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The One Thing

TODAY’S VERSE
“The one thing I ask of the LORD—the thing I seek most—is to live in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, delighting in the LORD’s perfections and meditating in his Temple.”
Psalms 27:4 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
What is your “one thing”? We all have one. It may not seem like it but we do. But, you say, “I haven’t chosen anything yet.” Sure you have. By not choosing, you chose mediocrity. You have traded your precious life for a half hearted attempt at living, when all the while, God was waiting to give you life, life at its fullness. This is what David knew. He knew God was the “one thing”, the meaning of life, the ultimate purpose, what Jesus called “the pearl of great price” that when a man found it, “he went and sold all that he had, and bought it.” For David, that pearl was knowing God. He wanted to live in His presence, delight in Him and spend time meditating on all that He is. And God offers you the same thing. It is within your grasp. Today, choose the “one thing.” Choose to truly know God in all His wisdom, grace and love.  

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I come today to ask for the “one thing.” I desire, Lord, to know You. I open my heart and ask You to fill it. Help me delight in Your presence. Help me meditate on all You are. I seek You, Lord, with all my heart. Be my “one thing” I pray. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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What Do You Treasure?

TODAY’S VERSE
“Some nations boast of their chariots and horses, but we boast in the name of the LORD our God.”
Psalms 20:7

“But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Matthew 6:20-21

TODAY’S THOUGHT
It is easy to get our priorities mixed up. It seems that people are judged by the money they earn and the things they acquire. Even criminals are honored if they have the “rich and famous” lifestyle. Fame and fortune are the goals that we aspire to. The issue isn’t whether “riches” are good or bad. The issue is that there is something more important than our materialism. There is a spiritual reality that we need to be concerned about. Jesus told us to store “spiritual” treasures in heaven. David said not to boast in our earthy positions and pleasures but to “boast in the Lord.” Why is this important? Because what we treasure is a reflection of what we are inside. If we treasure God, it is because He has the affection of our heart. If we boast in the Lord, it is because we are pleased with our relationship with Him. Do we want to have a deeper, more satisfying relationship with God? Seek Him like we would gold. Go after Him like a lost treasure. Make Him the most valuable part of our life and our heart with follow.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I want to treasure you more than gold. I want to love you more than my possessions. Help me to know you. Help me to experience your love. Help me love you more and more until I understand the valuable treasure your love really is.
AMEN

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His Masterpiece

TODAY’S VERSE
“For 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.”
Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
There is something very personal about God planning out your life before you were born. Can you imagine? God thought of you and decided He would create you. But not just an ordinary run of the mill creation. A masterpiece. But chances are you don’t believe that. For some it is much worse. You think that God made a mistake with your life. Who was it that sold you that lie? How is it that you think you are inferior, no good, broken, less than what you should be? My friend, God did not make a mistake with you. He knew exactly what He was doing and it doesn’t matter what you have done with your life, this doesn’t change – God has created you to do all the good things He planned for you long ago! Today, meditate on this, you are His workmanship. He is proud of what He has created in you. And when you start to understand that, begin all those good things He designed you to do.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, thank You for purposely creating me as a masterpiece. Help me really grasp the reality of how You delight in me. Help me understand how You have designed me for doing good and show me what it is You want me to do with my life. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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Faith, Hope and Love

TODAY’S VERSE
We always thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers. We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.  And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia. The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia—your faith in God has become known everywhere.
I Thessalonians 1:2-3, 7-8

