Archive for September, 2014

Comfort

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

TODAY’S VERSE

“All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles.”
II Corinthians 1:3-4 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Comfort is only as good as the source of the comfort. The word comfort actually means to “come next to.” It was an actual comfort coming from someone who had the power to comfort you. Like the police officer who says, “You are safe now.” The Doctor who says, “Your test came back negative, you will be okay.” Paul is encouraging the early church to be comforted because God is the source of our comfort. He writes, “All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles.” Are you troubled today? Come next to God, let Him comfort you. Are you weary and don’t know what to do? Move toward God, lean upon Him, let Him wrap you in His arms. He will comfort you. Are you at the end of yourself, too frozen to move? Turn your head in His direction, whisper with your thoughts, He will hear you. He is the merciful Father and the source of all comfort. Today, come next to Him and be comforted.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I am coming next to You. I need Your arms, I need Your face, I need Your voice. Comfort me, dear merciful Father of all comfort. Strengthen my arms, give courage to my legs, help lift up my head up toward the light. Here I am, comfort me I pray.
AMEN

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Father

Monday, September 29th, 2014

TODAY’S VERSE

“For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.”
Romans 8:15-16 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
When we became a Christian, we were born-again. We received the Holy Spirit, becoming a child of God with the right to call God our Father. I don’t know which is more exciting, the fact that I am a child of God or that I have a Heavenly Father that really loves me. The beautiful fact is that both are true. Do you believe this? Do you really understand that God is your father? Do you understand that you are a child of God that is loved and cherished? If it hasn’t already, this truth can totally change your life. Why not let it? Today, breathe in the fact that you are a beloved child of God. Not just the Holy Almighty God, but your Heavenly Father. Know Him, love Him, talk to Him. The Spirit will testify to you, that indeed you are His child.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Oh my loving Father, thank You for making me Your child. Help me to know You, love You and live for You. I need You to guide my life.
AMEN

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Temptation

Friday, September 26th, 2014

TODAY’S VERSE

“Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!”
Matthew 26:41 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
If ever we needed Jesus’ admonition, we need it today. Television, internet, media – all around us are temptations ready to take us out spiritually. Peter said it this way, “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” So what do we do? Jesus said that we must live “in” the world, but we are not to be “of” the world. That is why He told us to watch and pray; He didn’t want us to fall into temptations. When He said “watch and pray,” He wasn’t suggesting a casual Christianity. He was biding us to follow Him in a life of vigilant spiritual discipline involving devotion, prayer and consecration. Today, keep alert toward the many temptations surrounding you. Keep your eyes and heart on Jesus. Pray, spend time with God and confess your sin when needed. Praise God, He is faithful, He is forgiving. He will give you all you need to live for Him.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, You know how I want to live for You, but I can’t do it by myself. Flood my soul with the Holy Spirit in order to guide me. Because of the precious blood of You son, my Lord Jesus, forgive me, cleanse me and empower me to live for You.
AMEN

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Doing God’s Will

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

TODAY’S VERSE

“Do the will of God with all your heart.”
Ephesians 6:6 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
You can do something half-heartedly, or you can really give yourself to it. You can participate in something out of sheer obedience or because you are deeply passionate about it. Paul was asking the church members to do God’s will, but not just do it, do it with all their heart. In his book, “Knowing God’s Will” David Benner writes, “Only love was capable of empowering Jesus to choose God’s will over his own when faced with the agony of death. – Spiritual disciplines that emerge simply as acts of the will are likely to be self-serving and legalistic. What God desires is external actions that spring from inner longings for relationship and intimacy, for this is His desire for us. This was what the Father found in the heart of Jesus. And it is the motive that we can find in our life as we follow Jesus and live in His Spirit.” Today, ask God to birth in you a fresh desire to follow Him, a deep love and intimacy with Him that directs the way you live. Today, “do the will of God with all your heart.”

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, help me know You more and more so that I develop a deeper love for You. Then help all my actions come from the love that you birth in my heart.
AMEN

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Grace

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

TODAY’S VERSE

“This letter is from Simon Peter, a slave and apostle of Jesus Christ. I am writing to you who share the same precious faith we have. – May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord.”
II Peter 1:1-2 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
I love Peter’s faith in Christ. He went from a follower of Christ to a slave and apostle. And in his eyes, Jesus went from an itinerant Rabbi to Messiah to his Savior and Lord. What was his secret? How did he grow in his knowledge and experience of Christ? It was God’s grace. The very favor of God was given to him so he could grow in the Lord. The same is given to you. God has poured His knowledge into your mind and heart through the person of the Holy Spirit. Why? Because He has chosen to be gracious toward you. Today, accept His Divine assistance. Invite God to “give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord.”

