Resolved to Make Changes

Luke 16:4

"I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses."

The parable of the unjust steward is a parable about a man who unwisely wasted his masters possessions. The Scriptures do not make it clear whether it was finances or simply not taking care of his masters physical possessions. The one thing we do know is that when he was confronted with his actions and was fired, he was resolved he would try to change his actions and win the heart of his master back, and he was successful with his resolution.

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Missing Your Divine Appointment

Luke 10:31

"And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side."

Every day there are divine appointments we miss because of our blindness to God's guiding hand. The parable of the man who fell among thieves is a classic picture of two men who missed their divine appointment. After the man was robbed, beaten and left to die, the priest and Levite walked by his way but did nothing for this dying man because they wanted nothing to do with the situation. When the Samaritan came by his way, he stopped, bandaged the man and brought him to safety until his healing. Each of these men had a divine appointment that day, but only one fulfilled his appointment. I find four reasons from this story why people miss their divine appointments.

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The Giving Principle

Luke 6:38

"Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again."

Most people are stingy from their childhood. You often see children not sharing their toys. When a child is given a couple pieces of candy they often become very stingy and won't give the other piece away because of the desire of the flesh to keep everything for itself. Giving is not a natural desire of the flesh.

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The Cross of Christianity

Mark 15:20

"And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple from him, and put his own clothes on him, and led him out to crucify him."

Every Christian must bear a cross if they are going to follow Jesus. Jesus was our example and He had to bear the cross. When you look at the whole experience of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, you will soon realize what the cross of Christianity means.

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Follow Me

Mark 2:14

" And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the receipt of custom, and said unto him, Follow me. And he arose and followed him."

Two of the most powerful words that Jesus said was, "Follow me." I seriously doubt the disciples understood what following Jesus would do for their lives. Because they obeyed this simple command, their lives were turned upside down. They went from ordinary people to leaders in Christianity. They did not know who they were following at the time, but they knew there was something different about Him.

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Bible Thoughts by Terry Hedderman

Sunday, 10/12/14  Don’t have anything special planned for today? Start working on 2 Cor 7:1: Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.           Acts 18:15 But if it be a question of words and names, and of your law, look ye to it; for I will be no judge of such matters. Gallio wouldn’t rule in matters in he didn’t have authority over, or in matters of which he was ignorant. Perhaps we could learn this lesson??                   Acts 21:23 Do therefore this that we say to thee: We have 4 men which have a vow on them...  They used a human solution to Paul’s presence in Jerusalem, but there is no mention of praying for Divine intervention for his protection. There is no mention of submission and supplication and seeking the mind of the Lord. How do you tend to solve your problems? By man’s best guesses, or by God’s precepts?            Ps 119:89 For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven. However disrupted and unsettled your life is, rest and revel in the stability of eternal things.

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