Isaiah 42:4 Never Discouraged

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He will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth. In his teaching the islands will put their hope. Isaiah 42:4

Discouragement has killed many dreams and desires of people throughout history. People have great dreams about accomplishing some great thing, but as failure and difficulties arise, discouragement sets in.

The more a person looks and feels discouragement, the higher the chance of quitting the task arises. People give in to the negative responses and lose their dreams. They settle for second best or worse, then what the original goal was, stopping short of what is best.

Isaiah has some prophecies about Jesus and what He will be like. One of the things prophesied is that he will not be discouraged or give up in His task to bring justice to the earth.

Some people have wondered what Jesus has accomplished or if He really was successful. Looking at the world, it appears that it is worse then it was during the time He walked on the earth, and is getting worse all the time.

Many have started to work at building God’s kingdom, only to be faced with a mountain of difficulties. In facing these problems, many have quit building. They see it as an unsurmountable task that they have failed at. They give in to the pressures of the world.

Those who are truly following Jesus will not give in. They will see that Jesus is still working towards the same goal He had begun nearly two thousand years ago.

Focus needs to be upon the those who are changing and the work God is doing right now. One may have to look at the little steps being made, rather than focusing on the long road ahead. Seeing the progress being made will stop discouragement and give one the strength to keep going forward in the mission to build God’s kingdom.

You may have things in your life that have appeared as failures and major mountains. Discouragement has crept at your door, attempting to get you to stop and give in to the pressures of this world.

Take a look at what Jesus started and has not stopped doing for centuries. He is not discouraged, and so, neither should you be. Focus on doing what God has called you to do and keep doing it faithfully.

In the end God will succeed. As you follow God, you also will succeed if you do not give up.

I pray today that you will know God’s plan for your life; that you will see God at work in your life; that you will keep building God’s kingdom; that God will remove all discouragement in your life; and that you will see the hope you have in Jesus. 

Proverbs 14:23 Hard Work Or Just Talk

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All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. Proverbs 14:23

Talk is easy. People can talk about a lot of things that they will plan to do. Dreams and goals are often talked about and set on a daily basis by millions of people. Grand dreams of changing the world, inventing the newest gadget, starting a business, and much more.

Every new year, people will draw up elaborate lists of goals for the new year. Many times they will go into great detail of what the goal is and how they plan to accomplish it.

Out of all of the goals set, very few will ever be accomplished. Very few people will take the steps needed in order to fulfill the goal that they had set.

Solomon brings out a great truth about hard work and talk. Hard work will often lead to a profit or success, while just talking will bring only poverty.

It will often take hard work and dedication to accomplish a goal. Most goals are not easily accomplished.

It is common for people to seek to gain without the hard work. They want the ‘get rich quick’ method, rather than the slower hard work method. In the process, most of their goals are just talk, leading to nothing.

This can also be found in the life of a believer. Many believers talk about following God and believing in Jesus, yet, that is all it is…talk. Their lives never change. They continue to live the same way, often in sins, and refusing to be a witness.

Although salvation is free, God has work for every believer to do. It sometimes takes hard work to be a witness. It can be hard work to turn away form sin. It can be hard work to pray or read the bible. Yet, doing each of these and following God will bring about a profit of the soul.

Not working for God will bring to a poverty of the spirit and soul, missing what God has for the person.

Do not just allow yourself to talk about being a follower of Jesus, be one. Do the hard work God has called you to do.

Work at turning away from sin, work at being His witness, work at being like Jesus. Do what it takes to build your life into the image of Jesus. As you do your part, God will do His part and bring the reward and increase the efforts effects.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus brings; that you will work to turn from sin against God; that God will give you the strength to be His witness; and that you will not be a follower of Jesus just in words, but in action.

Psalm 49:16-17 Wealth Is Temporary

Governors mansion

Do not be overawed when others grow rich, when the splendor of their houses increases; for they will take nothing with them when they die, their splendor will not descend with them. Psalm 49:16-17 

People are often amazed and in awe when they drive by a huge mansion of a home. They often see those large homes and dream of a day that they may own one of them, or get discouraged because they know with their meager income they will never own one.

There have be television shows that walk a person through various mansions of some of the rich and famous. It is the only way most people will ever get to see the inside of a home that large. Extensive homes with their own theater, eight car garage, basketball court, tennis courts and much more are dreamed of by many people.

The sons of Korah tells the people not to overawed, or overwhelmed when they see the rich and their home increasing. The reason one should not be overwhelmed with riches, is that one cannot take it with them when they die.

One thing that remains the same for every person, regardless of how wealthy, famous or poor and unknown they are, is that nothing that they own will follow them when they die.

