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MONEY CANNOT SAVE FROM A DAY OF WRATH

By:  W. Kroll
In a depressed mood, author Thomas Carlyle once said, “God sits in heaven and does nothing.” It may seem that way sometimes, but don’t be deceived. God is busily moving all of human history toward a “Day of Wrath” (see Job 21:30; Prov. 11:4; Zeph. 1:15; Rom. 2:5). Such a day is required because God is just. He cannot allow His laws to be broken and His righteousness flaunted without responding in judgment. Besides, how could a loving God not be filled with wrath towards those things that hurt and destroy us, His prized creation? Don’t be fooled; wrath will come!
But don’t misunderstand God’s wrath. God is not just a peeved deity – a kind of cosmic, ill-tempered Mr. Zap who indulges in violent displays of anger when we do not do what we ought. Wrath is God’s way of saying to man, “Look, you must face the truth. I created you for Myself. If you decide that you don’t want me, then you will suffer the consequences.” God will not withhold His wrath because His moral integrity i…

DOES MONEY PROVIDES SECURITY?

Security is a big issue these days. Drive-by shootings on our city streets, muggings in broad daylight, murders in the midst of busy restaurants – all these and more have left people understandably jittery. A survey taken in a major metropolitan area found that 53 percent of the more than 13,000 people who returned the questionnaire said they did not feel safe on that city’s streets. Twenty-seven percent of the respondents said they did not feel safe from crime while at home. Owen Hanson rightly observed, “Western civilization has advanced to where we bolt our doors and windows at night while jungle natives sleep in open huts.”
How have people reacted to the curse of crime on our streets and in our homes? They purchased extra locks for their doors, installed elaborate security systems and bought guard dogs. Those with sufficient resources have even hired personal bodyguards. Obviously, these people hope they can buy their safety. God knew all about this. In Proverbs 18:11 it says, “The…

BE A PERSON OF INTEGRITY

By:  J. Osteen


GOD WANTS US TO BE people of integrity, people of honor, people who are trustworthy. A person of integrity is open and honest and true to his word. He doesn’t have any hidden agendas or ulterior motives. He doesn’t need a legal contract to force him to fulfill his commitments. People of integrity are the same in private as they are in public. They do what’s right whether anybody is watching or not.
God will only trust us with more after we have been faithful with a little. Remember, our lives are an open book before God. He looks at our hearts and motives. There’s no limit to what God will do in your life when He knows that He can trust you.
“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.” – Luke 16: 10 (NIV)

STRENGTH IN MEEKNESS

By:  Blackaby

“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” - Matthew 5:5
Generation of comic strip fans knew the inside scoop on Superman, even though the citizens of Metropolis were unaware of it. The startling truth was this: meek and mild Clark Kent was really Superman in a very thin, but apparently convincing disguise that consisted of a pair of eyeglasses. Clark Kent was meek, but he certainly wasn’t weak. In fact, he went to great lengths to hide the superhuman power behind those spectacles. 

What did Jesus mean when he said the meek will inherit the earth? He meant those who surrender their lives to the control of the Holy Spirit will experience God’s matchless power working in their lives.
This is beatitude number three in the eight steps toward spiritually maturity as outlined by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount. This is the point in your spiritual climb when your life will start to look like Christ. Through the power of God’s Holy Spirit, you’ll have the ability to f…

FIND A PURPOSE

By:  J. Maxwell


More than anything else, having a sense of purpose keeps a person going in the midst of adversity. Business consultant Paul Stoltz did an extensive study on what it takes for individuals to persist through setbacks.
According to Stoltz, the most important ingredient of persistence is, “Identifying your mountain, your purpose in life, so that the work you do is meaningful. I run into people every day who are basically climbing the wrong mountain. People who have spent 20 years or more of their lives doing something that has no deep purpose for them. Suddenly they look back and go, ‘What have I been doing?’”
If you are a purpose-driven person naturally, then you probably already possess an innate sense of direction that helps you overcome adversity. But if you’re not, then you may need some help. Use the following steps to help you develop a desire.
·Get next to people who possess great desire.·Develop discontent with the status quo.·Search for a goal that excites you.·Put y…

IS MONEY EVIL?

