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GET YOUR SPENDING UNDER CONTROL

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GET YOUR SPENDING UNDER CONTROL

‘Owe nothing to anyone-except for your obligation to love one another….’ Romans 13:8

If you think winning the lottery would solve all your problems, you couldn’t be more wrong! Almost half of those who become overnight millionaires end up bankrupt within a few years. Why? For a variety of reasons: bad business deals, extravagant living, crazy schemes, and fast-talking relatives. And here’s another one-a big one! Believing that they now have the Midas touch and that Lady Luck is on their side, they continue to gamble at an even higher level-and end up losing it all.

Try to understand this: unless you spend less than you earn, no amount of income will ever be enough! So if you’re wise, when you get a salary increase or an unexpected windfall you won’t adopt a more extravagant lifestyle. You’ll reduce your debt before it becomes an albatross around your neck that drowns you. No amount of income will be sufficient if your spending is not brought under control.

The only way to get ahead financially is to deny yourself some of the things you want and save for the future. If you don’t have the discipline to do that, you’ll always be in debt. Now, when the government gets into debt, they simply tax you. But when you get into debt-you’re on your own. That’s not how God wants you to live. True contentment doesn’t come from getting all you want, but by discovering the blessings you have been given and learning to enjoy them.

This should be your goal: ‘Owe no one anything-except for your obligation to love one another.’

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‘YOU, TOO, BRUTUS?’ (2)

From my email…… Written by Word for Today

02 Mar 2015

‘YOU, TOO, BRUTUS?’ (2)

‘God…will hear me and humble them.’ Psalms 55:19

David took the high road. Rather than talking to others about his wounded heart, he aired his grief and disappointment to God by scheduling three times of prayer each day (Psalms 55:17). During these conversations with his heavenly Father, David made the choice to transfer the responsibility of healing his heart to the Lord. Surrounded by enemies and in mortal danger, he knew God would humble his enemies and guarantee his safety.

When you take the low road–following raw emotion instead of renewing your mind with God’s Word (Romans 12:2)–your path will be filled with wreckage and regrets.

Here’s what will happen:

1) You’ll inhibit your capacity for faith. The more you rehearse your hurts, the more your faith is depleted.

2) You’ll destroy your ability to work with others. Suspicion and distrust will rob you of a healthy rapport with others.

3) You’ll be unable to receive help from others. Trusting nobody but yourself makes you sceptical, even paranoid, when others attempt to assist you.

4) You’ll be set up for loneliness. Others who want to befriend you will pick up on your defensiveness and avoid you. And worst of all, your loneliness will be self-inflicted.

5) You’ll hinder your own healing. A life devoid of genuine relationships will prevent your wounded heart from healing.

6) You’ll remain trapped in the past. Unless you’re moving forward, the past will pull you under and hold you captive.

Handling betrayal God’s way is the only path to relief and restoration.

Questions for yourself

From my email….. Word for Today

26 Jan 2015

QUESTIONS YOU SHOULD ASK YOURSELF (1)

‘Though it cost you all you have, get understanding.’ Proverbs 4:7

Like any good parent, God wants His children to succeed. But to succeed in life, you must periodically ask yourself two questions:

1) Am I committed to personal growth? ‘Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.’ Keep reading, keep learning, keep asking questions. A Chinese proverb says, ‘He who asks is a fool for five minutes; he who doesn’t ask remains a fool forever.’ Some of us are like the little girl who thought she’d exhausted the subject of mathematics once she learned her twelve-times tables. When her grandfather asked with a twinkle, ‘What’s 13 times 13?’ she scoffed, ‘Don’t be silly, Grandpa, there’s no such thing!’ Your hunger for wisdom and knowledge determines your future. In order to keep giving out, you must keep taking in.

2) Am I enjoying what I do? You’ll never fulfil your destiny doing something you despise. Passion lies at the core of true success and fulfilment; it’s the spark for your fuse. It energises you when those around you grow tired. It helps you come up with answers when others cease to have creative ideas and strengthens you when they drop out. It gives you courage to take risks while others crave security. When you lose your passion, two things happen: first, you fail to pursue excellence; second, you jeopardise your integrity, because you’re tempted to take shortcuts and compromise by settling for less than God intended.

One leader says, ‘What generates passion in you is a clue to your destiny. What you love is often a clue to something you can achieve.’

Its time to move on…

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IT’S TIME TO MOVE ON

‘You will forget your trouble… as water gone by.’ Job 11:16

No matter how bad things look, always remember the words, ‘it came to pass’, not ‘to stay’. Life doesn’t stand still; there will always be challenges. Don’t let them destroy your confidence; instead, use them as opportunities to grow. Once you’ve grown in the areas where God thinks you need additional maturity, the season you’re in will pass. Nothing lasts forever. Although it’s hard to believe at the time, ‘You will forget your trouble and remember it… as water gone by.’ One author writes: ‘To forget isn’t to develop amnesia. It’s to reach a place where the misery is pulled from the memory like poison is removed from an insect bite. Once it’s gone, healing is inevitable. The memory will become as “water gone by”. When the water that’s flowing around your ankles today passes, you’ll never see it again.’

