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TODAY’S VERSE
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
One of the first things they teach you in marriage communications is to stay away from using emotionally fatalistic words like “never” or “always”, as in, “You never help around here!” or “You always waste money.” It is very rare that human behavior is “always” or “never”. But what about God? The Bible makes it clear that His ways are not our ways. In Romans 3:4 it says, “Even if everyone else is a liar, God is true!” Now consider today’s verse in light of the fact that God does not lie. Moses tells us to be strong and courageous and not afraid. Why all the optimism? Why the courage? Because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” God Himself has said to you and I, “Never.” Never. NEVER! Let it sink in – He will never leave you or forsake you! Today, right now, let this fact change your day. Let it reshape your emotions. Let it precede all your decisions. He will never leave you or forsake you.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I wander through most days with so much apathy. I live as if you don’t exist. I haven’t taken your promises seriously. Most the time I am not strong or courageous. Forgive me for this. Instead, help me today really grasp what it means that you will never leave me or forsake me. In Jesus Name.
AMEN

TODAY’S AFFIRMATION & MEDITATION
With God I can be strong and courageous
Today, quiet your heart and meditate on God’s presence and His abiding love for you. Focus on His magnificent power. See God’s purpose to love and protect you. As you begin to perceive His presence, power and purpose feel a strength and courage begin to well up inside you. Say with wonder on your breath, “He will never leave me or forsake me, I can be strong and courageous.”

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 TODAY’S VERSE
“Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong. And do everything with love.”
I Corinthians 16:13-14 (NLT)
 
TODAY’S THOUGHT
I have three boys whom I love with all my heart. They are older now, but if I was to get them all together again as young men and give them the best wisdom I could, I would give them today’s verse. Paul said it all! In today’s world we need to be on guard. Temptations, spiritual attacks, immoral choices constantly bombard us. This is all the more reason to stand firm in the faith. We need to dig in and hang on. And that takes courage. Courage, even when we don’t know where courage will come from. We have to be strong, but not strong in our own power. We need to lean on the power of the Holy Spirit. He is our strength. And finally, the best advice Paul gives is that we should do everything with love. God is love and if we want to do His will, we can be sure it has something to do with love. Love our family, love our children, love our neighbors, love our co-workers. Jesus said to even love our enemies. Today, if you have nothing else to do, or if you have way too much to do, add this to your list, “Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong. And do everything with love.” 
 
TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, help me be on guard, standing firm in my faith, being courageous and strong. And help me, Lord, do everything today with love.”
 
TODAY’S AFFIRMATION & MEDITATION
With Christ, I am strong, courageous, firm in my faith and full of love.
Affirming this statement alone will not bring change, but it is a start. God is able to help us be this way. Today, ask God to help you and then stop and visualize Him doing that very thing. See yourself being strong, courageous, firm in your faith and full of love. Sense what might be stopping you and give it to Jesus. Then visualize it again. Let’s wrestle with it in our mind, so we can begin to live it in our life.

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 TODAY’S VERSE
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.
Romans 15:4 (NIV)
 
TODAY’S THOUGHT
Many of the problems that we face can be overcome by endurance and encouragement. Most emotions and obsessive thoughts have an ebb and flow to them. If we use the word of God and endure, we can get to the other side. And what our endurance might not remedy, the encouragement of God through His word can. How? By giving us hope. Hope is the ultimate encourager. Hope gives us the capacity to endure. Today, come to God’s word. Let Him speak to you. Spend time reading, praying and then follow the examples of endurance and God will encourage your heart, giving you hope. 
 
TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Holy Spirit, You are the Holy teacher and I ask that You would open my eyes that I might see the deep spiritual truths of Scriptures. Help me endure. Encourage my heart and give me hope. I pray in Jesus’ name.
AMEN
 
TODAY’S AFFIRMATION & MEDITATION
God’s word gives me hope, endurance and encouragement
Hope, endurance and encouragement doesn’t come naturally. It takes focus and awareness of what is going on in our heart. It takes repentance and renewal. It takes time in His word. Today, sit in quietness and visualize yourself reading the scriptures and God giving you all the hope, endurance and encouragement your heart can handle. See Him filling you with joy and peace as you read His word.

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TODAY’S VERSE
The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him.
Psalm 103:8-13 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
If I had to pick two words to describe Christianity, it would be “love and forgiveness.” There is something about God’s love and forgiveness that is unique to Christianity. Jesus made it possible to really experience it. Read the verses again and then ask yourself, “Do I really believe that these verses apply to me?” This personalization is where change comes from. What you read in the Bible won’t change your life if you choose not to believe it. God says, “As high as the heavens are, so great is my love for you.” If you know Jesus as your Savior, then really know that your sins, yes all of them, are forever forgiven and forgotten.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Thank You, Jesus, for dying on the cross so that ALL my sins can be forgiven. Take my heart and draw me to Yourself even now. Surround me in Your love and forgiveness while I wait on You. Help me to really know and appreciate Your love and forgiveness, in all of its fullness, throughout this day. In Jesus’ name. AMEN

TODAY’S AFFIRMATION & MEDITATION
God is compassionate, forgiving and loving toward me
It is so easy to read those words and not really sense that they are true. Stop and muze on God’s compassion toward you. Feel His tenderness and mercy. Sense His forgiveness and His affectionate fondness toward you. Picture God’s loving gaze fixed upon you. Today know that God is compassionate, forgiving and loving toward you.

