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Calling ten of his servants, he gave them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Engage in business until I come.’

 —Luke 19:13

 

The great evangelist and preacher John Wesley once said, “Do all the good you can, to as many people as you can, for as long as you can.” Now more than ever, we as Christians need to heed Wesley’s words and do good to others as well as each other.

 

Believers in this generation should be in the business of encouraging and equipping one another for ministry to those in need. In light of that truth, I have a question for you today; what is God calling you to do?

 

I believe that Christ calls every believer to something great and something specific, which makes our assignment to discover what He has called and gifted us to do.

 

If you aren’t sure what your gifts and calling are, start by serving Christ right where you are and ask Him to make it clear what it is that you can do most effectively for His kingdom. He will make it clear to you!

 

But getting started means you need to listen for God’s call—which often comes as a quiet voice amid all of the loud distractions that the world throws your way.

 

God has given you talents and abilities to serve Him. Like the servants to whom the master entrusted his wealth, let’s get on with the Lord’s business until He returns!

 

God calls every believer to do something unique and wonderful for Him. 

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As were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.                                     

—Matthew 24:37-39

 

In the days of Noah, people were evil…pure and simple. They didn’t obey or respect God, and sin saturated society until things became more and more corrupt and God finally said, “Enough!”

 

Many people wonder what our world today is coming to. Well, as believers in Christ we don’t have to wonder, because the Bible tells us that this world is coming the end and ultimately to God’s judgment.

 

Society is becoming so tolerant of sin and evil that it’s become frightening. People live in fear, wondering whether rogue nations will use chemical or nuclear weapons to fulfill violent and evil intentions.

 

There doesn’t seem to be a lot of hope as we look out at the world scene. But we need to remember Jesus said that just before He returns, the world will get worse and worse, as it did in the days of Noah. And that’s our hope!

 

Jesus is coming back to set things right in this world and redeem those who are His own. 

 

So don’t be afraid of what may lie ahead for this world. God is in control, and nothing can remove His hand from His own!

 

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Noah…did all that God commanded him.

—Genesis 6:22

 

Noah certainly lived a life of faith in the Lord. The earth had never seen rain before, so the idea of water falling from the sky was a ridiculous and silly notion in those days. But that didn’t stop Noah from announcing the fact that God was going to send rain.

 

Noah believed God so much that he built an ark right in the middle in his own front yard. What would you or I do if God commanded us to do something like that?  Maybe we would just laugh and say, “Lord, You must be joking.” 

 

But as our society moves further and further away from God, we as Christians may find ourselves being called by God to do things that seem pointless to others. That’s when we need to remember that Christ has a bigger and better plan than we do.

 

In Luke 19:13, the Lord says to take care of His business until He comes back. God’s business is establishing His kingdom on earth, and it’s our responsibility to be salt and light in this dark world. These are desperate times of sin and unfaithfulness, and you and I have a message of hope that we are to be spreading like wildfire!

 

The only way to leave a lasting impression for Christ and ultimately change the world is to live a life of complete faith and obedience. That’s something you can do today.  And as you are faithful each day, God will use you to do something world-changing!

 

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And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh. And the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh.”
 
—Genesis 9:12-15


 
Some days God seems so close to us that we practically feel Him right next to us. On other days, we don’t have that sense that He’s right next to us, and we ask, “Where are you, God?”


 
In reality, we know the answer even when we ask it. The answer is that God is always right there next to you, even when you don’t sense His presence. I’m sure that Noah had this same feeling after about two weeks on that ark with all those animals—but he knew God was ever-present. And God came and revealed Himself to him.


 
One of my favorite songs is entitled God of Wonders. The title to this song is absolutely true and should be the anthem of our lives. Our God is a God of wonders and of miracles, large and small. Just when you think that perhaps He has left you, He is there with exactly what you need!


 
If it is raining or even pouring in your life today, ask God to make His love and presence real...

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Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  

—Philippians 4:4-6

 

God is peace. That is an old and simple statement that never loses its truth or power.

 

Peace is a soothing word that makes me think of the ability to remain calm even in the middle of a storm.

 

In fact, you may have seen the famous picture of a storm raging on the sea with the winds blowing and the waves crashing on a big rock that stands alone in the middle of the ocean. And when you look closer, you see a little bird nestled safely in that rock.

 

Now that’s a picture of true peace! The kind of peace Paul writes about in today’s verse.

