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Re: Daily Encounter with: ACTS International

Post  Admin on Wed 22 Jun 2016, 9:28 pm

Today's Daily Encounter

Letting Go to Find  

"Whoever will lose his life for my sake will find it."1

"True love is like quick-silver," said Ann Landers, "if
you hold it in the palm of your hand, it will remain.
If you try to grasp it, it will slip through your
fingers." Perhaps this is what Jesus meant when He
said, "Whoever will save his life will lose it: and
whoever will lose his life for my sake will find it." 

Some parents never let go of their children even when
they are adults. Out of their own insecurity they cling
to their offspring and smother them. In so doing they
drive them away and the thing they need the
most--love--they lose. As the saying goes, "If you love
someone, let them go; if they come back to you, then
they are truly yours. If they don't, they never were."

In other words, when we cling to life to live for
ourselves or cling to someone else for our own sake out
of our own need, we lose what we need the most--love.
This is because we have mistaken need for love. Only as
we let go of clinging are we free to love and live life
to the full.

When we do this and truly love, we give love without
strings attached. In so doing we receive more love to
give. 

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please heal the deepest
wounding of my heart so I am set free to truly love
others and You without strings attached, and to be a
clear channel through whom Your love for others will
flow. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen."

1. Jesus in Matthew (16:25). 

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Post  Admin on Tue 21 Jun 2016, 2:53 pm

Today's Daily Encounter

Service  

"Then the man who had received the one talent came.
'Master,' he said, 'I knew that you are a hard man,
harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where
you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went
out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is
what belongs to you.'"1

"Sir Michael Costa, the celebrated conductor, was
holding a rehearsal. As the mighty chorus rang out,
accompanied by scores of instruments, the piccolo
player--a tiny pint-sized flute--thinking perhaps that
his contribution would not be missed amid so much
music, stopped playing. Suddenly, the great leader
stopped and cried out, 'Where's the piccolo?'

"The sound of that one small instrument was necessary
to the harmony, and the Master Conductor missed it when
it dropped out. The point? To the Conductor there are
no insignificant instruments in an orchestra. Sometimes
the smallest and seemingly least important one can make
the greatest contribution and even if it doesn't seem
to make that big a difference to the audience at large,
the conductor knows it right away! 

"In the church, in life and in God's work on earth the
players and the instruments are diverse--different
sizes, different shapes, different notes, different
roles to play. But like the piccolo player in Sir
Michael's orchestra, we often in our own sovereignty
decide that our contribution is not significant. Our
contribution couldn't possibly make a difference. And
so we quit playing. Stop doing that which we've been
given to do. We drop out. But the Conductor immediately
notices."2

From our perspective your and my contribution may be
small, but from God's viewpoint it is critical. So,
whatever you do, don't bury your piccolo (talent) but
put it to use in service for the Lord remembering that
we serve God by serving people and doing it in Jesus's
name. 

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank You for the gift/s
You have given to me and for the part You have given me
to play as You orchestrate Your plan for the world in
which I live. Help me to play my part diligently,
faithfully, and to the best of my ability always for
Your glory and the benefit of others. Thank You for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus’s
name, amen." 

1. Matthew 25:24-25 (NIV).
2. Adapted from Richard Love, Sermon: "Blowing Your
Horn," Memphis: Sermon Illustrations, 1999. Cited on
www.eSermons.com.

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Re: Daily Encounter with: ACTS International

Post  Admin on Mon 20 Jun 2016, 11:03 pm

Today's Daily Encounter

Cognitive Dissonance  

"Timothy, my son, I give you this instruction in
keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so
that by following them you may fight the good fight,
holding on to faith and a good conscience. Some have
rejected these and so have shipwrecked their faith."1

Beliefs are remarkably powerful in that they are to our
lives what a rudder is to a ship. That is, they control
the direction and destiny of our lives. Furthermore,
while we don't always live the life we profess, we
always live the life we believe. Simply put, if I
believe I am a failure, I will set myself up to fail.
If I believe I am a successful person, I will succeed,
and so on. 

Another critical point to remember about beliefs is
that while we may begin with healthy beliefs but if we
fail to live up to them, we will experience cognitive
dissonance; that is, mental disharmony that is caused
by guilt. Because of this discomfort, the danger is
that we may change our beliefs to match our lifestyle.
And then, instead of living the life we believe, we end
up unhappily believing the life we live--a dangerous
and self-destructive path to follow. 

The good news about beliefs is that we get to choose
them. In so doing we choose the direction and destiny
of our life. Thus we need to choose our beliefs
carefully and base them on reality and not on that
which is convenient, or on false teaching or faulty
perceptions from the past. We need to base them on
God's Word and his principles for successful daily
living. 

For some in difficult circumstances it may be difficult
to believe in God and that he has a specific purpose
for your life. Nevertheless, we still believe in God by
choice as exemplified by a World War II prisoner of war
who wrote on a cellar wall in Cologne, Germany: "I
believe in the sun, even when it is not shining; I
believe in love, even when I feel it not; I believe in
God even when he is silent." 

Another powerful thing about beliefs is that they
determine not only the destiny of our present life, but
also our relationship to God and our destiny for the
life to come. God's Word, the Bible, says, "For God so
loved the world that he gave his one and only Son
[Jesus Christ], that whoever believes in him shall not
perish but have eternal life."2 Also, "Believe in the
Lord Jesus, and you will be saved [for the life to
come]."3 And again, "To all who received him [Christ],
to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to
become children of God."4

Remember, too, that beliefs are only wishes until we
act on them!

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please give me the wisdom
to choose my beliefs carefully--beliefs that are in
harmony with Your Word, the Bible. And give me the
courage to always live in accordance with these beliefs
and never change them to match a less than wholesome
lifestyle. Thank You for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully in Jesus’s name, amen."

