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The Word For Today

Stand on God's Word 1



'I am ready to perform my word.' Jeremiah 1:12 NKJV

When you are facing danger. David said: 'This I declare about the Lord: he alone is my refuge, my place of safety...my God and I trust him. For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease. He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armour and protection. Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday. Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you...If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home. For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go. They will hold you up...so you won't even hurt your foot on a stone...The Lord says, "I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honour them. I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation"' (Psalm 91:2-16 NLT).

Note the phrase, 'This I declare about the Lord.' When you speak God's Word over your life, you release the power contained in it. So stand firm today, and expect God to honour his Word!

Soulfood: Exo 33-35, Matt 8:28-34, Ps 89:15-37, Pro 2:21-22

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Make your relationships a winwin



'Look out...for the interests of others.' Philippians 2:4 NKJV

If your only motive for giving to someone is to see what you can get back, you will be disappointed. The Bible says, 'Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others' (Philippians 2:4 NKJV). When you give yourself to another person for that person's development and well-being, you are truly giving and God will bless you for it.

If you're married or a parent, you know this from personal experience. What does your husband or wife value most highly? Money in the bank, or your time freely given? What would your children rather have? A toy, or your undivided attention? The people who love you would rather have you than what you can give them. It's wise to invest in yourself and your career, but never at the expense of those who matter most. If you succeed in your career but fail with your loved ones, your success will be hollow and your regrets real.

Solomon was famous for his wealth and wisdom. Yet he wrote, 'As I looked at everything I had worked so hard to accomplish, it was all so meaningless - like chasing the wind' (Ecclesiastes 2:11 NLT). Learn from his mistakes. Don't invest in things, invest in relationships. Here is how most relationships often play out: 'I win, you lose - I win only once. You win, I lose - you win only once. We both win - we win many times.' When you seek the good of others, God promises that good things will come to you (see Ephesians 6:8).

Soulfood: Exo 30-32, Matt 8:18-27, Ps 89:1-14, Pro 2:20

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A humble offering



'The Lord respected Abel and his offering: but he did not respect Cain.' Genesis 4:4-5 NKJV

Cain cultivated the ground, planted the seed, gathered the harvest and offered God the fruits of his labours. He thought God would be impressed, and that he would feel obligated to bless him. But that's not how it works! Abel, on the other hand, told God something like, 'I did nothing. You created the lamb I'm offering. I'm just giving you back what's yours, and asking you to bless it.' And God did!

You can tell a lot about somebody by how they approach God. Some of us act like God owes us something. Others among us are so impressed with our spiritual status and accomplishments that we feel the need to approach him with lofty phraseology and high-sounding 'thees' and 'thous'. But God isn't impressed, so let's get real! 'The Lord respected Abel and his offering' (Genesis 4:4 NKJV). That's because unlike his brother, Abel wasn't seeking credit for anything. He wanted God to have all the glory. That's the kind of offering that moves God's heart and invites his richest blessing upon our lives.

So what are you offering God today? Your achievements? Your denominational credentials? Your self-reliance? Your shallow emotion? If you are, don't bother! The only thing he asks is that you humbly open your heart and let him recreate you in the likeness of Jesus. When you do that, something wonderful happens. By downplaying your own self-interests and giving God an acceptable offering, not only will he receive and respect it, he will bless you and equip you to bless others too. That's how it works!

Soulfood: Luke 2:8-20, Pro 3:13-18, Ps 119:161-168

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