Friday, January 21, 2022

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Attitude

“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God”
(1 Corinthians 10:31).

Here is a statement and question worth considering: “Attitudes are contagious, is yours worth catching?”

Each one of us is 100% in charge of our attitude. If we realize that our attitude is not what it should be, we can change our thinking. Every animal in the world has no choice but to do its very best. Every beaver builds the best dam it can. Every eagle flies as high as ever it can. Every deer runs as fast as it can. Only humans can choose to build a strong home or one that will collapse in the wind. Every day we have a brand-new opportunity to live with all our hearts for the Lord.

When you appear to the world today, do they observe you doing your very best for the glory of God, with a cheerful, thankful attitude?

“And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him…And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men” (Colossians 3:17, 23).

 

             
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Thursday, January 20, 2022

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Prayer

Introduction

“Praying always” (Ephesians 6:18).

Prayer is one of the wonderful resources we have been given to help us through this world as believers. Perhaps the best definition of prayer is in 1 Timothy 4:5: “The Word of God and prayer.” Or, as another translation says, “God’s Word and freely addressing Him.”

In its simplest form, prayer can be defined as speaking to the Lord. What a tremendous thing it is to realize that we are able to come to the very throne room of the universe and speak to God and to the Lord Jesus. With reverence and respect we can talk freely with our Father and our Savior. We are encouraged, “Pour out your heart before Him” (Psalm 62:8).

In this 3rd Thursday of the month series we plan to take up various aspects of prayer. It is the powerhouse of the Christian life. The more prayer, the more power. As we trace through the Bible and the history of those who have been used mightily of the Lord, we find that they were men and women of prayer. This is because prayer is the expression of two things, dependence and confidence.

 

             
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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

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Standing Fast

“Stand fast in the faith” (1 Corinthians 16:13).

There is a saying, “You’ve got to stand for something, or you’ll fall for anything.”

This is certainly true when it comes to our spiritual life and the truth of the Word of God. If we do not “Hold fast the form of sound words” (2 Timothy 1:13), we will leave ourselves open for “every wind of doctrine” (Ephesians 4:14). That is why we are told,

“Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth…that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6:14,11).

There is much false teaching today. That is why we need to read the Bible for ourselvesstudy it, meditate on it, and find good, Scriptural commentaries written by those who present nothing but the truth and that which exalts the person and work of Christ. If we do this we will be “Rooted and built up in Him, and stablished in the faith” (Colossians 2:7). The Apostle Paul encouraged the early believers by writing, “Stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle” (2 Thessalonians 2:15).

 

             
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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

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True Happiness

“Behold, we count them happy which endure”
(James 5:11).

Viktor Emil Frankl was an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist, as well as a Holocaust survivor. The only reason he was not murdered along with his fellow Jews was that he was appointed personal physician to several Nazi officers. After being freed from a concentration camp at the end of World War II he wrote:

“The reason so many people are unhappy and seeking help to cope with life is that they fail to understand what human existence is all about. Until we recognize that life is not just something to be enjoyed, but rather is a task that each of us is assigned, we’ll never find meaning in our lives and we’ll never be truly happy.”

The Bible talks a great deal about the meaning of life and true happiness. Life is full of ups and downs and unexpected twists and turns. The Apostle Paul found that, and wrote: “As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing” (2 Corinthians 6:10).

For the believer, the secret of happiness is to live for Christ, even when things are tough, realizing that He has a task for each of us to perform.

 

             
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Monday, January 17, 2022

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Dear Young Christian,

Neglect is something that we all do from time to time. Sometimes in the end it is no big deal, and sometimes it can cause us a great deal of frustration and consequences. Today, here in Saint Vincent, Garvin Seymour told us how neglect cost him a significant amount of money.

He knew his vehicle license had to be renewed by the last day of August. However, he decided that putting it off until the 1st of September wouldn’t really matter. Sad to say, when he went to renew the license the next day he was told that it would cost him an extra $100 just for being one day late.

