November 2016

Handling Problems with Courage and Care

 

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We all face problems each day that must be handled with care and courage. Aaron, Moses’ brother and second-in-command, is a sad example of how not to handle problems.

While Moses was on Mount Sinai receiving the Ten Commandments from God, Aaron was left in charge of the people of Israel. During Moses’ 40-day absence, the cried out to Aaron, “Come, make us gods that shall go before us” (Exodus 32:1).

Aaron was unwilling to face the problem or even try to persuade the people that making an idol was a bad idea. Instead, he took the easiest road to “solving” his problem—he gave in…”and made a molded calf” (verses 2, 4).

Aaron solved his dilemma in an irresponsible, cowardly manner. As a result of his failure to deal with the problem correctly, thousands of people died in God’s ensuing judgment.

The lesson from Aaron’s failure is sobering. It teaches us that every problem must be handled with care and courage. What may seem like a minor issue can easily escalate into a major crisis if it’s not handled properly. When you have a difficulty to solve, approach it as if its solution will be life-altering. Chances are high that it will be!

In 50 Most Important Teachings of the Bible, Jim George highlights key teachings every believer should know. With great clarity and simplicity, this book focuses on the most essential elements of the faith that’ll strengthen and encourage you!

 

5 Reasons We Can be Content

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As you celebrate Thanksgiving, thank God for His provision and care and the contentment you can have in Him. You can be content because:

Reason #1—God is your sun. You have His provision. Just as the sun is the source of all physical life, so God is the source of all life, both physical and spiritual.

Reason #2—God is your shield. You have His protection. Just as a shield is protection in war, so God is your source of safety and security.

Reason #3—God gives you His grace. When you need Him, He provides all things through His grace. You don’t have to worry about being strong enough.

Reason #4—God will give you glory. You have God’s promise that He will give you glory—eternal glory—no matter how or when you die. And you will experience some of Jesus’ glory here on earth!

Reason #5—God gives what is good. You can be content knowing that your good God only gives what is 100-percent good or beneficial for you.

Today—and every day—move forward in your journey of following God with all your heart by:

  • acknowledging God’s goodness,
  • thanking Him for His present provision, and
  • trusting Him to continue to provide all your needs as they arise

What God Wants to do For You shares 24 sure promises from the Bible that show just how much God loves us. Includes study questions that help readers know how they can benefit from God’s incredible promises in their everyday lives.

Dealing with Discouragement

 

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Discouragement is not a respecter of persons or rank. It is contagious and easily contracted. You might even have a case of it today! Here are a few ways you can deal with discouragement:

  • Recognize its source of discouragement—The devil is the enemy of your soul.
  • Resist the temptation to succumb to discouragementResist the devil and he will flee from you (James 4:7).
  • Regain your relationship with GodDraw near to God and He will draw near to you (verse 8).
  • Remember your power—Philippians 4:13 assures you that you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.
  • Refocus your direction—Make sure you involve God in your plan.

Who needs a word of encouragement from you today? A family member? A coworker? A fellow member at your church? Or maybe someone in your neighborhood? A little bit of encouragement can go a long way toward brightening someone’s spirit and motivating them to press on.

Finding God’s Path Through Your Trials discusses the hard times we all face. It will remind you that God won’t give you trials you cannot bear without including a way of escape. By turning to Jesus, you will find hope, joy, and meaning in your journey, no matter how bumpy it seems.

Putting People Over Busy Schedules

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I’m sure you know how it feels to make excellent progress on getting all your work done…only to have the phone ring or someone stop by with an urgent need or a heavy burden. What we need at such a busy time is a fresh dose of Jesus! He never seemed to allow what was urgent to get in the way of what was important.

On one occasion, Jesus was preaching to a packed house, literally (Mark 2:1-5). As the four friends of a paralytic sought to bring their destitute friend to Jesus for help, the crowded house seemed like a hopeless situation. Yet these friends were convinced that Jesus and only Jesus could help their hopeless friend. So they took the tiles off the roof of the house where Jesus was teaching and let their friend’s bed down through the hole they had created—and Jesus healed him.

Jesus teaches His followers to be careful not to allow crowds, packed schedules, and being busy to get in the way of people who truly need help. They are what’s important. Ask God to give you discernment so you don’t ignore sincere cries for help. Ask Him, “How would You want me to treat this person?”

Life Management for Busy Women shares life–changing principles, including how to …

  • Live each day God’s way.
  • Take charge of busyness and find a balanced life.
  • Be a better steward of resources.

Teen Tuesday—2 Ways to Create Time to Pray

As a growing young woman, you need your rest! But you also need to pray. Two simple acts will help you move forward in beating laziness …and creating time to pray.

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  1. “Head for bed.” As soon as dinner is over start thinking about getting ready for bed. Finish your work—and homework. Wash your face and brush your teeth. Decide what you’ll wear tomorrow. Get into your pjs and set out your prayer notebook and Bible. Then set your alarm. As a young woman after God’s own heart you are on a mission—to get to bed so you can get up in the morning and meet with God for some precious minutes with Him in prayer—before your super-busy day begins.
  2. “Something is better than nothing.” Yes, the old beloved hymn speaks of the “sweet hour of prayer.” But for you, try for something more realistic. Start with “a sweet five minutes of prayer.” Then, in time, as you began to relish your time spent with your loving heavenly Father in prayer, you will naturally graduate, little by little, to greater lengths of time spent with Him.

