GROUNDED AND STEADY

GROUNDED AND STEADY
 
APRIL 12
 
Stay grounded and steady … constantly tuned in to the Message. (Colossians 1 :23 TM)
 
We live in an entertainment-based society, and we’ve brought it into the Church. Great emphasis is placed on feeling good. One pastor told me, “People have had a hard week, and when they come to God’s house they should have a good time. “In a sense that’s true. David said, “In thy presence is fullness of joy” (Psalm 16:11). But when there’s a cancer, do you tell the patient, or just keep him feeling good until his condition is hopeless?
 
Jeremiah was told “to root out, and to pull down … to build, and to plant” (Jeremiah 1:10). Now, building and planting. are more exciting than rooting out and pulling down, and definitely draw bigger crowds. But what if the patient dies?
 
Let’s read carefully what Paul told Timothy: “You’re going to find that there will be times when people will have no stomach for solid teaching, but will fill up on spiritual junk food–catchy opinions that tickle their fancy. They’ll turn their backs on truth and chase mirages. But you-keep your eye on what you’re doing” (2 Timothy 4:2-5TM).
 
AS WE GET CLOSER TO THE COMING OF CHRIST, THE ONLY THING THAT WILL SUSTAIN YOU IS KNOWING HIS WORD. AND YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM.
 
Taken from the BEST of the Word for Today
 

 

​The following message was printed in a leaflet: “If you cannot read, this leaflet will tell you how to get lessons.” …
 

 

A big, burly man visited the pastor’s home and asked to see the minister’s wife, a woman well known for her charitable impulses.
 
“Madam,” he said in a broken voice,”I wish to draw your attention to the terrible plight of a poor family in this district. The father is dead, the mother is too ill to work, and the nine children are starving. They are about to be turned into the cold, empty streets unless someone pays their rent, which amounts to $400.”
 
“How terrible!” exclaimed the preacher’s wife. “May I ask who you are?”
 

The sympathetic visitor applied his handkerchief to his eyes. “I’m the landlord,” he sobbed.



DEVOTED

DEVOTED
 
APRIL 11
 
I will love thee, 0 Lord, my strength. (Psalm 18:1)
 
It’s easy to get distracted and grow cold. That’s a battle you’ll fight constantly. Listen: “For the sinful Nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other” (Galatians 5:17 NIV). Every day you’ll have to make a decision. If you don’t, your flesh will decide for you, and you’ll finish up asking, “How did I ever get here?” And the answer is, “Because you never decided not to!”
 
When two people are elevated to each other, they don’t mind sacrificing for their dream. Their Relationship may come under attack, but it only draws them closer. Temptation may try to lure them away, but they find strength in each other’s arms. To them, giving is not a discipline; it’s a delight. David cried, “Lord, how I love you! For you have done such tremendous things for me” (Psalm 18:1 TLB).
 
YOU SEE, WHEN YOU REALLY LOVE HIM IT’S EASIER TO OBEY HIM, SERVE HIM AND FOLLOW HIM.
 
Taken from the BEST of the Word for Today
 

 

A new missionary recruit went to Venezuela for the first time. He was struggling with the language and didn’t understand a whole lot of what was going on. Intending to visit one of the local churches, he got lost, but eventually got back on track and found the place.
 
Having arrived late, the church was already packed. The only pew left was the one on the front row.
 
So as not to make a fool of himself, he decided to pick someone out of the crowd to imitate. He chose to follow the man sitting next to him on the front pew. As they sang, the man clapped his hands, so the missionary recruit clapped too.
 
When the man stood up to pray, the missionary recruit stood up too. When the man sat down, he sat down. When the man held the cup and bread for the Lord’s Supper, he held the cup and bread.
 
During the preaching, the recruit didn’t understand a thing. He just sat there and tried to look just like that man in the front pew.
 
Then the preacher said some words that he didn’t understand and he saw the man next to him stand up. So he stood up too. Suddenly a hush fell over the entire congregation. A few people gasped. He looked around and saw that nobody else was standing. So he sat down.
 
After the service ended, the preacher stood at the door shaking the hands of those who were leaving. When the missionary recruit stretched out his hand to greet the preacher, the preacher said, in English: “I take it you don’t speak Spanish.”
 
The missionary recruit replied: “No I don’t. It’s that obvious?”
 

“Well yes,” said the preacher, “I announced that the Acosta family had a newborn baby boy and would the proud father please stand up.”  



