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Roots

TODAY’S VERSE
“Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.”
Ephesians 3:17-18 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Roots are crucial to the health of a plant. It is the way that plants get water and nourishment. Jesus used plants and roots as a metaphor on our spiritual life. He pointed out that “where” you put your roots can make all the difference in the world. Jesus shared about the futility of sowing seed on a path where the roots can’t grow. This represents the evil one stealing away the truth from our heart. He says some seed falls on a rocky area where the roots can’t grow deep. This represents a lack of commitment where spiritual fervor doesn’t last long. Finally, Jesus shared about seed that falls in the weeds where the competition for the roots steals away nourishment. This represents the cares of this world or lure of wealth taking us away from our walk with Christ. Instead, Jesus said that we need to plant the seed on good ground. In Ephesians  Paul is praying for the church, that we would let our roots grow deep into the love that Christ has for us. How do we do this? By opening our heart to Christ’s influence and trusting in Him. If we want to mature in Christ, then we must spend time in good soil. We need to pray, read His word and meditate in His presence. Where are your roots? Are emotional issues leaving your faith malnourished? Are the cares of this world choking you out? Come to Jesus –let your roots go down deep into His love.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, too many of my roots have been shallow. I have not let my roots go down deep into Your love. My commitment has wavered. I’ve let the cares of this world choke me out. Help me today begin to go deeper with You. Feed me, nourish my soul, I pray. Help me know You more, hear You more, love You more. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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Temptation

TODAY’S VERSE
“Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!”
Matthew 26:41 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
If ever we needed Jesus’ admonition, we need it today. Television, internet, media – all around us are temptations ready to take us out spiritually. Peter said it this way, “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” So what do we do? Jesus said that we must live “in” the world, but we are not to be “of” the world. That is why He told us to watch and pray; He didn’t want us to fall into temptations. When He said “watch and pray,” He wasn’t suggesting a casual Christianity. He was biding us to follow Him in a life of vigilant spiritual discipline. Like Jesus, this life must involve devotion, prayer and consecration. It is Jesus’ kind of spirituality that will “deliver us from evil.” But John knew that we would sin, so he gave us another way to overcome temptation. It is through living with a clear conscience. John wrote “If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” Today we will fall into temptation. Perhaps to slander, anger, lies, lust, or any number of other behaviors. Let us be alert, keeping our eyes and heart on Jesus. Let us pray, spend time with God and confess when we need to. Praise God, He is faithful, He is forgiving. He will give us all we need to live for Him.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, You know my needs. You know how I want to live for You, but I can’t do it by myself. I need You and the Holy Spirit to guide me. I need the power of the living Christ to forgive me, cleanse me and empower me to live for You.
AMEN

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Thinking

TODAY’S VERSE
“Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.”
Romans 8:5-6 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
“What were you thinking?” Have you ever had anyone ask you that? Usually it’s after something goes wrong. There was a misjudgment and your thinking has been brought into question. Paul is suggesting that we need to be on guard about the way we think. What do we let dominate our mind? Paul suggests it is either the Spirit of God or our sinful nature. What a world of difference the two mindsets have on our life. The mind dominated with the sinful nature leads to sinful thinking and behavior resulting in spiritual death. However, if we let the Spirit of God control our mind, we will find ourself doing things that please the Spirit. This results in life and peace. Today, let your thinking be dominated with the Holy Spirit. Rebuke negative and sinful thinking. Say “No” to temptations and lust that will only lead you down the wrong road. Spend time thinking on God’s word. Pray and converse with God throughout the day. It is your mind; let the Spirit guide your thinking and you will find living for Him is what you were born for. 

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I want to live my life for You. Let Your Holy Spirit control my thinking. I give You my mind; guide me, direct me, lead me into Your will.
AMEN

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