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No Room!

20 Dec

God’s Word: Luke 2:1-7baby-jesus

God’s Message to me: (My interpretation of what God is saying in these verses)

Have you any room for Jesus?  Do you suppose the owner of the Inn that turned Mary and Joseph away wished later he would have given up his room and went to the barn himself?  How many times have you looked back and wished you would have made a different choice?  When making a choice, you are looking at the situation from one vantage point—yours!  That, my friend, is why the world is in so much chaos even today.  Everyone looks out for his own good, without regard to the welfare of others.

I offer you this information on making choices in your life.  Look for every opportunity to bless another person—regardless of what it may cost you.  Jesus came to earth to set the example.  His entire life was lived for others—to bless, encourage, teach and heal. Who is being blessed today because of what you are doing for others?  There is NO satisfaction in living to please self.  You are never satisfied.  Never!  Jesus’ example showed that instead, you should never be satisfied with the number of people you can bless.  Keep reaching out to more.

If there is NO ROOM in your heart to bless others, there is NO ROOM for Jesus.  Serving others is serving Jesus—literally.  Good deeds done to make you look good hold no satisfaction.  Only when you set self aside can begin to realize Jesus’ heart of love and compassion.  Emulate Jesus—become His hands and feet of mercy to a hurting world.  He considered no cost to be too great to offer you a room in heaven.  As a matter of fact, He promised that there is a room reserved with your name on it.  You could never do enough good to repay Him for shedding His life’s blood to purchase that room.

God’s Question: Who are you living to bless?

God’s Promise: My heart is blessed as I see you bless others.

My Prayer to God:

I Praise You for Jesus’ willingness to suffer in my place.

I am Sorry I live so selfishly rather than for others.

Thank You for Jesus’ example for me to follow.

Please help me expand my heart to make room for others.

The Classroom of Life

3 Dec

God’s WordPsalms 119:33-40lifes-lessons

God’s Attribute: Teaches

God’s Message to me:

Your whole life is the classroom and I am the patient teacher who never gives up on you.  I am here to help you learn the lessons for living life abundantly and stay right on course.  If you seek it—I will give insight for living that will help you live your life on a plain that is elevated far above the circumstances of your life.  Your obedient response to the lessons I am teaching you can turn your life into a freeway of easy traveling right into My presence.

How easily mankind’s attention is diverted from My words of wisdom and turned to piling up loot.  The toys and trinkets of life divert your attention from the direction I am leading you.  Your life does not consist of what you possess but who possesses you.  Therefore, do not worry about what you will eat or drink or anything related to this life.  Instead, focus on what I am teaching you through it all and how you can reach out to and encourage others to travel down the freeway I have provided.

My promises will never fail—they are for your counsel.  They provide   you with hope and a future.  They are meant to give you cheer—which gives your body health.  Yes, your whole life is a classroom full of wonderful discoveries that you can use to bless and encourage others.

God’s Question for me

Can I count on you to learn your lessons well and share your discoveries with others?

God’s Promise to me

The teachings in my Word will invigorate your life and give meaning to your days.

My Prayer to Emulate God’s Attributes:  I Pledge:

My mind: To make it my life’s goal to honor You with my thoughts.

My voice:  To use all my words to encourage and bless others.

My heart:  To love others as though it were You I was loving.

My body:  To serve others as though it were You I was serving.

Choose Your Legacy

10 Feb

Genesis 26:4,5  (God said to Isaac, son of Abraham) “All the nations of the earth will get a blessing for themselves through your descendants. And why?  Because Abraham obeyed My summons and kept My charge—My commands, My guidelines, My teachings.

Lessons for Living Today:

We choose our legacy by how we choose to live our life.  passing the batonAbraham made hard choices to follow God, without knowing where he was going and how things would end up.  How often do we make those kinds of choices?  As a matter of fact, for the most part, we avoid those choices—with an unknown future.  Abraham left us the legacy that it is okay to abandon our futures to God.  We think by careful planning with a predictable future we are safe.  Only God knows our future and calls us to follow in the footsteps of His servant Abraham.