Take all your problems to God when you pray—your exams, papers, and schoolwork. Pray about your friends or the lack of friends, your worries about your looks, your relationship with your parents and brothers and sisters—and boys, your dreams for your future. Through prayer, place all things in God’s lap. Ask Him for His help and guidance. Then live your day to the hilt!

A Young Woman’s Guide to Prayer gives step-by-step guidance for experiencing an enthusiastic prayer life.

How You Can be Confident in Christ

Are you confident in Christ? Are you placing your full trust in Jesus or have you lost sight of your identity with Christ? Are you confidently serving your family, raising your children, ministering your spiritual gifts, and being a bold witness with the authority of Christ? There is absolutely no reason for self-doubt or timidity.

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Direct your focus on Jesus. You can be confident in His absolute and unlimited authority. He is all you need for a bold, confident life. Why? Because, as He explained to the disciples after His resurrection, All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18). Go with confidence!

Thank You, Lord Jesus, that You protect, sustain, and empower me for my many roles and responsibilities. Thank You that I can live and serve with confidence, knowing You are with me. Great are You, Lord, and greatly to be praised! Amen.

One-Minute Inspirations for Women is full of uplifting devotions with practical everyday wisdom to give busy women …

  • The courage to face every circumstance.
  • Biblical guidelines for setting goals and making important decisions.
  • Experience the reward of a close walk with God.

God is Still in Control

 

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The world seems to be out of control. This makes it easy to think God doesn’t care about what’s going on, or that He isn’t capable of dealing with it.

But God does care. And He is capable of doing whatever He wants—but in His timing. Hear what God told Moses with regard to the Israelites when they were held captive in Egypt:

  • I have seen the misery of my people in Egypt…
  • I am concerned about their suffering.
  • So I have come down to rescue them…
  • I am sending you to Pharaoh (Exodus 3:7-10).

This is the same sovereign God who today sees us and is concerned about us. He has sent His Son to die for our sins, and Jesus will return one day to deal with evil. The Bible tells us all these things. You can trust what it says. Even when it may not seem like it, God really is still in control. Your response? Willingly submit to His authority, and rest in His care.

Moments of Grace for a Woman’s Heart brings together personal, heartfelt devotions that will infuse women with the confidence that God is watching over them and will care for them in every circumstance.

Three Ways to Make It Through Every Day

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I’m sure your days and weeks are long and hard and full. Yet three practices will help you make it through each day. They also cause you to look for and find God’s blessings strewn along your path.

  1. Focus on the end. Focus on the overarching end purposes for which you live each day—to serve the Lord, serve your loved ones, and serve the people in your life. Those purposes are the reason for all you do and dream of accomplishing.
  2. Recall at the end of each day all that was done and achieved. It’s easy to berate yourself for what was not done and forget to give thanks to God for what was done. With an eye on the day’s blessings—instead of its failures—you will clearly see God’s grace, appreciate His enablement, recognize the wisdom He gave you along the way…and celebrate the triumphant joy of leaning on Him through the variety of trials you encountered.
  3. Thank God for your trials. God uses each day’s trials to produce perseverance in His people. Trials work patience into your character. They lead to steadfastness and develop endurance, enabling you to make it through every day with grace. As James 1:3 states: The testing of your faith produces patience.

Finding God’s Path Through Your Trials discusses the hard times we all face and reveals how you can “count it all joy.” Elizabeth George reminds you that God won’t give you trials you cannot bear without including a way of escape. By turning to Jesus, you will find hope, joy, and meaning in your journey, no matter how bumpy it seems.

From Jim’s Heart—Prayer Tips for Leaders

 

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As a leader, how can you afford not to pray? Let these principles from Nehemiah’s remarkable prayer life (found in the Book of Nehemiah) guide you to increased strength as you guide others.

  • Pray to meet the needs of others. Nehemiah’s awareness of the conditions of the people moved him to pray and to seek and find a way to help them.
  • Pray with an open mind. Be willing to be the answer to your own prayers. As Nehemiah prayed, he caught a vision that God’s purpose involved him!
  • Pray with a willing heart. Nehemiah committed himself to obeying God’s leading to use him as part of the solution.
  • Pray for the vision of others. Nehemiah could not complete God’s purpose alone. Pray for God to put the same burden on the hearts of others so they too will catch your vision.
  • Pray with persistence. Don’t give up! Nehemiah prayed for four months before he received a clear, concise response from the Lord—then pressed on with prayer until the physical city wall was completed.
  • Pray for blameless conduct. Pray as Nehemiah did about his own sinfulness. Your strength will increase if you are a clean vessel, fit for the Master’s use.
  • Pray for direction. Nehemiah prayed at every step along the journey of doing God’s will.
  • Pray and then act. Nehemiah was a master of the “arrow prayer” when immediate help was needed—and a master of “agonizing in prayer” that continued for months. Whenever God’s answer does come, move out with the strength of faith and watch as God opens doors.

 Remember, you can lead without God, but you can’t be a great leader without God.

A Leader After God’s Own Heart looks at the biblical life of Nehemiah, who provides an outstanding example of leadership you can follow. Learning from Nehemiah’s example will help you:

  • Improve your management skills.
  • Resolve conflict with confidence.
  • Turn your next crisis into an opportunity.
  • Increase your leadership abilities.

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Elizabeth & Jim George


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