Kristin Armstrong says: ‘When someone died in Old Testament times, those who were in mourning marked their faces with ashes. They allotted a specified season, after which they scrubbed up and moved on. How much healthier is that than our society? We put on make-up, or a happy or stoic face, and prohibit people from having compassion and respecting the limits of where we are. We’re so busy hiding, we’re buried under ashes on the inside. God will call us to arise and shine when our light has come (Isaiah 60:1). Ask Him to set your time limit, and be ready to wash your face.’ Then move on.

Accepting others

From my email……. Word for Today

30 Dec 2014

ACCEPTING OTHERS

‘Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you.’ Romans 15:7

Sometimes people don’t make it easy to accept them. They can be bad tempered, selfish, critical, irritating, dismissive, aggressive and pompous. Sometimes you want to give them a piece of your mind; give them what they deserve–anything but acceptance.

The command, ‘accept one another’, is inconvenient. And if Paul had stopped there we might dodge the directive by saying he obviously meant good, reasonable, acceptable people. Alas, he goes on, ‘just as Christ accepted you’. Were you good, reasonable and acceptable? No, but He accepted you–flaws and all–and He still does! You say, ‘Somebody has to straighten these people out and require them to act right!’ You mean like Jesus required before He accepted you? Roman Christians had difficulty accepting their less experienced brothers, and Paul corrected them: ‘Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment… for God has accepted him’ (Roman 14:1-3 NIV).

 

Straightening people out isn’t our department; accepting them is. God calls us to accept messed-up, unspiritual, carnal, obnoxious, doctrinally misled, ‘just plain wrong’ people. You don’t have to approve of, like, or agree with them, but accepting them isn’t optional. There’s no elite, privileged, insider class. We occupy level ground because of two realities: our sin and the cross! Jews and Gentiles despised each other, even after salvation. Each wanted the other to change and become like them. But Paul took the axe to the root of that tree: ‘For Christ Himself… reconciled both groups… by means of His death on the cross, and our hostility toward each other was put to death’ (Ephesians 2:14-16 NLT).

Our job is to accept people–and let God adjust them

WORDS OR ACTIONS?

From my email…… UCB Word for Today

20 Dec 2014
WORDS OR ACTIONS?
‘Let us not love with words… but… actions.’ 1 John 3:18
We must care about people’s spiritual and practical needs.
It’s hard for someone to grasp the concept of God’s love when they don’t know where their next meal is coming from, or where they’ll sleep tonight.
Food banks worldwide are seeing a dramatic upsurge in emergency requests. Volunteer Cindy Crosby writes: ‘Each client is as different as the patterns in a kaleidoscope: the retired, the mentally ill, single mothers, young men fallen on hard times… And not everyone is grateful. Some are angry… some refuse eye contact… some leave without saying more than a few words… If you volunteer just to feel good about yourself, you’ll give up. Lofty ideals shatter like stained glass pelted by rocks… It’s the success stories that stick… The refugee mother whose son went on to Harvard on a scholarship… the woman who thanked me more times than I could count… the mother of six who showed palpable relief because that month she could feed her family…

I remember Jesus’ words, “I was hungry… you gave me something to eat… I was a stranger… you invited me in” (Matthew 25:35 NIV). Now when I think of hunger, I see faces. And that has made all the difference.’ It’s easier to love in theory than reality, especially when it comes to people who are difficult or different. But genuine love isn’t defined by what feels good or bad; God’s already set the standard. ‘If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?…

Let us not love with words… but… actions’ (1 John 3:17-18 NIV

Trade Offs (2)…

From my email…… UCB Word for Today

12 Dec 2014

TRADE-OFFS (2)

‘Hard work brings a profit.’ Proverbs 14:23

As you climb higher and accumulate more, you’ll discover that it’s harder to let go of what you’ve worked for. That’s why so many of us climb part-way up the mountain of our potential, and stop. We’re unwilling to give up what we have, in order to obtain the next thing. And as a result we stall–sometimes permanently!

You must be willing to make concessions, like trading:  Continue reading Trade Offs (2)…

Trade Offs (1)

From my email….. UCB Word for Today

11 Dec 2014

TRADE-OFFS (1)

‘I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ.’ Philippians 3:8

No matter how hard you try, you can’t ‘have it all’. Life’s too short!

There are trade-offs you must be willing to make. In Matthew chapter 19 we read the story of the man who wanted to follow Christ, but he didn’t want to give up his lifestyle. Paul, on the other hand, said, ‘I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ.’

Let’s look at some trade-offs in life that are worth making:  Continue reading Trade Offs (1)

Fight for your marriage (5)…

07 Dec 2014

FIGHT FOR YOUR MARRIAGE (5)

‘Many waters cannot quench love.’ Songs 8:7

You quickly discover that the greatest threat to marriage is–selfishness!

A mother was trying to explain to her little son the benefits of unselfishness. She concluded her talk by saying, ‘We’re in this world to help others.’ After due consideration the boy asked, ‘Well then, what are others here for?’ When two people put their own individual needs and wants first, they’re on a collision course. Continue reading Fight for your marriage (5)…

Fight for your marriage (4)…

06 Dec 2014

FIGHT FOR YOUR MARRIAGE (4)

‘They will be won over by observing your… lives.’ 1 Peter 3:1-2

A shared faith is the glue that will hold your marriage together in times of trouble. But when one spouse is an unbeliever, it can be difficult for the other. Concerning marriage, Jesus said, ‘What… God hath joined together, let not man put asunder’ (Matthew 19:6 KJV). Notice the words, ‘What God hath joined together.’ Continue reading Fight for your marriage (4)…