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Daily Bread: A Rock Solid Foundation Do you have unhealthy relationships influencing you?

Prepare
Do you ever wonder what it takes to please God? It couldn’t be clearer than in Proverbs. Ask God to give you a willing heart as you prepare to be counseled by Him.

Read
Proverbs 1:1-19

Explore
There is a well-known saying in Spanish – “Tell me who you walk with and I will tell you who you are.”

Who you associate with tells a lot about a person. And in Proverbs, the Lord wastes no time warning against such basic mistakes.

It is interesting that the fear of the Lord (vs 1-7) and choosing friends (vs 10-19) are the first two subjects in the book of Proverbs. We should not take lightly this first passage – one of the longest in the whole book. As Solomon, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, lays the foundation on how to live a successful life, he gives us two clear points of emphasis – wisdom through the fear of the Lord and foolishness through poor relationships (v 7).

Take time to check out Psalm 128:1, Psalm 112:1, Proverbs 8:3, Job 1:1, and 2 Corinthians 5:11a. In each passage, the fear of the Lord has a direct correlation to walking in His ways, finding delight in His commands, and hating evil. It is a direct rebuke of foolish, undisciplined living.

Do you desire to be filled with wisdom and knowledge? Do you want to honor God with your life and fear Him with a holy fear? Then start by looking at your influences. Who do you spend time with? Who influences you? Is it God, or is it unhealthy friendships?

Respond
Heavenly Father, I look to you from the depths of my heart to give me daily direction for every aspect of my life. Thank you for your personal counsel.

Is Jesus the rock in your foundation? Do you believe He can truly calm the storms in your life? Talk to one of our volunteers about the storms going on in your life and ask for prayer.

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The Bible – Our Greatest Treasure

How God’s Word Transforms Us

Written by Dan Lee on 07/02/2017
Series: Weekly Devotional
Tags: Bible, God
I treasure your word above all else; it keeps me from sinning against you.

Psalm 119:11
The Bible is unlike any other book. It was written by 40 authors chosen by God, over a period of around 1,500 years. Yet, it displays remarkable unity and consistency.

For many years, most people did not even have the Bible in their own language (and even today, some don’t). So being able to read the Bible is a rare and priceless treasure.

So, what is the Bible about?
In the Old Testament, we see God creating the universe and putting mankind on the earth. We see the tragedy of Adam’s fall and the rise of the nation of Israel. We see Israel’s failure to faithfully follow God and accept how much they need a Redeemer.

In the Gospels and Acts, that Redeemer arrives – we see and hear what the Lord Jesus did here on earth and learn the way of salvation. The church is born and the gospel spreads.

In the Epistles, we receive clear instructions for living as Christ’s followers as part of His body.

In Revelation, we see how God will bring an end to history. We eagerly anticipate Jesus’ final redemption of His people and the beginning of a glorious eternity in God’s presence.

From beginning to end, the Bible is all about Jesus. As he said in Hebrews 10:7, “And so, my God, I have come to do what you want, as the Scriptures say.”

Knowing all this should make us excited to spend time reading the Bible. And we should not come to it casually as if it were a novel or a magazine. We approach God’s word with purpose, keeping these principles in mind:

1. Read it Regularly
Just as we need food every day to feed our physical bodies, reading the Bible every day is like food for our spiritual lives.

Jesus said in John 15:5, “I am the vine, and you are the branches. If you stay joined to me, and I stay joined to you, then you will produce lots of fruit. But you cannot do anything without me.”

How do we live a fruitful life? By staying joined to Jesus. And we stay joined to Jesus through prayer, and by reading His word.

2. Read it for Obedience and Direction
We don’t read the Bible just to gain information, but much more! We read it to see how God is directing us to live. Psalm 119:105 says, “Your word is a lamp that gives light wherever I walk.”

We should have the attitude of young Samuel, when he was first called by God, “‘I’m listening,’ Samuel answered. ‘What do you want me to do?’” (1 Samuel 3:10).

When you read the Bible, look for promises to hold on to; commands to follow; and sins or attitudes to turn away from — all in the power of the Holy Spirit.

3. Remember what you read
It’s hard for us to remember everything we read. Just looking at something only one time does not usually make it stay on our mind.

So when you open the Bible, it’s good to have a notebook or a journal. When you see something important, or feel that God is telling you something, write it down. If you want to respond in prayer to God’s word, you can write that too.

Even if you don’t have a notebook, you can highlight or underline verses right in your Bible.

Any of these practices will make it easier for you go back and meditate on the things that God is showing you from His word.

Hebrews 4:12 tells us, “What God has said isn’t only alive and active! It is sharper than any double-edged sword. His word can cut through our spirits and souls and through our joints and marrow, until it discovers the desires and thoughts of our hearts.”

It is a great privilege to have God’s holy Word revealed to us, and to let it do its work in our lives. Even when it may be uncomfortable or even painful at times.

Pray this week:

Lord, I know that Your word is precious. By Your Holy Spirit’s power, help me to love Your word and to spend time in it regularly, so that You can do Your work in my heart, and glorify Yourself in my life.

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After work, is what determines your future! Spend one hour per day doing these 5 things and your life will change forever!

Kalyana SundaramFollowKalyana Sundaram
Business Development Executive – ERP Services(ROW)
You finish work at 6 pm, go to bed at 12 midnight.

