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6/30/2015 2:20:26 AM

TODAY'S VERSE You will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. Colossians 1:11 (NLT)

TODAY'S THOUGHT Most things in life are achieved through perseverance. Without it we cannot mature. Learning, growth, achievement, worthwhile goals in life is all achieved through a process. Without perseverance we will not finish the journey we set out on. So Paul prays. He prays for the church that they would be strengthened with God's glorious power. His power enables us to hang in there. The Holy Spirit comforts and empowers us to endure, to be patient, to wait. One step after another, one day at a time God helps us persevere. The joy is not in the goal as much as it is the journey. Today, tap into the power God has available for you. Come to Him; ask Him to make you aware of His presence. In the power of His presence you will find all the endurance and patience you need.

TODAY'S PRAYER Father, I cannot persevere without You. I need the strength that comes from Your glorious power. Today make me keenly aware of Your presence and give me all the endurance and patience I need. AMEN



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6/29/2015 2:23:46 AM

TODAY'S VERSE You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God's word. Hebrews 5:12 (NLT)

TODAY'S THOUGHT Maturity is not a given; rather, it is something we must strive for. Have you ever seen an adult act like a child? It is uncomfortable to watch. It is unnatural. Yet most of us have some area that we need to "grow up" in. We may be mature when it comes to handling sadness but are immature with our anger. It could be fear that causes us to revert to childlike behavior. In today's verse, the author of Hebrews challenges us to mature spiritually. He writes, "You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food. For someone who lives on milk is still an infant and doesn't know how to do what is right. Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong." We don't mature in Christ by accident. We must ingest the solid food of God's word. Through meditating on it and praying over it, God helps us mature into the person He has called us to be. We may be old in the Lord but are we mature? Today commit your life to spiritual growth.

TODAY'S PRAYER Dear Father, I am Your child. Help me mature into the person You have created me to be. AMEN



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6/26/2015 5:34:58 AM

TODAY'S VERSE You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Isaiah 26:3 (NLT)

TODAY'S THOUGHT Our life can get so crazy. All we want is peace, but so often what we strive for is escape. Escape is not peace. Whether it is escape through workaholism, hyper activity or adrenaline filled activity, it does not bring us lasting peace. Being numb is not peace. Numbing our mind through drinking, doing drugs, watching endless television, playing video games or fantasy does not result in the peace our hearts desire. Rather Paul tells us that trust does. Trusting in something reliable that is larger than our situation allows us to calm down and regain our composure. The check that comes in the mail that covers our bills. The Doctor's report that says everything is okay. But for that deep peace that passes all our understanding it comes from trusting in God. It is a trust that comes from knowing Him, from keeping our mind fixed on Him. Today, begin to know God. Look for Him in the scriptures. Talk to Him; seek Him with all your heart. As you do, you will find your heart full of the peace that passes all our understanding.

TODAY'S PRAYER Dear Father, I want to know You more. I want to fix my thoughts on You so I can enjoy the peace that comes from trusting in You. Help me I pray. AMEN



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6/25/2015 1:57:31 AM

TODAY'S VERSE Since he himself has gone through suffering and testing, he is able to help us when we are being tested. Hebrews 2:18 (NLT)

TODAY'S THOUGHT We are human. Trials, temptations and tribulations are part of our journey. But we also know Jesus. It was God's plan from the beginning that He would create human beings with our propensity for sin and struggles and at the same time endow us with His grace. Paul writes, "I have discovered this principle of life-that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. I love God's law with all my heart. But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord." Jesus is the answer to our sinful dilemma. The author of Hebrews states why this is true. He writes, "This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most." What is it that has you down today? What sins are you struggling with? What negative feelings are you harboring about yourself? Today, bring them to Jesus. He is there. He loves you. He will help.

TODAY'S PRAYER Dear gracious Jesus. Thank You for Your grace. Thank You for Your love. I come boldly to You today for Your help. I repent of my sinfulness and ask for Your intervention. Be merciful to me I pray. AMEN



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6/24/2015 5:52:14 AM

TODAY'S VERSE I cry out to God Most High, to God who will fulfill his purpose for me. Psalms 57:2 (NLT)

TODAY'S THOUGHT Do you know you have a God created purpose? What do you know about it? Can you answer the question, "Why am I here?" The Bible makes it clear that God was personally involved in your creation and had a purpose for you in mind. Paul wrote, "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." God created you for His glory. Your life was created to bring glory to God by being a disciple of Jesus Christ. We are commanded to love God with all our heart, mind and soul. We are commanded to love others in the same way that we love ourself. And here is the good news; it is God's purpose. It is God's power that will produce His purpose in and through you. So today, give your life to God. Choose to follow Him. Give your life to Christ so He can live His purpose in you.

TODAY'S PRAYER Dear Lord Jesus, I am Your disciple. Help me live for You. Today I give my life to You, please live out Your purpose in me. AMEN



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