From “The Word For You Today” by Bruce Christian, What Kind Of Example Are You? 3

     Something to thnink about.

WHAT KIND OF EXAMPLE ARE YOU? (3)

     Seneca, the Roman statesman said, “I govern my life and thoughts as though the world were to see one and read the other.”  You can always predict what a person of integrity will do in two areas: (1) In business.  Saying no to your boss usually isn’t a good career move.  But when faced with a choice between his and his convictions, Daniel refused to eat the King’s meat because it was a violation of God’s law (See Da 1:8-17).  Joseph refused to sleep with the boss’s wife (See Gen 39:6-12).  Elisha refused to accept a rich man’s money in exchange for healing (See 2KI 5:1-16).  Getting the idea?  (2)  At home.  Noah saved his family from destruction by listening to God (See Heb 11:7).  And the first thing he did when he emerged from the ark was to build an altar.  Think about that!  Noah had an altar before he had a home.  Most of us have homes, but no prayer altar.  And it shows.  Lot, on the other hand, lost his wife and sons-in-law to the destructive influences of Sodom (See Ge 19:14-26).  Today issues of character that once raised alarm don’t even raise an eyebrow.  But they should.  “I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you.  Let them be a living and holy sacrifice-the kind he will find acceptable.  This is truly the way to worship him.  Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.  Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect” (Ro 12:1-2 NLT).

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2 thoughts on “From “The Word For You Today” by Bruce Christian, What Kind Of Example Are You? 3

  1. Deborah

    My husband has been on swing shift for 35 years. He has an opprtunity to go on straight days at the same company for the same pay. He has a friend who is coaching him on this position. What he said was that if my husband could not “embellish” his responses, he probably wouldn’t get the job. To which my husband said he would not lie. Told it wasn’t really lying and that if he didn’t, someone else would likely get the job. Well the hours would be great, but it IS lying. We’ll see what God has in store. I know that He is most Faithful to care for us when we isten to Him.
    Your article is a great example of how being a living sarifice is not always the easiest thing to do, but knowing how the stories of those guys ended up, gives great hope!
    Glad to see you’re keeping up with your reading!
    Blessings on you and yours.

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  2. Wayne Augden Post author

    Hi Deborah,

    I will pray for you and your husband and seek His will for you both. Being a living sacrifice isn’t always easy, but being obedient to the Lord, putting him first, and seeking his will before our own always leads to the best things. Yes, the reading helps immensely. I discovered Bruce’s writing, and really enjoyed it. I think he’s very talented, and thought other people should know about him.
    I’m currently reading “The Great House of God” by Max Lucado. Very good book for devotional reading. Don’t worry about the job, Deb, God has something in mind, and you can rest assured that it’s the best thing.

    Wayne

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