1.  Timothy 1:18-19 (NIV).
2. John 3:16 (NIV). 
3. Acts 16:31 (NIV). 
4. John 1:12 (NIV).

NOTE: Today's Daily Encounter is also adapted from "The
Power of Belief" at: http://tinyurl.com/79peh. 

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  U.S.A.
  Phone: 949-940-9050  
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Post  Admin on Fri 17 Jun 2016, 10:23 pm

Today's Daily Encounter

Quality Marriage and Relationships  

"The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who
call on him in truth."1

According to Morris Chalfant, "When polls are taken to
discover what unhappily married men and women object to
in each other, the 'silent husband' heads the wife's
list, and the 'nagging wife' almost always heads the
list of most husbands." 

So, if my marriage and/or close relationships are less
than desirable, what can I do about it? Lots actually. 

First, quit the blame game. Remember, as long as we
play the blame game we will b-lame. 

Second, work on yourself and your own growth and
maturity. The fact is that the only person we can ever
change is our self, and as we change, those around us
tend to change also--not always for the best, however,
as some people don’t like it when we change. 

Third, for men, three lessons: Learn to communicate,
communicate, communicate. Your marriage and family
depend on effective communications. And communication
goes far beyond sharing your thoughts and saying what
you think. It's learning to be honest with your
feelings and not being afraid to say how you feel,
whether it be happy, joyful, sad, afraid, hurt, angry
or whatever. Admittedly, if you haven't learned to do
this, it can be like learning a whole new language. I
know--been there--done that! And when we do share, we
need to remember to always “share the truth in love."

Third, for women. Quit nagging. Let's face it, it
doesn't work and unfortunately the less something
works, all too often, the more we do it. As the saying
goes, “if you keep doing what you've always done,
you'll keep getting what you've always got and you'll
keep feeling as you always felt." 

Fourth, for both men and women a strong reminder to use
"I" messages when you are sharing your feelings. Never
say, "You made me feel such and such," because nobody
can make us feel anything without our permission. But
rather say, "I feel hurt, afraid (or whatever) and I
need to talk to you about such-and-such." 

Fifth, attend an effective communications class and
read a good book together on this topic. An old book
that I found very helpful is John Powell's, Why Am I
Afraid to Tell You Who I Am. You may be able to buy a
copy at your bookstore or on amazon.com. If not, borrow
a copy from your library. Your librarian can also tell
you about other good books on effective communications
and interpersonal relationships. 

Sixth, pray together--every day or night. It's still
true that the family who prays together is more likely
to stay together. But when you pray, learn to pray
openly and honestly. God knows exactly how you feel
anyhow so you may as well tell Him and then you are in
a position to receive His help. Remember, "The Lord is
near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in
truth." Praying empty words and meaningless clichés is
like talking to the wind. 

We stay close to God by being open and truthful with
Him. We stay close to one another in exactly the same
way. 

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank You that You know
all about me--my deepest joys, sorrows, hurts, fears,
sins and failures--and love me still. Please help me to
be real with myself, with You and with my partner,
other loved ones, and my closest friends. Help me to be
real and authentic so that my life will be a free
channel for Your love to flow through to others. Thank
You for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in
Jesus's name, amen."

1. Psalm 145:18 (NIV). 

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Today's Daily Encounter

O God, Kill the Spider  

"Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great
a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight,
and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run
with endurance the race that is set before us, looking
unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who
for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross,
despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand
of the throne of God."1

One Sunday our pastor told an interesting story and,
had it not been serious, it would have been funny. He
told about a fellow in a support group who for months
on end kept praying about a personal problem but never
did anything about it. Week after week he would pray
with seemingly great conviction, "Oh God, clean the
cobwebs out of my life … clean the cobwebs out of my
life!" 

Finally, in utter frustration the leader of the group
broke into the man's prayer and prayed rather
boisterously, "Oh God, KILL THE SPIDER!" 

I can identify with this leader in that I, too, know of
people who have been confessing the same sin and/or
problem for years, asking God for deliverance but never
doing anything about it. True, God feeds the sparrows
but as the old saying goes, he doesn't throw the food
into their nests. 

If we are struggling with a besetting sin or bad habit,
what can we do about it? Certainly pray and ask God for
deliverance but also pray that He will show us the root
cause of our problem because, more often than not, our
repetitive failures are the fruit of a deeper root. God
not only wants to deliver us from habitual sins but
also free us from the deeper root cause. Also, we need
to ask God to lead us to the help we need to overcome
whether it be an AA Group, some other kind of recovery
group, a counselor, a pastor or whatever help we need.
And then we need to do something about finding that
help. As we do our part, God will do His, but He won't
do for us what we can and are able to do for ourselves.
For us to do less is an avoidance of personal
responsibility. 

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank You that You have
already done for me what I couldn't do for myself in
that You gave your Son, Jesus, to die for and free me
from a life of sin and failure. Please help me to see
the root cause of my besetting sin or problem [name it]
and help me to find the help I need to overcome. Thank
You for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in
Jesus's name, amen."

1. Hebrews 12:1-2 (NKJV). 

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Post  Admin on Wed 15 Jun 2016, 4:11 pm

Today's Daily Encounter

True Greatness  

"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the
kingdom of heaven."1

"Shortly after Booker T. Washington, the renowned black
educator, took over the presidency of Tuskegee
Institute in Alabama, he was walking in an exclusive
section of town, when he was stopped by a wealthy white
woman.

"Not knowing the famous Mr. Washington by sight, she
asked if he would like to earn a few dollars by
chopping wood for her. Because he had no pressing
business at the moment, Professor Washington smiled,
rolled up his sleeves, and proceeded to do the humble
chore she had requested. 

"When he was finished, he carried the logs into the
house and stacked them by the fireplace. A little girl
recognized him and later revealed his identity to the
lady. The next morning the embarrassed woman went to
see Mr. Washington in his office at the Institute and
apologized profusely. "It's perfectly all right,
Madam," he replied. "Occasionally I enjoy a little
manual labor. Besides, it's always a delight to do
something for a friend."2

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to remember
that I, too, am a fellow struggler and always to be
ready to lend a helping hand to that person in need
whom You bring across my path. Thank You for hearing
and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name,
amen."

1. Matthew 5:3 (NKJV). 
2. KneEmail, www.oakhillcoc.org

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Post  Admin on Tue 14 Jun 2016, 10:14 pm

Today's Daily Encounter

An Irreversible Spin  

"Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to
sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth
death."1

Following the crash of an Aeroflot jet in Siberia,
which killed all 75 people aboard in March of 1994, the
voices heard on the recording were ones of terror! They
came from a chilling scene. Apparently the pilot was
giving his children a flying lesson at the time of the
crash. 

The transcript from the cockpit tapes reveals the
desperate situation. "Daddy, can I turn this?" cried
the child who was sitting in the captain's seat. 

Then came the voice of the captain shouting, "Get out!
Get out! More than a dozen times he yelled out to his
son who had "accidentally pushed the right pedal,
sending the aircraft into an irreversible spin." 

Sometimes the choices we make seem insignificant at the
time, but when we stop living the life we believe, we
end up unhappily believing the life we live. In so
doing we can put our life into "an irreversible spin"
and unless we face the reality of our actions and call
to God for help, in the long run there's no way out. 

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, help me to so live that I
will never ignore your Word with its moral principles
for daily living or forget You and thereby place my
life in an irreversible spin. And thank You that when I
am in trouble and call out to You for help, You always
hear and answer my prayers. Thank You for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name,
amen."

1. James 1:15 (NKJV). 

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Post  Admin on Mon 13 Jun 2016, 6:16 pm

Today's Daily Encounter

Cheap Advice  

Jesus said, "Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in
your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in
your own eye? How can you say to your brother, 'Let me
take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time
there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first
take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will
see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's
eye."1

In a Peanuts cartoon Lucy is playing her role as
psychiatrist. She sits in her booth with the sign that
reads: "Psychiatric Help--5 cents." The sign below
says, "The Doctor Is In." Lucy says to Charlie Brown,
"Your life is like a house." 

In the next frame, she says reflectively, "You want
your house to have a solid foundation, don't you?"
Charlie Brown has a kind of blank look on his face.
Lucy says, "Of course you do." 

Charlie Brown is still silent--saying nothing. Then in
the fourth frame, psychiatrist Lucy says, "So don't
build your house on the sand, Charlie Brown." About
that time, a huge wind comes up and blows the booth
down. Lucy, sitting in the rubble says, "Or use cheap
nails."2

Sad to say, too many of us are too quick to give cheap
advice to others and forget, as the old saying goes,
that when we point a finger at others, there are four
fingers pointing back at us. People who are quick to
give unsolicited advice are, generally speaking, very
insecure and gain a sense of false security by having a
ready answer for everyone else's problems--except their
own. 

So "my advice" is: "Don't be an unsolicited advice
giver!" 

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me not to be a
judgmental person, nor be quick to find fault with
others, or be an unsolicited advice giver, but rather,
help me to see my own character flaws and lead me to
the help I need to overcome these. Thank You for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's
name, amen."

1. Matthew 7:3-5 (NIV)
2. Brett Blair, www.eSermons.com 

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Destruction Invited  

"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is
eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."1

Vernon Eaton, commenting on the book, Ways of the Ant,
by John Crompton, writes: "A pleasure-mad society needs
to take a lesson from the Sanguine ants and their
affair with the Golden-Haired beetle.

"The ants' normal diet is plain, often to the point of
austerity, but they love unusual and exotic tidbits and
will go to any lengths to satisfy this craving. For
example, the Golden-Haired beetle exudes from the base
of its golden hairs some secretion which ants find
irresistible. So it is allowed to do anything it likes,
even lay its own eggs, which soon turn to grubs. So
besotted and obsessed do the worker ants become that
they feed the beetle with food intended for their own
infants, and even with food reserved for the queen.

"Worse, much worse, they allow the beetle to kill their
infants and eat them. They even kill their own infants
themselves and feed them to this stranger. The beetle
repays them with a generous allowance of the secretion
they crave…. The end is not immediate. The colony may
last two years more, but the end is certain.

"How like Satan is this picture. Promising the
'pleasures of sin' and then enslaving us with our own
cravings. The 'dead-end' may not be obvious at first,
but it is inevitable." 

The good news is that while the end result of sin is
eternal death, which is eternal separation from God the
author of all love and life, the gift of God is both
forgiveness and eternal life. Both are available for
all who believe and ask. For help be sure to read “How
to Be Sure You’re a Real Christian" at:
http://www.actsweb.org/christian/know_god01.php

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, help me always to remember
that sin always has its consequences and that I will
always reap what I sow--even if it is eventually! And I
thank You that You have provided an escape from sin's
ultimate consequences--eternal death and separation
from You--by giving Jesus to die in my place on the
cross. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen."

1. Romans 6:23 (NIV).

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Passports  

"Jesus answered, 'I am the way and the truth and the
life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'"1

Not so long ago I had an urgent phone call from a good
friend in Australia--one of my closest friends when I
was growing up. Two of his granddaughters on their way
to a Bible College in Florida were stranded at the Los
Angeles International Airport. My friend wanted to know
if there was any way I could help them as their
passport and entry papers were not in order. We offered
to have them stay over with us until this got sorted
out. No chance. They were not allowed out of the
airport and we were not allowed to see them--not that
we could have done anything, but it would have been
nice to at least give them a sympathetic ear.

