Sunday, March 1, 2009

Encouragement: Are You responding to Pressures or Priorities?

Encouragement: Are You responding to Pressures or Priorities?
"He shall...wear out the saints." Daniel 17:25.

Oneday a caterpillar met a friend at a psychiatrist's office and asked, 'are you coming or going?' His friend replied, 'if I knew that I would not be here!' Satan's goal is to wear you out until you don't know whether you're coming or going! He does it by weighing you down with things that aren't necessarily sinful but drain you physically and emotionally. Daniel says that in the last days, the enemy will 'wear out the saints'. If you doubt it, look at the pressures you face everyday: work, finacnes, various commitments, and family. No wonder you're frzzled!

The Apostle says, 'Let us lay aside every weight, and ...let us run the race that is set before us', Heb 12:1. Knwoing what to pick up and what to set down is your job - not God's. Establish priorities and then discipline yourself to live by them. Nobody was more dedicated to God's work than the Lord Jesus but even He needed time alone with His Father.

Learn firstly what to offload and, then what to delegate, and finally what not to pick up in the first place. Saying, 'I don't have time' just doesn't cut it. Everybody gets the same twenty-four hours to respond to either pressures or priorities. Decide what to set aside for now and what to unload for good. Don't get so involved with the work of God that you neglect the God of the work! And some make work as worship, not able to set apart time for worshipping the Almighty, the Creator, owner of everything. Develop a habit of writing down your goals for today, tommorrow and day after and so on. and also plan how you want to accomplish those goals by using the resources available to you now. To be successful requires prioritizing your daily activities.

"Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time because the days are evil." Ephesians 5:15-16.
Be Encouraged.
A. Othniel
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Encouragement: The Winners look differently!

Encouragement: The Winners look differently!
"We should go and take possession...for we can surely do it." Numbers 13:30.
There is a dramatic story in the history of Israel's conquest of Canaan. The 12 spies Joshua sent in to the Promised land all saw the same thing. But ten came back saying, "The people who live there are powerful, and the cities are ... very large... we seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes', Numbers 13:28-33. They caused such panic that the people wanted to stone Moses, pick a new leader and go back nto Egyptian slavery. Incredible!

But not Caleb. He had a 'different spirit', Numbers 14:24. Listen to what he had to say, ' We should go up and take possession ... for we can certainly do it.',Nu.13:30. Years later, when Joshua was dividing the promised land among the tribes, Caleb steps forward and says, 'Here I am today, 85 years old. I am just as vigorous... as I was then, (when he was 40 years old). Now give me this hill country that the Lord promised me.'. Then Joshua blessed Caleb ... and gave him Hebron as his inheritance, Joshua 14:10-14.

Caleb lived the winning life because of the following facts:
1. he recalled the promises of God and acted on them. Do yu believe in God's promises and act on them?
2. he dared to take an unpopular stand. Today being part of the crowd is the in thing! But yu can make a difference when you take a stand based on your convictions and perspectives.
3. he refused to quit when the pressure was on. Many easily give up due to pressure. Determine not to give up till you get what you set out to achieve. Nothing should stop you nor hinder you.
4. he saw possibilities when others saw problems. Some are so pessimistic that in everyhting they see a problem and dont move forward. But the winners see a possibility in every problem! That's the difference!
5. he kept his mind young, even when his body was old. As the Scritpure says, those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength and shall mount up like eagles.... Isaiah 40:31. Many grow older their age because of their worries and fears. When you keep your mind occupied with positive and noble thoughts, you can keep up your health in good condition too, Philippinans 4:4-9. Does that describe you?

Listen to this uplifting statement: "The eyes of the Lord run to and fro through out the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him". 2 Chronicles 16:9. As you face each day in this new year, God wants to show you what He can do in you, for you, with you and through you! Are you ready?

Be Encouraged.
A. Othniel

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