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Keep Doing Right

TODAY’S VERSE
So if you are suffering in a manner that pleases God, keep on doing what is right, and trust your lives to the God who created you, for he will never fail you.
I Peter 4:19 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Suffering is never easy. It is bad enough when it is the result of our own doing. But it is even more difficult to handle when we are suffering and haven’t done anything wrong. What do we do? It seems so unfair. Our first inclination is to get angry or perhaps give up. Maybe it is to compromise what we believe, so the pressure goes away. Peter knew what suffering for righteousness sake was. He and the early Christians suffered much persecution. So Peter wrote to the Christians and what he wrote applies to us today. He said to “keep on doing what is right.” Don’t compromise. Don’t give up. Don’t get revenge. Instead, Peter admonishes us to “trust your lives to the God who created you, for he will never fail you.” Today, trust God, commit your way to Him, and do right. God will not fail you.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, You know my situation. Help me to trust You, Lord. Help me to continue to do right. In Jesus’ name.
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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Walk Our Talk

TODAY’S VERSE
But all they gave him was lip service; they lied to him with their tongues.
Psalms 78:36 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
It is so easy to give “lip service.” How often do we do it in our relationships? James writes, “Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, and you say, ‘Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well’—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do?” It is easy to praise God with our lips but dishonor Him with our lives. It is so easy to say, “We love you, Lord” and not do what He says. Today, examine your heart. If needed, repent and know that He will forgive you and give you the grace you need to serve Him with harmony between your lips and your heart.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I know that there are so many times that I give you lip service only. I talk the talk but neglect to walk the walk. Forgive me for my hypocrisy. Holy Spirit, help me live as Jesus lived, in Spirit and in truth.
AMEN

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Best Church For The Community

TODAY’S VERSE
Then he turned to his critics and asked, ‘Does the law permit good deeds on the Sabbath, or is it a day for doing evil? Is this a day to save life or to destroy it?’ But they wouldn’t answer him.
Mark 3:4 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
The Pharisees just didn’t get it. Jesus came to seek and to save those in need. He came to call the undeserving to repentance. He came to love those outside of the synagogue as much as those inside it. And in many ways, we don’t get it either. We, too, have our priorities in the wrong order. This became painfully apparent to me in reading the book “The Externally Focused Quest.” Eric Swanson and Rick Rusaw wrote, “Most churches, blatantly or subtly, have an unspoken objective – ‘How can I be the best church IN our community.’ – and they staff, budget, and plan accordingly. – The externally focused church asks, ‘How can we be the best church FOR the community?’ and that one little preposition changes everything.” We can aspire to be the biggest church, best worship, largest children’s program, all good things, but if we are not reaching those outside the church, are we really doing His will? If we do not love the least in our community, are we really living for Him? The authors asked another crucial question. They asked, “If you had to close the doors of your church today, would your community care? Would they miss you?” Today, what would happen if we all decided to be the best church FOR our community?

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, help me to love as You love. Help me to set my priorities in the order You would have them. Help me work in my church to be the best we can for and with our community. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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Today’s Mission

TODAY’S VERSE
Don’t you know or understand even yet? Are your hearts too hard to take it in? You have eyes—can’t you see? You have ears—can’t you hear? Don’t you remember anything at all?
Mark 8: 17-18 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
In today’s passage, it seems that Jesus is rebuking His disciples for lacking faith in His provision. But as I thought more about Jesus’ reaction, I believe Jesus’ frustration goes much deeper than that. Sure, the disciples were worried about food, and Jesus was upset about their doubt, especially after He had just fed the masses that came to hear His teaching. But I don’t think it was worrying about food that frustrated Jesus. I think it was the lack of passion in the disciples that perplexed Him. Think about it, all around them; people were being healed, demons cast out, thousands were just fed miraculously. And yet, it seemed that the disciples were oblivious to the mission Jesus had. Their hearts were hard. They had eyes but did not see. They had ears but did not hear. If they did see and hear, I think they would have been begging Jesus to go to more towns! There were more people to reach. More people that needed the message of love. More that needed healing. Nothing would be able to stop them. But, like us, a new day was pressing in. Their needs, their plans, their concerns overshadowed Jesus’ agenda. What about you and me? What consumes us? What have we seen? What have we heard? What have we forgotten? Today, might we see with the eyes of Christ and move with His heart planted deep in our chest.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Oh, Jesus, I confess I have had a front-row seat and somehow turn around and forget all the miracles You have done. I let Your power and goodness escape my mind and make decisions as if You did not exist. Forgive me. Today revive my heart. Fill me with Your Spirit that I might live for You.
AMEN

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What Does God Want You To Do?

