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Treasures

TODAY’S VERSE
Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.
Matthew 6:21

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Where are our priorities? What is really important to us? We can pretend that we believe certain spiritual truths but what we really treasure usually gives us away. Jesus is warning us that it is easy to get caught up in this life and not really look at the whole picture. We are not just part of this physical world. We are part of a much larger system. We are part of the Spiritual realm. We are connected with eternity and therefore need to integrate what we believe in this life with a Heavenly perspective. The questions that we need to ask our self is, “What do we really care for?” “What is really important to us?” “What do we treasure?” When we answer these questions, we will find our heart. Then we need to ask ourselves a really hard question. “Does our heart reflect Christ’s values or the worlds?” If we are going to follow Christ, if we are going to be His representative in this world, then our heart needs to reflect what is important to Him. Today, might we check our heart’s priority and realign what’s important to us to be more in tune with Christ.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father help me love what You love. Help me live with Your priorities foremost in my thinking. Help live for You today.
AMEN

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What Do You Want?

TODAY’S VERSE
What do you want me to do for you?
Mark 10:49-51 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
This was one of the first passages I ever preached on. I was a teenager giving a gospel message. I remember still to this day the impact this simple passage had on me. Here was this blind man sitting by the road and he hears that Jesus was coming by. Nothing could shut him up. He started shouting out to Jesus. The disciples tried to make him quiet down, but Jesus tells them to bring the man to Him. I love what happens next. Jesus looks at him and says to the blind man, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man simply answers, “I want to see.” What appealed to me then as a teenager still appeals to me decades later. It was the sincerity of Jesus and the invitation to tell Him what the blind man wanted. This is the same Jesus that we pray to. It is the same heart of Christ that bids us come to Him. It is the same power available that asks such an open-ended question. Today, see Him passing your way. Take the time to sit before Him and answer His question, “What do you want me to do for you?”

TODAY’S PRAYER
Jesus, I thank You for coming my way today. I thank You that You care so much for me that You would ask me what I need from You. I come silently before You and share my request. – Thank You, Lord, for hearing the desire of my heart.
AMEN

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Peace, Not control

Peace, Not Control

TODAY’S VERSE

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!

Isaiah 26:3

TODAY’S THOUGHT

Perfect peace. Just the thought of it calms my heart. It is a peace that comes from maturity. It is growing into a feeling of peace from knowing God in deep and intimate ways. I use to think the answer was controlling everything. If I could just control my circumstances I would have peace. I must avoid those things from the past that haunt me. I must keep appearances and not let anyone know the real me. I must worry and try to control the future so I am not a victim again. What a trap. And this lack of peace, this need for control brings all its friends to my front doorstep. Anger, bitterness, jealousy, loneliness, despair, and anxiety they all congregate waiting to get into my mind. How wrong I have been. The more I try to control the more I need to control. Instead with the peace from God in my heart, I no longer have to control. This is perfect peace. Today trust in God. Bring Him all your control issues. He knows your situation. He knows your past and future. Fix your thoughts on Him and His wonderful all providing love for you. Let Him give you a lasting, mature and perfect peace.

TODAY’S PRAYER

Father, I come to You now. I want to experience your peace. I give up control and turn my situation, my life over to You. In Jesus’ name.

AMEN

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Praise God

TODAY’S VERSE
Praise the LORD! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns. Let us celebrate, let us rejoice, let us give him the glory!
Revelation 19:6-7 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
How excited are you about knowing God? You would think we would be ecstatic, but instead, our joy is minimal. I have seen sports fan get more excited about their teams winning a championship than most churches do during worship. This is because in reality most of us only know about God. Sure, we have asked Him to be our Savior, but we haven’t taken the time to really know Him. We know nothing of His power, wisdom or glory. How then can we say with John, “The Lord our God, the Almighty reigns”? If we are going to celebrate God, if we are going to rejoice because of Him, then we need to know God in a deep and personal way. This will only happen if we spend time in His presence. In His presence, He will reveal Himself to us. In His presence, we will learn of His power, wisdom and His glory. In His presence, we will learn to praise, celebrate and rejoice in Him. So today stop everything. Stop and for one moment become conscious of His presence and consider who He is. Sense that He is the Almighty one. Feel how worthy He is of all our praise. For just a moment consider how great He is and then know this; He loves you! The Almighty One loves you, so go ahead, celebrate, rejoice and give Him the glory!

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, forgive me for not appreciating You enough. You are the Almighty One and You reign on high. I rejoice that I know You and come to You with joy and celebration. You are worthy of all my praise and I give You all the glory.
AMEN

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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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Praise God With Your Whole Heart

Praise God With Your Whole Heart

TODAY’S VERSE
Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise His Holy name.
Psalms 103:1

TODAY’S THOUGHT
It is easy to live day by day and never really take the time to praise God. Part of this is due to the fact that we have relegated worship and praise to one hour a week. We have segmented our lives with spirituality being only a small part. Even when we do participate at church in corporate worship it is often just intellectual assent. The words barely sink in. It is not wholeheartedly. This is not the way God intended our worship to be. Instead, God wants us to praise Him with everything that is inside us. David wrote, “Let ALL that I am praise the Lord!” This includes our emotion, knowledge, and personality. He wants us to praise Him with our “whole” heart. It is not a “half-hearted” affair. God wants our all. Everything we are and hope to be. Today, praise God for all that He is. Praise Him for what He has done. Praise Him with everything you have, praise Him with your whole heart. Truly God is worthy!

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I come now to praise Your Holy name. I praise You for all that You are. I praise You from my whole heart. I sincerely love You and praise You with everything inside me. Praise You, Lord!
AMEN

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True Joy

TODAY’S VERSE
It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to the Most High. It is good to proclaim your unfailing love in the morning, your faithfulness in the evening.
Psalms 92:1,2 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
You can’t eat one meal and say that is enough for the rest of the month. It is not good enough to take one breath and quit. Most of life seems to have a rhythm, a sustainability that comes from repeated processes. So it is with praise and joy. It is not good enough to have had joy once upon a time. You can’t live a victorious Christian life on memories of better days. No, with God, every day has its measure of mercy and grace. Every day has the presence of God. The question is, “Are we aware of it?” If we are going to get all we can out of life, then we need to make a conscious effort to be aware of the presence of God. Nehemiah wrote, “The joy of the Lord is my strength.” How true. What better way find joy than to proclaim His love in the morning and, when the day is over, purposely reflect on His faithfulness.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Praise You, dear God, for Your love for me. Thank You for Your faithfulness. Help me to sing Your praises, to have a heart of gladness and a spirit of thankfulness for all You have done for me. Help me to proclaim Your love every morning and Your faithfulness every night. Might Your joy be my strength today. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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