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The Conclusion of the Matter

‘Here is the conclusion of the matter.’ Ecclesiastes 12:13 NIV In the book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon talks about all the things in life he tried and found to be disappointing: the intellectual pursuit of knowledge, the physical pursuit of pleasure, and the material pursuit of wealth. In the last chapter of Ecclesiastes he bottom-lines it: …Read More

Jabez (4)

‘That Your hand would be with me.’ 1 Chronicles 4:10 NKJV Not only did Jabez have great ambition, he had a growing faith and a deep trust in God. He had enough faith to pray and expect an answer. He was like the pioneer missionary William Carey, who said, ‘Expect great things from God, and …Read More

Jabez (3)

‘So God granted him what he requested.’ 1 Chronicles 4:10 NKJV When Jabez prayed, ‘Enlarge my territory,’ he was saying, ‘Lord, I want more than I’ve got, and I’m asking You for it!’ This man had great ambitions, and God blessed them. There are three common misconceptions that can keep us from having great ambitions: …Read More

Jabez (2)

‘Oh, that You would bless me indeed.’ 1 Chronicles 4:10 NKJV Jabez prayed that God would bless him in three specific ways: (1) ‘Enlarge my territory.’ He had a dream of owning more land, and he asked God to bless that dream. When you stop dreaming you lose direction. When you stop setting goals you …Read More

Jabez (1)

‘And Jabez called on the God of Israel.’ 1 Chronicles 4:10 NKJV In the book of First Chronicles the Bible tells us about a man named Jabez. The first nine chapters consist of genealogies, listing more than six hundred names. And right there in the middle of all those names, God singles out one man …Read More

Blessed on the Job

‘In all to which you set your hand.’ Deuteronomy 28:8 NKJV The word vocation comes from the Latin word vocare, which means ‘to be called’. It has come to denote a ‘spiritual calling’. Every vocation, regardless of what it is, is a calling from God. And once you start to see your job in that …Read More

Keep Improving

‘I fear that…I myself might be disqualified.’ 1 Corinthians 9:27 NLT Paul writes: ‘Don’t you realise that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it …Read More

Take The Right Approach

‘A man of knowledge uses words with restraint.’ Proverbs 17:27 NIV It’s not enough to have the right answers; you need the right approach. Good ideas and sound advice are wasted when you use a ram-it-down-your-throat approach. Wisdom means saying the right thing, at the right time, in the right way. ‘A man of knowledge …Read More

Don’t Be A Sluggard (4)

‘I went by the field of the lazy man.’ Proverbs 24:30 NKJV It is better to be short-handed than to hire a sluggard; better to have nobody than a lazy body. Evidently Solomon had suffered through a few sluggards on his payroll: ‘As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so is the …Read More

Don’t be a sluggard (3)

‘The sluggard will not plough by reason of the cold.’ Proverbs 20:4 NKJV The sluggard sees an obstacle in every opportunity. Though he can’t hold down a job, there’s always a good excuse. The hours are too long, the pay is too little, the work is too hard, people are too demanding—take your pick. And …Read More

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