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Calm The Inner Sea

TODAY’S VERSE
“He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, ‘Quiet! Be still!’ Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, ‘Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?’ They were terrified and asked each other, ‘Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!’”
Mark 4:39-41

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”
John 14:27

TODAY’S THOUGHT
I have never been on a stormy sea. I can only imagine how fierce the storm must have been. Here are seasoned fishermen and they were exceedingly afraid. Now it did not help that they were going across the lake. The deep part of the lake in the center regions was referred to as the “abyss.” Many frightening fishermen stories were based on journeying into the abyss. Add to that the fact that they left in the evening. It was dark! Finally, they were going to the “other side”. Everyone knew what the “other side” was. It was where that horrific demon processed person lived in the caves. Jesus knew where they were going and fell asleep on the back of the boat. The storm was fast, furious and fierce and they cried out to Jesus. What they saw happen next was shocking to them, and they had seen healing miracles! Jesus stood and commanded the sea to be still! And it did. Now I don’t know about storms on the sea, but I know about storms inside the “sea” of my mind. There is an abyss, there is an “other side” that frightens all of us. Dread, fear, worry, remorse, addictions, obsessive thinking; it seems that our ship is going to sink. When you feel all is lost, do what the disciples did — cry out to Jesus. Name your fear, tell Him exactly what it is that you dread; be specific with your doubts. This same Jesus that said to the sea “Be still” says to you, “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Jesus, You calmed the sea; please calm my troubled heart with the peace only You can give. I take the horrific storms of my life and submit them to Your command. You say “peace be still” so I choose not to be troubled or afraid. In Jesus’ name. AMEN

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God’s Power

TODAY’S VERSE
“For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power.”
I Corinthians 4:20 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Sooner or later there has to be power. You can talk all about the virtues of a team in sports but it will be obvious whether they can live up to the hype when they play a game. You can say how good a recipe is but after awhile all the adulations in the world won’t make a difference, you have to taste it for yourself. Paul heard about the arrogance of some of the teachers in Corinth but there was only one thing Paul wanted to know. Was the power of God alive in their ministry? We can tell all our friends, neighbors and relatives about God but they are more interested in the difference God is making in our life. Is God’s power alive in the way we pray, the way we live, the way we serve? Is God’s power manifested in the changed lives of those we have introduced to Him? Is the fruit of the Spirit alive in our daily walk with Him because of the transforming power of the Holy Spirit? Today let’s do more than talk about God. Let’s talk to Him, and ask Him to exhibit His mighty power in everything we say and do for Him. 

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I pray that Your power will be alive in my life. I pray that You will manifest Your power in mighty ways as the Holy Spirit guides and directs all I say and do. I pray in Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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Word And Power

TODAY’S VERSE
“Jesus replied, ‘Your mistake is that you don’t know the Scriptures, and you don’t know the power of God.’”
Mark 12:24 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Some mistakes are more critical than others. This one is huge. And yet how often we fall right into the same trap. There aren’t any two things more relevant to the way we should live than the Scriptures or God’s presence and power and yet how many days do we live without the influence of either? Paul tells us, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.” Why would we go a day without this? And God’s power? We can’t even begin to describe it. Jesus was attacking the religious attitudes of the Pharisees. They wanted to argue doctrine and pretend that they were spiritual. God doesn’t see it that way. We need to know His word and power. The author of Hebrews says it this way, “By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.” Today may God help us to know His word and power.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, forgive me for making such a serious mistake of not knowing more about Your word and power. Thank You for giving me everything I need for a Godly life through Your divine power and promises. Help me know these I pray. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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Give What You Have

