Doing God’s Will

TODAY’S VERSE
The words I speak are not my own, but my Father who lives in me does his work through me.
John 14:10 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
It is a mystery. God has created us so we can partner with Him in His work. What a privilege; what a joy to be part of God’s very plan and movement in this world. That is what Jesus did. He acted out what the Heavenly Father orchestrated in Him and then told us how to do the same. He said, “Anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works. You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!” We will do even greater things than Jesus did as we ask for things that bring glory to the Father. Today, ask God to glorify Himself in your life, and may you continue the ministry of Jesus.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Oh Father, through the power of the Holy Spirit who lives in me, I pray that I would bring You glory in all that I do. I pray that You would live Your will in and through me. In Jesus’ name, I pray.
AMEN

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Mountain Mover

TODAY’S VERSE
I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart.
Mark 11:23 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Jesus wants us to put our trust in God’s mighty power. He was the perfect example. Jesus knew that His Father God had sent Him here to provide Salvation and heal the sick, wounded, and dying. He knew it would take supernatural power to do all that God had on His agenda. Jesus also knew how vital signs and wonders were to those who were considering following Him. So in teaching His disciples how to do Kingdom work, He encouraged them to believe God for great things. And we see this lived out in the book of Acts. Jesus died, rose again from the grave, and ascended into heaven, leaving His Holy Spirit to empower all His followers. Their commission was to go and begin the church. And they did. They were mighty mountain movers. God used their faith, love, and generosity in powerful ways to bring the Gospel to all those who would listen. Today God wants to do the same through you. People all around you have mountains that need moving. They don’t know what to do. They need a mighty touch of God. God has called you to use your faith, love, and generosity and trust God to move those mountains. Cast out doubt and exercise your faith. Believe Him for great and mighty things.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, there are so many mountains to move. So many seemly unmovable obstacles in my life and those around me. I need You. I need Your mighty power. Please fill me with faith, love, and generosity so that Your power will flow through me and be a blessing to others.
AMEN

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Stand On His Love

TODAY’S VERSE
He has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault. But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it.
Colossians 1:22-23 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
What you do with truth can make all the difference in the world. Truth is meant to be deeply believed. This is more than mental assent. Sacred truth, life-changing truth, is intended to be acted on. You must choose, commit and continue in the fact that He loves you, forgives you, and wants a wonderful relationship with you. Really knowing Christ’s love means you repent and rebound from any sin in your life. This life-altering truth enables you to be in His presence, praying and opening up to Him about your feelings. Today, begin to believe, really believe. Stand firmly on the truth that He loves you, forgives you, and has made you blameless in His sight.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, teach me to know, believe and live out the truth of Your love for me. Help the truth of your forgiveness and desire for my fellowship with You go deep into my heart. Help me stand firmly on the fact that, really love me.”
AMEN

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Lament

TODAY’S VERSE
I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss. Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.
Lamentations 3:19-23 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Life has its share of trials. It can become confusing and leave us bitter. All the while, we are taught not to complain, not to express our anger or disappointment. And I understand. We are to live by faith, and we are to trust in the Lord. But trust comes from an honest relationship with God even when we don’t understand everything there is to know. Lamenting was common in the Bible. Many of the Psalms were outright displays of painful emotions. There is something about being honest with God about our emotions that brings freedom and an ability to have a little more understanding of God’s mystery. Jeremiah knew grief and disappointment, and he cried out to God. He wrote, “I am the one who has seen the afflictions that come from the rod of the LORD’s anger. He has led me into darkness, shutting out all light. – He has walled me in, and I cannot escape. He has bound me in heavy chains. And though I cry and shout, he has shut out my prayers. He has blocked my way with a high stone wall; he has made my road crooked.” But after sharing his deep pain with God, God allowed Him to come to a deeper understanding of spiritual truth. Jeremiah finishes his lament writing, “Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.” Today, bring your burdens to God. Share with Him your disappointment and grief, and let Him show you a deeper truth.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, there are so many things I don’t understand. My heart has its deep hurts and pain. Help me to share with You, be honest with You, and then in Your mercy, heal my soul with Your restorative grace.
AMEN

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Faith, Hope, and Love

TODAY’S VERSE
We think of your faithful work, your loving deeds, and the enduring hope you have because of our Lord Jesus Christ.
I Thessalonians 1:3 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
What do people think of when they think of our life’s achievements? There are many good things we can do with our time, but not all are the best. God puts a premium on some goals more than others. In today’s verse, Paul writes to the church in Thessalonica, stressing the importance of their “faithful work, loving deeds, and enduring hope.” God has called us to love the world as He does. This means being faithful in loving others no matter how hard it is. It means filling our time in helping those around us all we can. Finally, loving the world means loving people, even when it is not easy and when there are not enough resources. Even when people reject the very love, we offer them. Today, when people think of us, might they think about our faithful work, loving deeds, and enduring hope.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Lord Jesus, help me live for You. Help me be faithful in my serving You. Help me be loving in all I do. Finally, give me the ability to endure because of my hope in You.
AMEN

