Archive for October, 2010

Success and Balance

Dear Friends,
One of my good friends just got a big promotion so I did two things: 1) I congratulated her and 2) I started praying for her to have wisdom in her new job and for balance in her life. Part of being friends with others is not only to be happy for them when they get promotions and successes but also to encourage them to have a balanced life. She will now have to make many decisions both at work and at home so she can have time for her family and also be successful at work. But she can do it with the help of God and with the support from her friends. I encourage you to do the same. When your friends get promoted to new jobs and responsibilities, congratulate them but also pray for them. This devotional talks about walking in wisdom. Enjoy!

Walk in Wisdom
# 364

Proverbs 28:26 (NLT)
Trusting oneself is foolish, but those who walk in wisdom are safe.

As we grow in our careers, gain experience at our jobs, and become more successful because of our hard work and commitment, we will have the temptation to trust ourselves too much. The Bible says it is foolish to do so. First, we cannot forget it is God who gave us all the gifts and talents we have. Secondly, He is also the One who gave us the opportunities to succeed. So let’s not forget to give Him the glory for all of our successes. Thirdly, when we walk in His wisdom we are safe because we know we are doing what He told us to do. God’s wisdom is beyond our comprehension, and He will grant it to us when we ask Him for it. Part of being successful is having God’s wisdom in our lives.

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It Is Okay to Plan

Dear Friends,

Every year companies prepare for the following year and make plans for their future. We, as individuals, should do the same. Planning is not lack of faith, it is wisdom! Today I want to encourage you to plan your future. Make plans for what you want to achieve in your life and always include God in your plans. He will help you get there!

Don’t Be Afraid to Plan
Proverbs 3:21-22 (NLT)

My child, don’t lose sight of good planning and insight. Hang on to them, for they fill you with life and bring you honor and respect.

Many Christians nowadays don’t plan for the future, thinking Jesus is coming soon. They view planning and preparing as lack of faith. But that mind-set is not wise. We are to live our lives as if Jesus is coming today, spiritually speaking. Until He comes, we are to occupy, multiply, have dominium of, and steward God’s creation. The Bible says to not lose sight of good planning and insight, for they will fill us with life. When we don’t plan, we are choosing to let things happen in our lives and lose control. We are to plan good plans with God’s wisdom and guidance. Lack of planning brings uncertainty and fear. Planning brings peace, certainty, security, honor, and respect.

If you are a planner, those who watch you will see you as a wise person. Then you’ll have an opportunity to share your wisdom and where it comes from. Proverbs 2:11 (NLT) says, “Wise planning will watch over you. Understanding will keep you safe.” “You can lie down without fear and enjoy pleasant dreams” (Proverbs 3:24 NLT).

By planning all aspects of your life, you take control of your life and responsibility for your actions. But it also means you choose to give that control to God and let Him guide you. With God as part of your planning, you can’t go wrong because you have God’s will for you as your plan. And even though the enemy may try to change and confuse those plans, the Lord will give you wisdom “and you will know how to find the right course of action every time” (Proverbs 2:9 NLT).

Don’t be afraid to plan. Ask God for the wisdom to help you. Plan your life with the main purpose of bringing glory to Him.

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