They were put on the next plane and sent back to
Australia.

How terribly disappointing it was for them. They were
just kids and didn't know any betteras their travel
agent hadn't given them the correct instructions. The
good newsis that all was corrected and they were able
to return to the U.S. and attend collegein Florida.

This is a good reminder about making sure that we have
our passport for heaven. All religions, as many would
have us believe, do not lead to heaven. Good works, as
many others claim, will not get us into God's heaven
either. There's only one way and that is through the
Lord Jesus Christ who has paid the ransom price for all
our sins and wrongdoings through His death on the
cross. There is no other way.

Accepting Jesus as your Savior provides your passport
for entry into heaven. Whatever you do, don't leave
earth without it. Unlike our friends from Australia,
there will not be a second chance to come back to get
it right. 

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank You that You gave
Your Son, Jesus, to pay the ultimate sacrifice in
giving His life as a ransom price to pay for the
penalty of all my sins, and that in accepting Him as my
Savior gives me my 'passport' to heaven. Please help me
to be sure that I have my passport to heaven. Thank You
for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in
Jesus's name, amen."

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1. John 14: 6 (NIV).

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Choices  

"'King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you
do.' Then Agrippa said to Paul, 'Do you think that in
such a short time you can persuade me to be a
Christian?' Paul replied, 'Short time or long--I pray
God that not only you but all who are listening to me
today may become what I am, except for these chains.'"1

Phil Parrino, a Daily Encounter reader, tells the story
how in "World War I there was a young American
ambulance driver who personally witnessed all kinds of
death and suffering. After the war he wrote dark
brooding novels and finally committed suicide. His name
was Earnest Hemmingway. 

"But there was another American Ambulance driver even
younger than the first. The dead and dying he witnessed
were mostly from the great influenza epidemic that
swept Europe at the end of World War I. After the war
he drew cartoons and made people laugh. When he died,
he was loved by millions. His name was Walt Disney. 

"As you have said, it's not only what happens to us,
but how we react to it. Our personality predisposes us
to a certain extent, but in the end we make the
choice." 

Life is a series of choices. I am today where I am
because of choices I made years ago. I will be where I
am tomorrow based on choices I make today. And I will
spend eternity based on the choice I make about
accepting or rejecting God's great gift of salvation in
the here and now! 

As Paul challenged King Agrippa to become a Christian,
he challenges you and me today to make that choice and
not to be an almost-persuaded. For help be sure to
read, “How to Be Sure You’re a Real Christian" at:
http://tinyurl.com/8glq9.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, help me to see that my
life has been shaped in so many ways because of choices
I made in the past. Help me to make choices today for
where I want to be tomorrow. And above all, help me to
make the right choice today about eternity by making
sure I have accepted Jesus as my Savior and am a true
follower of Him. Thank You for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen."

1. Acts 26:27-29 (NIV).

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Oh God, Please Change My…  

"There be three things which are too wonderful for me,
yea, four which I know not: The way of an eagle in the
air; the way of a serpent upon a rock; the way of a
ship in the midst of the sea; and the way of a man with
a maid."1

"It's not my problem. It's my wife/husband who needs
help!" 

How many times have you heard this defensive type of
statement? Having worked in the area of divorce
recovery for over two decades, I have heard it
repeatedly. One person recently said to me, "How do I
make my husband understand that he is the one who needs
help. He needs to know that he is wrong so he can get
counseling." 

"And why did you marry this person? What attracted you
to him/her in the first place?" I ask. Rarely do I get
an honest answer. 

This is not true in all cultures but, at least where we
make our own choice about whom we marry, there are
always underlying reasons why we are attracted and
drawn to a particular person of the opposite sex. 

At least one single man I know was facing reality when
he said that he could walk into a room full of women
and would automatically be attracted to the sickest
(emotionally sickest) woman in the room! He knew it was
because of his own emotional sickness. There's hope for
this man. 

No matter what your wife/husband has done, the reality
is you can't change her or him. If you try to, it just
makes them angry or angrier. As I've said many times,
the only one we can ever change is our self, and as we
change, those around us are almost forced to change in
one way or another. However, this is not always for the
best because some people don't want us to change and
get angry when we do. Change upsets the games they are
playing! 

I'm not saying that we should put up with someone
else's abusive behavior. Not at all. But we need to
remember that we are the only person we can ever
change. And while we pray for the other person, we need
to first ask God to change us--and to confront us with
the truth about ourselves so we can see any character
flaws we have that we need to work on and resolve. 

And we can always ask God to help us to be as Jesus to
our husband/wife so that they, seeing Jesus in us, will
want Him for themselves. That may be the only hope for
encouraging others to change. 

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, help me to quit playing
the blame-game and always accept responsibility for
whatever I am contributing in any conflicting situation
in which I find myself. Help me to keep on changing and
growing to become the person You want me to be. Thank
You for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in
Jesus's name, amen."

1. Proverbs 30:18-19 (NIV).

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Believing a Lie  

"’I will scatter you like chaff driven by the desert
wind. This is your lot, the portion I have decreed for
you,’ declares the LORD, ‘because you have forgotten me
and trusted in false gods.’"1

Ravi Zacharias in "A Slice of Infinity" shares how he
was invited to participate in a discussion with six
Russian generals (all of whom but one were atheists) at
the Lenin Military Academy in Moscow. 

Zacharias reported, "As the conversation unfolded from
early unease through robust argumentation all the way
to our warm conclusion, something incredible happened.
One by one, each of these generals conceded that Russia
was now in a pathetic state, not just economically but
morally. As the men stood to bid us good-bye, the
senior-ranking general grasped my hand and said, 'Dr.
Zacharias, I believe what you have brought us is the
truth. But it is so hard to change after seventy years
of believing a lie.'"2

Again I recall the words of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, the
Russian-born Nobel Prize winner for literature(1970),
who said, "Over half a century ago while I was still a
child, I recall hearing a number of older people offer
the following explanation for the great disasters that
had befallen Russia: 'Men have forgotten God, that's
why all this has happened.'" 

