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Encouragement

TODAY’S VERSE
“But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.”
Hebrews 3:13 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
God made us for fellowship. It is wired into our brain. We need God and other people. Relationships play a pivotal role in our Christianity. We must attune ourselves to God and to each other. If we don’t, then we isolate. And when we isolate, we start to ruminate on our inner thoughts with no checks or balance. What starts out as a hurt can fester into a deep wound if there is no one there to encourage us. Anger becomes revenge, sadness becomes despair, temptation become sins, all because we had no one to listen, to correct, to pray for us. Fellowship with our Lord and each other is crucial to our everyday life and it begins with us. We must choose not to isolate. We must choose to be someone else’s encourager. Today, find someone to encourage you and then go and encourage others.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I confess I have fallen to the deceitfulness of sin because I have forsaken the encouragement of others. Help me not to isolate. Help me truly fellowship with other believers so I can be encouraged and then, help me encourage others.
AMEN

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Overflow With Joy

TODAY’S VERSE
“I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow! This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you.”
John 15:11-12 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
We were meant for joy. Instead we settle for comfort. We look everywhere for it. It is at the root of addictions, greed and many of our emotional issues. We look for comfort because we do not have joy. There’s a difference. God wants us to have more than comfort, He wants us to return to joy from our negative emotions. Jesus said, “I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!” This begs the question, what was it that Jesus said that would result in such joy? When we look, we see that Jesus told those listening, “I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love.” It is His love that gives us joy and remaining in His love, even after negative emotions, that returns us to joy. So how do we do this? How do we remain in His love? By following His commandment that He gave us in today’s passage. “Love each other in the same way I have loved you.” It is this simple: our joy will come through loving relationships, both with God and those He brings into our life.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, fill me with Your joy. The joy that comes through the deep and loving relationships I can have with You and those that You bring into my life. Help my joy overflow. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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Help Others

TODAY’S VERSE
“Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.”
Galatians 6:1-2 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
So much of the sin in our life is due to our emotions. We get upset, worried, stressed and the emotional pain starts to build up. Instead of regulating our emotion and return to a more joyful or peaceful state of  mind, we let our anger, rage, depression, or sadness take over our behavior. This leads us to sin. The solution is found in our relationship with God and other close friends. It is the love, support and comfort that is able to tame our sinful behavior. It is in these deep relationships that we learn how to return to joy. Paul says that we should gently and humbly help a person return to sanity and stop their negative behavior. How? By sharing their burdens and pain. In using a kind word, a listening ear and a prayerful heart, your sincere help will keep a person from acting out on their negative emotions. Your empathy and love will help keep them from committing deep relational sins. Today ask God to help you share in someone else’s burden and restore them to a place of peace and joy.
 
TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, help me be there for other people. Help me share their burdens and gently bring them back to You. Thank You for Your grace and mercy extended to me. Help me do the same to others. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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I Am Coming

TODAY’S VERSE
“My heart has heard you say, ‘Come and talk with me.’ And my heart responds, ‘LORD, I am coming.”’
Psalms 27:8 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Christianity is not a religion, it is a relationship. It is a relationship with a loving God that desires to fellowship with us. This was His design since the beginning. David knew this. The Bible says of David that he was a man, “after God’s own heart.” But when you consider today’s passage perhaps it would be better to say that God was a “God after David’s own heart.” David’s heart heard God saying, “Come and talk with me.” Do you hear the same? Do you sense that God is seeking you, that He desires to know you and for you to get to know Him? It’s true. God really does desire your love and affection. He desires for you to worship Him, spend time with Him and to love Him. He is seeking you out. Today, say with David, “Lord I am coming.”

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I desire to know You and to be known by You. Help me today to hear Your voice say to me, “Come and talk with me.” Help me to sense Your presence and spend time with You. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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An Open Door

TODAY’S VERSE
“Open for me the gates where the righteous enter, and I will go in and thank the LORD. These gates lead to the presence of the LORD, and the godly enter there.”
Psalms 118:19-20 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
An open door can make all the difference in the world. How many times have you sought solutions, answers or any form of direction and nothing seems to appear? If only something would open up. And all the while God is there bidding us come to Him. But it’s not good enough to just have an open door. You must go in. The Psalmist understood this. He cried out to God to open the gates into His presence and when God did, he entered. He entered into the presence of God and fellowshipped with Him. It made all the difference. For us everyday is an opportunity to enter into the sweet presence of God. But it’s our choice. We can walk by or enter the door and spend time with Him. Today choose God.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I thank You for opening the door for me to fellowship with You. Lead me into Your presence so I might know You more.
AMEN

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Fellowship With Jesus

TODAY’S VERSE
“To you who have been called by God to be his own holy people. He made you holy by means of Christ Jesus. – God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”
I Corinthians 1:2(NLT), 9 (ESV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
When you wake up in the morning, who do you think you are? What purpose do you have? You could say, “I’m a mother and need to get my children taken care of.” “An employee and need to get ready to work.” “A broker and need to make money in the market today.” “A retiree and I need to volunteer at the hospital.” A larger purpose may be a certain occupation like, “A police officer and I need to save lives.” While all of these are noble and certainly are worthy of expression, what I don’t find most of us doing is getting up in the morning with the realization that Paul was trying to make. In reality, you and I have every right to get up and say, “By God’s grace I am one of God’s holy people and I have been asked to fellowship with Christ today.” How would that affect the way we plan? What attitude would that give us? What joy would there be in our heart? We are a chosen people, chosen by God to live for Him. Jesus desires that we become consciously aware of His presence, actively involved in a dialog with Him. He wants to share in our joys and our sorrows, our victories and our defeats, our greatest pleasures and our most mundane tasks. Today, might we choose to fellowship with Him. Choose to include Him in your day. Share, pray, meditate, talk to Him. Today, might we really know what it means to be called into the fellowship of Jesus Christ our Lord.  

