Archive for April, 2015

Confess

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

TODAY’S VERSE

Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight!
Psalms 32:1 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
How clear is your conscience? How heavy is your heart with unconfessed sin? David knew how important it was to keep his conscience clear with the Lord. He wrote, “When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long. Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat.” Two things need to happen in order to get out of this dilemma. The first is to repent. That simply means to agree with God. Our behavior and attitude was wrong, an offense to God. It was sin. The second is to tell God about it and seek His forgiveness. This is confession. The great news is He is waiting with His unconditional love and forgiveness. David knew the joy of forgiveness. He wrote about the freedom he experienced. He said, “Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the LORD.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.” Today examine your heart. Confess any sin to God and be forgiven and free.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, help me search my heart. Help me acknowledge any sin that has offended you. I desire Your forgiveness and clear conscience. In Jesus’ Name.
AMEN

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Helplessness

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

TODAY’S VERSE

I will boast only in the LORD; let all who are helpless take heart.
Psalms 34:2 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Learned helplessness. That depressive state of mind where we believe that there is nothing we can do to change our situation. We have come to the conclusion that we are both helpless and hopeless in our circumstance. David knew what that felt like. How many battles did he have to fight? How many people did he see die? How long did he have to run from the mad King Saul that wanted him dead for no apparent reason? Yet David sends a message to all who would feel helpless. He says, “Take heart!” He continues writing, “I prayed to the LORD, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears. – In my desperation I prayed, and the LORD listened; he saved me from all my troubles.” Today know that you are not hopeless, you are not helpless. You can take heart, knowing that you can pray and the Lord will listen. He will free you.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father. Sometimes I feel so hopeless. Help me. Hear my prayer, answer me and free me from this helplessness. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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Worry

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

TODAY’S VERSE

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.
Philippians 4:6 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Don’t worry about anything? How hard is that? Worrying comes so naturally. Perhaps that is why we need supernatural help. Paul shares that the secret to “stopping” worry is “substituting” prayer. We need to pray about what we are worrying about. Paul elaborates, “Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” If we want to stop worrying we need to trust God with it. We let Him take the burden while focusing on having a heartfelt gratitude for all that He has done. When we take on this attitude of gratitude God is able to work in our hearts. Paul explains, “Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Today, stop worrying. Pray about whatever it is bothering you. Give thanks to God and let Him fill your heart and mind with His supernatural peace.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, forgive me for worrying. I have not trusted You. Today, I bring You my burden and give thanks for all You have done. Fill me with Your peace I pray. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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Hope

Monday, April 27th, 2015

TODAY’S VERSE

So be strong and courageous, all you who put your hope in the LORD!
Psalms 31:24 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Hope is not passive. When you come against a seemingly insurmountable situation hope says, “Move ahead.” All odds are against you and hope insists that you don’t give up. Hope says, “Be strong and courageous!” True hope drives you to live by faith because your hope is only as good as what you put your hope in and our hope is in the Lord. The Lord is the one who loves you. He is the all-powerful, almighty God, and with Him you are more than a conqueror. Today, be strong and courageous; put your hope in the Lord!

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, help me live by faith. Help me to put all my hope in You and Your steadfast love for me. Help me today be strong and courageous in all I do and say.
AMEN

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Today

Friday, April 24th, 2015

TODAY’S VERSE

I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.
Philippians 3:13 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
It is hard to drive forward looking in the rear view mirror. If it was only like the good old days. If this never happened or if something else did happen. Regrets, resentments and remorse can keep us in their stronghold. Maybe it is basking in the glory of times past, reliving previous victories or times when all seemed better. This too is futility. God is the God of the present and as we live in the now we look ahead to where we are going. Learn from the past? Sure. But Paul wrote, “I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.” We press on, living each day at a time, trusting God in the now, encouraged not by what we left behind, but what lies ahead. Today, focus on the goodness of God in this day. Live it to the fullness. Rejoice in today and as we keep doing that each and every day, we will eventually receive the heavenly prize that God has for us. Alleluia.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, forgive me for living in the past or worrying about the future. Help me live this day for Your glory. Help me press on through this day trusting in Your love and power, looking forward to the heavenly prize You have for me. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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Treasure

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

TODAY’S VERSE

Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.
Philippians 3:8 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
What do you treasure? Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” So if you want to know what you treasure, check your heart. What consumes you? What do you spend your time on? What do you talk about? What lights you up? Paul treasured His relationship with Christ. He wrote, “For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with him.” Knowing Christ was everything to Paul. He treasured it because it had value, it offered him more than anything this world could give him. He wrote, “I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead.” Today, the power, the presence and love of Christ is yours. How much do you treasure it?

