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Are You Different?

“The grace of Christ in the heart will impart a heaven-born dignity and sense of propriety.” Desire of Ages, page 515

You and I should bear the sign of God in our attitudes and behavior.

People should notice a difference.

And this comes about only as a result of Spiritual Exercise of prayer, Bible study and meditation on God’s Word.

I encourage you to taste of this nector and grow in Christ.

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How Do You Feel About Wickedness?

“for my mouth shall speak truth, and wickedness is an abomination to my lips.” Proverbs 8:7

This is wisdom speaking.

People who do wicked things abhor judgment, and want to be accepted as normal.

Wickedness requires the wise to be careful. The wise can hate wickedness, while at the same time be loving to the wicked.

This is best illustrated by the life of Jesus.

We are called to be salt of the earth, not its judge.

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What Did You Learn About God Yesterday?

“Get wisdom, get understanding;” Proverbs 4:5

While so many people in this world look for entertainment and leisure, the Bible urges us to lean into the wind and grow.

Video games call out to us everytime we look at our smart phones, with a loud voice – louder than that still small voice pointing into another direction.

I pray that today this thought will rest on your heart.

May you come closer to Jesus because He is calling you.

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How Do You Keep God’s Commandments?

“My son, forget not my law, but let thine heart keep my commandments;” Proverbs 3:1

Notice this proverb specifies the heart and not the actions. This is because our actions follow our heart.

We need more heart surgery. Don’t you agree?

Spiritual Exercise works on the heart with Bible study, prayer and meditation on God’s Word.

I encourage you to join me today and come closer to Jesus.

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I Praise the Name of God, How About You?

“O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Thy name in all the earth” Psalm 8:1

It is good for us to praise God, and even the name of God.

The reason is not for His power, but His love. How Jesus gave up glory and comfort and position to come to earth as our Savior.

Jesus is the main reason we have for understanding the greatness of God.

Without Jesus our knowledge of God would be so much less.

I praise God, again, for Jesus our Savior.

What say you about God today?

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Are You Being Pruned by God Today?

“Every branch in Me that beareth not fruit He taketh away; and every branch that beareth fruit, He purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.” John 15:2

These words of Jesus are a little scary.

In a world of danger where we seek safety and ease, Jesus prophecied holy pruning.

It is a fact that when we have it easy, materialism and pride become more powerful temptations. So God has a remedy of pruning us.

Too often we pray for just the opposite of what we need.

Today I pray the Holy Spirit will impress us with our true needs that we can be proper aligned with God.

I praise Jesus for this promise and words of wisdom.

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Are You Following Jesus Today?

“And when He had called the people unto Him with His disciples also, He said unto them, ‘Whosoever will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.'” Mark 8:34

To deny one’s self can mean many things. For one it might mean a new car. For another it might mean a vacation.

I remember a friend who cancelled a vacation and donated the money to a charity.

You might be called upon to give something small today.

If you are on a crowded bus, you might give your seat to someone.

The Holy Spirit leads us to do certain good things for others out of love and duty.

This is one reason it is so important to engage in daily time with God, in order to hear the Holy Spirit’s voice.

I pray that you will be blessed today as a child of God.

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Where Has Satan Taken You?

“Again, the devil took Him up onto an exceeding high mountain” Matthew 4:8

I wonder how many times the devil has taken me somewhere. Maybe I felt pretty good about my fortune at the time. Maybe I didn’t realize the power behind my luck to be in such a lovely place.

Satan has many skills and agents intending to deceive each of us. He wants nothing more than to see us corrupted.

High mountains of wealth and materialism corrupt, and Satan is there encouraging us to desire more and more stuff.

Only by spending time with Jesus in prayer, Bible study and meditation on God’s Word can we repel these advances.

I praise God today for Jesus and His life for us to study and emulate.

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Are You Willing to Repent?

“In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, “Repent ye, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” Matt. 3:1-2

Is today any different?

Isn’t there need for repentance even today?

Who do you hear calling as you read these words?

Repentance isn’t fashionable. It’s a concept thrown into the dustpan of yesteryear, and yet its need remains the same.

Let John speak to your heart, as he calls for repentance.

Let us respond to this clarion call and slip to our knees and repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.