Wealth can be accumulated upon this earth to great extents, but it is only temporary. It lasts only while living on this earth, and then, maybe, not even till death. Many who have had great wealth have lost it within moments due to a crash in the economy or some other disaster.

The only thing that follows a person into eternity is his soul, not even his body follows him. Physical things will break down and fade away with time. Things owned will be sold off or given to another person. It does not long term eternal good for a person.

Hold the things you have loosely. Do not be jealous of what someone else has, nor stand in amazement at what they have physically.

Look at what a person has spiritually. The one thing that counts for all eternity is a relationship with Jesus. Having the forgiveness of sins and salvation that Jesus provides is all that really counts.

In your own life, seek to build your relationship with God and to build His kingdom on this earth. Bring as many into His kingdom as you can. That is what lasts for eternity and is worth having. The rest is only temporary.

I pray today that you will have a relationship with God; that you will know the salvation Jesus gives; that you will know what lasts for eternity; and that you will have contentment in what Jesus gives.

Psalm 43:5 Discouraged? Disturbed?

Depression

Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. Psalm 43:5 

Discouragement is something is seen nearly everywhere. People are discouraged about their job, the family, their spouse, their dreams, and many other things. Life is not going the way that they had planned it to go and they do not understand why.

Many are also disturb at the way things are going. They see the news about killings, wars, financial crises, diseases, disasters and much more negative news and fear what is going to happen in life. They do not see any hope for anything good.

In order to cope with the discouragement and anxiety that people are feeling, many will turn to drugs, both legal and illegal. They drown themselves in things or activities to hide their pain and fears.

The author of this psalm asks the question of why his soul was downcast or discouraged and disturbed. He knew that he should be putting all of his hope and trust in God, while giving Him praise.

The discouragement and anxiety does not rest just with unbelievers, but many believers are feeling the same way also. They see what is going on and fear it. They have chosen to see the things of this world only and not see what God is doing.

Despite the garbage, sickness, sin and death in this world, every believer has a hope that is still alive. They have a reason to give God praise. God is on their side and has forgiven them and given them life. While there are troubles in this life, there is a hope of a future that is perfect with no pain, sorrow or suffering for all eternity.

Each one also has the joy of knowing God is right there with them to strengthen and guide them through this dark world. These are reasons to give God praise.

Choose to worship and praise God in spite of the negative things you see. Complaining and being depressed and discouraged will not change a thing, but praising God will give you strength. It can shed light into a dark area of life.

Put all of your hope in God and not in the people and things of this world. This world will pass away, but God will always be there.

Now go out rejoicing and praising God today!

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus offers; that you will know the hope Jesus provides; that God will remove all fear and anxiety in your life; that God will remove discouragement; ad that you will praise God in every situation. 

Genesis 41:16 Give God The Credit

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“I cannot do it,” Joseph replied to Pharaoh, “but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires.” Genesis 41:16

People all over the world are constantly looking for answers. Just like children, most adults like to ask the question, “why?”. They want answers as to why things happen as they do.

In the majority of cases, people seek those answers from other people or books that people have read. In that process many will choose the ways of the world to get their answer and will also be given the answer that the world gives.

Those that give the answer, will usually take full credit for that answer. The want to be seen as the person with the wisdom and knowledge. People want to feel as though they are really important and are somebody.

Many believers have fallen into this trap of taking the credit for what they say or do. They feel as though they are the ones who had full power and ability to say or do what was said or done. It was their own wisdom and knowledge.

While Joseph had been in prison, God had given him knowledge of the meaning of some other prisoner’s dreams. Later, when one of those prisoners was released, Pharaoh had a dream also that he wanted interpreted. Joseph was called before Pharaoh.

Pharaoh’s first statement was that he heard that Joseph could interpret dreams. Immediately Joseph stated that he cannot interpret the dreams, but that God can give the answer needed. With the guidance of God, Joseph then interprets the dream.

Joseph could easily have taken credit for interpreting dreams, but he did not. He gave God the full credit.

As a human, it is easy to think that one has the ability to do something, when in reality it is God working in and through that person.

There is absolutely nothing that you cannot do, unless God gives you the ability to do it. This even includes breathing. If you cannot breath without God’s help, how much less can you interpret dreams or do some other ministry or work for Him?

When God uses you to touch someone’s life, such as in prayer, witnessing, helping hand, interpretation, a word,  or anything else, give Him the credit for the ability, wisdom and knowledge.

Don’t take the credit that belongs to God. He is the one who did it.

I pray today that you will know God’s power and abilities; that you will give God credit for all works done; that you will point all people to God and not to self; and that God will use you to touch many people.