TODAY’S VERSE
So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do.
II Thessalonians 1:11 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Why was I born? What possible significance can my life be? All these are answered in the fact that God has a purpose for your life. He wants you to live a life worthy of the call He has on you. What He calls you to do, He will empower. Paul promises that God will give you the power to do all that your faith prompts you to do. He writes at the end of this passage, “This is all made possible because of the grace of our God and Lord Jesus Christ.” Today, ask God to prompt your faith to know what you can do for His glory. Then know that God’s grace will give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do!

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, help live this day worthy of Your call. Thank You for Your grace and may Your power accomplish all the good things that You prompt in my heart through faith.
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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God’s Power

TODAY’S VERSE
I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.
Ephesians 1:19-20 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Paul is throwing out a challenge to all of us who think just knowing about Jesus is enough. Understanding the Bible and tenets of the faith is great and necessary for our Christian growth, but we are nowhere near what God wants for us if we don‘t have experiential knowledge regarding Christ’s power and mighty strength. Paul is so emphatic that he used four different words in this passage explaining God’s power. First, it is a great power. This is the same word we use for dynamite. It is an inherent natural power. Second, Paul uses the word “working”. It is a working operative power. It is the same word we use for energy. The third word for power is “mighty.” Which means a manifested strength. It is used as might, strength, and mighty deeds. The word actually means the overwhelming evidence of power. Finally, Paul uses the word “strength.” Which means a power that is inherent, part of its natural capacity. It is the same power that raised Christ from the dead! Paul is saying that he wants us to know God’s natural inherent attribute of strength. God is all-powerful. This is what God wants us to believe. This is what God wants us to avail ourselves of. Today, let us ask Him to use His mighty strength in our lives. Let us trust Him for great and mighty things, so we will be a witness to this generation that is desperately seeking a spiritual solution to the struggles they are having in their lives.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, enlighten the eyes of my heart that I may know the incredible greatness of Your power that You have for my life. Help me avail myself of the power You want to use on Your behalf. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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Show Me The Way

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 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Have you ever been lost? You’re walking in the woods, and suddenly it dawns on you, “I don’t recognize anything, I don’t know what direction I am going.” It is a helpless feeling. The only thing you can think of is, “Do I have a map?” or “Can I figure out what direction will get me to safety?” Guidance is everything when you are lost. You have to trust in something; why not the most reliable source of information? Life is like that, a journey, and we need God to help us find our way. David prayed, “Show me the right path, point out the road for me to follow.” We need to do the same. The more confused we get, the more difficult the situation, the more we need God to lead us in the right direction. Today, seek God’s guidance.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I need Your direction in my life. Show me the way to go. Guide me today as I follow You.
AMEN

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Real worship

TODAY’S VERSE
No, this is the kind of fasting I want – Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help.
Isaiah 58:6-7 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
What would God say about us at eleven o’clock on Sunday? You know, when we meet to worship. We sing our praise songs, we listen to the preaching, and we pass the offering plates. And then we go home, back to our own business, until we do it all over again a week later. All the while, just miles from the front door of our church, there are hundreds if not thousands of people hurting. Some hungry, some depressed, some broke, some addicted, some suicidal, some sleeping in their car. These all have families who are also hurting because of their plight. How many fathers and mothers are broken-hearted over the plight of their children? How many children suffer because of the plight of their parents? And yet we worship. And then drive right by on our way home. When is the church going to listen to Jesus when He said, “Go into all the world?” not “Come into my house.” Surely we need to worship God in song and praise. Yes, we must feed on the preaching of His word. But not at the expense of ignoring what else God commands us to do! Jesus said it best when he saw the crowds and had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.” Today, worship God by loving those hurting all around you.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, forgive me for only worshiping in Your house and not worshipping in Your world. Forgive me for ignoring the glory you receive when I help those in need. Help me worship you with my love for others.
AMEN

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