Enjoying the Journey

Society is full of people who speak as though they made themselves what they are. Churches are too. It is so easy to think that it was our own effort or ability that brought us to where we are. It was not. Any good thing in our lives is because of God’s goodness to us. He alone is the Source and He uses many channels. The only thing I can make is a mess! Every blot on my life was made by me. Every beauty in my life was made by Him who does all things well. The hymn writer said it beautifully: Naught have I gotten, but what I’ve received. Grace hath bestowed it, since I have believed. Boasting excluded;…

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It is inevitable that critics will come. If you obey God there will be some man who does not understand. And the critics are not always foes – sometimes they are friends and family. Even Jesus said to Peter, “Get thee behind me, Satan.” Sincere people can serve as the enemy’s mouthpiece. It is not your critics who make the difference – it is your attitude toward them. We all want to defend ourselves. To prove them wrong. To be right. But, what if the negative is actually a positive? Criticism is always hurtful, sometimes unfair, and occasionally exactly what we need to hear. Regardless, it helps if you can see the Lord at work in the midst of criticism and…

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Some of life’s greatest defeats come after great victories.  Call it lack of vigilance, a false sense of your own strength.  There are many reasons.  Be sure of this: If God is blessing, the devil is fighting!  He always opposes what God ordains. The story is told of a young man in Napoleon’s army who had given a valiant effort in battle.  Others recommended him immediately for promotion.  The experienced general quietly asked, “What did he do the day after the victory?” It is after the victory that the real battle begins.  This is the time that is the true test of a man’s integrity.  It was after great victories that King David committed adultery and murder.  It was after…

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