How tragic when nations forget God and exchange the
truth for a lie. Over and over again history records
the results of those nations who forgot the one true
God and believed a lie. And it's happening today in the
world in which you and I live--and that includes here
in the United States of America. 

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to be a
messenger of grace and truth in all that I am, do, and
say--and help me to live it first so that others seeing
Your love flowing through me will want Your truth and
love for themselves. And please save our nation from
believing any and all lies about You and the
devastation that believing lies cause. Thank You for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's
name, amen."

1. Jeremiah 13:24-25 (NIV).
2. Ravi Zacharias, "Believing A Lie, Believing The
Truth" Copyright (c) 2001 Ravi Zacharias International
Ministries (RZIM) in "A Slice of Infinity"
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With a Different God  

"For there is one God, and one mediator also between
God and men, the man Christ Jesus."1

In, James Michener’s novel, The Source, he describes an
ancient family. The father of the family sacrifices his
son to Malek, an ancient god. The mother grieves while
the father then goes and visits the temple prostitutes.
She is deeply grieved at what her husband is doing in
the name of religion. She laments: "With a different
god, he would have been a different man." 

How true these words are in real life. Time and again
we've seen the carnage caused by those with a different
god. Bali--until the Islamic terrorist attack several
years ago which killed almost 200 people--was looked
upon as Paradise by Westerners. 

Even since 9-11 many Western leaders and others have
stated how Islam is a peace-loving religion claiming
that we worship the same God. The fact is we don't.
Allah is not the triune God [God the Father, God the
Son (Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Spirit] in whom
Christians believe. For Muslims Jesus Christ is not God
the Son nor is He the Savior of the World. He is only a
prophet and second to Mohammad. True, not all Muslims
are terrorists by any means and while most Muslims are
moderate, there are many who take the Qur'án seriously
and are dedicated to the destruction of Jews,
Christians, Israel and the West. 

As Chuck Colson pointed out in BreakPoint some time
ago, "If you want evidence of Islamic extremism, just
ask any Indonesian Christian. For three decades,
Indonesia's Christians have endured one outrage after
another at the hands of their Muslim neighbors. In
1975, Indonesia invaded and annexed East Timor, killing
hundreds of thousands of East Timorese Christians.
Twenty years later, as East Timor gained its
independence, the government again did nothing as more
Christians were slaughtered. In the mid-nineties,
Indonesia's Christian Chinese were made the scapegoat
for the country's economic woes. Again, the government
stood by as Christian businesses, homes, and churches
were looted and burned. 

"And in the last few years, an Islamic militia, the
Laksar Jihad, has declared war on Christians living on
the islands of Sulawesi and the Moluccas. The militia,
which includes members from Pakistan, Saudi  Arabia,
Albania, and Bosnia, has attacked Christian villages
and forced Christians to either convert to Islam or be
beheaded." 

So, said Colson, "Overlooking the true nature of Islam
is not only wrong, it's folly--the kind of folly that
can turn any paradise into hell on earth."2

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, forgive us Westerners for
overlooking the plight of Christians in other lands
where they have been and are being slaughtered by the
thousands. And help us to wake up and realize that if
we continue to turn from You--the one and only true
God--we too (or our children's children) may very well
be facing the same kind of terrorism as Christians in
other lands are facing. Thank You for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name,
amen."

1. I Timothy 2:5 (NASB).
2.  Copyright 2002 Prison Fellowship Ministries
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Angels Unaware  

"Let brotherly love continue. Be not forgetful to
entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained
angels unawares."1

According to an article by G.K. Chesterton, "Francis of
Assisi was terrified of leprosy. One day, full in the
narrow path that he was traveling, he saw, horribly
white in the sunshine, a leper! Instinctively his heart
shrank back, recoiling from the contamination of that
loathsome disease. But then he rallied; and ashamed of
himself, ran and cast his arms about the sufferer's
neck and kissed him and passed on. A moment later he
looked back, only to find that there was no one there,
only the empty road in the hot sunlight. All his days
thereafter he was sure it was no leper, but Christ
Himself disguised as a leper whom he had met." 

Perhaps this is why he wrote the beautiful prayer known
as the "Prayer of St. Francis," which reads: 

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace; 
where there is hatred, let me sow love; 
where there is injury, pardon; 
where there is doubt, faith; 
where there is despair, hope; 
where there is darkness, light; 
and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek 
to be consoled as to console; 
to be understood, as to understand; 
to be loved, as to love; 
for it is in giving that we receive, 
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, 
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Let this beautiful prayer be our suggested prayer for
today.

1. Hebrews 13:1-2 (KJV).

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The Power of Attitude  

"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your
might."1

I have read how William Wilberforce (who became an
evangelical Christian) was a diminutive man and never
enjoyed good health. For twenty years he was under
doctor's orders and had to take drugs to keep body and
soul together. Yet he stopped the British slave trade.
Boswell once went to hear him speak and said afterward:
"I saw what seemed a mere shrimp mounted upon the
platform, but as I listened, he grew and grew till the
shrimp became a whale." 

The interesting thing is that so many successes in
history have been achieved by people who have either
been limited by some kind of handicap or have suffered
a major setback or failure of one kind or another.

It's one's attitude in life that makes the difference.
No matter what happens to us, with a positive attitude
we can rise above our difficulties and achieve notable
things with our life. 

By having a positive attitude I don't mean the denial
of reality, but rather to be a positive realist. For
instance, if I have been hit by a truck, all the
positive thinking in the world won't take away the
pain. To be a positive realist means that I admit that
I have been hit and hurt real bad--but with God's help,
and that of the medical profession and the support of
loving friends, I will recover to the fullest possible
extent and turn this experience into another blessing. 

