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TODAY’S VERSE
“So think clearly and exercise self-control. Look forward to the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world. So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then. But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. For the Scriptures say, ‘You must be holy because I am holy.”’
I Peter 1:13-16

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Holiness is a difficult subject to grasp. The Pharisees felt they knew what it was but fell short of what Christ came to teach. They thought they were Holy by obeying the Old Testament law and all the hundreds of laws they created. Instead, Christ came to earth to die, so we could substitute His death for our sins. This is salvation. Once we accept the gift of salvation we become Holy in the sight of God. We are born again as His children. As children we are motivated to live in accordance to our Fathers wishes. We live to please Him who gave Himself for us. Peter says we should live as obedient children. Le Ann Payne in her book, “Listening Prayer” writes, ‘“ Only in union with Him, listening to Him and carrying out His orders, are we holy. – Those who treasure holiness and produce its fruits are the poor in spirit, the humble of the earth. They are fond of the Jesus Prayer. In one way or another they pray it over and over: ‘Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.’ They are quick to acknowledge their pride and lack of humility, repenting of it daily. – Holiness is both a quality we are given and a way. It is the way of remaining in Christ, of walking in the presence of God.’” Peter tells us to think clearly and exercise self control like obedient children, not slipping back into our old ways. This comes from a relationship with God through scriptures, meditation, prayer and fellowship. Pray and ask God to reveal to you how you can live your life more holy today.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, thank You for Your provision of salvation. I accept this gift and desire to live more for You. I desire to be Holy and pray for wisdom and strength to be what You want me to be. In Jesus Name.
AMEN

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TODAY’S VERSE
“And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God, while we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed. He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds.”
Titus 2:11-14

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Sometimes we lose focus. It is easy to get distracted and forget what life is really about. We get our priorities mixed up. However, in today’s passage Paul makes it quite simple. He instructs us to “turn from living out godless and sinful pleasures.” Paul calls them pleasures so it can be a difficult choice to turn away. However, he reminds us that they are godless and sinful pleasures so the end never justifies the means. Instead, we are to live in this world with hope, wisdom, righteous living and a devotion to God. But how can we do this? How can we possibility resist godless and sinful pleasures and live with hope, wisdom, righteous living and devotion to God? There is only one way. Paul ends this passage with the answer. He writes, “Christ Himself gave His life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds.” What glorious provision. What a mighty plan. Today let this be your reality. Let this thought permeate everything you do, “God loves you so much that He sent His son Jesus Christ to die on the cross and resurrect from the dead so you could be free from every kind of sin, totally cleansed and committed to doing good deeds.”

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, thank You for the hope, wisdom and righteousness that You give me. Thank You for freeing me from every kind of sin and totally cleansing me. Help me today to turn from godless and sinful pleasures and devote myself to You and the good deeds You created me for. In Jesus Name.
AMEN

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TODAY’S VERSE
“How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!”
Psalms 139:17-18

TODAY’S THOUGHT
What did you start your morning thinking about? Do you know what God thought about? He thought about you! How great is that? The God of all the universes is thinking about you. Not only thinking, but constantly thinking about you. David is saying that God’s thoughts toward him are precious and there are so many that he cannot even count them. What implications should this have on your day? What difference should knowing that God is very conscious of you and that He dearly loves you, make? Should it change the way we think? How about the way we feel? Should it affect our plans that we have? We are not talking about some religion here. We are talking about a God who wants a relationship with you; a vital, living, breathing, has-to-make-a-huge-difference-in-your-life, kind of relationship. He is thinking about you. Now why don’t you do the same? Spend some time today and the next few days thinking about Him. Read His word, meditate in His presence, talk to Him. When you do, it will only reinforce how precious His thoughts are about you.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I thank You that You are always thinking about me. Thank You for loving me. I confess that I don’t spend enough time thinking about You. I want to change that. Help me carve out the time I need to spend with You. Guide me in my meditation and prayers. Please help me know You better.
AMEN

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TODAY’S VERSE
“I will sacrifice a voluntary offering to you; I will praise your name, O LORD, for it is good.”
Psalms 54:6

