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Wilt Thou Be Made Whole?.


When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? —John 5:6

Jesus asked the man beside the Pool of Bethesda if he wanted to be made whole. This may seem to be an odd question, but it really is not. Many appear to be seeking a miracle, but do not really want a miracle. They have grown comfortable with their condition, enjoying their self-pity and the attention they receive. Or they may be wishing for a miracle, but don’t really expect one to come.

How long will you wait on the banks, while rivers of living water course past you? Say good-bye to sympathy and complacency. Cast aside the maybe, the perhaps, and the someday. Do not allow yourself to become an impotent Christian, lying by the water, too blind to see God, and with no power to overcome. What keeps you from reaching out to Jesus? Is it fear, shame, or laziness? Whatever it is, get over it! Go beyond yourself to the One who will make you whole—Jesus.

Take the initiative. Get to know Jesus. Get to know His Word. Stop waiting for a man to help you. Stretch out your hand, and allow Jesus to lift you up.

Jesus, I am getting up from where I am and overcoming
every obstacle for the sole purpose of being made
whole by You. Thank you for offering
to make me whole. Amen.

By ROD PARSLEY.

A Clear Path to Intimacy.


For if you forgive men when they sin against you , your heavenly Father will also forgive you. Matthew 6:14

Not only do we need daily forgiveness as much as we need daily bread, but we also need to pray daily that we have the grace to forgive others as a lifelong commitment. It is not easy. No one ever said it would be. It has been the hardest thing I have ever had to do, but following this phrase in the Lord’s Prayer is the clearest path to fellowship with God.

It is as though Jesus adds a “P.S.” to the Lord’s Prayer. It almost seems that that is why He gave us the prayer in the first place!

Why does Jesus add this further statement? He is demonstrating which of the petitions was the most important. The most natural tendency in the world is to want to get even when someone has offended you. It is as natural as eating or sleeping, and it is instinctual. Jesus is telling us to do something that is not natural but supernatural: totally forgiving people—sometimes those closest to us—for the wrongs they have done to us. I still struggle in this area myself. But when I truly and totally forgive, I have crossed over into the supernatural—and have achieved an accomplishment equal to any miracle.

The kingdom of heaven is the domain of the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit is at home in us, it means He is not grieved. He can be Himself; He isn’t adjusting to us, but we are adjusting to Him. When Jesus said, “If you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you,” He was not talking about how to achieve salvation. He was referring to receiving the anointing of God and participating in an intimate relationship with the Father. Unless we are walking in a state of forgiveness toward others, we cannot be in an intimate relationship with God.

Excerpted from Total Forgiveness (Charisma House, 2002).

By R. T. KENDALL.

{ Day 242 }.


Then three of the thirty chief men … came to David at the cave of Adullum. … And David said with longing, “Oh, that someone would give me a drink of the water from the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate!” 2 Samuel 23:13, 15, NKJV

The Bible gives this compelling illustration of extravagant devotion as a model for becoming people of one thing. David had been anointed king, but he was not king yet. Jealous King Saul was chasing him from cave to cave. About six hundred men joined David, and they made the cave of Adullum their main headquarters. It was probably late one night, and David was saying with longing, “Oh, that someone would give me a drink of the water from the well of Bethlehem!” Hearing David’s longing, his mighty warriors said, “Let’s go get him some of that water.” They knew it might cost them their lives, but they loved David with extravagance, and it thrilled their hearts to answer his request. They went far beyond the call of duty to answer the longing in their king’s heart. Of all the stories that could have been told of David and his men, this story became famous as one of the most extravagant acts of devotion toward the king. For us, this becomes a picture of devotion to King Jesus. It’s a pattern for becoming people of one thing, with hearts after God‘s.

{ PRAYER STARTER }

Jesus, the example of David’s mighty men shows me the depth of loyalty and devotion I want to have for You. Let me love You with that level of extravagance and live my life in the pursuit of all that makes You pleased with me.

David’s mighty men were a picture of the passionate loyalty we should have to Christ Jesus.

By MIKE BICKLE.

GOD’S STANDARD FOR SUCCESS.


