No matter what the hardships that come our way, we are to realize how
blessed and favored we truly are. Many times it is in the moments when we
look at those who are not as fortunate as we are that we finally see the
many blessings that we possess. We are to be content and filled with
thanksgiving not only because we are blessed, but because God wishes for
us to be content having food to eat and clothes on our backs. The Bible
declares in 1 Timothy 6:6-8 “But godliness with contentment is great gain.
For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry
nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.”
Be encouraged to be thankful for all that you have been given and never
allow yourself to murmur and complain about the temporary trials that come
your way. (Luke 12:22-32) (Ephesians 4:29-32) (Psalm 9:1-10) (Isaiah 49:14-16)
I hope you are encouraged by this message to be thankful for all that you
have and be quick to help those who are not as fortunate as you are.
THE MAN WHO HAD PLENTY
Once there was a family that was not rich and not poor. They lived in Ohio
in a small country house. One night they all sat down for dinner, and
there was a knock at the door. The father went to the door and opened it.
There stood an old man in tattered clothes, with ripped pants and missing
buttons. He was carrying a basket full of vegetables. He asked the family
if they wanted to buy some vegetables from him. They quickly did because
they wanted him to leave.
Over time, the family and the old man became friends.
The man brought vegetables to the family every week. They soon found out
that he was almost blind and had cataracts on his eyes. But he was so
friendly that they learned to look forward to his visits and started to
enjoy his company.
One day as he was delivering the vegetables, he said, “I had the greatest
blessing yesterday! I found a basket of clothes outside my house that
someone had left for me.”
The family, knowing that he needed clothes, said, “How wonderful!”
The old blind man said, “The most wonderful part is that I found a family
that really needed the clothes.”
By Jerry Ullman
We must remember how blessed we are and be quick to be a doer of the Word
and not a hearer only. The Lord Jesus declares in Matthew 25:40 “…Inasmuch
as ye have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, ye have done
it unto Me.” Whatever good we do for others, we should imagine their image
to be that of the Lord because He is keeping record of our words, acts and
deeds. Be encouraged to be content with where God has you and make an
extra effort to let your light shine where others are positively affected.
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
1 John 3:16-18 “Hereby perceive we the love of God, because He laid down
His life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But
whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth
up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed
and in truth.”
Galatians 6:2-4 “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of
Christ. For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he
deceiveth himself. But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he
have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.”
Hebrews 13:5-6 “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be
content with such things as ye have: for He hath said, I will never leave
thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper,
and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”
Luke 6:37-38 Jesus says, “Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn
not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:
Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and
shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For
with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: THINGS TO FORGET
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Today’s Selected Testimony: ANGELS IN THE ROOM
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In Christ’s Service,
Gods Work Ministry