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Good morning everyone. As I do every morning, I started this day with my devotional time. I tried to rush through because I felt I was late in getting out of the house to go do my job. The Holy Spirit stopped me in my tracks with the words to a worship song I was listening to; “Never would have made it, never could have made it without You”. Tears started to run down my face because I realized at that moment that I was rushing through God to get to the world. The revelation that came out of that moment I’m going to share with you as the meal.

Today’s Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father, Thank You for this new day. Please send guardian angels to surround your missionaries and ambassadors of Christ throughout the world. Please guard and protect all who are Your children and who seek to spread the Gospel throughout their homes, communities, and the world through word of mouth, through printed literature and the Bible, through the Internet, by whatever means. Bind the powers of darkness and hold back their influence so that the Light of the world may be shared, that souls may be saved, and Your children may be sanctified in their daily living. Bless those who love You Lord, and multiply their ministries and their influence. I pray that lives will be touched as Your love and power is shown and Your Word is shared. In Jesus’ name I pray and trust, amen.

Let’s eat.

Sweating Outcomes

In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat – for He grants sleep to those He loves.Psalm 127:2

This is something I had to be reminded of in the spirit and I hope this helps somebody else. Coming into the Promised Land in our business and work life will change the way you and I view our work. No longer will we see getting up early and staying up late as God’s way. Living in the Promised Land in work means we know that God is the source of our provision and that our work is an act of worship to Him. Provision is a by-product, not an end in itself. Work is no longer something that must be sweated and toiled upon to make ends meet.

I know that some of you might be thinking “Could this really be true?” God has made it clear that obedience is the assurance of provision. Whenever we go beyond the normal workday due to fear of non-provision, we are operating in unbelief. We are saying that it is up to us to make things happen. Sure, there are times when we work longer hours due to a deadline, but we must be sure the motive is not out of fear of loss or fear of non-provision. If we are obedient to what God has called us to, He will provide our every need. This can be a hard lesson for goal-oriented believers.

I remember coming into this understanding. I had been a workaholic. Long hours were common. Then God shook up my world and I was challenged by a friend to examine my motives for working long hours. I realized the source of those long hours was fear of not being able to provide for my family in a decent manner. Once I came into this understanding, I refused to work long hours even though the natural man would tell me I’d never make things happen if I worked a normal work week. Again, this reasoning is based on a lack of faith. If we are obedient to what God has called each of us to, we will not lack. At times it may be less than what we might like; at other times it may be more than we deserve. These are God’s ways.

The Bible tells us to come out of Babylon. Babylon is a system of work and philosophy that is contrary to God’s ways. Are you operating in any aspect of work from a Babylonian value system? Ask the Lord to reveal this to you. Begin to walk in the freedom He has given us in our work life.

Quote of the Day

Anxiety is the natural result when our hopes are centered in anything short of God and His will for us.

Billy Graham

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James H. Taylor Sr. – Kankakee City News has published my Daily meal message for a decade.

Written by Glenn Sterrett, Founder and CEO of the GCKRS™ Helping Hand Foundation.

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