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Biblical Optimism, 2

Today’s Scripture:
Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
 
The words that God spoke to Joshua are very much relevant to us. We need to be encouraged. What is very significant is the promise of God. When I trust in myself, or others, or things, I am sure to run into failure. When I remind myself of what God said to Joshua, “be strong and courageous,” life takes on a whole new meaning. Nothing in life or our ministry ever happens apart from courage.

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Jesus and the Fruit of the Spirit: Longsuffering

Ponder: The longsuffering of Jesus
 
Scripture: “For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them” (Luke 9:56, NKJV).
 
Someone smarter than I am said that a short fuse is dangerous in dynamite and in people. No doubt the Holy Spirit agrees, since He inspired Paul to use the word “macrothumia” (longsuffering) in his
list of the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). The first part of this compound word (macro) means
“long,” and the second part means “anger.” Someone who is longsuffering, then, takes a long time to become angry. We would say he has a long temper rather than a short one.

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The Right Decision

“And they lifted up their voice, and wept again; and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clave unto her” (Ruth 1:14).
 
Naomi and her daughters-in-law, Ruth and Orpah, were well on their way to Judah when Naomi turned to them and said, “Go, return each of you to her mother’s house.” Both women turned to Naomi and said, “Nay, but we will return with thee unto thy people.” Naomi argued against their decision. Her reasons were valid. After some discussion, Orpah decided to go back and live with her people. This is the last time we see Orpah’s name.

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