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Slave To My Beliefs

TODAY’S VERSE
For you are a slave to whatever controls you.
II Peter 2:19 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
We like to think that we are so independent. What could ever have control over us? But it is not usually one significant controlling factor we need to worry about. Rarely would just one influence control our whole life. No, the author of Proverbs said it wisely, “It is the little foxes that spoil the vine.” It is the many controlling issues that either set us free or enslave us. Beliefs are that way. It is not one large belief that controls our life. It is a whole series of beliefs that shape who we are. What we believe affects our desires, emotions, aspirations, faith, hopes, predictions, limitations, and behavior. Beliefs can enslave us, or they can set us free. Jesus came to help shape our ideas. Beliefs about life and beliefs about ourselves. So, what do you believe? What limiting thoughts do you have? When you think of yourself, what do you accept as true? When you think of opportunity, what thoughts hold you back? Beliefs can control the way you live. Paul wrote, “We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments.” Today, if you are going to be a slave, be a slave of Christ. Bring your thoughts and beliefs to Christ and let Him shape them, hone them and when necessary, change them.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Lord, I confess that so many of my beliefs are negative, painful, limiting, carnal, angry, lustful, and ungodly. I need Your forgiveness and Your help. Holy Spirit, purify my mind. Sanctify my thoughts and help me bring everyone into captivity and under Your influence. Today I give You my mind. Influence my beliefs, I pray.
AMEN

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Get Wisdom

TODAY’S VERSE
Joyful is the person who finds wisdom, the one who gains understanding.
Proverbs 3:13 (NLT)

If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.
James 1:5 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Do you want joy? Real deep down joy? Then find wisdom. There is nothing more satisfying than having wisdom when you need it the most. Wisdom comes in different ways. Wisdom can be having knowledge about something. Wisdom can be an insight or understanding that makes everything clear. Or wisdom can be the ability to makes good solid judgments. The good news is that we all can have wisdom. James tells us that if we need wisdom, all we have to do is ask God, and He will give us the wisdom we need, and He will not rebuke us for asking. Solomon tells us to seek wisdom with all of our hearts as if it were gold! Today, do it. Ask God for wisdom and to help you have the understanding you need as you face your many challenges. He will give it to you.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, thank You for Your precious promise that you will give it to me if I ask for wisdom. I need Your guidance. I desire understanding. Help me even today to have all the wisdom I need.
AMEN

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Spiritual wisdom

TODAY’S VERSE
I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God.
Ephesians 1:16-17 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
There are many things we could ask for in life, but I think Paul listed two of the most important. He was praying for the Ephesians Church that God would give them “spiritual wisdom and insight.” Imagine what you could do if you had it? With Spiritual wisdom and insight, you could better discern God’s will. The Holy Spirit could speak to you about your behavior, thoughts, and feelings, helping you make needed adjustments and changes. What about the deeper truths about God and His word? Spiritual wisdom and insight is the key to unlocking God’s treasury of knowledge. There is so much to know and experience in the spiritual realm. Today ask God to give you spiritual wisdom and insight. Ask Him to reveal Himself to you and lead you day by day.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, how I need Your wisdom, how I need Your insight. Lead me today to Your truth. Guide me, direct me, help me grow in my knowledge of You.
AMEN

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God’s word

TODAY’S VERSE
The commandments of the LORD are right, bringing joy to the heart.
Psalms 19:8 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
The Bible is a precious gift from God. Divinely inspired, it was written in order that we might know how to live. The Bible motivates, convicts, guides, warns, and teaches us. David wrote that believing what the Bible says is right and following its precepts brings joy to our hearts.
He then goes on to share in a very poetic way how valuable the word of God is. He writes, “The commands of the LORD are clear, giving insight for living. – The laws of the LORD are true; each one is fair. They are more desirable than gold, even the finest gold. They are sweeter than honey, even honey dripping from the comb. They are a warning to your servant, a great reward for those who obey them.” Today, spend time with God and His word and let it bring a deep joy into your heart.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, thank You for Your word. Speak to me, guide me, correct me, inspire me. Teach me how to live. Give me a deep and lasting joy deep down in my heart.
AMEN

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Thinking

TODAY’S VERSE
Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit.
Romans 8:5 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
“What were you thinking?” Have you ever had anyone ask you that? Usually, it’s after something goes wrong. There was a misjudgment, and your thinking has been brought into question. But Paul is suggesting something different. He says we should be purposeful before we think and watch what we let dominate our minds. Paul indicates that it is either the Spirit of God or our sinful nature. What a world of difference the two mindsets have on our life. The mind dominated by the sinful nature leads to sinful thinking and behavior. The mind controlled by the Spirit of God leads us to do things that please the Spirit. Today, say “No” to the sinful nature with its temptation and lust. Instead, be controlled by the Holy Spirit
.
TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I want to live my life for You. Let Your Holy Spirit control my thinking. I give You my mind; guide me, direct me, lead me into Your will.
AMEN

