Principles For Living

“… do it all in the name of the Lord…’ Colossians 3:17 NIVRomans153

Observe: (1) You can have more, as long as you don’t want it all for yourself. In a generation whose motto is ‘Look out for number one,’ we need to be reminded that ‘Christ did not please himself.’ (Romans 15:3 NIV) He didn’t live to enrich Himself, but to enrich others. You won’t find a speck of selfishness in Him. He’s worthy to be called ‘Master’, because He first mastered Himself by denying Himself and living for others. (2) You can get almost anything done, as long as you don’t care who gets the credit. ‘What ever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus.’ Pride brought Satan down and it will bring you down too. Ivan O Miller quoted, ‘Humility is such a frail and delicate thing that he who dares to think that he has it, proves by that single thought that he has it not.’ When you succeed and the accolades start coming your way, enjoy them briefly. Then pass them on to the true source of all your accomplishments – God. (3) You can hasten the answer, as long as you don’t despise the source. Naaman  the leper discovered that you can have what God offers, but on God’s terms, not yours (2 Kings 5:1-14). And God’s terms are ‘faith’ and ‘obedience’. Faith is like electricity: you don’t have to analyse or understand it to enjoy its benefits. All you have to do is plug it in! What has God told you to go? Obey Him! Stop wavering, stop procrastinating, stop arguing with Him and do what He tells you. You’ll love the results.

*The Word for Today is published by UCB Australia. A free introductory copy of the devotional may be obtained from UCB Australia; 1800 00 777 0 or admin@ucb.com.au*

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