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Perfection Remains the Goal

“Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father who is in Heaven is perfect.” Matthew 5:48

Much has been written about these words of Jesus, but it is good to be reminded that we have a high bar to reach.

We should not aim low, but high.

Yes, we will fail, some often, some seldom, but failure results from our weakness.

After failure, we claim forgiveness and climb back onto the horse, so to speak. We move forward with zeal and courage.

Jesus gives us His power to help us overcome, and with this added power we reach for the goal He has given us.

So let us persevere in God’s grace today.

I praise God for the blessings He gives us each and every day.

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Is Your Life Bitter Today?

“call me Marah, because Almighty God has made my life bitter.” Ruth 1:20

Sometimes you and I might feel this way. We wander away from God and He uses events to make us feel the separation.

Perhaps you are in this condition today.

Jesus keeps knocking at the door to our heart, asking to enter and spend time with us.

Spiritual Exercise of prayer, Bible study and meditation on God’s Word is the answer.

It is necessary for us to spend sufficient time each day with Jesus.

I praise God for His desire to be our friend.

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Why Do You Witness For Jesus?

“It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. The latter do so out of love.” Philippians 1:15-16

As I periodically hear preachers on social media, I wonder about this verse. While some impress me as very spiritual people, others make me wonder about their calling.

You and I are no different. People can tell when we are called by God and when we want the praise and attention of others.

Our motivations need to be love if we really want to make a difference in the broken world.

As we draw nearer to Jesus, our love grows and our preaching reflects it.

I praise God for this power from Him that blesses His people and those who are in need.

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Here’s An Idea From Paul

“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.” Ephesians 1:17

When was the last time you prayed this prayer for your friends?

And, notice the purpose is not to obtain riches or glory, but to know Jesus better.

Just imagine how much different this world would be if we all knew God better!

I encourage you to pray this prayer for your friends and make a difference.

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How Do You Enjoy Your Freedom?

“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” Galatians 5:13

I don’t know about you, but my flesh seems to have a mind of its own.

It urges me to over eat, over sleep and a host of other things.

It takes willpower to overcome the flesh, and the apostle Paul encourages us to resist these internal powers of the body.

Our Christian freedoms are for spiritual issues, not the physical that would bring dishonor upon our ministry.

This counsel is helpful and wise for us to follow.

And following is possible only if we have a daily routine of Spiritual Exercise of prayer, Bible study and meditation on God’s Word.

I pray you will enjoy these freedoms and come close to Jesus.

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Love’s Proclamation

Let me be a seal on your heart,
not just a mark, but public display
of irrevocable bonding;
two souls united, it shall portray.

Let me be a seal on your arm,
announcing love’s desire for service,
rejecting amusement and waste,
supporting fidelity’s promise.

For love transcends time’s restrictions,
eternally crossing dimensions,
proving its strength, equal to death,
disregarding man-made proscriptions.

Its jealousy listens with ears,
of a mother’s ardent attention.
It watches with eyes of Argos,
prepared for crisis intervention.

It can’t be measured, can’t be forced,
conceived with kindness, its motivating.
It grows in intimate moments,
with commitment’s catalyst coupling.

Your love is like accelerant,
creating great flames from heart’s kindling,
spawning heat and blessings to all,
with widespread, overflowing wellspring.

Song of Solomon 8:6

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Can You Suffer For God?

“Now all these things happened unto them for examples” 1 Corinthians 10:11

Sometimes our problems are for the benefit of others who are watching.

We might be called upon to “show” the correct way to respond to challenges.

A fatal disease, a loss of a close family member, financial loss or even the loss of an arm or leg.

These are very unpleasant, but when the victim is full of God’s grace, there can be blessings and encouragement for others.

We need to suffer with dignity and a graciousness that only God can provide through daily Spiritual Exercise.

Keeping this in mind also strengthens our own faith, even while suffering for God.

Remember, for the Christian, everything is spiritual.

I praise God for this solid connection we are encouraged to have with Jesus.

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Do You Like God’s Diversities?

“And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.” 1 Corinthians 12:6

If we take a few steps back and survey the work of the Lord, we see an amazing sight of diversity.

God knows what He is doing, as He directs each of us in our own way.

You and I do not need to be identical, but God encourages us to use our personalities, gifts and spheres of influence for His glory and the salvation of souls.

We can be a sweet savor and salt for the earth without regard to the plans of men.

