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Re: Daily Encounter with: ACTS International

Post  Admin on Tue 11 Feb 2014, 11:28 pm

Today's Daily Encounter

Never Alone  

"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of
death, I will fear no evil, for you [God/Jesus] are
with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me….
Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of
my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD
forever."1

Dr. David Sylvester tells how, "During World War II, a
young Jewish man known as Solomon, his wife, and sons
Jacob and David were subjected to the horrors of a Nazi
concentration camp. Prisoners were forced to work
torturous hours in the fields, or were burned to death
in the ovens if found to be of little or no value as a
worker. Little David had an injured leg, which required
a brace rendering him unable to work in the fields.
Upon his arrival from work, Solomon inquired of Jacob
as to the whereabouts of his younger son, David, and
the boys' mother.

"Jacob whimpered, 'The soldiers came to take David to
the ovens, and Mother went with him so that he would
not have to go alone.'"2

We have the promise of our Lord Jesus Christ that
wherever we go or whatever we may experience--including
the valley of death, he will go with us. The Psalmist
said, 'Even though I walk through the valley of the
shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you [God] are
with me.' And Jesus himself promised that he would
never ever leave or forsake us.3

And so we are graphically reminded again how Jesus, the
eternal Son of God, came as a babe so that we would
never have to face death alone. He loved us so much
that he went alone in our place to die on that
excruciatingly painful Roman cross to pay the penalty
for all of our sins so that we could be freely forgiven
by God, receive his gift of eternal life, and never
ever have to face eternal death which is eternal
separation from God, the author of all love and life. 

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, how can I ever thank You
enough for your great love in giving Your Son, Jesus,
to die in my place to pay the penalty for all my sins
so that I can be freely forgiven and receive Your gift
of eternal life? Help me to so live that my life will
be a living sacrifice for You in gratitude for all that
You have done for me. Thank You for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name,
amen."

Note: If you have never accepted God's gift of
forgiveness and eternal life, for a prayer to help you
to do this click on "God's Invitation" at
http://tinyurl.com/6k49w.

1. Psalm 23:4, 6 (NIV).
2. Dr. David Sylvester, Denton, Texas.
3. Hebrews 13:5.

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Today's Daily Encounter

When Prayer Falls on Deaf Ears  

"If we ask anything according to God's will, he hears
us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask,
we know that we have the request which we have asked
from him."1

A Daily Encounter subscriber writes, "Being the
doubting Thomas that I am, I feel that my prayers fall
on deaf ears and my wife and I even argue about the
effect of prayer today. If the power of prayer were
effective today, I feel there would be less death,
sickness, and turmoil. I struggle with it all."

Certainly at times it can be difficult to understand
why some prayers seem to get answered while others seem
to never get answered. However, we also need to realize
that sometimes God answers, "Yes" … sometimes "no" …
sometimes, "wait a while." So, what makes the
difference?

First, pray in harmony with God's will. To get a "yes"
answer to prayer, as today's Scripture points out, it
is essential that all of our prayers are in harmony
with God's will. When we pray accordingly, we have the
assurance that God both hears and answers our prayers.
To know how to pray in harmony with God's will, we need
to know what God's Word, the Bible, teaches. Of this we
can be certain, God will never answer a prayer that is
opposed to his Word.

Second, pray the right prayer. Realize that some
prayers don't get answered because we aren't praying
the right prayer; that is, we may be praying with wrong
motives. As God's Word also points out: "You do not
have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do
not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that
you may spend what you get on your pleasures."2

Third, pray about causes. Another wrong prayer is when
we want and ask God to deliver us from the symptoms of
problems while we are in denial about or are avoiding
facing and praying about the cause/s of the problem.
For example, if we have stomach ulcers, there is no
point asking God to heal this problem if we don't face
and deal with the cause of the ulcers. In most cases
it's not what we eat that cause stomach ulcers, but
rather what is "eating" us, which could be stress,
guilt caused by unconfessed sin, an impaired
relationship, or any of a hundred other
causes--especially including super-charged repressed
negative emotions. As John Powell has said, "When I
repress my emotions, my stomach keeps score."

Fourth, Pray believing. Faith, too, is essential for
effective prayer. As Jesus said, "All things, whatever
you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive,"3 and
"according to your faith will it be done to you."4

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please give me a love for
learning what Your Word, the Bible, teaches so that I
will always know how to pray in harmony with Your will.
Also help me to see anything that I may be contributing
to the problems I am experiencing, and help me always
to pray believing and with the right motives. Thank You
for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in
Jesus's name, amen."

For additional help, see the article, "How to Get
Prayer Answered," at:
http://www.actsweb.org/articles/article.php?i=114&d=1&c=10&p=1.


1. 1 John 5:14-15 (NIV).
2. James 4:2-3 (NIV).
3. Matthew 21:22 (NIV).
4. Matthew 9:29 (NIV).

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Today's Daily Encounter

The Power of One  

"I [God] sought for a man [person] among them who would
make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf
of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found
no one."1

Have you ever felt helpless in light of the seemingly
overwhelming problems we face in today's world--either
at home or abroad? The truth of the matter, however, is
that one person can make a world of difference to at
least one other person and, more often than not, to a
host of other persons.

Some time ago a friend sent the following anonymous
poem to me. I'd like to share it with you today.

    One song can spark a moment,
    One flower can wake the dream.
    One tree can start a forest,
    One bird can herald spring.
    One smile begins a friendship,
    One handclasp lifts a soul.
    One star can guide a ship at sea,
    One word can frame the goal.
    One vote can change a nation,
    One sunbeam can light a room.
    One candle can wipe out darkness,
    One laugh will conquer gloom.
    One step must start each journey,
    One word must start each prayer.
    One hope will raise our spirits,
    One touch can show you care.
    One voice can speak with wisdom,
    One heart can know what's true.
    One life can make the difference,
    You see it's up to YOU!

As another has said, "All the darkness in the world
cannot extinguish the light of one small candle." And
as Edward Everett Hale so eloquently said, "I am only
one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but
still I can do something; and because I cannot do
everything, I will not refuse to do something that I
can do."Don't ever forget how very important you are in
your world and remember too, that "One person is very
important to God, too." Most of his work on earth has
been started by one person. God is always looking for
people who will do his work on earth. Will you be the
one he is looking for today?

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, I'm available. I want to
say yes to You today and be one You are looking for.
Please use me to be a part of Your plans in what You
are doing in the world in which I live. Please show me
where I can begin. Thank You for hearing and answering
my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen."

1. Ezekiel 22:30 (NKJV).

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Today's Daily Encounter

Hornet Persuasion  

"I [God] will send the hornet ahead of you to drive the
Hivites, Canaanites and Hittites out of your way."1

In much younger days I used to play a guitar (long
before they became as popular as they are today) and
sing. One of my favorite songs was the "Hornet Song"
that went something like the following:

When the Canaanites hardened their hearts against God,
And grieved Him because of their sin,
God sent along hornets to bring them to terms,
And to help His own people to win.

Now the hornets persuaded them that it was best
To go quickly and not to go slow,
They didn't compel them to go 'gainst their will.
But they just made them willing to go.

If a nest of live hornets were brought to this room,
And the creatures allowed to go free,
You would not need urging to make yourself scarce,
You'd want to get out, don't you see!

When Jonah was sent to the work of the Lord,
The outlook was not very bright,
Why he never had done such a hard thing before,
So he backed out and ran off from the fight.

Now, the Lord sent a big fish to swallow him up,
The story I am sure you all know,
God didn't compel him to go 'gainst his will,
But He just made him willing to go.

Chorus:
God doesn't compel us to go, oh, no!
He never compels us to go,
God does not compel us to go 'gainst our will,
But He just makes us willing to go.

