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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.

Matthew 7:11 ” If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him!”

God is a generous giver and His desire is to bless us.  It says in James 1:17 that, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father…”  So as big-hearted as God is towards us, we need to reflect that generosity in our giving to others.  But He’s not just talking about money here…for it’s easy to give money.  No, He’s talking about our time…and we’re probably more tight-fisted about that than any amount of money we’d give.  Proverbs 21:26 tells us, “The righteous give without sparing.”  So if you’ve been stingy with your time for the Lord…think of this…you will never be able to out give God.

Proverbs 28:1 “…the righteous are as bold as a lion.”

A Holy Spirit empowered ministry is bold and fearless.  Psalm 138:3 says, “You made me bold and stout-hearted.”  And this Scripture is so true…for under our own power we’re nothing but scaredy-cats.  It’s the Holy Spirit that endows our soul, spirit, and self with confidence and courage.  It’s the Holy Spirit that gives us the trust to place our total dependence and hope on God alone.

Proverbs 16:7 ” When a man’s ways are pleasing to the Lord, He makes even his enemies live at peace with him.”

When the Holy Spirit is deeply embedded in you and what you do, the Lord takes great delight.   But you also need to remember that it’s about the people you touch, not about the things you think you need to accomplish.  Projects are wonderful…outreach into the community, volunteer work, leading Bible Studies, etc.  But they only become notches in your gun if that’s the sole reason you’re doing them.  Sorry to say, but touching others for Christ isn’t about you at all.  It’s about demonstrating God’s love in tangible ways to others and pointing them towards Jesus.

Proverbs 12:25 ” An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.”

You can ask my husband, I intentionally engage checkout clerks, wait staff and anyone else who may be helping me.  I am polite and courteous,  asking how their day is going and allowing them to talk.  I ask thoughtful questions and encourage them with kind-hearted words.   The other day I was speaking to a sleepy looking cashier at a large retail store…come to find out he had worked until 1am and was back again at 4am for his next shift.  Sadly, we become so focused on our own agenda…our own needs…our own impatience – that we totally forget that it’s another human being standing in front of us, with their own story.   I challenge you this holiday season to give a kind word to all those assisting you…for you don’t know how it may cheer them up.

Proverbs 14:1 ” The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.”

In most households,  it’s either a mother or grandmother who’s  the glue that holds the family together.  They’re in charge of holiday dinners and celebrations, complete with all the family favorites and traditional foods passed down from generation to generation.  But when they pass, many customs and practices can cease,  unless the younger ones are willing to take up the mantle and carry on.  Are you your family’s glue?  You’re building your legacy with your own hands…strengthening and uniting your household  and extended family into one.  Keep up the good job!

Exodus 6:1 ” Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Now you will see what I will do to Pharaoh: Because of My mighty hand he will let them go; because of My mighty hand he will drive them out of his country.’ “

We look at the chaos today and we think the world is totally out of control.  But Proverbs 21:1 reminds us, “The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord;  He directs it like a watercourse wherever He pleases.”  Pharaoh foolishly thought he was the most powerful man in the world…arrogantly thinking that no one could usurp his authority.  But Pharaoh wasn’t aware that the Lord was directing him and that he was just a pawn in God’s bigger picture.  For God tells Moses in Exodus 7:3, “But I will harden Pharaoh’s heart…”   And in Romans 9: 17 Paul goes on to explain, “For the Scripture says to Pharaoh: ‘ I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display My power in you and that My name might be proclaimed in all the earth.’ ”   So as we see the turmoil around us,  we need to remember that the mighty hand of the Lord hasn’t changed…He still rules and reigns over all…He’s still in control.