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"I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better." Ephesians 1:17 (NIV)

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

THAT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE

 
John 11:40
 
"Jesus said to her, 'Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?'" ESV 
 
Faith is a difficult thing. While we have all been given a measure of faith, it is contrary to our common sense. Common sense is human logical thinking that works on the premise that things can be explained and understood by the human mind. On the other hand, faith is total and unwavering trust in the unseen God. We can only know and witness His glory by faith. We will miss His great and glorious workings if we try to explain Him with our common sense.
 
Jesus, forgive us for relying on our common sense to try and understand Your working and Your ways. Help us to use the faith You have given to us and to increase our faith by study of Your Word. We ask in Your precious name, Amen.
 
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Friday, August 29, 2014

GROWN UP WATCHING

 
Matthew 26:40
 
"And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, 'So, could you not watch with me one hour?'" ESV 
 
When we first become believers in Jesus Christ, we are like little babies and are quite self-centered. We are pretty aware of what we need from Him and what He is doing in our lives. We get used to the Lord watching over us. That is what He does and will always do. But, as we grow up spiritually, we come to realize Jesus Christ is asking us watch with Him. He desires that we see things through His eyes and to be aware of His working all around us and in others. Are we still focused on Him watching over us, or are we becoming more mature, watching with Him?
 
Lord Jesus, we stand in need of Your grace to be able to watch with You. Our human nature keeps us focused on our own needs and that You are watching over us. Help us grow and mature so that we can watch with You. In Your precious name we pray, Amen.
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Thursday, August 28, 2014

WHERE IS THAT WATER GOING?

 
John 7:38
 
"Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, 'Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.'" ESV 
 
If we understand the nature of streams, we know it is virtually impossible to know all the places the flowing water touches. It passes along snags and reroutes itself. It collects at some barrier and overflows around it. The Lord tells us that our faith in Him will be like streams, flowing out of us, and we will have no idea the places it will reach. Just because we can't see where it is flowing and spreading doesn't mean it isn't reaching places only known to Him. On that day, when we stand before Him, we will see the mighty work God has done through our faith.
 
Lord Jesus, help us to realize the miracle of faith You have given to each of us. Help us to remember that our faith not only affects our relationship with You, but our faith affects lives and circumstances we know nothing about. In Your name we pray, Amen.
 
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

THROW IN MY ANCHOR NOW

 
Hebrews 6:19
 
"We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain." ESV 
 
An anchor is a device made to hold a ship firmly in place so it does not move the place it is intended to be. Hope in the Lord is our anchor to keep us firmly in God's hands. This anchor allows us to go directly to the throne of grace because we have been kept safe from wandering off into unknown waters. What a marvelous anchor, hope, He gives us.
 
Heavenly Father, forgive us for our fear and refusal to put our anchor in Your hands. Give us spiritual insight to see that we are not restricted by the anchor of hope, but that it sets us free to look up, where You are and where we can receive all that You have for us. We pray this in Your name, Amen.
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

LIVING WITH THE LIGHT OUT


 
John 8:12
 
"Again Jesus spoke to them saying, 'I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.'" ESV 
 
Once we've been in a dark room for a while, our eyes seem to adjust, at least to where we can see things enough to get by. That is exactly how each of us live in this world before we accept Jesus Christ as our personal Savior. We see enough to get by and enough to believe we don't need to change the way we live. Once the Light comes in, we are amazed at the things we missed, the things we misunderstood, the things we never even knew were there. Living in the Light allows us to live life to its' fullest, to see the Truth of God and His creation.
 
Heavenly Father, forgive those of us who still feel that we have enough light on our own to make it in this world. Help us to walk in Your Light so we can know the Truth. In Jesus' name, Amen.
 
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Monday, August 25, 2014

NOT FOR THOSE WHO THINK THEY'RE JUST FINE

 
Luke 5:32
 
"I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance." ESV 
 
Jesus did not come to earth to rescue people who see themselves as sufficiently righteous with no need to be saved from anything. Those are the people Jesus condemned as having a religious spirit and He just left them to their rotting prideful lives. Jesus came seeking those who were sorely aware of being trapped in sinful lives and of needing a way to get free. Jesus will answer the call of anyone who acknowledges their sin and who reaches out to Him in faith.
 
