Lip Fruit.

“From the fruit of their lips people are filled with good things, and the work of their hands brings them reward.” (Proverbs 12:14)

Do you want to be filled with good things? Speak well and work hard. These two things go hand in hand. Individually they have an effect and together they produce good fruit. God says that as you operate in this way, you will be filled with good things and rewarded.

In business and our personal lives, we impact people. What we say has the power to build up or tear down. That influence on people often determines our success in all realms of life.

We can say good things and do good things. Both are important and part of our witness at work.

Quick Prayer. “Thank you that you value good words and good work.” Amen

Rebuke.

“Repent at my rebuke! Then I will pour out my thoughts to you, I will make known to you my teachings.” (Proverbs 1:23)

I hate discipline. When God is working on something in my life, those adjustments are sometimes not easy. However, as we respond to those things, God begins to talk to us, reveal more of Himself, and makes known more of His character and ways. Sometimes we miss out on His blessings because we resist His correction.

These corrections are always for a purpose. He will often highlight a behavior because it may well cause us to stumble down the track. He doesn’t do it for His entertainment but for our greater good.

His promise is to “pour out His thoughts.” Imagine that—thinking the thoughts of God.

Quick Prayer. “Thank you that there is wisdom after a rebuke.” Amen

Double Portion Please

“Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours.” (Isa 61:7)

I love this word; it is such an encouragement to me. Here is a wonderful and endearing picture of the heart of God to restore. He will take our shame and replace it with a blessing double the size of what was lost.

He will take the disgrace we may have experienced, and it will be replaced with rejoicing in the abundance of His blessing and provision. If you have experienced failure at work, there is hope in these words.

Not only will we receive twice as much as we would have originally had things gone well, but the joy will be everlasting. It will be a blessing not only for this world but for the one beyond out into eternity for ever and ever—blessing, abundance, and joy.

Quick Prayer: Thank You that failure does not preclude a great blessing. Amen.

Exchange

“What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?” (Mat 16:26)

When we have an eternal perspective, our worldly trappings come into their true perspective. How important is our salvation and the salvation of others.

The Bible suggests that not even if we gained all the wealth in the world would it be worth losing our souls. Do we really take this perspective, or do we give too much weight to wealth and power?

Those we talk to about Jesus, or should be talking to about Jesus, are poor, blind, and naked without Him and will go to a Christless eternity if they don’t hear, repent, and get saved. It doesn’t matter how wealthy they are; it is of no value.

Quick Prayer: Thank You that You are more valuable than anything. Amen.

It Will Come.

“But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.” (2 Chr 15:7)

Hope delayed makes the heart sick. I know what it is like to be waiting and waiting and trying to do the right thing and seeing no result; nothing, just a seemingly empty void with no answer from God. In these times, we begin to question so many things.

But wait—stop and wait. Be strong, and do not give up! So many have fallen at the last hurdle just before the dawn, to combine and mangle a couple of metaphors.

Again, be strong and do not give up; your work will be rewarded. Your reward is coming. Hear it again: your work will be rewarded. God sees what you are doing, He has not abandoned you and is faithful in fulfilling His promises.

Quick Prayer: Thank You that my reward is coming. Amen.

Casting

“Ship your grain across the sea; after many days you may receive a return.” (Ecc 11:1)

I am quite simply the world’s worst fisherman. It does not help matters that two of my brothers are experts. Going fishing with them is an exercise in futility and humility.

But one thing I do know is if you do not cast in your line, you will never catch a fish. Where you do not invest, it is absolutely certain you will never get a return. When you take no risk, you will not receive a reward. No sowing, no reaping.

We all know this, yet so often we are reluctant to take the risk. Many people in old age when talking about regret point to times they would have taken more risk, not less. So go on—go for it. Surround it in prayer, and “ship your grain across the sea.” In due season, you will receive a return.

Quick Prayer: Help me to be proactive in sowing and patient in reaping. Amen