Money is not evil. It is morally neutral. Money can be used for good, such as supporting missionaries or building hospitals. It also can be used for evil, such as financing illegal drugs and pornography.
Examine 1 Timothy 6:10 carefully: “The love of money is a root of all sorts of evil.” The Bible does not condemn money itself, only the misuse of or a wrong attitude toward money. Moreover, particularly in the Old Testament, many of the godliest people were among the wealthiest people of the day. Job, Abraham and David were all wealthy, and yet they did not allow wealth to interfere with their relationship with the Lord.
Nevertheless, Scripture warns that riches can destroy a spiritually fruitful life. “And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful” (Matthew 13:22).
Also, it is easy for those who are rich to turn away from God. “For when I bring…

THE TRUE MEANING OF PROSPERITY

By:  H. Dayton


It is important to understand that the Lord’s perspective of prosperity is contrary to that of our culture. The Lord evaluates true riches based on His spiritual value system. This contrast is stated most clearly in the book of Revelation. The godly poor are rich in God’s sight. “I (the Lord) know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich)” (Revelation 2:9).
Those who are wealthy yet do not enjoy a close relationship with Christ are actually poor. “Because you say, ‘I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,’ and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked” (Revelation 3:17).
True prosperity extends far beyond material possessions. True prosperity is gauged by how well we know Jesus Christ and by how closely we follow Him.

APART FROM CHRIST, SUCCESS IS MEANINGLESS

By:  H. Dayton


King Solomon, the author of Ecclesiastes, had an annual income of more than $35 million. He lived in a palace that took 13 years to build. He owned 40,000 stalls of horses. The daily menu of his household included 100 sheep and 30 oxen.
Obviously, Solomon was in a position to know whether money would bring true fulfillment. He concluded, “Vanity of vanities … all is vanity!” (Ecclesiastes 12:8). Nothing, even extraordinary success, can replace the value of our relationship with the Lord. Ask yourself this question: Am I sacrificing a close relationship with Christ in the pursuit of wealth?
“What does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul?” – Mark 8:36

KEEP YOUR FEET ON THE ROCK – DON’T GIVE UP

By:  John L. M.


DON’T QUIT. There is a big difference between quitting and changing, however. I believe that when God sees someone who does not quit, He looks down and says, “There is someone I can use.”
In Galatians 6:9 (NIV) we are told, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Look at this verse carefully. It urges us not to become weary, assuring us that we will – not might, will – reap a harvest if we do not give up.
God does not quit. It is impossible for Him to do so. In Philippians 1:6 (NIV) the Apostle Paul writes about “being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” There are several important points in this verse. The most crucial is the fact that God does not quit. Therefore, we can have great confidence that He will complete the good work He has begun in us. He will see us through every step until we reach our ultimate destination.

HANDLING YOUR BLESSINGS

By:  Blackaby


It’s not fair. From the time we’re very young, most of us spend a lot of energy making sure things are fair. We watch our parents to make sure they don’t give our siblings more than they give us. We watch our friends to make sure they don’t have better toys, or nicer clothes, or more dates than we do. We do the same thing with God. We look at how He blesses someone else, and we can’t resist the urge to compare it with what He’s given us. We don’t realize the audacity involved in accusing God of being unfair. The Bible leaves no question that God is completely just. Our problem is that we don’t look at things the right way. Our problem is not that we have been given too little. Our problem is what we have done with what we’ve been given. Jesus made clear that we’re responsible for what God gives us, not what he gives others. If any unfairness is involved, it’s in the way we mishandle what God entrusts to us.
Take some time to consider how well you’re handling your blessings…

LOVE OVER BITTERNESS

By:  F. Kong


As no occasion justifies hatred, no injustice warrants bitterness.
I choose love. Today I will love God and what God loves.
Hatred destroys.
If bitterness is a poison then resentment is a cancer.
Bitterness destroys others while resentment destroys the self.
I can surrender every bit of hatred to the God of Love and then, have Him replace all my hate with His love on this brand new day.
A cornered rattlesnake can become so frenzied, that it can actually bite itself with its own deadly fangs. In the same way, a person harboring hatred and resentment in his heart can be hurt by his own poisonous malice. He believes he is injuring his enemies by displaying his wrath, but the real injury is inflicted deep in his own soul.
Anger can also cause us to do and say things we may deeply regret. George W. Martin gives the following account: “I remember a fellow who once wrote a nasty letter to his father. Since we worked in the same office, I advised him not to send it because it was written…

THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE THINKING ABOUT

By:  J. Meyer


SOME PEOPLE ARE very unhappy, and they have been that way so long that they no longer realize there is another option. I can well remember being like that. I blamed my unhappiness on the way others behaved. I thought my husband and children caused me the most unhappiness. If they would change and just be a little more sensitive to my needs, I knew I’d feel better. If they would help around the house more, volunteer to run errands, or just ask how I was doing, I knew I’d be happy. Of course, I never said anything to them. If they were sensitive and caring, I thought, they would be able to see how they could help me and make my life easier.
I did pray about it, and I often told God how much happier I would be if they cooperated more, but they didn’t change.
One day, God spoke to me – but not with the words I wanted to hear. He said, “Think about what you are thinking about.” I had no idea what God meant. In fact, the words didn’t make sense. How could I think about what I wa…

