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Be On Guard

TODAY’S VERSE
Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong.
I Corinthians 16:13 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
We each have our battles. Life can be hard. Struggles can cause our faith to falter, and we begin to live as those who have no hope at all. Paul knew what it was like to have troubles; he knew hardship and heartbreak. And so, when he was finishing writing his letter to the church in Corinth, he gave them one final admonition. Like a coach before the final play of the game, Paul rallies the church and tells them to be on their guard. He wanted them to watch out for the spiritual battle. He told them to stand firm in their faith, being courageous and strong. The good news is they did not have to do this on their own. This same Paul reminds us in another letter he wrote that we can do all things through Christ who empowers us. Today, call out to God for His power, and then be on your guard. Stand firm in your faith. Be courageous today and stay strong.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Lord, You have said that I can do all things through You because You will empower me. Help me today to be on my guard against evil and temptation. Allow me to stand firm in my faith. Encourage me to be courageous in my behavior and to be strong in Your power.
AMEN

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Stand Firm

TODAY’S VERSE
It is God who enables us, along with you, to stand firm for Christ.
II Corinthians 1:21 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Standing firm is a Biblical imperative. Paul tells us why in a letter he wrote to the Corinth Church. He writes, “Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” The good news is that God enables us to stand firm, and Paul tells us how. He continues, “Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle, you will still be standing firm.” Today, suit up and be strong in His mighty power!

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Almighty God, help me to stand firm and be strong in You and Your mighty power. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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Be Strong And Corageous

TODAY’S VERSE
So be strong and courageous, all you who put your hope in the LORD!
Psalms 31: 24 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
What you hope in can determine your attitude. It is easy to get discouraged when times are hard. It is easy to behave and feel like a person who doesn’t have hope at all. That is why David challenged us to be strong and courageous. This wasn’t some Pollyanna “things will work out” slogan but rather a call to action. An “all-out, put your hope in God and go for it” holy boldness. Oh, that we would have the kind of faith that David had. Today, hope. Lift up your head, be strong, be courageous; you are hoping in the Almighty God.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, I am hoping in You today. Help me to be strong and courageous in all I do. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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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 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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God’s Power

TODAY’S VERSE
For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power.
I Corinthians 4:20 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Sooner or later, there has to be power. You can talk all about the virtues of a team in sports, but it will be evident whether they can live up to the hype when they play a game. You can say how good a recipe is, but after a while, all the adulations in the world won’t make a difference; you have to taste it for yourself. Paul heard about the arrogance of some of the teachers in Corinth, but there was only one thing Paul wanted to know. Was the power of God alive in their ministry? We can tell all our friends, neighbors, and relatives about God, but they are more interested in the difference God is making in our life. Is God’s power alive in the way we pray, the way we live, and the way we serve? Is God’s power manifested in the changed lives of those we have introduced to Him? Is the fruit of the Spirit alive in our daily walk with Him because of His transforming power? Today let’s do more than talk about God. Let’s talk to Him and ask Him to exhibit His mighty power in everything we say and do for Him.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I pray that Your power will be alive in my life. I pray that You will manifest Your power in mighty ways as the Holy Spirit guides and directs all I say and do. I pray in Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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Power and Strength

TODAY’S VERSE
God is awesome in his sanctuary. The God of Israel gives power and strength to his people. Praise be to God!
Psalm 68:35 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
There are a lot of things that we need to make it through this life. Sometimes it is hard to ascertain what exactly to ask God for. Today’s verse sets good guidelines to help us when we pray. First, God is awesome. We have every reason to ask for His miraculous power to intervene in our situations. He can heal, change circumstances or move in the hearts of people. We need to ask and expect God to be awesome on behalf of His people. And yet, there is another side. Today’s verse also says that God gives power and strength to His people. Although we can ask God to show His love to others, hasn’t He commanded you and I to be His ambassadors of love? Paul wrote, “We are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” And who knew this better than David? After all, it was David who picked up the stone and aimed at Goliath, but God directed the stone. David said to Goliath, “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of Heaven’s Armies.” God created you and me to be His ministers in this world, and He gives us the strength and power to do it. What a magnificent plan. God, with His power working with and through us to do His will in this world. No wonder David ended by saying, “Praise be to God!”

