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10/01/2009

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JTA - Jesus The Answer


"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God" (Phil. 4:8).

An old Arabic proverb says, "All sunshine makes a desert." There is no such thing as a life without problems. It does not matter to what station of life we are a part, some problems will always exist. How we deal with the "speed bumps" of life says a lot about our character. We sometimes share our problems with people who care about us. This a wonderful thing, and it is great to have those close enough to us with whom we can share. Through the ages, man has needed guidance. The prophet Jeremiah put it this way; "I know, O Lord, that a man's life is not his own; for it not for man to direct his steps" (10:23). Rolling through to Jesus' time, He provides the answer...."I am the way and the truth and the life" (Jno. 14:6). To take this one step farther, God has given to His Son, "all authority!" Thus, if we allow Him, Jesus can be the answer we are constantly looking for.

When it comes to the problem of human relationships, whether on a personal or even national note, Christ can be the answer. Most trouble starts because of covetousness, selfishness, and or a failure to respect the rights of others. As we read from the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus directs us to live a life free from these things that would cause friction. Take a moment to read Matt. 5: 38, 39, 43, 44.....7:12...There are answers here! We always need to believe that we can make a difference through our behavior. When we model the behavior of Jesus in our lives, others, especially children will take notice. It is then that we become witnesses for Jesus way of life..Of Jesus the answer..

When we look at the problems of labor and management, we can turn to God's principles to work things out. "Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men" (Eph. 6:7). Workers are to work and work well. "Do not muzzle out the ox while it is treading the grain and the worker deserves his wages" (1 Tim 5:18). Capital is to pay, and pay what the worker deserves for his hard work. If we couple these verses with Matthew 7:12, "So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you," the problem would see its solution. Is it really that obvious? We can always find the answer in Christ.

There is more. I would like to continue on this theme tomorrow. I hope I have given you a few things to think about...

Have a great day...It begins with YOU....Let your light shine for Him... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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