Praise you Lord

“Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours.” (1 Chronicles 29:11)

Take a moment to ponder the infinite splendor of our great creator, maker of the universe, master of the infinite detail in all around us. His glory is indeed revealed in the sunrise, the sky, the sea and the beautiful order of nature. Take a moment to wait in awe of your Creator, who knew you, and loved you, even before you were knit together in your mothers womb.

This is the God we serve, this is the God who says “no weapon formed against you will prosper”, this is the God who says “I will provide.”

Is any problem you are facing too great, that He cannot fix it? Is there any problem too small, He is not interested in it? No!

Nothing is impossible for God, and He is for you, not against you. Rest in Him, trust in Him, commit yourself afresh to Him.

Quick Prayer. “Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours.” Amen

Den of Robbers

“Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. ‘It is written,’ he said to them, ‘“My house will be called a house of prayer,” but you are making it “a den of robbers.”’” (Mat 21:12–13)

Gentle Jesus, meek and mild. We have a tainted view of Jesus handed down and watered down by generations of religion. It is reflected in the imagery we use of a pale, clean, somewhat feminine portrayal of Jesus.

He was a Jewish carpenter, rugged and masculine. He also got angry yet did not sin. In this Scripture, He threw many people out of the temple, and I am sure they didn’t want to go and did not go quietly.

There is a place for anger and strong action—in particular here when He was jealous and zealous for His House.

Quick Prayer: Thank You that there is a righteous anger and that it applied to protecting Your house. Amen.

 

How Much Is too Much?

“Woe to you who add house to house and join field to field till no space is left and you live alone in the land.” (Isa 5:8)

Is there anything wrong with building a house? No, nor is there anything wrong with building many. The same is true of land and the acquisition of real estate. So why is there woe attached to this case?

There are two outcomes here: there is no space left, and the person building is left all alone. What is the lesson here? I think there are two. Our personal lives can be impacted when we build and work to acquire, at the expense of all else. When we have no balance, not only do we consume resources and leave nothing for others to use, but we also  burn the goodwill we need to maintain relationships. We end up with a lot of physical stuff but with no one to share it with.

Quick Prayer: Keep me aware of my impact on those around me, Lord. Amen.

Flee

“But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.” (1 Tim 6:11)

What are the things we should pursue in life? The world and our human nature say we should pursue significance, security, selfish ambition, pleasure, power, wealth, and fortune. That is quite an appealing combination and in essence not all bad.

But what would God have us to pursue? What would He have us chase after and hunt down with all our passion and focus? They are righteousness, godliness, faith, love, gentleness, and everyone’s favorite, endurance.

These are the fruit of the Holy Spirit. As we draw close to Him, we begin to reflect and produce this fruit. Consider how we can pursue these God-given goals; it is well worth dwelling on.

Quick Prayer: Help me pursue what is good. Amen.

Blessed by Association

“From the time he put him in charge of his household and of all that he owned, the Lord blessed the household of the Egyptian because of Joseph. The blessing of the Lord was on everything Potiphar had, both in the house and in the field.” (Gen 39:5)

When we surrender to God in an area, something extraordinary happens: the kingdom of God is brought to bear in that area. When we surrender to Him at work and offer up to Him all that is in our authority or under our influence, He begins to bless.

We literally bring the blessings of God to all we touch through a surrendered heart and prayerful walk. Those who are around us will experience blessings though association with us.

God is with us, and He also will be with those around us and the company or workplace we minister in. Our work in the world is ministry if it is surrendered and sanctified.

Quick Prayer: Thank You that my surrender to You brings blessings to those I associate with. Amen.

Be Aware of Circumstances

“Pay them their wages each day before sunset, because they are poor and are counting on it. Otherwise they may cry to the Lord against you, and you will be guilty of sin.” (Deu 24:15)

Being aware of people’s circumstances is as easy as taking the time to get to know those you work with. Relationship is often cited as unnecessary in the workplace and actively discouraged in many leadership circles.

My view is that if you build relationship, you get to know your people and their strengths and weaknesses. The more you understand them and they understand you, the better you can work together. You can also see areas of development and unlock potential. Plus they will begin to trust you, and you will be able to help them in their circumstances and minister where possible.

Quick Prayer: Help me to be aware of people’s circumstances and to act accordingly. Amen.

God Is Listening

“Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty.” (Jam 5:4)

God hears the voices of those you have authority over. What would they say about you and how you treat them? God is impartial, and He understands the circumstances, but the question remains.

What do you have in your power to give that you are not giving? There are responsibilities beyond fair pay and conditions. Do you really want to just meet the minimum requirements, or will you go the extra mile for those God has placed at your side?

Quick Prayer: Thank You that You hear the voices of those who work for me. Amen.

Settle and Move On

“Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison.” (Mat 5:25)

If you are in business or in any level of authority in the workplace, there will be disagreements and even legal threats. How are we to face these things, and what should our response be?

We are advised to settle quickly to make sure we don’t expose ourselves to greater consequences. There are two options; we are either right or wrong. However, regardless of our view of the situation, we should not place ourselves at risk in court unnecessarily.

Pride can be a great motivator, and it will drive us to push to the limits whether we are right or wrong. The consequences of letting this dangerous emotion get the better of us are self-evident.

Quick Prayer: I will settle if I can as quickly as I can. Amen.