TODAY’S PRAYER
Lord Jesus, thank You for Your invitation to fellowship with You. Help me to appreciate and fully understand what that means. Help me today to begin to fellowship with You in more deep and meaningful ways. I pray in Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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Harmony

TODAY’S VERSE
“So then, let us aim for harmony in the church and try to build each other up.”
Romans 14:19 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
You would think that the church would be the first place we would look for a group that is building each other up, but it’s not always the case. We can hurt each other just like any other group. It takes hard work to live in harmony. We come from so many diverse backgrounds with so many different temperaments, beliefs, emotions, assumptions, experiences and wounds that without concerted effort, it is impossible not to hurt each other. That is why Paul said to “aim” for harmony and to “try” to build each other up. It is not easy, but this wasn’t just some light hearted request. We must try. We must do all that we can to love each other as Christ would love us. As we submit to the leading of the Holy Spirit, He will produce in us the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Then we will begin to build each other up in ways that will result in harmony. So today ask the Holy Spirit to guide you, mold you and use you and let us aim for harmony and begin to build each other up.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Holy Spirit, I invite You to produce Your fruit in my life. I want to live in harmony with others and help build them up. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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Real Love

TODAY’S VERSE
“Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.”
Romans 12:9-13 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
When Paul decided to write about love he didn’t mix words. Although First Corinthians Thirteen is perhaps the most famous passage Paul wrote on love and often quoted at weddings, today’s passage is just as good. He doesn’t mix words. He starts out and tells us to quit being phony in our love. Instead he writes that we are to really love each other. And then he tells us how. We are to hate what is wrong and do good to each other instead. We are to have a true genuine affection for each other and not fake it. And we don’t just honor each other because we have to but we should delight in honoring each other! The love Paul is writing about is not lazy. Instead real love serves each other. And what is love without encouragement? Paul, who knew real hardships, modeled encouraging love and asked us to do the same. We encourage by rejoicing in hope, being patient in trouble and praying when things aren’t going our way. Finally, when those we are suppose to love are in need than love insists that we help them. We should be eager to practice hospitality. Today, let’s commit ourselves to real love, the love Paul is writing about. Let us love those around us the way Christ would love.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Jesus, help me love the way You love. Help me love in action not just words. Open my eyes to see opportunities to love, then open my heart to do it.
AMEN

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God’s Co-worker

TODAY’S VERSE
“As God’s fellow workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain.”
II Corinthians 6:1 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Have you ever considered yourself a co-worker with Christ? Paul did. But you say, “Paul was an apostle and I’m just a Christian.” Yes Paul was an Apostle and you are a Christian. But that still means that you were chosen before the foundation of the world to be co-heirs with Christ. It still means that God delights in your fellowship and desires to have you join Him in His work. You are His joy. He delights in you and part of that fellowship we have with Him is being a fellow worker with God. When we schedule our day we need to remember that we have heavenly priorities to consider. We have a higher calling than just living on this earth. We live for God on this earth. So today, look over your “to do” list and see if it reflects any “fellow worker with God” items. Remember, you are His ambassador, you are His co-worker, rejoice in that fact and live it to its fullest.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I am amazed that You would call me to be Your co-worker, but I humbly accept it. Help me to live for You. Help me to use all that I am and all that I have to be Your co-worker. Help me join with You today in bringing Your light into darkness and Your love to this earth.
AMEN

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Come In Jesus

TODAY’S VERSE
“Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.”
Revelation 3:20 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
I have always loved this metaphor. Here is Jesus coming to the door of my heart and knocks. What a deliberate move. Jesus is so vitally interested in me, in you, that He comes to us and bids to come in. And to do what? Investigate every nook and cranny in order to scorn and shame us? No, He knocks so we can invite Him in because He wants to “share a meal together as friends!” In his book, “The Deeper Journey”, M. Robert Mulholland Jr. writes, “God comes into the core of our being. God comes to bring light into darkness, cleansing into our sin, life into our deadness, healing into our brokenness, and liberation into our bondage; to nurture us there into wholeness in the very image of God.” And so today He knocks. Now a door can be a huge barrier or it can be an entrance into a whole new adventure. But what is a door amongst friends? Listen, can you hear His footsteps? Jump up, quick answer the door, Jesus is here to visit with you.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Jesus, thank You for knocking on my door. I hear You and open up my heart. Please, Jesus, come in and fellowship with me today.
AMEN

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