I praise God for this individual support that He provides via the Holy Spirit.

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You Are Affected by What You Hear

“evil communications corrupt good manners.” 1 Corinthians 15:33

This is good counsel reminding us that what we hear affects our behavior.

It is good to walk away when people begin speaking evil, whether it be humor, politics or criticism.

This may not be possible when working, but we can offer silent prayer when trapped in some social situations.

Spiritual Exercise of prayer, Bible study and meditation on God’s Word will fortify us.

Jesus then will provide power from the Holy Spirit to protect us from bad influences.

I praise God for this assistance.

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Will You Bless Anyone Today

“He who owns the world is rich in resources, and will bless everyone who is seeking to bless others.” (Ministry of Healing, page 200)

This is the way love behaves. This is the way heaven works.

You and I can be light to the world by bringing the culture here.

As we love others and do for them what Jesus would do, we will find true happiness and be blessed in return.

I praise God for this great system that reveals His love for us.

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The Dream

 

Dr. Martin L. King
Dr. Martin L. King

“I have a dream,” he stated five and sixty
years ago, “to extinguish withering flames
of injustice in our great and troubled land.”
Words that resonate yet in halls-of-yearning.

The dream holds firm with inaugural zeal of
apostles, marching forward, ever forward,
never turning or considering retreat,
with individual achievements on all fronts.

“Come, enter the bastion of justice,” he says.
His message flows to islands of poverty,
hidden in the ocean of prosperity,
held in place by chains of discrimination.

To be an exile in one’s own land is
anathema to people living the struggle
for freedom on the high plane of dignity,
where thoughts, words and actions make a difference.

But oppression’s fire wanes in twilights of hope,
as pilgrims create outposts of refuge, where
beacons shine over dark valleys beckoning
the weary to safety and out of darkness.

Decades of light growing stronger with people
of courage, advancing with audacity,
eradicating darkness with beams of truth,
blazing trails through foothill and mountain forests.

They labor, hewing stones of hope from the
mountain of despair, so justice can roll down
like water, righteousness like a mighty stream,
into the wide ocean of prosperity.

But the time is not yet for celebration,
while doors of opportunity remain closed
to all people. Crooked paths are not yet straight.
Education’s work is not yet complete.

The dream lives on today, it lives in striving hearts
of color, and will continue, unabated,
until they are able to sing “Free at last!
Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

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The Servant

What is this longing I cannot describe,
this sense of hunger most elusive,
that comes to my consciousness frequently,
creating desire to serve and give?

I notice especially when praying,
the hunger emerges, reviving,
it lingers awhile, enhancing desire,
that I find, to be most inspiring.

This longing brings sense of purpose divine,
of service eternal where needed.
God’s plan is too large to be understood,
where service occurs unimpeded.

I only know where I’m needed today.
I just understand the small picture.
“To love is to serve,” I hear when I pray,
true guidance from heaven, I am sure.

Happiness comes with a service of love,
a joyous condition prevailing,
that brings to the world a glimmer of hope,
in spite of my slight understanding.

So, I serve in my human condition,
a cog, very small, in God’s wheel,
addressing needs, wherever I find them,
creating in me greater zeal.

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FATHERS

Adam was a father and he raised a family,
Even though he sinned and ate forbidden fruit with Eve.
He worshipped God, and sacrificed on altars made of stone.
He is the father of our race, and Earth was called his home.

Noah was a father and he listened to his God,
Working hard to build a boat to ride upon the flood.
For many years he labored on until the job was done.
He saved the many animals; not one was lost; not one.

Jacob was a father who had trouble with his sons.
Sorrow came upon him when they sold his favorite one.
His Joseph was a blessing as a child and later when
As ruler of Egyptian grain he gave some food to them.

Aaron was a father and the priestly robes did wear.
Leading worship every day before the Lord in fear.
He had a rod that budded, and he held it in the air
For God to bring relief to all the people who were there.

David was a father; a musician and a king.
Many children did he have; to whom he liked to sing.
He praised the Lord, and wrote the Psalms because he loved to pray.
He worshipped God; the same dear God we worship here today.

These men were brave, these men were bold,
they loved, they laughed, they cried.
They held their babies in their arms.
They all grew old and died.
But more than that, they loved the Lord,
with songs; with prayers and praise.
They worshipped Him on Sabbath days.
They searched to know His ways.

