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Shepherd

TODAY’S VERSE
He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.
John 10:3-4 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
We can’t make it alone. We were not meant to. God created us out of love and longs to care for us and lead us in the way we should go. That is why Jesus used the illustration of Himself being a good shepherd. The sheep hear the voice of the shepherd and follow it. Jesus later shares with His disciples that He had to go back to His Father in Heaven but how the Holy Spirit will continue to care for us. He said, “I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who will lead you into all truth.” Jesus gave us the Holy Spirit to shepherd us. Today, let the Holy Spirit guide you.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Holy Spirit, shepherd me today. Lead me in the way I should go. I trust You and will follow.
AMEN

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Sin In My Life

TODAY’S VERSE
How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart? Cleanse me from these hidden faults. Keep your servant from deliberate sins! Don’t let them control me. Then I will be free of guilt and innocent of great sin.
Psalms 19:12-13 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
We are complicated creatures. Paul explains our sin problem when he writes, “And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway.” The good news is that Christ has made a way that we can live for Him. Paul continued, “Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord.” He concludes, “There is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.” So today, thank our Lord Jesus for the forgiveness you have through His death and live in victory you have through His resurrection.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, thank You for Your Son Jesus, who died for me and rose again that I can be forgiven and set free from the bondage of sin.
AMEN

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Be On Guard

TODAY’S VERSE
Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong.
I Corinthians 16:13 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
We each have our battles. Life can be hard. Struggles can cause our faith to falter, and we begin to live as those who have no hope at all. Paul knew what it was like to have troubles; he knew hardship and heartbreak. And so, when he was finishing writing his letter to the church in Corinth, he gave them one final admonition. Like a coach before the final play of the game, Paul rallies the church and tells them to be on their guard. He wanted them to watch out for the spiritual battle. He told them to stand firm in their faith, being courageous and strong. The good news is they did not have to do this on their own. This same Paul reminds us in another letter he wrote that we can do all things through Christ who empowers us. Today, call out to God for His power, and then be on your guard. Stand firm in your faith. Be courageous today and stay strong.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Lord, You have said that I can do all things through You because You will empower me. Help me today to be on my guard against evil and temptation. Allow me to stand firm in my faith. Encourage me to be courageous in my behavior and to be strong in Your power.
AMEN

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Stand Firm

TODAY’S VERSE
It is God who enables us, along with you, to stand firm for Christ.
II Corinthians 1:21 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Standing firm is a Biblical imperative. Paul tells us why in a letter he wrote to the Corinth Church. He writes, “Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” The good news is that God enables us to stand firm, and Paul tells us how. He continues, “Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle, you will still be standing firm.” Today, suit up and be strong in His mighty power!

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Almighty God, help me to stand firm and be strong in You and Your mighty power. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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Have Faith

TODAY’S VERSE
But Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid! Go ahead and do just what you’ve said, but make a little bread for me first. Then use what’s left to prepare a meal for yourself and your son. For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: There will always be flour and olive oil left in your containers until the time when the Lord sends rain and the crops grow again!”
I Kings 17:13-14 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
What do you do when your back is up against the wall? It is so easy to get trapped into a “scarcity” model of living. We are so afraid of running out, being alone and not having enough that we plan, connive, obsess and protect ourself from any and all harm. On the surface this sounds suburban, smart, the right thing to do. However, if we really examine our behavior and attitudes, we will find out that we are full of worry. Worry is not faith. It is not believing that God really cares about our needs or that He is able to do anything about it. The widow only had a handful of flour left and a little cooking oil when Elijah asked her to cook his meal first. But he asked with a promise. A promise of God that there will always be flour and olive oil left for her and her son. The Bible says she stepped out in faith and believed God. The question is, “Will you?” Today, trust God for all your needs.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, it is so easy to worry about my needs. Thank You for Your promise to love me and take care of me. Help me to live a life of faith and trust in You today.
AMEN

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God

TODAY’S VERSE
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
II Corinthians 13:14 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
I remember the first time I saw a Rembrandt painting in a museum. I was overwhelmed with the beauty, realism, and emotion that one person could make with a paintbrush. There is art, but this was so much more. I get the same feeling when I read today’s verse. How magnificent. In one short verse, Paul captures the essence of the triune Godhead. Everything that a human being would need for life is in this doxology. First, it is the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. His death and resurrection assured us of His mercy, forgiveness, and eternal grace toward us. Second is the love of God. His love is infinite, much more than our finite minds could ever comprehend. Third is fellowship with the Holy Spirit. God has indwelt us with His Spirit, and Paul prays that we would fellowship with Him. This is where guidance, comfort, correction, peace, patience, and joy come from. So today, may you be conscious that the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit are with you.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Almighty God, may I be aware that the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, Your own love, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with me this day, I pray.
AMEN

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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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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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