THE KING AND I

THE KING AND I
 
April 10
 
I will surely shew thee kindness for Jonathan thy father’s sake. (2 Samuel 9:7)
 
Mephibosheth, Jonathan’s son, was lame because he was dropped when he was a baby. Years later. King David, who had a covenant with his father, redeemed him and gave him a place at the king’s table. What a story-lifted from the fall, saved because of another, and made a child of the king! Sounds like your testimony and mine, doesn’t it?
 
But there was a problem in his thinking. Although he’d been redeemed, he still saw himself as worthless. Listen: ”And he bowed himself, and said, What is thy servant, that thou shouldest look upon such a dead dog as I am?” (2 Samuel 9:8). He thought of himself as a dead dog, so he lay on the floor like one. Not only were his feet lame-his thinking was also.
 
The word of the Lord to you today is: “You’ve been on the floor long enough. It’s time for a resurrection, and it must start in your thinking. Just because you’ve been treated like a dog, doesn’t make you one. Get up off the floor and take your seat at the King’s table-He has made you worthy. You have a right to be there. Not because of your goodness, but because of His grace!”
 
LET GOD HEAL YOUR THINKING SO THAT YOU CAN ENJOY WHAT HE IS DOING IN YOUR LIFE RIGHT NOW!
 
Taken from the BEST of the Word for Today
 

 

If God wanted me to touch my toes, He would’ve put them on my knees.
 

 

The kids text me “plz” which is shorter than please. I text back “no” which is shorter than “yes.
 

 

“I’m going to retire and live off of my savings. Not sure what I’ll do that second week. …
 


HE WON’T GIVE UP ON YOU

HE WON’T GIVE UP ON YOU
 
APRIL 9
 
So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please. (Isaiah 55:11)
 
The reason I keep urging you to get into God’s Word is that the more you hear His thoughts, the more you start thinking like Him! Peter became so dependent upon the words of Jesus, that when others walked away, he said, “Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal lite” (John 6:68). Job said that he considered God’s words more necessary than food. (See Job 23:12.) It’s through the Word that God speaks to you, comforts you, counsels you, and deals with your problems.
 
God’s Word will accomplish what He sends it to do. He won’t stop in the middle of the job, and He won’t give up on you. He’ll keep hammering until the foundation is secure and the building is strong.
 
And the wonderful thing is that no one will ever know that you were in such terrible shape! He’ll cover you with His precious blood even while He works on you. Think of it: you’re covered while you’re being changed into His image. In a world void of commitment, isn’t it comforting to know that God won’t give up on you?
 
IF ANYBODY OUGHT TO PRAISE THE LORD, IT’S YOU!        
 
Taken from the BEST of the Word for Today
 

 

Russell lived all his life in the Florida Keys and is on his deathbed and knows the end is near. His nurse, his wife, his daughter and two sons, are with him.
 
He asks for two witnesses to be present and a camcorder be in place to record his last wishes, and when all is ready he begins to speak:
 
“My son, Andy, I want you to take the Ocean Reef houses.”
 
“My daughter Sybil, you take the apartments between mile markers 100 and Tavernier.”
 
“My son, Jamie, I want you to take the offices over in the Marathon Government Center.”
 
“Sarah, my dear wife, please take all the residential buildings on the bayside on Blackwater Sound.”
 
The nurse and witnesses are blown away as they did not realize his extensive holdings, and as Doug slips away, the nurse says, “Mrs. Pender, your husband must have been such a hard-working man to have accumulated all this property.”
 

The wife replies, “He had a paper route.”



THERE’S NO NEED TO HIDE

THERE’S NO NEED TO HIDE
 
APRIL 8
 
Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. (Hebrews 4: 13 NIV)
 
God knows your every thought! You can’t lie to Him;. He knows you inside out. Just be honest and say, Father, this is what’s tempting me; please help me! Cleanse me and give me strength. Thank You for loving me in spite of all You know about me. Forgive me for judging others. If it were not for Your mercy, I would be guilty of the very things for which I have condemned them. Help me to be more like Jesus.”
 
The Book of Hebrews doesn’t stop by telling us God sees and knows everything about us. Listen: “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities” (Hebrews 4:15). Great news! You have a high priest, and He has provided forgiveness for all your sins.
 
Today, if you’re frustrated by your failures, and discouraged over your defeats, listen: He can be touched with the feeling of your infirmities. He’s been to your point of despair. He’s faced the tempter in every area-and defeated him. All He asks is an invitation to cleanse your heart and mind.
 
YOU DON’T HAVE TO HIDE ANYMORE- HE’S WAITING TO FORGIVE AND RESTORE YOU. ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS ASK HIM.
 
