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Don’t Judge, Love Instead

TODAY’S VERSE
“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged.  And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own?”
Matthew 7:1-3 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
It is so easy to judge someone else isn’t it? If I am not careful, I will become judge and jury over someone else’s behavior and not even notice that I have committed the greater sin. Jesus had a lot to say about this behavior. He says to get rid of the log in our own eye first, then go after someone else’s speck! David Powlison has written, “We judge others–criticize, nit-pick, nag, attack, condemn–because we literally play God. This is heinous. The Bible says, ‘There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and to destroy; but who are you to judge your neighbor?’ Who are you when you judge? None other than a God wannabe. In this we become like the Devil himself. We act exactly like the adversary who seeks to usurp God’s throne and who acts as the accuser of the brethren.” How often have we become a “God wannabe”? Instead, today let us judge ourselves. Let us look at our own heart and behavior. Let’s repent of any judging we may be doing. When things irritate us or when we are tempted to judge someone else, let’s pray for them. Let’s ask God for discernment so we will know what we can do instead of judging. Let’s love the person. We need to see the person through the eyes of Jesus. After all, isn’t that what we would want people to do for us?

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear God, I am so guilty of judging others. I have been forgiven so much by You and yet I confess that I so quickly forget Your mercy and show no grace to someone else. I judge with my thoughts. I judge with my mouth. I judge with my actions. Please forgive me. Help me today, not to judge, but to choose the better way, the way of love and forgiveness.
AMEN

TODAY’S AFFIRMATION & MEDITATION
I will not judge, I will love instead
Spend a few moments thinking about a time you were judging someone else. How productive was it? How did it make you feel? Picture Jesus saying, “There is a better way! Love one another.” Let that thought permeate your thinking. Love is a better way. LOVE is a better way. Feel the difference in your body between judging someone and loving them. Sense how right it is to love. Feel the Holy Spirit nudging your heart to confirm that love is the way. Today affirm, I will not judge, I will love instead.

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Encouragement

TODAY’S VERSE
“Jonathan went to find David and encouraged him to stay strong in his faith in God.”
I Samuel 23:16 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Who do you encourage? What a friend Jonathon was. The scriptures record that David and Jonathan were like brothers and how time and time again Jonathan proved it. Jonathon helped David escape from his father, King Saul, at the risk of his own death. And now again, while David is being hunted by King Saul, Jonathan takes another risk and goes and finds David. Why? To encourage him. Both David and Jonathan knew that David was God’s anointed and instead of complaining, lived by faith, waiting for God’s plan to come into fruition. And with that waiting came Jonathan’s love and support, encouraging David to stay strong in his faith in God. David, instead of living in a palace, was content to live in caves, hiding until God’s timing was right. What David was in faith and trust in God, Jonathan was in love and encouragement. It took both to make David’s journey possible. Today there is someone you know barely hanging on. Someone living in their own emotional cave, running from the struggles of life. They need your encouragement and friendship. Might God help you be a friend like Jonathan.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, help me be an encourager. Help me be there for those that need my help. Help me help others the way You have helped me.
AMEN

TODAY’S AFFIRMATION & MEDITATION
I encourage others the way God encourages me
Think of a time when you were encouraged by your circumstances. Remember what it felt like to be in need. Feel the desperation and discouragement. But God showed up. You could sense the fingers of God in control of your circumstances and hope and joy began to flood your soul. Breathe and let your body remember the sensation of being encouraged. Now picture someone else in need. Feel God calling you to help. See yourself going to them and helping them return to peace and joy. Take what you felt when encouraged and sense them feeling the same. Feel the satisfaction knowing you helped someone else. Say out loud, “I encourage others the way God encourages me.”