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, thank You for Your grace. I need Your Holy Spirit to give me more and more grace and peace as I grow in my knowledge of You and Jesus my Lord. Help me, guide me, instruct me, I pray.
AMEN

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Deep Love

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

TODAY’S VERSE

Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.
I Peter 4:8 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
When God inspires an author to say, “Most important of all” it should demand our attention. What does God say is the most important issue He wants us to understand? What needs our complete focus and utter devotion? It is consistent with His message throughout the scriptures. It was exemplified in the life of Jesus Himself. What is most important? It is that we show a deep love for each other. Paul defines this kind of love. He writes, “ Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” Today, might we love one another with this deep kind of love.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, You who loves me so deeply. Help me to love others in the same way You love me. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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Spiritual Gifts

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

TODAY’S VERSE

God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.
I Peter 4:10 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Peter had an important message for the church regarding Spiritual Gifts. He believed that each of us has a Spiritual gift and we should use them together as a church. He writes, “Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ.” Paul shares a similar them writing, “In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.” God has given you a Spiritual Gift, use it today for Him.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, thank You for the Spiritual Gift You have given me. Help me to understand what it is, embrace it and use it for Your glory. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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Love

Friday, September 19th, 2014

TODAY’S VERSE

“Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”
Matthew 11:28 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
I love this passage. The Lord bids us to come and rest. How different is that? It is the complete opposite of striving. You know, striving to “earn” God’s love, or worst “keep it” as if God is some fickle tyrant. Nothing could be farther from the heart of God. Jesus knew we would be weary and carry heavy burdens. It is part of living in this world. But He never meant that living for God would be the cause of the burden. No, He said if we would take His teachings and live them, we would find rest for our soul. In “Desiring God’s Will” Dr. David Benner writes, “Hearing the invitation, everything within me wants to draw near and receive the gift of love that Jesus represents – not out of obligation but out of a soul-aching desire. And each time I do, my heart is slowly but progressively more aligned with the heart of God – God’s desires becoming my desires and God’s will becoming my will.” So today, quit trying to earn His love. You already have it. Don’t strive to please Him so He won’t abandon You, He will never leave you. Today, rest in His love.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, forgive me for not believing You. Forgive me for making a mockery out of Your unconditional love for me. Thank You that your love for me is real, I don’t have to earn it, it is not a burden. Help me rest in your love today.
AMEN

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Before God

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

TODAY’S VERSE

He has brought you into the very presence of God, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.”
Colossians 1:22 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
What you believe about yourself is key to the way you live. And what you believe God thinks about you can help the way you believe about yourself. That is why Paul wrote his letter to the Colossian church. He wanted us to know who we are. He starts out saying that we were the very enemies of God, separated by our evil thoughts and actions. But just as quick, he shares that God, through the death of Christ on the cross, has now accepted us as His friends. In their book “TrueFaced” the authors say it this way, “As a maturing Christian, I no longer define myself by my sin or the sin committed against me, but by who God declared me to be.” And what has God declared about you? He has declared that you are holy and blameless as you stand before Him as His friend. Today, let this reality sink deep into your heart. Let it fill you with joy and peace as you live for Him. You are God’s friend!

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, thank You for declaring me holy and blameless as I stand before You as Your friend. Thank You that through the death and resurrection of Christ, Your son, I am Your child, completely loved and forgiven of all my sins. Help me to live in this reality.
AMEN

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Trusting God

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

TODAY’S VERSE

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. – By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death.
Hebrews 11:1, 17-19 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
How great is God’s patience toward us! How longsuffering He is with us. He knows how weak we are. He knows how scarred, bruised and weary we can get. So often our faith weans in His presence. Our disappointments, fears and doubts keep us from trusting Him. And yet His love patiently waits. He knows that “confidence” and “assurance” is a growth process. In today’s passage is a tremendous testimony of Abraham’s faith. He trusted God even while he lifted his knife to sacrifice his only son. What is amazing is that this was the same man that almost gave up his wife’s fidelity when he told Pharaoh that Sarah was his sister. Why? Because he was afraid, he did not trust God. He was the same man who had a child with his wife’s handmaiden. Why? Because he did not believe God would bring about the son that He had promised. Oh the love of God, to patiently show more of Himself over a lifetime to Abraham so he would grow in confidence and that his assurance of God’s faithfulness would increase. As a result it was recorded of Abraham for all the ages, “Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead.” Today, do not despair; God is not finished with you yet. Get back up and let God grow in you a deep confidence and an absolute assurance.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Oh Father of Abraham, how I pray that you would grow in me a deep confidence and absolute assurance of You and Your love for me. I believe Lord, but help my unbelief. Increase my faith that I would be a living testimony of your power and faithfulness. In Jesus’ name I pray.
AMEN

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