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Christianity is more than a belief system; it is a way of life. It is more than a way of life; it is a tour of duty. When we became a Christian, we enlisted in the service of Jesus Christ. There is a spiritual battle in the world. Poverty, injustice, abuse, and hatred are all part of the human suffering going on around us. Depression, divorce, drug abuse, psychosomatic disease is all part of the world we live in and God has created us to be His ambassadors of love. You and I have a purpose beyond mere existence. We are disciples of Jesus Christ. No one knew this better than the church in Thessalonica. Paul was blown away by their seriousness and dedication. He thanked God for their faith, love and hope and committed himself to pray for them. But it wasn’t what we would consider “faith, love and hope.” Listen to what Paul wrote. He said, “your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope.” When is the last time we did something because of faith in a mighty working God? When did we labor in love? When have we had to endure hanging on to nothing else but hope? That is what it is to serve Jesus. You take the responsibility seriously. You involve yourself in the life of others. You step out, way over your head and know that only faith in God can get results. You take on situations that try your love beyond reason. It is hard, hard work. And when nothing else seems to be working, God comes through and you are inspired to get up and do it all again because there is hope. There is a hurting world. We have the answer. May we follow the example of the Thessalonians.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Lord, give me faith to live for You today. Help me love today the way You want me to. Fill my heart with hope so it spills over onto everyone I come in contact with. Lead me on, dear Jesus.
AMEN

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Lord Jesus

TODAY’S VERSE
“O LORD, I give my life to you. I trust in you, my God!”
Psalms 25:1-2 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Jesus has called us to follow Him. This is more than church attendance and weekly worship, Jesus wants us to be His disciples. David knew what this meant. He came to Jehovah God and said. “O Lord, I give my life to you.” God would ask the same of us. And it takes faith. We are choosing to take the only life we have and say, “Here, God, I know You gave me this life so I am giving it back, trusting that You have a plan for me. I believe You know best and I trust You.” That is what David did. He gave his life to God and said, “I trust in you, my God.” Today, do the same. Choose to trust God with your life. He created you, He has a plan for your life, He loves you. Make Him the Lord of your life and follow Him.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I choose to give my life to You. I want You to be the Lord of all I am and do. I trust You, Lord, and Your unconditional love for me.
AMEN

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Lord Jesus

TODAY’S VERSE
“So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say?”
Luke 6:46 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
What a penetrating question. It is so easy to take on a role today and not have to really back it up. We can become a fan or spectator in almost anything today. With merchandizing, television and internet we can learn all about any topic we want. We can talk all about our favorite sport, even have a “fantasy team” and have never played a game. We can be a NASCAR fan and not have a drivers license. We can talk all about “curb appeal” and have the worst house on the block. It is easy today to be an “expert” and have no practical experience at all. Jesus knew what that was like. He had many followers and many of them did not really know what His real message was. They did not see the significance of what He taught. They thought they could “follow” Jesus, even call Him “Lord” and not do what He said. Jesus called them out on it and He does the same today. James said it well when he wrote, “Now someone may argue, ‘Some people have faith; others have good deeds.’ But I say, ‘How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds.”’ Jesus has called us to follow Him. Today, let’s not just call Him Lord, let’s live as if it is true.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Jesus, I have called You Lord, and yet I know many times I have not lived the way You want me to. Help me, Lord. Help me live under the influence of Your Holy Spirit and do what Your word tells me to.
AMEN

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Filled with The Spirit

TODAY’S VERSE
“Then Jesus returned to Galilee, filled with the Holy Spirit’s power.”
Luke 4:14 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
When I read today’s passage I can’t help but think, “If Jesus needed to be filled with the Holy Spirit, shouldn’t I be?” Paul writes about this very thing. He writes, “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.” What does this mean? The key is in the reference to being drunk on wine. There is only one way to get drunk. You get drunk by being “filled” with alcohol until the amount that you consume has you under its influence. This is not a casual drink that is in moderation. This is in excess to where you become drunk. So what is he saying about our life in the Spirit? Paul says that instead of getting drunk with wine, let us have the same insatiable appetite for the guidance and fellowship of the Holy Spirit. When we meditate, read, pray and commune with the Holy Spirit enough, which is more than a casual occurrence of reading a few verses of scriptures, we will begin to be “filled” or under the influence of the Holy Spirit’s leading in our daily living. It is interesting, the tense is not a “one time” filling, but actually means “be filled and keep on being filled.” You do not get drunk on wine once for the rest of your life. The effect of the wine soon dissipates. To continually be drunk you have to continually drink the wine. In order to stay “filled” or influenced by the Holy Spirit, we need to continually stay in communication and fellowship with the Holy Spirit. Today, recognize the work of the Holy Spirit and ask Him to fill you and guide you throughout this day.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Holy Spirit, I recognize that it is Your desire to fill me and completely guide my life. I give You control. Come Holy Spirit, fill me I pray.
AMEN

