Perfect Love

TODAY’S VERSE
I was senseless and ignorant; I was a brute beast before you. Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel.
Psalm 73:22-24 NIV

TODAY’S THOUGHT
We tend to have a bias that causes us to see ourselves better than we are. We think we are more intelligent and better than reality will attest. We are always the exception. We’re the one that won’t suffer the consequences of our behavior. No wonder Paul told us, “Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves.” Why all this pretense? Why can’t we be honest with ourselves? Fear plays a huge part. We are afraid to be our real self. We know nothing of unconditional love. But Asaph, the person that wrote today’s verse, knew. He was able to admit to God how horrible he had been acting and at the same time experience the deep love that God had for Him. The Apostle John said it best when he wrote,’ Perfect love casts out all fear!” Today, open your eyes. You can go ahead and see yourself with all your flaws, all your needs, all your humanness. God does, and He still sent Christ to die for you. Accept and embrace His love for the real you today.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, thank You for Your unconditional love for me. Thank You that You accept me for who I am. Help me to see myself the way You do. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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Return To Joy

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

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Because of Christ, we have a choice. We can return to joy from painful emotions. The Psalmist knew this. When he was overwhelmed with anxiety, it was the consolation and comfort of the Lord that brought him back to a place of joy. The choice was to believe that God’s love toward us is unconditional. To believe that He alone can and will give us the peace that passes all our understanding. To believe that the Holy Spirit is indeed the comforter and He will sustain us. Today, allow His presence to console you. Allow Him to quiet your anxious heart and return you to joy.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, You know my heart. You know how I am. I bring all my anxiety to You. Console me I pray. Return me to joy. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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Good Morning

TODAY’S VERSE
Satisfy us each morning with your unfailing love
Psalms 90:14 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Every morning is a new day. But often, our routines, thoughts, predicament, and attitudes may be the same. Depression, anxiety, confusion can settle in with that first cup of coffee. Lack of purpose, regrets, a suffocating realization that life is passing us by may have us in a spiritual stupor. However, there is hope. God is here. As sure as the sun rises each day, God promised that He would never leave us or forsake us. Today’s verse is a cry out to God to satisfy the longings of our hearts with the realization of His unfailing love. Today can be different. Rise up, claim your birthright. You are a child of Almighty God, and this day He has visited you with His unfailing love.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, thank You for this day. Come and satisfy me with your unfailing love. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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My Refuge

TODAY’S VERSE
This I declare about the LORD: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; He is my God, and I trust him.
Psalms 91:2

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Fear is real. It is a major topic in the Bible. Did you know that “fear not” is one of the most frequent commands in the Bible? The people living in the Old Testament times knew what fears were. Wars, sickness, famines, poverty, violence, slavery were all around them, yet, look at their faith. In today’s passage, the Psalmist writes, “Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday. Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you.” What confidence in God. Today say with the Psalmist, “This I declare about the LORD: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; He is my God, and I trust him.”

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, Almighty God, my Savior, and Lord. Thank You for being my refuge, my place of safety. Today I put my trust in You.
AMEN

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Resilience

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

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Resilience is the ability to bounce back from painful emotions. Every one of us has struggled in life. Where can we go to get the resilience we need? The Psalmist wrote that God gave him comfort when doubts filled his mind and renewed his hope and cheer. Centuries later, Paul wrote in the New Testament, “The Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.” Jesus Himself said that He would not leave us comfortless but would send us the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit, whose name is the “comforter,” wants to help you with every emotional struggle you face. Today come to God. Ask the Holy Spirit to comfort you. His comfort will renew your hope and cheer.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Holy Spirit, come and comfort me today. Renew my hope as I trust in You.
AMEN

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Revive Us

TODAY’S VERSE
And God confirmed the message by giving signs and wonders and various miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit whenever he chose.
Hebrews 2:4 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
We need revival. Never before has there been such a dismissal of the gospel. Little by little, we have seen the Church lose its influence. And yet, we can take hope from the early church. The Apostles were jailed and forbidden to share the gospel. However, they protested and said that they must obey God more than man. So that night, the church, in its infancy, cried out to God. They prayed, “Give us, your servants, great boldness in preaching your word. Stretch out your hand with healing power; may miraculous signs and wonders be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” And that is what God did. Today God can do the same, but will we pray the same?

