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12/11/17 God’s Word for Today: “You, O Lord, are good, and ready to forgive our trespasses, sending them away, letting them go completely and forever; and You are abundant in mercy and loving-kindness to all those who call upon You” (Psalm 86:5). When You Mess Up. The enemy’s goal is to tempt you to yield to sin. He knows that even the smallest failure can cause guilt to rise up within you. If he can lead you to stumble spiritually or morally, he can further crush you with the lie that God wants nothing more to do with you. Yet nothing could be further from the truth. The Lord hates sin because He loves you_because sin devastates your soul. However, when you confess your failings to Him and turn away from them, God embraces you with deep affection and support. The devil may want you to fall, but God can lift your soul. He will never leave you. – jrb

“Teach me, Lord God, to call out to you for help and strength rather than yield to temptation. And thank you for forgiving me when I mess up.” Amen – Via Josue and Ruth Morales

12/10/17 God’s Word for Today: “My sins, O God, are hidden from you; you know how foolish I have been. Don’t let me bring shame on those who trust in you, Sovereign Lord Almighty!” (Psalm 69:5-6). God’s Victory Over Self-Defeat. When you become aware of your potential to stray from God’s love, you may feel shocked and even disappointed. Temptations can entangle you, and sin can settle deep within your heart_preventing you from enjoying a close relationship with God. It is easy to spot the signs of spiritual compromise in your life_you justify the sin and temptation, feel that you need to rush about rather than rest in God’s presence, and give God and others a list of excuses about why your devotion is off course. Nothing is more important than your relationship with Him. In addition, when you lay aside your sin and go to Him with a heart of devotion, you will notice a difference. Your life will be marked by peace and joy. – jbr

“God, I know my tendency to self-destruct through sin and moral compromise. Please keep me from straying in my love toward you.” Amen. – Via Josue and Ruth Morales

12/09/17 God’s Word for Today: “I think about You before I go to sleep, and my thoughts turn to You during the night” (Psalm 63:6). Focused Contemplation. One of the most effective things you can do to better your life is to go to bed praising God for His goodness. Doing this lays the groundwork for gratitude, thanksgiving, and praise at morning’s light. Why is it important for you to remember God’s faithfulness? Because recalling HIs goodness motivates you to trust Him for the future. Remembering the times He has forgiven you teaches you to be honest and admit your need for Him. Realizing that He is at work in your life gives you the hope for the day to come. It is easy to forget all the wonderful things God has done. But when you focus on His goodness, it strengthens your spirit and helps you to turn to Him quickly no matter what may arise. – jbr

“Lord, help me to focus on Your unfailing love and praise you with all my might. In Your goodness and grace I will rest peacefully, for You, Lord, are my hope.” Amen – Via Josue and Ruth Morales

12/08/17 God’s Word for Today: “Show Your loving kindness by Your right hand, O You who save those who trust in You from those who rise up against them” (Psalm 17:7). Sweet Vindication. Whenever you serve God, there will be those who do not understand your devotion to Him and may even oppose what He has commanded you to do. Their heated words and antagonism may be discouraging, but be strong. Continue to do what is right_honoring the Lord. As hard as they try, no one can prevent God from fulfilling His purpose for you. In addition, when you honor Him faithfully, His loving character will shine through you. Therefore, instead of growing angry with your adversaries, pray that they will accept the freedom that God offers. Then, whether or not they decide to follow Him, you will have succeeded in doing what is right and keeping hour heart clean. That is all the vindication you really need. – jrb

God, I do pray for those who oppose Your work in the world. Help them to accept the truth of your love and help me to always honor You. Amen.– Via Josue and Ruth Morales

12/07/17 God’s Word for Today: “How long will you torture me? How long will you try to crush me with your words?” (Job 19:2). The Irritations of Life. All of us experience irritations at some time in our lives. If you tend to be irritable, then you are easily offended; you might use strong language, and you are difficult to live with. It is foolish to allow people, things or circumstances to annoy you and in this way gain control of your life. To free yourself from this danger, you must work on controlling your reaction to the things that irritate you. The irritations won’t simply go away if you say you won’t allow them to get the better of you. Rather, tune in to God and become aware of all the beautiful, pleasant things in life. Then a feeling of harmony and peace will fill your heart and thoughts. In order to overcome the petty irritations of life, it is of the utmost importance to cling to the concept of God. If your idea of God is petty and insufficient, almost every human relationship and set of circumstances will carry the seed of irritation. When your concept of God is worthy of Him, you will be able to overcome every obstacle that comes your way. Look at your life in the light of God’s eternity and greatness. You will find that nothing is so important that it will irritate you up to the point where you lose your positive concept of God and the balance in your life. – A Pathway to God’s Presence

Loving Father God, when I realize how great You are, it keeps me from allowing irritations to influence me. Amen.

