25 November: Planning Your Retirement
In an age where more people (particularly in the more affluent West) are likely to live longer, today’s chapter shows what’s in store for us when we enter into our “retirement years”…
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A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Some of us are lucky enough to wake up happy with another day to build our life’s work. The thought of retiring is not on our radar. For one thing, we wouldn’t have a clue what we’d do with ourselves! But a huge portion of the world are locked into slavery, working for a pittance and scratching out a bear living just to survive. So, to understand today’s chapter, you really need to go back to the beginning of HIStory and put it into the context of the moment when humans (particularly guys) ended up with a life of toil.[a] And, if you’re planning your retirement, today’s chapter is about real rest with no more forced demands required for survival.
With our future “retirement” completely taken care of (so that there’s no question at all of a threat to our continued existence), we’ll enter the final resting years that have been pre-planned ahead of us by our Maker – the One who made us in His own image not just to be like Him[b], but to be WITH Him. This isn’t an R.I.P (Rest in Peace). It’s a new season, absent of survival-based striving in all its forms.
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But what about your thoughts – can you tell me what today’s “breadcrumb” is? Leave a note in the “Comments” box below to tell me what you think of today’s chapter.
Wanting to connect with the One who created the only Everlasting Life Plan? The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help…[c]
THE LORD’S PRAYER:
1. Praise: “Our Father in Heaven, how great is Your name! Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven…”
One generation commends the works of the Creator God to another. They tell of the power of Your awesome works, Lord, and I too will proclaim Your great deeds. [Psalm 145:4a&6]
2. Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”
The World: Pray for the people of Turkey[d]
Your Nation: Gospel Education Institutions
Yourself: Increased moral excellence
Your concerns for today
This is the confidence I have in approaching You, Lord: that if I ask anything according to Your will, You hear me. [1 John 5:14]
3. Admit: “…Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us…”
Whether I turn to the right or to the left, Lord, my ears will hear Your voice behind me, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” [Isaiah 30:21]
4. Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one…”
There’s surely a future hope for me in You, Father God, and my hope will not be cut off. [Proverbs 23:18]
“ For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory for ever and ever. Amen”
When questioned, tested, tricked or in His hour of great need, Jesus spoke what was previously written in God’s Word.[e] So, the final section on this page is about memorizing the script through 10 topics. Following these will help you learn 52 portions from the bible in a year! THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: Topic = Spiritual Conflict
The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. [2 Corinthians 10:4]
[a] Genesis 3:17-19
[b] Genesis 1:26-27
[c] Matthew 6:5-15
[e] Matthew 4:4,6,7,10; 11:10; 21:13; and 26:24,31