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Encouragement

TODAY’S VERSE
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up.
I Thessalonians 5:11 NLT

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Ever been so thirsty you felt parched? You couldn’t wait until you had a glass of water. When you finally took a drink, it was heavenly, refreshing, and brought new life to your body. That is what encouragement does. It is like a cooling salve on a bad burn. A refreshing breeze on a hot, humid day. The laughter of children when in an anxious state. There is something about a person who is with you when all seems lost. Their presence speaks volumes. They comfort you with their empathy in what they say and do. We need encouragement, and God commands us to encourage one another. In fact, the only thing I can think of that is wrong with encouragement is that there isn’t enough! Today, be God’s messenger of hope, love, peace, and joy. People all around you are thirsty for encouragement. Take your love and fill their cup!

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, thank You for Your encouragement. Help me to be selfless and encourage others in the way You have encouraged me.
AMEN

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Forgiveness

TODAY’S VERSE
Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?” “No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven!”
Matthew 18:21-22 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Forgiveness is not an option. Okay, it is. We are allowed to choose whether or not we will forgive someone. But, forgiveness is not an option if you want to live the kind of life that Christ did. If you want the peace of mind that comes from living the way God wants you to. If you truly want to live in the fullness of His Spirit, trusting Him with your life, then you will surrender to His love. You will trust His sovereignty. You will radiate from deep within your own heart all the forgiveness He has given you, and you will, in turn, forgive others. Peter knew how difficult it was. He sincerely asked, “Seven times?” But Jesus knew how important it was. He said, “Seventy times seven!” So, today, search your heart. Is there unforgiveness? If so, turn to Christ; ask for His power, and forgive.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, unforgiveness is like cancer to my soul. It is eating me alive, and I seem powerless to forgive. Please help me. Forgive me for my unforgiveness and give me the strength and the compassion to follow You and Your forgiveness on the Cross. Help me forgive today, I pray. For Jesus sake.
AMEN

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The Infinite Love Of God

TODAY’S VERSE
You love them as much as you love me.
John 17:23 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Jesus is praying to His Father. And as He prays, He says something simply astounding about you and me. He said. “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you.” He continues by saying, “May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.” As I read the phrase, “You love them as much as you love me,” I can’t help but be overwhelmed. Jesus actually said this! I admit I have a hard time grasping this unbelievable, almighty, everlasting, incredible love that God has for me. But I want to! And I pray that today God will grant you the grace to fathom what it means. Might knowing that He loves you this much fill your day with peace and joy.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, thank You for Your infinite, inconceivable love for me. Help me today to live in its awareness and rejoice in its meaning.
AMEN

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Servanthood

TODAY’S VERSE
Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant.
Mark 10:43 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Some of Christ’s teachings were counterintuitive to what we learn in this world. A leader, we think, should be assertive, take charge, and rule with a “my way or the skyway” attitude. But this is not the type of leader Jesus advocated. When discussions of leadership came up amongst the disciples, and they were vying with each other to see who would sit on Christ’s side in glory, Jesus reminded them of His kingdom values. In the Kingdom of God, you see it is of supreme importance to be kind, prefer others over yourself, serve, and love. Jesus said it this way, “Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant.” A servant makes sure that the needs of the person that they are serving are met. They care for the other person. They are genuinely concerned for the other person’s welfare. Jesus wants us to be that kind of leader. A person who cares about those they lead that puts love in action and people above the process. Today, when you are asked to lead, remember whoever wants to be a leader must be a servant.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, help me lead through servanthood. Help me follow the example of Jesus by loving others and serve them with all my heart. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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Encouragement

TODAY’S VERSE
But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.
Hebrews 3:13 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
God made us for fellowship. It is wired into our brains. We need God and other people. Relationships also play a pivotal role in our Christianity. We must attune ourselves to God and to each other. If we don’t, then we isolate. And when we isolate, we start to ruminate on our inner thoughts with no checks or balance. What starts out as hurt can fester into a deep wound if there is no one to encourage us. Anger becomes revenge; sadness becomes despair; temptation becomes sins, all because we had no one to listen, to correct, to pray for us. Fellowship with our Lord and each other is crucial to our everyday life, and it begins with us. We must choose not to isolate. We must choose to be someone else’s encourager. Today, find someone who encourages you and then go and encourage others.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I confess I have forsaken the encouragement of others. Help me not to isolate. Help me truly fellowship with other believers to be encouraged and then help me encourage others.
AMEN