“One sees great things from the valley, only small things from the peak.” – Chesterton – Via Josue and Ruth Morales

12/06/17 God’s Word for Today: “I had nearly lost confidence; my faith was almost gone because I was jealous of the proud when I saw that things go well for the wicked” (Psalm 73:2-3). It Isn’t Fair! There are times when life seems unjust, and you will have to find a way to deal with what you have experienced. People can do and say things that are reckless and cruel. However, whenever you feel ignored or rejected, you have an important choice to make: Either you can become bitter or you can become better. You can stew in your anger or move on with the knowledge of God’s personal love for you. God’s priceless comfort can soften the impact of others’ thoughtless words and deeds. So keep your eyes on Him. Listen for His voice of encouragement and be willing to forgive those who have hurt you. This is what Jesus did _ He forgave because He knew those who accused Him did not know the truth. – jbr

“God, thank you for understanding my hurts and my feelings. Help me to do the same for others when they act without reason or care.” Amen – Via Josue and Ruth Morales

12/05/17 God’s Word for Today: “I feel completely secure, because You protect me from the power of death. I have served you faithfully, and you will not abandon me” (Psalm 16:9-10). Always With You. Loneliness can strike for many reasons: loss, rejection, and separation from loved ones. Yet if you allow it to consume you, alienation, insecurity, and thoughts of unworthiness can become your private prison, one that is incredibly destructive and difficult to escape from. Friend, God wants to free you from your loneliness through His enduring presence and healing care. With Him, you never have to fear being alone, because He assures you of His unfailing love. As you grow closer to Him, He not only teaches you to have a fulfilling relationship with Himself, but with others as well, Whenever the bondage of loneliness begins to close around your heart, trust the One who will never leave you. – jrb

God, I thank You for never leaving or forsaking me. Thank You for freeing me from the bondage of loneliness and teaching me to love others as you do. Amen. – Via Josue and Ruth Morales

12/04/17 God’s Word for Today: “Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you” (Matthew 7:12). Courtesy. Courtesy is free, and it yields surprising dividends in the form of improved relationships. It creates happiness, peace, and understanding when it is sincere. It is a Christian virtue that we must diligently strive for. Unfortunately, people are often courteous or respectful only in certain circumstances. They will, for example, be considerate and kind when they try to please a loved one. Because this behavior doesn’t come naturally to them, however, they soon get tired of it and can’t keep it up. Consequently, they soon lapse back into their old ways. To be truly effective, courteousness must come from your deepest being. It mustn’t be a conscious act, but an intrinsic part of your conduct; a natural expression of your true self. If it comes naturally to you, you enrich your own life as well as those you come in contact with. “Courtesy is one of the attributes of God, who sendeth His rain on the just and on the unjust; for courtesy is the sister of charity” (St. Francis de Assisi). Cultivating a spirit of courteousness is inseparably linked to the Holy Spirit. If you are at peace with yourself, you will be able to live in peace with those around you. You find peace with yourself only when you are at peace with God. – A Pathway to God’s Presence

Holy Spirit of God, cultivate in me a spirit of courteousness toward all people because they have been created in the image of God. Amen.

“Without respect, love cannot go far or rise high: it is an angel with but one wing.” Alexander Dumas – Via Josue and Ruth Morales

12/03/17 God’s Word for Today: “I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord” ( Psalm 122:1). Worshipping Together. Why is it important to go to church_to worship and serve God with other believers? It is important because you were created for deep fellowship with God and His people. Sometimes we think that “church” is merely singing a few hymns and listening to a sermon. Although that is part of it, what’s missing is how you discover and implement God’s purpose for your life in partnership with those who will love, encourage, and equip you. It is in relationship with other believers that God helps you become all you were created to be. Church isn’t a country club for Christians, it is a living community that exists to edify its members and glorify God. Don’t avoid it! Join your brothers and sisters in Christ, and worship Him together as you were created to. – jbr

“God, I thank you for the church_for sisters and brothers to share with, learn from, relate to, and depend upon. Develop your love for the church within me.” Amen. – Via Josue and Ruth Morales

12/02/17 God’s Word for Today: “May they know that You alone_whose name is Yahweh_are the Most High over all the earth” (Psalm 83:18). There will be times when you cannot speak or defend yourself. Perhaps you are even given a chance to tell your side of the story, but it is as if the Holy Spirit has sealed your lips. He often does this so you will be still and allow Him to speak for you. Friend, if another person is bent on accusing you for something you did not do, give God the opportunity to reveal the truth. You bear His name, and when you act in obedience to Him, you can be sure He will defend you in a manner better than any you could possibly imagine. The Lord works in amazing ways and can change the course of any human plan. Be patient and trust Him, because His vindication is coming. – jbr

“God, thank You for answering my prayers. Even when I wait for You to defend me, I know that You will be faithful to reveal the whole truth.” Amen. – Via Josue and Ruth Morales

12/01/17 God’s Word for Today: “Let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works” (Hebrews 10:24). Cheering Each Other On. Encouragement! We all need it, especially in our walk of faith. The book of Hebrews tells us to keep urging each other on. “Let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together….but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching” (10:24-25). The New Testament is filled with the certainty that Christ will return soon. “The Lord is at hand” (Philippians 4:5). “The coming of the Lord is at hand” (James 5:8). “Behold, I am coming quickly” (Revelations 22:12). As we “see the Day approaching,” let’s keep cheering each other on in the faith. “Keep going! You’re almost there! The finish line is in sight.” – dmcC

Help me, Lord, to reassure and strengthen
Others by the words I speak today;
I would always try to be reaffirming,
As our pathways cross along life’s way. – Hess

“Even if you have nothing else to give, you can give encouragement.” – Via Josue and Ruth Morales

 

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