Faith And Love

TODAY’S VERSE
What is important is faith expressing itself in love.
Galatians 5:6 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
It was hard enough trying to win people to Christ who had no idea of a monotheistic God. But to have to fight his fellow Christians over keeping the law was a real burden to Paul. In his letter to the Galatians, Paul told the Christians that Christ had set them free, not the law, and he encouraged them to live by the Spirit. He then stated what was real important; that is to have a faith that expresses itself in love. What a beautiful synopsis of our Christian life. Faith in Christ that results in Him loving others through us is our top priority. Today, ask God to increase your faith in ways that express your love to others.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, thank You for the death and resurrection of Christ. Please help me increase my faith and live a life that is an expression of Your love.
AMEN

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What Do You See?

TODAY’S VERSE
Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.
Ephesians 1:4 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Guilt, shame, condemnation, these negative concepts fill the minds of so many Christians. They result from events, circumstances, and lies that have shaped us. How contrary to what God thinks of us. Paul wants us to see the truth, so he takes us back to the beginning before this world influenced us. Paul speaks to who you really are. He confirms that before the world was ever made, you were part of God’s plan. God created you holy and without any shame. Paul writes, “God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.” Can you imagine that? God received great pleasure in creating you. He sees you as His child, holy, without fault in His eyes. The question is, do you? Today, believe it. See yourself as you really are, God’s beloved child.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, thank You that before You made the world, You loved me and chose me in Christ to be holy and without fault in Your eyes. Thank You for adopting me into Your family. Help me today to live in this wonderful spiritual reality.
AMEN

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Hear Jesus

TODAY’S VERSE
Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.
John 14:1 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Whose voice do you listen to? When you are in trouble, feel like the world is coming apart, racked with guilt or grief, whose voice do you listen to? Could it be that you are listening to your inner voice of fear and doubt? Maybe recordings from childhood accuse or rebuke you. It could be that satanic influences have persuaded you to give up in despair or give in to temptation to escape it all. The good news is that there is another voice. It is the voice of God. Through Jesus, the very voice of God comes to you and says, “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.” If it was just me telling you that, you would have reason to pause. But this is the very word of the Lord Himself, and He is trustworthy. Today, when you feel out of sorts, when it seems that all is lost, you feel that it is no use trying, hear Jesus. Hear Him say to you, “Don’t let yourself be troubled; trust in God!”

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, thank You that You care for me. Thank You that I can come to You with all my problems. Thank You that I can stop worrying and trust in You. Help me and comfort me, I pray. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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Be Free

TODAY’S VERSE
If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.
I John 1:8-9 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Today’s verse is one of my favorite passages. Why? Because it is so liberating. Liberating in the fact that I can own my sin. I don’t have to hide it, blame it on someone else, ignore it, or repress it. Instead, I can confess it. Liberating in its forgiveness. I can admit my sin without retribution, fear, condemnation, and shame. Why? Because God promises that if we confess our sin, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all wickedness. Today, let your confession of sin and His faithfulness to forgive and cleanse your conscience liberate you.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, how thankful I am that I can come to You with all my wrongdoing and find that You are faithful and just to forgive me and cleanse me from all my wickedness. How I praise You! In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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Love God

TODAY’S VERSE
I love you, LORD; you are my strength.
Psalms 18:1

TODAY’S THOUGHT
What a way to start a day. Waking up to the realization that you are alive, and so is God. Telling Him, you love Him and affirming His strength in your life. I can imagine David doing this. He was constantly remembering how good God is. He wrote, “The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety. I called on the LORD, who is worthy of praise.” Today you, too, can praise Him. Thank Him for all that He has done. Tell God that you love Him.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, how I love You. Thank You for all You are and all that You have done. You are worthy of all my praise and adoration. In Jesus name.
AMEN

