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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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His Masterpiece

TODAY’S VERSE
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
There is something very personal about God planning out your life before you were born. Can you imagine? God thought of you and decided He would create you. But not just an ordinary run-of-the-mill creation. A masterpiece. But chances are you don’t believe that. For some, it is much worse. You think that God made a mistake with your life. Who was it that sold you that lie? How is it that you think you are inferior, no good, broken, less than what you should be? My friend, God did not make a mistake with you. He knew exactly what He was doing, and it doesn’t matter what you have done with your life; this doesn’t change – God has created you to do all the good things He planned for you long ago! Today, meditate on this; you are His workmanship. He is proud of what He has created in you. And when you start to understand that, you can begin all those good things He designed you to do.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, thank You for purposely creating me as a masterpiece. Help me grasp the reality of how You delight in me. Help me understand how You have designed me to do good and show me what You want me to do with my life. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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The God Of All Hope

TODAY’S VERSE
I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
There is hope, and then there is HOPE. At first, it would seem that the difference would be the degree of our trust in Him. Little trust, little hope. Large trust, large hope. But as we read today’s verse, we see it is not trusting that makes the difference as much as what we have our trust in. Hope comes from the fact that we trust in the magnificence of God. Paul says that God is the source of our hope and that it is God that fills us with joy and peace. God gives us His Holy Spirit, whose power causes us to overflow with confident hope. So today, put your trust in Almighty God, the God of all power, the God of all love, and let Him fill you with joy, peace, and hope.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, I pray that You would fill me completely with joy, peace, and hope through the power of Your Holy Spirit. Help me overflow with a confident hope in You and Your love for me. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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Encouragement

TODAY’S VERSE
But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.
Hebrews 3:13 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
God made us for fellowship. It is wired into our brains. We need God and other people. Relationships also play a pivotal role in our Christianity. We must attune ourselves to God and to each other. If we don’t, then we isolate. And when we isolate, we start to ruminate on our inner thoughts with no checks or balance. What starts out as hurt can fester into a deep wound if there is no one to encourage us. Anger becomes revenge; sadness becomes despair; temptation becomes sins, all because we had no one to listen, to correct, to pray for us. Fellowship with our Lord and each other is crucial to our everyday life, and it begins with us. We must choose not to isolate. We must choose to be someone else’s encourager. Today, find someone who encourages you and then go and encourage others.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I confess I have forsaken the encouragement of others. Help me not to isolate. Help me truly fellowship with other believers to be encouraged and then help me encourage others.
AMEN

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You Are God’s Desire

TODAY’S VERSE
Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.
Ephesians 1:4-5 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
I am convinced, if we believed today’s verse with our whole heart, there would be no depression, no anxiety, no lasting emotional dysfunction. But it is hard to believe with a wounded heart. It is hard to stop and consider God’s love when we are in emotional pain. And so we go through life, like a person dying of poison, who has the antidote right in front of them but is too disoriented to take it. But please hear me; there is hope. I have found, with every person I have ever worked with, that there is a moment of clarity, where, if they listen, if they stop, if they consider the truth, it will set them free. And today, this is the truth about you – even before God made the world, He loved you! He decided long ago to make you His very own. Why? Because He wanted to! And even more, you bring God great pleasure! So today, rejoice. Embrace the truth; let it stir deep into your heart. You are God’s beloved. He has chosen to love you. And you, just as you are, bring Him great pleasure.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Oh, dear Jesus. Open my eyes. Help me see. Help me believe; help me know deep in my heart how much You love me. You love me, and loving me brings You great pleasure. Thank You for this wonderful truth. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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Don’t Miss The Party

TODAY’S VERSE
“His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. “But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast, for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began.”
Luke 15:21-24 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Shame can keep us from the party. Jesus told a story about a young man who leaves home, disgracing his family and squandering all his inheritance. The young man ended up with no friends, no family, and no future. He is feeding pigs for a farmer and is tempted to eat the pig’s food. Full of shame, he decides to go home. In his shame, he rehearses his remorse to give to his father in the form of a speech. He heads home, but when his dad sees him way off in the distance, the father runs toward him. Now shame kept the son from running toward the father. Shame kept him from embracing him. Shame gave a speech of defeat and disownment. Had shame had its way, the son would have become a servant. But the grace of the Father gave the son a robe. Grace put a ring on his finger. Grace put sandals on his feet. Grace gave him back his honor again. Grace threw a party. The son could not refuse his father’s grace. Don’t let shame rob you of your Father’s grace. Every day God has a party just for you. Isn’t it time you went?

