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Perseverance

For a lot of us who have tried to climb a mountain, we have quit before we got to the top. We have begun a race but not finished and therefore not experienced the joy and reward that completion brings.
We wanted it to be easy, but easy does not bring the end we really want. Life can be hard, work can be arduous, but being faithful in your responsibilities no matter what the circumstances is a necessity in order to receive the blessing that follows.
The psalmist said it this way, "He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him." (Psalm 126:6) He goes out with the emotion of hopelessness being beaten down by the process but he returns with multiple "songs of joy."
Even in his conflicted state he does what is right to do. He is going out "carrying seed to sow." The sower cannot allow any circumstances to deter him in his appointed task. He goes out with purpose even though his heart, his belief, may not…

Foolish Talk

A true test of character is the discipline or un-discipline of the tongue. Some would say that you are proved to be most honest when you share everything that is on your mind. This is a false, foolish and a deceiving notion.
Speaking our mind when we are emotionally charged such as in anger or a crazy kind of happiness can lead to disparaging and destructive words. We "just wanted to clear the air" or so we say but our words have polluted rather than purified it.
Speaking too quickly to bring judgment on a person for their actions is also considered foolish. Instead, we ought to take time to think, ponder, pray and weigh out any possible condemnation, for once the words have passed over our tongue it is impossible to take them back, leading us usually back to damage control.
Warren Wiersbe in his book on Proverbs states, "The English words 'fool' and 'folly' come from the Latin 'follis' which means 'bellows.' It also described a person'…

Safety

To what do you attribute your protection and safety? What "coincidences" have taken place in your life that have kept you from horrible ends. In Psalm 124:8 the writer attributes the protection and safety of Israel to the Lord. He says, "Our help is in the name of the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth."
The Israelites had many instances where God had to be the one delivering them. We can think of their backs against the Red Sea and Pharaoh's army bearing down on them but the sea was opened and they walked through. We can remember Balaam's blessing on them instead of curse even though his employer asked for the later. We can see David's defeat of Goliath not as a human victory but as God guiding the stone to the only place that would bring unconsciousness.
There are many more throughout the nation's history that illustrated their Lord was with them and bringing safety and protection at the right times. So, how can we apply this to our lives?
Each one …

Eternal Life

There is question by some as to whether anything happens after death. Some would like to believe that we all return to dust and that is it. Others, however, are aware of many places in the Holy Bible that declare that eternal life awaits at the end of the world for those who have already died.
Daniel was assured of it by "the one who looked like a man" in Daniel 10:16, more completely described in Daniel 10:5-6. It was stated during an explanation of the end of times for the people of Israel by this man, "Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt." (Daniel 12:2)It was not Daniel that made this statement but only who recorded it.
This quote allows for a person to be in one of two camps. One, is the camp whose bodies awake from death to everlasting life, and two, is the camp whose bodies awake to everlasting contempt, otherwise known as judgment and hell. The word "multitudes"…

Genuine Love

How do we know the difference between genuine love and fake love? When do we move from one to the other? These are important questions because we live in a world that sprays around the word love but in many ways stays away from really carrying it out.

John wrote, "Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth." (1 John 3:18) We can talk a big game about loving others. We can devise all kinds of plans and then continue to revise and enhance them but if we do nothing with those plans then our so called "love" is not real.
We can say we love others with our tongue but if in our hearts we know that we are lying and we cringe from really loving others then it is not genuine love.
Genuine love happens when our love is put into action. It is making the plans and carrying them out. It is giving our possessions/clothes, money, and/or time to those who are less fortunate or are under a momentary duress. Loving in truth is having our heart in …

Pious Prayer

What should you acknowledge about God when you come to Him in prayer? Daniel prayed in Daniel 9:4-19 acknowledging that God was "the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love.." plus he acknowledged that "the Lord our God is merciful and forgiving..."
These are the two sides of God we must understand as we lift pious prayers before Him. God is so powerful that He can do what He wants. There is nothing we can do to hinder Him. There is no bribe we can give; no promise we can make that could keep Him from exerting His power.
And yet, He is also a keeper of His word; a covenant giver and keeper. Further, He is merciful and forgiving. So He has all power but He also has complete commitment. He knows our weakness and can exert mercy and forgiveness instead of His wrath.
This is our perfect God; able to act out punishment for disobedience but willing to be there to bring us back. This is the full perspective we need to have when we go to Him in prayer. He is no…