TODAY’S VERSE
Peter said, ‘I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!'” Acts 3:6 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
A man was crippled sitting in the Temple Gate and was asking for money. When the Apostles Peter and John came by, the man asked them for money. Instead of giving the man money, Peter was moved by God to pronounce a healing for the man. He said, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!” I believe that God has called you and I to respond to those in need in a similar way. We are to give to those in need what we have. What was it that Peter had? First, we see that Peter had obedience to the prompting of the Holy Spirit. It was God that orchestrated the healing. He nudged Peter to do this act of kindness and Peter obeyed. Second, we see that Peter had faith. Pronouncing the command of “get up and walk” was an act of faith. Peter trusted God to do what He had told him to do. Third, we see that Peter had authority. Peter commanded the man to be healed because Christ gave him the authority to act on His behalf. Today, you may be challenged to help others. If you are like Peter and your pockets are empty, do not despair. Give them what you do have. Give them love, hope, kindness, mercy, grace and life. Command a blessing upon them in the name of Jesus. You are an ambassador of Christ; go forward in obedience, faith and authority.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I want to be used by You to help others. Please guide me by Your Holy Spirit. Show me what You want me to do and then help me be obedient and have the faith to act in the authority. In Jesus Name. AMEN

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A Simple Thing

TODAY’S VERSE
“This is what the LORD says: This dry valley will be filled with pools of water! You will see neither wind nor rain, says the LORD, but this valley will be filled with water. You will have plenty for yourselves and your cattle and other animals. But this is only a simple thing for the LORD.”
2 Kings 3:16-18 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
I love the faith of Elisha. He is telling everyone that God is going to do this mighty miracle. God was going to fill a desert with water without rain! And yet Elisha glibly adds, “But this is only a simple thing for the Lord.” Why is this so hard for us to believe? Why do we so often vacillate between faith and unbelief? Most of the time when I have doubt, it is because I do not know what the will of God will be in a given situation. I seem to lack confidence in how to pray. Other times it is simply a lack of faith. I need to be reminded what Elisha was trying to say; miracles are not too hard for God. So how should I pray? I think I need to pray as God leads me. Elisha was close to God and it was God’s Spirit that came upon him and led him to believe. Deep communion with God will do the same for me. I should be able to ask Him for mighty things and have the assurance that nothing is too hard for God. So if a miracle does not happen, let it be due to the sovereignty of God, not in fact that I did not believe or never asked. Today let us seek God’s face in all matters and pray in faith believing. Answering prayer is a simple thing for the Lord.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, thank You for Your mighty miracles. Help me to trust in You. Give me see with Your eyes. Help me to commune with You and really know Your heart so I can pray in faith believing.
AMEN

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Amazing Faith

TODAY’S VERSE
“He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. And he was amazed at their lack of faith.”
Mark 6: 5-6 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
This passage has always challenged me. Imagine Jesus could not do miracles in His own home town. Couldn’t is a strong word. Obviously in His own power, Jesus could have done any miracle He chose to, but that is not the way God wants it to work. Our Father wants us to join Him in His work in this world. It is our faith and recognition of His love that works in tandem with His power. And these are people that should have known that Jesus was the Son of God. It was His own home town. And like them, those of us who have known Jesus for so long, how many times have we taken Him for granted? How many times have we doubted His power? It was so bad that Jesus was amazed at their lack of faith. Their unbelief shocked Him. Oh, that our faith would never cause surprise to the heart of God. Today, might we consider our life. Let us examine our heart and ask God to birth in us a fresh wind, a new fire and an amazing faith.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, forgive me for my unbelief. Forgive me for my doubt. Forgive me for taking You for granted. Today birth in me a fresh wind, a new fire and an amazing faith in You.
AMEN

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It’s Your Choice

TODAY’S VERSE
“So each generation can set its hope anew on God, remembering His glorious miracles and obeying His commands. Then they will not be like their ancestors-stubborn, rebellious, and unfaithful, refusing to give their hearts to God.”
Psalms 78:7-8 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
We have choices. This new generation had to choose whether they were going to treat God like their ancestors did or follow a different way. Their ancestors chose not to follow God, being rebellious, unfaithful and stubborn. They refused to give their hearts to Him. But now, for the new generation, it was time to choose. Would they follow the old way or choose a new way?
Thankfully, they chose to remember God’s goodness and follow His ways. This started with a choice, a choice to break from the bad and follow the good. Now, anyone who has struggled with behavior knows that “one” choice won’t get a person through a life time. Life is full of choices. This generation’s ancestors did not start out rebellious and stubborn, but became so one choice at a time and soon they were far from who they use to be. Where are you? Are you refusing to give your heart fully to God? Where has the road you’ve followed taken you? Which side of this generation gap represents you? It’s not too late; a new pathway is only a choice away- Today choose to follow God.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, thank You for the freedom to choose. Thank You that by Your grace it is never too late to follow You. That is what I want; I want to follow You. Help me to that end.
AMEN