As another has said, "Our lives are not determined by
what happens to us, but how we react to what happens;
not by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we
bring to life. A positive attitude causes a chain
reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It
is a catalyst … a spark that creates extraordinary
results." 

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, whatever it is that I can
do, regardless of my circumstances,  please help me to
see what it is and do it with all my might. Thank You
for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in
Jesus's name, amen."

1. Ecclesiastes 9:10 (NKJV).

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Today's Daily Encounter

Where Is God?  

"Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD ... From
heaven the LORD looks down and sees all mankind … [and]
considers everything they do. No king is saved by the
size of his army; no warrior escapes by his great
strength…But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear
Him, on those whose hope is in His unfailing love, to
deliver them from death and keep them alive in
famine."1

I recall having read in a college newspaper about a
student who painted in big white letters right across
the side of a garbage truck, "Where is God?" Perhaps he
was thinking at some level, why does God allow garbage
to happen? 

It's an age-old question, as old as Job and as fresh as
today: "Where is God when tragedy strikes … when a
loved one dies and the heart is torn with grief … when
innocent children are kidnapped, sexually abused, and
murdered? And where was he on September 11, 2001? And
again, when terrorist bombs blasted a resort hotel in
Bali? Or when a sniper in the Washington, D.C. area was
shooting and killing innocent people at random?" 

I don't want to sound callous by any means but we are
asking the wrong question because God is where He
always was and always is. The Apostle Paul said it
best, in that God "is not far from each one of us. 'For
in Him we live and move and have our being.'"2

So the question needs to be, "Not where is God, but
where is man?" 

Our problem lies in the fact that we as nations have
left God--or are fast leaving Him. As God's Word, the
Bible, says, "Blessed is that nation whose God is the
Lord."3 And what of those nations whose God is not the
Lord? Perhaps history can best answer that question. 

But the great tragedy is, as Friedrich Hegel said, "The
only thing we learn from history is that we learn
nothing from history." 

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please open our eyes and
help us to see that when we leave You, forsake Your
Word and discard Your commandments, we open the door to
evil. Grant that we will see in today's senseless acts
of terror a wakeup call to turn back to You. Thank You
for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in
Jesus's name, amen."

1.  Psalm 33:12-19 (NIV).
2. See Acts 17:24, 26-28.
3. Psalm 33:12.

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Lest We Forget  

"And He [Jesus] took bread, gave thanks and broke it,
and gave it to them, saying, "This is My body which is
given for you; do this in remembrance of Me."1

Today in the United States is Memorial Day--a national
holiday "originally held in commemoration of soldiers
killed in the American Civil War (1868). Its observance
later extended to all U.S. war dead. National
observance is marked by the placing of a wreath on the
Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery."2

It is good to remember every day, and to celebrate this
day with special thanksgiving for all who have given
their lives to give us freedom. May we also remember in
prayer today all who live in countries where they don't
know the freedoms that we have.

As a kid growing up in Australia during World War II,
how well I remember what the Americans did for my
homeland. Had it not been for the American soldiers
with the backing of the American Congress and people,
Australia would not know the freedom it knows
today--neither would the rest of the Western World.

Someone asked Albert Einstein what kind of weapons
would be used in the third World War. "Well," he
answered, "I don't know ... but I can tell you what
they'll use in the fourth world war. They'll use
rocks."

Sadly, however, unless the U.S.A. turns back the forces
that are seeking to take it away from its Christian
moral heritage and roots, it is highly improbable that
our children or our children's children will continue
to be blessed by the privileged freedoms that U.S.
citizens enjoy today. And for all who live in this land
of opportunity and despise, misuse, and/or abuse it,
unlike many countries, U.S.A. gives them the freedom to
leave! However, very few, including its worstcritics,
do so!

May all who live in the West never take our freedoms
for granted for, "Eternal vigilance is still the price
of freedom." And above all, that includes moral
vigilance. For as God's Word says, "Righteousness
exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people."3
And as Jesus told us to remember His death for us, let
us also remember all who have given their lives to give
us the wonderful freedoms we know today, for there is
always a great price to purchase and maintain freedom.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, we thank You especially
today for all who have given their lives to keep us
living in a land that knows unprecedented freedom. Help
all of us in the free world awaken to our need to be
eternally vigilant in moral integrity, righteous
living, and trusting in You. And we pray for all who
live in lands where they are under great bondage, and
where the gospel is forbidden to be preached,
proclaimed or followed. Thank You for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name,
amen."

1. Luke 22:19, (NKJV).
2. Encyclopedia Britannica. 
3. Proverbs 14:34, (NIV).

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Struggling to Believe  

“Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present
world."1

“Robert Robinson came from a poor family; his father
died when Robert was a child and his mother sent him to
London to learn barbering when he was a teenager.
Instead he fell in with a gang and was involved in
vandalism, looting and petty theft. They went to heckle
a traveling evangelist, George Whitefield, who was
preaching in the town square but Robert encountered the
Lord Jesus and eventually accepted Him as his Savior.
He went on to become a renowned preacher and pastor, as
well as a writer of extraordinary hymns and was well
known throughout Europe. But late in his life he left
the faith. We don’t know the reason why, we don’t know
the circumstances, but the story is told that there
came a day late in his life when he was traveling by
stage coach, seated next to a woman who was humming the
hymn, ‘Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing.’ 

“If nothing else, maybe simply to make conversation,
she asked him, ‘Sir, do you know this song?’

“Robinson replied, ‘Know it? Madam, I am the miserable
man who wrote it and I would give a thousand lives to
know the joy and peace that I knew then but I’ve lost
it.’

“Mr. Robinson died shortly thereafter.

