What Do You Expect?

TODAY’S VERSE
“But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.”
James 1:6-7 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Expectations have a lot to do with outcomes. What is faith if it is not an expectation that God is going to do what He said He would do? What is hope if it is not an expectation of good things to come? What are you expecting from God? What are you expecting your life to be like? The answers to these questions make all the difference in the world. The Bible gives us many reasons to expect great things in our life. We have a great God with a great love for us who has a great plan for our life. This should influence what we expect today. We should go forth today expecting God’s favor on our life. We should expect God’s love to shine in our heart. We should expect that He will lovingly listen to our prayers and grant our requests according to His will. We should expect Him to act in love on our behalf. We should expect God to be compassionate and forgiving toward us. So let me ask you, “If you are a loved child of the King of Kings, what are you expecting today?”

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, I say I trust You, but often my expectations betray me. I don’t act as if I believe You really love me. I don’t act as if You are determined to bless me today. Forgive me, Lord. Please help me to live in the expectation of Your love and blessing in my life today and everyday.
AMEN

TODAY’S AFFIRMATION & MEDITATION
I expect God’s love and blessing in my daily life
Quiet yourself and review your past few days. Have you expected great things from God? Have you walked in confidence and assurance of His love and blessing in your life, or have you been worrying and full of anxiety? Stop and visualize yourself walking around today with full confidence of God’s love and blessing in your life. Breathe deep and sense what it feels like to expect God’s blessing today. To expect Him to be with you and guide you. Picture God with you all day and start to match your expectations to the reality of His presence and power in your life.

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A Road Through The Sea

A Road Through The Sea

TODAY’S VERSE
Your road led through the sea, your pathway through the mighty waters—a pathway no one knew was there!
Psalms 77:19 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
This is from a Psalm written by Asaph. It is a Psalm where he spews out all his distress and frustration with God and the way his life was going. He says, “Has the Lord rejected me forever? Will he never again be kind to me? Is his unfailing love gone forever? Have his promises permanently failed? Has God forgotten to be gracious? Has he slammed the door on his compassion?” And if we were honest, we would admit that there are times when we have thought the same thing. But something happened. He started to remember all that God had done in the past and started to overlay that on the present and the future. Like you would with a business that is going bad, you would look over the situation, remember business principles, apply them to your situation and start to make corrections. Circumstances were horrible but God’s love and power were the same. Asaph began to focus on all the good God had done and writes, “Is there any god as mighty as you? You are the God of great wonders!” And then he remembered, (I love this) that God led His people out of Egypt via a road, but not an ordinary road. No, a road that led through the Red Sea! A road no one would have ever thought of. That is the God we follow. That is the God we can trust in. He has a road for you. No matter how bad it looks, follow Him.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, forgive me for complaining. I have forgotten so many times how wonderful You really are. I have forgotten about the Red Sea. Help me to trust You more. Today I commit to follow the path You have for me.

TODAY’S AFFIRMATION & MEDITATION
I will trust in God
Visualize yourself with the Tribe of Israelites leaving Egypt. You are fleeing for your life on a road that is heading right toward the Red Sea. You have the Army of Egypt chasing you and a Sea of water in front of you. Picture yourself getting closer to the Red Sea and starting to complain. Feel the distress well up inside you. Just as you feel like giving up, sense God give you faith enough to trust Him. Begin to feel hope. Take a deep breath and picture the Red Sea open in front of your eyes. Sense your joy and begin to walk to the other side. As you cross the Sea see yourself full of joy and praising God. Apply this same joy to today as you decide to trust in God for whatever comes your way.

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Rejoice In God

TODAY’S VERSE
“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 (NIV)

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.
Amen

TODAY’S AFFIRMATION & MEDITATION
I am filled with God’s peace
Today, stop and become aware of God’s deep reservoir of peace. Like a large crystal clear pool of water simply lay on a raft and let the water carry you away. Likewise picture the Hands of God carrying you, supporting you and giving you peace. As you meditate on His love for you ask God to make you conscious of His peace. Ask Him to give you the peace that transcends all understanding.

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Knowing God

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

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, 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 see 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. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

TODAY’S AFFIRMATION & MEDITATION
I know God deep in my heart
Come before God and ask Him to help you sense His love for you. Wait on Him. Pray, “Lord let me know Your love deep in my heart.” Wait on Him. Again pray, “Lord help me know your love deep in my heart.” As you sense His love for you, enjoy His presence and worship Him.

