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The Gift

TODAY’S VERSE
“I will ask the Father, and he will give you another counselor, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth.”
John 14:16

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Can you imagine someone knocking on your door and giving you a check for a hundred million dollars? Think of all you could do with that. How tragic would it be if you thanked the person, closed the door and put the check on your dresser top and never used it? Never helped anyone, never bettered your own situation. Instead, you live a meager existence, paycheck to paycheck, and die a pauper. We would shake our head and mutter, “What a shame to waste such a resource.” And yet, what must God the Father think of what we have done with the precious gift of His Holy Spirit? Jesus asked the Father to give us a counselor who will never leave us and lead us into all truth, and He has. You and I, when we became a child of God, received His Holy Spirit into our life and yet we barely know this third part of the Trinity. When have we ever asked the Holy Spirit to fill us, guide us or lead us into truth? We have been given Spiritual Gifts but do we know what they are or how they work? How much time have we spent  contemplating how to cultivate the “fruit of the Spirit” in our life? God has indwelled us with the person of the Holy Spirit. Might we seek to understand more about this treasure that God has given us.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, thank you for the gift of the Holy Spirit. Forgive me for not knowing more about Him. Forgive me for not living in His power. Oh Holy Spirit, I ask that you would make me conscious of your presence in my life. Teach me, guide me, fill me and lead me into all truth. I give You control of my life and pray that You would produce Your fruit in my life and activate the Spiritual Gifts that You have given me. I pray this in Jesus Name.
AMEN

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Fear Not

TODAY’S VERSE
“I prayed to the LORD, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears. Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces. In my desperation I prayed, and the LORD listened; he saved me from all my troubles. For the angel of the LORD is a guard; he surrounds and defends all who fear him.”
Psalm 34:4-7

TODAY’S THOUGHT
How many times a day do you fear something? You get called into the office and you are sure you are going to get fired. Your child is late and your mind goes crazy with thoughts of what might have happened. Your spouse is in “that” mood again and you know it is going to get ugly. The credit card bills came in the mail and you don’t know how you are going to pay them. You found a lump and you are waiting for the report from the Doctor’s office. Fear can be healthy, as in, “Don’t step in front of traffic.” But fear can also be false, an exaggeration, a lie. It started with Adam and Eve and it is the same today; most of our spiritual struggles center around a fear-based lie. Most spiritual battle is a struggle between the truth or a lie.  Which will we believe? Lie or truth? Our fear or God? David knew the answer. He prayed to God and God answered him and freed him from all his fears. The Lord listened and saved him from all his troubles and He will save you. What is it today that you fear? What is holding you back? What lie has you bound? What keeps you from being still and knowing that He is God? Today, renounce your fear. Bring it to God. Present it to Him. Choose to believe the truth about God and your circumstance and He will free you.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, You know my fears. I bring them to You. Help me, protect me, free me from this bondage of lies. Thank You that You have not given me a spirit of fear. I choose to believe the truth and live by faith in You.
AMEN

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Lead Me

TODAY’S VERSE
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.”
Proverb 3:5-6

TODAY’S THOUGHT
When I was trained in wilderness school the goal was to teach us to be a good guide. They took us on courses and training where our lives were literally in the hand of the person leading us. The training guide knew where we were and how to get us where we were going. They knew the terrain and how to survive any and every condition. A wilderness is a wild and unpredictable environment and a good guide will get you through it. We need a guide to get us through the mountains and valleys of this life. We need a guide to lead us through the difficult times, when we seem lost and all is hopeless. Solomon says to, “Trust in the Lord with all our heart” and He will direct our path. More specifically, Jesus promised that He will give us the Holy Spirit to be our guide. God, through the Holy Spirit, will lead us into all truth. And in the wilderness, truth is King! There is no room for error; you need the truth to guide you every step of the way. So, where are you today? Where are you going? How will you get there? You need the Holy Spirit to be your guide. Proverbs warns us not to lean on our own understanding but to acknowledge our need for God. Come to God today and ask Him to lead you. Surrender to His guidance and let Him direct your paths. Might the verse of an old Sunday School song be your prayer today, “My God knows the way through the wilderness, all I have to do is follow.”