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Give Me Joy

TODAY’S VERSE
“Bring joy to your servant, for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. You are forgiving and good, O Lord, abounding in love to all who call to you.”
Psalms 86:4-5 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Where do you find real joy? There are many things that can make us happy, but this is not the same thing. According to the dictionary, joy is, “the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying.” And David knew where to find it. He found deep down lasting joy in the presence of God. He found it in his clear conscious, the result of God’s forgiveness. He found it in God’s unconditional love toward him. What about you? Have you found joy? If not, start today. Ask God to bring joy deep into your soul. Meditate on His word. Accept His forgiveness. Bask in the great love He has for you.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, bring joy to me today. Truly, I can say with David, “You are forgiving and good, O Lord, abounding in love to all who call to you.”
I lift my soul up to you and ask You to fill it with the joy only You can provide. In Jesus’ name
AMEN

TODAY’S AFFIRMATION & MEDITATION
God’s constant love and forgiveness gives me joy
Think of a time when you were God made you genuinely happy. Allow yourself to dwell on it for a moment. Name that experience. Next think of a time in the last week where you did not experience God’s presence, a situation where you were not full of joy. As you think of this experience, recall the named happy experience and transfer those same happy feelings onto your recent memory where you did not experience God’s presence. As you return to joy from your negative situation, slow it down and really experience it. See that it is God’s love, forgiveness and grace that is bringing you the new joy. Worship Him as you allow His joy to flood your heart.

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Fear Not

TODAY’S VERSE
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;”
Isaiah 43:1-2 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
It is easy to get overwhelmed with life’s struggles. We begin to worry and lose our focus. We become overwhelmed and reach out in inappropriate ways to relieve the stress we have built up in our mind. Anxiety and worry is like that. Even though the majority of what we worry about will never happen, we obsess on the negative and soon are out of control with fear. But God has a better way. Isaiah tells us to “fear not” because God has redeemed us and summoned us by name. We do not need to fear because God offers us a deep personal relationship with Him. He promises us that when we “pass through the waters,” He will be with us. Likewise, God told Joshua, “As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So today when we start to worry, when we start to feel things are out of control, remember that God has not left you. He has not forsaken you. When you feel the pressures of the day build up stress and you are tempted to give up, remember He knows you by name, you are His. He has promised that when you go through difficulties, He will be with you.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, help me not to fear. Help me not to worry. Instead, help me to remember that You will never leave me or forsake me. Thank You that You know me by name and that no matter what I go through today, You will be with me.
AMEN

TODAY’S VISUALIZATION & MEDITATION
I trust God with all my fears
Picture yourself in a turbulent storm. It is dark, windy, lightening strikes and fear starts to grip your heart. It is ominous, but then you see Jesus. He is walking toward you and says, “Fear not.” Even though it still storming, you sense a peace come over you. God’s word is powerful, His presence is real, His love secure. Take a deep breath and as you sense His presence, give Him all your fears.

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Thinking Right

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)

“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.”
Philippians 4:8 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Thoughts, whether conscience or on a more hidden level, affect the way we feel, perceive reality, act or react. Thoughts help create our moods, attitudes and beliefs. Anger, jealously, pride, envy, sadness, rebellion, these and many other negative emotions or behaviors have their root in the way we think. That is why it is so important to be aware and take responsibility for our thoughts. Paul instructs us to consider our mind in a Spiritual war. We are to demolish any rouge thoughts that set itself up against Godly thinking. We are to take our thoughts captive and put it through a Godly filter so it becomes the way He would have us think. Paul also gives us a list of the kinds of thoughts we should dwell on. We should dwell on thoughts that are noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy. We have a choice, we can rule our thoughts or we can let them rule us. Today, let Jesus be the Lord of your thought life. Let Him help you with the way you think.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I bring you my mind and my sub-conscious mind. Help me bring all my thoughts into the light of Your Holy Spirit. Today, dear Lord, help me dwell on thoughts that are noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy.  In Jesus’ Name.
AMEN

TODAY’S AFFIRMATION & MEDITATION
God helps me with my thought life
Quiet your heart and reflect on your thought life. Visualize yourself having mastery over your thinking. If a thought is negative, you send it away. If it is evil, you destroy it. If it is selfish you change it into a selfless thought. See God helping you conquering your thought life. Sense the peace and joy as you think on good things.

