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Making Excuses Comes Easy

For many of us, making excuses not to do what the Lord wants in our life comes easy. Moses, one of the greatest leaders of all time, had no trouble coming up with excuses when God first called him to be a leader. At the burning bush Moses basically came up with five excuses that all of us have used from time to time and God answered every single one.
What it comes down to is that when God calls He empowers so that there are no legitimate excuses to be made.
First, Moses came up with the excuse that “I have no ability” in Exodus 3:11. God answers this excuse in our lives in Philippians 4:13.
Philippians 4:13 – “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
Second, Moses came up with the excuse that “I have no message” in Exodus 3:13. God answers this excuse for us in I Corinthians 15:3-4.
I Corinthians 15:3-4 – “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he …

God’s Word Delivers From Temptation

When Christ was driven of the Holy Spirit into the wilderness to fast for 40 days, He was tempted by the Devil at the end of this fast. The Devil came to Christ to test Him when He was weak physically. Christ, though weak physically, shows that in the Spirit He was strong and He defeated the Devil, not just because He was God, but because He used the Word of God to defeat him. He did this on purpose to show us the power of God’s Word.
This same weapon is available to all of us today. The Word of God is the sword that Christ used to defeat our foe called Satan.
Ephesians 6:12-17 – “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteo…

Doing Something Great For the Lord

Often people dream of doing something great or grandiose for the Lord. Yet we then do nothing at all because we feel we don’t have the strength, ability, or smarts to do anything worthwhile. We use the excuse that we would do something if we were just a little more talented or gifted. The fact of the matter is that every single one of us can do something great for the Lord simply by being willing to be used by Him.
You see each of us were born into this world for a specific task that God wants us to accomplish. None of us are accidents. We were not born only to hear God say, “Oops”! He has a distinct purpose for us to fulfill in the kingdom of God and we can be used greatly if we just let Him take control. We simply have to yield to His power and not our own.
Acts 1:8 – “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
Doing the simple…

Where is the Profit?

Have you ever felt that no matter what you do or how hard you work you never seem to get ahead? It becomes frustrating when our efforts are poured into something and we don’t seem to see the profit in it. Often that frustration comes from expecting immediate results and not waiting for the proper sowing and harvest time.
When a farmer sows his seed it would be insane for him to think he can harvest the crop the next day. If he tried to plant a crop in an area that is not suitable to the plant he is trying to cultivate that would be foolhardy. If he did expect this he would become very frustrated with being a farmer.
In all labor and efforts the reward does not always come immediately or through our own strength. Often it takes much time to finally see results happening. We also need to make sure we are working in the proper way and in the area that God wants us. What we need to realize is that God blesses effort and work, and views it as being very profitable if we are under His will an…

The Word of God is Magnified

The Word of God is precious and we should regard it with the same respect and honor that the Lord Himself regards it.
For instance, I believe we would all agree that the Name of the Lord is great, and that the Bible itself regards the very name of Jesus as wonderful.
Philippians 2:9-11 – “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Yet we see in the same Bible that God regards His Word as even greater than the name of Jesus! He has magnified His Word above all of His name.
Psalm 138:2 – “I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.”
So how can we so flippantly regard the Word of God when He has exulted it to such a degree…