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Your Habits Determine Your Future

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Word for Today
www.thewordfortoday.com.au/
Written by Bob and Debby Gass

'...Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed...' Daniel 6:10 NIV

Your habits either work for you or against you. Take any habit you practice, multiply it by 365 days, then multiply it by seventy or eighty years and you can write your own obituary. Simply stated: great people have great habits.
One billionaire says, 'I arrive at my office at seven a.m. It is a habit.' A best-selling author says, 'I get up at the same time every day. I start writing at eight a.m. and quit at four each afternoon. I do it every day. It is a habit.' Jesus had habits. 'And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up: and, as His [habit] was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day...' (Luke 4:16 KJV). Daniel prayed three times a day. His prayer life was so predictable that his enemies used it to trap him. When measured by the same standard, how is your prayer life?
It's said that if you can do something consistently for twenty-one days you have proven that you can do it for twenty-one years. Will you slip at times? Sure, you're only human. But once you have tasted success it's hard to be satisfied with less. Jesus said, 'If you continue in My Word, then you are truly disciples of Mine' (John 8:31 NAS). Note the word 'continue' - it's the secret of true greatness. Your success can be found in your daily routine. If you're serious about changing your life you must stop practicing bad habits and start instituting good ones.

Read the Bible in a year
www.biblica.com/bibles/daily-
reading/



Old Testament Reading
Exodus 27; Exodus 28
 www.biblica.com/bibles/chapte
r/?verse=Exodus+27%3B+Exodus+28&versio
n=niv


New Testament Reading
Mark 5:21-43; Mark 6:1-6
 www.biblica.com/bibles/chapte
r/?verse=Mark+5%3A21-43%3B+Mark+6%3A1-
6&version=niv


Psalms Reading
Psalm 24:1-10
 www.biblica.com/bibles/chapte
r/?verse=Psalm+24%3A1-10&version=niv


The Bible on one page
www.home.roadrunner.com/~cher
okee/TheBibleOnOnepage.html

  
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    your blog was shared on the Texas team by VALANIS9335. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Just what I was thinking about earlier today. I am working at making better habits in my everyday life. Starting with prayer and Bible reading. Reading the Bible chronologically this year.

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  Prayer can get you through any situation!

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Knowing What's 'Right' For You

Monday, February 20, 2012

The Word for Today
www.thewordfortoday.com.au/
Written by Bob & Debby Gass

'...It would not be right for us...' Acts 6:2 NIV

The New Testament church grew so fast that the apostles couldn't keep up with it. So they said, 'It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the Word of God in order to wait on tables. Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the Word' (Acts 6:2-4 NIV). As a result the Word of God spread, the church kept growing, and key leaders in the city of Jerusalem were won to Christ.

It's vital that you discover the area where you add the most value - and stay there. Why don't we? 
  
(1) Turf guarding. We think, 'This is my job; nobody does it but me.' Just because you've always done a particular job doesn't mean you should keep doing it. What if God wants to write a new chapter in your life? 
  
(2) Being overloaded. People with too much on their plate tend to reject the very thing that will help them, thinking it's just one more burden to carry. 
 
(3) The martyr complex. When complaining about your lot in life gets you the attention of others, you make it a lifestyle. But it doesn't work. People begin to avoid you because they don't see you doing anything to change the situation. 

(4) Not knowing what's 'right' for you. Only when the apostles delegated the administrative side of things to others and got back to what they were called to do, did things start to go right. Think about it.


Read the Bible in a year
www.biblica.com/bibles/daily-
reading/


Old Testament Reading
Exodus 27; Exodus 28
 www.biblica.com/bibles/chapte
r/?verse=Exodus+27%3B+Exodus+28&versio
n=niv




New Testament Reading
Mark 5:21-43; Mark 6:1-6
 www.biblica.com/bibles/chapte
r/?verse=Mark+5%3A21-43%3B+Mark+6%3A1-
6&version=niv



Psalms Reading
Psalm 24:1-10
 www.biblica.com/bibles/chapte
r/?verse=Psalm+24%3A1-10&version=niv


The Bible on one page
www.home.roadrunner.com/~cher
okee/TheBibleOnOnepage.html

  