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Hope and Confidence

TODAY’S VERSE
I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
What a glorious hope we have in Christ. Paul prays for the church in Rome, and we can claim this same prayer for ourselves. We can pray that God will fill us with joy and peace. Not just “fill” us, but “completely fill” us with joy and peace. How can He do this? He can do this because He is the source of all hope! And what do we need to do? What is our part in all of this? Our part is to trust Him. Simply trust in His love for you, and He promises that you will overflow with a confident hope, powered by the Holy Spirit. Today, put your trust in Him.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, fill me with hope as I trust in You. Lord, turn that hope into joy and peace so I will overflow with confidence through the power of the Holy Spirit.
AMEN

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Wisdom

TODAY’S VERSE
Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding. – For the LORD grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
Proverbs 2:2-3, 6 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
What a difference wisdom and understanding can make. How many times have we forged on ahead into a disaster because we did not seek God for insight? Solomon knew about the value of God’s wisdom more than any man that ever lived. He was asked specifically by God to request anything that he wanted, and what did he ask for? Money? A long life? Fame? No, he asked for wisdom. He knew that with wisdom, everything else in life would come. Solomon then asks us to do the same. He writes, “Seek wisdom and understanding.” And where should we seek? Solomon writes, “The Lord grants wisdom. From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” Today, let us be wise, by seeking His wisdom, knowledge, and understanding.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I cannot make it without Your guidance. Give me the wisdom, knowledge, and understanding that I so desperately need. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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Thoughts

TODAY’S VERSE
“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
II Corinthians 10:5 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
The battle is in our minds. Truth versus lies. False assumptions verses God’s promises. Negative predictions versus faith. Roots of bitterness, jealously, fear, and shame versus the mind of Christ. And though all these strongholds can be overcome by God’s power, how much better if we never let negative thinking get that far. We can if we follow Paul’s advice. He asks us to “demolish arguments and every pretense that sets itself up against the knowledge of God and to take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” A stronghold begins with a simple negative thought. Then, instead of renouncing it, we make a subtle agreement with it. “God doesn’t care.” “I can’t do it.” We start to generalize using words like “never, always, and every.” Oh, not a stronghold yet, but if we don’t disagree with the thought, what are we really doing? Soon we begin to ruminate and start to build on the negativity. Before you know it, we have created a full-blown story. We have “set ourselves up against the knowledge of God.” God wants us to renounce and correct negative unbiblical thinking. Today, commit your mind to God. Let His Holy Spirit work with your thinking and bring it into alignment with His word.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, thank You for Your presence in my life. I commit my thinking to you. Holy Spirit rule in my mind. Help me know and believe Your truth so I can make all my thoughts obedient to Christ.
AMEN

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Wisdom

TODAY’S VERSE
I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God.
Ephesians 1:16-17 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Spiritual wisdom and insight. It is perhaps the most essential trait we could ask God for. It was so important that Paul constantly prayed that God would give it to the church. When God asked Solomon to ask for anything he wanted, Solomon asked for wisdom to rule the people. God was happy with this decision and gave Solomon “a wise and understanding heart.” We need no less. Every day we face circumstances and make decisions. How often have we relied on our understanding instead of seeking God and the wisdom that He has? James tells us that if we lack wisdom, all we need to do is ask God. David tells us not to lean on our own understanding but seek God, and He will direct us. Today, ask God for wisdom. Ask Him for insight and understanding. Seek Him, talk to Him, listen to Him, and He will give you all the wisdom you need.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I come to You asking for Your wisdom and insight. Guide me, direct me, give me all the wisdom I need to make it through this day. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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His Word

TODAY’S VERSE
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
Hebrews 4:12 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
How important is it for you and me to spend time with God in His word? It is imperative! It is a must. If we are going to live the kind of life God wants us to, then we must spend time listening to what God has to say to us. Everything we do is based on the various beliefs, perceptions, and assumptions we have. Many of these were shaped in childhood. Others are the result of the knowledge and experience we pick up as adults. If we are going to develop our thinking and behavior so that it aligns with God’s will for us, we must let His word penetrate deep into our hearts and make all the necessary changes we need to. The author of Hebrews compares the word of God to a sharp, double-edged sword. Just like a sword can cut deep into our flesh and bone, so God’s word cuts to the thoughts and attitudes that we hide deep in our hearts. God then can use His Word to judge and correct those core beliefs that guide the way we live. Habits, addictions, compulsive behavior, negative emotions can all change if we let His living and active word work in our hearts.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, please use Your word to mold me, change me, and make me more like You. Cut to my inner thoughts and beliefs. Judge them, correct them and align them with Yours. In Jesus Name.
AMEN

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