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Ambassador For Christ

TODAY’S VERSE
“So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!”
II Corinthians 5:20 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
What a privilege. We become many things in our lifetime. Child, spouse, parent, student, employee are among our many roles. We grow up get a job, career and if it works out, a vocation. But nothing in life is more noble than being called to be an ambassador for Christ. It is a calling because Christ purposely chose you and I to serve Him. It is through us that Christ cries to the world, “Come back to God!” And how is all this possible? Paul’s answers that by stating that we have become “a new person”. He writes, “The old life is gone; a new life has begun! And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him.” So today, consider your life. See it the way God does. He sees you as His beloved Child and His ambassador. Share this same good news with others.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, thank You for saving me. Thank You for making me Your child and giving me the privilege of being Your ambassador in this world. Help me fulfill this calling through the power of Your Holy Spirit.
AMEN

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How Is Your Heart?

TODAY’S VERSE
“He looked around at them angrily and was deeply saddened by their hard hearts. Then he said to the man, ‘Hold out your hand.’ So the man held out his hand, and it was restored!”
Mark 3:5 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
It must have been something horrible! What in the whole galaxy could cause God to be angry and sad at the same time? God had a divine plan, a holy purpose. He would send Himself, in the person of His Son Jesus, to earth and redeem man, bringing them into a loving relationship with Himself. Ironically, it was mankind that could in the way. Jesus was bringing the good news to man and confirming it with “signs and wonders” all the while the religious zealots were opposing Him at every turn. Isn’t that like us? Those of us who know so much about God end up knowing so little. And so Jesus found Himself angry and deeply saddened. Why? Because their hearts were hard. The metaphor is poignant. A heart that is hard like stone has no life in it. It is not able to fulfill the purpose for which it was created. You can lose a leg, an arm, an eye and still live a significant life, but without a heart there is no life. So what do we have? Is our heart pumping faith, hope, love and grace into every fiber of our being or has the beating stopped? Today, come to our Holy Heart Surgeon. Let Him do an open heart procedure and restore you to the life you were meant to have.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, take my heart and mold it into a heart that is used for you. Keep me alive in my faith, hope and love. Might You be praised and glorified in all I do and say.
AMEN

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The Journey

TODAY’S VERSE
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.”
John 10:27 (KJV)

“Peter asked Jesus, ‘What about him, Lord?’ Jesus replied, ‘If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? As for you, follow me.”’
John 21:21-22 (NLT)

TODAY’S MESSAGE
Life is a journey with many twists and turns. And it is different for each of us. None of us travel the same road. If we are going to live the way He desires, we have to be willing to follow Him. Now Jesus could have easily waved His hand and turned everyone in His presence into drones so we could live out prescribed actions. But instead, God desires us to use our own free will and follow Him day by day. In his book “Sacred Companions”, David Benner writes, “It is impossible to specify precisely the route that has to be followed in a soul’s journey of transformation. This is because rather than following a map, in this journey we follow a person – Jesus. Jesus does not tell us where to go; He simply asks us to follow Him.” Jesus compared us to sheep. He said, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” When worried whether John’s journey was going to be similar to His, Jesus rebuked Peter and said, “What is that to you? As for you, follow me.” It is the same for us today. We don’t need to be concerned with others and what God has for them. All we have to do is get to know God, try to understand the purposes He has for us and begin to follow Him. Today, obey His command to “follow me” and seek God’s direction for your journey.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, help me follow You. Give me the wisdom, courage and understanding I need to participate in the journey You have for me.

AMEN

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