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TODAY’S VERSE
“Everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.’ But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!”
Romans 10:13-15 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
People are dying for the lack of a Savior! All around us are people with deep needs that God can help them with. We need to be a witness of the love of God and share with them the good news that He loves them. As we experience our relationship with God and learn to understand the love He has for us, the more we will be able to share this love with others. Paul asks, “How can people believe in Christ if they have never heard about Him? And how can they hear about Him unless someone tells them?”  Today let God lead you. Ask Him to bring you into a situation where you can share with others how God has been faithful in your life. Share how you have experienced the love that God has for you or how He has provided for you in some way. Offer to pray for them so they too can experience the love and power of God. Remember you are not doing this alone. God will use the Holy Spirit to prepare the way and open the door for you to share.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, thank you for what you have done in my life. Please open the door for me to share this with others. Prepare their hearts. Give me wisdom to know what to say and the courage to say it. As I speak of Your love and mighty power and all that You are doing in my life, might Your Holy Spirit help them to receive the truth for their own self. In Jesus Name.
AMEN

TODAY’S AFFIRMATION & MEDITATION
I am a messenger of God’s love
Today, ask God to show you those you can share the love of God with. Visualize ways you can love them, ways you can help them. Picture conversation where you share all that God has done for you. Picture them wanting to know Christ in the same way. Pray that God would make this a reality to prepare their heart and use you to share the good news with them.

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TODAY’S VERSE
“I waited patiently for the LORD to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the LORD.”
Psalms 40:1-3 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Have you found yourself in the pit? Does it seem like there is no way out? The walls are high and slippery, every time you try to escape you slip back down? David knew exactly how you feel. There are many pits in life we can fall into. Emotional pits of bitterness, depression, fear. Financial pits of debt or inadequate income. Relational pits of alienation, fighting or loneliness. Career pits of unemployment or underemployment. The good news is that God knows about our situation. He is able to help us. As David waited patiently for God, God heard his cry. God lifted him out of the pit of despair and put him on solid ground. He can do the same for you. Cry out to God today. Tell Him about your situation. Share with Him how you feel. As you do, you will find God lifting you out of the pit you are in. He will put you on solid ground. He will give you a new song to sing, a song of praise! Best of all, as God works in your life, many will see what is happening and put their trust in God the same way you do. Give God your situation and begin to trust Him for deliverance today.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, You know the pit I am in. I admit my participation in this and repent of any of my doing that has kept me here. I ask You, Father to lift me out of this. I will wait patiently for You dear God and trust You for Your deliverance. In Jesus Name.
AMEN

TODAY’S AFFIRMATION & MEDITATION
God has given me a new song to sing, a song of praise!
Quite yourself before God and meditate on His great love for you. See yourself in a deep pit and as you look up you can see Him reaching down and He lifts you out of the pit. Sense His love for you. Feel a song rising in your heart. It is a song of praise to God. Look up and sing to Him, “Oh God, How I love you, How I praise You. You have lifted me out of the pit and put me on dry ground. Thank You God!”

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TODAY’S VERSE
“All the people were amazed and said to each other, ‘What is this teaching? With authority and power he gives orders to evil spirits and they come out!”’
Luke 4:36 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Are you amazed yet? Not everyone was. In today’s passage when people heard Jesus’ teaching, witnessed His miracles, sensed His immense love, they ended up saying, “What authority and power!” And before Jesus left the earth and said “All authority was given to me,” it says that some people worshipped. But it also states that some doubted. Isn’t that just like us? We worship and we doubt. We trust and we fear. We have hope and we despair. What can make the difference? What can take us from doubt to worship? Spending time with Him. It was those that were with Him, watching and listening, that experienced His power and His authority. Those that “heard” Jesus say that all authority was His, well, they just heard it. Today, let yourself be amazed; spend time with Him.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Jesus, I come today to be amazed. I want to know You, know Your love, know Your power. Open my eyes, open my heart to all that You are. I come and worship You.
AMEN

AFFIRMATION & MEDITATION
I am amazed at God’s love for me
Today come and quiet yourself before God. In quietness picture Christ dying on the cross for you. See Him gaze at you from the cross, happy to be your Savior. See Him rising from the tomb, looking for you. Find yourself walking alone and  He comes running up to greet you and tell you, “I love you, I am going to Heaven, but I will be with you always.” Feel yourself fully amazed at His love for you!

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