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Jesus, how much I treasure You. Consume my heart. I want to know You and experience Your resurrection power.
AMEN

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Worship Him

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

TODAY’S VERSE

When a certain immoral woman from that city heard he was eating there, she brought a beautiful alabaster jar filled with expensive perfume. Then she knelt behind him at his feet, weeping. Her tears fell on his feet, and she wiped them off with her hair. Then she kept kissing his feet and putting perfume on them.
Luke 7:37-38 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
How much do you worship Jesus? Here was a woman who knew she was immoral but also knew Jesus. She came to worship Him bringing expensive alabaster oil with her. She entered the house and knelt behind Jesus pouring the oil, intermingled with her tears, on his feet. Some at the table were indignant, feeling it was a waste. They said it was worth a whole year’s wages and could have been given to the poor. This woman came to worship Jesus and it cost her a whole year’s wage, humiliation, scorn, ridicule and judgement. She risked being rejected by those in the house but somehow she knew she would be okay with Jesus. Maybe that is why she cried. She felt total acceptance, perhaps for the first time. She experienced a deep sense of self-worth, so much that gratitude overwhelmed her heart. She was forgiven much and she loved much. How much do you love God? How much have you been forgiven? Today, worship Him.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Lord Jesus, I come now to worship You. You are worthy of all my praise and adoration. I give You thanks for Your love and forgiveness. Please accept from my heart my deepest gratitude.
AMEN

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Worship Him

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

TODAY’S VERSE

When a certain immoral woman from that city heard he was eating there, she brought a beautiful alabaster jar filled with expensive perfume. Then she knelt behind him at his feet, weeping. Her tears fell on his feet, and she wiped them off with her hair. Then she kept kissing his feet and putting perfume on them.
Luke 7:37-38 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
How much do you worship Jesus? Here was a woman who knew she was immoral but also knew Jesus. She came to worship Him bringing expensive alabaster oil with her. She entered the house and knelt behind Jesus pouring the oil, intermingled with her tears, on his feet. Some at the table were indignant, feeling it was a waste. They said it was worth a whole year’s wages and could have been given to the poor. This woman came to worship Jesus and it cost her a whole year’s wage, humiliation, scorn, ridicule and judgement. She risked being rejected by those in the house but somehow she knew she would be okay with Jesus. Maybe that is why she cried. She felt total acceptance, perhaps for the first time. She experienced a deep sense of self-worth, so much that gratitude overwhelmed her heart. She was forgiven much and she loved much. How much do you love God? How much have you been forgiven? Today, worship Him.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Lord Jesus, I come now to worship You. You are worthy of all my praise and adoration. I give You thanks for Your love and forgiveness. Please accept from my heart my deepest gratitude.
AMEN

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Talk With God

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

TODAY’S VERSE

My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “LORD, I am coming.”
Psalms 27:8

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Is it a wonder that God said that David was a man after His own heart? David shows why that was true in today’s verse. Here is a respondent David saying, “Lord I am coming.” He heard God and desired with all his heart to meet with Him. Now I would be tempted to give up and say, “I could never be like David” except for the fact this verse is really about God. It is God that made the overture to David. God said, “Come and talk with me.” It was God that loved David and desired David’s fellowship. The good news is that God desires the same with you! He wants you to come and talk with Him. David believed it and responded. What will you do?

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, today I hear You say to me, “Come and talk with me.” Lord, my heart is responding, “Here I am Lord, I want to talk with You.”
AMEN

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Forgiveness

Monday, April 20th, 2015

TODAY’S VERSE

For the honor of your name, O LORD, forgive my many, many sins.
Psalm 25:11

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Who are we fooling? Our sins are many. David knew this. He wrote, “Lord, forgive my many, many sins.” David had a grasp on who he was and who God was. He knew his humanness, his tendency toward sin. He wrote, “I recognize my rebellion; it haunts me day and night. Against you, and you alone, have I sinned; I have done what is evil in your sight.” But David also knew God’s compassion and forgiveness. Again he wrote, “Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love. Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins. Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin.” God’s forgiveness, His unfailing love allows us to see ourselves and our many, many sins against the background of His almighty sacrifice. Today, trust God. Get right with Him. He knows you, He loves you. Clear your conscience, confess your sins. He longs to forgive you and put you on the right path.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, for the honor of Your name, forgive me for my many, many sins.
AMEN

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