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Blessed Are Your Baskets, Kneading Bowls And Nets!

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Today I am reading day 329 of Joseph Prince’s Devotional:

Day 329

Blessed Are Your Baskets, Kneading Bowls And Nets!

Deuteronomy 28:5 5“Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl.

In Bible times, reapers carried baskets on their backs to collect the harvest from the fields. They had to ensure that their baskets were strong and sturdy, so that what they collected would not fall out. The women of that day used kneading bowls to knead dough for making bread. If they used poor-quality bowls that broke easily, they would not be able to make bread.

So baskets and kneading bowls in those days represented the means by which one got his tangible blessings. Beloved, your Father in heaven does not want you to worry about the means by which you get your blessings. Because of the sacrifice of Christ, He says to you, “Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl.”

This means that if you are a cab driver, your cab will not break down on your rounds because God says to you, “Blessed shall be your cab.” If you are a businessman, your capital investment will not fail you because God says to you, “Blessed shall be your capital investment.” And if you are a salesman, your products will be looked upon favorably because God says to you, “Blessed shall be your products.”

These blessings are yours because Jesus paid for them with His death and He enforced them with His resurrection.

On one occasion, Jesus told Peter to throw his nets into the water. When Peter threw one net down, he caught so much fish that the net “was breaking”. To save the bumper haul, the other disciples quickly filled their boats with the fish, lest the net gave way completely. (Luke 5:4–7)

After Jesus rose from the dead, a similar incident took place. Once again, Jesus asked His disciples to cast their net out. They caught a multitude of fish. But “although there were so many, the net was not broken”. (John 21:11) Notice that in the first case, the net was breaking. In the second case, it was not! Something supernatural happened to their nets after Jesus rose from the dead!

Beloved, because of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, not only are you blessed (Ephesians 1:3), but your nets, baskets and kneading bowls — the means by which you obtain your blessings — are also blessed!

Thought For The Day
Because of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, you as well as the means by which you obtain your blessings are blessed!

Jesus Wore The Crown Of Thorns For You

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Today I am reading day 144 of Joseph Prince’s Devotional:

Day 144

Jesus Wore The Crown Of Thorns For You

John 19:2 2And the soldiers twisted a crown of thorns and put it on His head…

If hard work is the formula for prosperity, then everyone who works hard should be prosperous. But this is certainly not the case. Many people who work very hard are still in lack!

I am not advocating laziness. What I am saying is that working hard by the sweat of your brow is not how God’s provision comes. In fact, if you have to work overtime all the time and are stressed out, you are probably operating under the curse.

What curse is that? It is this curse: “In the sweat of your face, you shall eat bread…” (Genesis 3:19) And it refers to the stress, struggle and anxieties that come with working hard and yet producing little. Now, work itself is not a curse since God gave Adam work before the fall — Adam was to tend the garden of Eden. It was only after he sinned that the land was cursed and it brought forth thorns, and man had to toil to eat of it. (Genesis 3:17–18)

But praise God, Jesus wore the thorns on His head to show you that He has borne this curse for you and redeemed you from it. He wore the crown of thorns so that you can work stress-free and yet have the results. You don’t have to be worried and stressed out day and night like the people of the world just to get ahead in life. Your heavenly Father can get you there without the worries and stress. (Matthew 6:31–33)

Beloved, every curse that was supposed to fall on your head fell on Jesus’ head, typified by the crown of thorns. He wore the crown of thorns for you so that you can have peace of mind. He wore the crown of thorns for you and took your curse so that you can wear the crown of glory and take His righteousness, and all the benefits of that righteousness!

Today, don’t labor and toil like the people of the world. Instead, expect to see the blessings of God come into your life without blood, sweat and tears because Jesus wore the crown of thorns for you!

Thought For The Day
Your heavenly Father can get you ahead in life without the toil and stress of the world.

Work to Please God, Not People

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Today I am reading day 199 of Rick Warren’s Daily Devotional:

Work to Please God, Not People

The Apostle Paul teaches that we are to work as though we are “working for the Lord and not for people.” He’s saying that no job is too small, no job is too menial, and no job is too insignificant when you have the right motive and perspective.

We should think, “I’m doing it for God; I’m doing this job as if I’m doing it for the Lord. I used to clean meat lockers in a butcher shop, and I would clean it as unto the Lord.”

Now, how do I know if I’m doing my work for the Lord? Two characteristics will show up in your attitude –

Excellence-If I’m doing my work for the Lord, and not just for the boss, then I’ll do it with excellence. That means I will do the best I can because I’m not doing it for anyone’s approval except God’s.

Enthusiasm-And, I do my work with enthusiasm. I work for God; therefore, I do it with a cheerful attitude. “Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.” (Romans 12:11 NLT)

When you work with all your heart, motivated by the love of Christ, your work will be transformed into an act of worship for God.

Let Love Motivate Your Work

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Today I am reading day 198 of Rick Warren’s Daily Devotional:

Let Love Motivate Your Work

1 Corinthians 16:14 Do everything in love.

Romans 12:1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.

1 Corinthians 13:3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

The Apostle Paul says, “Do all your work in love.”

He doesn’t say some of your work, but all of your work. He also says no matter “what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.” (1 Corinthians 13:3 MSG)

The point is, any job can be turned into worship when it is built on the model of Christ’s love; that love is expressed to co-workers, clients and customers. Mother Teresa said, “It’s not what you do so much that matters, but how much love you put into it.” Think about it like this — Two-thirds of the word “career’ is C-A-R-E.

So, I want you to pray a prayer every day this week. When you get up to go work, whether it’s at home or at school, in your backyard or at an office or wherever you work — I want you to pray, “Father, today I want to worship you through my work. I want to express my gifts. I want to do it as if I’m doing it for You and I want to do it in love.”

