At the end of the ten days, Daniel and his three friends looked healthier and better nourished than the young men who had been eating the food assigned by the king. So after that, the attendant fed them only vegetables instead of the food and wine provided for the others. God gave these four young men an unusual aptitude for understanding every aspect of literature and wisdom. And God gave Daniel the special ability to interpret the meanings of visions and dreams. Daniel 1:15-17
For I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:11-13 Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ …. Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith. Galatians 6:2, 9-10
You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. 2 Corinthians 9:7-8
Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed. 1 Timothy 6:17-19
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
The “On Top of the World” lifestyle we have been talking about so far readily leads to an additional feature becoming true of us. We become ones who focus on the needs of others and doing good towards them. It all comes back to living fully: love God fully and love others fully. Initially, we look inward at ourselves in order to be in touch with God and His indwelling Spirit. Being fully connected to God’s presence, His ways, and how He is at work in our world, frees us from a selfish focus on ourselves and allows us to have an outward focus on others. God’s Spirit helps us bless those around us with a generosity of spirit and resources. What a blessing is ours when we live to bless others. Talk about being on “Top of the World” and having a life that counts regardless of what circumstances come our way.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, strengthen my connection with you today so that I am fully aware of your loving presence. Establish me more fully than ever in your ways so that I am truly living in a godly manner. Fill me with the Holy Spirit to such a degree that I readily see you at work in my everyday world and I become one who is devoted to blessing others in selfless and generous ways. Amen!
Posted on Thu, March 30, 2017
by Ken Hart