Blessed be the Lord,
who daily loadeth us with benefits,
even the God of our salvation. Selah.
–Psalms 68:19 (KJV)
New ever morning is Your love Oh Lord. May I be filled with every detail of Your benefits for me today in Jesus’ name. Amen
Pro 6:6-8 (KJV) Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.
The ant is self motivated. It has no mentor, manager or supervisor. No external motivation whatsoever. Yet, it’s productivity is unparalleled!
… when desire for external motivation becomes a NEED or a Critical Success Factor, then we begin to slow down with respect to our life’s visions.
Lord, each time I ‘coast’ and can’t find motivation to do the things I should, or each time I take shaky steps and wobble because I do not have a live coach to walk me through some necessary areas, help me to remember the ant and to look to You for motivation to keep going and for direction. Amen.
Funmi Adebayo © 2015
Rom 12:3 (KJV) For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
I often wonder why pride is a much more celebrated sin than self condemnation because both are sins alike.
As a matter of fact, while it is wrong to have a higher esteem of oneself than necessary, it is equally wrong and perhaps, even more hazardous to destiny to keep putting oneself down!
Yet, lots of people today are plagued by this ill- feeling of inferiority and self condemnation, and they don’t even think it’s abnormal!
Anyone who would readily value, appreciate and celebrate every other person but himself needs help.
Bad attitudes like pride, selfishness and the likes are notorious, probably because they affect others.
Meanwhile, unhealthy attitudes such as worry, self pity, self condemnation, which are equally bad, are hardly noticed! Sadly, these attitudes could be even more potentially dangerous to the bearer and the world at large!
It has been said that not even God would help a man with a bad attitude- of which a poor opinion of oneself is chief. Without faith, it is impossible to please God!
No one has the right to put down anyone who has been created in God’s image- and that includes … read more…
Deu 8:3 (GNB)… He did this to teach you that you must not depend on bread alone to sustain you, but on everything that the LORD says.
In our quest for survival, we labour so hard to make ends meet and to catch up with escalating living standards. We try so hard indeed, if by any chance we might find some sort of reward for our efforts, and attain some level of fiscal freedom.
While our pursuits are not wrong in themselves and are in fact necessary (in fulfillment of the fundamental law that he that would not work should not eat), there is a great tendency that in the midst of it all, we neglect God- the One who determines the outcome!
We are apt to put all our focus and confidence on our labour, sweat and struggles only.
But man shall not live by bread alone…
Likewise, our needs can never be met by money alone.
A man is never ‘made’ by his efforts alone and the outcome of our lives is not a function of our endeavors alone.
Besides no natural or earthy gain can cater for the very needs they are meant to meet on their own!
According to some recent research carried out by various institutions, Harvard Business School inclusive, executives from all walks of life are beginning to recognize and own up to the undeniable connection between success and the spirituality of man!
God recommends that we make fellowship with Him and His words our primary focus in life.
It took the children of Israel forty years of futility to learn this lesson, and the earlier we learn the same, the better we’d be for it!
How about creating a schedule to aid regular fellowship with God and the study of His word for the rest of the year?
Lord, today, I choose you above the various distractions of this life. Please grant as I seek you first and pay more attention to your undiluted word that I may find life in all its fullness, and fulfillment beyond what my efforts and struggles can fetch me in Jesus name I ask it. Amen
Adebayo, F. (2013). Not By Bread Alone. In <em>Each Day Online</em>. Retrieved from Not By Bread Alone.
Matthew 24:13 (ESV) but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.
Continuing with Lessons Learnt from the Parable of Labourers in the Vineyard, the first and second lessons respectively being that You Will Be Paid For Waiting, and that You Will Be Paid In Full also, the Third Lesson to be learnt is that You Will Have The Last Laugh for You Will Be Paid First.
When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.’ Matthew 20:8 (ESV)
The fact that those who were hired last were paid first in this context shows that it there is something as valuable to the Lord as starting early and starting well. That is to say, regardless of how early or well one starts, it is enduring the process even when it seems nothing is happening, staying through and ending well that counts!
Consequently, we can conclude that those who keep waiting and trusting on the lord in spite of delays will have the last laugh, for all their waiting years will be fully restored to them and the last shall be first on pay day!
Therefore, if you are experience a kind of delay and life seems to be passing you by because there are people around who have achieved things you wish for and left you behind, do not despair. Keep holding on and waiting, for very shortly, the Lord will visit you too!
Above all, you shall have the last laugh on pay day because, you will be paid for waiting, you will be paid in full and you will be paid first, provided you wait till the end!
Lord, I’m so thrilled to know that not only wilI l be paid for waiting patiently when my desired change finally comes, and not only will I also be fully paid, but I shall also be paid FIRST when my turn finally comes! For all this, I can never thank You enough!
And so Lord, when I experience delays in life, and people around seem to be leaving me behind, please strengthen my heart and keep me in faith. Keep me praying. Keep me trusting. Keep me hoping. Keep me serving. Keep me waiting for my turn till the very end!
Above all, on that day when my much desired change comes knocking, may I still be found waiting. Amen!
Funmi Adebayo © 2015
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