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Desire

TODAY’S VERSE
Then they entered into a covenant to seek the LORD, the God of their ancestors, with all their heart and soul. – They shouted out their oath of loyalty to the LORD with trumpets blaring and rams’ horns sounding. All in Judah were happy about this covenant, for they had entered into it with all their heart. They earnestly sought after God, and they found him.
2 Chronicles 15:12, 14-15 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Desire is a critical factor in our walk with God. In today’s passage, we see how excited the Hebrews were about living for God. They entered into a covenant to know God with all their heart and soul. That is how God wants us to desire Him. He wants us to long for His fellowship. He wants us to desire Him above everything else. And the exciting fact is that it is God himself that helps us with our desires. In “Desiring God’s Will,” David Brenner writes, “Hunger for God will not go unanswered, because it is a gift from God. Our longing is already an answer from our heart as it is stirred by God’s Spirit. No one who seeks God fails to find God, because she or he is already found by God. In seeking we are found. In longing we express God’s desire, God’s longing evoking our own.” John wrote, “We love him, because he first loved us.” How marvelous, how mysterious. We desire God because He desires us. Today, joyfully set your heart toward Him. Desire His fellowship, desire His love, desire His Lordship.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, today I desire to seek You with all my heart. I desire to know You, to love You and to live for You. Help me to this end I pray.
AMEN

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Word And Power

TODAY’S VERSE
Jesus replied, “Your mistake is that you don’t know the Scriptures, and you don’t know the power of God.”
Mark 12:24 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Some mistakes are more critical than others. Jesus pointed out the worst. And sadly, we are often guilty of making it! There aren’t any two things more relevant to the way we should live than knowledge of the Scriptures and experiencing God’s power. Yet how many days do we live without the influence of either? Paul tells us, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.” If this is true, why would we live day after day without it? And God’s power? Why would we deny ourselves of such an incredible reality? Jesus was attacking the religious attitudes of the Pharisees. They wanted to argue doctrine, law, and pretense. But Jesus didn’t see rules and rituals; He saw God’s word and power. The author of Hebrews writes, “By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.” Jesus said, “Your mistake is that you don’t know the Scriptures, and you don’t know the power of God.” Today may God help us to truly know both.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, thank You for giving me everything I need for a Godly life through Your divine power and promises. Help me to know more about your word and power I pray. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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An Open Door

TODAY’S VERSE
Open for me the gates where the righteous enter and I will go in and thank the Lord. These gates lead to the presence of the Lord, and the godly enter there.
Psalms 118:19-20 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
An open door can make all the difference in the world. How many times have you sought solutions, answers, or any form of direction, and nothing seems to appear? If only something would open up. And all the while, God is there bidding us come to Him and find the truth. But it’s not good enough to just have an invitation or an open door. You must go in. The Psalmist understood this. He cried out to God to open the gates into His presence, and when God did, he entered. He entered into the presence of God and fellowshipped with Him. For us, every day is an opportunity to enter into the sweet presence of God. But it’s our choice. We can walk by or enter the door. Today choose to stop and spend time with God.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I thank You for opening the door for me to fellowship with You. Lead me into Your presence, so I might know You more.
AMEN

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God’s Word

TODAY’S VERSE
I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
Psalms 119:11 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Insight, inspiration, hope, wisdom, confidence, direction, correction all this and more is found in God’s word. One of the roles of the Holy Spirit is to take the scriptures and make them relevant to our life. The Psalmist experienced this living word and knew if He would learn it, meditate on it and let it affect who he was, that it would result in the kind of behavior that was pleasing to God. Today, we can have the same experience. Spend time in God’s word. Meditate on it. Listen to what God has to say and let His word sink deep into your heart. If you do, you will be able to say with the Psalmist, “I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.”

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, as I read Your word, help it sink deep into my heart. Help me hear You and understand how You want me to live. Inspire me, guide me, and empower me by Your word I pray.
AMEN

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Praise God

TODAY’S VERSE
With all my heart I praise the LORD, and with all that I am I praise his holy name! With all my heart I praise the LORD! I will never forget how kind he has been. The LORD forgives our sins, heals us when we are sick, and protects us from death.
Psalms 103:1-4 (CEV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
It is so easy to get wrapped up in our everyday situations that we take all that God is doing for granted. Our hearts start to wither at the lack of praise in our life, and then we read a passage like today’s. You can sense how David’s heart was full of praise toward God for all His love and kindness. When I read, “With all my heart I praise the LORD, and with all that I am I praise his holy name! With all my heart I praise the LORD!” it was like air to the lungs of a suffocating person. I could feel my soul gasp for the spiritual air, just like a person does when they are resuscitated. My heart longs to worship Him, to sit in His presence, and remember how kind He has been. To muse on all the forgiveness He has showered me with. To praise Him for healing and protecting me. It is not too late. Today, I can remember. Today, I can praise Him with all my heart. And so can you. Today, let us praise Him together.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, how I praise You for all Your kindness. How I praise You for forgiving me. How I praise You for Your protection. You are worthy of all my praise. I praise Your Holy name.
AMEN