TODAY’S PRAYER
Lord, You know how I need You to direct my path today. I can’t do it by myself. I surrender to you and ask that you would lead me through the power of Your Holy Spirit. Guide me, direct me, lead me this day. AMEN

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Come To Your Senses

TODAY’S VERSE
“Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God—I say this to your shame.”
I Corinthians 15:34 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
It is so easy to deceive ourself, especially when it comes to living for God. We are too afraid to admit to ourselves, or anyone else, that we have “sin” so we begin to wear a mask and pretend to live a Christian life. We know the routine, the language, the ritual but do we know God and all the freedom He brings? Or perhaps we have followed everyone else to the bleachers and week after week we make the “game” on Sunday and cheer on our Pastor and their winning team. We are happy to be a spectator, even a rabid fan. We love watching. We know all about the game but never actually play. Paul knows all about pretending and says that in truth, we are living as if we don’t know God at all. And perhaps we don’t. He begs us to come back to our senses. He implores us to stop our sins, and to get to know God so we can live the way He wants us to. Stop all the habits, lies, cheating, fighting, bitterness, materialism, lust of whatever other behaviors that have us all tangled up. Today the madness stops. Today we come back to our senses and turn to God. He is waiting. He will forgive, He will restore. He will renew.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I have wandered so far. I have been happy to be in the bleachers wearing my mask. Today, I come to my senses and surrender my life to You. I want to know You and live for You. Help me to this end I pray.
AMEN

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I Cannot See

TODAY’S VERSE
“Then Jesus told him, ‘Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.’”
John 20:29

“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’”
II Corinthians 12:9

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Sometimes we just have to step out in faith. Sight is not an option. We can’t see a way out. We don’t know which way to go. Everything is cloudy. We are so tired, so weary, so confused we have no where to go. But then grace appears. Not any grace, God’s sufficient grace. Grace to help you trust Him. Grace to give you courage. Grace to give you hope. Grace to give you wisdom. Grace to help you hold on when you think your strength is gone. Grace to go to bed and get up to face another day. Grace to let God be God. If you believe when you have not seen any reason why, Jesus said you will be blessed. So get up, lift up your hands, give whatever it is that you cannot see to Jesus. He promises that His grace is sufficient for you.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I come to You in my weakness. I cannot see. I have no answers. All I have is Your grace and You promised that will be sufficient. You promised if I believe when I cannot see, I will be blessed. So I bow to You. I place my heart at Your feet. You are my Lord and I will follow You.
AMEN

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Love In Action

TODAY’S VERSE
“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.”
I Corinthians 13:4-7 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Now here is a list to live by. We like to think of love as a noun. Some pretty valentine card or song we remember from our high school days. But love is a verb, it is love “in action”. Paul gives us a list that is unmistakable. Paul writes that love is patient, kind, not jealous, boastful, proud or rude. Love does not demand its own way and does not get irritable or keep a record of wrong. Love is not happy with injustice but rejoices in the truth. Finally, love has staying power. It never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful and has endurance. Can you imagine what the world would be like if all of us would live by Paul’s definition of love? Today, let’s change our little part of the world. Let’s practice this kind of “love in action” wherever we go.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, You are love and by the power of Your Holy Spirit You can help me love. Give me the courage, strength and desire to love the way You do. Today, help me exemplify love in action.
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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Real Hope