“So then, my friends, because of God’s great mercy to us I appeal to you: Offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to his service and pleasing to him. This is the true worship that you should offer.” (Romans 12:1 TEV)

God is Interested in the Work You Do

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Today I am reading day 197 of Rick Warren’s Daily Devotional:

God is Interested in the Work You Do

Ephesians 1:11-12 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.

Many Christians don’t make the connection between Sunday and Monday. They compartmentalize their lives. They think, “Well, I’ve got a spiritual life, and I’ve got a secular life. My spiritual life is when I read the Bible, when I pray, when I go to church, I do good things for others. That’s my spiritual life.”

And that’s over in one compartment. So then, they think, over in another compartment: “This is my secular life. That’s my work, my job, my career, my business decisions, my finances, my pension plan; all these things are my secular life.”

God says, “No, that’s wrong. All of life is spiritual.”

The word secular isn’t in the Bible. Your whole life matters to God. He is as interested in your work as He is in your prayers.

The fact is, your relationship to Christ is like marriage — it’s a full-time commitment. What do you think would happen if I came up to my wife and said, “Honey, I’m going to only act married when I’m at home.”

The fact is, all of life is important to God, and you can’t separate your Christianity from your work — just as you can’t separate your Christianity from your life.

Mundane Work Still Offering to God

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Today I am reading day 196 of Rick Warren’s Daily Devotional:

Mundane Work Still Offering to God

Psalm 90:17 May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands.

John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

Romans 12:1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.

God establishes the work of our hands by giving us gifts that will make a difference in the lives of others. That’s what success is – being what God meant for you to be. Jesus said, “My purpose is to give you a rich and satisfying life.” (John 10:10 NLT)

You may be thinking, Well, Rick, what about work that needs to be done but doesn’t express my gifts; it just has to be done?

Any homemaker knows exactly what I’m talking about. I would say to you that every job, even the one you are suited for, has mundane parts. Every job has some parts to it that you won’t like, but you can still worship God through those parts of the job.

And I would suggest you adopt this attitude: “Maybe this job that I’m in right now is a phase of my life and I’m not going to be here the rest of my life. But this is where I am for now; therefore, I will worship God right now.”

The apostle Paul says, “Take your everyday, ordinary life – your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life – and place it before God as an offering.” (Romans 12:1 MSG)

Dedicate Your Work to God

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Today I am reading day 45 of Rick Warren’s Daily Devotional:

Dedicate Your Work to God

Proverbs 16:3 Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.

2 Corinthians 5:20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.

Ephesians 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.

Whatever you want God to bless, you give to him first. Dedicate it, consecrate it, hallow it, and then God will bless it.

As a pastor, I want you to succeed in life. Obviously I want you to succeed spiritually, but I also want you to succeed in your work. I want you to be a witness at your work. I want you to use your platform for the glory of God.
When you dedicate your business to Christ, he gets involved with decisions. He tells you what to do. He becomes the chairman of your board. He gets the glory.

“We are Christ’s ambassadors, and God is using us to speak to you. We urge you, as though Christ himself were here pleading with you, “Be reconciled to God!'” (2 Corinthians 5:20 NLT)

Just as I’m the minister of Saddleback Church, you’re a minister of a church — at your workplace. Your job is to be an ambassador of Jesus to the people around you. The blessings that God pours out in your life – in your career, in your business, in your finances, in your family, in your health – they all come because of Jesus Christ.

“Let us give thanks to God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! For in our union with Christ he has blessed us by giving us every spiritual blessing in the heavenly world.” (Ephesians 1:3 TEV)

I want you to take time to thank God for all that he has blessed you with, then, dedicate your job to him.

Who’s the Boss?

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Today I am reading day 40 of Rick Warren’s Daily Devotional:

Who’s the Boss?

Colossians 3:23-24 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

1 Corinthians 10:31 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

Your boss is not really your boss; your boss is Jesus.

There are two things I want you to see in our verses today.

First, it says, “Work hard and cheerfully at whatever you do as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” (Colossians 3:23 NLT) It’s easier to be enthusiastic about your job when you turn the focus of your work from “I’m doing this for my boss” or “I’m doing this for a paycheck” to “I’m doing this for the Lord,” With that in mind you can do anything – scrape paint, wash dishes, repair a car – and turn it into worship.

Second, when you turn your work into worship, you start storing up credits in heaven. Colossians 3:24 says, “Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and the Master you are serving is Christ.” (Colossians 3:24 NLT) As you work for God, you are making eternal deposits in heaven.

“So whatever you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31 NIV) It doesn’t matter if you’re rearranging papers or signing bills, any job can become an act of worship if you do it enthusiastically for God.

Your Work as Worship

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Today I am reading day 24 of Rick Warren’s Daily Devotional:

Your Work as Worship

Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as though you were working for the Lord and not for people.

As you enter your Decade of Destiny, it is important that you understand your work can be an act of worship to God. In fact, if I want God to bless my finances, I must make my work an act of worship.

What I’m saying is that no matter what you do – sweeping the streets, running a corporation or the work of a stay-at-home mom — your job is more than a job. The Bible says while you are here on earth, you should use your work as an act of worship.

This means whatever you do, you are to do it with enthusiasm. If your heart is not in it, you are in the wrong job. If you are not working with all your heart, you are sinning. I didn’t say that, the Bible says it.

Why work with all your heart? Because you are working “as though you were working for the Lord and not for people.” No matter what I do, if it is to prepare a meal, if it is to sign an invoice, if it is to do an analysis, if it is to close a deal, if it is to make a sale, if it is to make delivery — whatever it is, I am to do it as if I’m doing it for God, and so it becomes an act of worship.

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