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, thank You for Your grace. Thank You for rejoicing over me. Forgive me for not celebrating. Forgive me for being so wrapped up in myself. Today, I accept Your loving grace and forgiveness. Today, I come to the party You are having for me.
AMEN

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He Is Listening

TODAY’S VERSE
I love the LORD because he hears my voice and my prayer for mercy. Because he bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath!
Psalms 116:1-2 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
There are a lot of reasons to love the Lord. But one that we often take for granted is His listening ear. The Psalmist wrote that he loved the Lord because God heard his voice and prayer for mercy. He painted a picture of God bending down to listen like an endearing grandfather does his grandchild. How we underestimate God’s loving attention. Studies have shown that shame in a young child is often related to the lack of response from their caregiver. The child made a bid for attention, and the caregiver paid no attention. The child’s conclusion is one of shame, “there must be something wrong with me.” Not so with God. When He hears our voice when He bends down to listen to our very whisper, how our soul responds in love. Today, spend time with God. He longs to hear your voice.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, thank you for being there when I pray. Thanks for Your loving attention to the needs of my heart. I love you, Lord.
AMEN

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Encouragement

TODAY’S VERSE
So encourage each other and build each other up.
I Thessalonians 5:11 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
It is so easy to get up and begin our day all self-indulgent. After all, we have responsibilities, deadlines, and pressures. Not to mention the difficulties, struggles, and concerns we have. Life is hard, so it is every person for themselves. But that is not the way of Christ. Paul wrote, “Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.” Christ thought of others. Even on the Cross, He encouraged the man on the cross next to Him. Likewise, we have a calling. A calling to encourage others. To get out of our self and think of the needs of those around us. People need hope. Who will you encourage today?

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, help me think of others more than I do myself. Help me love. Help me be an encourager. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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Your source of joy

TODAY’S VERSE
There I will go to the altar of God, to God—the source of all my joy.
Psalms 43:4 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Joy is the great equalizer. It is what our soul strives for, that spiritual homeostasis that keeps life in balance. But joy isn’t something we can conjure up by ourselves. Deep, rich joy comes from a loving relationship with God. When we find ourselves out of sorts, when our emotions seem to be at the edge, it is our relationship with God that bring us back to joy. The Psalmist knew where his joy came from. That is why he wrote that he went to the altar of God, and through praise, worship, and prayers, he found the source of all his joy. Jesus knew this too. When people came to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?” He replied, “You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.” Jesus said that because it was the right moral choice, but I believe He also knew that it was the best solution to all that bothers us as human beings. He knew that our heart, mind, and soul is the true altar of God. Knowing God with our heart, mind, and soul is our true source of joy.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, how I long to know You in deep and personal ways. Help me worship You at the altar of my heart, mind, and soul, for You are the source of all my joy.
AMEN

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God loves you

TODAY’S VERSE
The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing.
Zephaniah 3:17 (ESV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
It is one thing to think of how we should devote our lives to God. It is another to think of how God devotes His life to us! Zephaniah was telling a broken and disheartened people not to despair, not to worry, for God cares for them. He told them that God was in their midst and that He was mighty to save them. Then Zephaniah painted a word picture that would fill them with joy. He told them that God Himself rejoiced over each and every one of them. That God personally would quiet their hearts with His love and that when it is all said and done, if they would listen, that they could hear Almighty God praising each of them with singing. What a picture. What a reality. Today, know that God loves you, He rejoices over you with gladness and He is singing praises all about the love He has for you.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, how my heart rejoices in knowing that You care so much for me. How can I even begin to fathom it? Today, dear Lord, open my eyes that I can truly see the love You have for me.
AMEN

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