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Fear No More

TODAY’S VERSE
“I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.”
Psalm 34:4 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Fear comes in different shapes and sizes. To be sure, there are full-blown phobias and crippling fears that can interrupt our life; but for most of us, fear is more insidious. Fears of rejection, insignificance, and abandonment may not interrupt our life but they can sure influence the way we think and act. You see, our thoughts, motives and behaviors are constantly shaped by either faith or fear. The Psalmist found the secret. He said that if we seek the Lord, He will deliver us from all our fears. Turn on the light of faith and the darkness of fear will dissipate. Decide to seek God today. Move away from fear, toward faith.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Lord, I want to trade my fears for faith. Today, when fear comes to my attention, I will seek You. I will seek You with all of my heart. Thank You that You promise to deliver me.
AMEN

TODAY’S AFFIRMATION & MEDITATION
God delivers me from all my fears
Which is it, “I am afraid.” or “I am fearful?” The truth is, you are not your fears, you have fears. You can separate yourself from your fear and observe it. So today, meditate on Christ being there when you have a fear and picture yourself giving it to Him. Watch Him take your fear and experience your heart slowing down, your body loosening up and a peace returning to your soul. Picture your fear coming to you like a wave in the ocean coming to shore and as you give your fear to Christ watch it come to the shore and dissipate on the sand. Say aloud, “God delivers me from all my fears.”

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He Brings Me Joy

TODAY’S VERSE
“When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.”
Psalms 94:19 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Anxiety can be overwhelming. It grabs your mind and sends it into a tailspin. Down a shoot into panic and fear until it drains you. You feel so helpless, so alone. But nothing could be farther from the truth. The Psalmist felt helpless, like he was slipping off a cliff into a deep abyss, and yet he wrote, “Your consolation brought joy to my soul.” There are three important parts to what he is saying. First it was an act of consolation that brought the Psalmist back to joy. To console someone is to comfort them, to bring them solace or to alleviate their sorrow, grief or disappointment. Joy is a process, a result of finding comfort and solace even in the midst of the anxiety. Second it is God who brings the consolation. He is called the “God of all comfort.” Jesus called the Holy Spirit the Comforter. Our God is able to bring you comfort, He will console your heart. The third is that the Psalmist returned to joy. Today there is hope. We can return to joy from anxiety. There is consolation, there is God and there is joy. Return today to God, let Him console you return you to joy.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, where else can I go? Who on earth can console me like You can. I cry out to You Oh Lord. Comfort me, console me, return my soul to joy. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

TODAY’S AFFIRMATION & MEDITATION
God consoles me and returns me to joy
God is able. Today, bring your heart to God. Let Him know your pain. Read today’s verse again, “When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.” Whisper, “Your consolation brings joy to my soul.” Let the words sink in. Picture God consoling you. Let Him hold you. Cry out to Him. Let Him bring you comfort. Then wait. Visualize God lifting your head and wiping away your tears, comforting you and looking deep into your eyes. Sense His love and let His love return your soul to joy. Be at peace as you think of Him taking your sorrow, your anxiety and leaving you peace and joy instead. Whisper again, “Your consolation brings joy to my soul.”

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Unimaginable Reality

TODAY’S VERSE
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!”
Ephesians 3:20-21 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
I love my imagination. At night I would sit and make up stories for my boys. We would go away to far away places, do things we could never do in this life, be with characters from another world. Every night was an adventure. But at the end of the day it was just imagination. There was no reality. But what if? I have always been a dreamer. I see what others would consider impossibilities and start to wonder what it would be like if it came to pass? But all my dreams, visions, imaginations pale in comparison to what God has in store for you and I. In today’s passage Paul is giving glory to God. But not the God we normally think of. No, he is giving glory to a God “who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.” What? More than I can imagine? No. Immeasurably more than I can imagine! I don’t know where to begin. What could Paul be thinking of? I can’t put my arms around it, but I know this. If you and I would start to believe that God could, and more importantly wants to do a fraction of what we could imagine let alone what we can’t imagine, it would change our life. Why not start today? Ask God for something “unimaginable” to pray for. Ask Him to give you a dream, a vision, and unimaginable prayer for your life. He will fulfill it according to His power that is at work within you!

