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I never liked pop quizzes in school.

I did OK most times because I generally kept up with my homework.

But there were those days when I knew I was unprepared as the teacher said, “Close your books and take out a piece of paper….”

Invariably, I told myself that I wouldn’t get in that situation again.

And I didn’t.

Until I got back into that situation again.

We get distracted.

And then we get destructed.

Ugh!

It’s SO much better to stay ready for the test.

Jesus said as much with His parable of the 10 bridesmaids and their lamps and the unknown arrival time for the bridegroom.

Almost 2,000 years earlier, Job taught the same principle regarding spiritual vigilance.

“For You examine us every morning and test us every moment.” (Job 7:18)

Our Abba Father is watching us every moment and examining our hearts every morning as we plan our day.

Let’s do our best to score 100 on those tests.

Our Abba Father will be proud.

And we’ll enjoy contented smiles for knowing we’ve done our best.

As always, I love you
Martin

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Success in life is more about attitude than aptitude.

Yes, an athlete needs certain abilities in order to find success on the field or court or wherever.

But there are far more athletes whose success has been based on determination more than on DNA.

And so it is in the realm of faith.

If somebody loves God enough and wants to serve Him passionately, then hard work for the kingdom — including the spiritual disciplines of Bible reading and prayer — is something that will naturally occur.

Why? Because success is based more on determination than on DNA.

This is why Jesus said what He did in John 6:29.

“This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one He has sent.”

Clearly, God wants us to do more than to sit on a pew, contemplating our conviction the Jesus is the Messiah.

He wants us to work our tails off in building the Kingdom for His sake.

But God knows that the real work in dealing with people is to find the inspirational button that triggers their determination.

Once that button is pushed, the faith-to-fruit process will kick in and ministry will occur.

Jesus knew that once a person truly believed in Him as Messiah, he or she would put his/her shoulder to the wheel and push for Kingdom success.

If you’re level of ministry volunteerism isn’t what God wants, then it’s likely that you have work to do in your beliefs regarding the Lordship of Jesus.

Please read the four gospels again. I’m confident that decision will work to your advantage.

As always, I love you
Martin

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