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As we take time to celebrate Independence Day here in the USA, may we become even more focused on God and His Glory. May we also each say a special prayer for the people who have given great sacrifices so that we continue to have freedom. The prayer today speaks volumes.

Today’s Prayer

Father, as we observe our nation’s Independence Day this July 4th, let us all consider Benjamin Franklin’s statement, given in 1787 when the Continental Congress was deadlocked. He stood and addressed George Washington, saying: “Sir, we have not hitherto once thought of humbly appealing to the Father of Lights to illuminate our understanding. In the beginning of the contest with Great Britain, when we were sensible to danger, we had daily prayers in this room for divine protection. Our prayers, Sir, were heard and graciously answered. … Do we imagine that we no longer need His assistance? I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see in this truth, that God governs the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice,* is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? … We have been assured that except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it.** — I firmly believe this.” … Lord, forgive us our arrogance as a nation for thinking that we can survive our present or build a future without You. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Let’s eat.

Working Wholeheartedly

In everything that he undertook in the service of God’s temple and in obedience to the law and the commands, he sought his God and worked wholeheartedly. And so he prospered. – 2 Chronicles. 31:21

The bible tells us that Hezekiah was a Godly king. He was also a very talented businessman and builder. He was responsible for many noteworthy projects that are described in detail in the Old Testament. We discover from the passage above that King Hezekiah had two major attributes that contributed to his success and prosperity: He sought God and he worked wholeheartedly upholding God’s laws.

Godly success involves a partnership between you and God. Success in God’s economy means achieving the purpose for which God made you. That purpose can never be discovered without seeking Him with a whole heart. You may achieve great things without seeking God, but you will never achieve the things God set out for you to achieve without seeking Him. Unless you seek Him, you may find yourself one day climbing to the top of the ladder only to find it leaning against the wrong wall.

What does it mean to seek God? It means creating time to sit before His throne in quiet places. It means reading His Word in order to know Him more intimately. It means developing an ear to hear His voice so that we know when to turn to the right or to the left. God desires to know you.

Are you willing to take the time to know Him? If so, you can be sure He will guide you into those things that will bring success to every aspect of your life.

Quote of the Day

A real Christian in an odd number anyway. He feels supreme love for One whom he has never seen, talks familiarly every day to Someone he cannot see, expects to go to heaven on the virtue of Another, empties himself in order to be full, admits he is wrong so he can be declared right, goes down in order to get up, is strongest when he is weakest, richest when he is poorest, and happiest when he feels worst. He dies so he can live, forsakes in order to have, gives away so he can keep, sees the invisible, hears the inaudible, and knows that which passes knowledge. ~A. W. Tozer~





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

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