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I don’t know where to begin. You said you can do more than I can imagine according to Your power that is within me. So Father, I ask you to show me what to pray. What unimaginable prayer do you want me to believe you for? Speak to my heart I pray. In the precious name of Jesus.
AMEN

TODAY’S AFFIRMATION & MEDITATION
I ask God for GREAT things to be done
Picture yourself with an invitation to come before God and ask Him for anything you want that would help others. He has promised that He could give you more than you could possibly ask or imagine. So meditate and try to our imagine God! Ask Him for help. Spend a few minutes. What great things does God want to do through your faith and imagination? Meditate and then ask Him for it.

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Today You Can Rejoice

TODAY’S VERSE
“This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
Psalm 118:24 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Have you ever stopped to think that maybe your worry, fear, and sadness is a habit? This was an eye opener for me. The thought was intriguing because I knew that a habit could be broken and a new habit could take its place. So it was very exciting to consider that I could take the habit of worry, fear and sadness and trade it for a habit of happiness. To help me start the day with the habit of “happiness” I would get up and quote today’s verse outloud, “This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” That simple habit would allow me to focus and begin a string of thoughts that would lead to a more joyful outlook on life. It would allow me to energize faith before negative and pessimistic thinking could take root in my morning. How about you? Is happiness the choice that you have made today? If not, it is not too late. Happiness, joy, peace, faith can be yours. God has made us resilient and we can return to joy from painful emotions. This is the day the LORD has made; go ahead rejoice and be glad in it.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, today I choose happiness, joy and faith. Thank you that this is a day that you have made; please help me to rejoice today and be glad in it.
AMEN

TODAY’S AFFIRMATION & MEDITATION
I choose to rejoice
Circumstances and emotions happen. We may not be able to control the circumstances but we can choose our emotions. We can be resilient and bounce back from worry, fear and sorrow. Visualize yourself worrying over a difficult circumstance. Feel the worry. But then bring God into the picture. Visualize God promising you His strength and power to see you through this difficult time. Sense you relief as you realize that you have a choice. You can choose to bounce back and choose to be peaceful and joyful. Allow yourself to experience the transformation. Chose to rejoice in today and be at peace and full of joy.

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A Song Of Praise

TODAY’S VERSE
“I waited patiently for the LORD to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the LORD.”
Psalms 40:1-3 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Have you found yourself in the pit? Does it seem like there is no way out? The walls are high and slippery, every time you try to escape you slip back down? David knew exactly how you feel. There are many pits in life we can fall into. Emotional pits of bitterness, depression, fear. Financial pits of debt or inadequate income. Relational pits of alienation, fighting or loneliness. Career pits of unemployment or underemployment. The good news is that God knows about our situation. He is able to help us. As David waited patiently for God, God heard his cry. God lifted him out of the pit of despair and put him on solid ground. He can do the same for you. Cry out to God today. Tell Him about your situation. Share with Him how you feel. As you do, you will find God lifting you out of the pit you are in. He will put you on solid ground. He will give you a new song to sing, a song of praise! Best of all, as God works in your life, many will see what is happening and put their trust in God the same way you do. Give God your situation and begin to trust Him for deliverance today.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, You know the pit I am in. I admit my participation in this and repent of any of my doing that has kept me here. I ask You, Father to lift me out of this. I will wait patiently for You dear God and trust You for Your deliverance. In Jesus Name.
AMEN

TODAY’S AFFIRMATION & MEDITATION
God has given me a new song to sing, a song of praise!
Quite yourself before God and meditate on His great love for you. See yourself in a deep pit and as you look up you can see Him reaching down and He lifts you out of the pit. Sense His love for you. Feel a song rising in your heart. It is a song of praise to God. Look up and sing to Him, “Oh God, How I love you, How I praise You. You have lifted me out of the pit and put me on dry ground. Thank You God!”

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