For His Glory!
We Just Do Not Get It
This world is going through great economic stress and turmoil. The leading nation facing this severe recession is the United States of America. Yet we just do not get it.
A foreign commentator said - the economic woes of the US are the result of borrowing and living way beyond it’s means. Yet they think they can get out of their problems by borrowing more.
From the very beginning we have not recognized the source of our problems; disobeying our Creator. We think we can fix things without the aid of our Maker. Take the time to ask YHVH how He wants us to solve our troubles. Consider some aspects of our economy from His Word.
Are we here today?
Haggai 2:17 ‘I smote you and every work of your hands with blasting wind, mildew and hail; yet you did not come back to Me,’ declares the LORD. (we just do not get it)
Let us confess:
Isaiah 64:8 But now, O LORD, You are our Father, We are the clay, and You our potter; And all of us are the work of Your hand.
What are some of YHVH’s instructions?
Exodus 20:9-10 "Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath of the LORD your God; in it you shall not do any work…
Exodus 22:25 "If you lend money to My people, to the poor among you, you are not to act as a creditor to him; you shall not charge him interest.
Deuteronomy 15:10 "You shall generously give to him, and your heart shall not be grieved when you give to him, because for this thing the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in all your undertakings. (see also Deuteronomy 24:19-21)
Proverbs 22:29 Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before obscure men.
If you keep His instruction:
Deuteronomy 28:12 "The LORD will open for you His good storehouse, the heavens, to give rain to your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hand; and you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.
De 30:9-10 "Then the LORD your God will prosper you abundantly in all the work of your hand … if you obey the LORD your God to keep His commandments and His statutes which are written in this book of the law, if you turn to the LORD your God with all your heart and soul.
And if we do not obey His voice:
Deuteronomy 28:44 "He shall lend to you, but you will not lend to him; he shall be the head, and you will be the tail.
Proverbs 22:7 … And the borrower becomes the lender‘s slave.
Jeremiah 48:10 "Cursed be the one who does the LORD’S work negligently…
Our duty is to work so we can help:
Job 1:10 "… You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land.
Psalm 112:5 It is well with the man who is gracious and lends; He will maintain his cause in judgment.
Psalm 62:12 And lovingkindness is Yours, O Lord, For You recompense a man according to his work.
Yeshua (Jesus) says:
Luke 6:35 "But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.
Matthew 5:42 "Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.
Apostle Paul’s instruction:
Col 3:23 Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men,
1Th 4:11 and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you,
2Th 3:10-12 For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either. For we hear that some among you are leading an undisciplined life, doing no work at all, but acting like busybodies. Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to work in quiet fashion and eat their own bread.
We have YHVH’s instruction of what we must do to succeed; be obedient to His Word. We are to work diligently and share with those in need. Material wealth is not our goal - remember Yeshua’s words:
John 6:27-29 "Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you, for on Him the Father, God, has set His seal." Therefore they said to Him, "What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God?" Jesus answered and said to them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent."
Owe no one anything but love. Be blessed in your study of His Word so you may get it.
Additional instruction from YHVH: Malachi 3:7-12
Proverbs 19:17 One who is gracious to a poor man lends to the LORD, And He will repay him for his good deed.
Proverbs 24:27 Prepare your work outside And make it ready for yourself in the field; Afterwards, then, build your house.
The above Proverb tells us to get our life in order, secure a livelihood before building your house. Our economic crises today is partly the result of ignoring the order advocated in this Proverb.
“Reviewing roles and goals weekly and building a weekly plan according to priorities provides the perspective for keeping first things first on a daily basis.” Stephen R. Covey
Having goals is important to keep us on track. Having the right goal is the primary. Reviewing our lesser goals weekly will enable us to adjust them, keeping us aligned with our goal found in the Word of YHVH.
Matthew 6:33 "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
Matthew 7:7 "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
In our pursuit of humility:
“We need to learn another lesson - that Jesus calls us to be servants of one another, and that as we accept it heartily, the service will be a most blessed one, a new and fuller deliverance from sin and self.” Andrew Murray
Pride is the opposite of humility. When we think we can handle it without direction of our Maker we will surely fail. Humility is the place of entire dependence on YHVH. Every decision and action is to be motivated by His Spirit.
John 5:30 "I can do nothing on My own initiative. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.
Subject: Sand & Rain Storms from GOD
God's blessings never stop. Sometimes we just forget to see them and remember from whom they came............
I'm sure all of you heard about the sandstorm in Iraq … [at the beginning of the conflict] (the worst in 100 years some say) and the drenching rain that followed the next day. Our troops were bogged down and couldn't move effectively.
The media was already wondering if the troops were in a "quagmire" and dire predictions of gloom and doom came from the left wing media.
What they didn't report was that the next day, after the weather had cleared, the Marine group that was mired the worst looked out at the plain they were just about to cross. What did they see?
Hundreds, if not thousands, of anti-tank and anti-personnel mines had been uncovered by the wind and then washed off by the rain. If they had proceeded as planned, many lives would have undoubtedly been lost. As it was, they simply drove around them and let the demolition teams destroy them.
Thank you, God, for protecting our young men and women!
Someone once asked George Washington if he thought God was on his side.
His reply is reported to be, "It is not that God should be on our side, but that we be on His."
IN GOD WE TRUST!
An airline pilot wrote that on this particular flight he had hammered his ship into the runway really hard.
The airline had a policy which required the first officer to stand at the door while the Passengers exited, smile, and give them a "Thanks for flying our airline."
He said that, in light of his bad landing, he had a hard time looking the passengers in the eye, thinking that someone would have a smart comment.
Finally everyone had gotten off except for a little old lady walking with a cane.
She said, "Sir, do you mind if I ask you a question?"
"Why, no, Ma'am," said the pilot. "What is it?"
The little old lady said,
"Did we land, or were we shot down?"
Paul Harvey Writes:
TWO BABES IN A MANGER
"MOST IMPORTANT LIST"
The most destructive habit .......... Worry
The greatest joy ...........................Giving
The greatest loss .........................Self respect
The most satisfying work ................. Helping others
The ugliest personality trait ............... Selfishness
Our greatest natural resource ........... Our youth
The greatest "shot in the arm" ............. Encouragement
The greatest problem to overcome ......... Fear
The most effective sleeping pill ........... Peace of mind
The most crippling failure ..................... Excuses
The most powerful force in life ............ Love
The most dangerous pariah ................. A gossiper
The worlds most incredible computer....... The brain
The worst thing to be without ................. Hope
The deadliest weapon ............................. The tongue
The two most power-filled words ........... "I Can"
The greatest asset ................................... Faith
The most worthless emotion .................. Self-pity
The most beautiful attire ......................... SMILE!
The most prized possession ................... Self esteem
The most powerful channel of communication ... Prayer
The most contagious spirit ..................... Enthusiasm
"To the world, you may be one person; but to one person, you may be the world."
"A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words."
1. Caesar Augustus Luke 2:1
2. Theophilus Acts 1:1; Luke 1:1-4
3. Sychar John 4:4-6
4. Sin is not fully perceived Romans 7:8
5. Shem Genesis 11:10-26
6. Hagar Genesis 16:1
7. Pilate John 19:22
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