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Bondage Of Sin

TODAY’S VERSE
Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 7:24-25 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
A part of our human condition is our propensity toward sin. Paul shared that this fight between good and evil made him miserable. He explains, “The trouble is with me, for I am all too human, a slave to sin. I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate.” How true is that? Cravings, habits, emotional stress can lead to all kinds of sin. Fear, worry, insecurity creates an atmosphere where misbehavior grows. Anger, ignorance, prejudice, hatred can lead us into relational strife and discord. Paul asked the right question, “Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death?” More importantly, he gave the right answer when he wrote, “Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord.” The truth is we are powerless to handle our sinful nature by ourselves. We need to turn our will and life over to Christ. He came to forgive us and set us free.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Lord, my sin has me baffled. I need You to free me from this bondage of sin in my life. Come Jesus, forgive me and help me live the life You have called me to.
AMEN

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Mind Control

TODAY’S VERSE
Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do.
Romans 8:12 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
How often we feel trapped. We try and try and still give in to sinful desires. Cravings, habits, negative behavior, painful emotions have us running in circles. And then Paul comes and says we don’t have any obligation to do what our sinful nature urges us to do. What a prospect, but how? He gives the secret when he writes, “Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.” If you know Christ, you have the Spirit of God in you. Today, make it your obligation to follow God and ask the Holy Spirit to control your mind.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Holy Spirit, control my mind today and help me think and do those things that please You.
AMEN

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Know Him

TODAY’S VERSE
I know the greatness of the LORD
Psalms 135:5 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Psalms 135 is full of praise for our Lord. The Psalmist lists many attributes of God that are praise-worthy and speaks of His mighty acts. He has taken time to notice, appreciate, and remember the good things that he knows about God. And that made the difference. He knew. He knew the greatness of the Lord. The word “know” is more than intellectual knowledge; it is experiential. The Psalmist witnessed God in action. He became acquainted with His ways, spent time in His presence, and had personal knowledge of God. So much so he could write with confidence that he knew the greatness of the Lord. Today decide to change your focus. Change from knowing about the greatness of the Lord to experiencing it. Then you, too, will be praising Him.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Lord, thank You for all that I know about You. But today, I want more. I want to know Your greatness. I want to know You. Help me, I pray. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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The Holy Spirit

TODAY’S VERSE
And 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.
Romans 8:26 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
How often we would take our children’s place if we could. We would face their humiliation, fight their battles, take their sickness, anything to spare them pain and suffering. Then why is it a surprise that God Himself wants to intercede for you in the person of the Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit knows your weaknesses and wants to help you. When you are beside yourself and don’t know what to pray, the Holy Spirit is on the other side, groaning out to God on your behalf. Today, know that God is for you. He loves you. He knows everything about you. And you can stop worrying; the Holy Spirit is feverishly praying for you.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Holy Spirit, thank You for praying on my behalf. Help me today. Guide me, fill me, lead me, direct me. I need You and humbly summit myself to You.
AMEN

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God’s Plans

TODAY’S VERSE
The LORD will work out his plans for my life—for your faithful love, O LORD, endures forever.
Psalms 138:8 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
One of the all-time favorite passages in the scriptures was written by Jeremiah. It has brought comfort to millions upon millions of people over the centuries. Jeremiah wrote, ‘“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”’ We love to think of God taking a personal interest in our life and directing us along a plan that He has for us. Today’s verse is a reminder of that truth. David wrote that the Lord would work the plans that He had for David’s life. Why? Because God’s plans come out of His great love for us and David had concluded that God’s faithful love toward him, would never cease. God’s has loving plans for you. And His plans will endure any calamity, any seemingly human mistakes, and any personal hardships. God’s love for you will endure forever. Today, put your trust in God. He has plans for you now on this earth and forever in the next.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, thank You for your faithful love for me. I trust You to work Your Your plans for my life. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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The Holy Spirit