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Tell The World

TODAY’S VERSE
“Sing about the glory of his name! Tell the world how glorious He is. – Come and see what our God has done what awesome miracles he performs for people!”
Psalms 66:2, 5 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Some things are hard to contain. We can’t wait to get to work to tell everyone how excited we were about a sporting event. If a movie we watched was moving, we tell everyone how it brought us to tears. Anytime we win something, get a good deal or come into some extra money, all our friends know about it. And why not? We should share about those things that are meaningful in our life. And what if you knew about a store that was giving away $10,000 to the first hundred customers. Wouldn’t you go and take all your friends with you? Then why isn’t it this way with God? Why are we so reluctant to share what God has done for us? The only reason I can think of is that nothing is happening in our life. We know about God, but there is no relevance to our everyday living. When we think about witnessing we think that we have to tell people “about” God and most of us feel inadequate or are afraid of getting into an argument. But witnessing the way God intended, isn’t just sharing about God, it is sharing the excitement we feel because of what God is doing. God is loving us, providing for us, protecting us, saving us. God is active and when we are aware of it, it is natural to share with others all that is going on. God is busy in our lives and all He wants us to do is show people where the action is. Today, look for God’s active presence in your life and praise Him for it. And then share the wonder with those around you.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, thank You for all that You are doing in my life. Help me be more aware of Your presence and the miracles You are doing all around me. Help me share with others all that You are doing in my life so they can they can have the same hope that I do. Help me lead others to You. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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Word and Power

TODAY’S VERSE
“Jesus replied, “Your mistake is that you don’t know the Scriptures, and you don’t know the power of God.”
Matthew 22:27 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Opps! How many times has that happened? We live under a certain assumption, do all kinds of things only to find out that we have it all wrong! Assumptions do that. They can lead us down the wrong road. A road full of wild emotions and deep regret. Not just assumptions, misguided beliefs can also take us on the wrong journey. Such were those who were trying to debate Jesus and trick Him into contradicting their traditions. Two things Jesus pointed out, both mistakes. One, they did not know the scriptures. They thought they did. They knew the words but not the intentions. They knew the law but not the grace. They knew the letter but not the spirit. God’s intention has always been to bring life, love and grace to mankind. If you do not know that, you do not know the scriptures. Secondly, they did not know the power of God. They knew the stories in scriptures but not the reality. They knew about God but not the power of God. They believed in death, but not God’s power to give eternal life. Don’t make the same mistake. Today choose to believe. Get to know the reality behind every page of the scriptures. Get to know God and all the power He has for your life.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, help me get to know You. Help the scriptures come alive in my life. Help me live in the power of Your resurrection. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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What Do You Want?

TODAY’S VERSE
“What do you want me to do for you?”
Mark 10:51 (NLT)
 
TODAY’S MESSAGE
This was one of the first passages I ever preached on. I was a teenager giving a gospel message. I remember still to this day the impact this simple passage had on me. Here was this blind man sitting by the road and he hears that Jesus was coming by. Nothing could shut him up. He started shouting out to Jesus. The disciples tried to make him quiet down, but Jesus tells them to bring the man to Him. I love what happens next. Jesus looks at him and says to the blind man, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man simply answers, “I want to see.” What appealed to me then as a teenager still appeals to me forty years later. It is the sincerity of Jesus and the invitation of His question to tell Him what it is that we want. This is the same Jesus that we pray to. It is the same heart of Christ that bids us come to Him. It is the same power available that asks such an open-ended question. Today, see Him passing your way. Take the time to sit before Him and answer His question, “What do you want me to do for you?”
 
TODAY’S PRAYER
Jesus, I thank You for coming my way today. I thank You that You care so much for me that You would ask me what I need from You. I hear You say, “What do you want me to do?” I come silently before You and whisper my request. – Thank You, Lord, for hearing the desire of my heart.
AMEN

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