So here I am today--many years hence--doing with my
life what I believe God wants me to do--and finding it
incredibly fulfilling. "God's hornets" for me involved
an accident on a construction site that put me in the
hospital for a few days and out of work for a few weeks
while recuperating. God had to put me flat on my back
so I would stop and hear what he had been trying to get
me to hear for about three years. While in the hospital
I "heard" God's call--loud and clear--and "knew that I
knew that I knew" what I needed to do. That was to go
back to school and train for a lifetime of Christian
ministry. How thankful I am today for the "hornets" God
has sent into my life on several other occasions as
well.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank You that your call
to each one of us is persistent, so please give me
hearing ears and a listening heart to hear you call
that I will know without a doubt that I am fulfilling
my God-given life purpose to the very best of my
ability. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen."

1. Exodus 23: 28 (NIV).

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Today's Daily Encounter
I Respectfully Disagree With You  

"Has God said?"1

I was recently discussing the subject of homosexuality
with a person who claims to believe in God, but when I
shared with her what God's Word has to say about this
subject, she said, "I respectfully disagree with you."

The fact is, however, she wasn't disagreeing with me,
she was disagreeing with God's Word, the Bible, and to
disagree with the Bible, is to disagree with God. Quite
a superior stand to take! Putting one's self above God
is an insidious and ultimately self-destructive stand
to take.

Doing this is precisely the essence of sin and is how
sin entered the human race through Adam and Eve, the
first man and woman. God had given both total freedom
to eat of every fruit in the Garden of Eden except for
just one fruit. This was a test and an opportunity for
them to choose to follow God or to oppose him. When
Satan, the devil, disguised as a serpent, came to tempt
Adam and Eve, in referring to the forbidden fruit, he
said to Eve, "Has God said?" 

And then extended to Eve a part truth in order to
deceive her. He said to her, "If you eat of the
forbidden fruit, you will be as the gods knowing the
difference between good and evil." This was the part
truth, but what Satan didn't say was that if she ate of
the forbidden fruit, she would be forever confirmed in
a state of sin/evil which would cause her to be
separated from God. Sadly, Eve bought into the lie,
took of the forbidden fruit, ate it and shared it with
Adam, and he ignored God's directive too. 

So Eve set herself up as the judge between God and
Satan. In doing this, she fell for the trap, ate of the
forbidden fruit as did Adam, and in doing so they
brought sin into the human race. In essence Adam and
Eve were, through their actions, saying to God, "I
respectfully disagree with you."

So when it comes to issues such as homosexuality, gay
marriage, and many other moral issues, has God said?
Indeed he has--very clearly in his Word. Whether it be
by an individual, a church, a denomination, or a
country--we oppose God's Word and God's instructions to
our peril! The reality is that while God loves all
sinners, He hates sin because it is so totally
destructive of those whom he loves, and that is you and
me. It is also destructive of families and entire
nations. 

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please give me a genuine
love for, and an appreciation of, Your Word as found in
the Bible, knowing that Your Word is always truth and
Your directions for all of life--for this life and
preparing us for life beyond the grave in eternity.
Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully in Jesus's name, amen."

1. Genesis 3:1 (KJV).

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Preach the Word  

"I solemnly urge you in the presence of God and Christ
Jesus, who will someday judge the living and the dead
when he appears to set up his Kingdom: Preach the word
of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or
not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your
people with good teaching. For a time is coming when
people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome
teaching. They will follow their own desires and will
look for teachers who will tell them whatever their
itching ears want to hear. They will reject the truth
and chase after myths."1

In August of last year, California Governor Brown
signed the Transgender Student Bill which makes the
state of California the first state to allow students
from grade school through high school access whichever
restroom and locker room they want--regardless of their
birth gender. And what, pray tell me, does this do for
the privacy of straight boys and girls? And imagine how
this will be open to abuse by non-discretionary teenage
boys with raging hormones? And how are parents going to
protect their children from this absurdity? It is a
further step in the ever-increasing moral decay of our
ever- sickening political correct society. See
http://tinyurl.com/k6xbdvn for more details.

What amazes me in our society today is that liberal
groups such as the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and
transgender), the PC (politically correct) people, the
ACLU (American Civil Liberty Union), anti-Christian and
other like-minded liberal groups push and push and push
until their personal desires, their perceived rights,
and activities are not only accepted but given full
approval regardless of their agenda so that to speak
out against them one can be sued for a so-called hate
crime.

But where is the voice of the Church? Have we allowed
Political Correctness (which more often than not is
anything but correct) to silence us? Leaders are called
to "preach the Word;" that is, the Word of God.

To be genuine Christians and believers in God, we need
to love that which God loves and hate that which God
hates. God loves all people. He loves that which is
righteous, that which is just, that which is true, and
that which is wholesome. At the same time God hates all
sin and all evil because it destroys those whom he
loves; that is you, me, and all people.

We are called to take a stand for our Christian faith.
As God's Word says, "Be on your guard; stand firm in
the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in
love."2

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank You for Your Word,
the Bible, that gives instructions for life so that all
who live according to Your Word--and in harmony with
your will--will learn how to fully live and fully love.
Help me always to so live. Thank You for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus's name, amen."

1. 2 Timothy 4:1-4 (NLT).
2. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 (NIV). 

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Trapped in a Pile of Mud  

"When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he
already had been in that condition a long time, He said
to him, "Do you want to be made well?"1

A Daily Encounter subscriber shares his struggle
saying, "My life is trapped in a pile of mud … down
under the ocean."

"Dear Friend," I replied, "I am saddened to hear that
you feel so downcast. You are certainly not alone in
your struggle. For many, life is a struggle, a
disappointment; or depressing. Speaking personally, I
came from a very dysfunctional family background, felt
rejected by my father, was extremely insecure in
younger days, plus, because of my unresolved personal
issues (damaged emotions), my first marriage was a
disaster. Furthermore, because of my family background
where love for me in my subconscious mind meant feeling
rejected and being hurt, I was afraid to love and knew
that if I didn't get the help I needed, I would be
running from love for the rest of my life. 

"However, with the support of good friends, in-depth
professional counseling, and by the grace God, I have
survived, and life for me these days has never been
more fulfilling. My recovery, however, didn't happen
overnight. It took determination, a steadfast
commitment to "being made well," and lots of help. Note
that Jesus didn't say to the crippled man, "Do you wish
to be made well? It was, "Do you want to be made well?"
To be made well, we need to want it badly enough to
take full responsibility and do everything we need to
do in order to be made well. The half-hearted never
make it.

"Once you work through and resolve your pain, one of
the most important things you can do is to 'invest your
pain' as it were; by learning how to overcome, and then
by becoming a wounded healer to support others in their
recovery. I am quick to admit that if there is any
quality and depth in the ministry that has been
entrusted to me today, most of it has come out of my
years of personal struggle and learning how to
overcome. 

"I encourage you to pray that God will reveal to you
the pathway for your healing and recovery; that He will
lead you to find the help you need to fully recover,
and that He will then use you to become a fellow
wounded healer. To find a highly qualified Christian
professional counselor, if you live in the U.S. or
Canada, I suggest that you call the office of the
Narramore Christian Foundation at 1-800-477-5893, and
press '1' for Dianne, and she should be able to give
you the contact information for a counselor or two in
your area.

"True, counseling can be expensive, but in many ways
some of us can't afford not to receive it. For many
months I worked two jobs at once--one in the daytime
and the other at night--to pay for the counseling I
needed.

"For today's suggested prayer I encourage you pray the
following simple prayer at the beginning of every day
for the rest of your life: 'Dear God, again today I
commit and trust my life and way to You. Please help me
to become the person you want me to be, and please use
me to be 'as Jesus' in some way to every life I have
contact with today. Thank You for hearing and answering
my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen.'

"I have prayed this prayer every day since my youth and
plan to keep praying it every day for the rest of my
life. I hope that you will too. Given time and asking
God to help you find the help you need to 'get out of
the mud,' you will find that it will help you
tremendously as long as you pray it consistently and
sincerely.

