Category Archives: Diligence

The Better Life

John 4:14 (TLB) “But the water I give them,” he said, “becomes a perpetual spring within them, watering them forever with eternal life.”

In yesterday’s devotional, we established that everyone wants to have “the good life” and the good life means different things to different people. However, in the pursuit of the good life, we experience exhaustion; we are tired because it is draining. Read the rest of this entry

Reckless Love

2 Sam. 22:20 “He led me to a place of safety; he rescued me because he delights in me.”

Heb.12:6-11 (GW) “The Lord disciplines everyone he loves. He severely disciplines everyone he accepts as his child.” Endure your discipline. God corrects you as a father corrects his children. All children are disciplined by their fathers. Read the rest of this entry

Not As Humans

2 Cor.6:7…We use the weapons of righteousness in the right hand for attack and the left hand for defense.

Over the past few weeks, we spent a lot of time laying a foundation and establishing the building blocks to fight and gain victory. Over the next few days we will be looking at the weapons of our warfare. Read the rest of this entry

His Image

1 Sam.3:19 “As Samuel grew up, the Lord was with him, and everything Samuel said, proved to be reliable.”

 

The second thing that excellent people do is sharpen their skills. So, rate yourself; how are your job skills? You need to be brutal with yourself in your assessment. If your job skills are obsolete, then you are a one. If you are learning, then you are a five. A ten is if you have a developmental plan. Read the rest of this entry

Get It!

Dan.9:2 [NIV] “in the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, understood from the Scriptures, according to the word of the Lord given to Jeremiah the prophet, that the desolation of Jerusalem would last seventy years.” [with emphasis]

 

Jeremiah had paid the price and the scriptures say that the Word of the Lord had been given to him. Daniel could have said, “I am Daniel the one that has an excellent spirit, I will get my own Word from the Lord.” Read the rest of this entry

Never Stop!

Prov. 15:14 (GN) “Intelligent people want to learn, but stupid people are satisfied with ignorance” [with emphasis]

 

The next N in Solomon’s six winning ways is Never Stop Learning. God’s Word states that, “Intelligent people want to learn, but stupid people are satisfied with ignorance.” Many people are brain dead and they have closed minds. Read the rest of this entry

Think About It

Prov.13:4 (LB) “Lazy people want much but get little, while the diligent are prospering.”

 

If your goal is to win at work then you have to resolve to Never Make Excuses. This is actually the third of the six ways Solomon is teaching us to win. Read the rest of this entry

Sweet Spot II

Ps.138:8 “The Lord will work out his plans for my life—for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever. Don’t abandon me, for you made me.”

 

Work is God’s idea.  It is not a curse and He wants you and I to work. Work is a tool that God uses to supply our needs, develop character in us, empower us to be generous and be examples to others, and work affords us respect. Read the rest of this entry

Called vs. Chosen

2Pet.1:10 [KJV, emphasis added] “Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall

 

What this Scripture is pointing out is that your calling is not sure. It is on shaky ground. The fact that God has a destiny for you does not mean you will fulfill it. I know that this is not popular devotional content and I know it is tough to take in. But if you can open your heart to what God is saying in this season, your life will change drastically.

You are favored but are you worthy? It is possible to be favoured and unworthy. So how do you make your calling sure? Simple; you Read the rest of this entry

Mis-Education

Above all else, watch over your heart; diligently guard it because from a sincere and pure heart come the good and noble things of life” Prov.4:23 [Voice]

 

You need to be aware that your resistance to sin can be lowered; so guard against it. When sin is glamorized, our resistance is lowered towards it. So watch the things that your heart desires so that they do not set you against God.

#2. By Implying Everyone Is Doing It: Another way the media breaks down our resistance to sin is by implying that everybody is doing it. And because a lot of people do not want to feel like fish out of water or like the “odd one out”, they Read the rest of this entry