Within these six hours, how do you spend them?

Watching TV?

In fact, the activities you do between 6 am and 12 midnight,

the importance of it is beyond your imagination.

Too many people believe that,

your career is determined by the 8 hours of hard work and effort you put at work,

and your future and career progression depend on the boss and the company.

But the reality is that for most people, this thing, you are on your own…..

 

Read on…

 

“Cultivation”, it’s forever dependent by yourself.

If you found yourself not progressing in life,

you cannot blame and put the responsibility on your company for not grooming you.

 

1. What you do every night is important

My major in college was marketing, but I expect to become a designer.

So I practiced day and night,

picking up some freelance work to improve my design skills.

It took me a long time.

When I became a boss, I no longer need to involve myself in design work,

So I went back to the Marketing field.

Every day, when my children are sleeping,

I began learning to gain more knowledge, this again took me a long time,

But I begin to realise my returns.

 

If I rely on my working hours to gain skills,

then I will never have become a creative director and a product manager,

or like today, teaching MBA students on Marketing.

What I rely on, is myself giving myself “lessons”.

And the most successful people I knew, walked the same path as I am.

I have a friend who is a History graduate,

but he is interested in technical sales,

In the day, he does telemarketing, at night he learns how to code,

Finally, he became the vice president of sales in a startup company.

Now, he’s a CTO.

I have another friend, he received a degree in political science.

But he’s very interested in entrepreneurship.

he learnt a lot of knowledge on how to start up a company,

eventually, he founded a company and sold it,

Now he has reaped the rewards.

 

For them, what they do between 6 pm till 12 midnight,

is what determined their future.

Clearly, we need to balance life and work.

If you have a wife and children, every night, you have to stay with them.

Even if you are single, you also need a reasonable allocation of time to go to the gym, to meet with friends, or be alone to meditate and so on.

Of course, watching movies, playing games is good.

But there are things you do not need to do.

For example, watching the new season of a Netflix drama,

14 hours per week watching television (This is the average amount of time watching television).

 

The time spent playing the game Candy Crush.

 

Or spending time stalking your high school alumni on Facebook,

it does not seem to be good.

So what should you do?

 

2. Read more, anything will do!

My college mentor was born in Alabama,

A poor African family.

He was admitted to West Point Military Academy, and he became the first person in the family to go college.

Before going to Havard for his MBA, he’s a trained officer.

When I met him, he has already developed his career in the city of Colorado Springs.

 

I asked him, what’s his biggest success?

He replied, because he kept the habit of reading,

and he never stopped.

He believed that if you want to get what you want in life,

knowledge is the key.

He often asked his interviewees what book are they reading now,

the excellent ones can give an answer immediately.

Reading can give you a good headstart,

this is often what your peers cannot obtain.

Compared to others,

you are more likely to know other industries strategies and tactics,

and that may be helpful to your company.

 

You can transfer your knowledge within the organization,

create new possibilities for your company.

Moreover, your conversation topics will become more interesting.

 

Anthony Robbins said:

“If you spend one hour a day to learn about a topic,

a year later, in this regard,

the knowledge you gain will be more than 99.999% of the world’s people.”

Even if you have 30 minutes every night,

each week you can easily read a book.

You may not be an expert, but I promise,

you’ll know more than what your peers know.

 

3. Do some projects

You can apply the knowledge learnt to real work scenario,

this is only an ideal state.

If your company did not give you this opportunity,

create opportunities for yourself.

You can do some volunteer projects. They can bring you fame.

Working with a team,

you’ll understand how things work.

In the practical application of the industry,

and how it ultimately affect actual customers.

You’ll learn how to perform the task and meet deadlines,

and get feedbacks on what you are doing,

and benefit from it.

 

When you are not strong enough, these experience may not have any value to you.

But you are still a novice.

these experiences are far more valuable than the miserable pay you are getting.

If you can really convince others of your pockets of fruits of labour,

Then go try it. But do not let these private jobs affect your work.

 

4. Actively build your connections

In your career path,

a strong network of connections will make everything accelerate.

If you have not set up your own personal connections,

you’ll need to divide a portion of your time to do this.

A strong network of relationships, can enable you:

contact smart friends, and learn their opinions
get information and knowledge that are difficult to obtain
help the company look for more potential partners
or income generating opportunities
Go get to know your work colleague or boss…..

 

If you are an entrepreneur,

your network connections will be your early customers,

your staffs are a source of capital

rather than go home, or going to a bar,

you should find some inner circles.

There are many small groups which are highly relevant to your career.

You should try to integrate into these circles.

Every week, you can drink coffee together with new friends,

go drinking or have breakfast.

 

You can also look into everyone’s career developments on LinkedIn.

And establish a network with mentors in those professional industries.

They may be your next job employer, who knows?

Your connections will be your most powerful asset in the workplace.

Since you have time to watch “The Voice of China”,

you have time to build a social network.

 

5. The CHANGE of your LIFE starts TONIGHT

6 pm to 12 am, you go home, though physically and mentally tired,

you are free to do anything and do not have to take orders from others.

During this time,

you can switch off like switching off your computer at your workplace, switch off your brain.

But you can also do something,

make you smarter, stronger, have a wider network of people.

From the start tonight, take an hour a day to do these things,

I guarantee that after a year,

your career, and life will change.

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