"Furthermore, for a starting point, if you have never
accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior knowing that your
sins are forgiven by God, be sure to read the article,
'How to Be Sure You're a Real Christian' at:
www.actsweb.org/christian. I'm sure, too, that some of
the articles online at:
www.actsweb.org/articles/Solutions.php will be a help.
And I suggest that you read the book, You Can't Fly
With a Broken Wing. This book was written out of my
overcoming life's struggles, and can be purchased on
sale at: http://actscom.com/store."

1. John 5:6 (NKJV).

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Post  Admin on Fri 31 Jan 2014, 9:57 pm

Today's Daily Encounter

Lessons From Eagles  

"Dear brothers and sisters, whenever trouble comes your
way, let it be an opportunity for joy. For when your
faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.
So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully
developed, you will be strong in character and ready
for anything."1

"Though many of us have seen pictures of a huge eagle's
nest high in the branches of a tree or in the crag of a
cliff, few of us have gotten a glimpse inside. When a
mother eagle builds her nest she starts with thorns,
broken branches, sharp rocks, and a number of other
items that seem entirely unsuitable for the project.
But then she lines the nest with a thick padding of
wool, feathers, and fur from animals she has killed,
making it soft and comfortable for the eggs. 

"By the time the growing birds reach flying age, the
comfort of the nest and the luxury of free meals makes
them quite reluctant to leave. That's when the mother
eagle begins stirring up the nest. With her strong
talons she begins pulling up the thick carpet of fur
and feathers, bringing the sharp rocks and branches to
the surface. As more of the bedding gets plucked up,
the nest becomes more uncomfortable for the young
eagles. Eventually, this and other urgings prompt the
growing eagles to leave their once-comfortable abode
and move on to more mature behavior."2 

Yesterday we implied that motivation comes from
within--that only we can motivate ourselves. When it
comes to growth, however, there is another motivator to
help get us motivated--and that is pain that is either
caused or allowed by God. Like the mother eagle
"motivating" her eaglets to launch out to grow towards
their full potential, pain and troubles in our life can
be "God's wake-up call" to "stir up our nest," to
motivate us to move us out of our comfort zone, and
grow towards our God-given potential to become all that
he envisioned for us to be and to do all that he wants
us to do. 

However, it's best to get smart. If we choose to move
"out of our comfort zone nest" and become motivated
about and involved in God's work, we may avoid some
prickly thorns that God may need to send into our life
to stir us out of our nest. 

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, in all the trials and
troubles You allow to come into my life, please help me
use these as an opportunity to grow so that I will
become 'strong in character and ready for anything.'
Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen." 

1. James 1:2-4 (NLT). 
2. Today in the Word, June 11, 1989

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Do You Want to Be Made Whole?  

"Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity
thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and
knew that he already had been in that condition a long
time, He said to him, 'Do you want to be made well
[whole]?'"1

If I were to ask you if you want to be made whole, I'm
sure you would say yes. But what does it mean to be
whole? Simply put, it means to become a whole person
especially in mind and spirit; that is, to become
emotionally well, and spiritually well. Quite a
challenge to be sure.

As long as we live in our human body we will be subject
to sickness and disease. However, the more whole we
become emotionally and spiritually, the healthier we
are more likely to be physically. Unresolved spiritual
and/or emotional issues make us much more susceptible
to illnesses of all kinds. 

For instance, a person whose life is riddled with guilt
because of unconfessed sin, or is nursing a grudge and
refusing to forgive someone who has hurt him or her is
more than likely to get sick physically and/or
mentally. Many an ulcer, for example, is caused not so
much by what we are eating but by what is eating us on
the inside. And when I repress super-charged negative
emotions, as John Powell puts it, "My stomach keeps
score."

While the principle for being made well/whole is
simple, the process is anything but simple. That is, if
we want to be made well/whole, we need to resolve all
past hurts, forgive anyone and everybody who has ever
hurt us, face and resolve every buried negative
emotion, deal with and resolve any unconfessed sin, and
make our life right with God.

Remember, too, there is a world of difference between a
want and a wish. To be made well/whole takes total
commitment, personal honesty, and determination. The
half-hearted never make it. They may wish to get well
but they don't want it badly enough to be willing to
pay the price of doing what it takes to be made
well/whole.

Jesus' invitation is still available. Receiving the
answer is up to each one of us. Do you truly want to be
made whole/well? For only to the degree that we are
made whole will our lifestyle, our behavior and
actions, our manner of living, and our relationships be
wholesome.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to
understand fully what it means and what it takes to be
made whole, and give me the courage and will to do what
I need to do in order to be made whole. Thank You for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's
name, amen."

1. John 5:5-6 (NKJV).

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No Greater Love  

"Greater love has no man than this that he lay down his
life for his friends."1

Gregory Robertson, a parachute safety and training
adviser and a veteran of several hundred parachute
jumps, followed six other sky divers out of a plane two
miles above the ground.

At 1¾ miles the six attempted to link hands. One of the
divers, Debbie Williams, accidentally collided with one
of the other skydivers and knocked herself unconscious.
Seeing her plight, Robertson tucked his arms to his
sides and, using his shoulders to steer himself, went
after Debbie. Plunging downward at 200 miles per hour,
he was able to catch her. Maneuvering her into a
sitting position, Robertson yanked her rip cord. They
were at 2,700 feet! At 2,000 feet he opened his own
chute. Ten seconds later he would have slammed into the
ground.

As Jesus said, there is no greater love than someone
being willing to give or even risk his or her own life
to save another's. But God's love for us is even
greater. As the Bible says, "Very rarely will anyone
die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone
might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates His
own love for us in this: While we were still sinners,
Christ died for us."2

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, because You loved me
enough to die for me, help me love You enough to live
for You every day for the rest of my life. Please use
me to be a vital part of what You are doing in the
world today to save those who are plummeting toward
eternal death without Christ. Thank You for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name,
amen."

1. John 15:13.
2. Romans 5:7-8 (NIV) 

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Report Card  

"For we must all appear before the judgment seat of
Christ."1

Report cards can make students nervous when having to
give a less than desirable report to their parents. I
received a report card from one of my sons when he was
13. It read:

    Dad's Report Card
    Love: A
    Patience: A
    Understanding: A
    Intelligence: A
    Sense of humor: A
    Helpfulness: A
    Kindness: A
    Wisdom: A
    Allowances: C-

It was a birthday card, the inside of which read:
"Let's see if we can't bring that last grade up a bit,
Dad!"

Jokes aside, I wonder if we wouldn't be better parents
if we were regularly graded by our kids!

Whenever there is accountability with responsibility
the results are usually more effective. For example, in
ancient Rome when the scaffolding was removed from a
completed Roman arch, the law required the engineer who
built it to test its strength by standing beneath it.

The engineer knew his life depended on the quality of
his work. Thus, it is no accident that Roman arches
have survived for hundreds of years!

Perhaps it would be wise to remind ourselves that each
of us is accountable and eventually will stand before
God to give an account of how we have lived and served
God while here on earth. May each of us hear the Savior
say, "Well done good and faithful servant. Enter into
the joy of your Lord."

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, grant that when my works
are tested, that they won't burn up as wood, hay and
stubble, but will, by Your grace, be as pure gold.
Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen." 

1. 2 Corinthians 5:10.

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Discovering God's Will for Your Life  

"I take joy in doing your will, my God, for your
instructions are written on my heart."1

A Daily Encounter reader asks, "How does one know that
God is speaking to him or her? I am very confused
because I do not know what God wants me to do with my
life."

In younger days I used to struggle with the same
question; that is, how can I know the will of God for
my life? The following comes from what I learned:

First, and most important, is that it is always God's
will for us to put God first in our lives and to live
in harmony with what His Word, the Bible, teaches.

Second, ask God to help you discover what your
God-given life purpose is, and then do what is
necessary to fulfill this purpose. This will be
achieved by developing and using your God-given natural
gifts and talents to serve Him. Realize, too, that we
serve God by serving/helping people.

