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TODAY’S VERSE
“Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces.”
Psalms 34:5 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
There is an epidemic of shame. Why is it that we who have been called by Christ, we who have had our sins forgiven, we who have been lavished with the love of God Himself, still struggle with shame? What happened? Who lied to us? What has led to this pervasive feeling of worthlessness? Guilt I understand. I have sinned and in need of forgiveness. But how do we find forgiveness for shame? How do we correct that insidious feeling of something so utterly broken? Shame, it is a lie from Hell itself. It takes what God has created and defames it. But today it can stop! Today we can choose joy. Today we can look into the face of our loving Savior and believe what He believes about us. We can replace the lie of shame with the truth of His love. We are His beloved. We are His joy. We are His creation and He looks at us with love. Today, let the truth change you. Stop. Don’t go any farther until you believe. Look at Him. Gaze upon God and His love for you until your face becomes radiant with joy. So radiant that no shadow of shame dares to ever darken your face again. May it be so. 

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father. I need Your grace. I need the transforming power of Your love to fill me. Help me gaze upon Your face and see Your love for me. I surrender my feelings of shame and ask You to replace them with joy.
AMEN

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TODAY’S VERSE
“May the Lord lead your hearts into a full understanding and expression of the love of God and the patient endurance that comes from Christ.”
II Thessalonians 3:5

TODAY’S THOUGHT
It will take a life time to fully mature in Christ. Although our salvation is immediate, maturing in Christ is a process. But we don’t see it that way. We want instant spirituality and here is the real twist, we want it without any spiritual discipline of prayer, meditation and scripture reading. Nor do we want to be busy with ministry. Instead we have our life to lead, with all it’s important tasks and duties. Is it a wonder that we don’t know what Jesus is talking about when He says that He has come to give us an abundant life? This is why Paul prays that the Lord would lead our heart in two specific ways. First Paul prays that the Lord would lead our hearts into a full understanding of who He is. Second, God want to lead us into a full expression of love toward Him resulting in patience endurance. What a gift, and it is yours for the asking. Might your prayer be today, Lord lead my heart. 

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, please lead my heart into a full understanding and expression of your love. Help me today, to be purposeful in knowing you and living for you in all I do. In Jesus Name.
AMEN

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TODAY’S VERSE
“I prayed to the LORD, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears. Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces. In my desperation I prayed, and the LORD listened; he saved me from all my troubles. For the angel of the LORD is a guard; he surrounds and defends all who fear him.”
Psalm 34:4-7

TODAY’S THOUGHT
How many times a day do you fear something? You get called into the office and you are sure you are going to get fired. Your child is late and your mind goes crazy with thoughts of what might have happened. Your spouse is in “that” mood again and you know it is going to get ugly. The credit card bills came in the mail and you don’t know how you are going to pay them. You found a lump and you are waiting for the report from the Doctor’s office. Fear can be healthy, as in, “Don’t step in front of traffic.” But fear can also be false, an exaggeration, a lie. It started with Adam and Eve and it is the same today; most of our spiritual struggles center around a fear-based lie. Most spiritual battle is a struggle between the truth or a lie.  Which will we believe? Lie or truth? Our fear or God? David knew the answer. He prayed to God and God answered him and freed him from all his fears. The Lord listened and saved him from all his troubles and He will save you. What is it today that you fear? What is holding you back? What lie has you bound? What keeps you from being still and knowing that He is God? Today, renounce your fear. Bring it to God. Present it to Him. Choose to believe the truth about God and your circumstance and He will free you.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, You know my fears. I bring them to You. Help me, protect me, free me from this bondage of lies. Thank You that You have not given me a spirit of fear. I choose to believe the truth and live by faith in You.
AMEN

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TODAY’S VERSE
“Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.”
Psalms 34:8

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Have you ever stopped to think how many different ways you can experience the Lord? Worship is multi-dimensional. With the use of our mind, God has allowed us the capacity to really know Him and love Him. Certainly we can read His word. God does speak to us through the scriptures. What He has written connects with us in a personal way. We can sense His presence. He is the God of all comfort and the Holy Spirit bares witness with our spirit that He is God. We can hear His voice. Whether it is a still soft voice deep in our soul or, as some have heard, an audible voice, God speaks to us. We can see His glory. Either through a beautiful sunset or a significant moment, we can see evidence of God. We can also use our inner mind and see Him with the eyes of our heart. When Jesus healed people, many others would come up to Him and touch Him. Have you ever reached out to Him, lifted your hands and experienced a moment as if you touched Him? We can sense that God is weighty, that He has substance. David said that we can taste and see that the Lord is good. When we commune with God we can know that He is real. God wants us to know Him, really know Him in many different and personal ways. Today, determine to start spending time with God in silence and worship Him with the different senses. Love Him, worship Him, and experience Him today. Oh that you would taste of the Lord and know that He is good.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I give myself to You. I want to know You in all of Your fullness. Help me worship You in new and fresh ways. Enlarge my capacity to know you, that I might love you more and more.
AMEN

