“Moreover, when God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work—this is a gift of God.” Ecclesiastes 5:19 (NIV)

King Solomon, the wisest and wealthiest man who ever lived, spent some time reflecting on the need to work at a job and the subsequent accumulation of wealth. Note his conclusion in Verse 18. “Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income.” (5:10)

“The sleep of a laborer is sweet, whether he eats little or much, but the abundance of a rich man permits him no sleep.” (5:12)

“I have seen a grievous evil under the sun: wealth hoarded to the harm of its owner…Naked a man comes from his mother’s womb, and as he comes, so he departs. He takes nothing from his labor that he can carry in his hand.” (5:13, 15)

“Then I realized that it is good and proper for a man to eat and drink, and to find satisfaction in his toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given him—for this is his lot…He seldom reflects on the days of his life, BECAUSE GOD KEEPS HIM OCCUPIED WITH GLADNESS OF HEART.”  (5:18, 20)

PRAY: “Thank You, Father, for the job You have provided for me through which to supply my temporal needs of shelter, clothing, and food, and so that I can help others. Amen.”

“But if I drive out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come to you.” Luke 11:20

When the magicians tried to bring forth lice with their chantings as Aaron did with his rod in his attempts to free the children of Israel from Egyptian bondage, they were unsuccessful and proclaimed to Pharaoh, “This is the finger of God.” (Exodus 8:19)

While Moses was communing with God on Mount Sinai, he was given “two tables of testimony” written on stone “with the finger of God.” (Exodus 31:18)

Fingers of a man’s hand wrote a message on the wall for King Belshazzar which only Daniel, the man of God, could interpret for him. (See Daniel 5.)

The “finger of God” represents His power and His working—that is, His Spirit. Jesus proved that power when He cast out the dumb spirit. His critics accused Him of casting it out by Beelzebub, the prince of demons, but Jesus made it clear that a kingdom divided against itself will not stand. (Satan would not drive out Satan.) Instead, Jesus told the Pharisees He was driving out the demons “by the Spirit of God” and that therefore the “kingdom of God” had come unto them. (Matthew 12:28)

Think of it…all that POWER, in merely the “finger” of God!

PRAY: “Father, let Your finger rest on me today. Point out those areas of my character that need refining, and move powerfully on my behalf in the way that I should walk. In Jesus’ Name, amen.”

“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”  Romans 5:8

“But God…”  These two words are packed full of hope. How many times in your life have things gone awry, BUT GOD changed them around…made the difference or intervened on your behalf?

First of all, His love was so great that He asked Jesus to die for you while you were yet in your sins. “BUT GOD, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us.” (Ephesians 2:4)

Then, when temptation comes along: “…BUT GOD is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way of escape…”         (I Corinthians 10:13)

Joseph was sold into Egypt by his brothers and then later was in a position to save them from famine. He remarked: “So now it was not you that sent me hither, BUT GOD.” (Genesis 15:8a) Joseph’s father, Jacob, lay dying, and said, “Behold, I die: BUT GOD shall be with you, and bring you again unto the land of your fathers.” (Genesis 48:21)

Friend, you may have problems…BUT GOD! Keep your faith and hope in Him.

PRAY: “Father God, thank You for coming to my rescue so many times in the past and for intervening on my behalf in circumstances beyond my control. I love you! Amen.”

“You show that you are a letter from Christ. . . written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.” II Corinthians 3:3 (NIV)

If you are like most people, you delight in going to the mailbox to see what comes in the mail each day. What do you look for first? Probably you quickly flick your fingers through the supermarket flyers, the sweepstakes offers, the mail order catalogs, and the monthly bills as you
eagerly look for a simple white envelope on which your address is handwritten.  Right? You are looking for some correspondence from a friend or relative or perhaps a birthday greeting.

Two people do not personally meet in a letter, but the words of a letter can express to the recipient the feeling of the sender…sympathy, joy, appreciation, congratulations, love. Words of a letter also reveal the CHARACTER of the writer.

The Apostle Paul was complimenting the Corinthian Church on how well they represented the godly precepts he had taught them. He told them their lives were “read” by everybody…they were “living letters.”

What has the Spirit of the living God written on your heart? Is your “letter” thrown into File 13, or are your contents perfumed and full of life-giving expressions?

PRAY: “Heavenly Father, may Your sweet fragrance fill my life today so that my ‘letter’ will be eagerly anticipated by others. Make my life exemplify Your Spirit. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.”

“For no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ. And so through him the ‘Amen’ is spoken by us to the glory of God.”  II Corinthians 1:20 (NIV)

One of the greatest aspects of true Christianity is that it is a “YES” theology, one of POSITIVE POWER. God threw out the negative when He drew up His redemptive plan for mankind; and the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus fulfilled His promise of reconciliation.

In Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, whose society worshipped many gods, he said he was not wasting time differentiating between “yes” and “no” doctrines. The Gospel he preached was always “YES” in Christ.

What “gospel” does YOUR life represent? Do you ponder over religious “do’s” and “don’ts”? Do you speak words with negative meanings that bring forth negative responses from those around you?

The only Gospel you are charged by the Lord to proclaim is “the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth. . . For therein is the righteousness of God revealed. . .”  (Romans 1:16-17a)

This Gospel is the only Gospel that brings hope to a lost world. It is a positive Gospel of God’s promised redemption. . . it is Good News!

PRAY: “Loyal and true Father, thank You for keeping Your promises in Christ. I am not ashamed of Your Gospel. Help me to spread the Good News today. In Jesus Name, amen.”


“For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.” II Chronicles 16:9a

The Lord is watching you today. He is looking for ways to nurture you, to protect you, to bless you. Your only responsibility is to make sure your heart is pure before Him.  There is a song, entitled “My Father’s Eyes,” which says:

“When my time on earth has come and all my deeds are done, good and bad, they’ll all be had, seen by my Father and the Son. Because His loving grace was given, ‘specially to me, more than anything I pray, I want His words to be: You had your Father’s eyes, eyes that found the good in things when good was not around, eyes that found the source of help when help could not be found, eyes full of compassion, seeing every pain; knowing what you’re going through and feeling it the same just like my Father’s eyes, my Father’s eyes; just like my Father’s eyes.”

To keep your heart pure so that your Father’s eyes can be seen through yours, so that His strength can operate through your life, decide today to submit your whole spirit, soul, and body to His lordship and accept His all-sufficient grace as your covering.

PRAY: “Watchful Father, how comforting it is to know how very much You care about me personally! I ask that You never take Your eyes off me. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.”

“God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.” James 4:6b

Did you realize that the powers of darkness are more threatened by a humble, submissive heart than by all the binding, loosing, cursing, and commanding one could ever do?

Consider the story of the seven sons of a Jewish priest named Sceva, told in Acts 19:13-16. Wrongly motivated by a desire for power, they attempted to cast out a demonic spirit from a tormented man in Jesus’ Name. The evil spirit asked: “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?” Then the evil spirit “leaped” on them, stripped them, and beat them mercilessly. The boys may have SAID the right words, but IT IS WHAT IS INSIDE THAT COUNTS!

Humility and submission to Christ build a spiritual defense around you. Satan is terrified of such a defense. James goes on to say, in Verse 7: “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” Isn’t that marvelous? Your most powerful and effective spiritual warfare armor is walking in submission to God . . . with the mind of Christ and the character of the Holy Spirit. . . loving, forgiving.

Victory BEGINS by worshipping with your lips, but character must GROW in your heart.

PRAY: “Father, thank You so much for Your battle plan that I can follow today. I submit to You. Take away any controlling, dominating, independent spirits from my life. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.”


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