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Gleams From Paul’s Prison by Wayland Hoyt DD says:

You do not need to retire from business to be a better Christian. What you need in order to be a better Christian is to put more of Christ in your business.

Matthew was working as a tax collector, Peter and Andrew were fishermen and fixing their nets, Lydia was a seller of purple fabric and Paul worked as a tentmaker for a trade.

God wants us to meet people where they are-in the work place, on the street, in the coffee shops, etc. Everywhere you turn could be a person that God wants you to speak to or encourage. Are you listening for His directions? Don’t wait for tomorrow for it may not come. Whatever your business put Christ into it.

Ecclesiastes 9:10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.


1Peter 2:5 You also, as living stones are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

Peter was the rock that Jesus built His church on and even today we are called to be living stones in this spiritual house.

Jesus is the chief cornerstone. He determines the pattern and we are to be like Him-building up-not tearing down.

1Corinthians 3:10-11 According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a wise builder I laid a foundation, and another is building on it. But each man must be careful how he builds on. For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

Jesus is our foundation. He is our Rock! He cannot be moved! With Him supporting us underneath we cannot fall.


Matthew 23:25 You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self indulgence.

1Samuel 16:7 Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.

Are your insides as clean as your outside?

Do you care more about how you look then how you act?

How’s your heart?

Is it filled with love?

Is your mind set on earthly things?

Or on God?

Matthew 12:35

35 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart[a] brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.




God with us.

We are never alone nor forsaken!

He has promised to come and make His home in our hearts. He has promised to keep us and guide us. He has promised us eternal life! He has promised a Comforter in the Holy Spirit. He has promised to teach us all truth through the Holy Spirit. He has promised that He is the same yesterday, today and forever.

He has promised to save us!

What will you do with God’s promises to you?


Exodus 19:5 If you will indeed obey my voice…..you shall be a special treasure to me above all people.

God desires obedience. When He speaks He desires that we will do what He asks. I f and when we do, He considers us a special treasure.

Even in the New Testament He talks of a pearl of great price. We are His special treasure. Shouldn’t that give us a desire to obey Him?

Matthew 13:45-46 Again the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.

YOU ARE THAT PEARL! God gave His all so He might buy you and have you as His own. He gave His Son Jesus to buy you. What more could He give?


Wherever  you go, whatever you do, at home, or at work, do all with a desire for union with Christ, in imitation with His character. Desire only what increases the Spirit and life of Christ in your soul. Desire to have everything within you changed into the Spirit of the Holy Jesus. By Andrew Murray

God has given us His Word-the Bible, to show us what to do. Are you learning of Him? Are you desiring to become more like Him? He has given us a blueprint to guide us. He has given us His Holy Spirit to lead us.

1 Corinthians 10:31New King James Version (NKJV)

31 Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.


As you read your Bible-ask yourself these questions.

Do I know what this means? If not ask, God will give you wisdom.

Am I living it? If not ask God to show you how to live it out in your life.

Am I doing what God says? Ask and He will guide you into all truth.

Do I believe God can do this work in me? Ask Him to give you faith to believe.

Will I be a doer or a hearer? Ask God to show you what He would have you do. Ask Him to open your ears to hear what He has to say to you. Ask Him for strength to obey and then DO IT!

James 1:22 Be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.


Andrew Murray in The Practice of God’s Presence states:

Prayer and the Word have one common center-God. Prayer seeks God; the Word reveals God. In prayer, man asks God; in the Word, God answers man. In prayer, man rises to heaven to dwell with God; in the Word, God comes to dwell with man. In prayer, man gives himself to God; in the Word, God gives Himself to man.

Prayer and the Word are connected. They are the interchange between man and God. They are the basics of our relationship with God, His Word speaks to us just as if it were His Voice.

God desires the give and take of a relationship. He wants us still and in prayer, waiting to hear what He has to say. Without prayer and the Word there cannot be conversation with God.

Be still and know that He is God.Psalm 46:10


Acts 4:13 When they saw the boldness of Peter and John……..they realized that they had been with Jesus.

Exodus 34:29 Now it was so, where Moses came down from Mount Sinaii, that Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone while he talked with Him. So when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, beheld, the skin of his face shone, and they were afraid to come near him.

Can people tell that you have been with God? Can you tell when you have been with Jesus? Do you have a new boldness about you? When you meet with God you will be changed. People should be able to see a change in you when Jesus comes into your heart. Are you a new creation? He has promised to change your stony heart. He has promised that the old will pass away and you will be a new creation. Can you tell?


I recently finished a book by Jeff Manion called Satisfied. It says………But remember, please remember, that your identity is not anchored in what belongs to you.  Your identity is anchored in who you belong to. You are His. It’s not what you purchase. It’s who purchased you that forms the core of who you are.

Who am I?

I am created in His image.

I am a person of free will.

I am a sinner.

I am a repentant sinner.

I am a forgiven sinner.

I am a friend.

I am a treasure.

I am a child of God.

I am a son or daughter of the King.

I am a sheep in His pasture.

I am destined for eternity with God!

I am redeemed.

From Genesis to Revelation He tells us who we are. I am His. Never forget for He has not forgotten you!

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