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Never Forsaken

TODAY’S VERSE
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Deuteronomy 31:6

“Be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’”
Hebrews 13:5

TODAY’S THOUGHT
One of the first things they teach you in marriage communications is to stay away from using emotionally fatalistic words like “never” or “always”, as in, “You never help around here!” or “You always waste money.” It is very rare that human behavior is “always” or “never”. But what about God? The Bible makes it clear that His ways are not our ways. In Romans 3:4 it says, “Even if everyone else is a liar, God is true!” Now consider today’s verse in light of the fact that God does not lie. Moses tells us to be strong and courageous and not afraid. The author of Hebrews wrote to be content with what you have. Why all the optimism? Why the courage? Because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” God Himself has said to you and I, “Never.” Never. NEVER! Let it sink in – He will never leave you or forsake you! Today, right now, let this fact change your day. Let it reshape your emotions. Let it precede all your decisions. He will never leave you or forsake you.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I wander through most days with so much doubt. Perhaps apathy is a better word. I live as if You half exist. I haven’t taken most of Your promises seriously. I have not been content. Most the time I am not strong or courageous. Forgive me for this. Help me really grasp what it means that You will never leave me or forsake me. Help me understand what that promise really means to me today. Thank you, Lord, for all Your love for me. Help me to love You. In Jesus’ name.

AMEN

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How Deep Is His Love?

TODAY’S VERSE
“And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully.”
Ephesians 3:18-19 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Unconditional love. What a thought; better yet, when we realize it, what a reality! God loves us with no strings attached. But do we really believe that? Brennan Manning, in his book “Abba’s Child,” challenges whether we do or not. He writes, “It is one thing to feel loved by God when our life is together and all our support systems are in place. But what happens when life falls through the cracks? What happens when we sin and fail, when our dreams shatter, when our investments crash, when we are regarded with suspicion? What happens when we come face-to-face with the human condition?” If we are honest with ourselves, we would probably begin to doubt whether God could love us. Why is that? Could it be that we want something to do with our own salvation? Is it the cross plus our worthiness? Is it His death plus all the good things we have done? We need to pray what Paul prayed, that we would have the power to understand how much He really loves us. Manning wrote it this way, “Whether you understand it or not, God loves you, is present in you, lives in you, dwells in you, calls you, saves you and offers you an understanding and compassion which are like nothing you have ever found in a book or heard in a sermon.” May you really begin to believe and experience this reality.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, thank you for the fact that you love me unconditionally. Please give me the power to fully understand how deep Your love really is and the fact that it is a gift, not something I have to earn. Thank you for such an amazing truth. In Jesus Name.
AMEN

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His Love

TODAY’S VERSE
“So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.”
Matthew 7:11 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Sometimes I get it all backwards. I come to God and ask for something and for whatever reason, I have it in my head that I am so unworthy. I end up doubting whether God would want to do anything good for me. But then I read this passage and I realize it’s not about me! It’s about God. God is love and it is His love for me that needs to be my focus. I can’t really fathom it; I can’t begin to get my head around the vastness of His love. But I do understand a father’s love. Even fathers who fail know what they should have done. Even a child whose father was abusive knows how the father should have acted. And so we try, and as imperfect as we are, we know how to give gifts to our children. Jesus used this as His illustration pointing out that if we, in all of our limitations and sinfulness, know how to do good to our children, how much more will our heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask Him? God loves you, He loves me and desires to give us what we need. All He wants us to do is ask. Today, rejoice in your heavenly Father’s love for you.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I thank You for Your love. Forgive me when I doubt, when I let insecurities and lies lead me to a place of unbelief. Help me focus on You and Your love and rest in the fact that You feel I am intrinsically lovable. Thank You, my dear Father, for Your love.
AMEN

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Your Love

TODAY’S VERSE
“Then I realized that my heart was bitter, and I was all torn up inside. I was so foolish and ignorant—I must have seemed like a senseless animal to you. Yet I still belong to you; you hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, leading me to a glorious destiny.”
Psalms 73:21-24 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Fear of abandonment is a real issue for many people. Those of us who are people pleasers suffer with this feeling all the time. So how comforting is it when God assures us that He will never leave us? Here is the Psalmist. He was bitter, foolish and ignorant to God. But when He came to his senses he saw how bad he was before God. The amazing truth is that God did not give up on him or leave Him. Instead He forgave him, comforted him, counseled him and continued to guide him. God’s love caused him to write one of the most beautiful verses ever written about God. “Whom have I in heaven but you? I desire you more than anything on earth. My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever.” Today, might we believe this for our own self.
 
TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I know I don’t always live the way I should. I know many days my attitude is all wrong. But today I know You forgive me. I know that You will never abandon me. I know that You are committed to my maturity. Help me remember this as I live out this day.
AMEN

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Significance

TODAY’S VERSE
“Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.”
Ephesians 1:4 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Where do we get our significance from? Is it the accolades for the skills that we have? Is it praise for our achievements? Perhaps it is our job, money or notoriety in some field of endeavor. Maybe we get significance from those we align ourself with, those teams that we cheer or the position we have on certain topics. These all can manufacture some kind of significance, but the most precious significance of all is that which comes from our very innateness. Our significance comes for being the very creation of God that He chose to create and loves unconditionally. He created us to be holy and without fault in His eyes. In his book, “The Deeper Journey,” M. Robert Mulholland Jr. writes, “Here is the ultimate ground of our identity. You are a beloved child of God, spoken forth out of the heart of God’s love before the foundation of the world. The union of a man and woman that brought about your physical conception is only the secondary cause of your being. The primary center of your identity is the heart of God’s love.” So today, if you start to doubt about yourself, if you start to buy the lie that you are anything less that a loved child of God, remember this, God loves you and chose to make you His child before the world was ever created.  