Joshua 1:10-18

In the Toronto Star, dated October 14, 1976, there’s a statement by
Elton John, one of the most adulated pop stars, one of the biggest money
makers of the last three years:
“I am at the cross roads. I am getting out. I mean, I
cannot cope. I get depressed. I don’t think anyone
knows the real me. I don’t even think I do. I crave to
be loved. I have to have a person in my life.”
People look at him and say, “He has got it. He has arrived. What more
could he ask? Well, what is he asking? The world would say that Elton John
was successful. I believe God has a different criteria. God’s success is
what the Bible calls “a good success.” In Joshua 1:8, God promised Joshua
and his people, “If you follow certain things, thou shalt have good success.”
What is success? The world has a double standard. It says, “Success
is setting a goal for something and then accomplishing it.” God has another
standard. The world says, “Anything that succeeds, succeeds.” Someone
else has said, “There’s nothing like success. Success breeds success” but
that’s a fallacy. It’s not so much arriving, it’s the motive behind the
success that counts. What the world may call successful, God may say is a
failure. And what the world says is a failure, God may say is success. It’s
very important to understand what success really is.
Is a politician successful, who compromises his basic Christian con-
victions and integrity in order to attain a political post, or who maintains
a silence when the people say, “Speak up for integrity”?
I was glad to see that in my home town the mayor marched with three
thousand Christians down to a section of Nashville, Tennessee where pornography,
adult bookstores and prostitution are rampant, and knelt and prayed and asked
God to do something. Being an elected official, he was going to help do some-
thing about the sin problem of that .ty in which he’s the mayor. I say that’s
courage. Some say it’s politics. You can call it politics if you w4ant to,
but thank God for a guy who will at least line up and let you know where he
stands.
Sometimes a politician can be successful and be elected to office, but
fail at God’s bottom line. Suppose there’s a business man who has done every-
thing that the world says is successful. He gets everything he wants. He
reaches his goals, but he steps over hundreds of people, perhaps, and some
in his peer group to attain what he wants. Is that success?
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Or perhaps, here’s a woman who feels frustrated in her marriage and
therefore, she decides to either give herself to a career or to another man.
She thinks that will get her happiness, and at last she will be successful.
She gets her career or perhaps she gets that other man and she says, “Now
I’m happy.” Does God say, “That is good succes …

By Jim Henry, Pastor First Baptist Church

Career Matters.


Heart Matters

The most mentioned person in the Old Testament is a man named David. He is mentioned 600 times in the Old Testament, and 60 times in the New Testament. It is arguably so that David may be the greatest man in the Old Testament.

There are several great men in the Old Testament. There is, of course, Abraham who is the father of the nation of Israel. There was also Moses who was the great lawgiver of the Children of Israel.

There is also David who was the second king in the land of Israel and the greatest king that Israel ever had. In many ways you could say that David was the greatest man of the Old Testament. His relationship to the Lord Jesus Christ is mentioned over and over again in the New Testament.

The link between David and the Lord Jesus is unmistakable in the Bible. He is mentioned in the first chapter, on the first page of the New Testament, where Jesus is called the son of David. We find him on the last page of the New Testament in Revelation 22, where Jesus is called the “root and offspring of David.”

When Jesus was born the angels announced that Jesus Christ would be born in the city of David–Bethlehem. The Bible predicts that the kingdom which David reigned over would eventually be an eternal kingdom and the Lord Jesus Christ Himself would sit upon the throne of his father David.

So, David in the Old Testament, in many ways, is a beautiful pre-picture of the Lord Jesus Christ.

There is a verse about David which is very unusual and I think it is the key to the meaning of the life of David. In I Samuel 13 there is a statement made about David that is made about no other person in the Bible. In verse 14 the Lord has said that Saul is going to be rejected as the king and another will be selected. “But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the hath sought him a man after his own heart…” That’s repeated in the New Testament in Acts 13:22. David is known as a man after God‘s own heart.

What does that mean? Does it mean that David was a superman? No. David was in many ways a very weak man. Does it mean David was a perfect man? Not at all. We’ll find that David sins in many ways. One dark page of his life shows what a sinner indeed David was. It was not because he was some superman or because he was a perfect man. But he was a man after God’s own heart.

