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September 6, 2012
God Is Enough
By Max Lucado
UpWords at OnePlace.com
Let’s face it — anxiety and worry have no advantages. They ruin our health, rob us of joy and change nothing. Our day stands no chance against the terrorists of the Land of Anxiety. But Christ offers a worry-bazooka. Remember how He taught us to pray? “Give us this day our daily bread” Matthew 6:11. This simple sentence unveils God’s provision plan: live one day at a time.
Worry gives small problems big shadows. Corrie ten Boom said, “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows; it empties today of its strength.” And Romans 8:28 affirms: “Every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.”
Most anxiety stems not from what we need, but from what we want. Philippians 4:4 says, “Delight yourselves in the Lord, yes, find your joy in Him at all times!”
If God is enough, you’ll always have enough.
‘48 Days To The Work You Love’
By Dan Miller
“Each area of our lives requires us to make deposits of success. Tiny withdrawals with no deposits will lead to physical, spiritual and emotional bankruptcy in relationships, jobs and finances. In times of crisis the area of most pain gets most of our attention, but by making extra deposits in other areas, we can bounce back to success in our most depleted accounts.”
“The fruits of a fulfilling life … are mainly by-products of doing something we enjoy, with excellence, rather than things we can seek directly.”
A lecturer, when explaining stress management to an audience,
Raised a glass of water and asked, “How heavy is this glass of water?”
Answers called out ranged from 20 grams to 500 grams.
The lecturer replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter.
It depends on how long you try to hold it.
If I hold it for a minute, it’s not a problem.
If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my right arm.
If I hold it for a day, you’ll have to call an ambulance.
In each case, it’s the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.”
“And that’s the way it is with stress management.
If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later,
The burden will become increasingly heavy:
And we won’t be able to carry on.
As with the glass of water,
You have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again.
When we’re refreshed, we can carry on with the burden.
So before you return home tonight, put the burden of work down: don’t carry it home.
You can pick it up tomorrow.
Whatever burdens you’re carrying now,
Let them down for a moment if you can.”
So, my friend, put down anything that may be a burden to you right now.
Don’t pick it up again until after you’ve rested a while.
‘Start! To Follow: How to Be a Successful Follower of Jesus Christ’
By Greg Laurie
It is not enough to study the Bible on a daily basis or even memorize it; it must affect the way we live. It is not enough to go through the Word of God; the Word of God must go through us. It is not how we mark our Bible; it is how our Bible marks us.
Ultimately we must apply what we learn from the Bible to our everyday actions and activities. Remember, Jesus said that if we abide in His Word, then we are His disciples (see John 8:31). The word “abide” is the same word Jesus used in John 15:7 when He said, “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.”
We abide in Jesus as we draw strength and resources from Him. In the same way that a vine draws its resources from the soil and the branch draws its resources from the vine, we are to maintain unbroken fellowship, communion and friendship with God. If we are abiding in God’s Word, it means we are drawing our ideas and lifestyle from it. As a result, our actions and speech are being affected.
Is God’s Word affecting you today? Is it sustaining your life? Is it controlling your thoughts, the way you conduct your business, your home life and even your free time? It is only when we put ourselves under the authority of God’s Word and submit to its teaching that we become His disciples.