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Paint A Picture

“For as he thinks within him, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7).
We read in Genesis 49 how Jacob called together all of his sons and gave each a special blessing. Every son received a blessing that painted a picture for him. Judah was a lion, Joseph a fruitful bough, and Benjamin a strong wolf that devoured his prey. Each son’s blessing was a prophecy of the rest of his life.
We cannot give our children blessings that tell the story of their lives as Jacob did. In a sense, though, what we say to our family members and friends, and especially to our children, can make or break them. Words carry powerful messages.
Research has shown that a child’s home life can determine how successful he or she will be in life. Parents can fill their children with venom that will lead them to destructive lives. If a child grows up hearing “You’re lazy” or “You’ll never succeed,” those words may be self-fulfilling. On the other hand, if a parent tells a child, “You’re strong like a lion” or “You’re a good friend,” those words help inspire the child to keep being strong and kind.
Praise works for us all, not just children. Everyone responds to a loved one saying “You’re such a helpful person” or “You’re a wonderful friend.” It makes us feel loved and needed and spurs us to help and be kind again.
Your spouse, your children, your fellow church members, and your friends all need encouragement and praise. Use their best traits and paint a picture for them. Tell them how wonderful they are so they can envision themselves being just that way. When your loved ones hear your praise every day, they will turn their hearts and their lives to good ways.
Hymn: “Oh The Things We May Do”
Prayer: Heavenly Father, may we use our speech to build others up and help them to find Your ways. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Donna Wittlif, Denver, Colorado

What’s Your Heart’s Desire?

Text: “Delight thyself also in Jehovah; And he will give thee the desires of thy heart” (Psalm 37:4).
What a delightful promise! God promises to give us the desires of our heart. There are, at least, two things that make this such a wonderful promise.
One, it is a wonderful display of God’s love willingly to make such an offer. But He does so because He wants the very best for His children.
Secondly, It is wonderful because God is always true to His promises. “God is faithful, through whom ye were called into the fellowship of His Son Jesus Christ our Lord” (I Corinthians 1:9). “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:23). Truly, “God is not a man, that He should lie” (Numbers 23:19). Therefore, we need not worry that, at some point, God will not make good on His promises to us. Man sometimes will renege on a promise, but not so with God. God’s word is, indeed, true
So, does this mean that we get everything we want? The answer is “no.” There are two reasons for this.
One, we do not always know what is best for us therefore we might desire things which are undesirable. “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may spend it in your pleasures” (James 4:3).
Two, God gives us what we need, as He sees it, but not, necessarily, what we want. God knows us better than we know us. “The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord. All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirit. Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established” (Proverbs 16:1-3).
The key question is, “What is our heart’s desire?”
Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21). Our heart’s must to be in accordance with His will. He also says, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).
I would suggest, therefore, that our treasure must be toward things that are godly. If we are, indeed, seeking the kingdom first then we will desire the things that pertain to God and His kingdom. In this we are “delighting ourselves in the Lord.”
Hymn: Near To The Heart Of God
Prayer: Heavenly Father we pray for our heart’s desires might be attuned to your will. We are made in your image and pray that we would endeavor to remain such. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Roy Allen Crutcher, Mount Carmel, IL

Unsecured? Or Just Insecure?

Text: “For ye were bought with a price: glorify God therefore in your body” (I Corinthians 6:20).   “Ye were bought with a price; become not bondservants of men” (I Corinthians 7:23).
Anyone who has ever been to a bank, seeking a loan, knows the first thing they ask is , “Do you have collateral?”   Or, “Do you have any security?” If you answer “no” then you likely will not get a loan.   As one, rejected applicant, responded, “I have to have something before can get something.” But there is a process whereby someone might offer to co-sign, thus becoming your collateral.