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Henry was caught up in the gold rush. Shortly after arriving in California he found a mine, staked a claim and began digging. One day he found some ore, became excited, and believed he had struck it rich. He knew without any doubt that fame and fortune would soon be his.
He kept digging for a few weeks but eventually became discouraged and wanted to quit. Finally, a stranger approached him and offered to purchase his mine. In a moment of frustration he agreed to sell his rights for $11,000.00.
The new owner was excited about his purchase and began to dig where Henry stopped. And he kept digging for years and years. Eventually the Comstock Mine produced $340,000,000.00 of gold!
Wanting to encourage the church in Galatia, the Apostle Paul wrote, “So don’t get tired of doing what is good. Don’t get discouraged and give up for we will reap a harvest of blessings at the appropriate time.”
We have all faced those times in our lives when we become discouraged and distressed at doing what we believe is the right thing to do. No one offers a word of thanks or encouragement and there are no visible results to accompany our hard work. But Paul reminds us to keep on doing good and to trust God for the results. Giving in or giving up or giving out is the sure way to forfeit the blessing that God will award us for being faithful.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, may we be faithful to You in what You ask us to do. Protect us from allowing discouragement to destroy us and doubt to defeat us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Galatians 6:9  Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
It seemed that every day was a struggle for George Long. The more he did to serve the Lord the worse things got. He was the pastor of a small country church and it was necessary for him to work as a carpenter in order to provide for the needs of his family.
For months he and his family lived in a borrowed tent while he built a small home for them. The day finally came when they moved into their new dwelling.
One night while the Longs were worshiping together with their friends from the surrounding communities, a group of men decided to destroy their home by fire. They resented the positive influence that the church was having on their families. The men thought that if they destroyed their home the Longs would leave.
Returning from church that evening they found their home going up in flames. The Longs were stunned. In a state of fear and shock they gathered together and cried out in prayer to the Lord. All of their personal belongings were destroyed. But not their faith in God. It was undisturbed.
When they finished crying, George Long took a piece of paper and a pencil and wrote:
“Some through the waters, Some through the flood;
Some through the fire, But all through the blood;
Some through great sorrow, But God gives a song;
In the night season and all the day long!”
Prayer: Father, when days are difficult and painful and the hopelessness and sorrows of dark nights never seem to end may our faith in You bring a song to our hearts. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want…my cup overflows…I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. Psalm 23
His lifelong ambition was to become the CEO of the successful business his father founded. He dreamed about the day he would have a corner office overlooking the skyline of New York with a secretary to bring him coffee each morning.
Then reality set in. The day before he was to begin his career his father said, “Son, you'll start at the bottom just as I did. Your first job will to be to water the hundreds of plants in our building.”
His hopes dashed and his dreams shattered, he refused to become discouraged. The next morning he came to work with his new business card that read: “Plant Manager.”
We cannot always control our circumstances but we can control our attitude. Whatever happens in our lives happens because God has something special for us to do in every situation we face. This does not mean that what happens to us is good. Rather, it means that God is able to turn every circumstance of our lives into something that will eventually be good for us. We must remember that God is not working to make us happy. He is working in us to complete the work that began in our lives when we received Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord. His goal is to fashion and form us into the likeness of His Son so that we are enabled and equipped to fulfill the purpose He has for us.
Prayer: Help us, Father, to refuse to be disturbed or destroyed by the disappointments of life. May we accept and believe that all things work together for our good. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
It was a cold, windy, rainy day. A poorly clothed newsboy stood in the doorway of an apartment building trying to escape the elements. Each time a bus stopped at the corner and the people got out he shouted, “Morning paper! Get your morning paper here!”
A warmly-dressed man purchased one of his papers and noticed how poorly he was dressed. Attempting to offer him some comfort he said, “This certainly is bad weather for you, son. I'm sorry for you.”
“I don't mind it much,” he replied. “The sun will shine again.”
The Psalmist had good advice when things seem to be unbearable. “Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart sad? I will put my hope in God!”
Discouragement is said to be one of the most common occurrences in everyone's life nearly every day. We make careful plans and then something blocks them or someone gets in our way. We become distracted and give up “what might have been” because we forget about God. If we focus on God's ability rather than our limitations, the “sun will shine again.” Take courage. Hope in God and believe.
Prayer: We look to You, Lord, in faith knowing that Your strength can sustain us in the difficult times if we truly trust in You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Psalm 42:5 Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
Henry was caught up in the gold rush. Shortly after arriving in California he found a mine, staked a claim and began digging. One day he found some ore, became excited, and believed he had struck it rich. He knew without any doubt that fame and fortune would soon be his.

He kept digging for a few weeks but eventually became discouraged and wanted to quit. Finally, a stranger approached him and offered to purchase his mine. In a moment of frustration he agreed to sell his rights for $11,000.00.

The new owner was excited about his purchase and began to dig where Henry stopped. And he kept digging for years and years. Eventually the Comstock Mine produced 340 million dollars of gold!

Wanting to encourage the church in Galatia, the Apostle Paul wrote, “So don’t get tired of doing what is good. Don’t get discouraged and give up for we will reap a harvest of blessings at the appropriate time.”