“’Come thou Fount’ is one of my favorite hymns and that
story is one of the saddest--and I am afraid,
all-too-familiar--ones that I know."2

This hymn also happens to be one of my favorites. The
words of the last stanza say: “O to grace how great a
debtor / Daily I’m constrained to be / Let Thy grace,
Lord, like a fetter / Bind my wand’ring heart to Thee /
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it / Prone to leave the
God I love / Take my heart, O take and seal it / Seal
it for Thy courts above." 

Suggested prayer: “Dear God, please keep me from
straying from You for I, too, know that my heart is
prone to wander and that I could very easily leave the
God I love. Please take my heart and seal it for Your
courts above. Thank You for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully in Jesus's name, amen."

1. 2 Timothy 4:10 (NKJV).
2. By Tod Bolsinger, Sermon, “The God Who Does the
Impossible … A story for those who struggle to
believe."

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Was Jesus Ever Politically Correct?  

“In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will
judge the living and the dead, and in view of His
appearing and His kingdom, I give you this charge:
Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of
season; correct, rebuke and encourage--with great
patience and careful instruction. For the time will
come when men will not put up with sound doctrine.
Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather
around them a great number of teachers to say what
their itching ears want to hear."1

It’s amazing how, in our day and age, so many are
afraid to stand up and be counted when it comes to
taking a public stand for that which is morally
correct, based on biblical principles and the
Judeo-Christian ethic, for fear of not being
politically correct. To bash Christianity, the Ten
Commandments, the Word of God and even Jesus’s “Sermon
on the Mount" has become acceptable among certain
circles, but try condemning gay marriage or other
religions such as Islam and it becomes a different
story.  

But did Jesus Christ ever allow Himself to be so
controlled? Never! 

Jesus was a man of passion. He hated the abuse of God’s
house so He drove out the money changers with a whip.
He hated evil and sin, not simply because these were
opposed to His Word but because they were, and are,
damaging to those whom God loves--us. But He always
loved sinners and was against anything that hurt them,
kept them in bondage, or hindered their growth. And He
was hated for His stand.

“In Jesus’s case, we have the story of the holiest man
who ever lived, and yet it was the prostitutes and
lepers and thieves who adored Him, and the religious
who hated His guts."2 Why? Because He loved people and
was opposed to religious dogma and programs that kept
people in bondage and used them for their own ends
rather than helping them to grow.

“People were offended with Jesus because He violated
their understanding of religion and piety. The
religious people of His day were particularly incensed
that He deliberately healed on the Sabbath.... They
accused Him of being a drunkard, a glutton and having
tacky taste in friends. As Gene Thomas is fond of
saying, ‘Jesus was simply not your ideal Rotarian.’ It
is a profound irony that the Son of God visited this
planet and one of the chief complaints against Him was
that He was not religious enough."3

In other words, Jesus was totally committed to people’s
spiritual and personal growth and was strongly opposed
to anything that stopped or hindered that growth.
Political correctness was never ever a part of His
agenda. 

As an English Bishop once said, “Wherever Jesus went
there was either a revival or a revolution. Wherever I
go, they serve tea."

Question: Do we, the members of our church, want to
start a revival or a revolution? Or do we just prefer
to serve tea?

Suggested prayer: “Dear God, please give me the courage
to stand up and be counted as a true follower of Jesus
Christ and never be afraid to state clearly, in love,
what Your Word, the Bible, teaches--and help me to live
it first. And help me never to allow myself to be
controlled by today’s politically correct nonsense.
Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully in Jesus’s name, amen."

1. 2 Timothy 4:1-3 (NIV).
2.  Rebecca Manley Pippert, Out of the Saltshaker and
Into the World (Downer’s Grove, IL: Inter-Varsity
Press, 1979), p. 39.   
3.  Ibid, p. 40.

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Hurry, Hurry, Fast, Fast  

"Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted
among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth."1

“I'm not a sociolinguist," writes Karen Carr,
missionary psychologist, “but I find languages
fascinating. The other day in Ghana I was walking past
a Ghanaian man talking on his cell phone in Twi (a
local language here). Suddenly, in the midst of a sea
of words I could not understand, I heard, ‘Hurry,
hurry. Fast, fast.’ 

“Why did he need to switch to English to use those
words? In a culture where relationships are valued more
than task, where listening to someone is more important
than crossing off my ‘to do’ list, where greeting
someone before you get to the point of your
conversation is a very high value--hurry, hurry, fast,
fast is apparently a value grafted in from the West. I
chuckled as I walked away and slowed my pace down just
a fraction--reminding myself that I can enjoy the
journey just as much as the destination."2

Back in college days I used to have a small placard on
my desk that said, “Beware of the barrenness of a busy
life." Some years ago there was a popular song that
said: “Slow down you move to fast, got to make the
morning last … looking for fun and feeling groovy."

I don’t know about you but I still struggle at times
with being too busy and need to remind myself that I
need to take time to have fun and to "smell the roses"
as life is short. At the same time I also realize that
my life is an investment in eternity so I need to make
sure my days are balanced and wisely spent. As William
Penn said, "I expect to pass through this world but
once. Any good, therefore, that I can do, or any
kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me
do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall
not pass this way again."3  

And as another has wisely said, “Only one life ‘twill
soon be past. Only what’s done for Christ will last."

Suggested prayer: “Dear God, please help me to live a
balanced life, to invest my life wisely with eternal
values in mind, and never be too busy to ‘be still and
know that You are God.’ Thank You for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus's name, amen."

1. Psalm 46:10 (NIV).
2. Karen Carr of Mobile Member Care Team, Ghana, West
Africa, http://www.mmct.org/
3. Steven Grellet.  

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The "Demon" of Lust?  