Third, when fulfilling the above, you will enjoy and
find fulfillment in the work/service (either paid or
volunteer) that you do. Referring to Jesus, David, the
Psalmist, wrote: "I take joy in doing your will, my
God." When we live in harmony with and do the will of
God, we, too, will find joy and fulfillment.

Fourth, unless we have a "specific call" from God for a
specific task such as being a missionary (or other
ministry), we can do any of a number of things and
still be doing God's will. For instance, picture God's
will as traveling on a "train" that will take you to
heaven when your life on earth is ended. While God is
in charge of that train, we have all the freedom to
move around in that train, and be involved in varied
activities using our abilities to serve others. Should
God be calling you to a specific task, it will be much
like what Oswald Chambers once said: "The call of God
is like the call of the sea to a sailor." That is, a
man who senses the call of the sea, will never rest
until he launches out to sea to answer that inner
urging. For more details on the call of God, see the
article, "Baffling Call of God," online at:
http://tinyurl.com/callofGod.

Fifth, realize that God is not co-dependent. He will
give wisdom and guidance if we ask Him to (see Proverbs
3:5-6), but He doesn't make our decisions for us. So
don't wait for a special vision, just put to use the
talents you have in serving others through your local
church, a para-church organization, with a volunteer
service organization, through visiting the sick or
shut-ins, helping a neighbor, or just in one or more of
normal, everyday activities.

Sixth, every morning pray and commit and trust your
life and way to God and trust Him to lead you in the
way that is best for you to go. I have prayed this
prayer almost every day since my youth and, as I look
back, can see how God has answered this prayer in so
many ways that I never would have dreamed possible.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to discover
my God-given life purpose, to live in harmony with Your
will, and to develop and use my God-given gifts and
talents in a way that will best serve You and fulfill
Your purpose for my life--and therein find joy and
fulfillment. Thank You for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully in Jesus's name, amen."

1. Psalm 40:8 (NLT). 

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Today's Daily Encounter

Words  

"A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a
setting of silver."1

I love words. With words we can move people to laugh,
to cry, to love us or to hate us. With words we can
inspire some to noble deeds of kindness, or if we are
so inclined, we can persuade others to dastardly deeds
of violence and evil.

I love one-liners too. They can make powerful
statements. I've been collecting them for years from
various sources. I wish I knew who said each one; some
I do, but unfortunately many I don't. I trust the
following will be as enriching to you as they have been
and are to me.

"The tragedy in life," said Albert Schweitzer, "is not
that we die, but rather, what dies inside a man while
he lives."

"The unattended garden," wrote A.W. Tozer, "will soon
be overrun with weeds; the heart that fails to
cultivate truth and root out error, will shortly be a
theological wilderness."

Abraham Lincoln said, "The best thing about the future
is that it comes only one day at a time."

A Chinese proverb says, "The longest journey begins
with the first step." And another, "Dig your well
before you're thirsty." "If one stays too long in his
shell, he'll wind up nuts."

"When you have a lot of rough edges, you're easy to get
hold of but hard to embrace."

"People don't care how much you know until they know
how much you care."

"To have a healthy sense of self-worth you don't have
to be the best. Just be your best."

Winston Churchill wisely observed that opposition can
be a healthy thing saying: "Kites rise against, not
with the wind." 

"If you resent it, don't do it; if you do it, don't
resent it."

Ivy Baker Priest said, "The world is round, and the
place which may seem like an end may also be only the
beginning." 

And finally, "The way we treat people is the way we
treat God."

Suggested prayer: "Thank You God for Your words in Your
Word. Like David, help me to hide Your Word in my heart
so I won't sin against You. And grant that my words
will be 'like apples of gold in settings of silver.'
Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen." 

1. Proverbs 25:11 (RSV).

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Flack Attacks  

"Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes
minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I
was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked. I have been
in danger from bandits, in danger from my own
countrymen, in danger from Gentiles ... and in danger
from false brothers."1

Flack is a normal part of front-line action. Whenever a
person invests his or her life in a worthwhile cause
and does a good job, especially if he or she doesn't
follow the party line, is not acting in a "politically
correct" manner, or swims against the tide of current
thought, he or she will inevitably become a target for
criticism from those who feel threatened or are in some
way jealous. The Apostle Paul's life is a prime
example.

The point is, flack is a part of the price of
leadership. If we don't want flack, all we need to do
is to stay a part of the status quo, don't rock the
boat, be politically correct, or stay at home. But
safety is not the way of true success. As one poet
wrote:

    I would rather stumble a thousand times 
    Attempting to reach a goal, 
    Than to sit in a crowd 
    In my weather-proof shroud, 
    A shriveled and self-satisfied soul. 
    I would rather be doing and daring 
    All of my error-filled days, 
    Than watching and waiting, and dying 
    Smug in my perfect ways. 
    I would rather wonder and blunder, 
    Stumbling blindly ahead, 
    Than for safety's sake 
    Lest I make a mistake 
    Be sure, be safe, be dead.

                        - Author Unknown

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please give me a passion
to live for and serve You. Help me always to take a
stand for all that Your Word, the Bible, teaches. And
please give me the courage to not shrink back because
of the attacks of those who oppose truth and Your work.
Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen." 

1. 2 Corinthians 11:24-26 (NIV).

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The Person God Uses  

"And I sought for a man among them that should make up
the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land,
that I should not destroy it: but I found none."1

"Down the streets of Portsmouth, two hundred years ago,
walked a sailor with one arm, one eye, a persistent
state of nerves, and unable to tread a ship's deck
without being seasick. Indeed he would probably have
been in a home for incurables, were not his name
Admiral Lord Nelson. The man's spirit drove the flesh.
The point is, when weighing the characteristics of a
leader, remember a stout spirit can drive a weak body a
long way."2

More than two thousand years ago God informed Ezekiel,
the prophet, that he was looking for a man to "stand in
the gap" to save the land. God, today, is still looking
for men and women who will stand in the gap to help
bring people to Jesus, for without him perishing souls
are lost forever. God uses ordinary people to fulfill
his goals on earth--the major qualification is not our
strength but having a stout spirit and being available
for God to use.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, in spite of my
inadequacies, I come to You and am available for
service. Please make me usable and use me to stand in
the gap to help bring the lost to Jesus. Thank You for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's
name, amen." 

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1. Ezekiel 22:30. 
2. Lt. General Ira C. Eaker.

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Creative Adversity  

"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes
on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and
in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the
earth."1

In 1832, French engineer Ferdinand Marie de Lesseps was
traveling on the Mediterranean Sea. One of the other
passengers (on the ship he was on) came down with a
contagious disease and the ship was quarantined.
Lesseps became very frustrated. To help kill time he
read the memoirs of Charles le Pere who had considered
the feasibility of building a canal from the
Mediterranean to the Red Sea. In 1869 the Suez Canal
was completed. It was constructed following the design
by and under the leadership of Lesseps.

It was during that quarantine thirty-seven years
earlier that the plan for the Suez Canal was germinated
and conceived by Ferdinand Marie de Lesseps. The world
has reaped the benefit ever since.

Probably more often than we realize, God uses adversity
to help us grow, to motivate us to find creative
solutions to life's problems, or to further his work.
For example, the early Christians didn't fulfill
Christ's commission to move out of Jerusalem with the
gospel to the ends of the earth until the Church faced
persecution. They were forced to move to the ends of
the earth.

This principle has been true in my life too. Just about
every major change in my life for the better has been
the result of some kind of setback or adversity.

So, every time adversity comes into your life, may I
suggest that you embrace it, and ask God what he is
saying or seeking you to learn or do through it.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, when facing a setback, or
enduring a loss, a disappointment, or a trial, help me
to 'hear' what You are saying to me through this
experience and how You want to use it in my life for
Your glory. Thank You for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen." 