By Gerald E. Greene
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Forgiveness

I forgot the instructions,
I forgot the examples
you gave on that summer day.

But I’ll always remember
forgiveness you granted me
in front of my family.

Your kindness ever lingers,
and daily inspires my heart.

 

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The Decision

She couldn’t decide one way or the other.
The quandary befuddled her mind day and night.
For weeks she struggled with nigh a decision,
was torn between heart and conviction of right.

She thought about motivation and feelings,
she wondered if cowardice played any role,
in her questions and doubts about educa-
tion, affecting her heart as well as her soul.

She felt called to nursing, she knew it was right,
as many doors opened, by persons of wealth,
to work with disease and suffering patients,
in order to help and restore life and health.

But doubts still persisted about the right choice,
involving gross fluids and blood and feces.
Did cowardice motivate, or was it right
to reject this calling to deal with disease?

And then one night, in sacred meditation,
she felt a conviction of what she should do,
rejecting her heart in favor of reason,
she settled on nursing–the right choice, she knew.

 

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MY ChIld

MY CHILD

I know you’re living in
another world
with money,
glitz and social distractions,
and life unflagging–no time for
breathing,
in the corporate world
where stress prevails.

Your time is precious and
must be guarded,
subordinates suckle it
eagerly
to their advantage,
selfish underlings
who seek to gorge with
greedy intention.

You left my nest with much
encouragement,
support bestowed,
my heart overflowing,
as gifts of intellect and talent
answered calls to greatness—
destiny beckoned.

Your absence left a
vacuum,
and now there’s
an
empty room where
you once were nurtured,
but
love will follow,
wherever you go,
to greatness or failure,
you’re still my child.

By Gerald E. Greene
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HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT WHERE YOU ARE TODAY?

Prov. 4:26 “Ponder the path of your feet, And let all your ways be established.”

It is good to ponder and to consider what we have done and where we are going.

Many people live with no regard to their life’s journey.

The spiritual person takes time to consider these things. You and I should
be cognizant of our position each day. Our spiritual journey is important
to us and we cherish a life led by the Holy Spirit, however humble.

Spiritual Exercise helps us to know where we are and how we are doing. It
brings us closer to Jesus each day and helps us see our sinful condition.

You and I can benefit much from studying the life of Jesus. It will give
us the same power from the Father that He received. Power that will slowly
change our desires to be more pure. Power that will slowly help us to
dislike sinful things. When our desires and “likes” change we can be used
by God as a sweet aroma to help others.

 

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WITHOUT LIGHT WE STUMBLE IN DARKNESS

Prov. 4:19 “The way of the wicked is like darkness; They do not know what makes them stumble.”

Spend a moment and think about this proverb. People stumble and never know the reason as they wander in darkness.

The student of the Bible and follower of Jesus has light and sees and
understands when he/she stumbles. And then they learn from it and with contrition and humility seek and receive forgiveness. Life then is more of a blessing and not a curse.

Our walk with Jesus leads us to peace and joy while walking in a broken world of sin and depravity.

Spiritual Exercises of Bible study, prayer and meditation on God’s word changes our lives and the outlook we have.

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DO YOU LIKE LIGHT?

Prov. 4:18 “But the path of the just is like the shining sun, That shines
ever brighter unto the perfect day.”

Light is the perfect metaphor. Light represents justice, truth and God.

We seek light and through Spiritual Exercise we find it.

God’s light changes lives and brings love into this broken world.

God’s words bring us light and encourage us to live like Jesus. They also
give us wisdom and change our desires. We slowly move toward purity.

Bible study is the best way to find the words of God, and we should make time
each day for this purpose.

We need Daily Spiritual Exercise of prayer, Bible study and meditation.

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Are you ready for Instruction?

Prov. 4:13 “Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go; Keep her, for she is your life..”

Some people don’t like instruction. They want to do everything their own way.

The followers of Jesus are eager for instruction that they might be more effective and live more wisely. These are those who seek to serve and help others who are in need.

The teachable spirit comes about through Spiritual Exercise where the Holy Spirit is invited into the heart to guide and influence for good.

Jesus would arise early in the morning and go outside and find a place of seclusion to pray. He spent time with the Father and received strength. It allowed Him to resist temptation. It allowed Him to succeed in His mission.

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