Heavenly Father, how great is Your love to us that You would seek us out to free us from our sin. We pray that You will use us to reach others by our actions and words, that they will see their need for salvation, and put their faith in You. In Your name we pray, Amen.
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Saturday, August 23, 2014

SAFE, PROTECTED, AND FREE

 
Psalm 91:1
 
"He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty." ESV 
 
A shelter is a place of protection and safety from danger. God gave His Word to shelter those who live within the boundaries of His will. This is not being confined to a particular set of laws or rules. Living in the bounds of His shelter, we are given rest and safety that knows no limits. We are free to live in total abandon for Him.
 
Heavenly Father, we thank You for making a place of protection and peace for us. Help us to learn the boundaries of Your shelter so that we can live there in total freedom and peace. In Jesus' name, Amen.
 
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Friday, August 22, 2014

WHAT ARE YOU THINKING?

 
Romans 8:6
 
"For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace." ESV 
 
In this world of today, it is so very hard to stay focused on the things of God. We can commit to keeping our minds on Him and to be sensitive to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. If we really want to know His will, He will reveal it to us and will help us stay focused on it. That is when we will find real life and peace.
 
Heavenly Father, forgive us for getting distracted by the noise and clamor of this world. Forgive us for following our own desires. We are hungry to know Your will for us and believe You will show us. Help us to be pleasing in Your sight. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.
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Thursday, August 21, 2014

ON A LONG TRIP


Psalm 84:5
 
"Blessed are those whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the highways of Zion." ESV
 
 
When we get ready for a trip, we tend to take care and prepare ahead of time so we have everything we need to make the trip a success. As Christians, we are on a long trip through this life. Are we being careful to make sure we have what we need and to stay focused on our heavenly destination?
 
Heavenly Father, the journey through this life gets difficult. We are in desperate need of Your power to commit to this journey all the way to the end. We thank You that You are faithful to provide everything we need to make it home to You. In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen.
 
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

CAUGHT, CORRECTED, AND LOVED

 
Hebrews 12:5,6
 
"And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? 'My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.'" ESV
 
None of us take too kindly to being disciplined, even when we deserve it. But, the Lord chooses to discipline us and to let us reap what we have sown. He does so to get us to a place where we will submit to His will. It is a good thing to be disciplined by the Lord. It proves we are His children and He is watching over us.
 
Heavenly Father, we thank You for disciplining us for those times we fail to do what is right. Help us to accept Your discipline and to remember that it brings us closer to You. In Jesus' name, Amen.
 
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

WALKING ALONG WITH SUFFERING

 
1 Peter 4:19
 
"Therefore let those who suffer according to God's will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good." ESV 
 
Christians are suffering all over the world for their faith in Jesus Christ. We, too, will suffer in time. The fact is, we do not choose the suffering. We choose God's will. And then, we go wherever His will takes us. If His will takes us through suffering, then we go, knowing He is faithful to walk with us and get us through it all.
 
Heavenly Father, we ask for Your grace to do Your will no matter where it takes us. If it should be by way of suffering, help us to remember, You are with us. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.
 
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Monday, August 18, 2014

GOING THROUGH IT AGAIN AND AGAIN

 
James 1:4
 
"And let steadfastness have it's full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing." ESV 
 
Our Lord has a way of teaching us the important things in our walk with Him. Sometimes He has to take us back to the same lesson again and again until we are able to get it right. When we learn these lessons, we know, by His Spirit, that we have matured in Him. If we remember that it is to our own harm to buck against these lessons, we will be alert, ready to stay the course.
 