Taken from the BEST of the Word for Today
 

  After an hour of “Just a little more white, two squirts of blue, a dash of black, perhaps a tad more white,” the paint-store clerk got my gallon to the exact shade I wanted. With a sigh of relief, he pounded the lid on. “Now what do I do if I need more paint?” I asked. “Don’t come back here,” he begged. ..

 
 
​A farmer went to a big city to see the sights. He asked the hotel’s clerk about the times of meals. “Breakfast is served from 7 to 11, dinner from 12 to 3, and supper from 6 to 8,” explained the clerk. “Look here,” inquired the farmer in surprise, “when am I going to get time to see the city?” …
 

   



JUST ONE

APRIL 5
 
Be an example . . . in the way you live. (1 Timothy 4: 12 NLT)
 
We all need heroes-people we admire for their achievements and character. People who aren’t afraid to be different and who dare to stand “a cut above.” Real human beings with flaws and failures, yet ones who inspire and bring out the best in us, by modeling excellence when no one’s looking—or, for that matter, when half the world is looking! It seems to me that we’re running short of folks like that.
 
Here’s a question for you. Would you be surprised to know that for some people, you are that person? That’s right! It may be where you work, even though nobody’s mentioned it. It may be where you live even though no neighbor has had the nerve to say to you, “You’re the one we all watch.” It may be at school, where you’ve decided to stand out, rather than just blend in with the crowd.
 
One thing is for sure, if you knew how many people really felt that way, you’d be a lot more careful, wouldn’t you? You see, it takes real commitment to make a difference, Mediocre people impact nobody–at least not long-term.
 
BUT ONE COMMITTED PERSON-JUST ONE-CAN CHANGE SO MUCH! TODAY, ASK GOD TO MAKE YOU THAT PERSON.
 
From THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR TODAY.
 

  The computer in my high school classroom recently started acting up. After watching me struggle with it, one of my students took over. “Your hard drive crashed,” he said.I called the computer services office and explained, “My computer is down. The hard drive crashed.””We can’t just send people down on your say-so.” “How do you know that’s the problem?” “A student told me,” I answered. “We’ll send someone over right away.” …



PAGANINI’S VIOLIN

APRIL 4
 
Great gifts mean great responsibilities. (Luke 12:48 TM)
 
Paganini, one of the greatest violinists of all time performed his first concert at age eleven. He revolutionized violin technique in Europe forever. When he died in 1840, he willed his violin to his birthplace, Genoa, on one condition-that no other artist ever play it again. The city fathers agreed, and put it in a beautiful case, where thousands came to view it.
 
But wooden instruments have a certain peculiarity. So long as they’re played, they show no wear. But left unused they decay, which is what happened to Paganini’s violin. It became worm-eaten and useless. Other violins of the same vintage, handed down through generations from one gifted musician to another, continue to bless the world. But today, Paganini’s instrument remains a crumbling relic of what it might have been. What a lesson!
 
Paul told his spiritual son, Timothy, “Do not neglect the spiritual gift: You received” (1 Timothy 4:14 NIT). Success is an ongoing thing. It involves growth and development. It involves achieving one thing, and using that as a stepping-stone to accomplishing the next. There’s no stopping place.
 
What you don’t nurture decays. But by consistently working on your gift, you’ll produce something that will not only give you JOY, but will also serve and bless others.
 
THAT’S WHAT GIVES LIFE REAL PURPOSE!
 
From THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR TODAY.
 

 

​A young girl was examining her grandmother’s wedding ring.”Wow, what heavy and awkward rings they made fifty years ago!” commented the young girl.”That is true,” replied the grandmother, “but in my day they were made to last a lifetime!” …
 

  ​A construction worker accidentally cuts off one of his ears with an electric saw.He calls out to a guy walking on the street below, “Hey, do you see my ear down there?”The guy on the street picks up an ear and yells back, “Is this it?””No,” replies the construction worker. “Mine had a pencil behind it.” ..



WHEN YOU’RE WAITING

APRIL 3
 
Wait on the Lord, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee. (Psalm 37:34)
 
Waiting is not wasted time! When David was called by God to be Israel’s next king, he was in a cave hiding in fear for his life, and wondering, Where is God in all this? So how do you behave In a cave? What do you do in a waiting period?
 
First, David encouraged himself in the Lord. (See 1 Samuel 30:6.) He reminded himself of God’s faithfulness, and so should you. God told Moses to put Aaron’s rod and some manna into the Ark of the Covenant as constant reminders of BJs great faithfulness. Abraham built seven altars during his life as memorials to God’s goodness. Start remembering!
 
