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“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.” James 3:17

We meet a lot of different people and there will always be some we like better than others.  But in our walk with the Lord, we need to not treat one better than another.

SHOWS NO FAVOURITISM

I will always remember a place where I spent a week the summer after my first year of Bible School.  We were doing VBS every day and there were special meetings in the evening.  It was a great week and I thoroughly enjoyed my time there.  But one thing that stands out in my memory was the way the seats were arranged in the sanctuary.  Off on one side away from the rest were two chairs. These were reserved for a mother and her daughter who were a little bit different.  They were not dressed like others in the church, and from all appearances came from the poorer section of town.  I remember asking why and being told it was because the rest of the people had sensitive noses, so these two were seated apart.

I am not telling this to be critical of the church there, I probably was just as bothered with the odor as anyone else, and I regret to say that I did not reach out to these two as near as I can remember.  Looking back, I wish I had.  I guess this was a time I neglected to ask God for wisdom, but I am sure if I had, He would have told me to befriend them.

In God’s sight we are all the same, rich or poor, young or old, ugly or pretty.  Someone has said, “the ground is always level at the cross.”  Looking back over my life, I realize that as children we were considered from a poor family, but I am glad that God in His wisdom, sent someone to reach out to us and bring us the message of salvation.  He has no favourites.

For our last devotion tomorrow, let’s consider Sincerity.

Prayer:  Jesus, you love us all the same, you care for us and you desire that we will be loving and kind to everyone, not just the people we like the best.

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So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.Psalm 90:12.

Time is no respecter of persons. It has no judgment on age, gender, profession, or social status. Each day we are given equal measures of 24 hours, which breaks down to 1,440 minutes—86,400 seconds.

What will you do with it?

One day we will be held accountable for the time God has gifted us and I desire to be a good steward of each minute. However, becoming busy and overwhelmed with tasks is not the answer to productivity. Sometimes it is in the simple and quiet moments we spend with God that becomes so vital to accomplishing His purpose.

What is something small you can do today that will get you one step closer to your dream? Your calling? Your life’s mission?

I encourage you to write down specific goals—God dreams—and then create a plan regarding the things you need to complete each day to get you one step closer.

Each day matters.
Each moment matters.
You matter!

Prayer: Lord, thank You for giving me another day to worship You. Just as Your word directs, I pray that You would teach me to number each day—I desire Your wisdom. I do not want to squander the time You have gifted me, so I pray You will help me fulfill what You are calling me to achieve. In Jesus name. Amen.

 

 

 

“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”

Romans 12:2 NLT

I’ve said it before and I’ll probably say it again “I’ve got my mind made up!” Sometimes in a positive “I’m serving God no matter what” type of way, and other times in a “I’m stubborn and you won’t ever change my mind” kind of way.

Most people believe that what they believe is right, and that their opinion matters most. This world is full of opinions and opinionated people, all believing they are right. But there is only ONE truth, and ONE name under heaven whereby we must be saved!

It all starts in the mind! If you pursue truth, and desire to know what is real and what isn’t, God will bless that! He wants us to ask questions, and study and seek out that which is true.

If we allow Him to work on our minds, He will transform us into a new person. A person that is more like Him, a person who loves the lost and shows compassion to all.

Then we will know His will for our lives, and to know His will is good, and perfect and pleasing!

Allow God to work on your mind today, and surrender all opinions, thoughts and ideas.

Lord, help me to recognize truth and to turn from deceit and that which is false. Help me to have wisdom and to allow you to work on my mind today. I want Your perfect will for my life.