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December 31, 2007

10 Principles for 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Michael Wright @ 3:58 pm

The following principles are taken from a devotional which appeared November 19, 2006 in The Word for You Today. This list has really been helpful to me and I wanted to share with anyone else reading my blog!

“And it was very good.” – Genesis 1:31, NIV

  1. Never think or speak negatively about yourself, which puts you in disagreement with God.
  2. Meditate on your God-given strengths and learn to encourage yourself, for much of the time nobody else will.
  3. Don’t compare yourself to anybody else. You’re unique, one of a kind, an original. So don’t settle for being a copy.
  4. Focus on your potential, not your limitations. Remember, God lives in you!
  5. Find what you like to do, do well, and strive to do it with excellence.
  6. Have the courage to be different. Be a God pleaser, not a people pleaser.
  7. Learn to handle criticism. Let it develop you instead of discourage you.
  8. Determine your own worth instead of letting others do it for you. They’ll shortchange you!
  9. Keep your shortcomings in perspective – you’re still a work in progress.
  10. Focus daily on your greatest source of confidence – the God who lives in you!

Happy New Year!

December 30, 2007

Have you given Jesus room in your life?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Michael Wright @ 5:04 pm

Even more, those who hear the word of God and keep it are blessed!” (Luke 11:28, HCSB)

The familiar Christmas carol by Emily Elliott contains a power prayer in the chorus:

    Oh, come to my heart, Lord Jesus; there is room in my heart for Thee.

Is that your prayer? Have you seriously made room in your heart for Jesus? Our world is continually competing for lordship in our lives. We must continually make sure that we are giving Jesus the proper place. I’ve heard a familiar saying all of my life that says, “If He’s not Lord of ALL, He’s not Lord at all!” This is a powerful statement, if you stop and really think about it.

Is He Lord of your money and possessions?

What about your God-given talents, are you using them for His glory?

What about your time? It is so easy to waste time on things that will not matter at all in eternity. I struggle with this continuously. The many different sources of technology in our society have provided many opportunities for us to use a lot of time and accomplish very little.

In Luke 11:28, Jesus tells us that it is one thing to hear God’s Word and a totally different thing to actually keep God’s Word. Are you just a hearer, or are you a hearer and a keeper of God’s Word?

I like the way this verse is paraphrased in The Living Bible… “But even more blessed are all who hear the Word of God and put it into practice.”

My prayer for 2008 is that I will listen more closely to the voice of God…I want to make sure He has room in my heart!

December 28, 2007

“Use every part of your body to give glory…to God”

Filed under: Uncategorized — Michael Wright @ 1:47 pm

Last night as part of my personal devotions, I read this passage of scripture from The Living Bible:

“But if you give yourself to the Lord, you and Christ are joined together as one person. That is why I say to run from sex sin. No other sin affects the body as this one does. When you sin this sin it is against your own body. Haven’t you yet learned that your body is the home of the Holy Spirit God gave you, and that he lives within you? Your own body does not belong to you. For God has bought you with a great price. So use every part of your body to give glory back to God, because he owns it” I Corinthians 6:17-20.

It is near the end of another year! My, how time flies…hard to believe that 2007 is ending and that we are starting another year. In the “accounting world” in which I work, many organizations will be doing a “year-end inventory.” The purpose of this inventory is to determine the inventory that is on hand and compare it with the accounting records.

Spiritually, I like to ask the Lord to do a year-end inventory of my life. The great Psalmist David prayed and asked God to put him on trial…he said “cross examine me…test my motives and my heart” (Psalm 26:2, NLT). I don’t think this is a bad idea. Satan is trying his very best to discourage each one of us and to get us off the path that leads to heaven. Some little foxes (Song of Solomon 2:15) could have very easily slipped into our lives during the past year. I don’t know about you, but I would certainly rather know that something is wrong now rather than not finding something out until I stand before God on judgment day.

I find that Satan uses so many different means for trying to get junk into my life.  The media…and I mean every kind…is saturated with things designed to deter me from the pathway to heaven.  I’m very thankful that God has given me a sensitive conscience…my conscience serves as a very good guide and works to keep me from evil.

I can truthfully say that I’ve tried my best in 2007 to use my body for the glory of God.  However, like most things in life there is always room for improvement.  My prayer as I move into 2008 is that I can do even more for Christ and for the advancement of His Kingdom.  Bill and Gloria Gaither penned some wonderful words…that I want to make my prayer for this new year:

I’m going to live the way He wants me to live.

I’m going to give until there’s just no more to give.

I’m going to love, love ’til there’s just no more love.

I could never, never out love the Lord!

December 25, 2007

“Then Jesus Came”

Filed under: Uncategorized — Michael Wright @ 11:31 am

Merry Christmas!  I’m so thankful that Jesus came to earth as a little baby to redeem my soul from hell!  This is the true meaning of Christmas.  Shawna and I along with our daughters attended a Christmas Eve service last night at the Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, KS.  They had a lovely service…it really helped to prepare my heart for today, in a special way.  Click on the video below to hear a wonderful gospel song…I do trust you have allowed Jesus to come into your heart and take up a permanent residency.  If you have not done so, why don’t you invite him into your heart today?  It will be the best Christmas gift you will ever receive!

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