TODAY’S VERSE
“Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia.”
Daniel 10: 12-13 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
I love this passage because of the hope it gives. There are two great truths to learn from this passage. The first is that God hears the cry of our heart. The angel assures Daniel, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them.” What a precious reality is painted by the angel. Since the very first time Daniel set his mind in the direction of God, the Lord was aware and heard his prayers. He does the same with us. The second truth is that God works on our behalf even if we don’t understand His timing. The angel saw it as a delay. He was detained for twenty-one days by other duties. Daniel was fasting and praying that God would rescue him quickly. He no doubt was wondering what God was doing. However, from God’s perspective the angel arrived right in time. God was in control and all worked for good. Perhaps, my brother Rodney Ovitt says it best in his commentary on this passage. He writes, “To me, this doesn’t diminish my faith or cause me to doubt God’s power and might. It just broadens the mystery! There is so much that we don’t understand and so much going on in the cosmos that we must simply trust God and know that He will see us through to the end.” God will see you through to the end. Do not weary, do not give up. Hope yet in God, He is aware of your prayers.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, it is so hard to wait. I cry out to You and it seems that there is no answer. My heart despairs and is tempted to grow bitter. Forgive me Lord. Help me to understand what You showed Daniel. You are conscious of my situation and Your solutions are always on time. Thank You Father that You do hear my prayers and that I can trust You with the timing of Your answer.
AMEN

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Beware Of Idolatry

TODAY’S VERSE
“Has any nation ever traded its gods for new ones, even though they are not gods at all? Yet my people have exchanged their glorious God for worthless idols! The heavens are shocked at such a thing and shrink back in horror and dismay,’ says the LORD. ‘For my people have done two evil things: They have abandoned me — the fountain of living water. And they have dug for themselves cracked cisterns that can hold no water at all!”
Jeremiah 2:11-13 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
We hear so much about other religions today. As a church we see many people joining their ranks. But I am not so worried about church members converting to another religion. What I am more concerned about is our desire for idols. Idols, those “non-gods” that we attribute magical power to, and feel we can add it to our Christian faith. This is what Jeremiah was concerned about. He was concerned about the local tribal idols that represented “sun”, or “rain” or “war”. These idols that people believed had magical powers to bring fertility or prosperity to a region. These were seemingly non-threatening idols, able to co-exist with Jehovah. But God was upset! I write about this because I am in the thick of it. I teach on God’s ability to heal us emotionally and am constantly aware of all the other practices going on. The church is constantly be challenged by idols. They come under the guise of “healing”. There is talk of “energy”, “spirit guides”, “universal consciousness” and other “helps” that we can add to our Christianity. They come with their own “magical powers” and seem to be a perfect match for our belief system. We must be careful. Science is science, but when we attribute God-like characteristics to a humanistic philosophy, we start to trip into idolatry. The Holy Spirit is just that, the Holy Spirit. Not an Eastern religious manifestation of energy. Not an “inner spiritual guide” explained in some non-biblical text. There will always be “spiritual” explanations for phenomena and there will be no end of teachers that have their own good sounding belief systems. However, we need to remember that we believe in Jehovah, the one true God. He alone is worthy of all our praise. He is all we will ever need.
 
TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, You alone are God. You alone are all powerful and all knowing. Forgive me when I fall prey to other sophisticated sounding beliefs. I repent and worship You alone.
AMEN

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God’s Love

TODAY’S VERSE
“But you, O Lord, are a God of compassion and mercy, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness.”
Psalms 86:15 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
God’s grace is amazing. His love toward us is unfailing. Here David is worshiping God and thanking Him for His compassion and mercy. He praises God for being filled with unfailing love and faithfulness. David knew this, he believed it, he felt it deep in his heart. And yet, how many of us never quite get it? Yes, the God we believe in is the same God that David is referring to, but our heart cannot seem to grasp that He really loves us. What about you? Is something inside of you broken? Perhaps your receiver doesn’t get the love signal. Instead, you feel you have to please God. Deep inside you fear that if God really knew you, He would never love you. But here is the truth. God does know you and fully loves you. He knows the truth about you. He doesn’t see you as an abandoning father does. He doesn’t put demands on you like an evil stepmother. From the time you were thought of by God, He has loved you. You don’t have to earn it, you can’t lose it. Today, you can say deep in your heart the same prayer that David prayed, “God is full of compassion and mercy, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness.” 

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, help me really understand the depths of your love for me. Help me grasp your compassion, embrace your mercy and really begin to see that your love and faithfulness is unfailing. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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