Heavenly Father, so often we can't see that You are teaching us a lesson and we continually ignore it and fail to learn spiritual maturity. Help us, Lord, to recognized that it is Your patience with us that allows us to grow mature and complete in You. In Jesus name, Amen.
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Saturday, August 16, 2014

EYE AND HAND DANGER

 
Matthew 5:29
 
"If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell." ESV 
 
It is our eyes that see the forbidden fruit. It is our hands that reach up to pluck it from the tree. Jesus teaches us to get ride of anything that causes us to be unfaithful to Him, no matter how much we want it in our lives. It is our own senses that seek pleasure to the point that we lose sight of our relationship with the Lord. He expects us to turn our backs on those things we know are a temptation to us.
 
Heavenly Father, so often we allow our senses to lead us to those places that cause us to act in ways that offend You. Forgive us. Give us discerning and prepared minds to stay away from those things that tempt us to sin. In Jesus' name, Amen.
 
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Friday, August 15, 2014

GOD'S WORD IS INSULATION

 
Isaiah 51:7
 
 
"Listen to me, you who know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear not the reproach of man, nor be dismayed at their revilings." ESV
 
If we live by the Spirit, doing what is right in the eyes of the Lord, we are going to be ridiculed by others. If we listen to what the Lord is telling us, we will not be bothered by the talk and attitude of others. We will merely keep walking faithfully with the Lord. He will honor our hearts and he will take care of those who feel free to mock us.
 
Heavenly Father, we confess that we let the things others say keep us from speaking and living Your Word. Forgive us, Lord. Give us boldness and peace to live every moment with integrity so that we will be fit to walk with You. In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen.
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Thursday, August 14, 2014

KNOWING AND DOING THE RIGHT THING

 
Psalm 41:12
 
"But you have upheld me because of my integrity, and set me in your presence forever." ESV 
 
When was the last time we examined the quality of our own integrity? We can gauge our integrity by how we behave in private. Is it the same behavior we would do in public with everyone watching? I if can say yes, we have integrity. It is knowing the right thing and doing it always. The Lord has promised that He will support us in our integrity. Our lack of integrity draws us away from the presence of the Lord. How is your integrity?
 
Heavenly Father, we fail to recognize that subtle things of this world weaken our integrity. We ask for vision and discernment to see the true condition of our hearts where our integrity lives. We desire that our integrity allows You support us in our daily walk through this life. In Jesus' name, Amen.
 
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

DID YOU ACCEPT YOUR GIFT YET?

 
1 Peter 4:10
 
"As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace." ESV 
 
So many Christians are oblivious of the gifts God has given them. God has given very one of us a spiritual gift to serve others and to glorify Him. If we don't know what our gift is, we can pray and ask the Lord to reveal it to us. He will do it.
 
Heavenly Father, how thankful we are for the spiritual gifts You shower on Your Church. Forgive us for our laxity in using our gift. Fill us with the Holy Spirit and hunger to be used by You and to use our gifts to glorify Your name. In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen.
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

HAPPY SORROW

 
Matthew 5:4
 
"Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted." ESV 
 
Are we truly and honestly aware of the tragedy of sin? Do we understand its' effects on our own hearts? Have we found ourselves humiliated at the fact that we have offended God? Are we deeply grieved by the sins of others and the state of the world? If so, then we are among those who mourn. To mourn is to experience great sorrow over loss or anything regretted. We will be comforted.
 
Heavenly Father, we pray for spiritual insight to understand the tragedy of sin and how it has separated us from You. We praise You because of Your great love, we can repent and mourn over the effect of sin on us and our world. We thank You for the comfort You lavish on us when we mourn. In Jesus' name, Amen.
 
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Monday, August 11, 2014

PUT SOME LIGHT ON IT

 
John 3:21
 
"But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God." ESV 
 
Isn't it interesting that we tend to hide when we know we have done something God would not like? Adam and Eve covered themselves up in the garden trying to hide their disobedience from God. Keeping our sins hidden so they won't be publicly exposed is very exhausting and stressful. Don't we all want a clean conscience? If we bring our sins to the light, confessing them to God, stop doing them, and ask for His forgiveness, we will have clean consciences. Then we can keep clean by living each day close to our Lord.
 