Next, David thought of Joseph’s experience. Listen: “Until God’s time finally came-how God tested his patience!” (Psalm 105: 19 TLB). David learned from Joseph; whom are you learning from?
 
When Potiphar threw Joseph into prison, he didn’t lie there thinking, This is the break I’ve been waiting for. No, waiting can be rough. That’s why you have to fill your cave with praise and make your waiting room a worship room! It will help you hold on a little longer. Stay shut in with God, and when the time is right He’ll come and get you.
 
GOD DID IT FOR DAVID AND JOSEPH, AND HE WILL WORK IT OUT FOR YOU, TOO-IF YOU’LL ONLY WAIT.
 
From THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR TODAY.
 

 

There once was a man who loved puns. They were his favorite kind of humor, and he would often spend time trying to come up with new ones. One morning he was feeling particularly inspired and thought up ten brand new puns. And so he went about his day with the intention of using his new puns to get a laugh from his friends, but unfortunately, no pun in ten did. .
 

 

An old farmer was inconsolable after his dog goes missing. He took out an ad in the newspaper, but two weeks later, there’s still no sign of the mutt. “What did you write in the ad?” his wife asks.”Here, boy,” he replies. …
 


PERSISTENCE

APRIL 2
 
 Staying with it-that’s what God requires. Stay with it to the end. You won’t be sorry. (Matthew 24: 13 TM)
 
Abraham Lincoln said, “Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm. Elbert Hubbaid wrote, “There is no defeat, except in no longer trying; no really insurmountable barrier, save our own inherent weakness of purpose.
 
Charles Lindbergh said, “Success is not measured by what a man accomplishes, but by the opposition he encountered and the courage he maintained in his struggle against It.
 
The University of Chicago conducted a five-year survey of twenty top performers in various fields, including musicians, athletes, sculptors, mathematicians, physicians, actors, artists, scholars, and,chief executives. They also interviewed the families and teachers of these celebrated high-achievers to find out how they did It.
 
What they discovered was that drive and determination-not-talent-led to their success! Imagine that! Just plain old stick-to- it-iveness!
 
Anybody who ever did anything worthwhile persevered. The Master Teacher himself gives us the formula for success m these words:
 
 
 “STAYING WITH IT-THAT’S WHAT GOD REQUIRES. STAY WITH IT TO THE END. You WON’T BE SORRY” (MATTHEW 24:13 TM).

From THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR TODAY.  

Q: What do you call someone who can’t stick with a diet?
 

A: A deserter. ..   The old pastor made it a practice to visit the parish school one day a week.He walked into the 4th grade class, where the children were studying the states, and asked them how many states they could name. They came up with about 40 names. He jokingly told them that in his day students knew the names of all the states. One lad raised his hand and said, “Yes, but in those days there were only 13.” …



DO YOU FEEL USED?

April 1
 
 The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid what can man do to me? (Hebrews 13:6 NIV)
 
When your trust has been betrayed, you feel angry and want to strike back. Something inside you cries, It’s not fair! You want to even the score.        .
 
Don’t do it! ‘Turn to Jesus instead! He, too, was betrayed, so He understands. Through this you can learn how to forgive and become more gracious. Don’t sink to the level of the person who hurt you. Take the high road!
 
When David’s friends turned against him, he first prayed, “Tell me what to do, 0 Lord. “Then he continued, “I am expecting the Lord to rescue once again I will see his goodness to me” (Psalm 27:11-13 TLB). Cry out to God for help, and then be confident that He’lI answer you!
 
Go Ahead – ask Him to help you forgive those who’ve turned against you. Don’t let bitterness rob you of the wisdom you can gain through this or the blessings that await you on the other side of it.
 
When you think you’ll never be able to trust again, that is when you must place your trust in God and let Him heal your heart and mind, Pray; “Father, I am hurt, but I won’t let it infect my spirit or destroy my faith in You.
 
I NEED TO FORGIVE THOSE WHO HAVE BETRAYED ME. I DO SO TODAY IN YOUR NAME. AMEN.”
 

From THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR TODAY.  

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

  ​A strawberry and a cucumber grew up in the same garden patch. They were best buds growing up. As they grew older, they decided it was time to branch out, leave home, and see the world. So they hitched a ride on a nearby vegetable cart and took off. Their first stop was at a local farmer’s market. Unfortunately, that’s where the trouble started. A big row broke out and they got separated, one of them ending up in a jam and the other in a pickle. …




 

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