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Not Enough

TODAY’S VERSE
And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
What do you think of when you first get up in the morning? For many people it a subtle type of fear. Brené Brown suggests that the number one meditation of many people is, “Not enough!” Steven Furtick preached on this and he suggested that we worry that we don’t have enough money, time, or talent. He shared that we live with the mentality of scarcity and shame. But here is the truth, it is found in today’s verse. God is enough! God has provided all that we need. When we listen to our inner chatter there is never enough. There is always someone richer, smarter, stronger, better looking, more popular and so we feel that we are not enough. The lack of self-love and acceptance keeps us in bondage. Today, stop the negativity. Stop the scarcity and shame attitude. God has created you enough. He certainly is enough. What are your true needs? He will provide them. Put your trust in Him.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, forgive me for my scarcity and shame mentality. You have created me in love and will help me be all that I need to be. Thank You that You will provide all my needs in Christ Jesus.
AMEN

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Do Not Lose Heart

TODAY’S VERSE
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
II Corinthians 4:16 (NIV)

TODAY’S MESSAGE
The heart, that part of us that balances out our rational thinking. It is the center of mystery, passion, hope, wonderment, and love. It is that part of us that reacts to the love of Christ. It is what keeps us alive. God told the Jews that He would take out their stony heart and give them a heart that is alive! And likewise, He has done that for us. Unfortunately, we can totally ignore our heart. We can get so busy, so worried, so carnal that we forget that God wants our emotional, intuitive, passionate part of us. Paul warns us, “Do not lose your heart!” The question is, “How?” How do we stop giving in or giving up? Paul gives us that answer. He says we can stop from losing heart, “by inwardly renewing ourselves, day by day.” Devotions, meditating, praying, spending time with God is the way to renewal. Today, stop and come to Him. Give Him your heart. Ask Him to renew it. If the worries of the world, the lure of riches, or the lust of the flesh has your heart in cardiac arrest, go to code blue. “Stand back” and let Jesus resuscitate your heart right now.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Jesus, creator of my heart, I come to You now in desperate need of heart renewal. You know how I have let time slip by. I have not protected my heart. I can feel it becoming callous. Forgive me. Oh Spirit of God, right now, I ask You to renew my heart. Give me the peace, joy, love, passion, hope, and steadfastness that comes from a heart renewed by You day by day. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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This Day

This Day

TODAY’S VERSE
This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.
Psalms 118:24, 29

TODAY’S THOUGHT
In most cases, there is always a choice. Even if there is no other way out of a situation, you still can choose how you react to the inevitability of the event. Paul writes in Galatians 5:22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” Here we have a whole range of Godly reactions to our situation. When you add to that list faith, hope, and prayer, how else can we react than what the Psalmist suggests, “This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it?” I know how hard life can be. I know there are difficulties, horrific situations and sometimes a seemingly hopeless situation, but God has made this day. This day. Today is yours. What you do with it may have human limitations, may have the deck stacked against it, but know this, nothing, nothing, nothing can take you out of the love that God has for you and you can rejoice and be glad in this day.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I know I have a choice. Today I choose You. I choose to rejoice and be glad in this day. Give me this day my daily bread. Lead me this day and keep me from falling to temptation. Dear Father, this is a day You have made; with Your strength, I will rejoice and be glad in it. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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Quit Complaining and Get Moving

TODAY’S VERSE
As Pharaoh approached, the people of Israel looked up and panicked when they saw the Egyptians overtaking them. They cried out to the Lord, and they said to Moses, ‘Why did you bring us out here to die in the wilderness? Weren’t there enough graves for us in Egypt? What have you done to us? Why did you make us leave Egypt? Didn’t we tell you this would happen while we were still in Egypt? We said, ‘Leave us alone! Let us be slaves to the Egyptians. It’s better to be a slave in Egypt than a corpse in the wilderness!’ But Moses told the people, ‘Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.’ Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Why are you crying out to me? Tell the people to get moving!’” Exodus 14:10-15

TODAY’S THOUGHT
It is so easy to complain. I think if we had steak for five days in a row we would probably complain! “What, steak again?” The Jews had fled Egypt, not because of some clever plan cloaked in the darkness of night, but because of the incredible miracles of God. Now God brought them to the edge of the Red Sea. Without faith, it looked like a dead end. It looked like an impossibility that they would ever escape. So they did what comes so naturally, they complained. Their conclusion said it all, “It’s better to be a slave in Egypt than a corpse in the wilderness!” Moses tried to console them to no avail; so Moses did what he often did. He talked to God, face to face. God’s answer was swift and to the point, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the people to get moving!” How about you? Do you find yourself complaining about the situation you find yourself in? Do you have a hard time looking through the “eyes of faith”? There is a time to cry out to God and there is a time to get moving. Which is it for you?

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I find it so easy to complain. How I must grieve Your heart! Forgive me. I find it so hard to trust. I feel stuck. Help me, Lord. You know my situation. I can’t move without You. Have mercy on me! Give me a boost; hold Your rod up and part the seas. Help me get moving today and cross on dry ground. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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