I think it means that David’s heart was sensitive to God’s heart. David was the kind of person God could get his attention. That’s what God wants us to be like. God wants us to have a heart after His heart–a heart that is sensitive to Him. God wants to be able to make contact with us. David is a man after God’s own heart. His heart was like the heart of God.

When I talk about the heart in this life of David I‘m not talking about that flesh and blood heart that pumps the blood all over your body. That’s your physical heart. But sometimes the Bible uses that wor …

By Jerry Vines

Worklife Clarity.


Introduction: Our life at work represents a significant amount of our waking hours and represents a majority of our relationships. Jesus invites us all to follow Him as a disciple, as a student, housewife, a working mother, a business owner, a worker at any job, a retired person, and a career developing person. We are all invited. God invites you and me to follow Him as we work – to develop a strategic work life. All the principles we will develop apply to every person in all seasons of life. Those at work will be the target, but all will see how to apply these insights into their world where they do life.

I. WORKLIFE STRATEGY

A. DEFINITION

Worklife strategy: To lift our life at work to a new level of purpose and influence that turns every-day work into a dynamic mission

B. RECLAIMING THE SEVEN MOUNTAINS OF CULTURE

1. Family: God formed male and female to establish families that reflect His glory. May we restore Christ as the head of our families.

2. Education: should reflect the truth about God and man so that the truth shall make us free. May we seek and promote the true meaning of life through education.

3. Media: God communicated to man through a variety of ways. May we restore the ability to communicate truth and good news using His creative avenues.

4. Arts and Entertainment: should reflect the glory and majesty of our Creator. May we be instruments to celebrate His creativity in the arts, sports, fashion, entertainment, and every other way we celebrate and enjoy life.

5. Government: God gave man government to establish freedoms and boundaries. May we reflect His loving-kindness and righteous judgments in our government.
6. Religion: God never gave man a religion, but an opportunity for an intimate relationship with his Creator. May we come to know His presence and power in each of our lives.

7. Business: should be viewed as a place to worship God through the area of our calling. May we worship God through our gifts, talents, and resources to build His Kingdom.

C. RECLAIMING MY WORKPLACE

1. Workplace mission: to see my workplace as a God placement where I serve God with excellence and purpose, influencing people for Christ and expanding the Kingdom of God every day

2. Four areas to reclaim our workplace:

a. As a mission field

b. As a massive opportunity

c. As a place of influence

d. As a divine appointment

II. CLARITY OF LIVING LIFE IN THIS WORLD

Worklife clarity: awareness of God’s original purpose for work, which enables you to live your whole life with greater clarity

A. CLARITY OF THE WORLD GOD CREATED

1. The world is created by God and I am to be a steward. I have responsibility to God’s world. I am to be fulfilled as I develop my work and service in this world.

Psalm 8:6 You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your …

By Frank Damazio

When Trouble Brings Triumph.


…Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity? In all this Job did not sin with his lips.
Job 2:10

Recommended Reading
Job 1:1-22 ( http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Job%201:1-22&version=NKJV )

Our tendency to remember the bad and forget the good is evidenced in the life of Job. His name has become synonymous with trials. But perhaps we need to focus on the triumph Job experienced through his trials.

Listen to Today’s Radio Message ( http://www.davidjeremiah.org/site/radio.aspx?tid=email_listenedevo )

Job valued four things in his life: faith, family, fortune, and friends. Satan tried to extinguish them all, hoping Job would curse God. Instead, we find a grieving Job responding to the greatness of God, reflecting on the goodness of God, and refusing to assign guilt to God. Instead of Job, Satan might have been the one cursing! Job kept his integrity intact. God was enough for him–with or without the other things he valued.

Do you bless God when you don’t understand what He’s doing in your life? Job models for us the kind of believer who trusts God in the midst of severe and unexplainable circumstances. Job expressed his grief to God, and God wants to hear the cries of our hearts too. But let’s remember Job for the triumph he experienced through his testing–he remained guiltless before God. Open your eyes today to the absolute, all-sufficiency of Almighty God. He is enough!

He who has God and everything else has no more than he who has God only.
C. S. Lewis

Read-Thru-the-Bible
Daniel 7:1-9:27

By David Jeremiah.

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