It Has a Great RewardApril 10 2012 at 10:00 AM
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Do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward
(Hebrews 10:35, NASB)
Have you been praying and believing for something that seems like its taking a lot longer than you anticipated? Many times, people can miss Gods best simply because they give up before they see their due season come. Dont let that be you! Be encouraged today; your answer is closer than you think! If it seems like things are getting more difficult, remember, when the intensity heats up, that means you are closer to your victory. It always seems darkest just before the dawn arrives.
Remember, you serve a faithful God, and Hes working behind the scenes on your behalf. Dont cast away your confidence today because your reward is coming. Just like a new mother forgets about her labor pain when she is finally holding her newborn, youll forget about your struggle when you are holding on to your promise.
While you are waiting, keep an attitude of faith and expectancy. Wake up every morning and say out loud, Ive come too far to give up now. My due season is coming. I will reap my harvest. Stay in faith and look for His hand of blessing because He has promised you victory, and your reward is coming!
A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father in heaven, today I stand believing that You are working behind the scenes on my behalf. Give me Your strength to continue believing until I see Your promises fulfilled in my life in Jesus name. Amen.
Good Will Come
|April 10 2012, 10:01 AM |
by Charles R. Swindoll
Read 2 Timothy 2:24--26
As a pastor, counselor, and seminary chancellor, I have often found myself in an unpopular spot. An individual who has come to me pours out his or her soul. And God very clearly leads me to confront or point out a few specifics that the person finds rather painful to hear, not to mention accept.
Suddenly, I become the verbal punching bag.
Now understand, I didn't write the Book, and I in no way view myself as the individual's judge, even though the person may think I do. But I have had counselees scream at me, curse, stomp out of the room, and share with me a piece of their mind they couldn't afford to lose. Some wait until later and write me one of those flaming missiles that burns your eyes when you read it.
And what did I do to deserve that treatment? I told the truth. I simply carried a message as tactfully and well-timed as possible, but it was rejected---at least for a while.
But the payoff comes later when the person realizes the truth was told and I really had his or her good at heart.
I suppose the moral of the story is this: being God's servant may not be very pleasant, but when you do and say what is right---unpopular though it may be---good will come.
Or better, in the words of Solomon:
When a man's ways are pleasing to the LORD,
He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. (Proverbs 16:7)