Heavenly Father, we ask You to forgive us and cleanse our hearts so that we will be able to come out of the darkness into the light. Help us to stay in Your light, free to live above sin and rejoicing in our clean consciences. In Jesus' name, Amen.
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Saturday, August 9, 2014

LOSERS ARE THE REAL WINNERS

 
Matthew 10:39
 
"Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it." ESV 
 
Everyone wants to find and know their own identity. We go on a variety of quests to find out who we are. The Bible tells us not to do that. If we do, we will find ourselves forever running into a brick wall. To really know who we are, we will seek the Lord with our whole hearts. He tells us if we seek him we will find Him. In finding Him we find ourselves because we are His children.
 
Heavenly Father, forgive us for chasing after various things hoping we will find our true selves. Give us hunger to know You so that we will know ourselves, because You have made us Your children. That is where our identities are.
 
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Friday, August 8, 2014

HEART CLEANING TIME

 
Matthew 5:8
 
"Blessed are the pure in Heart, for they shall see God." ESV 
 
To have a pure heart, we must be free of all our own personal agendas. We must be filled with God's agenda. Then, we will see Him everywhere we look. It will be like all the clouds in the sky going away, leaving a crisp, bright, blue sky. And the pure light of the sun shines brightly everywhere.
 
Heavenly Father, we know You are the One who can give us pure hearts. We ask with all our beings that You will make our hearts pure and holy. Help us to guard our hearts so that we will keep them clean and pleasing in Your sight. We pray in the name of Jesus, Amen.
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Thursday, August 7, 2014

THE RESTORING BUSINESS

 
Psalm 23:3
 
"He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake." ESV 
 
The Lord not only restores and refreshes our souls, but also provides us with the way that will lead us right to Him. There, we will find perfect peace for eternity. We will not want for anything.
 
Heavenly Father, so often we fail to take notice of the many wonderful things You provide for us and of Your constant grace pouring out on us. Help us to be aware of Your presence and Your working so that we will stay on the path You made for us. In Jesus' name, Amen.
 
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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

CAUSING GREAT SORROW

 
Ephesians 4:30
 
"And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of salvation." ESV 
 
To grieve is to cause great sorrow. How is it that we grieve the Holy Spirit and bring Him such sorrow? We do it by resisting His prompting, by hindering His moving, and by ignoring His direction. Rather, if we let the Holy Spirit have His way, we will be in right relationship with our God.
 
Heavenly Father, have mercy on us and forgive us for those times we have grieved Your Holy Spirit. We realize the great workings we have missed because we have grieved Him. Give us hearts of discernment so that we will always respect the presence and prompting of the Holy Spirit. In Jesus' name, Amen.
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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

WALKING RIGHT

 
Psalm 119:9
 
"How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word." ESV 
 
 
The world is dense and intense with ungodliness and tragedy. We are so accustomed to the things that go on around us, it seems we don't give much thought to it anymore. As a result, we have become complacent, impure, and tainted with particles big and small of this world's ways. How can we keep this from happening to us and get on the right track? We are to make sure we are studying God's Word and walking in It's precepts.
 
Heavenly Father, please forgive us for getting distracted by this world and for allowing impurity to enter into our lives. Put a burning desire in us to study Your Word and apply it to every part of our being. We ask this in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.
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Monday, August 4, 2014

ROOTS, FRUIT, AND PRAYER

 
Matthew 6:6
 
"But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you." ESV 
 
The root of the tree produces the large and fruitful branches that are seen by everyone. But the root itself is not seen at all. That is how our prayer life should be. The deeper and more widespread the root, the more lofty and fruitful the tree. How can we get our prayer lives like deep and widespread roots? Not by praying from the lips or from memory, but from the soul.
 
Heavenly Father, our prayer lives are so inadequate. Give us a burning desire to spend time alone with You in prayer so that we will have deep and widespread communion with You and be able to see the wonderful fruit that is born out of our prayers. In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen.
 
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