1. Acts 1:8 (NIV)

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Today's Daily Encounter
The Search for Significance  

"Then he [Jesus] said to them, 'Watch out! Be on your
guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not
consist in the abundance of his possessions.'"1

Not all by any means, but most of the motivational
books and lectures that I have read and heard pretty
much measure success in terms of wealth and material
gain. For example, businessmen and women who are
considered successful are those who have built an
effective business that has become very profitable
financially. Most of these "successful" people have
been totally committed to and have invested their life
in achieving their goal of success.

However, many or at least some of these people after
they have reached the pinnacle of success in terms of
the world's measure of success ask themselves, "Is this
all there is to life?" and wonder, "What have I
achieved with my life that will leave anything of
lasting value after I have gone? What, if anything,
have I contributed to the betterment of mankind?" In
other words, "What have I done of lasting
significance?"

The reality is that one can achieve success and receive
many accolades and obtain wide recognition, and yet not
have achieved anything of lasting significance. On the
other hand, if one has invested his or her life in
things of lasting value, he or she is the one who has
achieved real success and whose life is truly
significant--with or without any accolades,
recognition, or monetary gain. 

In other words I can be "outwardly successful" but not
have any significance, but if I have achieved
significance I will be truly successful. 

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to become
significant by my life's priorities, in the way I
invest my life, and in the worthwhile goals I
achieve--and be genuinely successful by Your standards.
Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen." 

1. Luke 12:15 (NIV).

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Today's Daily Encounter

Strength out of Weakness  

"My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is
made perfect in weakness."1

In his book, Confidence, Alan Loy McGinnis talks about
a famous study entitled "Cradles of Eminence" by Victor
and Mildred Goertzel, in which the family backgrounds
of 300 highly successful people were studied.

Many of the names of those in the study were well-known
to most of us--including Franklin D. Roosevelt, Helen
Keller, Winston Churchill, Albert Schweitzer, Gandhi,
and Einstein--all of whom were brilliant in their field
of expertise.

The results of this study are both surprising and
encouraging for many of us who came from a less than
desirable home life. For example: "Three-quarters of
the children were troubled either by poverty, by a
broken home, or by rejecting, over-possessive or
dominating parents.

"Seventy-four of 85 writers of fiction or drama and 16
of the 20 poets came from homes where, as children,
they saw tense psychological drama played out by their
parents.

"Physical handicaps such as blindness, deafness, or
crippled limbs characterized over one-quarter of the
sample."

These people who had confidence in their abilities and
put them to creative use had more weaknesses and
handicaps than many who have all of their faculties
intact and who had a reasonably good home life
background. So, what made the difference? Probably by
compensating for their weaknesses they excelled in
other areas.

One man reported, "What has influenced my life more
than any other single thing has been my stammer. Had I
not stammered I would probably have gone to Cambridge
as my brothers did, perhaps have become a don and every
now and then published a dreary book about French
literature." The speaker who stammered until his death
was W. Somerset Maugham, as he looked back on his life
at age 86.

"By then he had become a world-renowned author of more
than 20 books, 30 plays, and scores of essays and short
stories."

It's not what we have or don't have that matters in
life but what we do with what we have. All God expects
of us is that we don't allow our past to determine our
future, and that with his help we use what we have to
the best of our ability.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank You for the gifts
You have given to me, no matter how small or large,
help me to develop and use them to my total God-given
potential, and to use them for Your glory. Thank You
for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in
Jesus's name, amen." 

1. 2 Corinthians 12:9.

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Today's Daily Encounter

On Being a Positive Realist  

"Then he [Jesus] touched their eyes and said,
'According to your faith will it be done to you,' and
their sight was restored."1

I like to think I am a positive realist. For example,
if I've been hit by a Mac truck all the positive
thinking in the world won't take away the pain. But if
I am a positive realist, I will acknowledge the fact
that I've been hurt real bad, but with God's help and
the best medical help I can find I will do all in my
power to overcome what has happened to me.

One's thinking does make a big difference. If you keep
telling yourself and believing you will overcome,
chances are you will make great gains much faster than
if you keep telling yourself all is lost.

As Baudjuin said, "To be ambitious for wealth, and yet
always expecting to be poor; to be always doubting your
ability to get what you long for, is like trying to
reach east by traveling west. There is no philosophy
which will help man to succeed when he is always
doubting his ability to do so, and thus attracting
failure. No matter how hard you work for success, if
your thoughts are saturated with the fear of failure,
it will kill your efforts, neutralize your endeavors,
and make success impossible."

It is still true, "According to your faith it will be
done to you."

Suggested Prayer: "Dear God, please give me the faith
to overcome every setback, problem, and challenge that
I am facing in my life. With Your help, grant that I
will become a better man/woman as a result of having
faced and overcome these trials. Thank You for hearing
and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name,
amen." 

1. Matthew 9:29-30.

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Faithfulness  

The Apostle Paul, at life's end, said, "I have fought a
good fight. I have finished the course. I have kept the
faith."1

One of my favorite quotes, which I like to repeat from
time to time, is from Theodore Roosevelt who said: "It
is not the critic who counts; not the man who points
out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of
deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs
to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is
marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives
valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again;
who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions;
who spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the best,
if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so
that his place shall never be with those timid souls
who know neither victory or defeat."2

Not long before a close friend of mine died of cancer,
I asked him what it felt like to be forty-four and in
his predicament. Among a number of things he said, "I
feel angry because there was so much more I wanted to
do with life. I feel bad about being so busy and not
spending more time with my family." And then, after a
thoughtful pause he said, "I can't help but wonder what
I have done with my life that has been truly
worthwhile."

His words were sobering and I know that when I get to
the end of my journey and stand before the Savior, I
want to know that I have invested my life wisely for
eternity and have earned the Savior's welcome words,
"Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into the
joy of your Lord."

Whether we live for forty, eighty, or a hundred years,
our time here on earth is but a drop in the ocean
compared to eternity. And as Amy Carmichael said, "We
have all eternity to celebrate the victories, but only
a few short hours to fight and win the battles." So,
let's keep daring greatly for God!

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, in glad surrender I yield
my life totally to You. Help me to live always for You
and invest my life wisely in eternity by being a part
of what You are doing in the world today. Thank You for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's
name, amen." 

1. 2 Timothy 4:7.
2. Theodore Roosevelt.

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Today's Daily Encounter
Life is Short ... We only Have One Shot at It  

"So teach us [God] to number our days that we may gain
a heart of wisdom."1

Last year Joy and I had the opportunity to attend a
reunion in Sydney, Australia, of the Open Air
Campaigners, an evangelistic organization that I was
very much involved in back in the 1950s. At the reunion
I met many friends I hadn't seen in over
half-a-century. It was amazing how time had flown, and
now that we were all in our senior years of life, one
couldn't help but realize how brief life on earth is. 

In realizing that our days are numbered, it is good to
remind ourselves that the day is coming when we will
all come face to face with God and appear at his
judgment seat to give an account of our life. According
to God's Word, the Bible, there are two distinct
judgment seats after life on earth is ended. 

First, is the Judgment Seat of Christ2 where all who
have confessed their sins, received God's forgiveness
and Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior will NOT be
judged for their sins because Jesus has already paid
for their penalty, but will be judged and rewarded on
the basis of how they have lived for and served God
since the day they accepted Jesus Christ as their
Savior. 

The second judgment seat is the Great White Throne
Judgment3 seat of God where those who have never
confessed their sins to God, nor asked for His
forgiveness, nor accepted Jesus Christ as their
Savior--God's Son who died on the cross to pay the
penalty for their sins--will stand before God and
accept His just judgment for all their sins. Tragically
these people will be damned to a lost eternity forever
in the place the Bible calls Hell, an unthinkable
thought.

So, dear reader, if you have never received God's
forgiveness and Jesus Christ as your Savior, I urge you
to do that today. Please don't put this off for even a
moment more. For help read the article, "How to Be Sure
You're a Real Christian" at: www.actsweb.org/christian,
and receive God's full and free pardon for all your
sins--today. 