Stop Doubting Yourself

Sunday, February 19, 2012

The Word for Today
www.thewordfortoday.com.au/
Written by Bob and Debby Gass

'...Draw your strength from Him...' Ephesians 6:10 AMP


Don't be surprised when God calls you to step out in faith and do something you don't feel qualified to do. That tends to be His standard operating procedure. He does it so that you will lean more on Him, and less on yourself. Does that mean you won't make mistakes? No, it means you probably will. But instead of being discouraged, you'll see them as part of the learning curve and go on to greater things.
Often we look at a task and think, 'There's no way I can do that.' Hold on there; you're looking through the wrong end of the telescope! You're looking at yourself instead of God. When God called Joshua to take the place of Moses, He promised Him, '...As I was with Moses, so I will be with you...' (Joshua 1:5 NKJV). Now if God promises to be with you - and He does - then that is all you need. His strength is actually showcased through your weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9). Whatever ingredients you lack in the natural realm, you can withdraw from your account in the spiritual realm: 'Be strong in the Lord [be empowered through your union with Him]; draw your strength from Him [that strength which His boundless might provides].' What kind of might is available to you? Boundless might! And where do you draw it from? The ultimate source - God!
You are empowered and equipped as you work with Him, so stop selling yourself short. Armed with His might you have more capabilities than you think, and you are able to do a lot more than you've done in the past. So put your confidence in God and stop doubting yourself.

Read the Bible in a year
www.biblica.com/bibles/daily-
reading/


Old Testament Reading
Exodus 25; Exodus 26
www.biblica.com/bibles/chapte
r/?verse=Exodus+25%3B+Exodus+26&versio
n=niv



New Testament Reading
Mark 4:30-41; Mark 5:1-20
www.biblica.com/bibles/chapte
r/?verse=Mark+4%3A30-41%3B+Mark+5%3A1-
20&version=niv


Psalms Reading
Psalm 23:1-6
www.biblica.com/bibles/chapte
r/?verse=Psalm+23%3A1-6&version=niv


The Bible on one page
www.home.roadrunner.com/~cher
okee/TheBibleOnOnepage.html

  
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ALICEART2010 2/19/2012 8:49PM

    Thank you for this message

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ALPHASENIOR 2/19/2012 6:55PM

    You are so right! Thanks for putting it into words.

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RELISA4HEALTH 2/19/2012 5:30PM

    I am so glad that I can lean on the strong arm of God. Part of life is the growing pains, but what is awesome about these is that when it is all done, we are taller than we were before. I have learned that God is faithful and that every tests He has brought my way has taught me the valuable lesson to look at life through His perspective.
Blessings to you as you travel down the road marked "Blessing."
Relisa

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Your Golden Years

Saturday, February 18, 2012

The Word for Today
www.thewordfortoday.com.au/
Written by Bob and Debby Gass

'Even to your old age...will I carry you...' Isaiah 46:4 KJV

Growing old graciously should be one of your life's goals. You don't need to fear aging, or try to gloss over your uneasiness about approaching it or attempt to cover up your anxiety. The story is told of a lady buying a new hat. When she tried one on, her friend said, 'My, that hat makes you look ten years younger.' Quickly she put it back on the shelf and said, 'I don't want that one. I'd hate to look ten years older every time I took it off!'
'Mother Nature' and 'Father Time' may have brought you backaches, baldness and bifocals, but you don't have to act old. And you don't have to think old. Instead of trying to add years to your life, try adding life to your years. Instead of resenting the fact you are getting old, think how much you would resent being denied the privilege. When asked how he felt about turning eighty, President Dwight D. Eisenhower replied, 'It sure does beat the alternative!'
If you are still alive, God kept you around for a reason. Find out what it is, then pour every day and every ounce of energy you've left into it. You can be 'old' at twenty-five and 'young' at eighty-five. You are only old when you feel old; or feel like you know all there is to know; or find yourself saying, 'I'm too old to do that,' or think that tomorrow holds no promise, or take no interest in the activities of youth, or would rather talk than listen, or long for the 'good old days', feeling they were the best.

Read the Bible in a year
www.biblica.com/bibles/daily-
reading/

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Old Testament Reading
Exodus 23; Exodus 24
 www.biblica.com/bibles/chapte
r/?verse=Exodus+23%3B+Exodus+24&versio
n=niv


New Testament Reading
Mark 3:31-35; Mark 4:1-29
 www.biblica.com/bibles/chapte
r/?verse=Mark+3%3A31-35%3B+Mark+4%3A1-
29&version=niv


Psalms Reading
Psalm 22:22-31
 www.biblica.com/bibles/chapte
r/?verse=Psalm+22%3A22-31&version=niv


The Bible on one page
www.home.roadrunner.com/~cher
okee/TheBibleOnOnepage.html

  
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JIBBIE49 2/20/2012 11:49PM

    Since this is the only life we ever live, I certainly am enjoying each and every day as I know it won't last. emoticon

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MRSJERRYBUSH 2/20/2012 12:01PM

    Terrific blog! I don't want to waste a minute of my life. Hope I am in tune with what God wants me to do.