When God gives us something to do and the gift and ability to do it, we need to take heed. The young man Timothy was told, “Neglect not the gift that is in thee” (1 Timothy 4:14). Maybe we think we must wait until we are older to follow and serve the Lord. But He wants the best years of our life, and many an elderly believer regrets that they neglected to use their youth in His service.

Your Christian Friend,

Jim Hyland

 

             
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Sunday, January 16, 2022

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Worship

Worship is the highest note of adoration that we can give to the Lord. It springs from a heart overflowing with an appreciation of who He is. As we see in Scripture:

• “Give unto the Lord the glory due unto His name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness” (Psalm 29:2).

• “So shall the King greatly desire thy beauty: for He is thy Lord; and worship thou Him” (Psalm 45:11).

• “O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker” (Psalm 95:6).

• “O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness” (Psalm 96:9).

• “The true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:23-24).

• “For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:3).

• “Worship God” (Revelation 22:9).

Will your heart be full of worship today? If you are occupied with the person of Christ it will be.

 

             
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Saturday, January 15, 2022

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Good News

The gospel is God’s good news to sinful humans.

• It is the good news that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (1 Timothy 1:15).

• It is the good news that “Christ died for the ungodly” (Romans 5:6).

It is the good news that “Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

It is the good news that “Christ died for our sins” (1 Corinthians 15:3).

• It is the good news that “God raised Him from the dead” (Acts 13:30).

• It is the good news that “the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).

• It is the good news that, “whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:15).

What will you do with this good news?

Believe it.

Reject it.

Neglect it.

I have already believed it and received Christ as my Savior.

 

             
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Friday, January 14, 2022

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Do It

“Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother…first findeth his own brother Simon…And he brought him to Jesus” (John 1:40-42).

Have you been saved recently? Perhaps you have begun to serve the Lord, almost without knowing it. Like Andrew, you have sought out some brother, some friend, that you might bring to Jesus. Having found the Lord yourself, you did it without being told, just as a duckling, when hatched, instinctively waddles to the pond. If so, thank God and do not tire. Go on, and having sought to bring your friends to Jesus, enlarge your borders and still go on!

There are so many ways of serving the Lordby personal conversations, tract distributing, visiting the sick, Sunday School work, and the public preaching of the Gospel and ministry of the Word to believers. Ask the Lord what you are to do, and, having found out, DO IT.

• Do it in obedience to the principles laid down in the Word of God.

• Do it prayerfully.

• Do it in fellowship with your fellow Christians.

“Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might” (Ecclesiastes 9:10).

 

             
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Thursday, January 13, 2022

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Our Reaction

It has been stated that life is determined more by our reactions than our actions. Much of life comes to us without any action on our part. Circumstances are brought on without our asking or acting. It is then that our reaction counts. There are two ways that we can react.

Firstly, we can react in self-pity and frustration, with a woe-is-me attitude. This will only make us depressed and despondent, like Jeremiah who said, “Woe is me for my hurt! my wound is grievous: but I said, Truly this is a grief, and I must bear it” (Jeremiah 10:19).

On the other hand, we can accept what comes our way realizing that it is all allowed of our loving, heavenly Father, and that it comes from His good hand with a purpose of love and blessing. This will cause us to react with spiritual courage and confidence and cause us to grow in the Lord. It will cause us to react to trouble and difficulty like the Apostle Paul who said, “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong” (2 Corinthians 12:10). What will your reactions be today? Will they be for the glory of the Lord and the blessing of others?

 

             
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Wednesday, January 12, 2022

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Temporary

Traveling Highway 131 north out of Grand Rapids Michigan, I noticed a billboard with the caption:

LIFE IS A TEMPORARY ASSIGNMENT!

If we were to translate this into the language of Scripture it would read, “What is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away” (James 4:14).

Our journey through this world is very brief in relationship to eternity. That’s why we need to make every day count for the Lord. What will really matter when we get to heaven and see the Lord? How much we made things count for our own pleasure and gain, or how much our life counted for His glory and for the blessing of others?

David said of humanity, “His days are as a shadow that passeth away” (Psalm 144:4).

Job observed, “Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble. He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not” (Job 14:1-2).

Life is temporary! Let’s make it worthwhile!

 

             
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