Doubt

TODAY’S VERSE
When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer. Psalm 94:19 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Doubts come. And when they do, they often attack our faith. Is God there? Does He care? Is He going to do anything? Sometimes it is more profound. Does God love me? Does He have a purpose for me? Some doubts get even more personal. There must be something wrong with me. No one loves me. I will never make it. Doubt is the enemy of our soul. The good news is that God gave us the solution to doubt. It is faith. Faith looks at doubt and says, begone, I believe in God. Faith allows us to commune with the Holy Spirit, the comforter, and He works deep in our heart to do what the Psalmist said He would centuries ago. Today, when doubts fill your mind, you can turn to God, and His comfort will give us renewed hope and cheer.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, I thank You that I can turn to You in faith when I have doubts. Thank You for the Holy Spirit, whose comfort brings me hope and cheer.
AMEN

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ENcouragement

TODAY’S VERSE
But God, who encourages those who are discouraged, encouraged us.
II Corinthians 7:6 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
It is easy to become discouraged. Finances, health, relationships, career, family all of them can present us with tremendous challenges and ample opportunity for discouragement. The good news is that there is someone bigger than our situation. Paul knew it. He writes, “When we arrived in Macedonia, there was no rest for us. We faced conflict from every direction, with battles on the outside and fear on the inside.” And then he adds the phrase that changes everything. He writes, “But God.” It doesn’t get any better than that. He writes, “But God who encourages those who are discouraged, encouraged us.” In this case, God did it through the arrival of Titus to minister with Paul. I don’t know how God will do it for you, but today you have the God who encourages the discouraged. Watch for it; let Him encourage you.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, You are the great encourager. I pray that in Your own marvelous way, You would encourage my heart today. In Jesus’ name.
Amen

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Keep Doing Right

TODAY’S VERSE
So if you are suffering in a manner that pleases God, keep on doing what is right, and trust your lives to the God who created you, for he will never fail you.
I Peter 4:19 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Suffering is never easy. It is bad enough when it is the result of our own doing. But it is even more difficult to handle when we are suffering and haven’t done anything wrong. What do we do? It seems so unfair. Our first inclination is to get angry or perhaps give up. Maybe it is to compromise what we believe, so the pressure goes away. Peter knew what suffering for righteousness sake was. He and the early Christians suffered much persecution. So Peter wrote to the Christians and what he wrote applies to us today. He said to “keep on doing what is right.” Don’t compromise. Don’t give up. Don’t get revenge. Instead, Peter admonishes us to “trust your lives to the God who created you, for he will never fail you.” Today, trust God, commit your way to Him, and do right. God will not fail you.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, You know my situation. Help me to trust You, Lord. Help me to continue to do right. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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God’s Love

TODAY’S VERSE
May you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.
Ephesians 3:18 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
God illuminated Paul’s heart when he wrote these prophetic words. We need love. But the love we find in this world is not enough. That is why Paul shared the prayer that we would have the power to really grasp God’s love. Beth Moore in her book, Praying God’s Word, writes, “We are not wrong to think we desperately need to be loved. We do. But we are wrong to think we can make anyone love us the way we need to be loved. Our need does not constitute anyone else’s call but God’s.” Paul has thrown down the challenge. It will take a lifetime to try and accomplish, but can you imagine the journey? The thrill? The joy in even beginning to see the width, length, height, and depth of God’s love? Today, ask Jesus Himself to accompany you on such a glorious adventure of discovery.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Jesus, please give me the power and help me to understand how wide, long, high, and deep the Heavenly Father’s love for me really is.
AMEN

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Tongue

TODAY’S VERSE
Take control of what I say, O LORD, and guard my lips. Don’t let me drift toward evil or take part in acts of wickedness. Don’t let me share in the delicacies of those who do wrong.
Psalm 141:3-4 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Controlling what we say. It is often more challenging than we think. We can preplan, prepare, practice, and still, in the heat of the temptation, we can often say things that we shouldn’t. How much could be prevented if we heeded today’s verse and asked the Lord to take control of our tongue! Saving face, getting revenge, one-upping someone, making up for what we think are inadequacies all start with the mouth. James knew all about the tongue. He wrote, “For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way. – And among all the parts of the body, the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself.” Today, make it a matter of prayer. Dedicate your tongue to God and ask Him to help you choose all the words that will come out of your mouth wisely.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, help me to guard my tongue. I dedicate it to You and ask that all the words that come out of my mouth today would be for good and to Your glory.
AMEN

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Encouragement

TODAY’S VERSE
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up.
I Thessalonians 5:11 NLT

