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Chapter 118

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
 
—Psalm 118:24

If you’re around negative people very much, you know what a downer they can be. Some people just seem to always see the negative side of things, and refuse to embrace hope or happiness.
 


But as Christians, we need to get rid of those negative attitudes. That’s exactly what Paul did in his writings. He was even in prison when he wrote several of his letters, but he chose to rejoice in the Lord!  Paul would agree that your attitude will determine your outcome.
 


Every day, we should make a decision to rejoice and thank God, no matter our situation. Christians should be the most insanely joyful people on the earth! We don’t need to struggle all day with fear or worry because we know that Christ has everything in His hands, and He won’t let us go.
 


Learning to rejoice in the day is a process of training and disciplining ourselves to serve Christ and live in the joy of His love and grace. We may get irritable and stressed at times, but if the determination of our hearts is to rejoice in the Lord, we can find the good in everything—even in the little delays and frustrations of the day that so often upset us.
 


There is a wonderful little children’s chorus that begins, “This is the day, this is the day that the Lord has made.  We will rejoice, we will rejoice and be glad in it.” That would be a good daily anthem to sing.
 

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Chapter 19

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard. Their measuring line goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.

—Psalm 19:1-4

 

God speaks to us today in the skies…through His creation. We can know God…we can see the presence of God…by simply looking up at the sky. 

 

The Greek word for “man” in the ancient world and in your New Testament is “anthropos,” which means “the upper-looking one.” Animals look down, but God created man to look up into the heavens to see His glory and to experience His power in creation.

 

And when we do, God speaks to us in the starry skies!

 

Indeed, the heavens declare the glory of God. As the psalmist says, “Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.” Creation is constantly, continually, and eternally speaking. And when we look into the creation, we know that because there is a creation, there must be a creator!

 

Now, you may not be a morning person, but I’d encourage you…if you want to catch a glorious glimpse of your Creator…get up early one morning this week to watch the sun rise. I can assure you, seeing His handiwork in creation will speak words of encouragement to your soul!

 

God is constantly, continually and eternally speaking to us through His creation.

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Chapter 62

On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God.

—Psalm 62:7

Through the years, I’ve read a number of wonderful books on personal development, motivation, and success.

And of course, there are many definitions about what success really is. My friend, Christian author and speaker John Maxwell, gives one of the best definitions I have ever read. He says, “Success is knowing your purpose in life, growing to reach your maximum potential, and sowing seeds that benefit others.”

So according to Maxwell, success is knowing and growing and sowing.

Bible teacher and author Charles Stanley writes, “Success is the continuing achievement of becoming the person God wants you to be and accomplishing the goals God has helped you to set.”  Stanley says that success is becoming the person God made you to be…the person God designed you to become in Him.

In our success-crazed culture, it’s important to remember that real success isn’t found in the label of your clothes, the brand of the car you drive, or even your title at work. True success is found in your character and in your commitment to what really matters.

It’s not fame or fortune, but the fulfillment of God’s purpose and God’s plan for your life that really counts!

True success is becoming the person that God has made you to be.

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Chapter 37

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Chapter 143

Hear my prayer, O LORD; give ear to my pleas for mercy! In your faithfulness answer me, in your righteousness! Enter not into judgment with your servant, for no one living is righteous before you.

—Psalm 143:2

The last part of this passage is a powerful statement! Its meaning is clear: our attempts at goodness can never be enough to meet God’s holy and righteous standard. The Bible clearly states that we are an imperfect people who cannot stand before a holy God on our own merits.

So how do we become acceptable to God? By standing before Him clothed in the righteousness of Jesus Christ, who has covered us with His blood. Christ started and finished the work of salvation that we could never have even begun, let alone finished, ourselves.

So let me ask you a question today:  Are you seeking to be religious or righteous? You see, our human effort and works don’t add up to anything in God’s sight. Being religious by itself isn’t enough because all religion can do is try to get us to clean up our act thinking that in doing so God will accept us.

We need to understand that what God desires is for us to be righteous, not religious.  Which is why He sent His Son to die on the cross for you and me.  Through Christ we have been made righteous in the eyes of God.  We are fully accepted in Him.

So if you find yourself trying to please God by being religious, I encourage you to stop.  Instead, embrace the truth that God has made you righteous when you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior.  Live in the power of that truth...

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Chapter 127

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By Dr. Jack Graham | September 6, 2011

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