And if you have accepted God's forgiveness and Jesus as
your Savior, make absolutely certain, through your
service to God, that you are laying up treasures in
heaven. How tragically sad it would be to stand before
Jesus to give an account of your service for God while
here on earth, and you have little or nothing to offer.


As Jesus says to all his followers: "Do not lay up for
yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust
destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay
up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither
moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break
in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your
heart will be also."4

Remember: life is short--we only have one shot at it!
"Only one life 'twill soon be past; only what's done
for Christ will last."

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank You for Your Word
that gives explicit instructions both for this life and
life beyond the grave. Please open the eyes of my
understanding so that I will fully understand Your
instructions, and adhere to them so that I will know
with absolute certainty that when my life on earth is
ended, I will go to be with You in heaven forever, and
that when I stand before Jesus to give an account of my
life in how I have lived for and served Him, that I
won't be empty handed. So help me God. Thank You for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus's
name, amen."

1. Psalm 90:12 (NKJV).
2. 2 Corinthians 5:10 (NKJV).
3. Revelation 20:11-15 (NKJV). 
4. Matthew 6:19-21 (NKJV). 

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Today's Daily Encounter

When Temptation Knocks on the Door  

"Let no one say when he is tempted, 'I am tempted by
God'; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He
Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he
is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then,
when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and
sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death."1

We live in and are all a part of this world that has
been broken by sin. Consequently, having a sin nature
from birth, nobody escapes temptation. It always starts
in the mind, and can be triggered by something we see
on TV, hear on the radio, listening to a degrading pop
song, seeing a photo, by an unmet need, by idle
thinking, or any one of numerous possibilities. Because
of our sinful nature, temptation is always lurking
around the corner and ready to knock on the door of our
mind.

However, as today's Scripture reminds us, "each one is
tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and
enticed." Once we are enticed, we have already taken
the bait, and then we start thinking about what we want
or would like to do. The more we think about it, the
stronger the temptation grows, and if we don't "nip it
in the bud" right away, we are setting ourselves up for
a fall. 

However, realize that God's Word also points out that
there is always a way of escape. "So, if you think you
are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall! No
temptation has overtaken you except what is common to
mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be
tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are
tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can
endure it."2 

So what's the way of escape? As temptation starts in
the mind that's where the battle rages, and that's
where it is won or lost. Speaking personally, the
greatest help I have found when temptation is knocking
on the door of my mind, is to say and pray over and
over in my mind the following: "Jesus Christ is Lord.
Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God. Jesus Christ
is the Messiah who died to pay the penalty for all my
sins. Jesus Christ is my Lord, my God, and My Savior."
Satan, the author of all temptation, absolutely hates
these proclamations and in no time will leave tempting
us as long as we keep repeating these words. He will,
however, keep returning in his attempt to cause us to
fall, but as long as we keep concentrating on and
repeating these eternal truths, the temptation will be
dissipated and, thanks to God, we will remain
victorious.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank You for making a way
of escape for when I am tempted. Please give me the
desire to never give in to temptation remembering that
You have provided a way of escape. Help me always to
focus my thoughts on the fact that Jesus Christ is
Lord, and that He is Lord of my life, until the
temptation is dissipated and has left me. Thank You for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus's
name, amen."

1. James 1:13-15 (NKJV).
2. 1 Corinthians 10:12-13 (NIV).

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in legitimate ways. 

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Today's Daily Encounter
Hot Buttons  

"So get rid of your feelings of hatred. Don't just
pretend to be good! Be done with dishonesty and
jealousy and talking about others behind their backs.
Now that you realize how kind the Lord has been to you,
put away all evil, deception, envy, and fraud. Long to
grow up into the fullness of your salvation; cry for
this as a baby cries for his milk."1

One of the major problems Daily Encounter readers write
to me about is relationship conflicts. When any close
relationship is out of order, mental and emotional
stress results. If continuing over a long period of
time, this can cause major illnesses. No wonder that
God's Word, the Bible, instructs us to get rid of our
feelings of hatred, jealousy, dishonesty and the like.
In other words we need to resolve all negative
emotions, stop repressing and denying feelings, and
grow up in emotional as well as spiritual maturity.
When we fail to do this, we pay the high price of
relational conflict and run the risk of many physical
and emotional illnesses.

Furthermore, when we fail to resolve super-charged,
repressed negative emotions from the past, we have
various "hot buttons" that get easily triggered and
cause us to over-react. If for example, when growing up
I had an angry father and was often in conflict with
him, I am bound to have a "hot father-button." And
then, in my adult life whenever someone's behavior
towards me reminds me in any way of my father, my "hot
father-button" will get triggered. I will then relate
to this person in exactly the same way that I related
to my father and overreact in my response towards that
person. In my thinking I will automatically blame that
person for my response. What this person did to me may
or may not be a problem; however, my response to
him/her is always my responsibility and to the degree
that I overreact, that is always my problem! As long as
I play the blame-game, I will "be lame"; that is, I
will never resolve my relationship conflicts.

It is only as I become authentic (get real) and face
the truth about why I overreact to people, will I ever
be set free from and/or resolve my impaired
relationships. As long as we are in denial, as John
Powell so insightfully said, "We defend our dishonesty
on the grounds that it may hurt another person; and
then, having rationalized our phoniness into nobility,
we settle for superficial relationships."2

To resolve super-charged negative emotions from the
past--even all the way back to childhood--often needs
the help of a skilled professional counselor. If this
is your situation, recovery begins with acknowledging
your problem and admitting that you need help. Ask your
minister or your family doctor if they can recommend a
counselor who specializes in helping to resolve damaged
emotions.* Above all, admit and confess your problem to
God. One of the most powerful prayers anyone can ever
pray is, "God I have a problem. I need help. Please be
merciful to me a sinner and lead me to the help I need
to overcome my problem." (Be sure to name the problem.
Call it what it is).

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, in every conflict
situation in which I find myself, please confront me
with the truth of what I am contributing to the
conflict. Help me to recognize my 'hot buttons' and see
when I am overreacting. Direct me to find the help I
need to resolve my problem and overcome my 'hot
buttons.' Thank You for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully in Jesus' name, amen."

1. 1 Peter 2:1-3 (TLB)(NLT).
2. John Powell, Why I Am Afraid to Tell You Who I Am,
Argus Communications.

*For counseling help, if you live in the U.S. or
Canada, call the Narramore Christian Foundation at
1-800-477-5893 and press "1" for Dianne and she should
be able to give you the name of a fine Christian
counselor or two in your area. 

NOTE: For further help see the article, "Resolving
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Today's Daily Encounter

Secret of Success  

"Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all
the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from
them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then
you will be successful in everything you do."1

Many years ago God gave his people, the ancient
Israelites, a specific goal and with it an unbeatable
formula for success. The goal was to claim and possess
the Promised Land which, in time, became the country we
know today as Israel. 

If we want to be successful--that is, in the eyes of
God, we also need to discover our God-given life
purpose and, with God's help, be totally committed to
fulfilling it, and in the process be sure to live in
harmony with God's instructions for wholesome living.

It seems to me that far too many people drift through
life mostly allowing "life as it happens" to direct and
determine their future, rather than specifically
choosing the direction and future of their life. To
avoid the former, it is imperative to have a clearly
defined life purpose with specific goals to fulfill
that purpose.

Psychologists have been telling us for years that if we
are to be successful, we need to have well defined
goals. Furthermore, Victor Frankl, the Viennese
psychiatrist, says that "not having a goal is more to
be feared than not reaching a goal."

If you want to be truly successful, make sure that you
have a clearly defined life purpose and goal that is
both realistic and worthwhile. Be sure to get the
training you need to be able to fulfill your goal, and
determine a plan for fulfilling it. The beginning point
is to discover your life purpose-goal, put it into
writing--with a specific plan to fulfill it--and commit
this to memory and review it constantly. Doing this
will program it into your subconscious mind that will
help your mind to automatically work on your plans even
when you are asleep. 

