Archive for May, 2012

Made For Joy

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

TODAY’S VERSE
“I come to your altar, O LORD, singing a song of thanksgiving and telling of all your wonders.”
Psalms 26:6-7 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
The Christian life was meant to be a life of joy. God created us for joy. That doesn’t mean that there won’t be pain or suffering. There will be, but like a child who cries when it hurts itself, soon returns to joy in the loving and compassionate understanding of it’s mother, we too find joy in the loving arms of our Father God. It is this relationship with our creator, this love bond that He puts in our hearts through the presence of the Holy Spirit that returns us again and again to joy. That is why David could say, “Be glad in the Lord.” It is the knowing that God is glad to be with us, that we are loved beyond measure that allows us come to His altar singing a song of thanksgiving. It is this relationship of complete forgiveness and unconditional love and acceptance by God that has us telling others of His wonders. So today, know that you have a God that loves you more than you will ever know. Bask in the warmth of this realization so when your way gets difficult and you experience deep pain, you will be able to experience God’s loving presence and return to the joy you were created for.
 
TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, thank You for creating me for joy. Thank You for Your unconditional love that fills my heart and causes me, no matter what, to return to joy over and over again.
AMEN

TODAY’S AFFIRMATION & MEDITATION
I return to joy from painful emotions
See yourself in a quandary. Your emotions are escalating. You start to feel overwhelmed. But today you have a choice. You choose to trust God and commit yourself to Him. You choose to return to joy from your painful emotions.

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Kingdom Of God

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

TODAY’S VERSE
“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
Matthew 6:33 (NASB)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
You would think as Christians we would put God’s will above our own. But instead we often find ourself putting our own desires first. We start by assuming God’s will is the same as ours and forget to ask God what He thinks. The trouble with that logic is that God’s ways are not always our ways. But if we want to live for Him then we must seek His face. We need to seek Him and His Kingdom in order to know His will. Jesus said to seek His kingdom and righteousness before anything else. If we want to live out God’s will in our life, then we must seek God. A quarterback has the same goal as his coach. They both want to win the game. But the Coach is better versed in the total  game. He has more experience and a more comprehensive view of what is going on. If the quarterback is going to do his best, he needs to work in harmony with the coach. How much more should we align our behavior and attitudes with God Almighty? A hurtful situation, a wayward son, a sudden illness, a loss of a job. Life has many twists and turns. When they come, and they will, stop and seek God’s face. Let Him know your thoughts, your apprehensions, your fears and frustrations. Come to Him, seek Him first and He will direct your path.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I confess that I do “my own thing” so many times. I do not take the time to know your will. I just assume that what I am doing is the “right” thing. Forgive me. Help me to stop when I am tempted to run in a certain direction. Help me to seek You first. Help me to share with You my inward thoughts and feelings so You can show me Your will.
AMEN

TODAY’S AFFIRMATION & MEDITATION
I will seek God’s Kingdom first
Sit and visualize God’s Kingdom. Imagine living in His presence. Sense His peace and love filling the air. Feel His justice and mighty power. See yourself living here and now with the full knowledge of what God’s Kingdom is like. Feel how that will make a huge difference in the way you live. Affirm, “I will seek God’s Kingdom first!”

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Blessing Or Blesser?

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

TODAY’S VERSE
“Jesus asked, ‘Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?’ Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”’
Luke 17:17-19 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
It is so easy to seek the blessing more than the blesser. Here were ten lepers all with the same putrefying disease. All with the same hopeless situation. Unless. Unless the Jesus that they heard about could really do miracles. Unless this Jesus was as compassionate as everyone said He was. They came to seek a blessing and as Jesus came down the road, a blessing they received. All ten were healed. But only one gave thanks to the blesser. He was the one that was touched in his body and his soul. He is the one that stopped to worship and give thanks. The nine came to get a blessing, the tenth met the blesser. How different are we? Is it possible that we have gotten so use to our faith that we are running on auto-pilot? We get our daily dose of blessing and go down the road as if nothing significant has happened. But let something go wrong. Then what do we scramble for? We cry out again like the leper for a blessing. But, it is not a blessing that we need. It is the blesser. It is Jesus, who loves us, that we need to seek. We need to come to Him and let Him know our situation and then commune with Him and let Him guide us. He is what our soul requires. Today, let us commit our situation to God and come to Him, seeking the blesser not the blessing. Knowing Him is the blessing.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, forgive me for being more worried about blessings than worship. Forgive me for taking You for granted. You are what my life needs. You are the blessing. Today, I choose to seek Your fellowship more than anything else. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

TODAY’S AFFIRMATION & MEDITATION
I seek to know God
Quiet yourself now in the presence of Jesus. Worship Him. Meditate on His goodness. Contemplate His love. Imagine  His mighty power. Invite Him to speak to you. Ask Him to make you aware of His presence. Feel Him alive in your heart. Affirm, “I seek to know God!”

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What Do You Really Need?

