Monthly Archives: July 2012

Success – Godly or Worldly Standards

Success by God’s standards is not success by the world’s standards.

They are like trees along a riverbank bearing luscious fruit each season without fail. Their leaves shall never wither, and all they do shall prosper. (Psalm 1:3, tlb)  

When Scripture says, “all they do shall prosper,” it does not mean immunity from failure or difficulties. Nor is it a guarantee of health, wealth, and happiness.

What the Bible means by prosperity is this: when we apply God’s wisdom, the fruit (results or by-products) we bear will be good and receive God’s approval.

Just as a tree soaks up water and bears luscious fruit, we also are to soak up God’s Word, producing actions and attitudes that honor God. To achieve anything worthwhile, we must have God’s Word in our heart.

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Leadership Responsibility

Responsibility should be the mark of every worker’s efforts.

Now look around among yourselves, dear brothers, and select seven men, wise and full of the Holy Spirit, who are well thought of by everyone; and we will put them in charge of this business. (Acts 6:3, tlb)

If you are in a position of leadership and find yourself overwhelmed by responsibilities, determine your God-given abilities and priorities and then find others to help. Notice the requirements for the men who were to handle the feeding program:

(1) good, with reputations for being honest; (2) full of the Holy Spirit; and (3) wise.

We too must look for honest, spiritually mature, and wise men and women to lead our churches.

If you are not in leadership, you have gifts that can be used by God in various areas of the church’s ministry. Offer these gifts in service to him.

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Destiny of Believers

When Christians die, they depart to be with Christ, Phil. 1:23.

Absent from the body is present with the Lord, 2 Cor. 5:8, which is “far better,” Phil. 1:22, 23, because in His presence there is fulness of joy, Psa. 16:11.

When the church is translated, living believers and the resurrected dead in Christ rise together to meet the Lord in the air, 1 Thess. 4:13-18.

They will stand before the judgment seat of Christ, Rom. 14:10, not to be punished but to receive rewards for things done in the body, 2 Cor. 5:10.

Their works will be tried by fire, but their salvation will not be affected, 1 Cor. 3:13-15.

After the Lord is united with His bride, the church, Rev. 19:7, 8, He returns to the earth, Luke 12:36, with all His saints, 1 Thess. 3:13.

He sits on the throne of His glory judging the nations, Matt. 25:31.

Christians are with Him, judging the world and angels, 1 Cor. 6:2, 3. At that time their knowledge will be vastly increased, 1 Cor. 13:12.

Eternal life will mean knowing the true God and Jesus Christ, John 17:3.

The horizons of believers’ minds will expand forever as they grow in the knowledge of the God who creates no two snowflakes alike. They are destined to sit with the Lord on His throne, Rev. 3:21, and to reign with Him forever, Rev. 22:5.

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Source of Our Abilities

How are our abilities an indication of God’s care for us?

Instruct those to whom I have given special skill as tailors to make the garments that will set him apart from others, so that he may minister to me in the priest’s office. (Exodus 28:3, tlb)

God has given everyone special abilities.

Tailors used their special skills to help with the work on God’s tabernacle. Each one of us has special abilities. God wants us to use them for his glory. Think about your special talents and abilities and the ways you could use them for God’s work in the world. A talent must be used and polished or it will tarnish.

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Christian Unity

After the battle of Gettysburg, one of the most disastrous in the American Civil War, a man went into a hospital bearing with him aid and comfort which Massachusetts had sent, and he went around from cot to cot inquiring,

“Any Massachusetts soldiers here?” Not a word. Nobody answered. But by-and-by a voice cried, “No! only United States Soldiers here.”

So in the great campaign it is our glory and distinction, not that we are members of this or the other denomination; we are Christ’s Soldiers, carrying on His holy war against all evil.

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Effective Leaders Appreciate the Work of Others.

 Moses inspected the finished work, saw that it was done the way God wanted, and then blessed the people.

A good leader follows up on assigned tasks and gives rewards for good work.

In whatever responsible position you find yourself, follow up to make sure that tasks are completed as intended, and show your appreciation to the people who have helped.

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Effective Leaders Delegate

Moses inspected the work and saw that they had done it just as the Lord had commanded. So Moses blessed them. (Exodus 39:43, niv)

Effective leaders delegate. Moses had learned his management lesson well.

He gave important responsibilities to others and then trusted them to do the job. Great leaders, like Moses, give plans and direction while letting others participate on the team.

If you are a leader, trust your assistants with key responsibilities.

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