“If you are angry, don’t sin by nursing your grudge.
Don’t let the sun go down with you still angry--get
over it quickly; for when you are angry you give a
mighty foothold to the devil."1

A Daily Encounter reader writes, “I have been fighting
with a lust demon for years. I have asked GOD to
relieve me of this demon but I keep slipping back and
doing the same thing all over again. I have just
rededicated my life to God and am on my church's
outreach team. I want this demon of Satan out of my
body never to return. Will you pray for me?"

Hello, Jim (name changed), Thank you for being honest
and sharing your struggle with lust. To resolve any
problem it is imperative to understand the root cause
of the problem. Let me assure you that lust, as with
anger, is NOT a demon. If I am wrongfully angry, that
is my problem and when I fail to resolve it, I give the
foothold to the enemy. 

It’s the same with lust. Lust is a struggle most
red-blooded men struggle with at one time or another.
Severe lust, however, is usually a symptom of repressed
love or unmet love needs. As long as you blame the
problem on anything outside of yourself, you will never
overcome it because lust is a problem within. I don't
know who told you it was a demon but I challenge this
person to find anywhere in the Bible where it says
there is "a demon of lust."

Sure, Satan is the originator of all sin and does tempt
us, but most of us don't need the devil or a demon to
make, or even cause, us to lust. We can do it all by
ourselves because we are all sinners.

So how do you overcome? First and foremost, you need
not only confess your lust to God, but also ask Him to
confront you with the real cause of your lust ... to
show you the root cause of the problem … and then to
lead you to the help you need to overcome. Only by
facing the truth will you be set free.

Remember too, as David wrote in the Psalms, "The Lord
is near to all who call on him; to all who call on him
in truth."2 

Suggested prayer: “Dear God, whenever I have any
problem that I can’t resolve, please help me to see the
truth regarding the root cause of it and help me to
find the support I need to overcome. Thank You for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus’s
name, amen."

1. Ephesians 4:26-27 (TLB).
2. Psalm 145:18 (NIV).

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On Specks and Logs  

“And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when
you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying
to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck
in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your
own eye?"1

Mike Atkinson in his Mickey’s Funnies shares the
following humorous story: 

A young couple moved into a new neighborhood. The next
morning while they are eating breakfast, the young
woman sees her neighbor hanging the wash outside. 

"That laundry is not very clean," she said. "She
doesn't know how to wash correctly.  Perhaps she needs
better laundry soap." Her husband looked on, but
remained silent. 

Every time her neighbor would hang her wash to dry, the
young woman would make the same comments. 

About a month later, the woman was surprised to see a
nice clean wash on the line and said to her husband:
"Look, she has learned how to wash correctly. I wonder
who taught her this." 

The husband said, "I got up early this morning and
cleaned our windows."2

Need I say more?

Suggested prayer: “Dear God, please deliver me from the
sin of playing the blame-game and projecting my blind
spots onto others--and judging them accordingly. Thank
You for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in
Jesus’s name, amen."

1. Matthew 7:3-4 (NLT). 
2. Mickey’s Funnies © 2008 Mike Atkinson.
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Attitude of Gratitude  

"Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His
mercy endures forever. Oh, give thanks to the God of
gods! For His mercy endures forever. Oh, give thanks to
the Lord of lords! For His mercy endures forever."1

A legend tells the story of a fisherman called Aaron
who lived on the banks of a river. Walking home with
his eyes half-closed one evening after a hard day's
work, he was dreaming of what he could do if he were
rich. As he walked his foot struck a leather pouch
filled with what seemed to him to be small stones.
Absentmindedly he picked up the pouch and began
throwing the pebbles into the water. 

"When I am a rich man," he said to himself, "I'll have
a large house". And he threw another pebble into the
river. He threw another one and thought, "My wife and I
will have servants and rich food, and many fine
things." And this went on until just one stone was
left. As Aaron held it in his hand, a ray of light
caught it and made it sparkle. He was not throwing
ordinary stones but valuable gems, throwing away the
real riches in his hand, while he dreamed of unreal
riches in the future."2

Don't wait until tomorrow because "what-ifs" rarely, if
ever, come. Be thankful for the blessings you have
today for today is the only day we ever have. Live in
the present for yesterdays are gone forever and
tomorrows are only a hope and always a day away! 

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please open my eyes that I
may see the countless blessings You have already
provided for and given to me. Help me to feel the
wonder of it all and give me a thankful heart for all
You have done and are doing for me. Thank You for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's
name, amen."

1. Psalm 136:1-3 (NKJV).
2. Brett Blair www.eSermons.com. Adapted from a sermon
by Rev. Richard J. Fairchild: "The Man Without Wedding
Clothes." 

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Today's Daily Encounter

Listen to Your Heart  

"When you are on your beds, search your hearts and be
silent."1 

Melody Beattie in The Language of Letting Go emphasized
the importance of contemplating what is on your mind
first thing when you wake up in the morning. What is it
in that half-asleep, half-awake place? Are you troubled
about something? Is there some responsibility you have
neglected that is bothering you? Is it a goal you've
been planning on starting but keep putting off? Is it
an unhealthy relationship you are in and you know you
need to get out of it? Is it a destructive habit or sin
that you feel convicted about? 

What is on your mind at this time is coming from your
inner self, your unconscious mind, or it may be coming
from God's Spirit. It may be revealing a truth you need
to deal with. Listen to that inner voice--the voice of
your heart--and do what you know you need to do about
that issue that is troubling or challenging you. Don't
put it off. Take care of it each day.  

We’re not talking about compulsive obsessive behavior
but learning to discern the voice of one’s inner self
and that of the leading of God’s Spirit.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, when my inner self or Your
Holy Spirit reminds me of something I need to fix,
start, put right, or to do today, please help me to
write it down so I don't forget, and then do something
about it that day. Thank You for hearing and answering
my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen."

1. Psalm 4:4 (NIV).

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