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Everything God does has a reason behind it.

And that includes His choice to send a blessing into your life.

The reason is that you’ll multiply that blessing into the lives of others.

We’re vessels, my friend.

Mark 4 describes us a soil.

The challenge is to be the soil that produces a harvest from the seeds of God’s blessings.

Here’s how Jesus put it in Mark 4:20.

And the seed that fell on good soil represents those who hear and accept God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”

This passage is typically understood within an evangelistic context with conversions. But it is also relevent to how we respond to blessings sent our way.

And that’s what I want to encourage you to ponder and pursue today.

When God sends the seed of a much-needed encouraging word from a relative or co-worker, please make it a point to speak some word of encouragement — no matter how brief — into the lives of every person you meet.

Whether a store clerk or an online tech support person or another parent waiting to pick up a child at school or wherever, ask God to lead you in finding something encouraging to say to him or her.

Will you encounter 30, 60 or 100 people today? Probably not.

But you just might do that during the course of a week.

Will God be honored by your intentional encouragement of so many?

Yes.

Will those encouraged be blessed?

Yes.

Will you and I be a better stewards of God’s blessing if we do this?

Of course.

God is SO good to us.

Let’s say more good things to others in order to bring God a harvest for the blessing He sent our way.

As always, I love you

Martin

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It’s the season of giving.

Please live in a way that shows a year-round attitude of blessing.

It’s what Christ did and it ‘s what we should do.

“We know what real love is because Jesus gave up His life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters” (I John 3:16).

Please consider giving up some time today in order to help a hurting friend or a frustrated family member or church volunteer needing a hand.

Please consider giving up some money in order to treat a discouraged neighbor to lunch.

Please consider laying aside that inner desire for payback for how that co-worker insulted you.

It’s all about giving in order to help others just as we would like others to give in order to help us.

The Golden Rule really is a great idea.

As always, I love you
Martin

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No matter how difficult life gets for the believer, the reward for enduring faithfulness is greater than the pain of suffering.

Here’s what Job said in the midst of overwhelming loss and physical pain and criticism by those he had considered friends:

“But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and he will stand upon the earth at last. And after my body has decayed, yet in my body I will see God! I will see him for myself.

“Yes, I will see him with my own eyes. I am overwhelmed at the thought!” (Job 19:25-27)

Never forget the best is yet to come.

As always, I love you
Martin

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The path to success is narrow.

The Bible says so.

Here’s what God told Joshua about how to be successful.

“Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do. Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.” (Joshua 1:7-8)

Want more success — real success — out of your life’s relationships, career, health, finances?

Get more of God’s Word into your life.

Does it help us or harm us at home or work or wherever when we become more like Jesus?

You know the answer.

Studying the Bible and meditating on it is how we become more like God and His Son and it’s how we find more success in life.

Let’s walk the narrow path with God’s map in our hands, in our heads and in our hearts.

There’s a clear payoff for doing so.

As always, I love you
Martin

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On this Good Friday, it will be good when you speak to another about the good thing — the best thing — that Jesus did.

Jesus died for us on the Friday before what we call Resurrection Sunday.

Because of what was to so many on that day “bad news,” we now have the Good News to inspire us and compel us to invite others to celebrate this amazing day.

In fact, a thousand years before Jesus rose from the grave, the psalmist wrote of our evangelistic imperative:

“But as for me, I will always proclaim what God has done.” (Psalm 75:9)

Please practice this verse with your life and I will do the same.

So many need to know about the good God has done so let’s tell them.

God has saved you. He’s blessed you. He’s provided for you. He’s guided you.

Repeatedly.

People always need to hear this stuff.

Let’s start telling them.

As always, I love you
Martin

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Proverbs 24:3-5 reveals the kind of perspective that God desires from us.

I want to be like what is described in the passage. I pray that you do, as well.

Check out King Solomon’s words below and make it your plan to live out these words and receive God’s favor as a result.

“Who may climb the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in His holy place?

“Only those whose hands and hearts are pure, who do not worship idols and never tell lies.

“They will receive the Lord’s blessing and have a right relationship with God their Savior.

Pure hearts. God-centered worship. Complete honesty.

Let’s do this.

God promises to make it worth it for us.

As always, I love you
Martin

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It’s good when hard-to-accept information is followed up with uplifting words.

That’s what happened today during my devotional time.

The daily Bible reading portion was from Ezekial 27-28, a troubling account of the rebelliousness of several ancient city-nations and the costly consequences they faced through God’s judgment.

It’s saddening to know that so many people suffered so much as a result of their rejection of God’s authority over their lives.

And it’s saddening to know that the same is happening today, not through pagan army attacks on entire cities of wealthy people but instead through the storing up of future, eternal consequences for rejecting God and present, earthly consequences of shattered families and substance-abused bodies.

After reading from Ezekial, though, the Bible-reading plan had me reading from Hebrews 11 and this is the verse that really lifted my soul:

It was by faith that the people of Israel marched around Jericho for seven days, and the walls came crashing down.” (Hebrews 11:30)

The lesson for me from this verse is this — I don’t have to do the work of knocking down Jericho. I just need to do what God calls me to do.

It wasn’t the Hebrews’ right arms that tore down the walls, but instead their faith in God’s strong right arm.

So here’s the wrap-up.

If I reject God’s authority over my life and live to please myself, I’m on the road to an eternity of trouble and suffering.

If I embrace God’s authority over my life and live to obey and please Him, I’m on the road to victories won by God and unmerited blessings enjoyed by the faithful.

Live by faith, my friend, not by flesh.

The outcomes are SO much better.

As always, I love you
Martin

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