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Lord LORD

TODAY’S VERSE
“So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say?”
Luke 6:46 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
It is so easy to speak half truths. It is easy to say what people want us to say. We are taught that truth is relative and can be bent to each situation. So how does this attitude play out when we are talking about commitment? What exactly is loyalty? Jesus asked this in His day. People were beginning to follow Him just for the miracles or food and not for the new Spiritual reality He was teaching. What was worst, however, was the fact that people said that they were followers of Christ and yet ignored His words. He compared this to a person who was building a house. Jesus insisted that if you are going to build a house, build it on a good foundation. Likewise, if you are going to build a life worth living, then it must be built on a good foundation of the teachings and person of Jesus Christ. Jesus was right. He said that you can call Him a lot of things, but if you are going to call Him Lord, you have to do what He says.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, help me understand more about following You. Be the Lord of my life and help me build my life on a solid foundation of Your word. AMEN

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He Is Our King

TODAY’S VERSE
“But though I have rescued you from your misery and distress, you have rejected your God today and have said, ‘No, we want a king instead!”
I Samuel 10:19 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
How much do we really rely on God? How much do we really commune with Him and depend on Him for wisdom and direction? Think about it. We have pastors, radio preachers, counselors and bookstores full of books and magazines. That’s not counting conferences, colleges, Bible studies or Sunday School classes. With all this help, with all this representation of God, why would we ever need God at all? The people of God wanted a King. They wanted a physical representation of God, instead of God Himself. Now there is nothing wrong with having Pastors to teach and equip us, participating in small groups or enjoying Bible Study. The point is this. In all our searching, in all our seeking for answers, for all the comfort we are looking for, let us not forget God Himself.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I am so sorry for putting other things above You. You are all my heart really needs. I come to You, my Lord and King, and ask that You would guide and direct me throughout this day.
AMEN
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New Start

TODAY’S VERSE
“Just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.”
Romans 6:4 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
A new life. What would that be like? A do over. A get out of jail free card. What if you really could begin again? What would change? What would you do different? It seems so impossible, but Christ came to give us a new life. Jesus Himself used the word “born again” when describing those who decide to follow Him. God knew us from the beginning of time and created us for His purposes and though our life may seem like one mistake after another, one wrong turn followed by another, God can change everything. This same power that God used to raise Jesus from the dead, is the power He wants to use in helping you begin to live a new life. Today, come to Him. Surrender your life and ask Him to help you start afresh. He will. He will hear your prayer and give you the new chance you have been looking for. His love for you is boundless. His promise is sure. All God desires is a contrite and humble heart. He promises that He will not reject your plea if you come to Him with a broken and repentant heart.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I need a new start. I ask, dear Lord, that You use that same power that You used to raise Jesus from the dead to help me live a new life. I surrender to You and ask for Your help today. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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Loving God

TODAY’S VERSE
“I love You, Lord.”
Psalms 18:1 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
As David mused on the fact that God was his rock, fortress, savior, shield, power that saved him and his place of safety, he was overwhelmed and cried out, “I love You, Lord.” When is the last time you told God that you loved Him? Sure, you have praised Him, worshipped, sang songs. But when was the last time your heart was overwhelmed and you cried out to God, “I love you, Lord!” He wants our heart. More than obedience, more than ritual, more than all the good we do. These are important, but they don’t replace telling God that you love Him. What is God to you? Today, stop what you are doing, take a deep breath, focus on God’s presence and tell Him you love Him. He is worthy of all our love. Sometimes you just need to say it.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Heavenly Father, with all my heart, I love You!
Amen

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God’s Forgiveness

TODAY’S VERSE
“The LORD is compassionate and merciful, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He will not constantly accuse us, nor remain angry forever. He does not punish us for all our sins; he does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve. For his unfailing love toward those who fear him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west. The LORD is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him.”
Psalms 103:8-13 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
King David had an acute understanding of the love of God. It is as if he could see the very heart of Jehovah Himself. David, who knew sin so well, knew the forgiver of sin better. He who struggled with sinful passions in such profound ways, was also set free by the miraculous compassion and mercy of God. Listen to what he writes. “The LORD is compassionate and merciful, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. – He does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve. – His unfailing love for us is as high as the heavens. – He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.” Finally he writes, “The Lord is like a tender and compassionate father.” Who could write such beautiful words? Who could so eloquently write about God’s forgiveness other than someone who knew first hand, the love of the Father. David knew God. God offers the same experience to us. Today, meditate on God’s mercy, compassion and love. Let the words of the Psalm radiate brightly in your heart and make them your own. And may the realization of your own forgiveness be imprinted deeply on your mind just as it was on David’s.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Jesus, how I thank You for Your compassion. How I praise You for my forgiveness. How I glorify You for Your unfailing love to me. Thank You for not giving me what I deserve but being merciful and removing all my sins from me. In Your precious name I pray.
AMEN

