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Monday, September 20 2021

                                                                                       


Use honest scales -- honest weights and measures.
Every pound must have sixteen ounces.
Every gallon must measure four quarts. 
Your coins must be honest -- no wooden nickels!

EZEKIEL 45:10-12 THE MESSAGE


I am the Way of Love—walk My paths today and be happy.
     Be honest with yourself, frankly assessing your nature and worth.
     Learn well My lessons in love.
          Work at loving—keep at it through all seasons.
          Remember love’s Source—use heaven’s gift for earth’s good.
          Do not focus on your wavering love—see real love at the cross.
          Follow My Son’s example—love other people sacrificially.
          Compassionately care for others—experience the helper’s high.
     Honestly, now . . . there is no better way to serve.

I am the Truth of Law—obey My principles today and be helpful.
     Be honest with others—truthful in everything you say and do.
     In a me-first society, do what is just and right for a change.
     Worship Me above all else; care for others like you do yourself—
          and two things will be transformed—your heart and neighborhood.
     Honestly, now . . . there is no better way to live.

I am the Life of Liberty—seek My Presence today and be holy.
     Be honest to God—transparent before the One seeing through you.
     Satan promises you freedom, but all he gives you is handcuffs.
     Only Christ can unshackle you from addictive self-destructive habits.
     Travel Holiness Highway and revel in the pleasure of My company.
     Honestly, now . . . there is no better way to rejoice.

Honesty is the best policy because I said so—and that is not negotiable.
     To translate abstract justice and righteousness into practical holiness,
          it is imperative that you be genuinely honest.
     You have often thought about the critical importance of honesty.
     Honestly, now . . . don’t you think it is about time for you to LIVE IT?


                                        

                                              (c) Pastor Johnny R. Almond 
                   Day 289,  Gentle Whispers from Eternity 

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Monday, September 13 2021

black hole - Hubble Telescope image 

                                                  

                They think the whole world revolves around them! 
                                      
EZEKIEL 38:12 NLT



Rabbi Hillel asked a good question in Ethics of the Fathers:
     “If I am only for myself, who am I?”
     Selfishness runs counter to My will, and isolates you from others.

The earth is not the center of the universe—the Eternal One is.
     Earthly-mindedness is limiting and worrisome.
     Go about your business, ignoring Mine, and you will go spiritually bankrupt.

The sun is not the center of the universe—the Son of God is. 
     The Light of the World illuminates the Way to the Truth of Life.
     The Sun of Righteousness holds everything together, including you.

The north star is not the center of the universe—the Bright Morning Star is. 
     The Creator of the cosmos directs the traffic patterns of the galaxies.
     The Star-Maker inspires hope in the darkest night of your soul.

You are not the center of the universe—I am. 
     Self-centeredness is laughable and sinful.
     Egocentricity breeds lust, impurity, greed, idolatry, anger, and slander.
     Egomaniacs eventually self-destruct—they love themselves to death. 
     Arrogant enough to take a do-it-yourself approach to life?
     Self-righteous to the point of taking center stage and claiming holiness?
     Convinced you are strong enough to handle any problem you may face?
     Smart enough to figure out all the enigmas of the world?
     Bragging you have it made, the world wrapped around your finger?

Christ-centeredness alone is eternally significant.
     Find a nobler purpose—honoring your Savior in all you do.
     Enjoy greater pleasure—celebrating the joy of His company.
     Experience higher power—surviving difficulties by His grace.
     Celebrate greater purity—thinking your Master’s thoughts.

Live His way—beyond yourself.

                                         

                                                (c) Pastor Johnny R. Almond 
                    Day 288,  Gentle Whispers from Eternity 

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Tuesday, September 07 2021

                     You boasted proudly against me, and I have heard it all!
                                              EZEKIEL 35:13 NLT


When you talk big, you think small.
Are you actually arrogant enough to claim that—
     by your power you have accomplished great feats?
     by your wisdom you have figured out the riddle of the universe?
     by your intelligence and strategy you have conquered the evil one?
     by your hard work you have built a financial nest egg?
     by your rebellion you have found your own way?

Are you really insolent enough to pit yourself against the Almighty?
Are you conceited enough to feel stronger than the Omnipotent Creator?
Are you egocentric to the point of believing you can do-it-yourself?

The essence of sin is attempting to live independently of Me.
     Unchecked pride will cause you to foolishly repeat Lucifer’s folly—
          exalting yourself and claiming to be greater than the Creator;
          trusting your ingenuity instead of the Sustainer of the universe;
          feeling stronger than the One who whispered stars into existence.
     If you strut, you will stumble—if you brag, you will blush—
          if you carry on, you will get carried away.

I am in heaven and you are on earth—keep your words to a minimum.
     Do not multiply words—be quiet and realize that I am God.
     Avoid high-sounding speeches, designed to impress others—
          they do not impress Me!

Thank Me for My unfailing love—My mercy that forgives sin,
     My grace that helps you endure,  My patience that encourages faith.
Worship Me all the time—sing My praises in sunshine and shadow.
     Honor Me with all you are—boast only of the cross of My Son.

If you want to brag, brag about the great things I have done for you.
 

                                   
                                        (c)  Pastor Johnny R. Almond 
                Day 287,  Gentle Whispers from Eternity 

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