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Morning Devotion: For the best

Waiting is usually no fun.

But life is better when we learn how to wait with the right attitude.

When we don’t have the right perspective on waiting, we sometimes make bad decisions.

Or at least we wait with griping.

And then we have to wait even longer to have the outcomes we really want.

Let’s keep this verse in mind and we’ll be better off in all sorts of ways.

“I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from Him.” (Psalm 62:1)

I always need to remember and practice this display of trust in the Lord.

I encourage you to do the same.

We’ll have better lives and fewer headaches as we do.

As always, I love you
Martin

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Morning Devotion: Some glad morning

I love the old hymn “I’ll Fly Away.”

It’s so good to know that my body’s death will put my soul on a first-class flight to heaven.

I was reminded of this again during my devotional reading this morning.

“…those who die in the Lord will live; their bodies will rise again!” (Isaiah 26:19)

Please make sure to have your boarding pass of a soul washed by the blood of Jesus. For John 14:6 tells us that only with that pass will we rise again.

As always, I love you
Martin

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Morning Devotion: Spending wisely

We’ve all made some poor spending decisions along the way.

And we’ve regretted it.

In fact, we might still be paying the price for those choices years later.

Hopefully, we’ve learned to be more thoughtful about the implications of our choices.

The writer of Psalm 119 knew the sting of poor choices, I’m sure.

And he determined that he would strive to avoid such.

How?

Verse 56 shows us:

“This is how I spend my life:
 obeying your commandments.

Listen, if we spend our time obeying the teachings of God’s Word, we’ll always spend wisely.

We won’t squander the money God places into our hands.

Instead, we invest it into those things that help us to help others.

We won’t waste the time God ordains for us in this life.

Instead, we’re redeem it for the sake of exalting Him, helping His people and reaching out to the unsaved with love, hoping that they will choose to become His children.

Spend wisely today, my friend.

Make sure that you consider God’s Word and will at every decision intersection you encounter today.

There’s only so much time in the wallet of days that we’re given by the Lord.

Let’s make sure that others’ lives and our legacy is richer because of our choices.

As always, I love you
Martin

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When we’re sad, it’s so comforting to know that somebody cares about us.

Particularly when he or she understands what we’re facing.

That’s why it is so important for Christians to demonstrate intercessory compassion to others who are hurting.

That initiative to comfort another speaks volumes about the goodness of our hearts.

And that often leads to open doors for planting seeds of the Gospel.

God is the ultimate Comforter. Here’s how David described Him in Psalm 56:8 —

You keep track of all my sorrows.

You have collected all my tears in Your bottle.

You have recorded each one in Your book.

Wow.

God knows my burdens, my wounds, my disappointments, my broken heart.

He’s noticed every tear and what prompted it.

God wouldn’t have done this if He didn’t love me.

But He does.

And He’s prepared for me a life in heaven that will forever replace tears of sorrow with tears of joy.

I’m so glad that I have a Father like this. I pray that you’ll embrace Him, too, as your Father.

As always, I love you
Martin

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It’s certainly comprehensive in terms of our desired behavior, but Mark 12:30-31 is simple in explaining what God expects from us.

And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. No other commandment is greater than these.”

These words of Jesus can be eminently useful in helping us to imitate Christ throughout the day as we exhibit godly behavior in the eyes of those around us.

So many times, we’re initially not sure which choice to make with a job search or a major financial outlay or with a decision to spend more time with someone who might or might not eventually reciprocate with caring fellowship.

The checklist above can help us to make better decisions.

So when considering our decisions, let’s apply the following decision filters:

  • Does the choice I’m considering reflect the desire to honor God in my heart?
  • Does the choice prompt any sense of mixed agendas for my soul?
  • Do I find myself rationalizing any thoughts or possible actions that Jesus wouldn’t do or wouldn’t approve?
  • Am I willing to exert myself physically to the same extent that I put out the effort to go shopping or engage in some sporting activity?
  • Do I find myself thinking first “What has that person done for me?” before making plans to show kindness to another?

As we encounter decisions that aren’t automatic, let’s rely on Mark 12:30-31 to guide us.

Everybody will win as a result.

As always, I love you
Martin

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If we care about someone, we’ll try to please him or her with our choices.

We do this for family members.

We do this for friends.

We do this for employers who provide the paycheck we need.

We certainly do this for ourselves.

But what about the Lord?

I’m grateful for the six-word reminder in Paul’s letter to the Ephesian Christians:

“Carefully determine what pleases the Lord.” (Ephesians 5:10)

Notice that Paul doesn’t simply say, “Don’t sin.”

Instead, the apostle calls believers to do their homework.

“Determine” implies discernment between possible choices.

“Carefully” means being thorough and purposeful in order to avoid careless oversights.

How do we carefully determine what pleases the Lord?

We read the Bible. Hopefully daily as with resources like the One-Year Bible online.

We discuss our findings with mature believers.

We pray for understanding and wisdom.

We examine successful — and unsuccessful — choices made by ourselves and others.

We listen for the voice of the Holy Spirit to guide us and to give us peace about a particular decision or direction.

And then we assess the outcomes of our choices.

Did good for the Kingdom result?

Did good for others result?

Did our choices honor God and strengthen our Christian influence with others?

It’s all about pleasing the Lord.

We focus on that and God will take care of us.

That’s the promise of Matthew 6:33 — Seek God’s Kingdom first and He’ll take care of us.

Live to please the Lord, my friend.

And listen to His Word and His voice and His saints in order to do this more often.

I will do the same.

As always, I love you
Martin

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Wouldn’t it be nice if we never doubted God?

Particularly when the Bible and godly people were advising us in a certain way yet we decided that we knew better?

Ah… human pride.

It’s such a stumbling block sometimes.

We always err when we attempt to place our comprehensional boundaries around the plans and power of God.

The poster child passage for this in the Bible is Luke 1 where the priest Zechariah didn’t believe the angel Gabriel’s promise of a child to the priest and his wife Elizabeth.

“How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.” (verse 18).

Yes, Zechariah knew all too well the oft-repeated disappointment of barrenness or multiple miscarriages. Decades of unanswered prayers in the midst of faithful service at the temple had to have had an impact on his faith’s suppleness.

So here is an angel poofing into his presence inside the temple and Zechariah acts clueless to the transcendence of the moment.

Promised the coming child, Zechariah is skeptical.

Wow.

I wish I could say that I’ve never doubted God in the face of divine testimony.

I’m sure that I have. And yet God didn’t take away my voice for nine months.

For a time early in my adult Christian walk, I doubted God with respect to the promise of His provision if I were to begin tithing, the giving of 10 percent of my gross paycheck to church work.

“How can I be sure of this?” was my inward response when hearing of God’s promise to meet all my needs if I sought first His kingdom and His righteousness.

God didn’t zap my voice or my job but then again, I wasn’t serving as a priest in the temple.

Fortunately, I learned to trust that God was able to make all grace abound to me so that in all things, at all times, having all that I need, I will abound in every good work (2 Cor 9:8).

Listen, when we doubt God, we limit the praise He receives from us — not good — and we convey that the room for His power and blessings in our lives is limited.

Please read more of the Bible to see more of His power and nurture more trust in His sovereign goodness that by nature is designed to bless and use your life.

That way, you’ll have a stronger voice to testify to others of His goodness rather than fall silent for a lack of faith.

As always, I love you
Martin

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