Choose a good reputation over great riches;
being held in high esteem is better than silver or gold.
–Proverbs 22:1 (NLT)
A great reputation is something you build. You do it every day.
People like us when we are consistent and reliable. Start your life of being a caring promise keeper today. As you do this, you’ll begin to realize the benefits.
Mark 8:12 (NLT)
When he heard this, he sighed deeply in his spirit and said, “Why do these people keep demanding a miraculous sign? I tell you the truth, I will not give this generation any such sign.”
We want to see miracles. Miracles are for today and are a sign of Gods hand on your life and church. In Mark 8, people are pushing the Lord Jesus to perform more miracles. It’s interesting that verse 12 says He sighed deeply when people asked for signs.
Of course Jesus can perform miracles but in this case He left. Why? Miracles are a sign of Gods presence, faith, and people who trust God. Miracles and signs are the Fathers way of broadcasting His goodness. Miracles are not entertainment.
Let your faith be strong, believe God, and walk by faith. These other things shall follow.
Mark 4:20 (NLT)
And the seed that fell on good soil represents those who hear and accept God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”
Many people hear the gospel and get saved, only to fall away later. They wonder why they are not successful in life but don’t realize they have to accept the Word AND to do the Word.
It’s not enough just to accept Jesus but you must obey His Word. Don’t let sin on your life choke out Gods plan for you.
Walking by faith is not telling people about your needs. Talk with God about it, believe for your miracle, and WORK towards your goals.
When you get your need met, that only God knew about, that’s the time to shout it from the mountain top. That’s truly walking by faith.
Give HIM the glory!