If You Dance With the Devil

If you dance with the Devil,
His moves will be slow.
He’ll draw you in gently,
But never let go.

His grip will be firm,
His clinch will be tight.
Before you can stop,
He’ll turn down the light.

The shadows will grow,
The darkness will creep.
Demons will circle,
They’ll sing you to sleep.

The compromise is
A move he loves most.
Just one little step
And then you will coast.

The ease of his sway
Will draw you away.
Your soul will be his,
The end of your day.

Devotional

James 4:7-8 (NKJV)
“Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”

A successful leader must avoid the subtle seductions to compromise his values. Notice three tips from this passage.

1. Know and obey the source of your values – “submit to God.”

2. Be on guard and fight against that which opposes your values.

In 2 Corinthians 11:14, God warns us that “Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.” (NIV)

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Lucky?

Trust in luck? Are you kidding?
Do you think that I’m a schmuck?
Only God can bring us blessings,
Not some random pagan luck!

Don’t bring me four leaf clovers,
Hang a horseshoe on my wall.
A severed rabbit’s foot charm?!
How could that bring help at all?

Black cats just don’t concern me,
Broken mirrors should they fall.
Passing ‘neath an open ladder,
I’m not worried, not at all!

Hard work and lots of prayer time,
I am on my knees at dawn.
The Lord and I are partners.
That is what I’m counting on.

My Father has it covered.
He sends all I really need.
I’m swimming in His blessings.
Am I lucky? No indeed!

Devotional

James 1:16-17 (NKJV)
“Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”

From this important passage we find three reasons true leaders do not depend upon luck.

1. God is the source of “every good gift.” Since “every perfect gift is from above,” giving credit to luck is like biting the hand that feeds you.

2. The source of our blessings is described as “the Father of lights.” Good leaders make decisions based upon clarity and illumination, not random chance.

3. Good leaders celebrate the advantages of consistency, a place where “there is no variation or shadow of turning.”

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The Compliment

A compliment
Is like cement;
It bonds two lives together,
You need a lot
In every spot
To hold through stormy weather.

So butter up
And fill their cup
So they’ll feel consequential.
Give praise to them,
Life is a gym;
Encouragement’s essential.

A friendship needs
To kill the weeds
And compliments are awesome.
Replace the weeds
With gracious seeds
And watch the bonding blossom.

Devotional

Proverbs 12:25-26 (NKJV)

“Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression,
But a good word makes it glad.

The righteous should choose his friends carefully,
For the way of the wicked leads them astray.”

The relationship between these verses is important. Consider two applications.

1. Anxiety almost always comes through the influence of wickedness. Good leaders guard themselves and their friends from “depression” by avoiding the influences of wicked words that could lead them astray.

2. Good leaders celebrate the value of “a good word.” He chooses his friends “carefully” and surrounds them with compliments in order to make their hearts “glad.”

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