“And ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s,” 1 Corinthians 3:23, KJV
Do you remember the playground days? Groups over there playing on the monkey bars. Groups over here playing hopscotch. Another group hovers in a corner laughing and joking with one another. Children match up in pairs to go down the slide together. Run, tag, you’re it!
Then there was the one child who was a bit shy. It’s not that he/she didn’t want to play with the others, they didn’t quite know how. Fear of rejection has kept them to themselves, content to read on the park bench or swing and play a solitary game.
Feeling like you don’t belong. Well, we’ve all been there I think. It doesn’t feel good. Feeling like an outcast while the rest of the world buddy’s up and goes about their business makes one feel like a castaway. A loner on a…
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“The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but
the soul of the diligent shall be made fat,” Proverbs 13:4
All of us have goals and dreams, or at least, we should. All of us “desire” things we would like to see accomplished in our lives. But, desire can only get you so far. There has to be a proactive approach in order for one to see the fulfillment of these aspirations come to pass.
I love the Bible because it gives us so many true to life examples of these valued lessons. For instance, in 2 Chronicles 20, Jehoshaphat and his people were getting ready to be attacked. The enemy had come against them and “Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the Lord,” (vs. 4).
I want you to look at this picture Scripture represents. It’s one of great sadness. In verse 13, it describes “All Judah stood before the Lord, with their little ones, their wives, and their children.” It’s as if they were saying, “If not for us, Lord; then please remember our wives and children.” Awwww!!!
God’s response was, “Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s,” (vs. 15).
“That’s what I’m talking about! We don’t have to fight! Woo-hoo! Let’s go home and watch some TV!”
I’m playing. We all know they didn’t have TV, but what they probably had was a sense of relief that they didn’t need to proactively do anything to win the battle. Time to hit the couch!
While God did declare the battle was His, He has never been the promoter of laziness. Too many people want the victory without ever really doing anything. Too many people want to reach the next level without ever having to walk up the stairs to get there.
It’s too much work! Too many people get in prayer lines and the like; want God to do everything without themselves ever putting a hand to the plow to till something up.
God works in miraculous ways. God is a prayer answering God. Jehoshaphat and his people will find both of these to be true. He’s going to work a miracle and they are going to get a tremendous answer to their prayer. But, God has something that He wants them to do. He said, “To morrow go ye down against them . . . ye shall find them,” (vs. 16).
Then God reiterates, “Ye shall not need to fight in this battle,” (vs. 17).
Then, He proceeded to tell them, “set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you . . . go out against them . . .,” (vs. 17).
Hold up! Wait a minute! If the battle belongs to God, I don’t understand why I have to go down there and set myself up like I am sure enough going to fight these people. Huh?
Because God said so. That’s why many of us lose out. We want to sit on the couch instead of getting up and following the instructions He gives. The “sluggard” wants the glory without the work.
In opposite of that, he that is diligent pushes forth to follow through. Sometimes it’s a hard thing to do. These people were put in the terrifying position to get in battle formation before the enemy; in front of people who were ready to annihilate them. Gulp, is right!
Yet, they maintained their ground believing God’s promise. Verses 18-22a tells of the people actively praising God. Then, the tables turned on the enemies, (vs. 22b). “Every one helped to destroy another,” (vs. 23), and “none escaped,” (vs. 24).
The result they received was due to their diligence to follow through with the Lord’s instructions. “Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away the spoil of them, they found among them in abundance both riches with the dead bodies, and precious jewels, which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away: and they were three days gathering the spoil, it was so much,” (vs. 25).
You may not have to go fight an enemy but you have a goal to reach that will only come by diligence and obedience to God. I’m not promising you riches, but know this; any time you are diligent to work with God you will see success at the end.
Seek the Lord, He will help you to receive that “expectant end” Jeremiah speaks of, Jeremiah 29:11. Then, we can rejoice like Jehoshaphat because we saw the fruition of hard work pay off.
“The soul of the diligent shall be made fat.”
It should be me there on that tree
to perish for all eternity.
Bearing the burdens of all my wrongs,
crying and wailing the sinner’s song.
It should be me who suffered on that night
bearing the brunt of the whipper’s stripes,
but when He looked down through the ages,
passing by the kings, wise men and sages,
He saw something special in me
that compelled Him to still mount that tree.
It should be me who readily paid the cost
because I was the one that was truly lost.
But Jesus didn’t see it that way,
which is why on this earth He could not stay.
Doing all at the Father’s holy will,
mounting higher and higher on Calvary’s hill,
He was lifted up that we might be free,
to draw men to Himself, that was the key.
It should be me is what we need…
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His promise says I’ll never leave nor forsake you,
Even when the skies are no longer bright blue;
When the clouds and the roaring crash of thunder,
Threaten to overwhelm and drag me under.
His promise says I’ll be with you until the very end,
When people turn their backs and you can find no friend;
When troubles and trials make you cry at your wit’s end,
When life unravels, leaving a broken heart that needs to mend.
His promise says that this will work together for my good,
Though the confusion can’t be hardly understood;
When life is filled with “I wish I would,”
Taking me through all the could and should.
His promise says I lived and died for you,
Giving you everlasting life to help you make it through;
His salvation, sin’s stain erased and undo,
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You Say: “It’s impossible.”
God says: “All things are possible” (Luke 18:27)
You say: “I am too tired”
God says: “I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28-30)
You say: “I cant go on.”
God says: “My grace is sufficient.” (II Corinthians 12:9 & Psalm 91:15)
You say: “Nobody really loves me.”
God says: “I love you.” (John 3:16 & John 13:34)
You say: “I cant figure things out.”
God says: “I will direct your steps.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
You say: “I can’t do it.”
God says: “You can do all things.” (Philippians 4:13)
You say: ” I’m not able.”
God says: ” I am able.” (II Corinthians 9:8)
You say: “It’s not worth it.”
God says: “It will be worth it.” (Romans 8:28)
You say: “I can’t forgive myself.”
God says: “I FORGIVE YOU.” (I John 1:9 & Romans 8:1)
You say: “I can’t manage.”
God says: “I will supply all…
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