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Promises

TODAY’S VERSE
“Through his glory and integrity he has given us His promises that are of the highest value. Through these promises you will share in the divine nature because you have escaped the corruption that sinful desires cause in the world.
II Peter 1:4-4 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Peter reminds us that God has given us great and precious promises. Promises are those great weapons that we have to counter negative thinging and painful emotions. How many times we feel out of sorts, emotionally troubled when all the while God’s promises are greater than our fears and circumstances. Promises like He will never leave you, or He has fully forgiven you and has prepared a place for you in glory. God promises that nothing can seperate us from His love and that there is no condemnation now that we are in Him. He has promised that the Holy Spirit is in us to comfort, guide and direct our life. He has promised that He has given us everything we need in order to live a Godly life. Peter knew this so he encourages us to, “make every effort to respond to God’s promises.” That’s the important key to promises. If we are going to enjoy the peace and joy that comes with the promises, we need to appropiate them. We need to respond to what He promises and act on it. When we do, we will share in His divine nature and escape the negative thinking that comes with our natural human disposition. 

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Lord, I give this day to You and put my faith in You and Your love for me.  Help me focus on all the great and precious promises You have given me. Help me to trust You and to not to lean on my own understanding.
AMEN

TODAY’S AFFIRMATION & MEDITATION
I stand on God’s promises
Come to God and quiet your heart before Him. Picture God in all His power promising to love, protect you and care for you. Sense His amazing love and let your mind be at peace. Take a deep breath and as you exhale say, “Father, I trust in Your promises.”

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Thoughts

TODAY’S VERSE
“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
II Corinthians 10:5 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
The battle is in our mind. Truth verses lies. False assumptions verses God’s promises. Negative predictions verses faith. Roots of bitterness, jealously, fear and shame verses the mind of Christ. And though all these strongholds can be demolished by God’s power, how much better if we never let negative thinking get that far. We can, if we follow Paul’s advice and “demolish arguments and every pretence that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” And how often a battle begins with a simple thought. We get a negative thought and instead of renouncing it, we make a subtle agreement with it. “God doesn’t care.” “I can’t do it.” We use words like “never, always and every” and instead of renouncing it, we agree. Oh, not a strong agreement, but if we don’t disagree with the thought, what are we really doing? A thought left unchecked and soon we begin to ruminate on it. We start to build on the thought and soon we have a stronghold. We are in a battle. Our mind is the battle field. God wants us to be full of love, joy, peace, patience and kindness. We can only do that if we renounce and correct negative unbiblical thinking. Today, commit your mind to God. Let His Holy Spirit work with your thinking and bring it into alignment with His word.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, thank You for Your presence in my life. I commit my thinking to you. Holy Spirit rule in my mind. Help me know and believe Your truth so I can make all my thoughts obedient to Christ.
AMEN

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God’s Word

TODAY’S VERSE
“I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.”
Psalms 119:11 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Insight, inspiration, hope, wisdom, confidence, direction, correction all this and more is found in God’s word. One of the roles of the Holy Spirit is to take the scriptures and make it relevant to our life. The Psalmist experienced this living word and knew if He would learn it, meditate on it and let it effect who he really was, that it would result in the kind of behavior that was pleasing to God. Today, we can have the same experience. Spend time in God’s word. Meditate on it. Listen to what God has to say and let His word sink deep into your heart. If you do, you will be able to say with the Psalmist, “I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.”

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, as I read Your word, help it sink deep into my heart. Help me hear You and really understand how You want me to live. Inspire me, guide me and empower me by Your word I pray.
AMEN

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What Do You See?

