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What is the most important thing in life?

Being ready for the next life.

Here is King David’s view of priorities:

“My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; He is mine forever.” (Psalm 73:26)

On what — or on whom — is the strength of your heart based?

What gets you out of bed and motivated to pursue goals during the day?

Let’s make sure that serving God is our primary purpose in this life.

Even when our flesh and emotions are really struggling.

This way, we’ll be sure to serve and be blessed by Him forever in the next life.

Hmmm…. it really is a marvelous promise that God wants to fill our hearts and bless our souls forever.

As always, I love you
Martin

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Traumatic events such as the 9/11 terror attacks in 2001 almost always produce feelings of loss and weakness.

But they also give us the opportunity to rebuild new hopes and gain new strength.

It’s true in the natural world and in the spiritual world.

Most every believer has experienced an extreme loss somewhere along the way in life, a loss that left him or her in a painful fog with little emotional strength to put one foot in front of another.

It’s at such times, though, that the value and power of faith in Christ can be clearly seen and received.

In the weeks and months after the 9/11 attacks, there was a sense of unity in this country that was special and that has long since dissipated.

I pray that our current atmosphere of chaotic finger-pointing and animosity toward Bible believers will somehow be reversed.

But if it doesn’t, we still have available all the help and hope we need.

Even when all else fails.

“My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness,” Christ said to the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:9.

Paul was suffering as a result of God’s desire to strengthen and humble him.

Paul didn’t like it, of course, but over time realized that this hardship was for his best.

And for the best of God’s kingdom.

Because Paul suffered and learned, we’ve been able to learn from suffering.

So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me,” Paul wrote in verse 9.

People will be more interested in learning about our faith if they see it actually help us through a tough time.

So please don’t gripe about hard times.

Instead, rejoice in God’s grace during hard times.

It’s how Christ’s grace and power becomes more visible to us and to others.

As always, I love you
Martin

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If you see somebody today who really needs a friend — even if just for a moment — please be to him or her what Solomon wrote everybody needs.

“Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone?

“A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)

It stinks to be doing the work of two when you’re by yourself.

It’s even worse when you face the attacks or hassles of a group and you have nobody to stand with you.

We’ve all been in these situations and we know our challenge would have been easier met if someone had helped us.

Please look today for somebody who needs a helping hand or even a defending commitment to help them against mistreatment.

This is so much better than being guilty of a sin of omission because we saw a need for help and chose to ignore it.

And make sure to pray for wisdom and strength in your efforts so that that all-powerful third cord of God’s intercession can make the difference Solomon promises.

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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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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We all agree that simple is good.

I enjoyed the reminder of this truth that I read this morning during my devotional time.

“The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my Savior”

These simple words of 2 Samuel 22:1 instantly encouraged me.

I found comfort in knowing just how solid my life can be because of my faith in God.

He is my rock, assuring me that as long as I stand on His Word and do not depart from His presence, I will not fall and I will not be shaken.

For who is able to shake the ground under God’s feet?

No one, of course.

He is my fortress, assuring me that as long as I stay within the boundaries of His will, I will find His protection during the inevitable attacks of life.

Foes will send arrows and will batter the walls and pronounce all sorts of accusations. But they will not defeat the walls of God’s authority and promised safe haven for the souls of those who remain in Him.

And He is my Savior.

I really like this declaration of King David.

It’s great to have a solid place to stand and a fortress to protect us.

But what about eternity?

Do we really want to be in a situation forever where enemies can attack?

Of course not.

We look forward to the day in glory when enemies are no more and we won’t be standing on the rock but instead on streets of gold.

I am so glad that I have a Savior to deliver me to heaven.

Our rock. Our fortress. Our Savior.

It’s really a good thing that David saw God for who He is.

I pray that you see God the same way.

As always, I love you
Martin

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My hair has a bit more gray than it used to.

But my faith should also have more green than it used to.

You’ve perhaps heard that the best grapes come from the oldest vines.

I like that idea.

So does God.

Check out what Psalm 92:14 says about faithful believers:

Even in old age they will still produce fruit; they will remain vital and green.”

You know some people at your church who fit this description, volunteering frequently and overflowing with vibrancy in their relationships with other church members and visitors.

They are wonderful role models for us all.

And they are fountains of blessing for God who loves to see their fruitful love for others.

Their gray hair might be chemically colored but their spiritual vibrancy and fruit-bearing is visible for all to see.

I want to be like this.

Even if you don’t yet have gray hair, I pray that you’ll demonstrate a green faith.

You’ll be making the world a better place.

As always, I love you
Martin

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