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TODAY’S VERSE
“Who is to blame for Israel’s rebellion? Samaria, its capital city! Where is the center of idolatry in Judah? In Jerusalem, its capital!”
Micah 1:5 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Here is a little background in order to understand the significance of today’s text. God’s chosen people, the Jews, had divided into two nations. Most of the twelve tribes went north and called themselves Israel. Their capital was the city of Samaria. Those left were in the south called themselves Judah. Their capital was Jerusalem. God was trying to call the people back to Himself through His prophets. Micah comes and says, “The Sovereign LORD is making accusations against you.” Next, he explains all the bad things that God is going to do to them. He then asks, “Who is to blame for the rebellion that Israel is doing?” and “Where is the center of idolatry?” What makes this passage so significant is not the questions. Rather, it is the answers. We would think that the people responsible for the backslidden condition of the Jews would be some subversive group, or those practicing the black arts. Instead, the answer is that the people in the capital cities are the ones responsible for the spiritual bankruptcy of the nation. Those that should be the closest to the Lord are the ones rebelling against the Lord and practicing idolatry. This should serve us notice. If the capital of God’s chosen people had a hard time following God, how do we think we are going to do it on our own? It is only through reading His word, keeping close to Him in prayer, and surrendering to the guidance of the Holy Spirit, can we have any chance of living the life that He wants us to. Today commit yourself to God. Repent of any rebellion toward Him. Put away your “idols” . . .  that is anything in your life that you put above your allegiance to God.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I confess that I have been the one that has stumbled. I am to blame for rebelling against You. I have ignored my relationship with You. I have made other things in my life more of a God to me than You. Forgive me. Today, I choose to follow You. Today I put away those things that cause me to stray and commit myself to following You.  In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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TODAY’S VERSE
“Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!”
Philippians 4:4 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
I remember years ago reading a book that deeply touched me. It was called Happiness is a Choice! Often we are tempted to think that joy is the result of our circumstances. However, the premise of Happiness Is A Choice is that we don’t have to be subject to all the variables around us. We can choose to be happy. We can choose joy. Webster defines joy as “the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires.” As a Christian, we can agree with the first part. Our joy does come from a deep sense of well being. However, unlike the rest of the definition, our joy is not dependent on success, good fortune or prospect of possessions. Rather, our joy is an emotion that is evoked by a faith in a God that loves us. Nehemiah tells us that joy that comes from God is a great source of strength. Paul takes our joy to a new level and says, “no matter what happens, we should be joyful.” In fact, he says we should “Always be full of joy in the Lord.” He meant it so much that he repeated it for emphasis when he wrote, “I say it again – rejoice.” What are you facing today? What circumstances do you find yourself in? It doesn’t matter; you can choose joy! If you are struggling and not sure how you can be joyful, ask God to supernaturally open your eyes to who He is and to give you a joyful heart. He will.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, today I choose joy. Fill me from the top of my head to the depth of my soul with joy. Help me rejoice today in my well being in You. Help me rejoice today, dear God, in who You are, and that I am Your child. Help me rejoice that all my sins are forgiven, that You know me personally and love me unconditionally. This is a fantastic reality and today, Lord, I choose joy! In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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TODAY’S VERSE
“Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant.”
Mark 10:43 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Some of Christ’s teachings were counterintuitive to what we have learned in this world. A leader, we think, should be assertive, take charge and rule with a “my way or the skyway” attitude. But this is not the type of leader Jesus advocated. When discussions of leadership came up amongst the disciples and they were vying with each other to see who would sit on Christ’s side in glory, Jesus reminded them of His kingdom values. You see, in the Kingdom of God it is of supreme importance to love, to prefer others over yourself, to be kind and to serve. Jesus said it this way to the disciples, “Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant.” A servant is one who makes sure that the needs of the person that they are serving are met. They care for the other person. They are genuinely concerned for the other person’s welfare. Jesus wants us to be that kind of leader. A person who cares about those that are following. A person that puts love in action and people above the process. Today, when you are asked to lead, remember whoever wants to be a leader must be a servant.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, help me lead through servanthood. Help me follow the example of Jesus who was the greatest servant leader of all. Help me love others and serve them with all my heart. I pray this in Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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TODAY’S VERSE
“So now I can walk in your presence, O God, in your life-giving light.”
Psalms 56:13 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
How often do we think of light as being life-giving? To the plant it is photosynthesis. Light allows the plant to live. Without the light it would soon die. Likewise, without light, we would be in peril. Without light how would we avoid pending danger? But light is only the metaphor. It is walking in the presence of God that the Psalmist is really talking about. It is being conscious of God and letting Him lead us in everything we do that guides, sustains and protects us. Today we have a choice. We can choose where we want to walk. Will we walk in the darkness or will we choose the light?  

