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Are You Satisfied with Your Job?

Oct 24, 2017

PROGRAM D-7952

Surveys tell us that many people are holding onto jobs they really don’t like. I am giving you ten checkpoints to help you determine if it’s time to look for another job—or if it’s time to change your attitude about your current job.

Checkpoint #3: Do you feel healthy at work or do you regularly worry or feel sick about going in the next day?

If going to work “turns your stomach”—creating actual physical problems—then it’s pretty certain that something is wrong. Maybe it’s not the job itself which is the problem, but a particular person with whom or for whom you work. It’s helpful to separate the actual job from other things about the job that may be difficult for you. Once you’ve done that, ask yourself if you want to give up a job that suits you and where you truly enjoy the work, just because of a personality clash, heavy workload, or some other circumstance.

It could also be that you simply allow yourself to worry way too much about little things, and this is creating the health issues for you. Jesus told us not to worry because our heavenly Father is watching over us. Yet many of us carry around a load of worry all the time, as though by worrying we can solve the problem. It has never done so yet!

God may have you in your job to teach you to trust him and to let go of the little stuff—to cast all your care on him because he cares for you.

Checkpoint #4: Do you feel as though your rate of pay is fair?

Who of us would ever say we couldn’t use a little more money?! But the question is, do you feel you are being paid fairly, competitively, and according to the work you do?

You may find it difficult to be objective about this question, so a good suggestion is to do some research and find out what the rate of pay is for your type of job in your geographical area. You might find out you are doing quite well—or maybe not; but it will be best for you to have some facts and not just “feel like” you aren’t paid enough.

Money is always important to us, no doubt about that. But quite honestly, there are some jobs you wouldn’t want no matter how much money they paid. Please keep in mind that money does not solve all our problems and we should not make job decisions based solely on money.

Jesus warned us about the power of money. He said it’s possible to be a slave to money, and Paul says that the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. Therefore, we need to tread very carefully here because we can easily be led astray by the love of money.

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Pockets of Fear

Jul 11, 2017

PROGRAM D-7877

What is your pocket of fear? One thing we know from scripture is that fear is not of God. Second Timothy 1:7 assures us that God does not give us a spirit of fear, so whatever you or I are fearful about, it’s not coming from the Lord. Rather, we have an enemy who loves to scare us to death about everything he can because, when we are fearful, we are not trusting God. Remember, we may have great faith in some areas, while still having pockets of fear where we find it difficult to trust God.

So, what is your pocket of fear? Maybe it’s the fear of money—it often is. Are you fearful of not having enough, of losing your job, of losing your house, of going bankrupt, of not being able to afford what you need or want?

Frankly, this often is a pocket of fear for me. I am responsible for this ministry and we depend on financial support from our listeners. Sometimes I find myself thinking, What if enough money doesn’t come in? How will you pay your staff? You could lose your house, all your assets, and everything you own—you could go through all that in no time flat. What in the world will you do then? That’s a pocket of fear for me.

Here’s what I’ve learned to do with this pocket of fear when it starts to possess me: I say, “Okay, imagine the worst—no money, have to shut down the ministry, no income, no house, no savings. Will God desert you then? Do you believe he can and will take care of you even if you experience total financial loss?” Then I make myself—note: this is usually an act of my will, not my emotions—I make myself claim a promise from the Bible.

Here are some good ones to use for this pocket of fear:

Matthew 6:25-26: Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. . . . Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?

Philippians 4:19: And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.

By exposing that pocket of fear to the light, bringing it out in the open, and forcing yourself to face the fear, it loses its teeth. It can’t bite you any longer because you’ve accepted that the worst may and could happen and, if it does, God’s Word is still steadfast and he will deliver you.

A good first principle in dealing with pockets of fear is to bring them out in the open and talk to God about them. Then find a verse of scripture to counteract that pocket of fear.

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Are You on Solid Ground or Quicksand?

Apr 18, 2017

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In considering whether you’re standing on solid ground or quicksand, remember with me the parable Jesus taught about the foolish builder who built his house on sand. “The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash” (Matthew 7:27).

Of course it fell with a great crash—anybody knows you can’t build a house on sand! A house has to have a firm foundation. Unfortunately, many of us try to build our lives on sand. For example, have you seen anyone trying to build on the quicksand of money? Sometimes it sure looks like money is the answer to all our problems, doesn’t it?

How many times have you tried to build your life on the quicksand of money? Money can be a problem for us whether we have lots or little. In 1 Timothy 6:9, we read this: “People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction.”

I confess to you that there are times when I think about how easy life would be if I unexpectedly inherited some large amount of money. Believe me, there’s no possibility of that happening. But we can think about all the good things we would do with a lot of money, how we could serve God better with a lot of money, and what a good steward we would be if we just had lots of money!

The truth is this: few people can be trusted with riches because money corrupts so quickly and easily. Solomon gave us this advice: “Do not wear yourself out to get rich; have the wisdom to show restraint. Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle” (Proverbs 23:4-5).

Riches are quicksand. It is a big mistake to put our confidence in money. Remember, as Paul reminded us, “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9). James also reminds us that those who are poor in the eyes of the world are often rich in faith, and those riches are eternal.

