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Expect Victory

TODAY’S VERSE
I will be strong and courageous! I won’t be afraid or full of terror. I won’t panic because You Lord my God will personally go ahead of me! You will not fail! You will never abandon me!
Deuteronomy 31:6 (PBP)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
I decided to use of one of the verses from my Personalized Bible Paraphrase. I put scripture in the first person so we can really own what it is saying. I did it because I was deeply moved this morning on the way to the church. I was thinking about many things. What am I going to do about the future? What about my boys and their family? Thinking about my wife’s health. And then I turned a corner. On my right was a high school athletic field. Above the bleachers was the announcers stand. On the top of the structure was a sign. It said, “Expect A Victory!” It took me a few seconds but then I got it. What have I been expecting? Suddenly I felt a switch turn on. I straightened my back and raised my head and started to thank God. I praised Him and let Him know that I expected victory. I expected His favor and love. I expected that I will accomplish all that He wants me to do. So today I choose to be strong and courageous. I won’t be afraid or full of terror. I won’t panic. Why? Because the Lord my God will personally go ahead of me! He will not fail! He will never abandon me! Today, I invite you to expect victory too.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, today I expect victory because You are with me, You love never fails, You go ahead of me and will never abandon me.
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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You Can Have Real Peace

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
How are you affected by stress? We all have situations that get us down, emergencies that distract us and cause us to fret. Situations that anger us, others cause us grief. We become full of worry and anxiety. What are we to do? Isaiah has a word for us. It is as if God had him look ahead to today and say, “God will help you with all your stress. He will give you peace that passes all your understanding if you do one thing. Keep your thoughts fixed on God.” What a precious promise. What love and concern for us. Today, stop and focus on the Lord. When stress comes, keep your eyes on Him. You are not alone. He will keep you in peace.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father. Help me keep my mind on you. I ask You to keep my heart and my mind at peace today.
AMEN

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You Are Not Alone

TODAY’S VERSE
So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.”
Hebrew 4:14-16 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
How is it we end up believing we are so alone? Why do we feel we must face our problems by ourselves? With Christ, nothing could be farther from the truth. We have been invited to come boldly to the very presence of God. The truth is that Jesus knows what we are going through. He understands the trials and temptations that we face. He knows the emotional struggles we have. And He knows how to get through them. You are not alone. You can come to Him and receive the grace and help you need just when you need it. Today, come boldly to Jesus.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Lord, I come to You today, knowing that you know all about me and my situation. Help me through this day. Give me the mercy and grace that you promised to give me when I need it the most. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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Living In A New Sphere

TODAY’S VERSE
You must grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 3:18 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Peter is saying that we need to grow “in” grace. The normal use of the word “in” meant walking through a door. You go into another room. You come, and you go. But Peter is suggesting much more!!! Peter writes that we are to grow in Grace. He uses the other word for “in.” A word that means moving and living in a whole new sphere of reality. Peter says that as a Christian, even though we are on earth, we live in another sphere or reality of God’s grace and knowledge. Grace is God’s favor, affection, mercy, and thoughts toward you. Knowledge is “experientially knowing” something. It is a working knowledge gleaned from personal experience! Today, stop and realize where you live. You live in a spiritual sphere where you grow in and have first-hand knowledge of God’s favor, affection, and mercy. Welcome to this new world!

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, thank You for inviting me to live in this new sphere of grace and knowledge. Help me enter into it fully and grow and mature in this atmosphere of Your favor, affection, and mercy.
Amen

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Lead Me

TODAY’S VERSE
Show me the right path, O LORD; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you.
Psalms 25:4-5

TODAY’S THOUGHT
It is so easy to lose our way. If not lost, then we just aren’t sure which way to go. Direction is so essential. I think I can make it down most paths if I was sure it was the one God wanted me to take. There is an assurance when you know He is directing you. There is peace when you know that He knows exactly where you are and what lies ahead. There is hope in the midst of each step when you know that God has said, “This is the way; walk in it.” So today, pray with the Psalmist. Cry out to God and say, “ Show me the right path, O LORD; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All-day long, I put my hope in you.”

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear God, please show me the right path to go on. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for I put my hope in you.
AMEN

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Lord Of Your Life

TODAY’S VERSE
You must worship Christ as Lord of your life.
I Peter 3:15 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
We talk so much of Christ as our Savior. And certainly, He is. He came to seek and to save those of us who were lost. His purpose was to be a sacrifice for our sins. But we must remember that before He was our Savior, He was and always will be God. The Alpha and Omega, Lord of Lord, King of Kings. We give Him praise as our Savior, but Peter says, “We worship Christ as our Lord.” Has there been a time in your life when you have made that distinction? Has there been a moment when you realized that more than your Savior that Christ was asking for your allegiance as Lord of your life? It begins as recognition and then becomes a commitment. Today, settle it with God. Submit to Christ everything that you are and have. Make Him the Lord of your life.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Lord Jesus. Thank You for being my Savior. I acknowledge that You came to earth as God in the flesh and now are ruler over all things. Therefore I surrender myself to You and ask You to be the Lord of my life. Guide my life, lead me in the way I should go. In Jesus’ name, I pray.
AMEN

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Doubt

TODAY’S VERSE
When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer. Psalm 94:19 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Doubts come. And when they do, they often attack our faith. Is God there? Does He care? Is He going to do anything? Sometimes it is more profound. Does God love me? Does He have a purpose for me? Some doubts get even more personal. There must be something wrong with me. No one loves me. I will never make it. Doubt is the enemy of our soul. The good news is that God gave us the solution to doubt. It is faith. Faith looks at doubt and says, begone, I believe in God. Faith allows us to commune with the Holy Spirit, the comforter, and He works deep in our heart to do what the Psalmist said He would centuries ago. Today, when doubts fill your mind, you can turn to God, and His comfort will give us renewed hope and cheer.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, I thank You that I can turn to You in faith when I have doubts. Thank You for the Holy Spirit, whose comfort brings me hope and cheer.
AMEN

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ENcouragement

TODAY’S VERSE
But God, who encourages those who are discouraged, encouraged us.
II Corinthians 7:6 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
It is easy to become discouraged. Finances, health, relationships, career, family all of them can present us with tremendous challenges and ample opportunity for discouragement. The good news is that there is someone bigger than our situation. Paul knew it. He writes, “When we arrived in Macedonia, there was no rest for us. We faced conflict from every direction, with battles on the outside and fear on the inside.” And then he adds the phrase that changes everything. He writes, “But God.” It doesn’t get any better than that. He writes, “But God who encourages those who are discouraged, encouraged us.” In this case, God did it through the arrival of Titus to minister with Paul. I don’t know how God will do it for you, but today you have the God who encourages the discouraged. Watch for it; let Him encourage you.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, You are the great encourager. I pray that in Your own marvelous way, You would encourage my heart today. In Jesus’ name.
Amen

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