Don’t Give Up Doing Good

TODAY’S VERSE
So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.
Galatians 6:9 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
It is hard work doing good. It seems like there is always a shortcut, a reason to delay, an easier way. It is easier to complain than to fix something. It is easier to quit than to go the extra mile. We find ourselves asking, “If this is so good, why is it so hard?” Besides, there is no way you will ever get paid for all you are doing; most of the time your efforts will go unrewarded. And yet we do good because it is the right thing to do. It is what Jesus would do. Nobody knew this more than the Apostle Paul. He pens these words for our encouragement, “Don’t get tired of doing good! You will reap a harvest of blessing, just don’t give up!” So, what good are you doing? What have you started but need to get back to? Are you discouraged? Do you feel like giving up? Talk to God about it today. Let Him know. Ask Him for strength and joy. Ask Him to give you a glimpse of the possibilities and then get back up and continue on. You will see the end, there will be a blessing, don’t give up.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Lord, You know where I am at. You know the good I am trying to do. You know my struggle. I cannot see the end. I need Your help. I need Your strength. I recommit myself today to doing the good that You have called me to do. Lord, I believe that there will be a harvest of blessing. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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Forgiveness

TODAY’S VERSE
Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.
Colossians 3:13

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Forgiveness is at the root of Christianity. It is the cornerstone of our beliefs. Christ came so we could be forgiven of all our sins. So is it any surprise that forgiveness is the basis of a healthy human existence? No one gets through life unscathed. All of us have to forgive someone at one time or another. And it can be very difficult. But we need to understand that the consequences of unforgiveness can be worse than the offense we need to forgive. Sickness, mental illness, stress, poor life choices can all be the result of a bitter, unforgiving spirit. Are you hurt, bitter, angry, gripped by the inability to forgive? Leanne Payne in her book Listening Prayer says, “We do not forgive evil. We hate evil. But we find the grace to forgive those in the grip of evil, those who did the evil against us.” According to Neil Anderson in his book Bondage Breaker, “Forgiveness is not forgetting what happened. Rather it is agreeing to live with the consequences of another person’s wrongdoing; it is acknowledging the hurt and hate.” When you bring that hurt and hate to Jesus and are willing to let it go, something deeply spiritual happens. God is able to suddenly help you see His deep love and forgiveness for you and His Holy Spirit gives you the ability to forgive, even when you don’t feel like it. He will help you make the choice to forgive. Set yourself free; choose to forgive today.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, forgiving those that have hurt me is hard. Bring to my mind today those that I need to forgive. Then help me, by Your grace, to be honest about my hurt and hate and deliberately choose to forgive them, just as You deliberately died on the cross and forgave me. Set me free from the bondage of unforgiveness. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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No Condemnation

TODAY’S VERSE
So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.
Romans 8:1

TODAY’S THOUGHT
It is one thing to forgive someone else, but it can be difficult to forgive yourself? How do we get rid of a guilty conscience? When we feel convicted, we repent, ask forgiveness and accept the forgiveness. At least that is how it is supposed to work. But for many, it doesn’t stop there. It is more than guilt that is bothering us. It is shame. Guilt says, “I have done wrong.” Shame says, “I am wrong.” With shame, there is a nagging condemnation, an ugly worthlessness, a sense of hopelessness that we can never be loved, let alone forgiven. A shame that is so hard to overcome that our soul becomes numb. My friend let me assure you, God does not use shame. He does not condemn. Lift up your head; go ahead, lift up your head and look into the eyes of Jesus. You will see nothing but unconditional love for you. Hear these words of Paul today. Let them resound deep into your heart, breathe them in: “There is no condemnation for those that belong to Christ Jesus.” Know today that you are forgiven, you are loved. So forgive yourself, be healed, be free from any false guilt. Accept yourself as a loveable creation of God. Accept His unconditional love.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, today I quit trying to earn Your love. I let go of all the thoughts, all the negative self-images, all the nagging doubts and condemnation that is stopping me from accepting Your unconditional love. Instead, as I sit here, fill me with Your forgiveness. Overwhelm me with the joy You have over me. I thank You that You are not ashamed of me and that I am precious in Your sight. Today, I wash clean in Your grace, forgiveness, and love. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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Choices

TODAY’S VERSE
Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
Proverbs 3:4-6