LIFE IS ALL ABOUT MAKING PRIORITIES

While at the park one day, a woman sat down next to a man on a bench near a playground. “That’s my son over there,” she said, pointing to a little boy in a red sweater who was gliding down the slide. “He’s a fine looking boy” the man said.
“That’s my daughter on the bike in the white dress,” the man continued. Then, looking at his watch, he called to his daughter. “What do you say we go, Melissa?” Melissa pleaded, “Just five more minutes, Dad. Please? Just five more minutes.” The man nodded and Melissa continued to ride her bike to her heart’s content.
Minutes passed and the father stood and called again to his daughter. “Time to go now?” Again Melissa pleaded, “Five more minutes, Dad. Just five more minutes.” The man smiled and said, “OK.”
“My, you certainly are a patient father,” the woman responded. The man smiled and then said, “Her older brother Tommy was killed by a drunk driver last year while he was riding his bike near here. I never spent much time with Tommy and now I’d give…

KINDNESS OVER ARROGANCE

By:  F. Kong


I will choose to be kind.
I will be kind to the poor because they are alone. I will be kind to the rich because they are afraid. Today the richer you are, the more worried you become. I will also be kind to the unkind because that was how God treated me. I’ve never been very kind to God, yet He continues to love me. So what gives me the right to be unkind to others?
I will submit to those above me in rank and those below, I will respect and honor.
I will choose servanthood. Service gives me a kind of joy money can’t buy.
I need to remind myself that I may be efficient and highly skilled but this does not give me the license to be arrogant.
I will choose to help those who need help and at the same time refrain from lifting myself up by looking down on them.
In the bathroom, an accountant, a lawyer and a farmer were standing side-by-side using the urinal.
The accountant finished, zipped up and started washing and literally scrubbing his hands … clear up to his elbows … he used abou…

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

There was a phrase floating around Christian circles a few years back. You’d see it here and there, on posters and bumper stickers: “A Christian is just one beggar telling another  beggar where to find bread.” Although it presented Christians as humble people, as indeed we should be, this saying wasn’t totally accurate. Christians are not beggars! Christians are wealthy beyond description – wealthy in a way the world doesn’t understand.
Paul had been the epitome of success. He had climbed the ladder pretty well to the top. He was making a name for himself as a mover and shaker in the Jewish world. He had power, influence, and an impressive reputation. Then he met Jesus and his ambition did an about-face. Worldly success no longer meant anything to him. He was content whether he had money or no money, shelter or no shelter, food or no food, because his contentment came from within.
Our society works hard to keep us discontent. Advertisers have one goal: to convince us that we need someth…

THE ESSENCE OF SUCCESS

Who in heaven’s name created the idea that success has to do with currencies and jewelry? Lots of people are loaded of that stuff but can hardly be called successful … You are a success when you clearly understand that failure is an event, not a person – that yesterday ended last night, and today is a brand-new day. You are a success when you know that a success (a win) doesn’t make you and that a failure (a loss) doesn’t break you. You are a success when you have made friends with your past, are focused on the present, and are optimistic about your future. You are a success when you are filled with faith, hope, and love and live without anger, greed, guilt, envy, or thoughts of revenge. You are a success when you are mature enough to delay gratification and shift your focus from your rights to your responsibilities. You are a success when you know that failure to stand for what is morally right is the prelude to becoming a victim of what is criminally wrong. You are a success when you are …

CARRIED TO COMPLETION

By:  Blackaby


In the Book of Revelation, John describes Christ as the Alpha and the Omega, meaning “the beginning” and “the end” (Revelation 22:13). In other words, God is eternal; He is not bound by time. God doesn’t just see the future; He’s in the future, just as He is in the past and the present. When God begins something in your life, He already knows how it will end because He is there.
When you became a Christian, God’s Holy Spirit began the work of making you like Christ. He continues to work in your life to bring about holiness, and He will continue to do so until you arrive in heaven to spend eternity face-to-face with Him. You can be absolutely confident that whatever Christ begins in you, He will finish.
If you’ve received a word from God about something He wants to do in your life, trust that He will make it happen. Don’t let circumstances discourage you; God isn’t intimidated by your circumstances. Obey Him with confidence because God always completes what He starts. If you…

UNPACK YOUR DREAMS

By:  J. Osteen


WHAT DO YOU want to do with your life? If you could write your best life story this morning, what would it say? Is your first reaction to see and describe yourself in terms of past experiences or present limitations, more in terms of losing or just surviving rather than fulfilling your dreams?
If you’ve packed away your dreams, dare to unpack them today and ask God to rekindle them in your heart and mind. It’s time to enlarge your vision. He wants to pour out His far and beyond favor on you (see Ephesians 2:7). He wants to do big things and new things in your life.