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, thank You for creating me before You created the earth! Thank You that I am part of Your plan and dearly loved by You. Thank You that in You I have all the significance I will ever need.
AMEN

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The Lord Bless You

TODAY’S VERSE
“The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.”
Numbers 6:24-26 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
So often we put the emphasis on us “following” God when we would be better off “responding” to God. We worry so much about how to love God when we all we really need to do is truly understand His love for us. If we really knew what today’s verse really meant how could loving God ever be an issue? How could we ever be worried about following Him? But do we really believe that God desires to bless us and keep us? Do we see God as a loving God that turns His face toward us with such a focus that it is as His face is shining right on us? It is this daunting attention from our loving God that causes us to love Him. It is this knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt that His intention is to bless us and keep us, to be gracious with us and give us peace that causes us to follow Him without reservation. John, the disciple whom Jesus loved, said it best, “We love Him because He first loved us.” Today know that God has blessed you and kept you. Understand that He has turned His face toward you and has shined it upon you. Finally receive the peace that comes from knowing His unconditional love.
 
TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, thank You for Your awareness of me. Thank You for shining Your face on me. Thank Your for turning Your face toward me and giving me peace. Today Lord, help me live in this reality.
AMEN

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Forgive

TODAY’S VERSE
“Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.”
Ephesians 4:32 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
How much of life would be easier if we could forgive? Resentment, bitterness, rage, remorse, guilt, so many damaging toxic emotions can come out of an unforgiving heart. But it is hard to forgive. That is why we need to turn to Christ for help. When we do, He will gently show us His scars and remind us of how much we have been forgiven. He will remind us of His unconditional love and we will begin to find the strength we need to be more like Him. Mother Teresa knew what it was like to live a life of love and sacrifice. She wrote, “If we admit that we are sinners and we need forgiveness, then it will be very easy for us to forgive others. But if we don’t admit this, it will be very hard for us to say, ‘I forgive you’ no matter who comes to us.” Today remind yourself of God’s love and all that He has forgiven you of, and then go and do likewise.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, might Your love fill my heart and soul and give me all the strength and courage I need to forgive those that have hurt me. Help me today to forgive others the way You have forgiven me. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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God Is So Good

TODAY’S VERSE
“O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help. Listen closely to my prayer, O LORD; hear my urgent cry. I will call to you whenever I’m in trouble, and you will answer me.”
Psalms 86:5-7 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
When you pray, what are you conscious of? Are you aware of God and all His wonderful attributes? David was. He knew that when he was in trouble he could cry to God and that God would answer him. He believed deep in his heart that God was good. God was ready to forgive him of any and every sin. He knew that God was full of unfailing love. What do you believe about God? Today, think about God and all His goodness. Meditate on His faithful love and His mercy toward you. Let God’s attributes burn into your heart until you can say with David, “I will call to you whenever I’m in trouble, and you will answer me.”

TODAY’S PRAYER
God, You are so good. You are all loving. You are full of mercy and forgiveness. Thank You for hearing my prayers and answering me when I call.
AMEN

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Grace

TODAY’S VERSE
“God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.”
Ephesians 2:8-9 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Where would we be if we had to save ourself? If we stood before God, what would we say? What could we say that would ever prove that we deserve eternal life? Paul makes it clear that our forgiveness is not a reward for good behavior. No, it is a choice that God makes on our behalf. He forgives us and accepts us because of His great love for us. And yet, in our own way we all try to justify ourself. In his book, “Surrender To Love”, Dr. David Benner shares, “Grace is totally alien to human psychology. We want to get our house in order and then let God love and accept us. – I want to be able to contribute something to the deal, my faith, my effort, my love, my belief. But the bottom line is that Perfect Love meets me where I am and asks only that I open my heart and receive the love for which I long.” Today, quit striving to save yourself. Christ has already provided a way for you to be in perfect relationship with God. Accept His love. Accept His gift of salvation. Accept His grace.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, thank You for providing everything I need to be Your child. Thank You for everything I need to have all my sins washed away. I know I can’t earn Your forgiveness; instead, it is Your free gift to me. I accept Your forgiveness; I accept Your grace toward me. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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His Love

TODAY’S VERSE
“May you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ.
Ephesians 3:18-19 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
It is one thing to know about the love of Christ, it is another thing to experience it. Paul says that God’s love is wide, long, high and deep and that would take God’s own power to understand its vastness. We cannot even begin to understand God’s love by ourself. But experience it? That is Paul’s prayer, that we would experience the love of Christ. In the book, “True Faced” the authors write that we are ready to experience God’s love, “when we have the desire to be loved by Him”. And one of the best ways to find that desire is to admit to God that we have needs. When we admit we have needs, it gives us the opportunity to trust God with them, letting God love us, on His terms not ours. It is coming to God with this openness, trust and faith that allows His power to help us understand and experience the greatness of His love.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I come to You admitting that I have great needs. I need Your love, I need Your power, I need Your Holy Spirit, I need Your direction. Father, I am so needy, but today I ask You to meet my needs on Your terms not mine. I desire to be loved by You dear Father and choose to trust that You will help me understand Your love in deep and meaningful ways.
AMEN

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