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Lord Jesus

TODAY’S VERSE
“So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say?”
Luke 6:46 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
What a penetrating question. It is so easy to take on a role today and not have to really back it up. We can become a fan or spectator in almost anything today. With merchandizing, television and internet we can learn all about any topic we want. We can talk all about our favorite sport, even have a “fantasy team” and have never played a game. We can be a NASCAR fan and not have a drivers license. We can talk all about “curb appeal” and have the worst house on the block. It is easy today to be an “expert” and have no practical experience at all. Jesus knew what that was like. He had many followers and many of them did not really know what His real message was. They did not see the significance of what He taught. They thought they could “follow” Jesus, even call Him “Lord” and not do what He said. Jesus called them out on it and He does the same today. James said it well when he wrote, “Now someone may argue, ‘Some people have faith; others have good deeds.’ But I say, ‘How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds.”’ Jesus has called us to follow Him. Today, let’s not just call Him Lord, let’s live as if it is true.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Jesus, I have called You Lord, and yet I know many times I have not lived the way You want me to. Help me, Lord. Help me live under the influence of Your Holy Spirit and do what Your word tells me to.
AMEN

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Follow Him

TODAY’S VERSE
“Simon son of John, do you love me?”
John 21:17 (NLT)

“Then Jesus turned to the Twelve and asked, “Are you also going to leave?”
John 6:67 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
God created us for a relationship. Yet, how many times do we get this concept all wrong? Instead we act as if we created God. Rather than a deep relationship with Him, we act as if it is God’s role to make us happy, to serve us, and to answer our every need. We live as if God was more of a personal concierge than our Lord and Savior. Jesus felt some of this same attitude from His own followers. Many were following Jesus because of all they were receiving. One particular day Jesus decided to challenge everyone on this issue by calling the crowd to a higher life of discipleship and many of the people decided to stop following Jesus. Jesus came back to His twelve disciples and asked, “Are you also going to leave?” After Jesus rose from the dead and was ready to return to Heaven, he met His disciples by the seashore. It was there he asked Peter, “Do you love me?” Simple questions but the answers make all the difference in the world. How would you answer Jesus? What would you say? What do your actions say? Today, commit yourself to Christ. Tell Him how much you love Him and decide to follow Him in all you do.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Lord Jesus. I know I have often followed You for selfish reasons. Forgive me. I come today to follow You. To serve you. To love You. Receive my worship and humble gratitude I pray.
AMEN

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Forgive Me Lord

TODAY’S VERSE
“Have you not brought this on yourselves by forsaking the LORD your God when he led you in the way?”
Jeremiah 2:17 (NIV)

“For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge.”
Psalms 51:3-4 (NIV)
TODAY’S THOUGHT
There comes a time when we need to agree with God and own up to our sinfulness. We can try to skirt around the issue, blame others, make excuses but at the end of the day, it is our sins that have separated us and God. Jeremiah tried to tell the Israelites this. They had wandered far from God by making unholy alliances with other nations and worshipping their Idols. God brought ruin to Israel and Jeremiah let them know that they brought the persecution on themselves. King David had his own sins to deal with and God sent him the Prophet Nathan to show him the error of his ways. David repented and agreed with God about the evil that he did. David, however, did not let everything end there. David knew God and that he could count on His compassion. That is why the rest of the passage is such an encouragement. In Psalms 51: 1-2, David cries out to God,
“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.” He ends in verse seventeen writing, “The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.” Make this your hearts’ theme today. Is there something between you and God? If so, come to God with a broken and repentant heart. Confess your sins to Him and He will blot them out of existence.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I confess that I have often wandered far from you. I come to You today and ask You to have mercy on me according to Your unfailing love. According to Your great compassion forgive me and cleanse me from all my sins. In Jesus Name I pray.
AMEN

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Dear Jesus

TODAY’S VERSE
“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”  Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Matthew 16:15-16 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Who do you think Christ was? Who do you think He is today? It matters what you think. Was He just a good moral teacher? Was He someone who did miracles back then, but not today? Is He something aloof, an object of our ritualistic worship, but not someone I can really relate to? Peter told the real story. He started as a fisherman leaving his nets behind to follow this promising teacher. It wasn’t long before He was overwhelmed by all that was going on. Jesus had incredible teachings that impressed even His biggest skeptics. No one taught with such authority. But more than the teachings were the miracles. People were rising from the dead. Blind men were seeing. The lame were walking. And the demons, they were fleeing at the mention of His name. Then there was His moral authority. No one had ever loved others the way He did. No one had ever taught about love in the way He did. Peter couldn’t help it. He had to say, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Me? I say He is my Lord and Savior, ruler of my life, redeemer of my soul, and the lover of my very being. He is my dear Jesus. Who is He to you?

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Jesus, thank You for all You are. Thank You for Your love. Thank You for Your salvation. You truly are the Christ, the Son of the living God and I praise and worship You.
AMEN

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Who Is Your God?

TODAY’S VERSE
“The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.”
Psalms 18:2 (NLT)

TODAY’S MESSAGE
What you believe about God makes a difference. Not in God, but in the way you live. Your comprehension of God has everything to do with your faith and hope in this world. Look at what David believed. He saw God as his rock, fortress, savior, protection, shield, power and safety. How do you think this affected his attitude during a crisis? Time and experience had taught David well. All that he went through only made him stronger and deepened his beliefs about the God who is there. The God who cares. The God who is able. What is God to you? Is He your rock, fortress and protection? Do you come to Him when the world gets too tough? Is God your power? Can you trust in Him to supply all that you need for each and every day? David felt so and so can we. Today, step out in faith. Ask God to reveal Himself to you and give you a fresh faith like David had. When you do, you will find God to be all that you need.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, please reveal Yourself to me. Help me see what David saw. Help me see You as my rock, fortress, savior, protection, shield, power and safety. Help me step out in faith and trust You today. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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