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Amazing Grace

TODAY’S VERSE
God’s law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were. But as people sinned more and more, God’s wonderful grace became more abundant.
Romans 5:20 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Do we fully understand how abundant God’s grace is toward us? It goes counter to what we consider fair and reasonable. How many of us would keep forgiving someone who offends us over and over? How many of us would put up with someone’s continual rudeness, inconsideration, and disrespect? Seriously, if a person slaps us on the cheek, would we turn the other one? Would we do it over and over again? And yet, God created us, knowing that we are human with the propensity toward sin. He gave us the law to show how to live. Unfortunately, we fall so short of obeying it. But the law also shows us how matchless His grace and love are. Today, believe! Believe in His everlasting, never failing, incomprehensible, unconditional love for you. Then multiply it by a million times. Only then will you begin to see how abundant His grace toward you is.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, how amazing Your grace is toward me. Thank You for Your continuous forgiveness. Thank You for Your mercy. Thank You for Your unfailing love. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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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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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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Enter In

TODAY’S VERSE
Because of your unfailing love, I can enter your house; I will worship at your Temple with deepest awe.
Psalms 5:7 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Who could ever earn God’s love? We would like to think we could. We have some sort of built-in “goodness” scale that records good and bad behavior, and somehow we think we are way ahead. But seriously, a finite person able to stand in the presence of a Holy infinite God? It is something only God could do. It would have to be His deliberate choice to make a way we could be in fellowship with Him. And that is what He did. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus, we are saved and are in fellowship with Him. The Apostle Paul wrote it this way, “God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.” So today, because of His unfailing love, enter into His presence and worship Him with the deepest awe.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Almighty God. Thank You for providing a way that I can enter Your presence as Your child and worship and love You.
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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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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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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Worries

TODAY’S VERSE
Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.
I Peter 5:7

TODAY’S THOUGHT
What do you do with your worries? We all have them. We can’t help what comes into our heads, but once there, we have choices. The trouble is worry feels productive. It feels like we are attempting to solve something. It feels like we are getting close to resolution, but all we really are doing is repeatedly ruminating all these negative scenarios in our heads. Situations can cause us to be concerned, shocked, apprehensive, cautioned, and even horrified. But after our initial reaction, we can reflect, review the situation and take action. Worry, however, just worries. It doesn’t stop; it goes on and on unless we do something to make it quit. We need something bigger than our worries to take care of them. That is why Peter says you can give all your worries and cares to God. Why? Because He is God, He is big enough! And because He cares about you! Can you feel your body relax? He cares for you. Can you feel the worries leave? How wonderful. Today, don’t hang on to your worries one more second. Give them to God. He cares about you.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father God. Thank You for caring so deeply for me. I am bringing all my worries and cares to You. Help me to leave them there.
Amen

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God’s Love

TODAY’S VERSE
For the LORD your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.
Zephaniah 3:17 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
It is easy to feel that we are all alone. No one understands us. Life gets hard, and we think we have no one to go to. But nothing could be farther from the truth. Zephaniah knew what it was to live in darkness. He was a child during the rain of the evil King Manasseh and King Amon. There was idolatry, child sacrifice, murders, and other evil throughout the land. But Zephaniah grew up to know and trust in the Lord. He shares that we are never alone, that God is living among us. God is our mighty savior. He writes that God takes delight in us with gladness and that God will calm all our fears with His love. God is rejoicing over you right now with exuberant joy! Today, know that you are not alone. God, who is love, loves you more than you can imagine, and He is ecstatic with joy to have you as His child.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, thank You so much for being with me, saving me, and protecting me. Most of all, thank You that you are glad to be with me rejoicing in who I am and what I mean to You. Help me, Lord to fully understand this.
Amen

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