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The Word for Today

by Bob and Debby Gass

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‘…Be an example…in conduct’ 1 Timothy 4:12 NKJV

Seneca, the Roman statesman, said, ‘I govern my life and thoughts as though the world were to see one and read the other.’ You can always predict what a person of integrity will do in two areas: (1) In business. Saying ‘no’ to your boss usually isn’t a good career move. But when faced with a choice between his career and his convictions, Daniel refused to eat the king’s meat because it was a violation of God’s law (Daniel 1:8-17). Joseph refused to sleep with the boss’s wife (Genesis 39:6-12). Elisha refused to accept a rich man’s money in exchange for healing (2 Kings 5:1-16). Getting the idea? (2) At home. Noah saved his family from destruction by listening to God (Hebrews 11:7). And the first thing he did when he emerged from the ark was to build an altar. Think about that! Noah had an altar before he had a home. Most of us have homes, but no prayer altar, and it shows! Lot, on the other hand, lost his wife and his sons-in-law to the destructive influences of Sodom (Genesis 19:14-26). Today issues of character that once raised alarm don’t even raise an eyebrow. But they should. ‘…I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all He has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice-the kind He will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship Him. Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.’ (Romans 12:1-2 NLT)

SoulFood: Habakkuk 1-3, Luke 12:1-12, Ps 119:9-16, Pr 17:4-6

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2012

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