TODAY’S VERSE
The Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness.
Romans 8:26 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
What an incredible thought. That God Himself has given us His Spirit to dwell inside us. Paul writes, “You received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, ‘Abba, Father.’ For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.” So as God’s children, He gives us the indwelling Holy Spirit to teach us, guide us, convict us, correct us, comfort us, fill us, and help us in our weakness. All this to help us live for God. God knew how hard it would be, how weak we would be. Again Paul wrote, “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. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will.” Yes, God knows we have weaknesses, but He gave us His Holy Spirit to make up the difference. What a marvelous gift. Today, yield to the leading, guidance, and authority of the Holy Spirit. Ask Him to help you in your weaknesses.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Holy Spirit, I yield myself to You. Fill me, guide me, direct me. Help me with my weaknesses, so I can live for you.
AMEN

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Search My Heart

TODAY’S VERSE
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.
Psalms 139:23-24 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
It is so easy to give in to sinful behavior. You know the kind that you participate in and later think, “What was I doing?” Hopefully, God will convict us, and we can repent of it lest it becomes a sinful habit. But what about the behavior we don’t even pay attention to? Lust, greed, jealously, anger, slander, lying are just a few examples. Sadly we can go through a whole day and not even think anything about it. We turn a deaf ear to any conscience. We don’t notice a twinge in our heart saying, “This is wrong.” This is when we need the Lord’s help the most. David knew this, so he invited the Lord to do an inventory of his heart. He prays and asks the Lord to search his heart and point out everything that offends Him. Why? So he could clear his conscience and get back on God’s path of everlasting life. What about you? When was the last time you asked the Lord to take an inventory of your heart? Today, come to God and pray what David prayed. The good news is that this same David also wrote about God, “The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.”

TODAY’S PRAYER
Oh Father, search me, O God, and know my heart. Point out anything in me that offends you, Lord, and help me repent. Forgive me, I pray. In Jesus’ name and because of His sacrifice.
AMEN

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Drifting

TODAY’S VERSE
Don’t let me drift toward evil.
Psalms 141:4 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Drifting. It can take you by surprise. You think you are heading in the right direction, but suddenly you are somewhere you don’t want to be. You could be crossing a large lake in a canoe and think you are heading toward your destination, but the boat’s drift will take you way off course. There are only two cures. The first is to not drift in the first place. This is what the Psalmist asked God to help him with. Stay away from things that take you in the wrong direction. Get rid of anything that starts you to waiver. The second is to re-correct your course. When you feel yourself drifting, you correct yourself and move back toward your destination. The scriptures, prayer, meditation, good Christian fellowship all help us re-correct our path. Today, check your bearings. Where are you spiritually? What can you do to get back on course? What can you do to stop from drifting?

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, help me not drift away from You. Help me continually re-correct my course.
AMEN

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Transformed

TODAY’S VERSE
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind.
Romans 12:2 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Humans have lived in this world for a long time. Being adaptive creatures, we conform to the environment we live in. How many things do we do every day out of habit? Habits that are nothing more than conforming behavior to what we learned in the world. What automatic thoughts, assumptions, beliefs do we subscribe to because we have conformed to the surroundings we live in? To be transformed means to change our nature or character. That is what Christ wants to do with our life. He desires that we become more like Him, so He transforms our minds. He gives us the Holy Spirit to guide this whole process. Soon our thinking, values, beliefs, assumptions begin to align with the mind of Christ. This can happen to you. Today, quit conforming to the world’s values and ask God to transform you by renewing your mind.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, forgive me for conforming to the thinking of this world. Today come in the power of the Holy Spirit and transform my mind so I can be more like You.
AMEN

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Representing Heaven

TODAY’S VERSE
For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
Romans 14:17 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
We often quote Jesus in what is referred to as the “Lord’s Prayer” when He said, “May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.” Have you ever wondered what He meant? Paul sheds some light on the way our behavior should represent Heaven. He writes that the Kingdom of God is unlike earth, where we pay so much attention to physical and materialistic values, but rather it is about living a life of goodness, peace, and joy. A heavenly life on earth is led by the Holy Spirit and embodies the fruit that the Spirit produces. These fruits are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Today, ask the Holy Spirit to help you live out these Heavenly values.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, I pray that you will help me live out the heavenly calling You have on my life. Help me live the fruit of the Spirit in my life.
AMEN

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