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Watch And Pray

TODAY’S VERSE
Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Matthew 26:41 (ESV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
It is hard to pray and wait on God when horrific times come. Peter, James, and John went with Jesus to the Garden of Gethsemane, and He asked them to watch and pray for Him. But they couldn’t do it. They fell asleep. This same Jesus who walked on water, healed the sick, cast out demons, and raised Lazarus from the dead told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death.” They watched Jesus’ face turn into a look of sorrow, His posture slump, and a sense of urgency come over Him. I imagine they were shaken to the core. The spiritual battle was so intense that they were overcome. They weren’t ready. The same can happen to us. While everything is going our way, it is easy to think we are spiritually alive, but affluence, convenience, all our different ways of protecting our lives have given us a false sense of spirituality. We become smug, complacent, and ritualistic. The truth is we don’t spend that much time with God. We don’t talk to Him about our life. We don’t listen. We don’t WATCH. We don’t PRAY. So when our own Gethsemane comes around, when we enter into that dark night of the soul, we don’t have any spiritual depth. Our spirit may be willing, but our flesh is truly weak. My Gethsemanes of life have revealed my weaknesses. What has yours revealed? Today, let us heed the words of Jesus and watch and pray.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, thank You that You are there in the darkest night of my soul. Help me to always watch and pray that I might not fall into temptation.
AMEN

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Live Worthy

TODAY’S VERSE
Lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God.
Ephesians 1:1 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
God has called us to be His ambassador. We are His children. How should this affect the way we live? Paul writes that we should live in a way that is worthy of being God’s child. And then, he writes out a list of behavior that will guide and lead us as representatives of Jesus. He writes, “Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.” Humility, gentleness, patience, loving each other, and being united in the Spirit are the hallmarks of the Christian life. But how? How can we do this? We can’t. We must depend on the Spirit of God. Paul writes to the Galatians, “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” Today, live a life worthy of the Lord by living under the direction and influence of God’s Holy Spirit.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Oh Lord, help me live a life worthy of being your child. Holy Spirit, please produce Your fruit in my life.
AMEN

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Cleanse Your Heart

TODAY’S VERSE
How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart? Cleanse me from these hidden faults.
Psalms 19:12 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
We all have them. Sins that lurk in all our hearts. It is so easy to deceive ourselves, to be in denial about our hidden sins. John tells us, “If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth.” The question is, “What do we do with them?” The first thing is to ask God to expose our sins and show us where we have gone wrong. Then we need to confess them. Finally, we need to repent of them. John continues, “If we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” Today, examine yourself. Ask God to expose any sins lurking in your heart. When He does, confess them, repent of them. Do it now and let God totally cleanse your heart.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, please show me where I have displeased You. I come to confess my sins and repent of them. I want to live for You with a fresh and cleansed heart. Thank You for Your love and forgiveness. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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Transform Me

TODAY’S VERSE
Keep your servant from deliberate sins! Don’t let them control me.
Then I will be free of guilt and innocent of great sin.
Psalms 19:13 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
So how do we stop letting sin run rampant in our life? David did the only thing that works. He asked God for His help. He begged God to keep him from deliberate sins. And then he adds, “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.” Through God’s power and our deliberate commitment to a Godly life, God changes us. Paul said it this way, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.” Our thinking and what we meditate on can either enslave us or free us. Today choose God. Let Him begin to transform you. Give Him your thinking, your meditation. Saturate yourself in His word. Ask God for wisdom and the power of the Holy Spirit to be alive in your heart. Then watch. God will help you be free of guilt and innocent of great sin. May it be so!

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Heavenly Father, please keep me from the deliberate sins that plague me. Don’t let them control me. Transform me by changing the way I feel and think. In the precious name of Jesus.
AMEN

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True Law

TODAY’S VERSE
You ignore the more important aspects of the law—justice, mercy, and faith.
Matthew 23:23 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Sometimes it is not what we do that matters; it is what we don’t do. The Pharisees knew how to keep the law. It was vital to them. So much so that they developed a system of 613 laws, 365 negative commands, and 248 positive laws. The result was a heartless, cold, and arrogant type of righteousness. Jesus stood against this and chastised them for missing the whole point of what God was trying to do on earth. Christ, he only had two laws. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, and soul, and love your neighbor as yourself. God’s plan was for us to live together with love lived out with justice and mercy. Today, pray about your role in God’s agenda. Live your life with justice, mercy, and faith.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, forgive me when I put other things ahead of what matters to You. Help me live a life that is concerned and active in justice, mercy and faith. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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