God gifts each of us with talents, abilities and passions.  His call on every human’s life is to use those gifts to bless others, on His behalf.  Far too many choose to use their talents, abilities and passions to build their own empire.  They think legacy leaving is all about ending up as king of the mountain.  But Abraham taught us that the opposite is true.  What does it profit a person if they gain the whole world but ignore God’s purpose for their life?

In discovering God’s purpose there is peace that passes understanding.  In abandoning our future to God we find that He provides a path that leads to our greatest fulfillment.  Without God’s direction we are like a ship without a sail.  We might enjoy the ride but we are going nowhere.  Instead, like Abraham, if we choose to get in the ship with God and let Him set the sail, we will be assured that we too will leave a legacy that will bless coming generations.

God’s Question: Who is setting the sail of your life?

God’s Promise: With God—nothing is impossible!

My Prayer to God:

I praise You for Your guidance and protection.

I am sorry I have too often ignored Your calling.

Thank You for Abraham’s legacy that calls me.

Help me leave a legacy that honors You.

What you Leave Behind

17 Apr

God’s Word: Acts 9: 32-43

God’s Message to me: (My interpretation of what God is saying in these verses)

Look into the future and imagine what people will say about you at your funeral.  wateringConsider who will even attend?  And who would so care about you that they would stand to tell of what you meant to them?  Are the words and deeds of your life such that their impact will outlive your earthly life?  Will you be remembered as one who was well-known for doing good and helping others out?  Will your absence even leave a void?  My true ambassadors will leave a huge void when they depart for heaven.

Therefore, your mission on earth is to come to know Me personally and make Me known to others.  The best way to do this is NOT by attending funerals with signs condemning people to hell.  The best way is by reaching out to all others with My love and compassion. Jesus spent His life reaching out to the outcasts.  What are you investing your time in doing?  Building your own portfolio to make you look good or helping others come to know Me which will give them peace in this life and eternity with Me to look forward to.

This world is not your home—you are only passing through.  While here you are on mission for Me.  What you leave behind depends on your daily interactions with others. Spreading love, joy, peace, patience, understanding, gentleness, longsuffering, etc. are the things that make a life-changing difference.  To the level you live out these qualities, I in turn offer the same to you.  My treatment of you will be no better than your treatment of others.  The ball is in your court. My best advice is to leave behind redemptive relationships with others.  That is the only thing you can take with you to heaven.  All else just clutters up your life.

God’s Question: Who will be in heaven because of your influence?

God’s Promise: By blessing others you bless yourself.

My Prayer to God:

I Praise You for this simple principle of building relationships.

I am Sorry I don’t focus more on relationships.

Thank You for opportunities to touch others lives.

Please Help Me by Your faithful ambassador of mercy.

Searching for Significance?

11 Dec

God’s Word: Luke 9:43-62

God’s Message to me: (My interpretation of what God is saying in these verses)

In your search for significance have you overlooked what really matters?  significanceForget about success and focus on how you can bless others—as though you were blessing Me!  In this passage Jesus pointed out that “whoever accepts a child as if that child were Me, accepts Me.  And whoever accepts Me accepts the one who sent Me.” The path to significance is in accepting, not asserting.  It is your spirit, not your significance that really matters.  The path to significance has no end.  Fulfillment is found is stopping often, along your path of life, to help another.

Significance is not something you achieve, once you are successful, but something you give to another.  Mother Theresa sought to make others feel significant, at great cost to self.  That, my friends is the path to significance.  Consider how you would like to honor and treat Jesus were He there with you in person. Then begin now treating everyone you come in contact with in that same way.  That’s it!  That is the path to significance!  Forget about yourself and honor others.

There are no shortcuts on the path to significance.  You must not wait until you “win the lottery” or make your first million before you begin being a blessing to others.  Start small with a smile, holding a door open, sharing common courtesy.  When you see a need, do not pass it by but fill it.  Basic needs do not require large sums of money.  Do what you can with what you have—even if you have to deny yourself to fill that need.  Giving, done only with your excess, does not bless you but makes you feel smug and proud of yourself.  Giving when it hurts is the true path to significance.

