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Cheaters never …..”

You know how the sentence goes since you heard it countless times during your childhood years.

Hopefully, the lesson stuck.

If we’re living the godly life, we’re living the honest life.

Particularly in our business dealings.

God rejoices when we resist cheating in commerce, just as He expects of our behavior in any setting.

“The Lord demands accurate scales and balances; He sets the standards for fairness.” (Proverbs 16:11)

Be a winner.

Be truthful when selling or buying and working or supervising.

Always.

Even when cheating might pad your pockets more thickly in this life.

For the day is coming when every pocket is going to be turned inside out.

That’s when the only lasting assets will be the unfading memories of the godly actions done to please God and serve others.

You know the line, “You can’t take it with you.”

That’s true. But when it comes to eternal assets, you can sure send them on ahead by serving God and others.

As always, I love you
Martin

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Some people cry over spilled milk.

God cries over spilled lives.

There are many reasons a non-believer should consider seeking a relationship with God.

But the unfailing desire of God’s heart for saving souls should be at the top of the list.

In fact, it is the recognition of God’s grace that so often turns the compass of the human heart.

Here is just one of the many passages in the Bible that speak to the heart of God, a heart that cares SO deeply for people.

“All of us must die eventually. Our lives are like water spilled out on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. But God does not just sweep life away; instead, He devises ways to bring us back when we have been separated from Him.” (2 Samuel 14:14)

God has provided the Bible, the Messiah, the Church and the Christian people in our lives so that we will be inspired/instructed toward better relationships with Him.

It’s part of the plan He devised to gather us up to Him.

Let’s be part of that plan. Let’s start devising ways to share our faith — and His love — with people separated from Him.

Somebody shared his/her faith and God’s love with us and now we have eternal hope.

It’s important that we do the same for others.

As always, I love you
Martin

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Every adult encounters hassles from critics somewhere along the way.

Often, it’s at the job when a particular co-worker doesn’t like you and you might even not know why.

What you do know is that any error is magnified in significance, either in how it is perceived or in how it is broadcast to others at work.

The same is sometimes true of stressed relationships with relatives, with classmates or even with others at church.

There are very few people who aren’t disliked by at least one person.

So how do we respond to people who don’t like us?

By not liking them back?

That’s not the mature approach, is it?

It’s certainly not the Christian approach.

Here is King Solomon’s advice in the matter:

“When people’s lives please the Lord,
even their enemies are at peace with them.” (Proverbs 16:7)

Let’s do what makes God happy. Let’s live the squeaky clean life that Jesus lived.

Let’s do the Philippians 4:8-9 thing and we’ll face less harrassment from other people.

And a harrassment-free life is definitely worth pursuing.

As always, I love you

Martin

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There is amazing power in your smile.

If you have a warm, smiling expression when you meet people, many of them will feel better in those moments.

Don’t we all like encountering someone who has a cheerful disposition?

Certainly much more than when we encounter sourpusses.

It was true in Bible days, as well.

Here is King Solomon’s thought on the topic:

“A cheerful look brings joy to the heart” (Proverbs 15:30)

Let your mind dwell on the anticipation of heaven and the present reality of God’s gracious, amazing love.

Think about that moment when you see God’s smile the first time.

With these in your brain, you’ll be more likely to wear a smile…. and paint one on somebody else’s face as well.

As always, I love you
Martin

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Just about everybody would want the words of Psalm 118:25 to come true in their lives.

“Please, Lord, please save us.

“Please, Lord, please give us success.”

Salvation into heaven.

Success on the earth.

Both are highly desirable.

But praying the words above will accomplish nothing if the core ingredient is missing from our lives.

Huh?

Notice the repetition in each sentence of “please.”

These are emphatic appeals.

No matter how emphatically made, though, divine intercession won’t happen without the pivotal ingredient.

What ingredient is that?

Truly meaning “Lord” when we appeal for help, that’s what.

Just about every person wants to go to heaven and to find financial, social and emotional success.

But most people don’t want God to truly be Lord of their lives.

For that involves submission of our will and desires and agendas and superceding loyalty to His will, His Word, His purposes and His leading.

It’s totally appropriate to ask for God’s help in rescuing us from hassle-filled, sometimes hazardous-to-health circumstances if we sincerely worship and serve God as our Lord.

The same applies to yearning for His help in gaining success in relationships, in a career, in crafting a meaningful legacy.

If we ask for God’s help, let’s make sure that He has our hearts placed into His hands.

Remember, He’s an Abba Daddy, not a sugar daddy.

As always, I love you
Martin

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