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“Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God” (II Corinthians 3:5, English Standard Version). Most of us take pride in our accomplishments in life. Whether it’s a level of education, mastering a skill, or achieving success in a…

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Do to others as you would have them do to you. (Luke 6:31, Holy Bible, New International Version).

Each generation has produced motivational quotes for high achievers on their journey to success. Some were embraced. Others were cast aside for a new phrase. The main theme is to be different than others. Advice from the First Century A.D.—treat everybody like you want to be treated—is absent.

Imagine the impact a single individual can make in one generation by following this equality advice from Jesus, the master motivator.
Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for reminding me that actions are better motivators than words. Amen.

Devotion by Violet Carr Moore

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O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph, (Psalm 47:1, Holy Bible, King James).

    Vocal chords betray inner emotions. Discouraged? The voice will tell. Exuberant? No way to contain the excitement of tumbling words. This psalmist pushes aside the difficulties of life with the admonition to forget unfortunate situations and shout with the voice of triumph. Give it a try. Let your victorious voice be heard today.
    Prayer: Lord, I push aside my despair. I clap my hand and shout triumphant praises to Your holy name. Amen.
    Devotion by Violet Carr Moore
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“A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps” (Proverbs 16:9 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible).

Our society places great importance on self-reliance. We are encouraged to dream, scheme and plot our strategy for success. The truth is, no matter how independent I think I am, and despite my best laid plans, none of them will come to fruition without God’s approval. My ideas may sound good to me, but if they are not part of God’s will, they are flawed.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, You know where You want me to be today and tomorrow. Thank You, Lord, for Your guidance as I plan for the future. Amen.

Devotion by Julie Long

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