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Search My Heart

TODAY’S VERSE
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.
Psalms 139:23-24 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
It is so easy to give in to sinful behavior. You know the kind that you participate in and later think, “What was I doing?” Hopefully, God will convict us, and we can repent of it lest it becomes a sinful habit. But what about the behavior we don’t even pay attention to? Lust, greed, jealously, anger, slander, lying are just a few examples. Sadly we can go through a whole day and not even think anything about it. We turn a deaf ear to any conscience. We don’t notice a twinge in our heart saying, “This is wrong.” This is when we need the Lord’s help the most. David knew this, so he invited the Lord to do an inventory of his heart. He prays and asks the Lord to search his heart and point out everything that offends Him. Why? So he could clear his conscience and get back on God’s path of everlasting life. What about you? When was the last time you asked the Lord to take an inventory of your heart? Today, come to God and pray what David prayed. The good news is that this same David also wrote about God, “The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.”

TODAY’S PRAYER
Oh Father, search me, O God, and know my heart. Point out anything in me that offends you, Lord, and help me repent. Forgive me, I pray. In Jesus’ name and because of His sacrifice.
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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Word And Love

TODAY’S VERSE
While knowledge makes us feel important, it is love that strengthens the church.
1 Corinthians 8:1 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
We put such an emphasis on Bible knowledge. It is important to have correct doctrine. It is imperative that we have correct interpretations. It is a must that we learn as much as we can about the Bible. But Bible knowledge without love is nothing more than Phariseeism. The word becomes a tool instead of a life force. Without love, the word becomes facts instead of application. Today, know the word. Learn it, study it, memorize it, but more importantly, do it with love.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, help me to know Your word. Help me to live it with love.
AMEN

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Shepherd

TODAY’S VERSE
He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.
John 10:3-4 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
We can’t make it alone. We were not meant to. God created us out of love and longs to care for us and lead us in the way we should go. That is why Jesus used the illustration of Himself being a good shepherd. The sheep hear the voice of the shepherd and follow it. Jesus later shares with His disciples that He had to go back to His Father in Heaven but how the Holy Spirit will continue to care for us. He said, “I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who will lead you into all truth.” Jesus gave us the Holy Spirit to shepherd us. Today, let the Holy Spirit guide you.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Holy Spirit, shepherd me today. Lead me in the way I should go. I trust You and will follow.
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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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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A Renewed Life

TODAY’S VERSE
Just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.
Romans 6:4 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
A new life. What would that be like? A do-over. A get out of jail free card. What if you really could begin again? What would change? What would you do differently? It seems so impossible, but Christ came to give us a new life. Jesus Himself used the word “born again” when describing those who decide to follow Him. Paul talks about how he could make it through all his struggles because his inner self was renewed day by day. God knew us from the beginning of time and created us for His purposes, and though our life may seem like one mistake after another, one wrong turn followed by another, God can change everything. This same power that God used to raise Jesus from the dead is the power He wants to use in helping you begin to live a renewed life. Today, come to Him. Surrender and ask Him to help you start afresh. He will. He will hear your prayer and give you a new chance you have been looking for. His love for you is boundless. His promise is sure. He promises that He will not reject your plea if you come to Him with a broken and repentant heart.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I need a new start. I ask, dear Lord, that You use that same power that You used to raise Jesus from the dead to help me give a renewed life. I surrender to You and ask for Your help today. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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Mercy

TODAY’S VERSE
Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love.
Psalms 51:1 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
David didn’t try to impress God. He knew he had sinned. He knew he had wandered far from what God wanted him to be or do. And so he came. He came to God with a repentant heart and cried out to God. He knew that God would not refuse a broken and contrite spirit of humility, so he came to God and said the only thing he could say, “Have mercy on me.” Mercy. What a word. Mercy. God’s divine favor. God’s forbearance. God’s compassion. The acting out of God’s unfailing love. It is God’s unfailing love for David that allowed Him to have mercy. It was God’s unfailing love for David that restored him and brought him back from the brink of despair. This is the same love He has for you. Today, God’s unfailing love is focused on you. This is your moment. This is your destiny. This is your opportunity to have all the mercy you will ever need. Come with a contrite heart to God, His unfailing love is waiting.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father God, thank You that in all Your Magnificence You have ordained to have an unfailing love for me. I cannot fathom it, but today I accept it. I open my heart to receive it. Have mercy on me, dear Lord, and fill me with Your unfailing love. In Jesus’ name, I pray. 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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Love and Good Works

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
When you became a Christian, you became a follower of Christ. You became part of a worldwide fellowship of believers. This is more than a fraternity; it is a fellowship. But more than a fellowship, it is a mission. Our mission is to share the message of Christ with the world. It is also to love others and to become involved in doing good. Love and doing good? It sounds too simple and too humanistic. Instead, we want to preach and teach and tell others about the love of God. While teaching and preaching are crucial, we miss the point. It is not an either/or; it is both. God has chosen some to teach, some to preach, but He has chosen us all to love. Why? Because our preaching and teaching will never be accepted by the world if it isn’t backed up with real living proof? And the evidence that Christianity is authentic is in our actions, not our words. So, if we want to see others around us come to know Christ, we must tell them, but we must also love! Today think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, help me live for you. Help me tell others about your love. But also help me think of ways to motivate others around me to join me in performing acts of love and good works.
AMEN

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