going to betray us the next day? Jesus did. He was faithful even when others were not. There is no greater opportunity for you to grow in Christian love than when you are rejected and abused. Jesus asked the Father to forgive those who crucified Him. Amazing!

 How you handle rejection reveals whether you have truly died to self and to the world. It’s impossible for a dead man to feel rejection. On the other hand, being rejected without being offended is one of the greatest demonstrations of spiritual maturity-it’s being Christ-like.

 In the Old Testament, a priest was not allowed to minister if he had scabs. (See Leviticus 21:20.) A scab is an unhealed wound. And when you have unhealed spiritual wounds, you’re touchy, you can’t function the way God wants you to, and it will show up in the things you say. You need to be healed, because only when you pass the “rejection test” can you reach out in love and make others whole.

 ASK GOD TO HELP YOU PASS THE TEST!

Taken from the BEST OF THE WORD FOR TODAY

 

Mannerisms The six-year-old girl went to school looking very grown up in a new dress and shoes. When she came home her mother asked if anyone had mentioned her new clothes.

​”Yes,” she replied, “the teacher did. She said as long as I dressed like a lady, why didn’t I act like one?” ..



TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE

JUNE 3

We ought to obey God rather than men. (Acts 5:29)

No matter how timid you are, don’t allow anybody to dominate or direct your life. Get back into the driver’s seat and take the wheel, for only you know where God has told you to go!

Too often our actions are dictated not by a sense of purpose, but by a need to please. We care so much about what certain people think, that with every step we take, we’re looking over our shoulder to see whether they’re smiling or frowning.

Hear this clearly: Your first responsibility is to please God, not people. In the end, you’re accountable to Him alone (see Romans 14:12).

Listen: “You shall have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3 NIV). But you say, “I don’t worship idols.” You do when you dedicate your life to impressing people instead of obeying God.

“But who am I to assert myself?” you ask. Who are you not to? As a child of’ God, your first responsibility is to please your Father and your second is to live your life to its fullest!

 TODAY, IT’S TIME TO TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE AND GET BACK IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT!

Taken from the BEST OF THE WORD FOR TODAY

 

An artist asked the gallery owner if there had been any interest in his paintings on display at that time.

“I have good news and bad news,” the owner replied. “The good news is that a gentleman inquired about your work and wondered if it would appreciate in value after your death. When I told him it would, he bought all 15 of your paintings.”

“That’s wonderful,” the artist exclaimed. “What’s the bad news?”

 “The guy was your doctor …” …

 

An elderly lady was overheard saying these words:

​”I’ve reached the age when my train of thought often leaves the station without me.”



GET UP AND FIGHT

GET UP AND FIGHT

MAY 27

Fight the good fight of faith … whereunto thou art also called. (1 Timothy 6: 12)

Some of us are strong in faith but weak in fight. Without fight, Caleb would never have gotten his inheritance. Listen: “Now therefore give me this mountain … if so be the Lord will be with me, then I shall be able to drive them out” (Joshua 14:12),

To subdue Goliath, David had to fight. What a scene! “Then said David to the Philistine, .. And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord’s” (1 Samuel 17:45-47). Did you hear that? “All shall know that the battle is the Lord’s!” The world wants to know if the God we talk about is bigger than the (Goliath they’re looking at. Their weapons don’t work, and they’re wondering if ours do.

Jesus challenged religious systems that enslaved people with rules that nobody could live up to, including those who made a living by preaching them. He had something to say, and He had the courage

to say it. How about you? It’s a lot easier to admire Jesus than it is to follow Him. The moment you really decide to follow Him, you’re in for the fight of your life-in the workplace, the community, the home, and anywhere else you happen to be.

REMEMBER, BIG BATTLES PRODUCE BIG VICTORIES, AND THAT’S WHAT GOD HAS IN STORE FOR YOU TODAY.

TAKEN FROM THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR TODAY.

 

Remember the fallen & their families this Memorial Day. Honor those who have so honored us.

 Did you hear the one about the Liberty Bell? Yeah, it cracked me up too!

If you want to avoid traffic this memorial day then avoid traveling on memorial day weekend.

The patriots blood is the seed of Freedoms tree.

We come, not to mourn our dead soldiers, but to praise them.

 

 

 




 

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