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, give us, your servants, great boldness in preaching your word. Stretch out your hand with healing power; may miraculous signs and wonders be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus.
AMEN

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Don’t Fear

TODAY’S VERSE
But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage! I am here!”
Mark 7:50 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Jesus told the Disciples to take their boat to the other side of the Lake. While they were on their way, a large storm came down upon them. They were afraid enough by the storm, but then around 3:00 a.m., they thought they saw a ghost when Jesus came walking on the water to their boat! They were terrified. Jesus, seeing their fear doesn’t rebuke them but rather says to them, “Don’t be afraid. Take courage! I am here!” He says the same to you. What storm of life has you shaking in the back of the boat? What is keeping you up at three in the morning? Today, hear Jesus say to you, “Don’t be afraid! Take courage! I am here!”

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Jesus, You know those things that frighten me. Help me take courage today knowing that you are with me.
AMEN

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Expect Victory

TODAY’S VERSE
I will be strong and courageous! I won’t be afraid or full of terror. I won’t panic because You Lord my God will personally go ahead of me! You will not fail! You will never abandon me!
Deuteronomy 31:6 (PBP)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
I decided to use of one of the verses from my Personalized Bible Paraphrase. I put scripture in the first person so we can really own what it is saying. I did it because I was deeply moved this morning on the way to the church. I was thinking about many things. What am I going to do about the future? What about my boys and their family? Thinking about my wife’s health. And then I turned a corner. On my right was a high school athletic field. Above the bleachers was the announcers stand. On the top of the structure was a sign. It said, “Expect A Victory!” It took me a few seconds but then I got it. What have I been expecting? Suddenly I felt a switch turn on. I straightened my back and raised my head and started to thank God. I praised Him and let Him know that I expected victory. I expected His favor and love. I expected that I will accomplish all that He wants me to do. So today I choose to be strong and courageous. I won’t be afraid or full of terror. I won’t panic. Why? Because the Lord my God will personally go ahead of me! He will not fail! He will never abandon me! Today, I invite you to expect victory too.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, today I expect victory because You are with me, You love never fails, You go ahead of me and will never abandon me.
AMEN

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You Still Belong To God

TODAY’S VERSE
Then I realized that my heart was bitter, and I was all torn up inside. I was so foolish and ignorant—I must have seemed like a senseless animal to you.
Psalms 73: 21-22 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Have you ever stopped to think about what our behavior seems like to God? The Psalmist did. He caught himself in a spiritually unhealthy place and saw a glimpse of what God must see. He writes, “I must have seemed like a senseless animal to you.” What repentance. Oh, that I would be that sensitive. However, what really thrills me is the next part the author writes. It stands alone as today’s devotional. Read it and rejoice in the love God has for you. The Psalmist writes, “Yet I still belong to you; you hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, leading me to a glorious destiny. Whom have I in heaven but you? I desire you more than anything on earth. My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever.” Today repent of any bad attitude toward life and God and know you still belong to Him!

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, I pray with the Psalmist, “Lord, I desire you more than anything on earth. My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but You Dear God remain the strength of my heart; You are mine forever.”
AMEN

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Be Thankful

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
So often, we forget how gracious God is. We forget all the good in our life. Like spoiled children, we take so many things for granted. Worse we tend to complain to God when things aren’t going our way. God abhors complaining. Paul knew this, so instead of complaining, Paul encourages us to be thankful. How different would your life be if you began to thank God in all things? What if you began to praise Him for His love, power, wisdom, majesty, and grace toward you no matter what the circumstance? What type of relationship do you think you would develop with Him? What kind of spirituality would you develop? Today begin to thank God in all things. It will change your life. Out of praise will come contentment, peace of mind, faith, and hope. This is God’s will for you.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, forgive me for complaining. Forgive me for my lack of faith. Today I come to thank You. Might Your praise be continuously on my lips, my Lord and my God.
AMEN

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