We’ve all heard someone say, “He’s a self-made man.” What are they saying in this statement? Are they saying that this individual achieved success by his hard work and sweat? Many a person has achieved success through honest hard work. There is a danger for any of us who may have achieved significance through our work. That danger is the belief that we achieved it through our own efforts apart from God’s grace and mercy. When we live in this belief, we assert that we are entitled to certain rights and privileges because of the position we have earned and feel we deserve.
The prodigal son’s brother who refused to celebrate the wayward son’s return was a man who felt he was entitled to certain rights. He saw himself as one who had been faithful to his responsibilities and deserving of more attention. He could not appreciate his brother’s failure and the pain of falling into a sinful life because, in his mind, he had never failed. This pride kept him from experiencing God’s real grace. This is how legalism develops in believers. It grows into a cold heart and an insensitive attitude toward others who may have stumbled in their lives. This same brother did not truly understand the love of his father apart from works; for he felt he gained acceptance only by doing his job.
Do you feel accepted by God, regardless of what you do? Have you wrongfully viewed your works as something you alone have achieved? These are the minefields of which each of us in business must be aware. God has gifted us to accomplish anything through His grace, not by our works.
“You may say to yourself, ‘My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.'” Deuteronomy 8:17
Today God Is First (TGIF) devotional message, Copyright by Os Hillman, Marketplace Leaders.
There is an oxymoron throughout the Bible. It says that brokenness is strength. How can this be? How can brokenness be strength? In order to use men and women to their fullest extent, the Lord has to break His servants so that they might have a new kind of strength that is not human in origin. It is strength in spirit that is born only through brokenness.
Paul was broken on the Damascus road.
Peter was broken after Jesus was taken prisoner.
Jacob was broken at Peniel.
David was broken after his sin with Bathsheba.
The list could go on of those the Lord had to break in different ways before they could be used in the Kingdom.
When we are broken, we see the frailty of human strength and come to grips with the reality that we can do nothing in our own strength. Then, new strength emerges that God uses mightily. God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.
Do not fear brokenness, for it may be the missing ingredient to a life that emerges with a new kind of strength and experience not known before. Pray for a broken and contrite heart that God can bless.
In life we wont always stay on top of the Mountain. We have to traverse the valleys as well. Bishop Ryan Reddie of Seaview Gardens New Testament COG preaches on the topic of ‘A Better Place To Be’. He preaches about the Mountains and Valleys that we experience in life.
Bishop Ryan Reddie of Seaview Gardens New Testament COG preaches on the topic of ‘A Better Place To Be’. He explains the purpose of going through trials and how the outcome is a thing of beauty; Metamorphosis.
Many times we are in a situation and we attempt to fix things without Go. this is often a mistake as things are beyond our own capabilities. Only God is able to Fix It. Minister Clive Abrahams of Seaview Gardens New Testament Church of God, shares some important points about God, in bible study.
It is a magnificent thing, when we live a life under the shadow of the Almighty. Marvelous things happen, miracles, in God’s Presence. Minister Clive Abrahams of Seaview Gardens New Testament Church of God, talking about a God incident. Many of us can relate to that. Tune in for more, in bible study.
Father and Saviour, Lord I praise you,
You are a divine God who sees favor in a lowly human such as me. I thank you for taking the time out to care for my family, friends and loved ones. I thank you for meeting my needs and feeding me everyday; for clothing me and for some where to lay my head at night. Jesus, I thank for looking out for me from the womb, until now. Lord your are surely worthy of every praise and thankfulness, in Jesus name, amen.