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I Chronicles 29:12 ” Wealth and honor come from You; You are the Ruler of all things. In Your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. “

In this prayer, King David was acknowledging that it was only from God – the source of everything –  that he possessed  abilities and achievements.  David was also acknowledging  the sovereignty and authorship of God as he viewed the world around him.  Later, his son Solomon would write in Ecclesiastes 5:19-20, ” When God gives any man  wealth and possessions,and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work – this is a gift of God.  He seldom reflects on the days of his life, because God keeps him occupied with gladness of heart.”  Recognizing and thanking God for His benevolence in our lives gives rise to one of the greatest gifts we can ever receive…it’s peace and contentment.

Matthew 5:13 ” You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.”

When Jesus told His disciples that they were the salt of the earth He meant it  both figuratively and literally.  Within our bodies are electrolytes – minerals (sodium, chloride, etc.) that are essential for life… without them, our heart, nerves, and muscles would malfunction.    “To be the salt of the earth” defined is a person that is considered  a representative of the best elements of society.  It’s someone chosen and capable of effectively demonstrating what we stand for.   We all have been called to be the salt of the earth…chosen by God to represent Him and the Gospel Message to the world.

Psalm 113:2 ” Let the name of the Lord be praised, both now and forever more.”

Most of us have a very short attention span.  So attempting to understand the concept of forever more can be mind-boggling.  We can’t stay focused on something for 15 minutes, and this verse tells us to praise the Lord for an indefinite, limitless amount of time!   But if we think about forever more in another way…someday we’ll find ourselves in the very Throne Room of God singing in the heavenly choir, “To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, forever and ever!” (Revelation 5:13)  …and time won’t matter anymore, for we’ll be in the presence of the Lord.

Hebrews 6:10 ” God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped His people and continue to help them.”

Faith is demonstrated by its works.  And when we serve and care for other’s needs,  we are actively showing the Lord’s unconditional (Agape) love for us.  But don’t think that every time you help others it has to be big, grand, or showy…for  Jesus tells us in Matthew 10:42 that just offering a cup of cold water to someone who needs it is a good work.    In fact, the very basic definition of the Greek word for “help”  in this verse means to wait tables.  God will never overlook or ignore your good deeds –  regardless of how small or insignificant you might  think they are.  For what you may see as just a simple kind act…the person receiving it sees Jesus.

Jeremiah 17:7-8 ” But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”

It’s easy to trust the Lord when everything is going great in our lives.  When we’re happy and healthy and all around us is peaceful…it’s almost effortless to put our faith in God.  But it’s what happens when the unexpected and  the unanticipated crash into our lives that really shows how rooted and grounded we are in Him.  Droughts are long dry spells when rain doesn’t fall…the plants wither and the ground cracks.  There are times when all of us can go through “spiritual” dry spells.  Times when our soul seems parched, our body is withering, and our mind cracking under the stress… and we feel God is so far away.  But if we’re firmly rooted in the streams of living water, regardless of the trial, we can still flourish and grow.

Romans 8:34 ” Christ Jesus, Who died – more than that, Who was raised to life – is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.”

Jesus Christ’s death on the Cross atoned for our sins, removing the condemnation and power sin had over us.  But when He rose from the dead He took His rightful position at the right hand of God becoming then our advocate, mediator, and champion.  I John 2:1  reminds us,  “We have one who speaks to the Father in our defense – Jesus Christ.”   Remember, you have someone who is ever-present at the elbow of God appealing on your behalf…intervening for your good…defending your case – Jesus Christ is His name.

Proverbs 10:4 ” Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth.”

Let’s look at this verse  beyond just comparing a sluggard to a hard-working individual.  Rather, I’d like you to apply this verse to your work for the Lord.  Do you feel your life is full of steady, earnest and energetic efforts in fulfilling the Lord’s plan and purpose in your life?  Or do you feel your spiritual life is dominated mainly by apathy,and idleness?  Lazy hands and for that matter, lazy hearts, cause us to squander the gifts God has so graciously given us.  But diligent hands not only brings spiritual wealth, but an abundance of peace and joy to the worker.