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  • Trust His Plan

    Today's Scripture
    "Your faithfulness extends to every generation, like the earth you created; it endures by your decree, for everything serves your plans..." (Psalm 119:91, TLB)

    The Scripture says that God's ways are not our ways. We think that it's just the good breaks, the promotions, and the great relationships that serve God's plan, but it's also the disappointments, the closed doors, and the people who do us wrong. Without that happening, we couldn't reach our destiny.

    You have to trust God's process. We see the negative things as hindrances, but it is all necessary to become who we are created to be. We all go through things that don't make sense, but God wouldn't have allowed it if it wasn't going to serve His plan. This is when you have to dig down deep and wait upon Him in faith.

    Just keep moving forward, doing the right thing, being faithful, serving others. God is not going to waste anything you go through. What was meant for your harm, He will turn to your advantage. You're about to come out to new levels. You're going to go places that you've never gone and see favor that you've never seen. God is doing a new thing.

    A Prayer for Today
    "Father, thank You that You are able to make all things serve me for my good, even the negative things that stress me out and seem to be holding me back. Thank You that I can stay in peace and trust the process. I believe that You are working out Your plan for my life. In Jesus' Name, Amen."
  • The Fourth Man

    Today's Scripture
    "Look!" he answered, "I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God." (Daniel 3:25, NKJV)

    When the three Hebrew teenagers were thrown into the fiery furnace because they wouldn't bow to King Nebuchadnezzar's golden idol, they were bound with cords. They should have been killed instantly, but when the king gazed into the furnace, he saw four unbound men, and one who looked like the Son of God. Here's my point: Your hands may be tied today--you've worked, prayed, believed, and done the right thing, but it seems like your dream is never going to work out. The good news is that God's hands are not tied. He's not limited by what's limiting you.

    I believe that what's restricted you in the past has lost its grip--that addiction, that sickness, that lack, the bad breaks. It's a new day. The fourth man has shown up. Like the Hebrew teenagers, you're coming out, not bound but loosed, free, whole, vindicated, promoted, with that dream you were believing for. Your hands are not tied anymore. God is releasing you into new levels of your destiny today.

    A Prayer for Today
    "Father, thank You for the birth of Your Son as a baby in Bethlehem. Thank You that I can join with the angels of heaven and give You all the praise and glory for what You've done. I come before You and bow my knees and heart and offer You my worship. In Jesus' Name, Amen."
  • Set Apart

    Today's Scripture
    "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations." (Jeremiah 1:5, NIV)

    What God said to Jeremiah, He says to each of us. You're not like everyone else. You've not only been handpicked by the Most High God, but He set you apart for His own purpose. He made you uncommon. Could it be the reason you're not seeing increase is you're being common? Perhaps you're stuck at one level because you're just fitting in, being like everyone else. There's nothing different about you.

    That's not who you are. You've been set apart. When others around you have a sour, critical attitude, you have to dig your heels in and say, "That is not the way I'm going to live. I'm going to enjoy each day and be grateful. I'm going to be good to people and expect God's favor." You may be surrounded by people who are lazy, taking the easy way out, but live by a higher standard. Don't let that keep you from your destiny. You've been set apart. You're not common. Now do your part and don't live common.

    A Prayer for Today
    "Father, thank You that You are the Most High God, and You handpicked me and set me apart for Your own purpose. Thank You for calling me to live by a higher standard and be distinct. I want my life to be uncommon and bring You praise. In Jesus' Name, Amen."
  • Press Through

    Today's Scripture
    "Ask and keep on asking and it will be given to you; seek and keep on seeking and you will find; knock and keep on knocking and the door will be opened to you." (Matthew 7:7, AMP)

    In Mark chapter five, there was a woman who had been sick for twelve years. The doctors gave her no hope. But she heard that Jesus was passing through her town. Something deep down on the inside was saying, "This is your season. This is your time to get well."

