Wednesday, November 27, 2013

DAILY VERSE
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Colossians 3:17
 
DEVOTION
As tomorrow is Thanksgiving we should all reflect on the things we are thankful for. Giving thanks should be a daily occurrence not an annual ritual. God moves in my life in so many many ways, it’s not just the big things that count, it’s in the smallest as well. God is so good! 
 
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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

DAILY VERSE
“I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.”
Jeremiah 1:5
 
DEVOTION
God sees our entire existence, from before conception to the end of our days here on earth. He knows your triumphs and failures before you’ve accomplished them. But still he loves you and pursues you as one of his greatly loved children, not wanting you to choose the path of destruction. Be comforted that God chases after you and thankful that Christ died for you.
 
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Monday, November 25, 2013

DAILY VERSE
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ (Deut. 6:5) This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ (Lev. 19:18)
Matthew 22:37-39
 
DEVOTION
To get his point across, Jesus pulled out some old testament language the people could understand. The newer message he was conveying, which he repeated a few other times throughout the New Testament, was to act with love toward others. If you think about all of the people you come in contact with each day and approaching them with a loving attitude, you’d see how the people around you would react differently. If you could imagine a great many people doing the same, the world could be changed. Try approaching people this way today and see the reactions you will get.
 
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Friday, November 22, 2013

DAILY VERSE
The same happens to all who forget God.
The hopes of the godless evaporate.
Job 8.13
 
DEVOTION
When prosperity evaporates and mountain top experiences fade into the darkness of the valley, some misinterpret the silence and distance themselves from God. It’s important to praise God for our good fortune and to rely on Him in times of struggle. God is the source of all things, never take your focus off of Him. Hope will evaporate like water on hot asphalt if your gaze becomes focused on your troubles instead of the One who can restore you. 
 
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Thursday, November 21, 2013

DAILY VERSE
“For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
1 Corinthians 2:16
 
DEVOTION
Are you where you want to be? Are you doing the job you want to be doing? Are you making the kind of money you want to be making? God has you where you are for a reason. He has things for you to learn, he is molding you every day into the man or woman He wants you to be. He has a purpose for you and He wants you to be OK with where He has you right now. If you are measuring success by the worlds standards you are missing out on God’s great grace. 
 
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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

DAILY VERSE
And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you.
Psalm 39:7
 
DEVOTION
There are lyrics from a song we sing during worship, “Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord.” Those words have such a deep meaning. When we’re going through struggles, it’s God we should be relying on for our strength. We can be prideful as humans, thinking we can make it on our own. But the truth is, we can’t and we don’t have to. Sometimes God has a waiting period set aside for us, a time where he wants us to rely solely on him and learn to trust him. Be humble, draw strength from God, wait patiently and all things will come together for good.
 
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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

DAILY VERSE
I create the light and make the darkness. I send good times and bad times. I, the LORD, am the one who does these things.
Isaiah 45:7
 
DEVOTION
God creates both times where we prosper and times where we are tried. When our lives are prosperous we should praise God with thanksgiving and by being generous to others. When we face hard times we should not be crushed, but we should ask God what he wants us to learn. In all situations God should be praised and be at the center of our lives.
 
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