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What Fruit Are You?

TODAY’S VERSE
By their fruit, you will recognize them.
Matthew 7:20 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT

Not all things are what they seem. Jesus once cursed a fig tree that gave the impression that it was bearing fruit, when in fact it was barren. There was something about “saying one thing” and “doing another” that really got to Jesus. Whether it was the Pharisees that posed as religious zealots but knew nothing of the righteousness God was interested in or a false prophet that pretended to know what God wanted to say and led people down the wrong path. Jesus would rather be with a prostitute, tax collector or lepers that sincerely repented than those that had the pretense of faith. Jesus simply said it this way. “You can tell a tree by the fruit it produces.” Peachtree? Peaches. Appletree? Apples. Christians? The fruit of the Spirit which is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Today, when people look at your life what fruit will they see?

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I pray that the Holy Spirit will bear His fruit in my life, so when people see me, they will glorify You.
AMEN

Live In Peace

TODAY’S VERSE
Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all! Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.
Romans 12:16-18 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
God wants us to live in peace with others. This is easier said than done. Yet as God’s ambassadors, it is imperative that we really try. Ken Sande, the author of “The Peacemaker” writes, “Something significant happens when you decide to follow God’s instructions for relationships, especially His insights on conflict. When you focus on Him and His ways, you do more than cope. When you choose to study and act on God’s plan in every area of your existence, you’re living for His glory. – When you glorify God by doing relationships according to His plan, you’re allowing God to reign in your life. You’re enjoying a powerful connection that alters your whole life. And it’s far more than personal. You’re also giving everyone around you a reason to respect and praise God’s fame.” Conflicts will come, but today choose God’s way of dealing with them. Turn it over to Him. Do as Paul writes, “Live in harmony, don’t be proud, don’t think you know it all, don’t repay evil with evil and do all you can to be at peace with everyone.”

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I need Your help with relationships. I get so frustrated. I need Your Holy Spirit to guide me and help me love others the way You do. Help me, guide me and empower me I pray in Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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Light Up My Darkness

TODAY’S VERSE
You light a lamp for me. The LORD, my God, lights up my darkness.
Psalms 18:28 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Life can be unpredictable and messy. Every one of us has some drama in their life. We all have a story. We would rather have control over our situation, but so often we are simply left in the dark, wondering what to do. David experienced this. He had his difficulties, but instead of staying in the dark, he turned to God for help. He cried out to God and God became his light. He wrote, “You light a lamp for me. The LORD, my God, lights up my darkness.” Today, if things become unclear, if you are bombarded with problems, or if dark clouds start to clutter up your sky, turn to God. He will light your path.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, thank You for being a light in my life. Whenever I have been left in the dark Your light has been right there. Thank You for being a lamp for my path showing me where to go. Guide me today I pray.
AMEN

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Filled With His Love

TODAY’S VERSE
For we know how dearly God loves us because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.
Romans 5:5 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
It’s possible to have someone love you and not be able to comprehend it. I know. For whatever reason, I was able to love others, tell others about God’s love, but when it came to really feel that same love, I experienced a major block. A sense of shame, false guilt and emptiness would come over me if I was forced to acknowledge that anyone loved me. I could hear the words “I love you” but could never receive it. I could not get the emotional reality of it through my defenses. Deep in my heart, I didn’t believe I was lovable. It was after this awareness that the grace of God and the ministry of the Holy Spirit gently brought me to the place where I could experience God’s, unconditional love. But it was not easy. How about you? Do you know that God loves you? Have you received it? Do you know it in a deep and personally felt way? If not, do not despair; talk to God about it. Ask the Holy Spirit to work in your heart and make you more and more aware of the fact that God has made you lovable and has showered you with His unconditional love.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I know You love me, but today I want to know with my heart. I need Your Holy Spirit to minister to me in ways that help me understand deep in my soul that I am lovable and unconditionally loved. I pray in Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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What Spirit Do you Have?

TODAY’S VERSE
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
II Timothy 1:7 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
What attitude are we letting control our life? With the rise in crime, a faltering economy and a tight job market it is easy to let fear, doubt, and insecurity fill our hearts. When we do, we find our self paralyzed, not able to live by faith, stepping out to trust God. It was the same way in Paul’s time. There was poverty, persecution, sickness and government unrest. It would have been easy for the churches to be gripped by fear, but Paul insisted that they had another choice. Why? Because of God! God makes the difference. It is God that gives us power, love, and self-discipline. What a combination. Is there any combination that is stronger? God gives us His power. This is an unlimited source of strength for whatever we set out to do. Then He adds to it love. This is the greatest force in the universe. People armed with love can overcome any odds. Finally, God has given us the ability to be disciplined in doing His will. With our consistent disciplined use of His power and love, what should we be afraid of? Today, put off any fear and timidity and let God’s power and love guide your journey.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, how I thank You that You have not given me a spirit of fear or timidity. Instead, Lord, You have given me power, love, and self-discipline. Help me use it today.
AMEN

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Grace, Truth, and Time

TODAY’S VERSE
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 1:14 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Jesus came to earth to be our Savior. He came to give us an abundant life. The way He does this is through the very expression of who He is. We see this in today’s passage. Jesus, or as John calls Him, the Word, came from the Father, took on a human form and was full of grace and truth. It is grace that saves us. Grace that sustains us. God’s grace that forgives us. But it is His truth that corrects us, directs us and as Jesus said, “Sets us free.” Dr. Henry Cloud talks about this in his book, “Changes That Heal.” He claims that it is the combination of God’s grace and truth that gives us the balance we need to live an emotionally healthy life. Grace without truth would never lead to true change. Truth without grace would never allow us the space we need to fail and start over. We need both. Dr. Cloud adds one more ingredient. He adds time. How wise. When we take the grace of God to forgive, the truth of God to guide and we add time, true maturity results. Today may we rejoice in God’s wonderful plan for our spiritual growth.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, how I thank You for Your wonderful amazing grace that loves me unconditionally. Thank You for Your truth that has as its aim, my maturity. And Father, thank You for the time and patience that You have given me in order that I may mature in You.
AMEN

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Living For Jesus

TODAY’S VERSE
I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their thought. 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. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.
John 17: 20-21 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
This was more than a prayer Jesus prayed. It was His mission statement. His goal was to spread the thought that there was a loving God that had salvation for all people, to all ends of the earth. He knew that this would only happen if we worked together. It is through the oneness of purpose and the empowerment of the Holy Spirit that we can spread His message to all the ends of the earth. In his book, “The Deeper Journey” M. Robert Mulholland Jr. writes, “Union with God results in our being a person through whom God’s presence touches the world with forgiving, cleansing, healing, liberating and transforming grace. – The world will not believe in Christ because of our sound theology, our correct Creed, our well-defined dogma, our rigorous religiosity. The world will believe when it sees Christlikeness manifested in our life.” Today, might we commit our self to be a more effective witness for Christ through our unity, faith, and love.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, help me live for You. Help me join other believers in a deeply loving relationship, so together, we will be a witness of Your love, grace, and truth.
AMEN

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