 

This kind of peace is not an absence of problems or storms, but it is God’s preserving presence in the midst of the storm! That’s why Paul said this peace passes all human understanding.

 

I don’t believe you can fully describe God’s peace. You can sense it, you can own it, but it’s almost impossible to articulate it. But it is that God gives us just when we need it most. Just when you need a verse, He brings it to mind. Just when you need a friend; He brings...

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The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the LORD was sorry that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. So the LORD said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.  

—Genesis 6:5-8

 

God has such a gracious memory when it comes to His people. God determined to destroy the earth because of its evil, but He remembered His servant named Noah. And God’s gracious memory led Noah into the ark of safety!

 

God even remembers His people when they are unfaithful. I think of Sampson in Judges 13–16.  In this passage we are told how Sampson had disobeyed God and been led astray by evil, but he called out to God in a last gasp. God heard him, and gave him one last great feat of strength to win a victory for the Lord.

 

There are countless other stories in the Bible of God sparing people because He remembers that there are those who still serve Him. Even as He destroyed the evil cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, God remembered to spare Lot.

 

And who can forget the thief on the cross next to Jesus? This was a lawless and convicted sinner, but he repented and the Lord remembered him…and he was brought into the kingdom of heaven...

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Then the Lord said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and all your household, for I have seen that you are righteous before me in this generation.

 —Genesis 7:1

 

Sometimes it’s tough to be a man or woman who walks with God. But imagine how hard it must have been for Noah. The Bible tells us that except for Noah and his family, the hearts and minds of everyone in his generation were so evil that sin is all they could think about.

 

Noah was a man who stood against the prevailing tide of society. He stood alone—and he stood out like a sore thumb as the evil people around him laughed and taunted him as he lived righteously and built the ark in his front yard.

 

Since our generation is much like Noah’s, the question of the day is, are you going to stand against the tide of society? I realize the powerful presence of evil in our society; I know that it’s very difficult some days to live godly in the midst of such a perverse generation. But we must wade into the water and stand strong against the heavy tide of society.

 

Noah proclaimed to the people around him that it would rain soon. Since rain had never touched the earth before this time, people thought this was ridiculous and laughed all the more. And just like Noah, we’re doing the same thing today:  proclaiming the wrath of God that is to come…and the hope that is found in Jesus Christ.

 

People may laugh or ignore us, but we know something that Noah also knew: God...

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Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.

 —Matthew 24:42

 

Sodom and Gomorrah were terribly sinful places that were so full of sin and evil that the Lord chose to remove them from the earth. Most people know the story of how God destroyed those two cities…a story which I believe has an important lesson to teach us today on our nation’s birthday.

 

Many people today believe that America is basically no different than these two famously sinful cities. If you believe that’s true, then that begs the question, “Why would God destroy Sodom and Gomorrah, but let a place of equal sin continue unpunished?” That’s a very good question, and one we need to consider carefully.

 

One conclusion could be that God is trying to get the attention of America! Between all of the natural and manmade disasters that have occurred in recent years, I believe God is trying to get through to us.  Unfortunately, too many times we don’t listen until our very foundation gets rocked to the core, which has happened to us over the last several years.

 

So what can we do? I strongly believe the only hope for America is a true revival among the Christians in this nation. And that revival can start with one person! 

 

On this special day, why not ask God to start a personal revival in your heart and let it spread to everyone around you. Celebrate your Independence Day by starting a spiritual fire around you that will burn brightly and draw others to its light and warmth.

 

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Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

—Philippians 3:12-14

Over the last few days we have been talking about a life of significance…and how it is marked by a direction and a dynamic.  But that kind of life is also marked by a dedication.

What I mean by this is that success in the Christian life isn’t a point…it’s a process. Just think about Joseph for a moment. No matter what he endured, we never find him harping or complaining or saying he’s having a lousy day.

But rather, he was faithful to God as he disciplined himself in body, mind, and soul to fulfill God’s call for his life. There wasn’t any bitterness in him, even though his brothers betrayed him and his friends forgot him. God was with him and he knew it. And throughout his journey of life, Joseph fulfilled James 4:10: “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.”

Like Joseph, we are on a life journey.  And this journey you and I have with Christ is a process through which He is growing us day by day. None of us ever get to the point in our lives where we can say, “Okay, I’ve got it now, I have it all together, I have it made, all the accomplishments are done, I’ve achieved...

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