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Divine Note 11-05 - Do God’s work today

February 10, 2011



Ecclesiastes 9:10 (GW) Whatever presents itself for you to do, do it with {all} your might, because there is no work, planning, knowledge, or skill in the grave where you're going.

Last month I attended the funeral of a loving wife/mother/sister and daughter who was three years younger. It was apparent that she had served God well based on the testimony of family and friends.

We can’t assume that we all the time we need to accomplish God’s work and/or fill-in-the-blank with those things that really make a difference in your life. We must be strategic with the use of the time we have on earth. All of us have God-given gifts and abilities that are meant to impact those around us. Those gifts go to the grave with us if they aren’t used.

I recently asked friends on FaceBook and Twitter what is one thing they plan to do for God this year. Sam plans to keep supporting her church’s mission work in Guatemala; Steve plans to write and record a Christian music song; Norma says she is going to rely on God to guide her every step; and Lindsay says she’s going to listen to God for a change.

Have you thought about what you will do for God this year that you can be proud of? What are you doing to fulfill the purpose for which God created you? The following questions are meant to get you to think seriously about having an eternal plan:
• Have you discussed your goals and plans with God?
• Do your goals align with God’s goals for you?
• Is your ministry God-given or are you working your own (or someone else’s) agenda?
• Have you written those goals and plans down?
• Do you have completion dates and specific action steps?
• How will you know if you are successful?

Many of us are experts at executing plans on the job (the boss expects this and we are paid to do this). But what about the things that God has called you to do?

All your earthly hopes and dreams stop as you take that last breath and enter eternity. Will family and friends say you served your purpose well? Don't waste another day.

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Comfort

Psalm 119:76 Comfort me with your love, as you promised me, your servant.
Job 4:4 Your words have comforted those who fell, and you have strengthened those who could not stand.
Strength

Psalm 18:1 I love you, LORD. You give me strength.
Psalm 29:11 The Lord gives his people strength. The Lord blesses them with peace.
Psalm 118:14 The Lord gives me strength and a song. He has saved me.
Isaiah 40:29 The LORD gives strength to those who are weary.
Deuteronomy 33:27 The eternal God is your shelter, and his everlasting arms support you.
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Before I know it, sin drips from my mouth and floods my mind. Oh the struggle.
Romans 7:22-23 I love to do God’s will so far as my new nature is concerned; but there is something else deep within me, in my lower nature, that is at war with my mind and wins the fight and makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. In my mind I want to be God’s willing servant, but instead I find myself still enslaved to sin. So you see how it is: my new life tells me to do right, but the old nature that is still inside me loves to sin. Oh, what a terrible predicament I’m in! Who will free me from my slavery to this deadly lower nature? Thank God! It has been done by Jesus Christ our Lord. He has set me free. 
My current struggle is in not easily recognizing the extent of my sinfulness. I can easily preach it, but continuous righteous living eludes me.
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