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I can’t live the life You want me to without Your power. Nor do I want to try. I come today and ask You to guide me, direct me, and fill me with Your power and strength. May You show Yourself strong through all I say and do. To You be all the Glory!
AMEN

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Word and Power

TODAY’S VERSE

Jesus replied, “Your mistake is that you don’t know the Scriptures, and you don’t know the power of God.

Mark 12:24 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT

How clearer can it get? In one sentence, Jesus identified the problem most of us have with our Christian experience. Are we doubting God? Cynical about life?  Lack of faith? Frustration with circumstances? Is sin having reign in our life? It could be that we are guilty of the same problems the Sadducees, the religious leaders of Jesus’ day, had. Jesus said that they did not know the scriptures or the power of God. Understanding the Bible is crucial to our Christian life. Paul wrote to Timothy that “all scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.” We also need the power of God in our life. It is His power that gets us through this life. Paul wrote, “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.” Today, let us set our minds to know both God’s word and His power. Otherwise, as Jesus implied, we will be making a grave mistake.

TODAY’S PRAYER

Dear Father, forgive me for having doubted Your power and have not spent enough time in Your word. Help me increase my faith and put my trust in both Your word and power.

AMEN

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Be Strong, Have Courage

TODAY’S VERSE
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.
1 Corinthians 16:13 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
What could Paul say? What could he write to a church that was struggling with division and immorality? How could he encourage the leaders to lead and the church to follow? He did it by writing a letter to be read to the church. At the end of this letter, he gave them a final admonition. Paul, who used so many military and athletic metaphors, writes like a commander preparing his troops, like a coach inspiring his team at halftime. He writes, “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.” We would do well to listen to these words today. We need to be on our guard against those things around us that would rot our souls. We dare not be asleep on the watch. Watching, when trouble and temptation come our way, we need to stand firm. It is not the time to run, to cry over past sins; rather, it is time to hold our ground. In repentance and rededication, we dig in and fight the fight for our faith. And this takes courage. Doubting is fine, but not when the battle is upon you. Look to God, shout out a prayer and move ahead with His strength and courage. God is here; He is with you; in Him, you will be strong. So today, may God give you all you need to be all you can in Him. Be on your guard, stand firm, have courage and be strong.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, I come in the wonderful name of Jesus and ask for Your strength and courage. I ask that You would help me as I stand guard and stand firm in the faith. Help me so that I can do all that You have called me to do. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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Never Give Up

TODAY’S VERSE
One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up.
Luke 18:1 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Have you ever had your back against the wall? There was a period in my life when I thought I would never get out of the horrible situation I was in. Emotionally, I was a mess. Financially, it was much worst. We had lost everything, and I could not find a job that paid what I needed. I had a wife and three boys, and it was everything I could do to put one foot in front of the other. But then there was God. I prayed while I waited for a way out. I would cry in despair when there was no answer and then pray again. How often, over the years it took to dig out, did I read today’s passage? Every time I did, I would pray and fight the feeling of giving up over and over again. I read where Jesus said, “Knock and keep knocking, ask and keep asking, seek and keep seeking.” So I would pray some more. As life went on, some days better than others, there was one thing I knew. God had not forsaken me. His love was sufficient even in the worst of times. God never promised me wealth, a sublime life, but He did promise He would never leave me. I kept thinking of His life, walking from town to town, nowhere to lay His head, all the way to the cross. And He did it so I could pray to Him. He did it for you, too. I know many who are reading this are going through horrible struggles, perplexed and hurt. Today know this. Jesus was purposeful in what He said. He wanted us to know this one thing, pray and never give up.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Jesus, it is so hard sometimes. I just want to give up, but You said to pray and never give up. So, Lord, I will get up, I will show up, I will pray up, and I will never give up. Help me make it so. In Your name, dear Lord.
AMEN

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