    In the natural, when she saw all the people around Him, she thought, "I'll never get to Him. It's so crowded and I'm weak." She almost missed her season. But instead of dwelling on those negative thoughts, instead of looking at her situation, she started reminding herself, "If I can just get to Jesus, I will be whole." She made the choice to turn her thoughts in the right direction and was empowered to take a leap of faith. She pressed through the crowd until she got just close enough to touch the edge of Jesus' robe. Instantly, she was made whole.

    Jesus said in Mark 5:34, "Daughter, your faith has made you well." Notice it's our faith that activates God's power. We have to press through our thoughts, press through our circumstances, press through the crowd and obstacles until we touch Him.

    Today, with every step you take, God is drawing closer to you. He'll meet your faith with His miraculous power so you can embrace the victory He has waiting for you!

    A Prayer for Today
    "Father, I come to You today with an open and humble heart. I ask You to fill me with Your strength, peace and joy so that I can press through to victory today. Show me the good plan You have for me in Jesus' Name, Amen."
  • Accept God's Plan

    Today's Scripture
    "'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'"(Jeremiah 29:11, NIV)

    No matter what may be happening today, God has good things in store for your future! It may not be easy to see now, but God has already lined up a new beginning, new friendships and new opportunities for you.

    Maybe you've experienced some setbacks, but don't make the mistake of expecting the same for your future. Instead, accept God's good plan for your life by declaring His truth. As believers, our attitude should be, "Even though the economy is down, I'm not worried. I know God is going before me, and He has promised He will make rivers in the desert." Or, "The medical report may not look good, but I have another report that says God is restoring health unto me. I believe God has already released healing, health and victory in my future." Or, you may have a child who is not on the right course. In the natural, it seems impossible. But our report should be, "I know God can do the impossible!"

    Today, be encouraged and don't give up on your tomorrows. Accept the good plan God has for you--a plan filled with hope, purpose, blessing and increase in every area of your life!

    A Prayer for Today
    "Father, thank You for giving me hope and a future. Thank You for loving me. Thank You for choosing me. Thank You for delighting in me. I invite You to renew my heart and mind to the good plans You have for me in Jesus' Name, Amen."

    -- edited by XslashX on Apr 30 2024, 04:07 PM
  • To the Next Level

    Today's Scripture
    "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." (Psalm 46:1, NKJV)

    When troubles come our way, it's easy to get frustrated. But God wouldn't allow it if it weren't going to work to your advantage. That's why you need to quit complaining and being discouraged because life dealt you a tough hand. The reason you have big challenges is that you have a big destiny.

    Average people have average problems; ordinary people have ordinary challenges. You're not average. You're a child of the Most High God. The Creator of the universe breathed His life into you. He crowned you with His favor. You're not ordinary; you're extraordinary. Don't be surprised if you face extraordinary challenges.

    God knows what He's doing. You may not like the trouble, it may not be fair, and you're uncomfortable, but that trouble is transportation. Keep believing, keep praying, keep honoring God, and then trouble will take you to the next level of your destiny. It's getting you prepared. You wouldn't be who you are today without all the things you've been through.

    A Prayer for Today
    "Father, thank You that You are the Most High God who breathed life into me. Thank You that the trouble that comes my way is transporting me to the next level of my destiny. I believe that You are preparing me for a big destiny. In Jesus' Name, Amen."
  • When You Pray

    Today's Scripture
    "Don't be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your request has been heard in heaven. I have come in answer to your prayer. But for twenty-one days the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia blocked my way." (Daniel 10:12-13, NLT)

    In the Scripture, Daniel prayed and asked God for something, but nothing happened. Day after day went by, no sign of it. Three weeks later, an angel showed up with the answer and said, "From the moment you prayed, God sent me with the answer, but there were forces in my way that stopped me." God had to send another angel to fight through the forces of darkness.

    There are blessings that have your name on them--promotion, businesses, a house, healing, a spouse, a baby, restoration--that you've been believing for. There are forces trying to hold back what you've been praying for. God is about to release what's been held up. Stay encouraged; it's on the way.

    Just imagine God breaking the way wide open through those forces that are holding it back. You're going to see what God promised. What has your name on it is on the way. All the forces of darkness cannot stop it.

