Over the Target

But I ask: Did they not hear? Of course they did:
“Their voice has gone out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” Romans 10:18

In the West it has become fashionable to mock Christianity. There are no shortages of people who love to tout their “tolerance” except when it comes to Christianity. I say we are partly to blame as Believers. Not every criticism directed at us is valid, but some of them are.

The point of this devotional isn’t about what we are doing right or wrong but it is that little by little the message of the Gospel is getting out. Truth is setting in. Most people who target Christianity with their rants cannot articulate precisely why they are upset with the Christian faith. Some site “hypocrisy in the church” or something similar to debunk an entire religion. When pressed for specific examples, most cannot. To be sure, some have legitimate examples of being wronged or hurt by Believers, and should not be dismissed.

Throughout the last 50 years, Christians have “bombarded” the radio and television airwaves with the Gospel message in a variety of formats. Then there’s the billboards, Gideon’s Bible distribution in most hotels, Gospel tracts, celebrity and sports testimonials, and countless ministries aimed at reaching a specific group of people. Again we read the verse in this light:

But I ask: Did they not hear? Of course they did:
“Their voice has gone out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” Romans 10:18

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Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:12

What do you long for in life? I’m not talking necessarily about the rewards of heaven and the hope in Christ and all of that, but in this life what do you look forward to?

What do you hope to achieve?

Besides the kids and the alarm clock, what wakes and energizes you every morning?

Do you have something that you long to do or long to be?

If so, what steps are you taking to get there?

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Saving and Dwindling

Dishonest money dwindles away, but he who gathers money little by little makes it grow. Proverbs 13:11

The principle in this proverb is unmistakably clear: if you are dishonest in your business dealings, what you “earn” will just dwindle away.

Putting aside money gradually allows you to build up what you have. The principle is also clear: you don’t need to save thousands and thousands at one time. In fact, it’s probably better that you don’t do it that way. Instead, put a little away at a time. You won’t notice it being gone from your pile, but you are in the habit of doing it.

Do either of these two principles ring true with you today?

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Asking for Trouble

He who guards his lips guards his life, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin. Proverbs 13:3

Have you ever said something without giving it much thought? Or perhaps the question might very well be, how many times this week have you spoken without thinking?

We do it all the time, don’t we?

Much of the trouble we encounter in life is of our own making: the decisions we make, the words we speak, and the friends we keep all contribute to our success or demise. When we do any of those three things rashly and without forethought, we’re asking for trouble.

As I stated yesterday, instead of asking for trouble, we probably should ask for the words to say from the Holy Spirit.

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I Have a Secret

A prudent man keeps his knowledge to himself, but the heart of fools blurts out folly. Proverbs 12:23

Having wisdom is like a little kid who has a secret. He’s not going to tell just anybody because what’s the point? It’s bursting inside him but he waits for the appropriate moment to “spill the beans.” It has to be on his terms. And often, by the time he tells you, you’re more than ready to absorb it.

It’s actually not a bad model to follow.

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