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Marathon

TODAY’S VERSE
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.
Hebrews 12:1 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Life is not a sprint. It is a long distance race. However, with all the stress, all the demands of life, in our “have to have it NOW!” world we live in, it feels like a sprint. But that is the deception of what has been called the “Tyranny of the urgent!” The seemingly urgent interruptions keep us off focus. They creates stress, worry and fear. We run around like Chicken Little crying, “The sky is falling!” Yet all the while God is still on His Throne. He knows all about us. We are still in His loving arms. Instead of continually reacting and attempting to cope, we need to take away those things that interrupt our spirituality. We need to get rid of habits that lead us in the wrong direction or keep tripping us up. We need to pray and manage our time rather than being a slave to it. We need to prioritize our activities and make sure we are doing the things that keep us spiritually alive. The author of Hebrews writes, “We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.” It’s all about the focus. We focus on Jesus. Today, see the long journey before you and decide to travel it with Jesus one day at a time.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Jesus, help me keep my focus on You. Help me live one day at a time, knowing that I am on this glorious journey with You. Help me rid myself of whatever it is that is hindering me. Help me Lord I pray.
AMEN

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TODAY’S VERSE
“And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.”
Hebrews 12:1-2 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
I have run well over ten thousand miles in my lifetime. Most of those miles were times of solitude, just me and the Lord. Much of it was spent in prayer praying for my family and friends. I love running. But racing was different. Races would stretch over miles of terrain that I knew nothing about. The pace would be faster and distance often a stretch. It was all about endurance. And just as the author of Hebrews suggests I would pick out a runner ahead of me and pace myself. I would watch their moves, mimic their stride and picture myself being able to do what they were doing. But here we are talking about life. It is the ultimate challenge. It is an arduous journey needing all the mental and spiritual strength we can get. And in order to run it with the endurance needed, we need to keep our eyes on Jesus. He knows the way. He has the pace. We allow ourself to mimic His race, to do what He does and being the champion that He is, He will get us safely to the finish line. Today, run with Jesus, let Him lead your way.
 
TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Lord Jesus, I am so glad that I don’t have to run through life alone. I am so thankful that You are my Savior and that You are committed to getting me through this race of life. Help me keep my eyes on You.
AMEN

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Living For Jesus

TODAY’S VERSE
“The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
II Peter 1:8 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Peter shared how we are to live. He writes, “Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness.” Then he writes that the more we grow in these qualities the more productive and useful we will be in our knowledge of Christ. Have you ever thought of that before? We know that God wants us to serve Him but have you ever considered that He wants you to be productive and useful in your knowledge of Him? He does. God wants you to serve Him and the best way to do that is to know Him better and better. As you do, your personality, behavior and desires will be more like His. His power, knowledge and most of all, His love will be exhibited in your life. Today, choose to know Him more.
 
TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, help me be more productive and useful in my knowledge of You. Help me to supplement my faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness. I ask this in Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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Patience

TODAY’S VERSE
“Being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience.”
Colossians 1:11 (NIV)

“But the fruit of the Spirit is – patience!”
Galatians 5:22 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Patience can be a very difficult to come by and yet what a powerful attribute to have. Think of all that could be done if we acted with patience instead of haste and pressure. Think of all the aggravation that could have been avoided had we waited just a little longer. Think of all the headache and tension that could have been obsolete had we just had patience. Patience is a sign of God’s presence in our life. It is the result of His Spirit living in us, strengthening us with His might! Today, when difficulties come, when plans get foiled or someone else’s urgency becomes our emergency, let us ask for patience. Let us cry out to God for strength and endurance and by His grace, patience will be a fruit of the Spirit that is alive in us. 

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, thank You for Your presence in my life. Thank You for the strength and endurance that You give me. I pray that it will produce the patience that I need  for today.
AMEN

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Patience

TODAY’S VERSE
“Being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience.”
Colossians 1:11 (NIV)

TODAY’S MESSAGE
In his letter to the Colossians, Paul admonishes the Christians to “live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way.” He then tells them how. He says to get our strength from God’s power so we can exercise “great endurance and patience.” Endurance and patience pleases God. Patience is easier accomplished when there is hope. Where there seems to be a sense of fairness, it is easier to endure. But how often do we have that luxury? It is during difficult situations where all seems lost, where hope is nowhere to be found, that we must trust God and be strengthened in a way that only His power could accomplish. We come to Him, with all His glorious might, and choose to deliberately be patient and endure. It is an act of faith, one that is pleasing to Him. Today, trust God and His power, put your situation into His hands and choose to be patient and endure. 

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, help me trust in Your power and might and exhibit patience and endurance today in all I do.
AMEN

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