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A Great Lesson to Learn . . .

A Great Lesson to Learn . . .

 

What are some great lessons of life? Ben Franklin is giving credit for saying "early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise." "Eat less and exercise more" are great words too. I think every doctor is trained to say that the first week of medical school.

 

In Philippians 4:11 (NIV) God through Paul says, "Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content." Here is Paul, an older, very well educated man. He was well traveled and extremely cultured. He had been very blessed in life and had suffered a lot too. But he says, "I have learned to be content" no matter what is going on around me . . . and even to me.

 

To be content means to be satisfied, to be undisturbed, at peace. Don't you long for this? We medicate with alcohol, food, illegal drugs, and legal drugs to get inner relief. None of that brings lasting contentment. Paul says he learned how to be content, and he learned it from his relationship with Jesus. How he learned is still available to you and to me.

 

First, surrender your life to Christ. Do it for the first time . . . if you never have and do it daily if you have in the past. Live for and under Christ. Then don't worry about anything, but pray about everything. Focus your thoughts on the positive, on God, and all the good things you can dwell on. And keep doing these things daily for the rest of your life.

 

This remedy for contentment is simple, but it is not easy. But staying on this path is not only right; it is the way to a peaceful, satisfied life of contentment. That is a good lesson to learn!

 

Chris Craig

 

Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Ruston, Louisiana

Author, Bible Prayer Book--"BECOMING A PERSON of PRAYER"

Book Publisher: Xulon Press, 2007--(Hard-and Paper-back books are available)

 

eThoughts Team-Extended Week-day Free Devotionals--Vol. XIII, No. 01-01CC -- Archived

Dr. Nelda Hughes Spinks, Professor Emerita -- Editor and Publisher

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Our Shield Forever . . .

Our Shield Forever . . .

 

As you gaze around at world situations and perceive a downward slide of morality, responsibility, respect, and involvement . . . you may feel out of place and removed from the peace and comfort you once knew. That outlook along with work that seems unappreciated, weakness from illnesses, physical impairments, or grief following sad events always wears on one's mind, strength, and efforts. Pulling a blanket over one's head or running away does not deal with the troubles from within or the weariness that accompanies them. Where do we turn?

 

King David experienced the threat of death continually as he tried to stay ahead of his foes. He felt many rising up against him and declaring that God would not deliver him (see Psalm 3:1-2), but when he felt down, he knew there was a Heavenly Source to lift him up.

 

"But you, Lord, are a shield around me,

my glory, the One who lifts my head high."

Psalm 3:3 (NIV)

 

The Apostle Paul described it as ". . . the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one." Ephesians 6:16b (NIV) As we move into a new calendar year, we may have major plans ahead or perhaps none at all, letting each day bring what it will. We will do better and accomplish more if we affirm what we can do, should do, and plan to do. Seek the Lord's "shield" of assurance, put on His full armor (see Ephesians 6:10-18), and step out to serve others and do good. Your new friends will be blessed, and you will feel the warmth of love . . . from both the ones receiving and the One who sent you, your Heavenly Father.

 

"Let us not become weary in doing good,

for at the proper time we will reap a harvest

if we do not give up." Galatians 6:9 (NIV) 

 

Ray Newbold

Professor of Forestry, (Ret.), Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana

Writer, OPEN WINDOWS; Deacon--FBC, Ruston; Mission Work: Mexico

 

eThoughts Team--Extended Week-day Free Devotionals -- Vol. XIII, No. 91-02RN -- Archived

Dr. Nelda Hughes Spinks, Professor Emerita -- Editor and Publisher

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Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus . . .

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus . . .

 

"Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you-unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures." 1 Corinthians 15: 1-4 (NKJV)

 

Are we going to try to "do better" in 2019?

 

Great. But that won't get us into heaven.

 

Will you aim to give more, try more, learn more?

 

OK. But that won't get you into heaven either.

 

Awesome that you've planned to become a missionary and move to the most remote part of the earth to spread the Good News.

 

But you don't get a key to heaven for that.

 

By ourselves, even collectively, we can't do enough to buy God's favor. What we can do is meet in his Son, accept the gift of grace, believe through faith, and become sons and daughters.

 

The cross is the Good News, and news is, by definition, news AFTER it has happened. It's already been done. There were requirements for man to enter heaven. Jesus fulfilled those. He lived among us the life none of us could live. And by grace, He offers to stand before God and defend each of us who is willing to have faith, to believe in Him because of what He did was for us, for each one of us, individually. He lived a perfect live, died a death we should have died, and was resurrected by the perfect Father.

 

If it had been only you or only me, Christ Jesus would have still set His eyes on Calvary.

 

Our mission is to set our eyes on Him.

 

"Turn your eyes upon Jesus

Look full in His wonderful face

And the things of earth will grow strangely dim

In the light of His glory and grace."

                           --Howarth Lemmel

 Teddy Allen

Writer/Editor Specialist, University Communications--Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana 

Bible Teacher, Sports Announcer

 

eThoughts Team -- Extended Week-day Free Devotionals -- Vol. XIII, No. 01-01TA -- Archived

Dr. Nelda Hughes Spinks, Professor Emerita--Editor and Publisher

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