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The Bible teaches: Where there is strife, there is every evil work (James 3:16).
It is so easy for us to be drawn into wrong desires by the pressures and lies of even well-meaning Christians. Strife is defined as: angry or bitter disagreement over fundamental issues; conflict. If you allow strife into your lives, the works of the flesh will begin to be manifested in your lives.
You will be against something more than you are for something. Jealousy, envy will be at work in your life that will cause the Holy Spirit to be grieved in your life. So, we can’t allow strife into our lives. Don’t allow anyone to destroy your joy and peace because they have an issue with something or someone.
Life is way too short to allow strife into your life. Cut it off, whatever the source of it is. I won’t allow strife into my life at all because it is so destructive it ruins people. It leads to gossip, slander of someone or something. When strife begins to work in you, stop it. Say, No I’m not going to listen to whatever people are saying. And if you do, go and find out the other side. Strife cannot survive truth. Strife wants to hide in the dark. Bring whatever the issue is into the light, and allow truth to set you free.
Strife will only hurt your life — don’t allow it ever!
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Published on Monday, June 24, 2019 @ 8:38 AM CDT
Daniel 6:3 (KJ21) — Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.
Excellent is defined as: extremely good, outstanding, extraordinary, pre-eminent. When you begin to excel, you will find that people, coworkers, may look for ways to hold you back and tear you down. How should you deal with those who cheer at your failure and even try to cause it to happen?
Conduct your life above reproach. That doesn’t mean perfectly — it simply means you will have nothing to hide. You work hard and produce. You purpose to live a life that would be hard to criticize. You may get criticized for your faith, but not because of the way you act or work. Learn to walk and live according to the word of God — in holiness, living a moral and pure life, serving the Lord in a way that pleases Him, separating yourself for His service.
An excellent spirit is purposing to live a life honoring God, purposing to do things right, not the good-enough attitude. You work hard and purpose to be outstanding or extremely good. It’s becoming more and more difficult to find people who possess an excellent spirit about them. But we can all strive to be better, do better, and live better.
Let’s live a life with excellence.
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Published on Monday, June 17, 2019 @ 7:08 AM CDT
As we serve the Lord, there are a few things I believe we have to learn.
Jesus said, If you want to be my disciple, you must, by comparison, hate everyone else — your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters — yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple (Luke 14:26). Jesus is teaching His ways, His word. Pleasing Him must be the number one priority in our lives, over everything else. If not, we cannot be His disciple.
In Matthew 7:21-23, Jesus speaks of those who do what they want, what they think is best, instead of what He wants them to do, what He says is best. They are self-willed instead of God-willed. We must learn to be obedient to God’s ways, His word. That is what He desires. So many miss out on His blessings, His help, because they do what they think is best, instead of what He asks. It’s so sad to me to watch this.
If we would simply learn it’s not what we want, it is what He wills, we would all be living the abundant life Jesus came to give us. In order to affect the lost, see them saved, we must let them see us becoming successful, living victorious lives. They are watching how we handle setbacks in our lives.
If you really want the blessings of God, do what He asks (John 14:21).
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Published on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 @ 7:04 AM CDT
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