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Daily Encounter: A Week-day Devotional by Richard (Dick) Innes of ACTS International.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019


The Answer Is In Your Hands

"Don't store up treasures here on earth ... Store them in heaven where they will never lose their value."1

Zig Ziglar wrote that according to legend, it was reputed that a very wise old man who lived on a hilltop overlooking the beautiful city of Venice, Italy, could answer any question anyone might ask him. Two local boys figured they could trick him, so they caught a bird and took it to the wise sage.

"Tell us," they asked, "is the bird in our hand dead or alive?"

The wise man replied, "Son, if I say the bird is alive, you will close your hands and crush it to death. Or, if I say the bird is dead, you will open your hands and it will fly away. The answer is in your hands."

And so it is with life. Whether we succeed or fail, live a meaningful or empty life, lay up treasures in heaven or go empty handed to meet our Lord and Savior, it's all in our hands! For whatever we sow we reap. It's the law of the harvest.2

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, help me to invest my life in eternity and lay up treasures in heaven so I will reap abundantly in this life and the next—all for Your praise and glory. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus's name. Amen."

1. Matthew 6:19-20 (TLB).
2. Galatians 6:7.

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