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.

Proverbs 11:4 Worthless In The End

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Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death. Proverbs 11:4 

Seeking extreme wealth is the goal of many people. They feel that being wealthy is the greatest goal in life and that wealth will solve all their problems.

Having great wealth gives the appearance of security. When one has a lot of money, believe that they can purchase whatever they need, whenever they want.

While wealth can purchase a lot of things, it cannot purchase everything. It cannot purchase peace, joy, or the greatest need on this earth–life. Many wealthy people are lying on their deathbed with a sickness that cannot be cured. Many who are wealthy have ended their life out of depression or stress of striving to gain more wealth.

Solomon was the richest man who ever lived, yet he said that wealth was worthless in the end. It could not save during the day of wrath, nor could it purchase righteousness which delivers from death.

The thing people search for in wealth can only be found in the righteousness of Jesus. Jesus came to this earth to bring true life that every person is seeking. He wants to provide joy, peace, comfort, strength and eternal life. The very thing that every one who is seeking wealth desires.

Every person needs to seek the righteousness of Jesus in their lives. He is the one who brings about forgiveness of sins and gives eternal life. As a person is living in the righteousness of Jesus, he will have peace, comfort, security and eternal life, the very things that people seek in wealth.

On the day Jesus returns to judge the earth, all material wealth will be completely worthless. It will be unable to purchase forgiveness of sins. It will be unable to purchase righteousness before God. Only belief in Jesus can do those things.

Instead of seeking to gain more wealth in your life, strive to gain the righteousness of Jesus. Strive to be more righteous and holy as Jesus is.

In living in His righteousness and holiness, you will be able to stand on the day of judgement and wrath of God. His righteousness will deliver you from death and the wrath of God.

It is not your works, money or abilities that will save you, but the righteousness of Jesus. Make His righteousness the goal of your life. Seek His righteousness as much as some seek wealth and see what God can do in and through you.

I pray today that you will know the salvation that Jesus provides; that you will know the righteousness of Jesus; that you will strive to be holy as God is holy; and that you will seek God with all of your heart, soul and mind above everything else.

Philippians 3:12 Pressing For The Goal

“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” Philippians 3:12

Paul states that he did not obtain “all this”. What is “all this”? It is the full righteousness of God, the full power of the resurrection and the sufferings of Jesus, and becoming fully like Jesus. Paul says that he is still pressing on for the goal that Jesus has for him.

Jesus was sent to the earth by God the Father to save every person. He was to remove all sin and make all people perfect like the Father. This would open the door of communication and a relationship between all people and God the Father.

The world is also striving for a goal. Each person is striving to be better, have more things, more money, more power. They are aiming for a higher position, more fame, and more acceptance. They want things bigger, better, and faster. Ultimately they want to be above everyone else.

These goals may be good or bad, but all of them are temporary. They are only good for this life. Once death comes, all these things strived for fall away and become worthless.

Christ came to give you life. He came to bring you into an eternal relationship with God the Father. The Creator of the entire universe wants to have a close, best friend relationship with you. In the process of having that relationship, He wants to give you the best life possible. God wants to show you how to really live life to the fullest.

What is your goal in life? Is it a temporary one, like most of the world? Or is the eternal one that Jesus has for you?

Once you have that goal, press on. This means you must keep pushing hard to get it. Do not settle for second place. Do not settle for failure. Keep working at being exactly like Jesus. Keep working on getting closer to the Father. Keep pushing through the hard times, struggles, and pain. In the end it will be worth it all–a perfect life in heaven with God for all eternity. Don’t give up!

I pray today that God will give you strength to keep going; that God will give you vision of what He has in plan for you; that your relationship with God will grow closer; and that you will become more like Jesus everyday.

Acts 20:24 The Main Goal

“However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me–the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.” Acts 20:24

Paul had been traveling all around to Gentile cities preaching the gospel message. He now feels led to go back to Jerusalem. He was run out of there by the Jews and so would not know what would happen when he goes there. He does know that everywhere he went he had to face persecution and prison a lot. He now says that, to himself, his life is worthless. His whole goal in life is to do what Jesus wants him to do–to preach the gospel message.

There are many books on the shelves on how to succeed in just about anything you want to succeed in. Thousands of books are written on how to succeed in making money. Everyone has the “key” to success. Speakers travel all around the country and world talking about how to be successful.

The most common thread in all of the ways how to succeed is to have a goal. You are to set your mind on a goal and how to achieve it. Then you are to go for it with everything in you.

The world looks at success in measuring what you have or don’t have as to whether you are successful or not.

Paul look at success as completing the task Jesus gave him to do. Jesus had the view of success in completing the work the Father gave Him to do.

Jesus has a plan for you. He has a work for you to do. The bottom line of that plan for you is to be like Jesus and to tell everyone you can about Jesus.

The plans Jesus has for you are for eternal value. The plans the world has for you to succeed are only temporary, in this life alone.

Where is your focus and aim today? Are you striving to be more like Jesus? Are you working hard at telling others about Jesus? Or are you working hard to get rich and have a great retirement plan set up? What is your goal today?

I pray today that Jesus will impress up your heart His goals for your life; that you will know the plans Jesus has for you; that you will aim to do the work Jesus has for you to do; that you will be more like Jesus everyday; and that Jesus will draw many to Himself through you.