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He Brings Me Joy

TODAY’S VERSE
“When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.”
Psalms 94:19 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Anxiety can be overwhelming. It grabs your mind and sends it into a tailspin. Down a shoot into panic and fear until it drains you. You feel so helpless, so alone. But nothing could be farther from the truth. The Psalmist felt helpless, like he was slipping off a cliff into a deep abyss, and yet he wrote, “Your consolation brought joy to my soul.” There are three important parts to what he is saying. First it was an act of consolation that brought the Psalmist back to joy. To console someone is to comfort them, to bring them solace or to alleviate their sorrow, grief or disappointment. Joy is a process, a result of finding comfort and solace even in the midst of the anxiety. Second it is God who brings the consolation. He is called the “God of all comfort.” Jesus called the Holy Spirit the Comforter. Our God is able to bring you comfort, He will console your heart. The third is that the Psalmist returned to joy. Today there is hope. We can return to joy from anxiety. There is consolation, there is God and there is joy. Return today to God, let Him console you return you to joy.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, where else can I go? Who on earth can console me like You can. I cry out to You Oh Lord. Comfort me, console me, return my soul to joy. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

TODAY’S AFFIRMATION & MEDITATION
God consoles me and returns me to joy
God is able. Today, bring your heart to God. Let Him know your pain. Read today’s verse again, “When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.” Whisper, “Your consolation brings joy to my soul.” Let the words sink in. Picture God consoling you. Let Him hold you. Cry out to Him. Let Him bring you comfort. Then wait. Visualize God lifting your head and wiping away your tears, comforting you and looking deep into your eyes. Sense His love and let His love return your soul to joy. Be at peace as you think of Him taking your sorrow, your anxiety and leaving you peace and joy instead. Whisper again, “Your consolation brings joy to my soul.”

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Everything We Need For Life and Godliness

TODAY’S VERSE
“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him.”
II Peter 1:3 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
How many times have we felt inadequate in a situation? If only there was something that could help us? It is easy to feel this way about our spiritual life. How can we live for God? How can we live this Christian life the way He wants us to? By ourselves we can’t. But the good news is, “He has given us everything we need for life and godliness.” How? Through knowing Him and His promises. Today, spend time and get to know God. Talk to Him. Ask Him to reveal Himself to you. If you will spend time getting to know God, you will find that He does indeed have everything you need for life and godliness.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear God, I want to live the life You want me to, but I can’t do it by myself. I need You. I need Your promises. Reveal Yourself to me today and in the days to come, so I can get to know You more and more and live the life You desire for me.
AMEN

TODAY’S AFFIRMATION & MEDITATION
God has given me everything I need for life and Godliness
The verse ends, “through our knowledge of Him.” Today, let us quiet ourself and focus our attention on the knowledge of God. Visualize yourself quietly sitting and thinking of all you know about God. As you do put yourself in a receiving mindset. As you think of God, ask Him to reveal more to you. For example. Think of God’s power. Meditate on His power and when you are ready simply say, “Teach me more Lord about your power.” Wait patiently and let God reveal more to you. Then think about God’s love. Same thing, “Lord teach me more about your Love.” There is God’s grace, justice, mercy, forgiveness, Holiness just to name a few. Meditate on these too as come back to exercise over and over in order to increase your knowledge and awareness of God.

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God’s Presence

TODAY’S VERSE
“Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence. So please don’t lose heart-”
Ephesians 3:12-13 NLT

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Paul, the great leader of the New Testament church, was in prison. Some saw this as tragic and began to lose heart. Poverty, persecution, and hardship had been the cup of many of the believers; but to have Paul in prison was more than they could bear. However, Paul took this opportunity to write them from prison and today we benefit from his inspired words. He sent them a letter of encouragement and penned, “Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence. So please don’t lose heart.” Paul knew it was true. Everyday he went from the prison into the presence. And because of Christ and his faith in Him, Paul came to God with boldness and confidence. Today we can do the same. Are you losing heart? Have you struggled and almost given up? Do not lose heart. God is here. Come today into His presence with boldness and confidence in His unfailing love for you.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, thank You for inviting me to come to You with confidence and boldness. Thank You for loving me. Oh that I may know You and be filled with Your presence and power. Help me not to lose heart but to trust Your love.
AMEN

TODAY’S AFFIRMATION & MEDITATION
God has invited me to come boldly into His presence
Today, quiet your heart and ready yourself to come into the presence of God. Visualize Almighty God inviting you to boldly come to Him. As you do, feel the confidence that He has given you to come. He loves you and wants you to worship Him and enjoy His presence. As you meditate say, “Heavenly Father, I come. Make me conscious of Your presence.” Wait. If needed, say it again, “Heavenly Father, I come. Make me conscious of Your presence.”  As you wait begin to sense His love and enjoy spending time with Him.