    A Prayer For Today
    "Father, thank You that You are the Most High God who rules over the forces of darkness that try to hold back the blessings I am believing for. Thank You that You are breaking the way open right now. I believe You are releasing me into favor and new levels in Jesus' Name, Amen."

    -- edited by XslashX on May 02 2024, 09:32 AM
  • A Mark of Honor

    Today's Scripture
    "It is an honor for a man to cease from strife..." (Proverbs 20:3, AMPC)

    If we realized the destructive force that strife is, we would be more careful to not allow it into our relationships. It can creep into relationships by starting small, maybe through a comment or a wrong look from someone, and can then escalate into something much bigger.

    When we let our guard down and say things that are disrespectful, hurtful or demeaning, we're not just damaging our relationship, we're inviting the destructive spirit of strife into that relationship.

    But when you choose to cease from strife and overlook an offense, you are acting honorably and honoring God. How do you avoid strife?

    The Bible tells us that love covers over many offenses. Love stops strife. It means that you give people the benefit of the doubt. You consider what they may be going through instead of focusing on how they reacted to you. Maybe someone was short with you at the office, but they may have a loved one in the hospital.

    Instead of getting upset, walk in love--be patient and kind to them. Look for ways to walk in peace with the people in your life and put an end to strife!

    A Prayer for Today
    "Father, thank You for Your hand of victory in my life. Give me the wisdom and courage I need to walk away from strife so I can focus on the destiny You have prepared for me. I love You and bless You in Jesus' Name, Amen."
  • Surrounded by the Most High

    Today's Scripture
    "...Then the LORD opened the servant's eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha..." (2 Kings 6:17, NIV)

    Elisha's assistant thought they were surrounded by the enemy army until the Lord opened his eyes. Suddenly, he looked out and saw the hills full of powerful, warring angels with their horses and chariots of fire. The enemy was surrounded by our God.

    Like this man, you may be surrounded by trouble, but what you can't see with your natural eyes is that the Most High God is surrounding what's surrounding you. If God pulled back the curtain, you would see powerful angels at work on your behalf, protecting you, pushing back the forces of darkness. You would see God moving the wrong people out of the way, lining up things in your favor, arranging healings and deliverance.

    If you only focus on what you see with your physical eyes--the sickness, the addiction, the obstacle--you'll be worried and discouraged. Through eyes of faith, you need to see that every obstacle that's holding you back is surrounded by the Most High.

    A Prayer for Today
    "Father, thank You that no matter what trouble I face, I can stay in peace knowing that You are surrounding me, and You can turn every situation around and put an end to it. I declare that You are greater than any force that comes against me. In Jesus' Name, Amen."
  • Become a Miracle

    Today's Scripture
    "...Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well..." (1 Thessalonians 2:8, NIV)

    Many people are praying for a miracle. "God, please send me a friend. God, I need help with my children. I need training. God, I need a good break." We have to realize that we can become the miracle they need. God uses our lives to touch and encourage and bless others. God will bring people across our path so that we can be the answer to their prayers.

    Take time to become the miracle. You can't help everyone, but you can help someone. Be aware of who is in your life. Listen to what they're saying. Is there any way that you can help? Those are opportunities to become their miracle. God put them there on purpose. It's because you are full of miracles. There is healing in you. There is restoration, there's friendship, there are new beginnings. You can lift the fallen. You can restore the broken. You can be kind to a stranger. You can become someone's miracle.

    A Prayer for Today
    "Father, thank You that You bring people across my path so I can be the answer to their prayers. Help me to listen to what they're saying and to be available and do what I can to help. I believe that I am a miracle waiting to happen for someone. In Jesus' Name, Amen."
  • The Blessing Overrides All Else

    Today's Scripture
    And God said to Balaam, "You shall not go with them; you shall not curse the people, for they are blessed." (Numbers 22:12, NKJV)

    When the Israelites headed toward Jericho and were camped on the plains of Moab, the Moabite king saw how many Israelites there were, and he was afraid. So he hired a foreigner named Balaam to curse the people of Israel. But God told Balaam that "what I have blessed you cannot curse." Notice that when God's blessing is upon you, it doesn't matter what negative thing someone says or does to you. All that matters is that God put His blessing on you, and that blessing will always override any curse.

