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  • Apr16

    “No man can read the Bible and be lazy. Christianity increases a man’s wants, and therefore increases his capacity for labor.” — Booker T. Washington

    Among the many Bible virtues to be incorporated into our daily lives is that of hard work. From the beginning, God commanded: “Six days you shall labor” (Exodus 20:9). Notice that God does not say “can labor” but rather “shall labor”—God said to work hard six days and then have a day of rest. For centuries, the work week was six days, but in the past century was reduced to five, and across Europe and in many parts of America, the push is being made to reduce it to four; the number of hours of work actually performed in any week has been steadily declining. There is a push for less work and more free time, but the Bible encourages just the opposite. Notice some of the many verses praising hard work:

    • In all your labor there is profit (Proverbs 14:23).
    • He who tills his land will have plenty of bread (Proverbs 12:14).
    • And the deeds of a man’s hands will return to him (Proverbs 12:14).
    • He must labor, performing with his own hands what is good so that he will have something to share with one who has need (Ephesians 4:28).
    • Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and … work with your hands… so that you will …not be in any need (1 Thessalonians 4:11, 12).
    • He also who is slack in his work is brother to him who destroys (Proverbs 18:9).

    John Jay said that America had become prosperous because the spirit of hard work in the early colonists had properly been joined with that of virtue and morality:

    “Under the auspices and direction of Divine Providence, (our) forefathers removed to the wilds and wilderness of America. By their industry (hard work) they made it a fruitful, and by their virtue a happy country.”

    Because hard work (what Founders term industry) was such an important Biblical trait; they inculcated it in their children from their earliest years.

    Today…  “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” – Colossians 3:23

    In Christ,

    Dale

    Dale@DaleEbel.Org

  • Apr8

    “ …your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” – Matthew 6:10 NIV

    Prayer is not getting my will done in heaven.

    Prayer is getting God’s will done on earth.

    The subject of the Kingdom of Heaven (or Kingdom of God) was the central topic of Jesus’ recorded teachings and, therefore, should be central to our focus in life!

    This week, will you commit to praying for God’s will to be done on earth: in your spheres of influence, in your relationships, at your work, and in your neighborhood? The Lord has a definite, redemptive will that He wants to carry out through your life. Will you allow Him to?

    For His Kingdom,

    Dale

    Dale@DaleEbel.Org

  • Apr7

    “Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,” – Philippians 3:13 NIV

    “To be heaven-oriented is to be goal-oriented.” – Randy Alcorn, Heaven, p. 455

    Goals help us live effectively, or at least feel like we’re living effectively. If we are to take an eternal perspective in life, we are always wise to set our sights toward heaven; to make goals that have to do with our character and who we are becoming in Christ!

    Maybe you want to grow in patience? In boldness, or in some tangible aspect of love. Make goals toward these things and begin to trust God for the power to walk in obedience!

    In Christ,

    Dale

    Dale@DaleEbel.Org

  • Apr6

    “Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself,  just as he is pure” – 1 John 3:3 NIV

    “Our high tolerance for sin testifies of our failure to prepare for Heaven.” - Randy Alcorn, Heaven, p. 455

    I’ve often thought that if we were to see the Risen Jesus Christ in His splendor and glory, we would melt under the weight of His glory. Keeping our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2) and beholding Him as He truly is – in wonder, majesty, and power, is a sure antidote to walking in willful sin.

    Behold Him today!

    In Christ,

    Dale

    Dale@DaleEbel.Org

  • Apr4

    “Then the sovereignty, power and greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven will be handed over to the saints, the people of the Most High. His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all rulers will worship and obey him.” – Daniel 7:27 NIV

    “Establishing God’s kingdom was never about an immaterial spirit realm. It always concerned the one place in the universe made for mankind, the one place where God’s reign has been disputed: Earth.”

    – Randy Alcorn in Heaven, p. 222

    Did you catch that “all rulers will worship and obey” (Dan. 7:27) God? It’s easy to think that there will be only One Ruler, Jesus Christ, and in one sense this is absolutely true. However, Scripture still maintains that there will be leaders – lowercase “rulers” - who will righteously rule “nations” in the New Earth, in subordination to Christ (See Isaiah 60 & Revelation 21).

    Heaven will be far more “tangible” and “real” then we sometimes are led to believe.

    In Christ,

    Dale

    Dale@DaleEbel.Org