Success, Growth and Promotion from God – 6

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A summary of what we have seen in this series so far: Continue reading “Success, Growth and Promotion from God – 6”

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Success, Growth and Promotion from God – 5

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“You may rest easy. You have nothing to fear, my child. I will do everything you ask. Everyone in this city agrees you are a woman of virtuous character [Ruth 3:11 – The Voice]

Ruth the Moabite was a widow who after the death of her husband, left her hometown, her parents and came with her mother-in-law (also a widow) to Bethlehem which was a foreign land to her.  Yet she found much favor from Boaz who allowed her to work in his field (with instructions to her coworkers to fully support her in her work and treat her kindly), not just that, she found so much favor that Boaz married her with the approval of all the elders in the land. Why did she receive all this favor? The above verse says that everyone in the city agreed that Ruth had a virtuous character.

God is interested in us having a strong character. Character is more important than our gifting and talents. Throughout the bible we see that God is constantly interested in our heart more than our appearance. “Take no notice of his looks or his height. He is not the one, for the Eternal One does not pay attention to what humans value. Humans only care about the external appearance, but the Eternal considers the inner character [1 Samuel 16:7 – The Voice]

Note, God wants us to work on our character and not on our appearance. No one is born with a perfect character, we all learn and develop our character. When we are strong in character we are able to obey God and achieve things God wants us to do. We need God’s help to change and develop our character. So, what should our character be like? Let us look at Psalm 15:

1 Eternal One, who is invited to stay in Your dwelling?
   Who is granted passage to Your holy mountain?
2 Here is the answer: The one who lives with integrity, does what is right,
   and speaks honestly with truth from the heart.
3 The one who doesn’t speak evil against others
   or wrong his neighbor,
   or slander his friends.
4 The one who loathes the loathsome,
   honors those who fear the Eternal,
   And keeps all promises no matter the cost.
5 The one who does not lend money with gain in mind
   and cannot be bought to harm an innocent name.
   If you live this way, you will not be shaken and will live together with the Lord.
[Psalm 15 – The Voice]

This psalm talks about traits that are important to God. These traits help us enjoy continued favor and dwell in his presence. Our character must have these traits: Integrity, Honesty, Truthfulness, speaking kindly, not doing wrong, avoid slandering, hating evil, Honoring God and his people, keeping our promise, not seeking gain in help, not accepting bribes (nor offering them)

There’s lots to talk about each trait but we’ll take a brief look at them in my next post.

 

Success, Growth and Promotion from God – 4

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“For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; with favor You will surround him as with a shield [Psalms 5:12 – NKJV]

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Success, Growth and Promotion from God – 3

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“Remember the Lord your God. He is the one who gives you power to be successful. [Deuteronomy 8:18 – NLT] Continue reading “Success, Growth and Promotion from God – 3”

Success, Growth and Promotion from God – 2

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“If a tool is dull and no one sharpens its edge, the work will be harder; the advantage of wisdom is this: it brings success. [Ecclesiastes 10:10 – The Voice] Continue reading “Success, Growth and Promotion from God – 2”

Success, Growth and Promotion from God – 1

“There is no one on earth who can raise up another to grant honor, not from the east or the west, not from the desert. There is no one. God is the only One. God is the only Judge. He is the only One who can ruin or redeem a man [Psalms 75:6-7 – The Voice]”

During the early years of my career, I began to rely greatly on knowledge and experience. At this point in my life, I was far from God though I believed in Him, yet I did not have a relationship with Him. Continue reading “Success, Growth and Promotion from God – 1”

Springs of Living Water – Our Heart And Mind

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In the last post, we saw that if we would like good stuff to come out of our mouths, we’d better guard our hearts because that’s what determines what gets into our hearts and eventually out of our mouths. But how easy is it guarding our heart? What about stuff that has already got into our heart? Can we undo the bad that we got into our heart, in the first place? Continue reading “Springs of Living Water – Our Heart And Mind”