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No Substitute

“You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”  Psalm 16:11

God desires to direct our steps in life and fill us with abundance. The richness of following Him gives us the strength to face life’s adversities with joy. This path was clearly marked out for us through Jesus, as He paved the way for our eternal joy through the cross and resurrection. Jesus alone gives us life that is filled with joy in His presence.

Some things compete with joy or offer us a false happiness. This happiness often appears as the way of life. Many will travel this road to find their happiness, but once experienced it will leave us empty. It is like tasting the real thing and then being offered an artificial substitute.

Jesus offers us real joy that will not leave based on circumstances. His offer is for eternity and pours in His love daily. He did not offer a substitute to fill in His place, as He gave us Himself. 

Today in the Workplace:

Do you have any substitutions?


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You who fear the LORD, praise him! All you descendants of Jacob, honor him! Revere him, all you descendants of Israel! Psalm 22:23

There are many things in this world we can admire. There are many famous people we may stargaze over because of all the abilities they have been given. We may soon be finding ourselves praising them and honoring them to the place they get all of our attention. We see them behind the TV screen which grasps a lot of our daily attention. We would instead praise the celebrity or athlete behind the screen than the One who is truly worthy.

This isn’t to make us feel guilty, but it is written to change us. David called out and said for those who fear the Lord, Praise Him. If we admire God, then praise should be a daily heartfelt response. Maybe our hearts have been overtaken by false idols, and there isn’t enough room for fearing God. Could it be, we have allowed to much space to worship idols instead of the One True God?

David called out to the descendants with an an exclamation point behind his statements. He knew there would be other idols trying to compete with the fear of the Lord. We too are descendants of Jacob and like our ancestors, it’s time to honor, revere and praise His name. It could be time to get rid of what’s taking the place of our daily praise! Making praise a regular exercise will conquer the invasion of the idol.

Today in the Workplace
Is praise a daily part of your life? Who are you praising?
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