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MNNSAIDE 2/19/2012 7:59PM

    My beautiful friend IRENE sent me this - Thank you!!!

Today I mowed my front and back yard and then I did the same for
my neighbor. Then I turned the dirt around my flowers and transplanted several.

When my neighbor and her mom arrived (6 hours later!) they were very appreciative and said gosh - if you can do that then so can we!!!

I know I will pay for it in the morning but it will be a good pain!

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CAROLYNVIL 2/19/2012 7:47PM

    Irene sent me and I am very glad she did,very nice blog.

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SUNSHINEGB 2/19/2012 5:38PM

    Irene sent me here and glad she did. Thank you for sharing.

Age is just a number, it doesn't define us.

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2BEATIT1 2/19/2012 5:30PM

    Wonderful blog. I especially enjoyed it because I have personally met Bob Gass. He came to our old church about 8 years ago. I also used to hear him on TV and I always enjoyed him.

As you talked about how we treat old age, I thought of 3 people in our church who have just passed away. One was 95, one was 92 and the other 103. What a legacy and they all loved and served the Lord many years.

Also another man in our church is 80 and they captured a picture of him climbing a tree to cut off limbs. Oh to be able to do that at 80.

Thanks again for this wonderful blog.
Jean

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    emoticon. Irene sent me here and I am glad she did ..
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DIDMIS 2/19/2012 4:56PM

    I always say older instead of old. Actually each of us is one day oldER than we were yesterday.
I love the blog and at 83 I think the same thing. I love to hang out with younger people and laugh and smile and cut up. I also love the oldER people who have been seasoned by the Lord with wisdom.
LOVE THE BLOG. Shared this with some on my address book.


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LENHARDT 2/18/2012 5:25PM

    Very nice blog! I always say : "You're only as old as you feel".

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LILYBELLE8 2/18/2012 5:14PM

    I much like the word "seasoned" in place of 'old' - and just smile when I say it. You said that 'you are only old when you say you are old' - and to that I would add that you are old when you begin to act old !! I like your scripture references and plan to study them all this afternoon. Thanks for sharing.

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MONTY68 2/18/2012 4:35PM

    Thank you for sharing this. It seems so normal for people to think about the word "old" and what it seems to mean. I just turned 73 and think of it as a number not a year older. I would hope a lot of Spark members read your blog and think about eliminating the word old as it refers to us and start living life.

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Stop Judging Others

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Word for Today
www.thewordfortoday.com.au/
Written by Bob and Debby Gass

'Who are you to judge someone else's servant?...' Romans 14:4 NIV

It is always a lot easier to stand on the sidelines and take pot-shots than to get involved and try to help. The Bible repeatedly warns us not to criticise, compare, or condemn one another. When you judge what someone else is doing in sincere faith, you are on dangerous ground with God. 'What right do you have to judge someone else's servants? Only their Lord can decide if they are doing right...' (Romans 14:4 CEV). Since you are not their 'lord', you need to exercise wisdom and restraint. Refuse to stand in judgment on those whose opinions differ from yours. Here Paul weighs in: 'Why, then...criticise your brother's actions, why...try to make him look small? We shall all be judged one day, not by each other's standards or even by our own, but by the judgment of God' (Romans 14:10-11 PHPS).

Whenever you take it upon yourself to analyse, scrutinise and categorise one of God's children, four things happen: 
  
(1) You upset their Father. 
  
(2) You display your ego and insecurity. 
  
(3) You set the standard by which you yourself will be judged. 
  
(4) You alienate people.
When you get a reputation for being critical, people will avoid you like a plague. They know that if you criticise others you will criticise them too. The Bible says: '...let us try to do what makes peace and helps one another' (Romans 14:19 NCV).
Someone said, 'The largest room in the world is room for improvement.' If you doubt that, look at the disciples Christ picked and promoted - then look in the mirror.

Read the Bible in a year
www.biblica.com/bibles/daily-
reading/


Old Testament Reading
Exodus 15; Exodus 16
 www.biblica.com/bibles/chapte
r/?verse=Exodus+15%3B+Exodus+16&versio
n=niv


New Testament Reading
Matthew 28:1-20
 www.biblica.com/bibles/chapte
r/?verse=Matthew+28%3A1-20&version=niv


Psalms Reading
Psalm 21:8-13
 www.biblica.com/bibles/chapte
r/?verse=Psalm+21%3A8-13&version=niv



The Bible on one page
www.home.roadrunner.com/~cher
okee/TheBibleOnOnepage.html

  


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