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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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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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Receive His Love

TODAY’S VERSE
So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.
Romans 8:1 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Condemnation. It’s the sentence or punishment given to a person after having their due process in court. Paul had just finished writing, “Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death?” Then he answers that question by writing, “Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord.” So because of Christ, Paul could say in today’s verse that our condemnation is gone. This is a tremendous truth and should give us inexplicable joy, and yet so many who name Christ as their Savior do not live as if it is true. Why is this? I believe it is because they are still living in their shame and dread. They haven’t been able to receive the unconditional love of God. That is why today’s verse is so important. You must read it and understand that this is the true definition of God’s unconditional love for you. You are loveable in His eyes. There is no condemnation! Gone, forgiven, forgotten! This is not something you have to earn, and it is not something you can lose. It is given to you freely by Jesus Himself. His love for you is unconditional, and Paul finishes Romans 8, assuring us that nothing, nothing, NOTHING can separate you from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus. So today, read it, believe it; there is no condemnation in Christ Jesus. Receive His love. You are a child of God!

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Jesus, thank You that you have no condemnation for me. I open my heart and receive Your unconditional love for me!
AMEN

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Maturity Is A Journey

TODAY’S VERSE
Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live. – Romans 8:12-13

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Maturity is a journey. When we think we have matured in one area, we move to another challenge in life that stretches us more. We are in the process of becoming more and more like Jesus. Maturity can be difficult, but we don’t give up! The good news is that Paul tells us that we do not have an obligation to do what our sinful nature urges us to do. Now, it doesn’t always feel that way. Cravings, temptations, habits run deep. But today we have a choice! We have a choice to say, “No.” We have the choice to “stop.” We have a choice not to be dominated by our sinful nature. Paul wrote, “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.” So today, repent; say no; stop! You have a choice. Ask the Spirit of God to direct your mind and behavior.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Holy Father. I struggle with maturity. I need Your help. I need the power of Your Holy Spirit to put to death my sinful nature. I come and ask You to forgive me, fill me, and empower me. In the name of Jesus.
AMEN

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Cleansed

TODAY’S VERSE
But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
I Corinthians 6:11 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
We make mistakes. We stray from the path. We find ourself in an ungodly state of mind. What do we do? We come to Jesus. We confess our sins. We repent and ask for His forgiveness. When we do, He cleanses us. The Apostle John writes, “If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” King David had committed heinous sins, and when confronted by God through Nathan the Prophet, David repented. He later wrote, “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.” Today, what is it that you need to be cleansed? Know that God will take care of it if you ask Him to. Just call upon the name of Jesus.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, I need You to come and cleanse me. Help me start fresh today. I want to fully know Your forgiveness, mercy, and grace. I ask this in the precious name of Jesus.
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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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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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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Lord, Bend Down And Hear Me

TODAY’S VERSE
O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help.
Psalms 86:5 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
The scriptures are full of comfort. How often do I come to God with great need and don’t know where to turn. David was the same way. In just a few verses in today’s text, he makes his plea before God. He starts out writing, “Bend down, O Lord, and hear my prayer; answer me, for I need your help.” How incredible, the Lord so tenderly bends down to hear him. So, David cries out to God to protect him, be merciful to him, and give him happiness. Those are solemn requests from a heart that is in desperate need. Why does he turn to God? Why in all his despair does he feel God could or would even help him? Because he knows this about God, God is good, ready to forgive, and full of unfailing love to all who ask for His help. What do you believe today? What is your God like? Today come to the God of David, let Him bend down to you and hear your prayer and answer your need for help.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help. Bend down, O Lord, and hear my prayer; answer me, for I need You.
In Jesus name.
AMEN

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