January 20/21, 2018
Discipline always leads to progress even if you have a bad attitude at the start of it.
5 Common catalysts that seem to be part of every growth spurt in a follower of Jesus:
•Practical teaching – “Obedience, not attendance, makes the difference.”
“Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your father in heaven. So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” (Matthew 6:1-4)
From your last breath back to now in your present life what you tend to trust in most is your money.
Giving first honors God; saving second builds margin; living on the rest teaches contentment.
And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. (Matthew 6:5-6)
The reward of spending time alone with your heavenly Father in private is that you sense your heavenly Father’s presence more in public.
Disciplines are beneficial even if you have a bad attitude at the start.
Give God your first few minutes and your first few dollars.
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