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TODAY’S VERSE
“How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart? Cleanse me from these hidden faults. Keep your servant from deliberate sins! Don’t let them control me. Then I will be free of guilt and innocent of great sin.”
Psalms 19:12-13 (NLT)

“And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.”
Romans 8:2 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
David knew what it was to struggle with moral choices. Doing the right thing is not always easy. We struggle with all kinds of conflicting thoughts, attitudes and emotions. Paul struggled this way. In Romans 7 he wrote, “I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong.” The good news is Paul knew where to look for help. Paul asks the question, “Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death?” Both David and Paul knew the answer.  It is God that can set you and I free if we let Him. David cries out to God, “Keep your servant from deliberate sins! Don’t let them control me.” Paul writes, “The power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin.” What a glorious thought. God, through the power of His Holy Spirit, enables you and I to be free from the tyranny of sin with all it’s guilt and shame. Through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, the instruction from the word of God and the encouragement of other believers we can live the life God desires us to. Will we sin? Yes, but it doesn’t have to be our master. Our allegiance is to Christ and He has set us free!

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, thank You for forgiving me. Thank You for the power of the life-giving Holy Spirit that has freed me from the power of sin, guilt and shame.
AMEN

TODAY’S MEDITATION & VISUALIZATION
I have been set free from the bondage of sin
Feel the weight of chains and shackles that have you bound. Feel the burden of your sinfulness before a Holy and Just God. As you do, picture Jesus coming by with His nail scarred hands. He comes to you and says, “I died for you, be free! Feel the chains fall off and the weight gone. Rejoice that you have been set free from the bondage of sin.

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TODAY’S VERSE
“I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.”
John 12:46 (NIV)
“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.”
Matthew 5:14-15 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
What is the purpose of light? It is to invade darkness. It is light that permeates darkness. Think about it. Darkness is simply the absence of light. You can’t add more darkness to a situation, but you can take away the light. Jesus warned us about that very thing. He said not to cover our light. And yet that is exactly what we do. We keep Jesus all to ourselves. We have our fellowship with other believers on an  island of light far away from the darkened shores of the land around us. We have hoarded the light. Today might we hear the call of  God and instead of hoarding the light become GIVERS of the light! We must rise up and give away the light. We must invade the world’s darkness and shine the hope, peace, love, joy, and patience that we have in Christ – Might our cry be, “God help us shine the light!

TODAY’S PRAYER
Oh Father, maker of light. You have invaded my dark heart with your light. Yet I must confess that I am guilty of hoarding that light. Forgive me. Help me to invade the darkness around me and share your light with everyone I can.  Might all around know the light of Your love!
AMEN

TODAY’S AFFIRMATION & MEDITATION
I let Christ’s light shine in my life
Picture yourself in old campground. No electric lights, only lanterns provide any light at all. It is dark and your job is to light the lanterns. Visualize, as one by one you light each lanterns. Slowly the darkness starts to dissipate. As you finish, you turn and see people play and fellowship in the light. Sense the joy of sharing your light with those around you. Visualize your light getting brighter and brighter as you share it with others. Let God give you a vision of bringing the light of truth to those around you.

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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 His presence, His power 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 presence, your power and your promises in my life. 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’s presence, power and promises gives me all I need for life
See yourself standing in the presence of God. As you sit before Him you receive a Bible. In it are His promises toward you. As you read, your faith increases. Your trust in God and His promises give you hope and you feel a power rise up in your life. As you go about your day you find His presence, power and promises giving you everything you need for living a Godly life. Sense a joy in your heart and thank Him for His mighty promises.

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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, when your are perplexed, upset and worried, stop, wait on God and cry out to Him. God cares 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
When I ask, God will give me wisdom
Visualize yourself in a perplexing situation. You feel the pressure. Stress is building up and no matter what you do, there doesn’t seem to be an answer to your dilemma. See yourself asking God for wisdom. Feel His joy as you come to Him. Sense His presence and full attention toward your situation. He nudges you, gives you a sense of direction, inspires you and you begin to move with faith toward a solution. Affirm, “When I ask, God will give me wisdom.”

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TODAY’S VERSE
“I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.”
Psalm 34:4 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Fear comes in different shapes and sizes. To be sure, there are full-blown phobias and crippling fears that can interrupt our life; but for most of us, fear is more insidious. Fears of rejection, insignificance, and abandonment may not interrupt our life but they can sure influence the way we think and act. Our thoughts, motives and behaviors are constantly shaped by either faith or fear. The Psalmist found the secret. He said that if we seek the Lord, He will deliver us from all our fears. Turn on the light of faith and the darkness of fear will dissipate. Decide to seek God today. Move away from fear and move your thinkng toward faith.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Lord, I want to trade my fears for faith. Today, when fear comes to my attention, I will seek You. I will seek You with all of my heart. Thank You that You promise to deliver me.
AMEN

TODAY’S AFFIRMATION & MEDITATION
God delivers me from my fear
Bring yourself into the presence of God. Sense Him there. Take the big bag of fears that you have brought with you and lay them at His feet. Visualize yourself pulling each fear out of the bag one by one. As you do you notice that God is not flinching. He is not worried. His peace begins to give you confidence and as you bring out each fear you take a piece of His peace and put it in your bag. Affirm, “God delivers me from my fears!”

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TODAY’S VERSE
“If God is for us, who can be against us? -Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? – For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 8:31, 35, 38 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
This is one of the greatest promises in the Bible. It is true for every child of God. Nothing – nothing – nothing can separate you from the love of God! You may feel like His love is distant, you may have doubts, you may be in circumstances where it seems like God is nowhere near, but the truth remains. His love is with you and He is conscious of you right now, this very moment! Stop and recognize His presence. Be still and know that He is your God.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Almighty God, my Heavenly Father. I renounce all negative beliefs that lead me to think that You do not care or have abandoned me. I pray that You will, this very moment, make me conscious of Your presence. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and help me to really understand that nothing has or ever will separate me from Your love. Thank You for Your great love for me.
AMEN

TODAY’S AFFIRMATION & MEDITATION
Nothing can separate me from the love of God
See yourself walking against a strong wind. Dark clouds are coming in, a frigid temperature accompanies the strong wind. An ominous feeling comes over you and then you remember, “Nothing can separate me from the love of God!” Feel the peace of God come over you. Sense a deep faith welling up inside of you as it begins to give you joy. See God watching and sense His presence protecting you. Affirm deep in your heart, “Nothing can separate me from the love of God!”

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TODAY’S VERSE
What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do.    
James 2:14-18 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
There is a world in such need, but we are so busy we don’t see it. We are so inwardly focused, so concerned about our own welfare, we don’t stop to help others. That is not the way of Christ! Our churches should be making huge differences in our communities, but we don’t. When will this change? It can change TODAY if you and I decide to do something. Today, we can make a difference in someone’s life if we just open our eyes and hearts. May God help us to “walk our talk.”

TODAY’S PRAYER
Lord Jesus, help me see other peoples’ needs with Your eyes. Bring someone into my life today who needs help. Give me the mercy to stop, the wisdom to know what to do and then the love to do it. Thank You, God, for all You have done for me; help me do for others.
AMEN

TODAY’S AFFIRMATION & MEDITATION
I help those in need
Visualize your self going about your own business and you come across someone in need. Sense God’s tug on your heart. Feel compassion build up in you. Feel the joy as you see yourself stopping to meet their needs. Feel a commitment toward being merciful and giving away the love of God. See God full of joy as His love flows through you. Affirm the fact that, “I help those in need!”

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