Friday, October 14, 2011

TGIF: Truth in the Inward Parts

Today's Prayer
Dear God, Thank You 4 this day. Please help me 2 stand firm and 2 always give myself fully 2 Your work. I know that anything that is done 4 You in accordance 2 Your will is not in vain, but will reap showers of blessings. Although I may not always see immediate results or receive instant gratification (as so many want these days), I know that You are the Lord of the Harvest, and that You will bring the results in the right time. Please guide, direct, and strengthen me. In Jesus' name I pray, amen

Truth in the Inward Parts
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2, by Os Hillman

"Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place" (Ps 51:6).

History reveals that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the author of the Sherlock Holmes popular mystery series once played a practical joke on 12 respected and well-known men he knew. He sent out 12 telegrams w/the same message on each: "Flee at once. All is discovered." Within 24 hours, they had all left the country!

Each of these men obviously had something 2 hide. Suddenly, though only in jest, the cover had been pulled away 2 reveal their true nature - and they fled. Such a lifestyle is not a legacy u want 2 leave behind.*

Around 1923, the most powerful men of the day ruled the world of money:

  • Charles Schwab, president of the largest steel company in America.
  • Samuel Insull, president of the largest utility company.
  • Howard Hopson, president of the largest gas company.
  • Richard Whitney, president of the New York Stock Exchange.
  • Albert Fall, Secretary of Interior in President Harding's cabinet.
  • Jesse Livermore, the great "bear" on Wall Street.
  • Ivan Krueger, head of the world's greatest monopoly.
  • Leon Fraser, president of the Bank of International Settlements.
These men were "movers and shakers," the kind many people envy and wish 2b like. Yet something went terribly wrong w/these men's lives. Twenty-five years later:
  • Charles Schwab, left behind an insolvent estate w/debts and obligations totalling 1.7 million.
  • Samuel Insull, died of a heart attack in a Paris subway station w/20 cents in his pocket.
  • Howard Hopson, died in a sanitarium
  • Richard Whitney had just been released from Sing-Sing prison.
  • Albert Fall died at home, broke.
  • Jesse Livermore committed suicide a week after Thanksgiving in 1940.
  • Ivan Krueger committed suicide.
  • Leon Fraser committed suicide.
Something went wrong during the process of their lives. It began in the inner man. Truth in the inner man is where the integrity battles are won or lost.
Pray that God allows u 2 live a life of integrity and honesty b4 the Lord.

*Paul J. Meyer, My Work Is My Ministry, Paul J. Meyer Resources, Waco, Texas., p. 18,
Today God Is First (TGIF) devotional message, Copyright by Os Hillman, Marketplace Leaders.

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