Friday, May 25th, 2012

TODAY’S VERSE
“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”
II Corinthians 9:8 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Need. That is certainly a relative word. We have taken the word “need” and have turned it into everything from a wish list to a whim. Larry Crabb addresses this in his book, “The Pressure’s Off.” He writes about what we really need. He writes, “Nothing wrong with desiring safe airplane flights and warm marriages and a decent income. But none of these things, none of our hopes for a “Better Life of Blessings”, represents God’s priority agenda—We need only to be safe from any power that opposes God’s agenda for our lifes.” And what is that agenda that we need? Crabb shares the three needs that God wants for us; radical forgiveness, supernatural love and spiritual might. The good news is that God is able to grant you these same needs through His grace. Imagine, all of the forgiveness, love and might that you will need in order to be involved in His good work is yours for the asking. Today, might we lay aside those “other needs” that we think are so important and ask God to meet our real needs of forgiveness, love and spiritual might.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I need You and Your spiritual provisions of forgiveness, love and spiritual might more than anything else in the world. Help meet my real needs today. I pray this in Jesus’ name.
AMEN

TODAY’S AFFIRMATION & MEDITATION
God provides me with forgiveness, love and spiritual might
See yourself in great need. At first you think it is money, fame and possessions that will fill your soul. You ask God for help but you sense that there is more that you need. He speaks to you and you can feel that your heart is really seeking spiritual satisfaction. You open your heart and He fills it with forgiveness, love and spiritual might.

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Bear Each Other’s Burdens

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

TODAY’S VERSE
“Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.”
Galatians 6:2 (NASB) 
 
TODAY’S THOUGHT
If I was asked to describe Christianity using only one word, I would choose the word, “love”. John tells us that God is love. It is His love that makes mercy and grace possible. Is it no wonder then, if we are really going to fulfill what Christ wants us to do, we must bear each other’s burdens? Bearing a burden means to take that burden on as if it was your own. We are called to help the wounded, love the hurting and to do whatever it takes to help those that are overburdened. If we don’t, who will? Who else is called to do this? It is this love of Christ, lived out by us in community, that is the mark of true Christianity. And if community is going to work, then each of us must prefer others to ourselves. We must put the needs of others above ourself. Jesus set the example. His whole life exemplified sacrificial love. So must ours. Today, ask God to help you sense when someone needs help. Ask Him to help you bear their burden.  

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I am so grateful that You have borne every one of my burdens. Give me a heart like yours and the filling of Your Spirit so I might love in the way You have loved me.
AMEN

TODAY’S AFFIRMATION & MEDITATION
I help others with their burdens
Imagine yourself as the Good Samaritan. You are walking down the road and come to someone in desperate need. Sense his pain. Feel empathy and God’s love deep in your heart. Visualize God assisting you in helping the person. Sense God’s pleasure. Affirm, “I help others with their burdens.”

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Discernment

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

TODAY’S VERSE
“O LORD, listen to my cry; give me the discerning mind you promised.”
Psalms 119:169 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
There are many things that we need in life, but perhaps one of the most important is discernment. Things are seldom the way they appear. How important is it then to know the mind of God when we are in various situations? Solomon told us in Proverbs that we need to seek for wisdom. We need to go after it like we would golden treasure. James writes that if we lack wisdom all we need to do is ask God for it. What a gift. What love that God would not leave us here clueless! The Psalmist asks God to “give me the discerning mind you promised.” God promised, are you asking? Today, stop and seek the wisdom of God. Ask Him for discernment in all you do.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, how I need Your wisdom. How I need Your understanding. I desire Your discernment to see me through this day. Thank You for Your love and the promise that You will give me the discerning mind you promised.
AMEN 

TODAY’S AFFIRMATION & MEDITATION
God gives me discernment
Picture yourself in a difficult situation. You need wisdom and discernment. Feel the tension mount. Sense panic grip your heart. What do you do? Visualize yourself praying and see God come to you and give you discernment. Feel the peace that comes with understanding. Sense the joy as you follow His lead. Affirm, “God gives me discernment!”

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Protection

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

TODAY’S VERSE
“My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth! He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber… The LORD keeps you from all harm and watches over your life. The LORD keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever.”
Psalms 121:2, 3, 7, 8 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
I once saw a child crying hysterically, afraid that he was abandoned by his father in a large crowd of people. I remember thinking how odd, because his father was standing right next to him. Something had frightened the son and in his despair, he closed his eyes. As he cried, with his eyes shut, he was not aware of his father’s presence. It was not until the father picked the child up that he opened his eyes and returned to joy. How often are we like that little child? Something frightens us. It could be a confrontation, an anxious thought or worst, some dread of things to come. When our mind gets in that state, faith seems to go out the window. It is as if we stepped out of the presence of God, when in reality what we did was shut our eyes. The Psalmist decided to go into his day with eyes wide open. He writes, “My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth! He will not let you stumble!”  He then affirms his faith by believing, “The LORD keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever.” Today open your eyes. Wipe away your tears. Look up, the Lord is here! He will watch over you and keep you from harm. Put your trust in Him.
 
TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, make me conscious of Your presence so I will put my faith in Your precious promises. The promise that You will watch over me and protect me. The promise that You will keep me from harm. Help me today, to put my full trust in You and open my eyes to Your power and love.
AMEN

TODAY’S AFFIRMATION & MEDITATION
My help comes from the Lord
Picture yourself with the Lord at your side. Troubles come and you close your eyes. Fearing that you have been abandoned, you panic and ask, “Where is God?” Suddenly you hear His voice saying, “I am here!” You sense His present and begin to calm. You realize He was there all the time. You affirm, “My help comes from the Lord!”

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No Revenge

Monday, May 21st, 2012

TODAY’S VERSE
“Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God.”
Romans 12:19 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Revenge. What a toxic emotion. What a deceptive motive. It is so easy to slip into this deadly trap. It starts with a wound. Perhaps a deep hurt, humiliation or betrayal. We start to think, “Life isn’t fair!” or “This is too much!” Soon our wound festers and anger becomes an obsession. However, what makes revenge so deceptive is that we don’t have to murder someone to get revenge. Instead, we feel justified in slandering the person, shunning them, campaigning against something they are doing. There are a million ways of getting revenge that we feel we can justify. We say, “This is not revenge.” Instead we think that we are simply settling the score, giving them what they obviously  deserve, or straightening them out. We must be careful, because if the emotion is out of anger, it is revenge. And, it is so hard not to go there. What then can we do? Paul shares the only thing we can do. Let go. Give it to God. Let Him take over your case. The author of Hebrews was serious when he wrote, “Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many.”  Today, follow that advice. Let God search your heart and then pull out any bitter root that has taken ground in your emotions. Don’t let a wound fester into something worst. 

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, search my heart. Show me any toxic bitterness I may have. Show me any attitude or behavior of revenge. Forgive me and help me change my attitude. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

TODAY’S AFFIRMATION & MEDITATION
I give my bitterness to God
Visualize your skin on fire. A large blister of bitterness has infected your arm and you are in pain. Delirious from a fever the infection grows and your life is in danger. Having had enough you come to Jesus. He sees your wounded heart and puts the balm of His own love on the bitterness that is festering. His loves begins to heal and soon you are better. You joyfully affirm, “I give my bitterness to God.”

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God’s Provision

Friday, May 18th, 2012

TODAY’S VERSE
“And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:19 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Self reliance. Isn’t that the modern day dream? I can do it myself. If I can perceive it, I can achieve it.  But what about “faith”? Where does this come in? Even considering faith we say, “Act as if it all depended on you but pray as if it all depended on God.” Really? Now I get the fact that, “faith without works is dead” but we can’t compare our efforts to God’s power and provision. We are called to live by faith. We are dependent on Him whether we see it or not. Just consider what happens when we work our hardest and yet our money, health or relational situations start to falter? When situations start to fall apart, so do we. Our “faith” go south, fret, worry and fear start to occupy our minds. Paul is suggesting a better way. He is saying, “Trust in God!”  Listen to what Paul writes. “And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.” We have a God who loves to provide all our needs. He wants to lavish us with His loving provision. He wants us to trust in Him. So today, when we feel threatened, when we consider bad news, when something comes up that goes straight to the pit of our stomach, let us stop and consider what Paul wrote, “God will supply all your needs from His glorious riches.”

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, forgive me when I become self reliant and forget that it is You who provides everything I need. I need You Lord and I thank You that You will supply all my needs today from Your glorious riches.
AMEN

TODAY’S AFFIRMATION & MEDITATION
God supplies all my needs
Meditate on the fact that God is fully aware of you! He knows you, He loves you, He knows your needs. See Him coming to you and lovingly provide for you. Sense His compassion, understanding and joy in helping you. Feel the union you have with Him. Affirm, “God supplies all my needs!”

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Realization

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

TODAY’S VERSE
“On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.”
John 14:20 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Realization is different than knowing something. You can “know” how difficult something may be and later explain, “I never realized how much work it was really going to be!” Knowing can be academic or theoretical whereas realization is experiential knowledge. True realization is an awakening. It is an “aha” moment. We can “know” all about Christ, but realizing His presence is something totally different. In today’s verse there are two things that Jesus wants us to realize, not just know. The first is, “because He rose again from the dead, we should realize He is equal with God the Father.” Jesus is equal to God. Do you realize that? Second, because we believe He has a special relationship to God the Father, we should realize that, “He has a special relationship with us.” As God the Father is “in” Jesus, Jesus is “in” us. Ask yourself, “When am I going to start living as if the Almighty God of the Universe is living in me?” “When am I going to realize all that is mine because Jesus Christ is my Savior?” It is not too late. Today, meditate on the fact that Jesus lives in you and you live in Him. Ask Him to help you realize how knowing Him in such a marvelous way should affect the way you live.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, thank you for your presence in my life. Thank You for making me Your child. I pray that today I may come into a full realization of what it means to have You alive in me.
AMEN

TODAY’S AFFIRMATION & MEDITATION
Christ lives in me
Meditate on the life of Jesus. See Him living in accordance with God’s will. See Him and God the Father as one. As you realize Jesus living in God, picture Jesus living in you. Sense His presence. Feel His power and love fill your being. Feel His calling on your life. Dedicate yourself to Him and affirm, “Christ lives in me!”

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