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Awestruck

TODAY’S VERSE
When Simon Peter realized what had happened, he fell to his knees before Jesus and said, ‘Oh, Lord, please leave me—I’m too much of a sinner to be around you.’ For he was awestruck by the number of fish they had caught, as were the others with him.
Luke 5:8-9 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Shocked, amazed, astonished, terrified, stunned, awestruck. When is the last time you reacted to God like that? Certainly, He is worthy. It was fishing that brought Peter to this place. He was tired and frustrated because he fished all day and did not catch anything. However, Jesus asked Peter to cast his nets out one more time. Out of respect, Peter was obedient, and to his utter surprise God performed a miracle. The nets became completely full, and Peter completely undone. He could do nothing but drop to his knees and cry out before God, “Oh, Lord, please leave me—I’m too much of a sinner to be around you.” It’s that way when we see the majesty of God. When we see a glimpse of His power, His love, His creativity, and His holiness, we can’t help but be overwhelmed. But we need to be present to see it. Peter had to be in the boat. Had he not gone, he would have missed it. We need to be with Jesus if we are going to be awestruck. Today, be with Jesus. Worship Him. Listen to Him. And don’t be surprised if He asks you to obey Him by faith. When He does, you just need to submit, like Peter, and you too will be amazed at what He does.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, thank You for Your love for me. Thank you for Your power and majesty. Thank You for Your guidance. Help me live for You today and obey all that You ask me to. I want to be awestruck by You.
AMEN

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Lord Jesus

TODAY’S VERSE
So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say?
Luke 6:46 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
What a penetrating question. It is so easy to be a fan or spectator in almost anything today. With technology, we can learn about any topic we want. We can talk about our favorite sport, even have a “fantasy team” without ever playing a game. We can be a seemingly “expert” and know all about something and yet, have no practical experience at all. Jesus knew this. He had many followers that knew what He was teaching but had no interest in doing what He said. They did not see the significance of what He taught. They thought they could “follow” Jesus, even call Him “Lord” and not have to do what He said. Jesus called these “armchair” believers out, and He does the same today. James said it well when he wrote, “Now someone may argue, ‘Some people have faith; others have good deeds.’ But I say, ‘How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds.”’ Jesus has called us to follow Him. Today, let’s not just call Him Lord, let’s live as if it is true.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Jesus, I have called You Lord, and yet many times I have not lived the way You want me to. Forgive me. Help me live under the influence of Your Holy Spirit and do what Your word tells me to.
AMEN

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Holy, Holy, Holy

TODAY’S VERSE
Day after day and night after night they keep on saying, “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God, the Almighty—the one who always was, who is, and who is still to come.” – And they lay their crowns before the throne and say, “You are worthy, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and power.”
Revelation 4:8-11 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
I remember as a young child reading the fourth chapter of Revelations. I didn’t quite understand the living beings and the twenty-four elders, but I do remember the phrase, “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty!” It did for me then, what it still does today. It lifted me to the heights of heaven and dropped me to my knees at the same time. I remember thinking, “Who am I, Lord, that I would be allowed to worship You in this way?” I was humbled by my unworthiness and yet mesmerized by the opportunity to join the multitude of heavenly hosts in praising God. I couldn’t help myself; something deep inside wanted to shout out, “Holy, Holy, Holy are You, God Almighty.” It was as if for that moment I was all that I was supposed to be. I still feel that way. I could be doing anything, and when a song with the phrase, “Holy, Holy, Holy” comes on, I have to stop and give my gratitude, allegiance, and worship to God. How about you? Today, give God your worship. Take your place with the hosts of heavens and cry out, “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God, the Almighty—the one who always was, who is, and who is still to come. You are worthy, O Lord, our God, to receive glory and honor and power.”

TODAY’S PRAYER
Oh Mighty God, I come and bow before You. I worship You for You are Holy, Holy, Holy. Truly You deserve all my praise. I love You, Almighty Lord.
AMEN

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Bring It To God

TODAY’S VERSE
After Hezekiah received the letter from the messengers and read it, he went up to the LORD’s Temple and spread it out before the LORD. And Hezekiah prayed.
II Kings 19:14-15 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
When you get bad news, what do you do? King Hezekiah was the King of Judah. The King of Assyria was mounting a campaign against the Jews, and God told Hezekiah not to worry, that He would take care of the nation. But with the same ploy that Satan used against Adam and Eve, the King of Assyria’s messenger told King Hezekiah, “Don’t let your God, in whom you trust, deceive you.” Satan’s strategy is to get us to doubt God. God loves you, don’t believe it. God will provide your needs; don’t believe it. God cares, don’t believe it. But I love Hezekiah’s response. After Hezekiah received the letter from the messengers and read it, “he went up to the LORD’s Temple and spread it out before the LORD and prayed.” There is no better plan. There is nothing I could ever say that would be better than to take all your burdens, take all your cares, take all of your worries, and spread them out before God. Today, find a quiet place and meet with Him. Lay everything out before Him and pray. Talk to Him. Share your pain with Him. Listen to Him; let Him share with you His love and the truth about your situation. Take comfort in this; you are not deceived; you can trust God.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I come to You with all my worries and cares. I lay them before You. I trust You, dear Lord. Comfort me. Guide me. Protect me, I pray. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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Intimacy With God

TODAY’S VERSE
Let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him.
Hebrews 10:22

TODAY’S THOUGHT
God desires fellowship with us. He created us to have an intimate and loving relationship with Him. In his book, “Walking With God,” John Eldredge shares, “Intimacy with God is the purpose of our lives. It is why God created man. Not simply to believe in him, though that is a good beginning. Not only to obey him, though that is a higher life still. God created us for intimate fellowship with himself, and in doing so, he established the goal of our existence—to know him, love him, and live our lives in an intimate relationship with him.” Jesus, through His death on the cross, provided a way for intimacy with God. So much so, that the author of Hebrews invites us to “go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting Him.” We have been invited to know God and share with Him our deepest thoughts, concerns, fears, desires, and imaginations. And better yet, God wants to share His thoughts with us. What a great relationship we can have with God, but will you take time out of your schedule to spend with Him? Will you share with God from your heart? Will you quiet yourself to hear His voice? God has given you the heart to recognize Him, will you use it?

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, thank You that You have given me the heart to recognize You as Lord. Help me share my inner thoughts with You. Help me to know You and trust You and live my life in an intimate relationship with you.
AMEN

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