One thing we should always remember and keep in mind is that we will
emulate those that we surround ourselves with. Either for good or for bad
we will take on the characteristics of who we allow ourselves to be in the
midst of. What I have found to be true is that unless one is very strong
in their core beliefs, then it will be very easy to be swayed off of the
right path and follow the wrong path which will be to their detriment.
That is why we must be wise to carefully choose who we associate ourselves
with. Do we want to rise higher, becoming better and excel further? Then
we must surround ourselves with those types of people who will lift us up,
encourage us, challenge us, motivate us, mentor us and show us how much we
really do have to offer this world. (Job 23:10-12)
When we surround ourselves with the wrong people, we are stifling our
future from reaching the heights that it was intended to reach. When we
do wrong willfully, we are hindering God's best from even entering into
our lives. When we allow the pessimism and negativity of others to affect
how we think, we are giving away the joy, peace and contentment that we
once held so dearly. That is why we must be conscious to what we are
allowing to enter into our lives. We must think of our life as a fertile
garden. We must be quick to pluck, prune and weed out all of the things
that will hinder our growth. We must then fertilize and water the areas
that we want to become better at and excel in. (Proverbs 4:23)
It is within our ability on how our life will turn out. We simply must
have the discipline to let go of all the wrong people and welcome in all
of the right ones. Those who will celebrate our life, encourage us to do
better, show us how special we really are and help us to excel in the
areas that we are lacking in right now. Having these types of people in
our lives will ensure a blessed life, a prosperous life, a life that will
make a difference in this world that will never be forgotten or erased. I
want you to know that your life is too important to let someone else take
it off track. Be disciplined enough to see your value and surround
yourself with those who celebrate you and not those who bring you down.
(Matthew 7:13-14) (1 Thessalonians 5:14-15)
I hope this message encourages and inspires your heart to think on who you
would like to be and make the necessary changes that will help to propel
your life in that direction.
WHO'S YOUR BEST FRIEND?
Former prisoner James Knapp confessed to police that he'd robbed two stores
in Oklahoma, because he missed his old cell mates. Police said they'd see
if James could be reunited with his old friends.
I think Mr. Knapp may have expressed something important, however. Friends,
wherever we find them, are absolutely necessary.
But do you know who your best friend is? Automaker Henry Ford was having
lunch with a man, when he suddenly asked the man that very question. “Who
is your best friend?” Ford asked.
The man hesitated and Ford went on. “I'll tell you who your best friend
is,” he said. Then he wrote this sentence for the man to read: “Your best
friend is he who brings out the best that is within you.” Our best friends
are those who do more than simply like us. They also believe in us. They
support us but, occasionally, they nudge us as well.
Someone put it well: “A friend is someone who knows you as you are,
understands where you've been, accepts who you've become, and still,
gently invites you to grow.”
Now...who is your best friend?
By Steve Goodier
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Psalm 37:7-9 “Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him: fret not
thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who
bringeth wicked devices to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret
not thyself in any wise to do evil. For evildoers shall be cut off: but
those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.”
Psalm 34:11-16 “Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the
fear of the LORD. What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days,
that he may see good? Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from
speaking guile. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.
The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and His ears are open unto
their cry. The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off
the remembrance of them from the earth.”
Psalm 37:16-20 “A little that a righteous man hath is better than the
riches of many wicked. For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the
LORD upholdeth the righteous. The LORD knoweth the days of the upright:
and their inheritance shall be for ever. They shall not be ashamed in the
evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied. But the
wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the LORD shall be as the fat of
lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away.”
Psalm 119:10-16 “With my whole heart have I sought Thee: O let me not
wander from Thy commandments. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I
might not sin against Thee. Blessed art Thou, O LORD: teach me Thy
statutes. With my lips have I declared all the judgments of Thy mouth. I
have rejoiced in the way of Thy testimonies, as much as in all riches. I
will meditate in Thy precepts, and have respect unto Thy ways. I will
delight myself in Thy statutes: I will not forget Thy word.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: HE GATHERS EVERY TEAR
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Today’s Selected Testimony: HOW TO NOT STAY DEFEATED
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry