January 6, 2019 Verse Of The Day

psalm 119-105

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Hebrews 2:1 Pay Attention

 

Autumn Road

We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. Hebrews 2:1

Driving down a road requires that a person pays attention to what is going on. He must keep an eye on the road signs for warnings or directions. He must also keep an eye on the road for anything in the road or changes in the road’s direction. He must also keep an eye on anything that may be on the side of the road that may come into the roadway.

Daydreaming, looking at cell phones, staring at scenery or signs are some ways that a person looses attention in the road and what he is doing. He begins to drift to one side of the road or the other and loses control. If one does not pay attention as he drives, he will very likely end up in an accident.

Life works in the same way. There are road signs in life as to how a person should live. The best way to live is the way that has been proven since eternity past–the path God has laid out since before the creation of this world.

God has a path laid out for every person on this earth. Whether a person chooses to follow that path or not is up to each individual. Believers have chosen to follow God.

However, if a person is not paying attention to the path he is on, he will drift off. It is easy for a person to stop following Jesus and follow this world. This will cause a drifting into sin and away from God.

God’s word lays out all of the signs on how to live on this earth. God has also given His Holy Spirit to guide the believer in what to say and do or not say and do.

Keep your eyes on God and His word. Keep your ears open to the guidance of His Holy Spirit. As you do these things you will be paying attention to God, His Word and His Holy Spirit. As you pay attention, you will stay on the path God has for you. You will not drift off of the path God has laid out for you.

Ask yourself each day, and throughout the day, are you paying attention to God?

Or are you paying attention to this world and self only?

I pray today that you will know the path God has for you; that you will know God’s word for your life; that you will pay attention to what God is saying; and that God will keep you on His path for all eternity.

What Is Your Motivation?

Work And Life

I am currently in a position of a job transition. I am transitioning from a known job into the unknown. At this point I do not know what my next job will be, but I know that God has one out there for me.

In the process of searching for a job I have to look at various different factors. One factor is what type of job do I want. Another is how much I want to work, or how many hours I want to work. Another is what benefits are there and what benefits do I want.

One factor that many people do not look at is the motivation factor. Motivation is the reason for a person to behave or act in a certain way. This brings up the question of why a person wants a particular job. Most people look back at the above factors in looking for a job. Some want the high pay, others the great side benefits, and still others the hours worked.

Money

While paying the bills is an important motivator for working, it is not necessarily the most important factor.

As a believer in Jesus, my time in worship and ministry is extremely high on the priority list of life. I want to be able to go to church and do ministry in the church. I want to be able to lead my family in worship and service to God, both in and out of the church.

As a happily married man, I place a very high priority of spending time with my wonderful wife. I want to be able to take her out on a date once in a while. I want to be able to spend time with her at home without falling asleep exhausted from work.

Family

As a man with a large family, I place family as a very high place on the priority of life list. I want to spend quality and quantity of time with my family. I want to be able to play with my kids and mentor my kids in work, worship and ministry. Working automatically places a damper on the amount of time spent with my family.

Some of the jobs I look at will pay very well. This will allow for all bills to be paid and still be able to get everything my family needs or wants. However, to get that high pay requires that I put in very long hours, cutting back family  and ministry time.

Other jobs I look at allow for a lot of time with the family, but do not pay very well. They will not be enough to pay the bills and other needs of the family. Thus it puts a lot of stress upon me and the family.

You may be in this position or you may have been there, or you may be in this position some day. Most people have been there or will be there some day.

In order to solve this dilemma one must look to God and His word. The first thing is:

Psalm 37-23_24

God guides those who seek Him. He will guide your steps. God is there to help you grow, not cut you down.

It is easy to look at this verse and agree that God guides your steps, but it is harder to actually act upon it. He may open a door that does not look good, or close a door that looks great. He sees the big picture and wants to guide you down the correct path. 

Often we look at a path God wants us to walk down and just see problems with it. Yet, that path may be the best one for us. It may be difficult, but it keeps you focused on God. It may be insane, but it draws you closer to Him. This brings you to the point of trusting God.

proverbs 3_5-6

You must let go of your own understanding and the wisdom of this world and trust God’s wisdom and understanding of the situation.

Now that I have talked about God guiding your steps and trusting in the Lord, what does all this have to do with motivation? I started talking about motivation at the beginning.

Ephesians 5_8-10

 

You need to first find out what pleases God. When you or I look at a job, it must be through the eyes of God. Does it honor God? Will it please God to have you working there? Will it be a hindrance to your walk with God? Or will it build your walk with God?

Colossians 3_23-24

 

No matter what the job is that you do, you must do it as though you are working for God. Don’t do it just for the paycheck, or the position, or the benefits, but do it for God.

God opens and closes doors. If you are in a job, it is because God wanted you to be there. The purpose to being there could be to build you up or to help you reach others. The paycheck is the last thing God is really concerned about. You can have a great paycheck and be lose eternal life, because you missed God.

The two greatest motivators for anything that you do, must be to please God and to do it for God.

This can be translated into work, play, or anything else in life. What is your motivation? Is it something temporary of this world? Or is it eternal in God’s kingdom?

Ecclesiastes 11:5 The Path Of Wind And Understanding God

As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things. Ecclesiastes 11:5

Sitting around a campfire is something many people love to do when they go camping. Once the fire is built, they will consider which direction the wind is blowing to decide which side of the fire to sit on. No one wants the wind to blow the smoke or flames directly into his face.

Although doing this will work for a short time, the wind usually will change directions. A person sitting around a large campfire may have to move several times to keep the smoke out of his eyes. The wind keeps changing direction and he cannot know when or where it will blow next.

Along with not knowing the path of the wind, people do not really know how babies are formed in the womb. Scientists can understand a lot of the technical side of the development of a baby, but they still do not understand how the baby can have life. As much as scientists know, so far they cannot create life from something that is dead.

God is the One who gives the wind its path to go on. He is also the One who forms a baby in the womb. He understands both those ways perfectly.

Just as you cannot know the path of the wind or exactly how the baby is formed, so you cannot fully understand how God works. God works in ways that are above your ways. He can see the big picture of life from beginning to end. He knows what is going to happen long before it does happen.

When you look at your path in life, often you may see a mountain or a wall in your path. You do not know how to get over or around it. God can show you with way.

God can take things that look bad and messed up, and turn it out for good. He works all things for your good, if you will allow Him to do so.

You may try to understand God ways, and some of them you will, but you will not understand everything. This is where you must let go and trust God. Trust that He knows what He is doing.

I pray today that you will trust God’s ways of doing things; that you will not reject God’s path for you when you do not understand it; that you will know God’s peace in His path for you; and that God will reveal His path for you to take.