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Grumbling

TODAY’S VERSE
“And don’t grumble as some of them did, and then were destroyed by the angel of death.”
I Corinthians 10:10 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Life can be hard. Not everything works out the way we plan. That is why God created us with the capacity for resilience. By faith, we can return to joy from negative emotions. But returning to joy is a choice. Sadly, instead of joy, many times we choose to grumble. Grumbling is different than simple negative emotions. Sadness, disappointment, even anger can be natural reactions to difficult situations, and with time spent in reflection, we can find our way back to joy. But grumbling is different. Grumbling, unchecked, becomes a bitter root that destroys faith, hope and joy. It grows and festers, blaming, attacking and rebelling against any and everything that would be cause for its pain. Grumbling eventually attacks the very sovereignty of God Himself. It is an offense to Him. So today, let us check ourselves. Are we letting anger and frustration get the best of us? Are we blaming and complaining? Is it possible that we are spending more and more time grumbling? If so, let us heed the warning of Paul and stop. Let’s not let grumbling get the best of us.
 
TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, forgive me for complaining. Forgive me for my critical spirit. I have let these lead me into grumbling against You. I am wrong for lifting my voice against You and ask Your forgiveness. Instead, Father, help me return to joy.
AMEN

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Thriving In The House Of God

TODAY’S VERSE
“But I am like an olive tree, thriving in the house of God. I will always trust in God’s unfailing love. I will praise you forever, O God, for what you have done. I will trust in your good name in the presence of your faithful people.”
Psalms 52:8-9 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Not all planting environments are the same. Amount of sunlight, average temperatures, availability of water and soil composition can have a dramatic effect on the growth of a plant. This is why David uses the illustration of an olive tree growing in the house of God. Because of a Godly environment, David is saying the olive tree, which is symbolic of you and I, thrives. This is not just existing but living life to the fullest. What David is really saying is when we live in the presence of God, we do more than just grow spiritually, we thrive. The result of thriving in the presence of God is praise and trusting Him. So, what can you do to create a environment that makes you conscious of the presence of God in your life? What can you do to make your spiritual life thrive? You can start as David did by praising God and always trusting in His unfailing love.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Lord, I come to praise You today for Your unfailing love. I trust Your leadership to guide me and help me grow in Your presence. I desire to be like the olive tree that thrives in your house.
AMEN

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