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Treasure

TODAY’S VERSE
“All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often. The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them.”
Luke 2:18-20 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
There is something about the intervention of God in our lives that moves us. That God, the Ruler of the Universe, Master of Everything, Supreme, almighty, majestic Jehovah would become Immanuel, God with us, is beyond our comprehension. It was that way at Christ’s birth. When Jesus was born, everyone that heard the shepherd’s story was astonished. Mary was moved deeply by the whole visitation of God, in the person of Christ, that she treasured all that happened in her heart and thought about it often. The shepherds, who witnessed all that happened, returned to their fields glorifying and praising God. How then are we moved? When we are visited by Jesus, when the Holy Spirit communes with our heart, when we meditate in the presence of God, how is our heart stirred? It is so easy to let wonder slip by. We are so overloaded with busyness and media stimulation that we can let moments with God go right by our awareness. We need to be like Mary. She did not let the urgency of the moment steal her amazement. She did not let all that was going on overshadow what she knew to be true about God. Today, be like Mary and treasure all that God has done and is doing in your heart and think about them often.  

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I praise You for what You have done in my life. I glorify You for Your love toward me. Thank You for loving me. Help me treasure all this in my heart.
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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What Do You Remember?

TODAY’S VERSE
“But they soon forgot what he had done and did not wait for his counsel.”
Psalms 106:13

“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”
Psalms 119:11

TODAY’S THOUGHT
When the chips are down, what do you remember? When fear enters your mind, what do you think of? When you are angry and tempted to do something rash, what thoughts enter your mind? It is hard to stop automatic thoughts that pop into our head, but what you think after that, is your responsibility. In today’s verse we see that the people of God chose to forget what God had done in the past. The lessons of faith that they should have learned were never cultivated. This wasn’t a memory lapse. It was more like apathy. It was living as if God didn’t exist. The cure for this spiritual apathy is to take deliberate steps in order to prevent a lapse of memory. The Psalmist shares how. He shares that the reason he did not sin against God was because he hid God’s word deep in his heart. The “word” of God not only contained the law, it also contained stories, stories that revealed God’s character and His great love for us. It is your remembrance of His promises, the recalling the many miracles you have witnessed, the active reading the scriptures and spending time with God seeking His counsel that will keep you from falling. These spiritual disciplines will protect you when facing temptation. They will be your guide when you have hard decisions to make. May God help you in your stressful times. May the remembrance of all He has done for you, give you the confidence you need to follow Him. 

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, help me to remember all You have done for me. Help me read Your word and plant it deep into my heart so it will guide me as I go through my day. I pray this in Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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