TODAY’S THOUGHT
There are many choices to make in life. How are we to integrate our faith when making major life decisions? First, we see in this passage, that we are to “trust in the Lord with all our heart.” This is more than head knowledge, it is experiential knowledge. This “knowing” has gone past our brain into our experience so that it finally resides in our inner being. It is not a “blind faith,” it is what the author of Hebrews calls “being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Then it is out of our relationship with God that we “seek His will in all we do.” When we seek His will God is faithful to lead us and show us which path to take. What is it that you need help with? What is it that you need to decide? Seek God’s help today. Pray over the issue at hand. Seek counsel, apply wisdom, pray much and then allow Him to guide you. Let Him show you how to move forward. He promises He will.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, some decisions are so hard. I find myself so many times baffled at what to do. Situations, where I have dug myself into a hole, consequences of other people’s sins, circumstances beyond my control – all of these, have often left me rocking. Father, help me trust in You with all my heart today. Increase my faith. Impart Your wisdom to me and lead me in the way I should go. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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To Do List

TODAY’S VERSE
Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
I Thessalonians 5:16-18

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Not sure what to do today? Don’t know which direction to go in or where to start? In today’s passage, Paul has given us a tremendous “to do” list. In fact, he is emphatic about our doing it. He uses the words “always”, “continually” and “in all circumstances.” Look at what he says we should do. “Be joyful always!” We think of joy as an emotion but, in fact, many times joy is an act of the will. We can choose to see the glass half full, the trip almost finished, hope right around the corner. We can choose hope and experience the presence of Christ in our life which will result in joy! Paul then says, “Pray continually.” Prayer is more than an occasional ritual. It is the communication that comes out of a vibrant, authentic relationship. It is a conversation with the living God that goes on all day. God really is with us and we talk to Him and hear from Him. Finally, Paul writes, “Give thanks in all circumstances.” Giving thanks is that expression of gratitude we give to God when we decide to give Him the glory for the good around us and trust Him with the bad. When things go right, we praise Him and when we are not sure about our circumstances and are upset, it is the voice of reason that says, “I thank you, God, that you are trustworthy.” Today add to your list of these important things to do: be joyful always, pray continually and give thanks in all circumstances.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, above all else today, I choose to be joyful. I also commit myself to pray throughout the day as things come to my mind. And Father, today I will deliberately be conscious of giving You thanks in all my circumstances. Help me to this end. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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Anxiety or Peace?

TODAY’S VERSE
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
I Peter 5:7
You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!
Isaiah 26:3

TODAY’S THOUGHT
As hard as we try, we can’t control everything. Circumstances happen, situations arise, consequences catch up with us. Anxiety or peace? Because of God, we do have a choice. God makes all the difference in the world! Peter tells us to cast all our cares on God. I love the imagery. You throw something light — you cast something heavy. We are to take our heavy load of worry and anxiety, use all our strength and faith and cast it onto Jesus. Let Him take it. Why? Because He cares for us. Why? Because He is able to keep us in perfect peace. Isaiah shared the secret to peace. He said to fix our thoughts on God and trust Him. What is it that you are worried about today? Cast it onto Jesus. Trust Him with it. Fix your thoughts on His love for you.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I thank You that I can cast all my cares on You. I thank You that You care for me and that You are able to keep me in perfect peace. Take my situation; I trust You with it. I choose to take my focus off my worries and fears and put it on You and Your love. Give me Your peace today. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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Happy Thanksgiving

TODAY’S VERSE
Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
I Thessalonians 5:18

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Paul tells us to “Be thankful in all circumstances.” Now if anyone ever did that it was Paul. He lived it. But the truth is, it is hard sometimes to give thanks. Sure when things are going great no problem. But when things are falling apart or holidays like this remind us of those who have passed on, how do we give thanks? The secret is in another passage of scripture that Paul wrote, this time to the Philippians. He wrote, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” How do we overcome? First, we stop worrying. Worrying never solved anything. It is a fixation on a future that is all in our mind. Second, we pray, we tell God all about our feelings, needs, and concerns. We share with Him our deepest needs. We look to Him like we would a compassionate Father who adores His children. Finally, we surrender and give thanks. We choose gratitude. We choose to thank God because He is worthy of all our thanks, all our praise, all our adoration. And something wonderful happens. We give Him thanks and He gives us joy. On this Thanksgiving, I encourage you to, “Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say REJOICE!”
Happy Thanksgiving
Ron Ovitt
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TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I come now to give You praise. Thank You for all that You have done for me. Thank You for giving me a new life in You. Thank You for Your blessings. Thank You for Your unfailing love for me. In Jesus name
AMEN

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