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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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One of the most impressive characteristics of King David was his consistent rejection of temptations to kill the man so often trying to kill him — King Saul.

Many times, the skilled warrior David had the opportunity and logical rationale to attack Saul who was insanely jealous of the young man’s abilities and relationship with God.

But David always refused, recognizing that God had put Saul in his position and that only God had the legitimate authority to take him out of it.

It couldn’t have been easy to withhold retaliatory efforts.

But that choice was easier, David reasoned, than would be having to explain to God why he killed Saul without God’s leading in the matter.

A passage in today’s One-Year Bible reading provides one of those accounts when David could have easily extinguished Saul’s life and just about everybody would have said David had a right to do so.

If some guy had tried repeatedly to kill me, would I have made the same choice as David?

Probably not. I’d like to say I would have but how can I really know unless I’m in David’s sandals?

The next time you have a payback opportunity drop into your lap, please seek the Lord’s will in the matter.

No, it wasn’t right how you were treated by that person in the past.

Yes, the person deserves painful consequences for making choices that harmed you.

But by showing grace rather than retribution, are you not demonstrating faith in a more influential way?

If David had killed Saul, the grief caused by the troubled king would have ended but along with it would have come the end of God’s blessing.

And no matter what the hassles were in putting up with the messed-up Saul, the hassles of a corrupted relationship toward God would be much greater and David knew this.

David trusted God to see the unfair treatment and for Him to address it in His timing. And God did as you can read in I Samuel 31.

Listen, my friend, reject revenge.

Embrace grace.

Leave room for God’s hand to act.

God will see your heart of obedience and humility and trust and He WILL bless you and comfort you.

As always, I love you
Martin

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Nobody likes wasting money.

Of course, we all have different definitions for “wasting,” don’t we?

The same applies to the use of time.

What is your definition for wasting time?

Perhaps it is this one: Wasting time or money involves spending either — or both — on things that produce no long-term benefit for others, for self and for the One who created us.

Paul wrote in Colossians 3:17 that whatever we do should, directly or indirectly, bring glory to God.

I’m glad that something as mundane as fixing a clogged washing machine drain can be seen as faithful to Colossians 3:17 because I am doing something that helps Lori and I to have clean clothes for church, for work, for meeting people in the community AND it saves money, some of which can be put to use for Kingdom purposes.

Being a good steward of money and time is expected of Christians.

That’s why it’s vital that our choices never reflect the terrible lifestyle picture painted in Proverbs 17:6…..

“It is senseless to pay tuition to educate a fool, since he has no heart for learning.”

I pray that you have a heart for learning. God has invested so much in creating you, in providing for you, in sending numerous people into your life to love you and help to shape you, the greatest of whom is the Holy Spirit.

Please show God that His “tuition” investment into your life has been a good one.

Show Him that you want to learn more about Him and about how to fulfill His purpose for your life.

He’ll be SO pleased to know that there is one less fool in the world.

As always, I love you
Martin

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