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The Words Of Our Elders: Billy Graham

When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost.

~ Billy Graham

The words of our elders, are words of wisdom.

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Spiritual Intelligence: Don’t Look Back

Good morning dear friends. The title of today’s thought is coined from the song by The Temptations, “Don’t Look Back”. I don’t know about you, but it paints a very interesting picture in my mind; a group called The Temptations, singing a song entitled Don’t Look Back What an oxymoron? Hey, hands-up, and no offences to fans of The Temptation by the way – (chortle!).

Anyway, the song has been covered over the years by artists like; Al Green, Phil Collins, Bobby Womack, The Persuasions, and Teena Marie. My first bite of the cherry was the 1978 reggae version by Peter Tosh and Mick Jagger (You Gotta Walk And) Don’t Look Back”. And my favourite line;

Places behind you, there to remind you

Is a poignant reminder of our pilgrimage here on earth, the challenges we face along the way, the intensity as we press towards the finish line. As we endure, contend, persevere, struggle, fight… Keeping our focus on The Kingdom as we walk by faith, and not by sight.

In words of encouragement from Paul to friends in Corinth;

So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.

The pain of parting and separation with our past, becomes our gains and monuments of victory as we do battle with present and future challenges. Friends, we press forward like the woman with the issue of blood through the crowd, to touch the hem of The Rabbi’s garment, so that we can achieve our glorious change. And with every inch, not looking back.

Just keep on walking.

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~ Sabali

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Spiritual Intelligence: In All Things, Give Thanks

An incident:

Now it happened as He went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. And they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”

So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed.

And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan.

So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.”

A statement by a Jesus freak:

Always be joyful. Always keep on praying. No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

My conclusion:
There is something tremendous about gratitude expressed through a lifestyle of thanksgiving. It brings a sense of inner peace to the person offering it, it frustrates the devil, and most importantly it gives glory to our God.

Just like Job’s, our lives are the platforms for the eternal battle between; Angels and Demons, Good and Evil, or God and Satan if you prefer. Therefore a life of praise gives victory to God, and massive destruction to the camp of the evil one!

Little wonder why Paul could boldly declare just when the enemy thought he had death as the ultimate offensive;

For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

So give thanks today and always regardless of your situation or circumstance.

A health warning:
As you do things are likely to get worse, but as long as you continue steadfastly heaven gets the upper hand and victory is delivered! Its a choice my friends – a good one too.

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~ Sabali