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Monday, February 18, 2013
Are You Having a Character-Building Day? Rejoice!
Several years ago I took part in a management seminar in which we were asked to retrace our professional steps and graph the highs, lows and plateaus of our careers. When we finished that exercise, we were instructed to chart our spiritual journeys during the same period. 

Once we started analyzing our information, an interesting-though not altogether surprising-pattern emerged for nearly everyone. In spite of the pain of trials and hardships, most of us had come into our own as men and women of faith during the worst seasons of our lives.

In the midst of pressures of every description-from firings to bankruptcies to broken relationships-God was working in us to make us the kind of people we'd prayed to become. Our prayers to become more godly were being answered!

We've always been aware of the character-building potential of desperation. James, "a bondservant of God," wrote: "The testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing" (James 1:3-4).

There is something potent in our difficulties that enriches our faith and produces in us the spiritual fruit of patience, without which we'd be incomplete, unfinished. We receive intense spiritual training when we face situations in which God alone holds the reigns to our success or failure, life or death. 

The apostle Paul wrote that he would boast only of his weaknesses. read more
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How Your Gifts Open Doors
The gifts God gives us, and sometimes the gifts we give, open doors for us. King Solomon encapsulated this thought for us in this priceless pearl of truth: "A man's gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men" (Prov.
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DAILY DEVOTIONALS
Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul.
As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
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