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Ever been so thirsty you felt parched? You couldn’t wait until you had a glass of water. When you finally took a drink, it was heavenly, refreshing, and brought new life to your body. That is what encouragement does. It is like a cooling salve on a bad burn. A refreshing breeze on a hot, humid day. The laughter of children when in an anxious state. There is something about a person who is with you when all seems lost. Their presence speaks volumes. They comfort you with their empathy in what they say and do. We need encouragement, and God commands us to encourage one another. In fact, the only thing I can think of that is wrong with encouragement is that there isn’t enough! Today, be God’s messenger of hope, love, peace, and joy. People all around you are thirsty for encouragement. Take your love and fill their cup!

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, thank You for Your encouragement. Help me to be selfless and encourage others in the way You have encouraged me.
AMEN

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Leave It With God

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 3:5-6 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Life can become so complicated. How often do we need wisdom to navigate our way through the various problems we run into. Thankfully, as Christians, we don’t have to go through this alone; we have the Lord. Solomon gives us the secret. He writes that we need to trust in the Lord with all our hearts. However, Solomon knew how hard that is. He warns us that the temptation is to give our problem to God then take it back and depend on our own understanding. Instead, wise Solomon tells us to seek God’s will in everything we do, and the Lord will show us which way we need to go. Today, turn your situation over to God and leave it there. Trust Him and let Him direct your path.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, forgive me for trying to make it on my own. I need You. I need Your direction in my life. As I seek Your will, please show me the way to go.
Amen

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Come And See

TODAY’S VERSE
“Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked. “Come and see,” said Philip.
John 1:46 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Philip was excited about meeting Jesus, so he finds Nathanael and says, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” Nathanael then said, “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” I love Philip’s answer. He says, “Come and see.” I find it very comforting that Jesus was born in a stable with animals around. That he came from a working family, raised in Nazareth, and yet none of this changed who He truly was. He knew who He was, so his past, environment, parentage, earthy status, rejection, nothing distracted Him from His mission. What about you? Is there something in your past, heritage, upbringing, status, or way others treated you hindering you from believing who you are? If you know Jesus as your Savior, then you are a child of God. Believe it, receive it, and don’t let anything, nothing rob you of your significance or mission for God on this earth. Know who You are. You are a royal child and servant of God. Don’t hold back. Go and invite others to, “come and see!”

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, I thank You that You have made me Your child. Thank You that it is not based on status or merit or my earning it. Instead it is Your grace and mercy that have made me Your own. Help me to believe and receive Your great love for me so I can live out the mission You have for me. In Jesus’ name.
Amen

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Be Filled With The Spirit

TODAY’S VERSE
After this prayer, the meeting place shook, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. Then they preached the word of God with boldness.
Acts 4:31 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Our Holy God’s Spirit is powerful and mighty. The early Church experienced this. In one incident, when they were filled with the Spirit, the meeting place literally shook with power, and they went and preached with boldness. Today, God wants to fill you with this same Holy Spirit. The word “fill” means “to be under the influence of.” Now it is easy to be filled with emotions. Fear, sorrow, and anger can consume you or bring you under their influence. These strong emotions can control your life. But today, you have a choice. Instead of painful emotions, you can invite the Holy Spirit to guide, direct and fill your life. The result of this filling is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Isn’t that what you want to be filled with? Ask God to fill you with His Spirit today.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, thank You for the presence of Your Holy Spirit. I ask that You fill me with Your Spirit and produce love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control in my life.
AMEN

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Love mORE

TODAY’S VERSE
Clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace.
Colossians 3:12-15 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Paul was on to something. He knew what the church needed to do to thrive. They needed to love each other more and more. They needed to create an atmosphere of acceptance, love, and forgiveness. We need the same today. We need churches where we don’t wear masks; we don’t hide our true selves from each other. A place where we can admit our shortcomings because we know that our sins do not define us; instead, who we are in Christ does! In the book “The Cure,” the authors write that we put too much emphasis on “Sinning less!” They are quick to point out that this causes us to be phony, judgmental, and unloving. Instead, they eloquently write that we don’t have to “Sin less.” We need to “Love more!” They point out, “We can sin less and not love more. But if we love more, we will sin less!” The truth is we are forgiven. We don’t have to sin less. Instead Jesus wants us to love more! Read today’s verse again. If we follow what it says, we will love more! And if we love more, we will sin less!

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, help me to embrace the truth of your love for me. Help me to quit focusing on sinning less and more on loving more.
Amen

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