“For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship” (Romans 8:15).
Living a balanced life is evidence of a Spirit-led life. People work long hours for many reasons which can lead to significant problems in our lives.
One reason people over work is that they often think they must work longer hours to keep up with their workload. This is often the surface reason people give to the question of working long hours. Like any compulsive behavior, there is usually something beneath this behavior. As a former workaholic myself, I can tell you the root of overworking is often 1) a fear of loss, and 2) a need for self-acceptance created by performance.
The fear of loss issue can be a fear of what will happen if we don’t work long hours. A fear that there may not be enough money if I don’t work long hours can drive us to overwork. Often an inaccurate view of what is enough makes us drive ourselves to greater levels of achievement, believing a financial reward will insure us against potential financial disaster. This usually operates at a subconscious level. When one operates at this level you often find those around them will feel shamed if they do not work at the same level and can be intimidated by the unspoken or spoken directive that long hours are required. This leads to a whole new set of problems.
The second reason people work long hours is their need to gain self-acceptance and esteem from their jobs. It is rewarding to see something come from our efforts. However, when we begin to be driven to work, it becomes an unhealthy condition. We are looking to gain self-esteem needs from our performance instead of being secure in our position in Christ.
So, in order to avoid work becoming an idol and a compulsive behavior, we must maintain a balance that provides time to spend quality time with the Lord, our families and fellow believers. Sometimes the greatest exercise of faith is to work only forty hours a week. This insures that the outcome of our work is dependent upon God, nor our self-effort.
Shepherd Your People
“Shepherd your people with your staff, the flock of your inheritance, which lives by itself in a forest, in fertile pasturelands” (Micah 7:14).
You and I are called to be shepherds in the workplace. Your “staff” (vocation) represents your calling to your work life ministry. Moses‘ staff represented his calling as a shepherd. God‘s first words to Moses were: “Remove your shoes. For this is Holy ground.” God came to Moses during his work day. His work became holy because God’s presence was there.
God used Moses’ staff to perform miracles and deliver the people of Israel from bondage. (Ex. 4:17). He is still issuing this same call today to you and I in the workplace. For most of us, this is where our inheritance lies. As we minister through our work life call, our inheritance will come as a result of letting God use our abilities. Paul tells us in Colossians 3:23, 24: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”
What makes our work holy is the motivation by which we do it. If we work to glorify God in it and serve others in the process, that is what makes it ministry. The word ministry and service are derived from the same Greek word, diakonia.
Those in the workplace are like a remnant of a wayward people in a forest awaiting harvest. It is a fertile pasture awaiting a shepherd who can lead them into a life of purpose and destiny. Will you be the instrument of God to shepherd His people out of bondage?
Ask the Lord to use your “staff” to perform miracles and to become a shepherd to those He has called you to lead. Why not start today?
I see a lot of fail on this. Having read the series and enjoying it, I cannot see Hollyweird doing any justice to it..
Then there is this from on of the Authors…
Tim LaHaye, one of the Left Behind authors, read the movie script and said: “It’s probably the worst script I’ve ever read.”
So not expecting much and would wait for Redbox..
A Divine Call
Jeremiah’s sufferings began with a divine call:
The word of the Lord came to me, saying,
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
before you were born I set you apart;
I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” (vv. 4-5)God did wonderful things for Jeremiah before he was even born. He knew him. He formed him. He set him apart and appointed him as a prophet to the nations. He did all this long before Jeremiah drew his first breath or shed his first tear.
With a Hi-Point (all you Hi-Point Haters!!)
And without peeing on herself!
Not that I have one. Although my #1 Son does.
Wah wah wah….man this dude is worthless..
Everything she does is fail…
Feds hiring? Now that is wrong!! During this economic suxage?
Joe says buy a shotgun…
And women say ummm no!!
Attack of the deer!!
Survivors apparently fled on foot…As opposed to stealing a vehicle and fleeing??
Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets” (Luke 5:5).
Have you ever argued with God? One of the first sermons Jesus ever gave was from a boat. It was Simon Peter‘s boat. Jesus used a businessman’s business to preach the Gospel. However, Peter had to first make his business available to the Master. When he did, something wonderful happened to his business.
You see, Peter’s fishing business was in a slump. They had just fished all night and caught nothing. Nevertheless, Peter made his boat available to Jesus to use as He wished. Jesus used it to preach to the multitudes. After Jesus used Peter’s boat for His purposes Jesus did something interesting for Peter. He blessed his business. However, Peter almost missed the blessing because he began to argue with Jesus. Peter was looking at the market conditions instead of the instruction of Jesus. Something inside of him made him reconsider Jesus’ instruction. Jesus rewarded his obedience. “When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink?” (Luke 5:6-7).
We see a number of Kingdom principles we can apply in our work lives in this story. 1) We must be willing to let God use our work life for His purposes. 2) We must not look at circumstances and argue with Jesus when His instruction seems to contradict what we have seen or experienced already. 3) We must obey the Lord.
When we obey the Lord we might just see Jesus use us for His glory and bless our obedienc
Have nothing against success, do have something against those whom use their wealth to dictate and control others and those like the so called progressives whom wish to dictate upon others their political viewpoints. Kerry, Reid, Pelosi, Obama come to mind..
Here is a verse for them..
1 Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. 2 Your riches are corrupted , and your garments are motheaten. 3 Your gold and silver is cankered ; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days. 4 Behold , the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud , crieth : and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth. 5 Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton ; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter. 6 Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you. 7 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold , the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. 8 Be ye also patient ; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh . 9 Grudge not one against another , brethren, lest ye be condemned : behold , the judge standeth before the door. 10 Take , my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. 11 Behold , we count them happy which endure . Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy. 12 But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation. 13 Is any among you afflicted ? let him pray . Is any merry ? let him sing psalms . 14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: 15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick , and the Lord shall raise him up ; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. 16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed . The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. 17 Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain : and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. 18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit. 19 Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; 20 Let him know , that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.
For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?
1 Corinthians 14:8
We stood up and said enough..It is..
We quit cowering and pretending…
Stop claiming it and started shouting it..
Stop playing at it and live it..
Stand on it and mean it…
Our faith, we cower and hide, pretending we are accomplishing something…
Yet we get squashed at every turn..We get stifled, shut down and told to be quiet..
And we do it..
The enemy is all around us and winning and playing by rules we refuse to play by.
Isn’t it time to stand up and say ENOUGH!!
To shout out the we are Christians we believe in Jesus our Lord and Savior. That the Bible is our guide, our Book, or Connection..
That belief in it is mandatory and necessary for a relationship with God!! It is our link!!
That picking choosing deciding we do not like this or that about it is FAIL!! And the sign of a hypocrite!!
So is time…Before we lose it all and the persecution escalates and we are forced to hide even more..
Forced to not SHARE our beliefs…
IS time to stand and be counted before there is nothing left to stand on or for!!
Is time for True Believers and Followers to say..
We have Rights and the Right to exercise them as guaranteed by our Constitution..
We have no where to run, unlike our ancestors whom came here to escape persecution and build a new life..
Our stand is here, our country is here…
So either fight for it and quit cowering.
Or give it up…
As we are doing now.
Christians, not just Catholics, but all!!
127 Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.
VOTE!!!! With your head, your heart, your beliefs…Not becasue your a Democrat, Republican, THINK!!!!
Use your damn brain!!
AND more words of wisdom HERE!!! Where I wish I was…Way Up North….