Morning Encouragement for 11/11/2022

Good morning,

There is a familiar phrase that goes like this, “you are damned if you do and damned if you don’t”. The implication is, no matter which way you go or which decision you make, it will not please someone basically, “no-win”. In today’s reading, Jesus is in such circumstances. Unfortunately, the word of God does not give us answers for every circumstance or situation. Hence the two laws that sum up all of the laws, are “love the Lord your God with all your heart mind soul, and body” and, “love your neighbor as yourself”. In the Old Testament, the priests had two dice for making tough decisions. The priests would flip the dice and call it, “the will of God”. Of course, the answer would displease one group or another. If someone disagrees with our choices doesn’t automatically mean, “we have violated God’s will”? The short answer is, “not necessarily”; what it means is we have a difference of opinion. No matter which way we go, as Aesop’s fable about the man and his donkey brings out, we have to make a choice and for better or for worse stand by it. My encouragement for you today is, “consider the choices you make like, “whom you will serve” and understand that you’re responsible for the consequences”.

Verses: Proverbs 3:5-8, James 1:5-8, Joshua 24:14-28

Famous Quote: “when it comes to making decisions about your life you are the one to make those decisions. You can listen to the opinion of others however, in the end, it is you that must make the decision and live with the consequences of that decision” – Napoleon Hill.

Father,

making decisions about our life is probably the most difficult part of having our autonomy. Making a choice is easy living with the consequences is difficult. The fool who ruled the kingdom does not consider what will happen as result of easy choices. Your work because us to carefully consider our choices and not make them as one would choose a piece of candy. Help me today to make wise choices and although others may disagree with them helping honor you according the first great commandment. I pray for my family today that you watch over each and every one of them by them safely to work and back home again where we struggle with family decisions may we always look to you for guidance. I pray that you will continue to shake the world and its elected leaders so that they may be silenced before you. I pray for the military, law enforcement, and EMT communities that you will be with every one of them and bring them safely home. I pray over our politicians that you will continue to shake them to their core with the message of the Ephod so that they fully understand whom they serve. I pray for the city of Stacy, the state of Minnesota, and the USA may your Spirit fall fresh upon us. I pray for the truckers who carry supplies to our communities. I thank you for healing our land with rain that refreshes the land and the storms that shake the heart of mankind. I pray for those who need a special touch from you today. Finally, I pray that my words will always be an encouragement to all who read these words in Jesus’ name I pray. May your peace be upon my family, city, state, nation, and world. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer (Psalms 19:14).

IHS
MK

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