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Grace

TODAY’S VERSE
Be strong through the grace that God gives you in Christ Jesus.
II Timothy 2:1 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Grace is a mighty force. It is God’s love, forgiveness, favor, and power all rolled into one. Grace results from His mighty presence in your life. It is His faithful and wonderful awareness of you that provides all you need, for all that He has asked you to do. That is why Paul could write to Timothy and say, “Be strong through the grace that God gives you in Christ Jesus.” No matter what God had in store for Timothy, God’s grace provided all the strength he needed. Today, God’s grace is the same for you. So go ahead, be strong, be courageous, be blessed; His grace has all you need.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, thank You for all the grace that You give me in Christ Jesus. Help me be aware of Your power and live in the strength that it provides. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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In The Light Of God’s Love

TODAY’S VERSE
Remember me in the light of your unfailing love, for you are merciful, O LORD.
Psalms 25:7 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
So much of our negative behavior is the result of false beliefs about ourselves. To sin or to be caught in sin only confirms these negative beliefs or lies that we already have. And the pain of being reminded of how we perceive ourselves causes us to put on masks or act religious – anything but let others see who we believe ourselves to be. But is that really who we are? God does not think so. He is not the one who has called you a loser, no good, damaged goods, or a mistake. God knows exactly who you are, and He loves you. How? He remembers you in the light of His unfailing love. Today, go and do likewise. See yourself and others through the eyes of God’s unfailing love.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, how I long to love like You. Not just loving others, but loving myself as well. Thank You for Your mercy, Your grace, and Your unconditional love toward me. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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Love and Doing Good

TODAY’S VERSE
Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.
Hebrews 10:24 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Jesus never intended us to be church dwellers. He wanted us to be field workers. The Savior didn’t go around setting up new synagogues in His name so we could worship. Instead, He called us to participate in His mission to reach a lost world with the good news of the gospel. Now assembling together to worship, learn and encourage one another is definitely important. Right after today’s passage, the author writes, “And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another.” However, if you really want to know what is near the heart of Jesus, read Matthew chapter nine. Matthew wrote, “Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness.” The author of Hebrews compels us to do the same today. He wrote, “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.” Today, let’s be active in our Savior’s mission.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Jesus, Your compassion is boundless, and Your mission is clear. Help me to live like You. Help me love and serve others as You did. Guide me, Lord, and empower me with Your Holy Spirit, I pray.
AMEN

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Chosen By God

TODAY’S VERSE
So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience;
bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.
Colossians 3:12-13 (NASB)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Some people search all their life for significance. If only I were successful. Perhaps a scholar or a celebrity. If I had fame and fortune, everything would be perfect. Yet all this pales in comparison to what you and I already have. In today’s passage, Paul wrote that you were chosen by God to be holy and loved by Him. God chose you. No random coincidence, God knew you from the beginning of time, and He has called you to be His ambassador of love in this world. He has chosen to give you a new heart of compassion. This new heart changes everything. With it, you can see the whole world differently. Now you have the power to be all God wants you to be. With your heart of compassion, you can be kind, humble, gentle, and patient. Because of God’s love, you can now bear with the shortcomings of others and truly forgive them. Paul said it best, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” What God has called, He will empower. So today, rise up and recognize your calling. God has chosen you to be His ambassador of love.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, thank You for choosing me to be Your ambassador of love. Thank You for my new heart of compassion. Help me today to live in this new reality. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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Give To God

TODAY’S VERSE
Honor God with everything you own; give him the first and the best.
Proverb 3:9 (MSG)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
We often think of giving to God through an offering on Sunday morning. Many churches advocate giving God ten percent of what we earn. This is called the tithe. However, when it comes to giving to God, there is a more profound principle of stewardship involved. If we consider it, we know that everything we have comes from God. We are not an “owner’ of anything; rather, we are stewards and have been given a charge to use what He has given us in the best way possible. We are to use everything we have for His glory. Solomon had more wealth than any other person before him, and yet he saw the wisdom in honoring God with what he had. He is the one that concluded that all is vanity, that we work all our life only to leave what we have earned to someone else. Doesn’t it make more sense to use what God has given us for His glory now before we die? Today’s verse says to honor God with everything we own. Our car, house, furniture, recreational equipment, tools, savings, all of this and more can be used for ministry in His kingdom. If you don’t believe it, ask God to show you an opportunity to use your belongings for ministering to others. God has blessed us to bless others. Today, give the ownership of what you have to God and ask Him to show you what to do with it. In return, you will get the real riches of life.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, thank You for all You have given to me. I give it back to You. I want to be a faithful steward and use everything for Your glory. Guide and direct me to that end.
AMEN

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