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TODAY’S VERSE
“Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ.”
Ephesians 5:1-2

TODAY’S THOUGHT
The story goes that a young boy was brought before Alexander the Great for stealing a horse. Alexander saw how young he was and heard his story and decided he would be lenient. Getting ready to release him, Alexander asked the young boy, “What is your name?” He replied, “Alexander, sir.” Alexander the Great was furious and asked him again, “What is your name?” The boy, this time with fear in his voice said, “Alexander, sir.” In anger, Alexander the Great threw the boy to the ground pointed at him and said, “Boy, change your conduct, or change your name.”
I wonder, are we a good representative of the name of Christ, or would the cause of Christ be better served if we did not call our self a Christian? Being His child is a privilege and an honor. In order not to bring any reproach to His name our goal should be to live a life of love just like He did. How can we be a good representative of His name today? 

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Jesus, I know that I bear your name and haven’t imitated you the way that I should. I haven’t been the best representative of who you are. Help me live out your love in everything I do today, so your name will get the glory and honor it deserves.
AMEN
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TODAY’S VERSE
“You are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. Once you had no identity as a people; now you are God’s people. Once you received no mercy; but now you have received God’s mercy.”
I Peter 2:9-10

TODAY’S THOUGHT
I grew up without a nationality flavor to my life. Yes, Americans, but we weren’t strong on any particular ethnical heritage. On the other hand, my two of my best friends did. Steve Camarata was Italian and Ron Torigan was Armenian. I enjoyed learning about their heritage, foods and customs. I always loved their family gatherings and the sense of belonging to a common past and future. I have often felt that is what Christianity should be about. As Christians, if God is our father, then we are all related in Him and our citizenship is not just of this world, but of the one to come. Peter is talking in this passage, to all of us who believe. All of us who call on the name of Christ for our salvation. We are a chosen people! But we are not to keep this truth to ourselves. It is God’s will that all people become part of His forever family.  Because we are God’s chosen people, Royal Priests, a Holy Nation Peter wrote, “You can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.”
It is marvelous that once we were outside God’s family, but then we saw the light, and now we belong to Him. Let’s share this great privilege with others so they too can enjoy being a citizen of Heaven.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Lord Jesus, once I was without mercy and forgiveness in my life. Then you came along and called me into your kingdom. Thank you for forgiving me of all my sins and making me your child. Help me, even today, to share with others that do not know you, how they can come to know you as their personal Savior, how they too can enter your forever Kingdom.
AMEN

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TODAY’S VERSE
They sang: “Blessing and honor and glory and power belong to the one sitting on the throne and to the Lamb forever and ever.”
Revelation 5:13

Praise the LORD! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heaven! Praise him for his mighty works; praise his unequaled greatness!
Let everything that breathes sing praises to the LORD! Praise the LORD!
Psalms 150:1-2, 6

TODAY’S THOUGHT
We often have so many pressing issues that it is easy to come to God and pour out our requests without saying anything of praise toward God. But when forget to praise God, it is us who misses a blessing. It is ironic, we come to Bless God with our praises and we are blessed in the process. Derek Prince once said, “If we only have ten minutes to pray, eight of them should be spent in praise!” There is so much we can praise God for today. Praise Him for His power. Praise Him for His glory. Praise Him for His provision. Praise Him for His love toward us. Praise Him for His death and resurrection. Praise Him for being our Almighty God. Who are we that God would allow us to even utter His name in praise, yet He does. He desires our praise and gratitude.
Today, lift up your voice in praise to Him. Let everything that is in us, PRAISE THE LORD!

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I confess I have not praised You as I should. I become so occupied with this life that You have given me. So busy that I forget to stop and thank You for all You have done for me. So busy that I forget to praise You for who You are. Today, I come to say, “Thank-you!” Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. Thank You for all Your provision. Thank You for loving me and taking care of me. I stop now to praise You for Your majesty and power, for Your Holiness and unfailing love. I love You Father God and praise You today in the name of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
AMEN

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TODAY’S VERSE
“Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
Hebrews 4:16

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.”
I John 5:14-15

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Confidence. There are many different ways you can approach God. You could be fearful, apathetic, humble, arrogant, with faith or without it, confused or assured, angry or in worship. You can also come to God with full assurance and confidence that He loves you and will answer your prayer. Leanne Payne in her book, Listening Prayer writes, “In a day when we are out of touch with the soul and its way of communicating and interacting with God, we have to learn anew how to receive from Him.” She continues, “It is really simple. Through an act of the will we release our faith in confidence and receive what we have asked for, thanking God in advance for the answer.” This happens as we dialog with God about His will. “What is it you want Father?” we ask. And when He answers (and He will in His time) then we can go to God in confidence knowing He will do His will. John says it this way, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.” What do you want to ask God for today? Come to Him in confidence and talk to Him about it. 