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Unimaginable Reality

TODAY’S VERSE
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!”
Ephesians 3:20-21 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
I love my imagination. At night I would sit and make up stories for my boys. We would go away to far away places, do things we could never do in this life, be with characters from another world. Every night was an adventure. But at the end of the day it was just imagination. There was no reality. But what if? I have always been a dreamer. I see what others would consider impossibilities and start to wonder what it would be like if it came to pass? But all my dreams, visions, imaginations pale in comparison to what God has in store for you and I. In today’s passage Paul is giving glory to God. But not the God we normally think of. No, he is giving glory to a God “who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.” What? More than I can imagine? No. Immeasurably more than I can imagine! I don’t know where to begin. What could Paul be thinking of? I can’t put my arms around it, but I know this. If you and I would start to believe that God could, and more importantly wants to do a fraction of what we could imagine let alone what we can’t imagine, it would change our life. Why not start today? Ask God for something “unimaginable” to pray for. Ask Him to give you a dream, a vision, and unimaginable prayer for your life. He will fulfill it according to His power that is at work within you!

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I don’t know where to begin. You said you can do more than I can imagine according to Your power that is within me. So Father, I ask you to show me what to pray. What unimaginable prayer do you want me to believe you for? Speak to my heart I pray. In the precious name of Jesus.
AMEN

TODAY’S AFFIRMATION & MEDITATION
I ask God for GREAT things to be done
Picture yourself with an invitation to come before God and ask Him for anything you want that would help others. He has promised that He could give you more than you could possibly ask or imagine. So meditate and try to our imagine God! Ask Him for help. Spend a few minutes. What great things does God want to do through your faith and imagination? Meditate and then ask Him for it.

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Today You Can Rejoice

TODAY’S VERSE
“This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
Psalm 118:24 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Have you ever stopped to think that maybe your worry, fear, and sadness is a habit? This was an eye opener for me. The thought was intriguing because I knew that a habit could be broken and a new habit could take its place. So it was very exciting to consider that I could take the habit of worry, fear and sadness and trade it for a habit of happiness. To help me start the day with the habit of “happiness” I would get up and quote today’s verse outloud, “This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” That simple habit would allow me to focus and begin a string of thoughts that would lead to a more joyful outlook on life. It would allow me to energize faith before negative and pessimistic thinking could take root in my morning. How about you? Is happiness the choice that you have made today? If not, it is not too late. Happiness, joy, peace, faith can be yours. God has made us resilient and we can return to joy from painful emotions. This is the day the LORD has made; go ahead rejoice and be glad in it.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, today I choose happiness, joy and faith. Thank you that this is a day that you have made; please help me to rejoice today and be glad in it.
AMEN

TODAY’S AFFIRMATION & MEDITATION
I choose to rejoice
Circumstances and emotions happen. We may not be able to control the circumstances but we can choose our emotions. We can be resilient and bounce back from worry, fear and sorrow. Visualize yourself worrying over a difficult circumstance. Feel the worry. But then bring God into the picture. Visualize God promising you His strength and power to see you through this difficult time. Sense you relief as you realize that you have a choice. You can choose to bounce back and choose to be peaceful and joyful. Allow yourself to experience the transformation. Chose to rejoice in today and be at peace and full of joy.

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Ask For Wisdom

TODAY’S VERSE
“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”
James 1:5 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Sometimes you hit a wall. Something comes along and has you completely baffled. You have no answers. Nothing makes sense. There doesn’t seem to be any reason to what is happening. What can you do? James offers a solution. He says, “Ask God for wisdom.” So today, stop, wait on God, cry out to Him and He promises that He will generously give you wisdom. 

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, I need wisdom. I need Your guidance and understanding. You have promised that You will give wisdom to me generously.  I come to You in faith asking You to give me that wisdom today. In Jesus’ name. AMEN

TODAY’S AFFIRMATION & MEDITATION
God gives me wisdom
When you ask, you have to wait for an answer. How often have you waited on God? Today you can wait on Him for wisdom. If not now, set some time aside and quiet yourself before Him. What is it you seek? Ask God and wait. Quiet your heart and muse on His presence. Quietly seek for His voice. God’s presence is real. His answer is sure. Spend concentrated time with God and He will guide you.

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