As another has wisely said, "Success is the ability for
formulate a worthwhile goal and then employ all of your
powers for the achievement of that goal."

Furthermore, and above all, make sure that your life
purpose and goal includes planning for your life beyond
this life because, as God's Word reminds us: "It is
appointed for men to die once, but after this the
judgment."2 For help, read the article, "Life After
Death," online at: http://tinyurl.com/after-death-life.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to
discover my God-given life purpose and goal, and
establish a workable plan to fulfill this goal. Help me
to get the training needed to be able to achieve this
goal, and the determination--with Your help to fulfill
it--and do all for Your glory. Thank You for hearing
and answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus' name,
amen."

1. Joshua 1:7 (NLT).
2. Hebrews 9:27 (NKJV).

Footnote: As Jack Canfield suggested, "If you are clear
where you are going and you take several steps in that
direction every day, you eventually have to get there.
If I head north out of Santa Barbara and take five
steps a day, eventually I have to end up in San
Francisco. So decide what you want, write it down,
review it constantly, and each day do something that
moves you toward those goals." 

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Same-Sex Marriage: Where Will It lead?  

As God’s Word says, “Do not practice homosexuality,
having sex with another man aswith a woman. It is a
detestable sin."1

On December 19 "... the New Mexico Supreme Court voted
unanimously to redefine marriage to include two menor
two women. New Mexico joins 16 other states and the
District of Columbia inallowing same-sex marriage,
after Hawaii and Illinois passed similar laws last
month.

“There are certain laws whichjudges, legislators, and
even the people cannot change. They are called
naturallaws. The Declaration of Independence refers to
these laws as the “laws ofnature and of nature’s God."
These natural laws transcend time, cultures,
andpolitical institutions.

“Sir William Blackstone said any earthly law which is
contrary to the natural law is no law at all. This view
oflaw has shaped Western law and government for over
2,000 years. St. Augustineand Martin Luther King, Jr.
shared this view of law. If there is a Creator God,then
there must be a higher law which cannot be
transgressed. We easily acceptthis view when it comes
to the laws of physics such as the law of gravity.
Butthe same is true of certain moral laws, among which
include the sanctity ofhuman life, marriage between a
man and a woman, and religious freedom.

“When judges, legislators, or the people have the
hubris to deceive themselves into thinkingthey can
violate these laws without consequences, they are blind
to history andthe Scriptures. Deconstructing marriage
will be the end of freedom or thebeginning of a new
revolution."2

The fact is that ALL of God’s laws are for the health,
well-being and protection of thosewhom God loves--us!
When we disregard God’s laws, we do so to the detriment
ofourselves, our families, and our society. If we defy
God’s physical law, suchas the law of gravity, we harm
or even destroy ourselves. If we defy God’smoral laws,
we do the same thing.

Suggested prayer: “Dear God, as our society more and
moredisregards your Word and your laws, the more we are
on a pathway toself-destruction. Please send a great
spiritual awakening which is a desperateneed … and
please start your work in me. Thank you for hearing and
answering my prayer.Gratefully, in Jesus’ name, amen."

1. Leviticus 18:22.
2. “Liberty Alert," Liberty Council,
http://www.lc.org/index.cfm?PID=14102&AlertID=1687.To
subscribe to “Liberty Alert," an e-Mail service without
charge, go to: http://www.lc.org/index.cfm?PID=14103.

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Today's Daily Encounter

Miracles  

"According to your faith let it be to you."1 -- Jesus. 

George Washington Carver, whose research won him
international fame, was an African American born to
slave parents. "A week after his birth, George was
kidnapped along with his sister and mother from the
Carver farm by raiders from the neighboring state of
Arkansas. The three were sold in Kentucky, and among
them only the infant George was located by an agent of
Moses Carver and returned to Missouri."2

Someone claimed that when growing up, George had a lot
of faith, and when he was still young, prayed: "Lord,
tell me all about the universe."

But God said, "George, that's a tall order. Why don't
you pray for something more your size?"

So George said, "All right, Lord, tell me all about the
peanut." 

God answered him and George discovered more than three
hundred uses for the peanut--ranging from salad oil to
soap."

Greater still, George overcame his humble beginnings to
discover the miracles in his life. 

Whether this story about George's prayer is real or
just an allegory, it is an excellent parable for each
of us to stop and evaluate our life, and ask ourselves
if we have discovered the "miracle" in our life that
God has planned for each of us, and to become the
person he envisioned us to be.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank You that You have a
wonderful miracle-purpose for my life, and will or have
already given me all that I need to achieve this
miracle. Please help me to see what that 'miracle' is,
and give me the courage and help to do all that I need
to do to fulfill this God-given life purpose miracle.
Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully in Jesus' name, amen."

1. Matthew 9:29 (NKJV).
2. See also:
http://www.biography.com/people/george-washington-carver-9240299.

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Post  Admin on Sat 04 Jan 2014, 1:15 am

Today's Daily Encounter

Ask Not What God Can Do for You  

"Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father
is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble,
and to keep oneself unspotted from the world."1

Many of our readers will remember the simple yet
profound words of the late President John F. Kennedy
who, in 1961, stated: "Ask not what your country can do
for you--ask what you can do for your country." He was
calling people to a noble life of service.

Other great leaders have confirmed the rewards of
service. Albert Schweitzer said, "I don't know what
your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only
ones among you who will be really happy are those who
have sought and found how to serve."

As followers of Jesus Christ we are all called to
serve, and we serve God by serving our fellow man.
Doing this is what God calls "pure and undefiled
religion before God." It is also laying up treasure in
heaven which is what Jesus encourages each of his
followers to do, saying, "Do not lay up for yourselves
treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and
where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for
yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor
rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and
steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart
will be also."2

I recall many years ago in much younger days, how I had
an accident on a construction site that put me in the
hospital for a few days. When in recovery, I switched
on my bed-side radio and, the moment it came on, I
happened by chance to tune into the only religious
program for the day. The very first words I heard were
these: "If you should stand before the Master [Jesus
Christ] tonight, would you empty handed go?" If ever I
felt that God had a message directly for me, it was
that day. On that hospital bed I said "Yes" to God and
committed myself to a life of service to God. Making
and following through on that decision changed my life
forever--and it is why you are receiving this message
to read today. 

If perchance you were called to stand before the Master
today to give an account of your life, would you empty
handed go? May I encourage you to make a commitment to
God now to live a life of service to him? This can be a
part of your everyday life in being "as Jesus" in some
way to every life you touch; by becoming a part-time
volunteer in a community service program through your
local church or another organization, by being an
effective parent, by teaching a Sunday School class, by
leading a recovery group, or in any one of a score of
different ways. And for someone reading this message,
perhaps God is calling you to become a nurse, a pastor,
a youth worker, or a missionary.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, today I am asking not what
You can do for me, but what can I do for You. How can I
best serve You by using the talents You have given me
to serve others? I am available, please make me usable
and use me today and every day to be an effective
witness for Jesus by faithfully serving You. Please
help me to see my God-given life purpose, and help me
to do my utmost to fulfill this purpose in a life of
service to You. Thank You for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully in Jesus' name, amen."   

Note: If you prayed this prayer and would like to
re-commit your life to Jesus Christ today, please let
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about yourself will be held in strictest confidence.

1. James 1:27 (NKJV).
2. Matthew 6:19-21 (NKJV).

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January 2

Today's Daily Encounter

Follow Me  

In the Book of Matthew in the Bible we are told of
Jesus calling his first disciples. "Follow me," he
said, "and I will make you fishers of men."1 Only once
in the Gospels does it say that you must be born again
(as important as this is), but it has been reported
that Jesus said, "Follow me," 21 times. Almost 2,000
years later how are we measuring up? 