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, help me learn to be more intimate with you and to have confidence even today, in who you are and how much you love me. Lord, You know my situation. You know my needs. Help me to know what Your will is in these matters so I can pray accordingly and thank you in advance for your answer. In Jesus name I pray.
AMEN

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TODAY’S VERSE
“Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”
Ephesians 2:9-10

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Motive is complex. So much of what we feel and do is because of what we believe. What we believe creates our motives. A negative self image can create a motive that drives us to do what we think will make us acceptable in other people’s eyes. What about God’s eyes? If our eternal destiny is at risk doesn’t it make sense that we do all we can to earn our way into God’s favor? Yet that is exactly what Paul was trying to argue against. Paul writes that, “Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.” You see if Holiness is the only thing that will satisfy a Holy God then I can never earn my way to heaven. That is why Jesus had to be my substitute. His perfect life was traded for my jaded one. Now I am a child of God and Heaven because I took the citizenship He offered me. He made me a new person. Have you taken His offer to become His child?  You can today. Then you know what you will find out about doing good? It’s not to earn God’s love, it’s because you have it.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Thank you Lord Jesus for dying on the cross for me. I know I need your perfect life as a substitute for my own sinful one. I understand you died for me and today I accept your free gift of salvation.
AMEN

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TODAY’S VERSE
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
Proverbs 3:5-6

My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words. Don’t lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart, for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body. Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”
Proverbs 4:20-23

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Is the Bible just an ordinary book to you? Just some old religious sayings? Perhaps a few good stories, but really, nothing to take too seriously? If so let me challenge you to reconsider your view. You see there is a wisdom that only comes from God. It comes from reading His word, meditating on it and committing yourself to what it says. This wisdom is the secret to life! Today, if you will heed what Solomon is saying when he writes, “Trust in God, don’t lean on our own understanding. Pay attention to what His word says, listen closely, let it penetrate deep into your being,” God will bless you. And guess what the results will be? God will direct your way. His word will give you life and healing. Your reading and understanding will help you guard your heart and determine the course of your life. Start today, make a commitment to read and study God’s word, the Bible.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, You know my life, my situation and circumstances. You know my emotions and my health. I need you. I need your wisdom. I need your understanding in order to make it through the day. Help me guard my heart by reading your word. Let your words that I read sink down deep into my soul and guide me, protect me and give me direction. Show me the way I should go even today, I pray. In Jesus name.
AMEN

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TODAY’S VERSE
“Go, find out where he is,” the king ordered, “so I can send men and capture him.” The report came back: “He is in Dothan.” Then he sent horses and chariots and a strong force there. They went by night and surrounded the city.

When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh, my lord, what shall we do?” the servant asked. “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”

And Elisha prayed, “O LORD, open his eyes so he may see.” Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.”
II Kings 6:13-17

TODAY’S THOUGHT
This a great Biblical story. The King of Aram was at war with Israel and every time they made a military move, God told Elisha who told the Israelites. It was so bad that the King of Aram though he had a spy in their midst. They told him, “No, Elisha is telling the Israelites our plans.” So the King was angry and asked his armies to go get Elisha. Elisha’s servant saw them and was scared to death. But Elisha saw a heavenly reality that made all the difference in the world. He was at peace and asked God to give the servant the same perspective. The Lord opened his eyes to the heavenly reality of their situation.

Can you imagine how he must have felt? It would be like a person who was raised in the deep jungle seeing America for the first time. Can you imagine him trying to explain to his people what America was like? Telephones, video, automobiles, restaurants, airplanes. How different the two worlds are. Yet what do we know of heaven? What do we know of God’s power available to us? What do we know of His infinite riches and power toward us who believe? It made all the difference when the servant saw the heavenly resources there on his behalf. Would it make a difference in your day today if you knew more about the Heavenly reality waiting to bust in on yours? I pray for you what Elisha prayed, “May God open your eyes so you may see.” Might we pray what Jesus taught us to pray, “Oh God, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.”

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I confess, I spend much of my time blind to your presence. Blind to your power. Blind to your heavenly reality all around me.  Please open my eyes that I may see all that you have for me today. Help me to see You and all of your vast love and resources you have available for my life. Open my eyes today, that I might get a glimpse of your presence. In the matchless name of Jesus.
AMEN

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