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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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James 1:27 gives us a good assessment tool for measuring if our faith is doing any good for God and for others.

“Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.”

Active, sacrificial compassion and consistent rejection of Satan’s temptations.

Can you do better than you have in this regard?

I can.

Let’s each pray for the Holy Spirit to convict and guide us into becoming more like Jesus.

This will bring more glory to God and more good to people in difficult circumstances.

As always, I love you
Martin

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If you’ve accepted Christ, you are a divine masterpiece.

Your status is not based on your physical appearance or your ancestral line.

And it’s not based on your personal flawlessness.

Instead, it’s based on the loving grace of God the Father and the flawless blood of His Son, Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 2:10 in the New Living Translation says that one united with Christ is God’s “masterpiece.”

I am so grateful that God considers me as His masterpiece, His ultimate expression of redeemed love.

And I’m so grateful that He considers you as the same.

Dictionary.com defines “masterpiece” in this way — “a person’s greatest piece of work.”

Walk in confidence today, my friend.

God thinks very highly of you.

So much so that He gave His only begotten Son for you.

That makes you even more valuable.

Let’s bring greater value to God by allowing His Word and His Spirit to refine us even more with each passing day.

For until we leave this life, our responsibility is to grow more valuable every day.

As always, I love you
Martin

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Morning Devotion: Grunting?

“Do you love me with all your heart and soul?” a wife asked her husband one morning as he read the newspaper.

“Mmm hmm,” he grunted as he turned the page.

“And do you think I’m the most beautiful woman on the planet?” she asked.

“Mmm hmm.”

“And do you think my lips are as delicate as rose petals?”

“Mmm hmm.”

“Oh honey,” gushed the wife, “You say the most beautiful things!”

I’m so glad that I don’t have to embellish the grunts of others in order to feel loved.

We all enjoy hearing family members or close friends say they loves us.

It’ even better, though, when we read in scripture and experience through blessings just how much God loves us.

Haven’t we all drawn great encouragement and emotional strengthening by the words of John 3:16? Or Romans 5:8? Or I Peter 5:7? Or I John 1:9?

I am SO glad that God’s love isn’t shown to us with a grunt.

Our God shows His love for us with the cross, with the gift of His Holy Spirit to guide us and with the opportunity to become part of a caring congregation.

Because He so clearly communicates His love for us, let’s make sure that the overflow of that love is clearly communicated to the people in our lives.

Yes, we all have to do “grunt work” sometimes in life.

Let’s make sure that how we communicate love to others is displayed with grace and devotion, not with a grunt.

As always, I love you
Martin

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Morning Devotion: Sing!

God has given us every reason in the world to sing.

And every day should be an occasion to sing of His glory and gracious provision.

“Each morning I will sing with joy about your unfailing love.”

Psalm 59:16 sums it up, doesn’t it? A love that never abandons us is more than enough reason for singing to the Lord today.

So sing to Him, even if the only Christian song you can remember is “Jesus Loves Me.”

God will love it.

And so will you.

As always, I love you
Martin

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You can make a big difference in somebody’s life today.

Comfort them.

With words of encouragement.

Or deeds of assistance.

Or funds toward an overwhelming bill.

Pray with them.

Defend them.

A handwritten note can do wonders.

Just do something.

After all, others have comforted you during tough times.

You know how much it can help.

So does God.

That’s why He told us in 2 Corinthians that our mission includes the call to comfort.

“He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others.” (2 Cor. 1:4)

If you can’t think of somebody in your circle of influence who needs comfort today, ask God to show you who needs what you’ve been blessed to receive in the past.

Remember, nobody likes feeling alone.

As always, I love you
Martin

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