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Staying in the Light

“…who lends money to the poor without interest; who does not accept a bribe against the innocent. Whoever does these things will never be shaken.“ Psalm 15:5

Bribery is the ability to persuade another to act in your favor, and often the tendencies are illegal or unethical. If we act accordingly, soon we will find the ground beneath us will be shaken.  The bribe usually comes as a promise to disclose information that will often lead to embarrassment or shame. People who use bribes to shame another think there is a fulfillment that will bring them reward, only to find it brings a total loss of trust.

What a shame to think a believer would use bribes to gain! The thinking pattern of using brides is usually motivated by fear.  When others become fearful of loss or find it difficult to fail, panic stricken people will run to bribes as a way out. Fright overcomes reason which leads to sin. Whenever we find ourselves being consumed with fear of failure be cautious of the heart.

The heart is a place where decisions are made, and when fear occupies the space, it could lead to doing things that are less than ethical. It could result in quick decisions which then could send us down a road of destruction. The answer is to always stay in truth. Keep all actions in the light, for if we should hide them, we begin to sway. Our workplace is sacred, and our actions there will be held accountable. Keep them in the light!

 

Today in the workplace:

Can your actions be brought into the light?

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The Greatest Attitude
15 My times are in your hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies, from those who pursue me. Psalm 31:15
David now proclaims to God that his life is in His hands. This kind of attitude will keep us walking steady without responding negatively to all the evil in the world. This perspective will also keep our heart bent towards God no matter what the cost. David remembers God is in control of not only his life but the very cosmos he is living in.

Many of us struggle through life because of our attitude towards our troubling situations as we grant the circumstances of life permission to guide our attitude. For most, if all threats are gone in life our attitude can remain positive and fortunate. However, the minute we experience an unfortunate occurrence, our attitude can plummet. We have to make daily choices of how we will remain by saying “my times are in your hands.”

It is a matter of choice of how we will or will not be provoked by our troubles. David’s attitude rose above his life-threatening circumstance to realize God is in control. I wonder if he knew deep in his heart, that if the current situation took his life, the battle would be over. God will carry us through all battles of life but only if we allow His involvement. If we choose to dwell on the negative, is there any room for God’s participation in our life? What would happen if we agreed with David and said, “My times are in your hands.”

Today in the Workplace
How is your attitude towards the troubles of life? Surrender control today and find the joy of the Lord.
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