OBEDIENCE & BLESSINGS, “WORTH CONSIDERING” 12/27/19, (Across my desk today.)
|“…his favor lasts a lifetime…” (Psalm 30:5, NIV)
|You’ve Got It
Success in this life isn’t necessarily about how popular, influential or educated someone is. Success is about living a life of excellence in obedience to God’s Word. When we step out to do what God has called us to do, Scripture says that His favor surrounds us like a shield. When we have His favor, we have everything. We have an advantage for success! God’s favor opens the right doors. His favor will bring good breaks. The favor of God will cause you to accomplish what you could not accomplish on your own. It gives you an edge.
Now, if you’re going to see the gracious hand of God at work in your life, you can’t go through the day feeling intimidated, thinking that you’re average, comparing yourself to everyone else. No, you have to live like you have His favor, think like you have favor, talk like you have favor, walk like you have favor, dress like you have favor! Not arrogantly. Not in a way that portrays that you’re better than somebody else, but with a quiet confidence knowing that you have the gracious hand of God on your life! Live like you’ve got it because you do!
|A Prayer for Today
|“Father, thank You for Your grace, favor and mercy upon my life. I praise You today because You are good. I receive Your truth by faith and rise up to walk in my calling. I know that You are going before me to prepare the way as I walk in Your favor all the days of my life in Jesus’ name. Amen.”
Where humility and obedience go, God’s grace flows. But pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit prior to a great fall. In about 1969 on new years eve, Ken Kesey, being a good friend, I was invited and decided to visit his New Years eve gathering. I love fireworks so I took a stick of rock dynamite and primer cord and made a big explosive device to blow up at midnight on Ken’s 67 acre farm. Every New Years was a barn cleaning and a big celebration. So I took my bomb along and when Ken saw it, he had to have it. I told him it had a 60 sec. fuse and sure, have fun. He took it and quickly said, the fuse is too long… and cut it ot 30 sec. A friend came over about that time and said it is still too long and cut it to 15 sec. I am backing up away from these crazy guys about this time as there was no stopping them. Ken then cut the fuse off to a nub, perhaps 5 seconds now. This has gone crazy… I am now moving way way back. Midnight, the 12 chimes, friend lights fuse , Ken tossed as far as he could. both Ken and friend dive over the big pile to be safe. Big explosion, dogs barking for miles around. But they forgot it was that years manure from cleaning the barn of rabbit, chicken, chow and horse manure that they dove into… It so illustrates the above verse, “and a haughty spirit before a great fall.”
With children, how do we train them? Obedience = Blessing, Disobedience = Rejection/spanking. Big problem is that most who seek to find God’s place of blessing never fully understand what God wants them to do to be found in humility and obedience to be blessed, they are just too busy blowing up stuff. He wrote HIS desires down for us through HIS prophets for us to find. But we don’t go to the source, we let some gifted speaker tell us what it means without checking. And then we find, that it does not work so we throw the truth away with the fiction together. We toss the baby out with the bathwater. And we totally miss the Blessings of GOD in the process. And many times we also find ourselves in a pile of manure. Bad marriage, boring job, discord in the family, more bills than income, health issues due to our poor maintenance. Then, what do we do, we blame GOD and make HIM the cause of our problems. It take humility and obedience to learn to repent, seek forgiveness and to be able to start over. Isa. 53.
Yours in HIS great love and wonderful grace and mercy. Ken<>< www.Trinity-Aloha.org (Gathering Tonight.)
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