“You may say to yourself, ‘My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.’ But remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth…” (Deuteronomy 8:17-18, NIV)

Many of us have a tendency to take credit for our successes and to blame others for our failures. Sometimes people even blame God for their shortcomings. It’s true that God allows us to fail at times, but He uses those failures to bring us closer to Him.

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:2-4, NIV)

We can do nothing on our own. It is our Heavenly Father who gives us our gifts and talents – our ability to produce wealth. When we leave God out of that equation, we start to believe more in our own abilities than we do in the One who gave them to us. When that happens, we forget about the Lord and we rely on the “world” and on “things” to bring us peace and happiness. Before long, the “things” in our lives replace the King of our lives.

“What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul”? (Matthew 16:26, NIV)

If we lose our souls, we lose everything.

“If you ever forget the Lord your God and follow other gods and worship and bow down to them, I testify against you today that you will surely be destroyed.” (Deuteronomy 8:19, NIV)

We need to remember the Lord in everything we do. We need to keep Him close. He is the One responsible for our success.

“If you carefully observe all these commands I am giving you to follow – to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to Him and to hold fast to Him – then the Lord will drive out all these nations before you, and you will dispossess nations larger and stronger than you.” (Deuteronomy 11:22-23, NIV)

Walk in obedience to Him this Tuesday. Hold fast to Him! Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ”!

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  1. garden2day Says:

    It is so important to walk in the shadow of our Lord–to cling to HIm in times of trouble and give praise and thanksgiving in times of greatness. “Wait on the Lord…” What a great testament you have provided! Thank you!


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  3. I agree that if you lose your soul, nothing else matters.When I look back at my life, I wonder how many times I’ve sold my soul for mammon, for fame, for a little pat on the back. Good post.


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