TODAY’S VERSE
“The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.”
Zephaniah 3:17 (ESV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
What do you see? A lot of it depends on what you are looking through. Each of us come to the Scriptures with different lenses. We see through our experiences, beliefs, senses and personality. So although scripture is true, we may have a skewed view of it. For example, in today’s verse what do you believe? When you close your eyes, do you see God as a mighty one who will save you? Or do you have some doubts as to His ability or desire? Do you see God as rejoicing over you with gladness? Is He exulting over you with loud singing? Is He ecstatic in His love toward you? Or do you have a hard time feeling like a recipient of that kind of attention from God? Finally, can you picture God quieting you with His love? Does the very thought of God bring peace to your heart? God’s word is true, but unless we read it and challenge our thinking, we will not align our beliefs with God’s. Today, ask God to help make His word clear to you and start to see what He wants you to. 

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, help me read Your word. Holy Spirit, help me to see what You really want me to see and to believe it with all of my heart. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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Renew My Heart

TODAY’S VERSE
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting
away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.”
2 Corinthians 4:16 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Have you ever been to the bed side of someone dying from a dreadful disease? It is easy to lose heart when we begin to waste away. Skin and bones, unable to take nourishment, our body finally gives in. But there is another form of wasting away. It is the wasting away of the soul. The inward person, who we really are, in despair, confusion and helplessness. This is truly tragic. Our body is but a temple for who we really are and all that God intends us to be. And so, even though we waste away physically, Paul reminds us that it is crucial that we don’t lose heart. Instead we are to renew ourself inwardly day by day. Today, spend time with God, meditate on His word, let His promises soak deep into your soul and replenish your heart.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I need You to renew my heart. Replenish my soul with Your word and Your love. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit I pray.
AMEN

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Stronger Faith

TODAY’S VERSE
“Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God.”
Romans 4:20 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
How does that happen? How does one’s faith grow stronger? Abraham knew God and he was constantly being challenged by his life’s circumstances yet his faith grew stronger. How did this happen? Paul shares, “Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise.” God called Abraham and promised that through him He was going to start a new nation. Hard times came, “God promised.” Detours, “God promised.” Danger and peril, “God promised.” And each time Abraham remembered God’s promise, his faith grew. Peter said it this way, “He (God) has given us His very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” God’s promises are true, but they do us no good if we don’t know them. Today, get to know God’s word and start to believe for yourself.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, help me know and believe Your promises. Help my faith grow stronger, even today. 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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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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God’s Word

TODAY’S VERSE
“The commandments of the LORD are right, bringing joy to the heart.”
Psalms 19:8 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
The Bible is a precious gift from God. Divinely inspired, it was written in order that we might know how to live. The Bible inspires, convicts, guides, warns and teaches us. David wrote that believing what the Bible says is right and following its precepts brings joy to our heart.
He then goes on to share in a very poetic way, how valuable the word of God is. He writes, “The commands of the LORD are clear, giving insight for living. – The laws of the LORD are true; each one is fair. They are more desirable than gold, even the finest gold. They are sweeter than honey, even honey dripping from the comb. They are a warning to your servant, a great reward for those who obey them.” Today, spend time with God and His word and let it bring a deep joy into your heart.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, thank You for Your word. Speak to me, guide me, correct me, inspire me. Teach me how to live. Give me a deep and lasting joy deep down in my heart.
AMEN

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Self Control

TODAY’S VERSE
“So think clearly and exercise self-control.- Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires.”
I Peter 1:13-14 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
It is easy to fall prey to our own desires and lusts. I know if I am not careful, I will spend time doing things that are not in my best interest. Peter is encouraging us to live a better way. Now that we know Christ we don’t have to slip back into our old habits. We can count on God to help us with new desires. As we read the scriptures, spend time with God in prayer and keep our conscience clear with Him, He will renew our mind. He will help us “think clearly and exercise self-control”. It is this thinking clearly, this deliberate focused attention on God and His power, His strength, His love for us, that helps us align our thinking with His. It is this deliberate focus and yielding to the indwelling Holy Spirit that helps us exercise the self-control that is crucial to living our lives the way He wants us to. Today, let’s think clearly. Let’s focus on God and His will for our life, then we will exercise our self-control in living this day for Him.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, help me today to think clearly. Help me exercise the self-control that You desire for me. I don’t want to slip back into my old ways. I want to live for You. Help me to this end I pray.
AMEN

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