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TODAY’S VERSE
“Then Jesus returned to Galilee, filled with the Holy Spirit’s power.”
Luke 4:14 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
When I read today’s passage I can’t help but think, “If Jesus needed to be filled with the Holy Spirit, shouldn’t I be?” Paul writes about this very thing. He writes, “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.” What does this mean? The key is in the reference to being drunk on wine. There is only one way to get drunk. You get drunk by being “filled” with alcohol until the amount that you consume has you under its influence. This is not a casual drink that is in moderation. This is in excess to where you become drunk. So what is he saying about our life in the Spirit? Paul says that instead of getting drunk with wine, let us have the same insatiable appetite for the guidance and fellowship of the Holy Spirit. When we meditate, read, pray and commune with the Holy Spirit enough, which is more than a casual occurrence of reading a few verses of scriptures, we will begin to be “filled” or under the influence of the Holy Spirit’s leading in our daily living. It is interesting, the tense is not a “one time” filling, but actually means “be filled and keep on being filled.” You do not get drunk on wine once for the rest of your life. The effect of the wine soon dissipates. To continually be drunk you have to continually drink the wine. In order to stay “filled” or influenced by the Holy Spirit, we need to continually stay in communication and fellowship with the Holy Spirit. Today, recognize the work of the Holy Spirit and ask Him to fill you and guide you throughout this day.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Holy Spirit, I recognize that it is Your desire to fill me and completely guide my life. I give You control. Come Holy Spirit, fill me I pray.
AMEN

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TODAY’S VERSE
“People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.”
Proverbs 28:13 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
There is a price to pay for concealing our sin. A guilty conscious can lead to a downward spiral of fear, anger or shame. Unforgiveness can result in a bitter and hardened heart toward God. Soon we find ourselves ignoring the tug of the Holy Spirit calling us to repentance. But for many of us, the thought of others knowing about our sins is terrifying. We don’t even want to go to a counselor or Pastor. Fear of abandonment; the need to please others; a deep sense of shame, can keep us from dealing with our sin. Oh, we know it is there, but the thought of others knowing is too much to bear. So we slowly die, day by day our sins hidden from others, or so we think. Is the alcoholic that is in denial really fooling anyone? Is the person that is acting out in anger in danger of being mistaken for a saint? No, but if we think no one knows that is good enough. There is a way out. We need to lean on the love of God. We need to see that His love is greater than all our sins. That His love and power can free us from the fears that plague us. That He will never leave us or turn His back on us. When we really know the love of God, then we can confess our sins to Him and turn from them. And we will receive mercy. Mercy for our tired soul — tired from the entire masquerade. Mercy for our hardened heart. And where there is mercy, there is grace. Today, confess your sin. Turn from it and give it to God. He is waiting with open arms.   

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I confess I have deep rooted sins. Sins I have been ashamed to admit. Sins I have been hiding from You and others. Today, I come and confess them. Be merciful and forgive me, I pray. Thank You for Your grace. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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TODAY’S VERSE
“But I am trusting you, O LORD, saying, ‘You are my God!’ My future is in your hands.” Psalms 31:14-15

TODAY’S THOUGHT
How much of our present is influenced by the fear of our future? What will people think of us? What will people say? Have you ever stopped to realize how many times a day you say, “What if?” Now it is not bad to stop and consider consequences. Jesus Himself said if we were going to war, we would need to first consider the size of the enemy’s army to see if we could win. Strategy is good, but not to the point that it takes the place of trusting God in everything we do. David told God, “I am trusting You, O Lord.” He then followed it with a strong affirmation of God’s love and power. He wrote, “My future is in your hands.” How about you? Where is your trust today? Do you say you trust God, but spend time worrying about your future as if God did not exist? If so, surrender to God today. Make Him the Lord of your today and tomorrow. Like David, put your future in God’s hands. It’s the best place to put it.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I thank you that I can come to you with my future. Please guide me, comfort me and direct my every step. I renounce fear and pray that Your Holy Spirit will help me live this day with faith, hope and love.
AMEN.

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