GOOD NEWS DAILY – WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 16
Please find today’s three messages below
Your Greatest Influence
Who is your greatest influence? If it is not the Lord Jesus Christ, it is time to make a change! We all have influences and influencers in our lives. Sometimes it is stuff. Ideas. Groups. Philosophies. Friends. Family. Co-workers. Fellow homeless people. Prison-mates. Teachers. Books. Programs. Politicians. Well-known heroes from long ago. Movie characters. Actors. On and on it goes. Nobody, and nothing, should be a greater influencer and influence in our lives than God almighty and the Bible. Anything and anyone that does not line up with the Lord and His ways we should not allow to influence us. Nor should we influence others in any way, shape, or form that does not line up with God and the Bible.
In this present day world, much of this world is being influenced by the devil and the flesh, by the world’s wickedness, by anything and everything and everyone but the Lord and the Bible. What does the Lord in the Bible have to say?
“Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.” 3 John 1:11
No matter how much of this world has its back turned against God and the Bible, even when this regards family, friends, co-workers, teachers, programs, schoolbooks, the media, the television, magazines and books, recovery groups, bosses, counselors, anyone or anything at all, I beg of you DO NOT be influenced in any way that will cause you to displease, dishonor, and disobey God almighty.
Do not be a follower and imitator of this world, friend. Be a follower and imitator and be influenced by the Lord! Live for Him! Live according to His ways! May the Lord be your greatest influencer and influence! Hallelujah, amen!
“But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.” 1 Timothy 6:11
“Be ye therefore followers [imitators in some Bible versions]of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.” Ephesians 5:1-2
People of Praise
See what the psalmist says to the Lord’s servants in the verse that follows?
“Praise ye the LORD. Praise, O ye servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD.” Psalms 113:1
Good and faithful servants of the Lord are to praise the Lord! Not only to praise the Lord, but to praise His name! I learned long ago that the name of the Lord includes in its significance His authority and His character. We are to praise the Lord for everything about Him!
What else does the psalmist say in this psalm?
“Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time forth and for evermore.” Psalms 113:2
The word blessed comes from a Hebrew word which according to Strong’s concordance also includes in its meaning / use “to kneel” and “thank” and “praise”. May we kneel before the Lord! May we thank Him! May we praise Him! Once? Twice? Once in a while? The psalmist speaks of now forward – and forever!
He has more to say on this:
“From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD’S name is to be praised.” Psalms 113:1-3
Religious people reserve kneeling, thanking, and praising God for church services in the pews and sometimes at the altar.
The Lord does not call us to a religious lifestyle of following man-made traditions confined to church buildings once or a few times a week. Good and faithful servants and children of God are to be people of love, praise, adoration, and worship on an ongoing basis.
I am convicted even writing this of needing to go even deeper in my personal relationship with the Lord and to humble myself ever more before Him and to praise Him more and more. May the same be true for you in reading this. May the Lord bring strong conviction as He has in me. May we ever strive to be His servants and children of ongoing love, praise, obedience, and adoration! Hallelujah, praise the Lord!
The Danger of Never
I will never do this! I will never do that! This will never happen! I will never let that go! I will never go there! He will never let it go! She will never change! They will never change! I will never change my mind about this! Ever had thoughts like these? Please be careful! There can be a big danger when it comes to the word NEVER!
We are not to live our lives based on our thoughts, feelings, experiences, beliefs, circumstances, wishes, wants, and ways apart from God, but based instead on the Lord and His will for us. Anything that does not line up with the Lord, His will, and His ways needs to be forsaken for Him and replaced with what He commands and desires. When we get caught up in our flesh and start thinking and feeling in terms of the NEVER’s, we may find ourselves forsaking the Lord and His will for us and doing what we think and desire instead.
Is it not in our pride that we get caught up in the NEVER’s whereby we believe we know what is best, what will happen in the future, what God can and can’t and will and won’t do, what will happen in others’ lives, what they will and won’t do, what is possible and impossible, etc.?
Let us humble ourselves before the Lord, friend, and let us NEVER exalt ourselves as Lord but yield ourselves entirely to the Lord and His will for us instead.
Whom are we to exalt and magnify? Ourselves? No! Please meditate on this verse:
“O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.” Psalms 34:3