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He Is Listening

TODAY’S VERSE
I love the LORD because he hears my voice and my prayer for mercy. Because he bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath!
Psalms 116:1-2 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
There are a lot of reasons to love the Lord. But one that we often take for granted is His listening ear. The Psalmist wrote that he loved the Lord because God heard his voice and prayer for mercy. He painted a picture of God bending down to listen like an endearing grandfather does his grandchild. How we underestimate God’s loving attention. Studies have shown that shame in a young child is often related to the lack of response from their caregiver. The child made a bid for attention, and the caregiver paid no attention. The child’s conclusion is one of shame, “there must be something wrong with me.” Not so with God. When He hears our voice when He bends down to listen to our very whisper, how our soul responds in love. Today, spend time with God. He longs to hear your voice.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, thank you for being there when I pray. Thanks for Your loving attention to the needs of my heart. I love you, Lord.
AMEN

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Fear Not

TODAY’S VERSE
In my distress I prayed to the LORD, and the LORD answered me and set me free. The LORD is for me, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?
Psalms 118:5-6 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
How many fears do we suffer from today? Having suffered from a variety of phobias, I have had to deal with anxiety. Today’s passage illustrates a great realization that has made a vast difference in my life. It is this, the fact that the Lord is here. The Psalmist wrote, “In my distress, I prayed to the LORD, and the LORD answered me and set me free. The LORD is for me, so I will have no fear.” The presence of our living, all-knowing, all-powerful God can bring peace to the most challenging situations. He is the God of the now. He is here, and He cares. Peter wrote, “Casting all your cares on Him, for He cares for you!” God’s presence brings everything into perspective. His presence switches our thinking from monstrous evildoers to “mere men.” We can say with the Psalmist, “What can mere people do to me?” Today, reframe your fears. Put it in perspective. Look at your worries in the light of His presence and power.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, free me from my fears. Help me today to realize that You are here. I cast all my worries on You because You care for me!
AMEN

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Speak To Me

TODAY’S VERSE
I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. – Open my eyes to see the wonderful truths in your instructions.
Psalms 119: 11, 18 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
God has created us in such a marvelous way. He has given us the ability to use sounds and letters combined in ways that a community of people can understand. And not just verbal communication; we use the written language to learn with as well. God created and uses this marvelous, complex language to communicate to us both emotionally and rationally. Paul wrote to Timothy that “all scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.” Today, use this mighty gift from God and take the time to learn the scriptures. Knowing the Word will help you live the way God wants you to.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, thank You for the gift of language. Speak to my heart through your word and Holy Spirit. Teach me so that I can live for You.
AMEN

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What Does God Want You To Do?

TODAY’S VERSE
So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do.
II Thessalonians 1:11 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Why was I born? What possible significance can my life be? All these are answered in the fact that God has a purpose for your life. He wants you to live a life worthy of the call He has on you. What He calls you to do, He will empower. Paul promises that God will give you the power to do all that your faith prompts you to do. He writes at the end of this passage, “This is all made possible because of the grace of our God and Lord Jesus Christ.” Today, ask God to prompt your faith to know what you can do for His glory. Then know that God’s grace will give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do!

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, help live this day worthy of Your call. Thank You for Your grace and may Your power accomplish all the good things that You prompt in my heart through faith.
AMEN

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Unforgiveness

Unforgiveness

TODAY’S VERSE
Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
Ephesians 4:31-32 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Forgiveness can be a complex process. Many traumas are rife with deep emotions, making it extremely hard to maneuver our thinking into a place of forgiveness. Other situations involve long-standing relationships with all their complicated nuances. Sometimes it is easier to ignore God’s commandment to forgive, hoping that all the pain will go away. But instead, the pain festers and infects our whole soul. Paul lists bitterness, rage, anger, and all types of evil behavior as the diseases we contract from this spiritual infection. But there is a cure. It is forgiveness. Now, forgiveness is not forgetting or living without consequences, but it is a process by which we can stop letting the pain hurt us over and over again. Forgiveness is a choice. It is a choice to acknowledge our emotional hurt and then choosing to forgive and not holding the offense against the person anymore. It is surrendering the situation to God. The reason we can do this is because of Christ’s forgiveness of us. We reap the benefit of His grace. May God help us to give this same grace to others. In doing so, we will be set free.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, show me those areas of bitterness and unforgiveness in my life. Help me to acknowledge them, own them and then give them back to You. Then Lord, in obedience and with Your strength, help me forgive every offense You bring to my mind. Set me, free Lord, I pray.
AMEN

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