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, help me today to live in awareness of Your presence. Help me to walk in your life-giving light.
AMEN

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TODAY’S PRAYER
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:6-7

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Prayer changes things. Karl Barth, a twentieth-century theologian wrote, “He is not deaf, He listens; more than that, He acts. He does not act in the same way whether we pray or not. Prayer exerts an influence upon God’s action, even upon His existence. That is what the word ‘answer’ means. The fact that God yields to man’s petitions, changing His intentions in response to man’s prayer, is not a sign of weakness. He Himself in the glory of His majesty and power, has willed it.” Paul knew this. That is why he tells us to stop being anxious. Instead, we are to pray, petitioning God, with thanksgiving in our heart. Why? Because we are coming to our Heavenly Father, who loves us, cares for us, is all powerful and will work everything according to His will. We can trust God with the ultimate outcome and in exchange He gives us something greater than any answer we could ever ask for. He gives us a promise. A promise to guard our heart and mind with His own peace. Not just any peace, but a peace that transcends anything that we can imagine. What is bothering you? What is it you need? What is breaking your heart? Talk to God about it. Today, right now, bring your requests to God and let His peace guard your heart and mind.
 
TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, You know my needs. You know my anxious thoughts. I bring my circumstances to You and ask for Your help with all my requests. Thank You, Lord, for hearing me. Thank You for caring. Thank You most of all for the peace that You bring to my heart and my mind. In Jesus’ name. Amen

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TODAY’S VERSE
“You love them as much as you love me.”
John 17:23 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Jesus is praying to His Father. And He shares something simply astounding about you and I. He said. “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you.” He continues by saying, “May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.” I know I should probably write about the unity that Jesus wants us to live in. He makes it really clear that people will judge Him by the way we live with each other. But I just can’t get past the phrase, “You love them as much as you love me.” Jesus said this! I have a hard time grasping all the meaning of the Trinity, but I do know that God the Father has an unbelievable, almighty, everlasting, incredible love for God the Son. And Jesus said that this same love is what the Godhead has for you and I. I pray that today God will grant us the grace to really fathom what that means. Might knowing that He loves us that much fill our day with peace and joy.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, thank You for Your infinite, inconceivable love for me. Help me today to live in its awareness and rejoice in its meaning.
AMEN

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TODAY’S VERSE
“My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you.”
Job 42:5

TODAY’S THOUGHT
It is so easy to walk in our Christian experience and really believe that we know God. We are like a baseball fanatic. You know the kind. He can tell you everything about a certain player. He can quote their batting average, number of homers, lifetime RBI’s. He knows where they played college ball, the names of his wife and children. He even has an autographed baseball. Yet, he has never met the player. Never went to his house, never sat with him at dinner or even had a discussion. Everything he knows is from reading or listening to commentators. Now don’t get me wrong, there is passion! Chances are he will fight you if you say something derogatory about the player. There is passion but it is based on admiration not friendship. Job came to a place where everything he thought he knew about God seemed empty and vain. And then He met God. Job knew all about God, He “worshipped” God, He even lived the way he thought God wanted him to; but when he saw God, it all changed. Knowing God in a personal and intimate way changes everything. And the beauty is that God created each of us with the ability to know Him. He has equipped us with the Holy Spirit who is to teach us all things and bring us into intimate fellowship with God. But the choice is yours. You can choose to spend time with God and ask Him to reveal Himself to you or you can continue to “know” about Him. Cry out to God today and ask Him to open your eyes like He did Job’s and you will be able to say, “My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you.” 

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, sometimes I feel so phony inside. I talk about You, I read about You, I pray to You, but I don’t seem to really know You. Today, Lord, help me be conscious of Your presence. Father, speak to me. Help the eyes of my heart to see You. I want to know You in a deep and personal way.  Help me Lord I pray. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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