For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland. – Isa. 43: 19 (NLT)

JOY

By:  Blackaby


Whoever thinks Christians don’t enjoy life doesn’t know what the Christian life is really about! Jesus didn’t come to earth to take away your happiness but to fill your life with a joy that overflows! Jesus was not interested in the kind of joy that the world gives. In the world, joy depends on how things are going. If life is going well, then you can be happy. If life is difficult, joy evaporates. Jesus wants you to be filled with his kind of joy. His joy doesn’t depend on what is happening around you; it depends on what is going on inside you.
No one could rob Jesus of his joy. They could reject him, beat him, even crucify him, but the certainty that he still belonged to God and would be rejoicing his Father in heaven filled him with joy. Christians ought to have more joy than anyone else in the world. We know the living God! We are assured of an eternity with him in heaven!
Jesus isn’t satisfied with your living only a mediocre life. He said he came so you could enjoy li…

THE WORD TOMORROW

By:  Robert K.


The most life-destroying word of all is the word TOMORROW. The poor, the unsuccessful, the unhappy, the unhealthy are the ones who use the word tomorrow the most. These people will often say, “I’ll start investing tomorrow.” Or, “I’ll start my diet and exercise tomorrow.” Or, “I’ll start reading tomorrow.” Or, “I’ll start serving God tomorrow.” And so on.
The word TOMORROW is the word that destroys more lives than any other single word. The problem with the word tomorrow is that we have never seen a tomorrow. Tomorrow do not exist. Tomorrows only exist in the minds of dreamers and losers. People who put off till tomorrow find that the sins and bad habits of their past eventually catch up with them.
We have never seen a TOMORROW. All we have are TODAYs. Today is the word for winners and tomorrow is the word for losers.
Behold, now is the accepted time. – 2 Cor. 6: 2(b)

BE BOLD FOR SERVICE

By:  E. Heramia


Since kingdom citizens are declared righteous by grace, we are suppose to be BOLD, unafraid to venture out with the, oftentimes, unfamiliar direction of God in their lives. That’s why they are in business .. that’s why they are in ministry .. that’s why they try the untried .. that’s why they blaze new trails .. that’s why they abhor the status quo, safety and mediocre life .. that’s why they are uncomfortable being comfortable in the comfort zone .. that’s why they never follow the crowd.
In exhibiting their faith, they come to realize, discover, and develop hidden talents and gifts, and untapped potentials which usher them towards serving others and their generation, significantly.

RESPECT EVERYONE

There was once a young man, a summa cum laude of a prestigious university, who came to a remote village and crossed a wide river via small boat. While travelling, he asked the boatman, “Do you know the exact weight of your boat when it is full to its capacity?”  “I don’t know, Sir”, replied the boatman. “Well, you are a boatman. YOU SHOULD KNOW THAT.”  After a few minutes, the young man asked again, “Do you know the exact height of that mountain over there?” The poor boatman answered, “I’m sorry, Sir, I don’t know that, Sir.”  “Well, you are always here boating and YOU SHOULD KNOW THAT,” insisted the young man. Then, suddenly, after few minutes, the wind blew so furiously that it heavily hit the boat. The boatman suggested, “Sir, we need to jump out of the boat immediately and swim to spare our lives!”  The young man fearfully exclaimed, “What!?, I don’t know how to swim! I don’t know that!!” The boatman said, “But, Sir, it is the only option you can do to save your life! You should k…

DO MORE

By:  John L. M.


Do more than exist, live .. Do more than hear, listen .. Do more than agree, cooperate .. Do more than talk, communicate .. Do more than grow, bloom .. Do more than spend, invest .. Do more than think, create .. Do more than work, excell ..
Do more than share, give .. Do more than decide, discern .. Do more than consider, commit .. Do more than forgive, forget .. Do more than help, serve .. Do more than coexist, reconcile .. Do more than sing, worship .. Do more than think, plan ..
Do more than dream, do .. Do more than see, perceive .. Do more than read, apply .. Do more than receive, reciprocate .. Do more than choose, focus .. Do more than wish, believe .. Do more than advise, help ..
Do more than speak, impart .. Do more than encourage, inspire .. Do more than add, multiply .. Do more than change, improve .. Do more than reach, stretch .. Do more than ponder, pray .. Do more than just live, live for JESUS!