We have all faced those times in our lives when we become discouraged and distressed at doing what we believe is the right thing to do. No one offers a word of thanks or encouragement and there are no visible results to accompany our hard work. But Paul reminds us to keep on doing good and to trust God for the results. Giving in or giving up or giving out is the sure way to forfeit the blessing that God will award us for being faithful.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may we be faithful to You in what You ask us to do. Protect us from allowing discouragement to destroy us and doubt to defeat us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Galatians 6:9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
We all have had days filled with discouragement and disappointments. Perhaps more than we care to recall. Often they can be used by the devil to defeat and destroy us.

Think of discouragement. It comes from being dissatisfied with things in the past, a distaste of the present or quite possibly a distrust of the future. When we allow ourselves to become discouraged, we are surrendering our courage to what we have allowed to overcome us. Discouragement is a signal from God that the devil is trying to take away the hope He has given us in Christ. When we feel discouraged we need to take away the “d” and replace it with an “H” and call for “His-courage” to enable us to be victorious.

We also need to realize that our disappointments are, in fact, His-appointments! Nothing enters our life by chance - only by and through Christ. Often when things do not go as we intended them to go, we consider them to be one of life’s disappointments. However, what we need to realize is that God Himself is intervening in our life. He is attempting to get our attention. He wants us to make an adjustment to what we are doing with our lives that is not in line with the plans He has for us.

Not everything that happens to us can be considered “good” - but everything will eventually be “good” for us.

Prayer: Help us, Heavenly Father, to believe that You love us too much to abandon us, care for us too much to harm us and too gracious to keep what we need from us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
Thomas Edison worked many years to develop a light bulb. The day finally arrived when his first one was ready to be tested. He turned to his lab technician and said, "Take this downstairs and let's turn it on!"

The technician was filled with excitement as he left the laboratory. As he ran down the stairs, he slipped, fell and broke the bulb.

Discouraged but not defeated, Edison went on to make his second bulb. When it was finished, he turned to the same technician and said, "Take this downstairs and let's turn it on!" With the same amount of excitement, but more cautious, he carefully took the bulb downstairs and the experiment was completed successfully.

More often than not, it is easy to give up when things do not turn out as we expect them to. In a moment of despair we find it easier to turn our backs on projects that fail or goals that crumble. But even though we may make a mess of things, God has not nor ever will give up on us. The Lord, speaking through Joshua, said, "Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go!"

What a gracious promise of His presence and power!

Prayer: Lord, may we always work with You to turn every tragedy into triumph and every disaster into a delight that honors You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Joshua 1:1-9 Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” (Read more...)
“Why are you sitting there just staring off into space?” one friend asked another.

“Well, this year has been awful. It’s the worst year that I can ever remember. Nothing’s gone right and it seems that everything’s gone wrong. So I’m trying to figure out what was the worst thing that happened. But there’s too much competition for first place.”

Call them what you will: Misfortunes or mishaps, troubles or trials, adversities or afflictions. They are part of all of our lives and no one is immune to them.

But some seem to get through them, over them or around them better than others. Does their strength come from a superior source? Do they have a resource to call upon that is unavailable to the rest of us?

There is a story of the men of Judah standing before the Lord with their little ones. Suddenly, the spirit of the Lord came on one of the men. The message that came to him to give to the others was simple: “Do not be afraid. Do not be discouraged. Go out there tomorrow, for the Lord is with you!”

All Christians have God’s Spirit in them Who can work through them. If we stand firm in our faith and ask for God’s help, He will fight the battle for us and triumph.

Prayer: Lord, when adversity tries to stare us down, may we look up to you to save and sustain us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: 2 Chronicles 20:13-17 Thus says the LORD to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. (Read more...)
It was a cold, windy, rainy day. A poorly clothed newsboy stood in the doorway of an apartment building trying to escape the elements. Each time a bus stopped at the corner and the people got out he shouted, “Morning paper! Get your morning paper here!”

A warmly-dressed man purchased one of his papers and noticed how poorly he was dressed. Attempting to offer him some comfort he said, “This certainly is bad weather for you, son. I'm sorry for you.”

“I don't mind it much,” he replied. “The sun will shine again.”

The Psalmist had good advice when things seem to be unbearable. “Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart sad? I will put my hope in God!”

Discouragement is said to be one of the most common occurrences in everyone's life nearly every day. We make careful plans and then something blocks them or someone gets in our way. We become distracted and give up “what might have been” because we forget about God. If we focus on God's ability rather than our limitations, the “sun will shine again.” Take courage. Hope in God and believe.

Prayer: We look to You, Lord, in faith knowing that Your strength can sustain us in the difficult times if we truly trust in You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Psalm 42:5 Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him For the help of His countenance.
Two brothers were born in a farm house in rural Kansas. They attended a one-room school and were responsible to keep the fire going in the stove. One day the stove blew up.

Running from the building, Glen looked around to find his brother. He was no where to be found. He rushed back into the building, but it was too late to save his brother. He escaped with his life but suffered severe burns. Doctor after doctor told him he would never walk again. But he did.

Through all the pain and grief, suffering and struggles, he refused to be discouraged. Though there were times when he was disappointed with the progress he was making, he never gave up. He had a dream and was filled with the determination to make that dream come true. He dreamed that one day he would run faster than anyone in history, master the mile and set the world record. And he did just that – breaking the international record. The world remembers Glen Cunningham but not the fire.

We need to believe as Paul did, “...do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Prayer: Help me, Lord, to overcome my handicaps and harmful habits, and plant deep in my heart and mind the purpose that You have for my life. May I only live to bring glory and honor to Your name, through Christ my Lord, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Daniel 1:9 Now God had caused the official to show favor and sympathy to Daniel... (NIV)