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Protect My Heart

TODAY’S VERSE
See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily.
Hebrews 3:12-13 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
It is so easy for our hearts to wander. Temptation, disappointment, deferred hope, loss, heartache, lust, greed, anger, jealousy, Spiritual apathy, and isolation are just some of the ways that our hearts can become sinful and unbelieving. We must do all we can in order not to be deceived and lose heart. Paul shares three ways to protect our hearts. He writes, “Fix your thoughts on Jesus.” Fixing our thoughts on Jesus will keep us from “heart” failure. He will help keep our hearts at peace and joy. In Philippians, Paul writes, “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Here we see that the protection of our heart starts with our head. We need to fix our thoughts on Jesus and those things that build us up. In today’s verse, Paul gives another way to protect our hearts. He writes, “Encourage one another daily.” Isolation can be a “kiss of death” to our hearts. We get alone in our pity party, and soon we find ourselves self-feeling hopeless, alone, and unbelieving. Instead, we need to fellowship with others. Today, find a friend and share your thoughts. Let them encourage you, pray for you, and help you with your burden. You can then do the same for someone else. Whatever else you do today, protect your heart!

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, forgive me for the times I allow my heart to become sinful and unbelieving. Help me to fix my thoughts on Jesus and those things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy. Help me to seek the fellowship of others that can, in turn, help me and encourage me. Lord, protect my heart, I pray. In Jesus Name.
AMEN

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Blessings In The Midst Of It All

Dear Friends,
It is easy to fear during times like these when every day we are given negative messages about the virus all around us. It is during these times that we need to remember that God is with us. He promised that He will never leave us or forsake us. Music seems to communicate so well with our emotions. Again today I heard a song that I wanted to share. It is called The Blessing. It is a great song of comfort and joy in the fact that even in times like these that He is with us and for us.

Enjoy the song, better yet enjoy the reality that God is real, His love for you is unfathomable and He wants to bless you!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Zp6aygmvzM4

May god’s peace be upon you in the name of Jesus.

Ron Ovitt
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Take Courage – He is in the waiting!

Dear Friend
I was listening to a song this morning that was a real encouragement to me. It is hard to wait. We are always in a rush, so busy, then something like this virus comes. Fear, anxiety, doubt starts to knock on our door. But the reality is this. God is still here. He has not abandoned us. He is here in the waiting.
May God help you and me to trust Him, to encourage each other and live with full assurance that God is here. And remember “The Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”
Ron Ovitt
Here is that song- Enjoy and be at peace!
Take Courage – Kristene DiMarco

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More Than Conquerors

TODAY’S VERSE
In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
Romans 8:37 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
For most of us, it is hard to get our hands around the meaning of conqueror. Most of us know little about the word. Sure we win the occasional argument, get our proposal passed, even get our children to listen to what we say, but that is far from being a vanquisher of all that comes against us. Paul knew that we would be in Spiritual battle. He knew that we would face life’s issues point-blank and our flesh, the world, and the Devil would do everything they could to discourage and defeat us. That is why the Spirit of God had him write that even in “trouble, hardship, persecution, famine, nakedness, danger or sword” we are more than conquerors. Not just conquerors, more than conquerors. The best way I have heard it described was by Rick Renner in his book, “365 Days of Power”. He writes, “I boldly declare that in Jesus Christ, I am a conqueror who is utmost, paramount, foremost, first-rate, first-class and top-notch; greater, higher, and better than; superior to; preeminent, dominant, incomparable; more than a match for; unsurpassed, unequaled, and unrivaled by any challenge that would ever try to come against me! I declare this in Jesus’ name!” Today, let us believe the same about ourselves.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Thank You, Lord, that You have given me power, in the Holy Spirit, to overcome adversity, discouragement, and every Spiritual attack that besets me. Help me take my eyes off my past defeats and look to Your love and the power of Your resurrection available to me today. Thank You, Lord, that today I am more than a conqueror in Christ Jesus my Lord.
AMEN

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His Grace Is Sufficient

TODAY’S VERSE 
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
II Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT 
We all go through the valleys. There are times of disappointment, sorrow, anxiety, stress, and suffering. To those who are addicted, have lost loved ones, are suffering from chronic pain, have incapacitating disease, are going through financial hardships, have been abused, have broken relationships, are lonely, confused or have a mental illness, what do we do with faith? How do we believe in the face of such discouragement and doubt? Where is God in all of this? But then we must also ask, “What is faith for?” Maybe that is why Jesus came born in a manger, not a palace. That He was “acquainted with grief a man of sorrows”. That He had “nowhere to lay His head.” That in the Garden He would fall down in prayer and say, “Father, if it is your will, let this cup pass from me, nevertheless your will, not mine, be done.” Or on the cross, He would cry to His Father, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Perhaps Jesus’ exemplified the normal Christian experience? Perhaps that is why Paul quoted God as saying, “My grace is sufficient for you”, and he concluded that “God’s power is made perfect in our weakness.” Today, when you go through all you go through, may God fill your heart with the peace, hope, and faith that only God’s grace can give you.

TODAY’S PRAYER 
Father, there are times that I don’t understand what is going on. Times when I get discouraged and start to doubt. But, I also know that these are the times I experience Your mercy and grace at a deeper level. When I am drawn by Your Spirit to a new realm of intimacy with You. Lord give me the faith, courage, and strength I need for today’s journey. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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Join Us For Live Broadcast!

Dear Friend,

Thank you for being part of our Moment In The Word Family. You may know that I also teach a year-long class on Emotional Resilience – Living with the Fruit of the Spirit. This is an exciting class that helps us regulate our emotions.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, January 28, we will be going live at 7:00 CST in the United States. I would love to have you check it out. It is free so there is no obligation. Join a little early so you can download the lesson.
We will be talking about how our emotions affect our relationships and what we can do about it.
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Thanks,
I hope you can join us.
God bless you
Ron Ovitt

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