I recently heard a pastor say that the reason he
doesn't give an invitation in his sermons for people to
accept Jesus Christ as their Savior, and to follow him,
is because Jesus didn't give invitations! Yet 21 times
that we know about Jesus said to people, "Follow me." I
don't think you can get a clearer invitation than that.


Note, too, that Jesus not only said in his invitation
for people to follow him, but that when they did, he
would make them fishers of men. If you and I are true
followers of Jesus, we, too, have been commissioned to
be fishers of men; that is, to invite and seek to win
people to Jesus and to follow him. However, how many
who claim to be followers of Jesus today are "fishers
of men for Jesus," and share some of the gospel, but
never draw in the net by inviting people to accept
Jesus as Savior and to follow him? As followers of
Jesus it is our responsibility to inform people that,
according to the words of Jesus, to enter God's heaven,
they, like Nicodemus, must be born
again--spiritually--otherwise they will never even see
the Kingdom of Heaven, let alone enter it.2 It is also
our responsibility to invite them to accept Jesus as
their personal Savior, and in so doing receive God's
forgiveness and his gift of eternal life.

Jesus also said, "I have come to seek and to save that
which was lost."3 In all of our teaching, preaching,
and witnessing for Jesus Christ, if we make people feel
comfortable with God just because they go to church,
but never invite them to follow Jesus and to receive
his forgiveness for their sins, we are not only
teaching a false, incomplete gospel, but are
inadvertently damning people to a lost eternity. 

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to be a
true follower of Jesus and a good 'fisher of men'
[people], by introducing people to Jesus and inviting
them to accept Him as their personal Lord and Savior.
Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully in Jesus' name, amen."

SPECIAL INVITATION: If you have never accepted Jesus'
invitation to follow Him and accept Him to be your Lord
and Savior and thereby receive God's gift of
forgiveness and eternal life, I would like to invite
you to do that today. For help please go to this
website today at:
http://www.actsweb.org/invitation.php. 

NOTE TO: To help you to be a "fisher of men/people" in
an attractive, non-offensive way, may I suggest that
you obtain and use some of the ACTS business witness
cards. These are attractively produced and encourage
the receiver to go to a Good News website to receive
articles that apply the Christian message to the needs
everyday people feel. See:
https://actscom.com/donate_wcards.php. These cards are
available for a donation to cover our printing and
postage costs.

1. Matthew 4:18-22. 
2. John 3:3, 5. 
3. Luke 19:10.

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Today's Daily Encounter
I-A-D-O-M  

"Forgetting what is past ... I press on toward the
goal."1

It's an old saying but still appropriate as we commence
another New Year: "Today is the first day of the rest
of your life."

For better or worse, last year is gone forever--even
though many of its effects will live on forever.
However, we can't go back and do what we should or
could have done. And we can't undo those things we
regret having done any more than we can un-ring a bell.

But the good news is that, if we are so inclined or
determined, we can put the past behind us and accept
the New Year as a new opportunity to grow emotionally
and spiritually, to serve God and our fellow man, and
to achieve something worthwhile that will last for time
and eternity.I am encouraged because I know God has a
purpose for your life and mine this year--something to
live for that is bigger than we are that makes life
worth living.

We serve God by serving people and sometimes this task,
because of the great needs people have, can seem
overwhelming. However, God has a part for every one of
us and if we each play our part and work together, we
can get God's work done and we can each make a
difference in somebody's life and therein help make our
world a better place in which to live.

Frank McInnes wrote, "During World War II, the
munitions factory at Lithgow in Australia had as its
motto five letters: I-A-D-O-M! Large posters with these
letters printed on them were placed throughout the
factory in strategic places.

And what did I-A-D-O-M stand for? "It All Depends On
Me!"

Let's work together this year to do God's work and
share his love and good news with more of our fellow
countrymen than ever before. With God's help and a
willing spirit we can each have a very fruitful and
productive year. And remember, as Henry Van Dyke put
it: "What you possess in the world will be found at the
day of your death to belong to someone else. But what
you are will be yours forever."

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, I am available. Please
make me usable and use me this year to be a part of
what you are doing in the world today--the privilege
for which I am truly thankful. Thank you for hearing
and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name,
amen."

1. Philippians 3:13.

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Today's Daily Encounter

Priorities  

"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth,
where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in
and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in
heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where
thieves do not break in and steal. For where your
treasure is, there you heart will be also."1

According to Sir Winston Churchill, "An optimist sees
an opportunity in every calamity; a pessimist sees a
calamity in every opportunity." In other words, we all
see pretty much what we want to see--often times what
is based on our priorities. 

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "Every great and commanding
moment in the annals of the world is the triumph of
some enthusiasm." 

A Chinese proverb states, "Great souls have wills;
feeble ones have only wishes." Whether we have wills or
wishes is also based much on our priorities or lack
thereof. And Toby Montgomery reminds us that "what we
give our time, energy and resources to are what we
value most. They are our priorities." 

Or as Jesus put it, "Where your treasure is, there your
heart will be also." 

At the close of yet another year may we each examine
our priorities and make sure they are in harmony with
God’s will for the coming New Year--all year long! 

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to know
what my God-given life purpose is and make that my
priority for the New Year. And, with your help, fulfill
this purpose for the glory of your name and for the
extension of your Kingdom. Thank you for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

1. Matthew 6:19-21 (NIV).

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Shooting the Saints  

"Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another;
be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and
humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with
insult, but with blessing, because to this you were
called so that you may inherit a blessing."1

Dr. Leslie Flynn writes about the time when the English
and French were at war in colonial Canada. "Admiral
Phipps, in charge of the British Fleet, was ordered to
anchor outside Quebec, a city on the St. Lawrence
River. He was to await the coming of the British
infantry and then join the land forces in attack.

"Arriving early, Admiral Phipps, an ardent
nonconformist, was annoyed by the statues of the saints
that adorned the roof and towers of the Catholic
cathedral. So he spent his time shooting at them with
the ships' guns. How many he hit we don't know, but
history recorded that when the infantry arrived and the
signal was given for attack, the admiral found himself
out of ammunition. He had used it for shooting out the
saints."

I often wonder in the church how much of our efforts
are poured into fighting among ourselves over
insignificant trivialities instead of uniting our
efforts to attack the real enemy, and do everything
possible to reach the lost with the saving gospel of
the Lord Jesus Christ--the only hope of our sin-sick
world.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me not to
waste my time and energy and resources on trivialities
nor majoring on minors, but always to major on the
majors that are important to you. Thank you for hearing
and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name,
amen." 

1. 1 Peter 3:8-9, (NIV)

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Today's Daily Encounter

The Power of Prayer  

"And now, Lord God, keep forever the promise you have
made concerning your servant and his house. Do as you
promised, so that your name will be great forever."1

King David believed in prayer as did every man and
woman of God in the Bible. Jesus himself practiced
prayer and reminded us of its importance. Paul also
emphasized the importance of prayer as does every true
follower of Jesus.

God wants us to pray without ceasing. Why? Because he
wants us to stay connected to him and, in so doing,
have ongoing fellowship with him. He encourages us to
seek the wisdom and direction he has promised to those
who commit their way to, and put their trust in him. 

To get prayer answered we need to pray with right
motives, a thankful heart, in faith believing God
answers prayer, and with persistence.

We also need to pray with the knowledge of God's
promises--what he will and won't do. He always wants
what is best for us so it is very important to pray in
harmony with his will as found in his Word, the Bible. 

One of the many promises of God that I particularly
appreciate is also from David: "The Lord is near to all
who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He
fulfills the desires of those who revere him; he hears
their cry and saves them. The Lord watches over all who
love him."2

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, may the manner of my life,
the desires of my heart, and my prayers always be in
harmony with your will so you will do as you have
promised and grant the desires of my heart. Gratefully
in Jesus' name."

1. 2 Samuel 7:25, (NIV). 
2. Psalm 145:18-20.

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