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Christmas on the Job

Dec 23, 2016

PROGRAM D-7735

If you’re a Christian, should you participate in the typical Christmas celebrations going on all around you? Sometimes these occasions are not at all Christian, even though they’re done in the name of a Christian holiday. We need to give this some careful thought.

We are not called to be separatists, but we are called to do everything to the glory of God. So, we have that balancing act to consider as a guideline in this area.

Another biblical principle is found in Romans 14:13: “Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather determine this—not to put an obstacle or a stumbling block in a brother’s way.”  As Christians, we must always be careful that what we do is not misinterpreted and misunderstood, causing others to stumble.

While it’s true that we should not live in fear of what other people will think, nor is it possible to please everyone, it’s also true that sometimes we have to adjust our plans and behavior, not because it would be wrong for us, but because it would be a stumbling block to others who would misunderstand.

Consider this principle found in 1 Corinthians 9:22b: “I have become all things to all men, that I may by all means save some.”  For Paul, the most important thing was to have an opportunity to tell others about the saving grace of Jesus Christ.

So, within the limits of morality and the law, without violating any of God’s principles, he was willing to be whatever he had to be, do whatever he had to do to have those opportunities.

We can ask ourselves:  Would some limited participation in these celebrations give us an opportunity to talk to people—to reach out to people? I do believe and know from experience that these occasions can afford us opportunities to establish a rapport and build some bridges to those who might have thought we were “untouchable” or came from some other planet. But if so, we must carefully keep our balancing act in mind, and never allow ourselves to compromise the testimony of Jesus Christ.

That should give you something to think about during this Christmas season. Remember, even for a Christian, Christmas can become a pagan holiday if we don’t focus our minds and our activities on who Jesus is and why he came. But it can also be a time that others are more open to talking about Jesus, and let’s not miss those opportunities. Use this season to share with others the good news we have about our Savior.

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Christmas on the Job

Dec 22, 2016

PROGRAM D-7734

Here we are in the midst of the Christmas season again. As much as we enjoy this time of the year, it’s very sad to see people using this holy celebration of our Savior’s birth for anything but holy purposes. And nowhere is that more prevalent than in the working world. Have you ever noticed that people who never give Jesus Christ a thought all year long are more than ready to participate in Christmas celebrations and parties?

It seems that Christmas for many people is just an excuse for indulging in very unchristian activities, especially in our work environments. Here are some principles from the Word of God to guide our response to these situations:

The first principle I would point out is that Jesus was not a separatist. He did not by example or by instruction tell us to remove ourselves from every situation that was not religious or holy. In fact, he prayed for us in John 17:15:  “I do not ask Thee to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one.”  He said that he came to save sinners, and he mixed with those sinners, sometimes at their own affairs.

We are not called to be separatists. We won’t reach people for Jesus by staying in our corner and hoping they’ll come over to see us there. We have to reach out to them where they are.

However, that guiding principle has to be balanced with another one as found in 1 Corinthians 10:31: “Whether then you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”  So, we have a balancing act here between these two principles.

When we can participate without compromising our standards, when we can join in without giving approval to un-Christian behavior, then we may be able to use these occasions as opportunities. But we need to be well aware of keeping the right balance. Jesus reached out to people in their environment, but he never allowed their environment to penetrate into his mind or his lifestyle. We are in the world, but not of it.

All too often we Christians allow ourselves to be brought down to the level of the unbelievers, instead of vice-versa. If there is any question in your mind that you will be able to keep a strong Christian testimony in the midst of any holiday celebration, then it would be wise to keep yourself separate from those questionable occasions. But you may be able to use that occasion as an opportunity to witness or build relationships, without compromising on your part.

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Christmas on the Job

Dec 21, 2016

PROGRAM D-7733

You’re probably aware that there’s no biblical institution called “Christmas.”  Christmas is a tradition that people have developed through the ages, but the word is never found in the Bible.

Jesus never told us to set aside a day or time to celebrate his birth. Nowhere in the history of the early church do we see any indication that they celebrated the birth of Jesus. With Christmas shopping and celebrating in full swing right now, we need to ask ourselves: Should those of us who truly know the meaning of the birth of Christ be a part of these Christmas celebrations? I will share my thoughts with you.

I don’t believe it is necessarily wrong for us to celebrate Christmas and join in some of the traditions that have arisen. Jesus participated in some traditions of his day. And it is a biblical principle to remember what God has done for us in the past. So, if we use Christmas as a way to remind ourselves of how Jesus came into this world in order to become our Savior, it certainly can be a meaningful time for us.

However, for one who has accepted Jesus Christ as his or her Savior and knows him personally, the celebration of his birth should always be coupled with the remembrance of his death and resurrection, for without that, his birth has no meaning. Jesus came to die. And Jesus did instruct us to remember his death and resurrection until he comes again.

Many people who join in Christmas celebrations are quite willing to sing the Christmas carols and talk about a baby in a manger, but they’re not at all willing to deal with Jesus Christ beyond the manger. As Christians we should use every opportunity we have at this Christmas season to share with others why Christmas is important. And we should continually remind ourselves that as that baby he took on the form of man so that he could die for us in our place and become our Redeemer.

The true celebration of Christmas for a Christian includes the cross and the empty tomb. In the midst of your busy Christmas schedule, don’t let that truth escape you. The birth of Jesus has no meaning or power except that he came to die and he rose again.

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