God’s Question:  Will you be My hands and feet to your world?

God’s Promise:  What you do for others I accept personally.

My Prayer to God:

I Praise You for revealing Your path of significance.

I am Sorry I have followed the wrong path too often.

Thank You for helping me see You in others.

Please help me touch others lives so they feel significant.

Where is Your Focus?

10 Dec

God’s Word: Luke 9:37-43

God’s Message to me: (My interpretation of what God is saying in these verses)

Too often people spend their time worrying over what they can’t do rather than what I Don't worrycan do.  What you focus on get’s the bulk of your attention and energy.  Worrying doesn’t do one bit of good—not even one little bit.  Therefore, when tempted to worry, consider that as My call to prayer.  Bring your burdens to Me in prayer, and leave them with Me.  Focus instead on your blessings and crowd out the worries.  Negative thoughts never produce positive solutions!  The choice is yours—focus on the positive.

Some things in life are outside your range of control.  Sometimes through absolutely no fault of your own and other times because you failed to deal with an issue when it was small and now it is out of control.  Set your focus on keeping your life in control.  Don’t spend money or time foolishly.  Those two are big wasters that can quickly get a life out of control.  Evaluate yourself!  What can you do to get your life back under control?  I am willing and eager to help.  But I do not come in when I am not invited.

I created you and have great plans for you to be a blessing to the world.  But I only gave you the tools.  It is up to you to build a successful life.  Examine what you are focusing on!  It is all about you or all about how you can be a blessing to others?  Without conscious effort—you focus on self—your own pleasure and contentment.  When everyone is doing that we end up in a dog eat dog society where no one is happy.  The path to happiness and contentment is by taking the focus of your life off self and on how you can benefit those in need of the skills I have blessed you with.  I blessed you to be a blessing!

God’s Question: Who is benefitting from the focus of your life?

God’s Promise: I pour blessings on those who will share with others.

My Prayer to God:

I Praise You that Your focus is on helping us.

I am Sorry I don’t focus more on helping others.

Thank You for Your Word that shows me Your path.

Please help me follow Jesus example in living for others.

Discover Your True Self

6 Dec

God’s Word: Luke 9:18-27

God’s Message to me: (My interpretation of what God is saying in these verses)

Your true self shines forth clearly in the face of suffering. 26 Saeed That is the exact spot where the rubber meets the road.  You cannot even know your true self when your world is all rosy and bright.  Anyone can rejoice and enjoy sunny days.  Suffering gives depth and understanding to your heart.  There are things you come to realize during suffering that you cannot learn in any other way.  At those times you come to know what really matters in this life.

Jesus’ true self shone clearly in His times of deepest suffering.  Though he could have called 10,000 angels to deliver Him, He endured it for your sake—that you might be united with Me eternally.  Sin cannot enter My heaven so Jesus took your sin upon Himself so that you might be free of sin.  To those who believe, accept and follow Jesus, I look at you “just as though you never sinned.”  And when your life on earth comes to a close I will say “welcome home.”

Yes, your true self shows clearly in the amount of suffering you are willing to endure to carry out Jesus’ mission.  You are blessed to be a blessing to others.  Because of your blessing on others there will be more to whom I say “welcome home.”  That is what really matters in this life.  Life is fleeting, eternity never ends.  Don’t run from suffering for My sake—embrace it!  If you are too embarrassed to speak up for Me on earth, I will be too embarrassed to say “welcome home” to you.  Therefore, discover your true self by living your life to be a blessing to others—whatever the cost.

God’s Question:  As Jesus suffered the ultimate physical pain by giving his life as a sacrifice for you, will you offer Him your life as a living sacrifice—and suffer come what may

God’s Promise: Strength for the day, rest for the labor, light for the way.

My Prayer to God:

I Praise You for Your offer of salvation from sin.

I am Sorry I am not shouting your message from the hills.

Thank You for being patient with my failures.

Please help me willing suffer that others may know Your salvation.

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