“And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.”
Romans 12:1

TODAY’S THOUGHT
When is a sacrifice not a sacrifice? When it is an offering. Is there anything that would really be considered a sacrifice when it pertains to someone you truly love? Did a father who laid down his life protecting his family make a sacrifice? No. Wouldn’t he joyfully lay down his life as an offering, in order for his family to live? A mother doesn’t really sacrifice her own chance at possessions in order for her children to have good and nice things. It is an honor, a true offering. She joyfully gives up her own pleasure for her children. Likewise, when we truly understand the unlimited love that God has for us, when we taste of the inexhaustible grace and mercy He extends toward us over and over again, how can surrendering ourselves to Him be a sacrifice? No, it is an offering, something we gladly give. This is what David meant when he wrote, “I will sacrifice a voluntary “offering” to you; I will praise your name, O LORD, for it is good.” Likewise, Paul pleads with us to give our very lives as an sacrificial “offering” to our Lord God Almighty. Know that today, as you live your life for Him in a Holy manner, your very act of living for Him is an offering pleasing to Him. You are gladly making an offering to God because of all He means to you. This is the true way to worship Him.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, thank You for all that You are and have done for me. Thank You for Your love, mercy and grace that You have freely extended to me. I count it an honor to be loved by You and gladly submit to You as Lord. I come now and offer my life this day and every day to you.
AMEN

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TODAY’S VERSE
“My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him.”
Psalms 62:1

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Matthew 11:28

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Have you ever had something that was irreplaceable? Something that worked so good that nothing could take it’s place? David felt that way about God. When his soul was weary, David came to God alone. Nothing else could fill the void that he felt. We can search the world over to find something that will satisfy the yearning in our soul, but nothing will meet your need the way a relationship with God through Christ will. Jesus said it best, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Are you looking for something to fill the hole in your heart? Are you restless, confused, troubled or weary? Come to God today. He will fill your heart with love, purpose and meaning. He will give you rest for your soul.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I am so glad that I can come to You for all my needs. You know my heart. You know how weary I get at times. You know how heavy my life can be. I come to You today dear Father and ask you to give me rest.
AMEN

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TODAY’S VERSE
“I have been sent to proclaim faith to those God has chosen and to teach them to know the truth that shows them how to live godly lives.”
Titus 1:1

“By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. – He has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.”
II Peter 1:3-4

TODAY’S THOUGHT
In his book, “Good To Great”, Jim Collins shares some of the traits that great companies have. One was their pursuit of BHAGS. BHAGS are “big hairy audacious goals.” As Christians we are given a BHAG that separates us from those just existing in this world. The good to great BHAG God gives us is to be like Him. We are to live a Godly life. This seems like a total impossibility until we read what Paul and Peter instructed the church. Paul shares that he was sent to teach the “truth that shows us how to live a Godly life”, and that is what he did. Paul fills his epistles with this amazing truth. Peter tells us that God, by His divine power, has given us everything we need for living a Godly life. Part of this “everything” is the precious promises that God gives us, enabling us to “share His divine nature.” Today, you can begin a quest to recognize and understand all the truth and promises that God has for you in His word. As you do, He promises that His divine power will enable you to live like Him, resulting in a more Godly life.  

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, thank you for Your promises that are in Your Holy Word. Help me to know and understand them. Help me to apply Your truth to my life that I may live a Godly life.
AMEN

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TODAY’S VERSE
“But I am like an olive tree, thriving in the house of God. I will always trust in God’s unfailing love. I will praise you forever, O God, for what you have done. I will trust in your good name in the presence of your faithful people.”
Psalms 52:8-9

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Not all planting environments are the same. Amount of sunlight, average temperatures, availability of water and soil composition can have a dramatic effect on the growth of a plant. This is why David uses the illustration of an olive tree growing in the house of God. Because of a Godly environment, David is saying the olive tree, which is symbolic of you and I, thrives. This is not just existing but living life to the fullest. What David is really saying is when we live in the presence of God, we do more than just grow spiritually, we thrive. The result of thriving in the presence of God is praise and trusting Him. So, what can you do to create a environment that makes you conscious of the presence of God in your life? What can you do to make your spiritual life thrive? You can start as David did by praising God and always trusting in His unfailing love.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Lord, I come to praise You today for Your unfailing love. I trust Your leadership to guide me and help me grow in Your presence. I desire to be like the olive tree that thrives in your house.
AMEN

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