For a Person to Succeed

We went shopping yesterday and returned a Christmas gift. I wore a navy sweater with a zipper to make trying on clothes easier. I wanted a black one.

During our Christmas dinner, I realized my buffet area is dark. I desired a candlestick lamp to brighten that corner without taking too much space.

Our last stop of the day was at “Stuff” a consignment shop. I went looking for smaller jeans. I left with a black, zipper sweater and a candlestick lamp. I spent $15.00.

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God owns it all. We look to Him for everything we need, want or desire. We won’t get everything we want or desire but we will get what we need.

Our job is not our source; He is. He provides the job in the first place. We no longer strive for success. He is the one who causes us to succeed.

John 3:27, “John answered, ‘It’s not possible for a person to succeed – I’m talking about eternal success – without heaven’s help.’ ” The Message

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“…you may succeed momentarily because of what you know or do, but you’ll only succeed permanently because of what you are.” The Word for You Today, 12-29-18

Proverbs 22 showed me there are things that are more important than riches.

Proverbs 22:1-4, “A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold. (2) Rich and poor have this in common: The Lord is the Maker of them all. (3) The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty. (4) Humility is the fear of the Lord; its wages are riches and honor and life.” New International Version

Has God given you something you desired or wanted?

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God Blesses Those Who Bless You

Technology is not my friend. In fact, today I found one form of technology is actually an enemy.

“…my troubles are intended to deepen my character and to clothe me in gifts I had little of prior to my difficulties, for my ripest fruit grows against the roughest wall. …Trouble never comes to someone unless it brings a nugget of gold in its hand.” Streams in the Desert, October 4

I shared my frustration with David at lunch. I felt overwhelmed and ready to throw in the towel. But I found peace in my daily chapters.

Genesis 12:3, “I’ll bless those who bless you; those who curse you I’ll curse.” The Message

My study of Proverbs 16 showed me this promise.

Proverbs 16:7, “When the Lord takes pleasure in anyone’s way, he causes their enemies to make peace with them.” New International Version

I can’t fix this on my own. I am leaving it in God’s hands.

Have you ever faced something that seemed impossible to resolve? How did God move mountains for you?

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February, 2018 “Relevant” Bible Reading Guide Chapters

  • 1 – 1 Samuel 16, 17
  • 2 – 1 Samuel 18, 19; Psalms 58, 59
  • 3 – 1 Samuel 20, 21; Psalms 56, 34
  • 4 – 1 Samuel 22; Psalms 142, 52, 36, 37
  • 5 – 1 Samuel 23; Psalms 54; 1 Samuel 24; Psalms 57, 7
  • 6 – 1 Samuel 25, 26; Psalms 16
  • 7 – Psalms 17, 22; 1 Samuel 27, 28
  • 8 – 1 Samuel 29, 30; Psalms 35, 109
  • 9 – 1 Samuel 31; 1 Chronicles 10; 2 Samuel 1, 2
  • 10 – 2 Samuel 3-5; 1 Chronicles 11, 12; Psalms 133
  • 11 – 2 Samuel 6; 1 Chronicles 13-16
  • 12 – Psalms 23, 24, 26-29, 96-98, 100, 101, 103
  • 13 – Psalms 104-106, 108, 123
  • 14 – Psalms 124, 131; 2 Samuel 7; 1 Chronicles 17; Psalms 1, 86
  • 15 – 2 Samuel 8; 1 Chronicles 18; Psalms 60; 2 Samuel 9, 10; 1 Chronicles 19
  • 16 – 2 Samuel 11, 12; Psalms 51, 25, 32
  • 17 – Psalms 38-41, 69
  • 18 –Psalms 70, 71; 1 Chronicles 20; 2 Samuel 13
  • 19 – 2 Samuel 14, 15; Psalms 4-6
  • 20 – Psalms 8-13, 31, 55
  • 21 – 2 Samuel 16; Psalms 3, 63, 64; 2 Samuel 17
  • 22 – 2 Samuel 18; Psalms 61, 62, 89
  • 23 – 2 Samuel 19-21
  • 24 – 2 Samuel 22; Psalms 18-21
  • 25 – Psalms 65-68, 138-140
  • 26 – Psalms 141, 143-145; 2 Samuel 23, 24
  • 27 – 1 Chronicles 21, 22; Psalms 30, 91, 92
  • 28 – 1 Chronicles 23-26

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The Laying on of Hands in the Old Testament

Numbers 8:10, “When you bring the Levites before the Lord, the people of Israel shall lay their hands on the Levites…” ESV

Today we read where the congregation lay hands on the Levites and dedicated them to the service of God.

In the New Testament, Paul lay hands on Timothy and prayed God would give him a gift to be used in the service of God.

2 Timothy 1:6, 7, “For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” ESV