Archive for April, 2013

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Because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. – Romans 8:14

The greatest sign that you and I are maturing in our walk with God is when we can discern the difference between “good things” and “God-things.” When the people of Israel journeyed out of Egypt through the desert, they were led by the cloud by day.  They could move only as fast as the cloud.  If they went ahead, they went without God’s presence.  If they lagged behind, they also lost God’s presence.

Each of us must have the discernment to know when God is leading in a matter, or if it is simply a good idea.  There are so many things in which you and I can be involved, and the more successful you become, the greater the temptation to enter into things where God has not called you.  Entrepreneurs are especially prone to see all the opportunities.

I recall one time when I entered into a project that thought was a great idea.  It would help many people.  After two years, the project had to be discontinued. It was a great lesson on understanding what projects have God’s blessing on them.  There are some projects you and I might get involved in that result in little fruit compared to the investment put into them. That is because they may never have been birthed by the Holy Spirit.

As sons of God, we are called to be led by the Spirit.  This requires a level of dependence on God in which many of us really do not want to invest.  It requires listening, waiting, and moving only when God’s spirit tells us to move.  Businesspeople are “action” people.  We know how to get things done, but our greatest strength can be our greatest weakness.

Today, ask God to make you a Romans 8:14 man or woman who is led by the Spirit of God.  Pray against lagging behind or moving ahead.  Ask God to reveal whether the next project you consider is a “good thing” or a “God-thing.”

[Source: Today God Is First, Section four, Decision Making  by Os Hillman]

hope

Read: Jeremiah 29:11-14

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for wholeness and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.  Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you.  You will seek me and find me.  When you seek me with all your heart, I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, declares the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.

 

ODB_110411 penny syndrome

Read: 1 Samuel 17:32-37

The penny has been called the most despised unit of US currency.  Many people will not bother to pick up a one-cent coin if they see it lying on the ground.  But some charities are finding that pennies add up to significant sums, and that children are generous givers.  As one participant said, “Small contributions can make a huge difference.”

The Bible account of David and Goliath describes a seemingly insignificant person whose confidence in God was greater than any of the powerful people around him.  When David volunteered to face the giant Goliath, King Saul said “You are not able to go against this Philistine” (1 Samuel 17:33).  But David had faith in the Lord who had delivered him in the past (v.37).

david and goliath

David did not suffer from “the penny syndrome”- a sense of inferiority and helplessness in the face of an overwhelming problem.  If he had listened to the pessimism of Saul or the threats of Goliath, he would have done nothing.  Instead, he acted with courage because he trusted God.

It’s easy to feel like a penny in a trillion-dollar deficit. But when we obey the Lord in every circumstance, it all adds up.  Collectively, our acts of faith, large or small, make a big difference.  And every penny counts- David McCasland.

It matters not how large or small your faith may seem be; what really counts is whom you trust in life’s uncertainty. –  Fitzhugh

Courage will follow when faith takes the lead.

[Source: Our Daily Bread, 11 April 2013]

LOVE

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong-doing but rejoices in truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endure all things. – 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

[Source: Holy Bible – English Standard Version]