    When you go through disappointments, when unfair things happen, it's easy to feel that's clouded your future. Have a new perspective. What God has blessed nothing can curse. When you understand you have God's blessing on you, you won't be upset because someone's talking about you. You won't be worried about your finances or discouraged because of a setback. You know every force that's trying to stop you is powerless to change what He has put on your life.

    A Prayer for Today
    "Father, thank You for the blessing You have put on my life because I belong to You. Thank You that Your blessing will override any curse or negative thing that is said or done against me. I believe that every force that is trying to stop me is powerless before You. In Jesus' Name, Amen."
  • Grow Your Faith

    Today's Scripture
    "So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." (Romans 10:17, NKJV)

    Scripture tells us that every person has been given a measure of faith. Faith can grow and increase, or it can be diminished. Notice today's scripture doesn't say, "Faith comes by having heard the Word of God one time." It's by hearing--present tense. Sure, God's Word can transform us in an instant. But most of the time, we need to hear God's truth over and over again in order for it to become active in our lives. The more we hear the Word, the more His truth chisels away at the doubt and unbelief that's been built up over the years. His truth sets us free and causes our faith to grow!

    Just as a seed needs water daily to grow, your spirit needs the Word of God daily. Your faith needs to be watered by His Word. It can be as simple as selecting a few scriptures to meditate on daily. Write them down and carry them in your purse or wallet. Read them out loud over and over. Let His truth sink down into your heart and move you forward into the freedom and victory He has prepared for you!

    A Prayer for Today
    "Father, thank You for Your Word that is living and active and growing in my life. I submit myself to You today and ask You to teach me Your ways. Give me insight into Your Word so that I may know You in Jesus' Name, Amen."
  • What's in You?

    Today's Scripture
    His companion answered, "Your dream can mean only one thing--God has given Gideon son of Joash, the Israelite, victory over Midian and all its allies!" (Judges 7:14, NLT)

    It's significant that Gideon overheard what one of the enemy soldiers was saying about him in today's Scripture. Gideon only had three hundred men in his army to fight several armies that had united against the Israelites. It seemed impossible, but when Gideon heard that, something came alive inside. That's what convinced him to see himself as the valiant warrior that the angel had called him. He returned to camp and shouted to his men, "The Lord has given us the victory!" He knew he was well able. Even though they were greatly outnumbered, Gideon and the Israelites won the victory.

    Are you seeing yourself the right way? Sometimes the enemy knows who we are more than we know who we are. If you could hear the enemy talking about you, he'd be saying, "He or she serves the Most High God and is a valiant warrior. If they realize they are powerful, we're no match for them." You're not weak or at a disadvantage. You are a mighty hero. Have you discovered what's in you?

    A Prayer for Today
    "Father, thank You that You see what's in me and know what I am capable of. Thank You that You have equipped and empowered me to be strong where I feel weak and less than. I believe that I am well able to defeat the enemy. In Jesus' Name, Amen."
  • A Position of Power

    Today's Scripture
    "You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you." (Isaiah 26:3, ESV)

    You may have many reasons for why you get worried, upset, fearful, and not able to sleep at night, but just because it's around you doesn't mean you have to let it in. When you're at peace in your mind, that's a position of power.

    If you're going to keep the clutter out of your mind, you have to know what's your job and what's God's job. Sometimes we're frustrated because we're trying to do what only God can do. Some things we can't fix. You can't make yourself get well, make somebody do what's right, or make some doors open.

    Our part is to believe, to stay in faith, to keep our mind on God, then let Him do His part. Trust Him to work it out as well as keep you in peace, and He'll get you to where you're supposed to be.

    Empty out all the negative thoughts in your mind, and program your mind with what God says about you. A mind that is stayed on God is a powerful force.

    A Prayer for Today
    "Father, thank You that there is a place in my mind where I can stay my thoughts on You and abide in peace. Help me to unclutter my mind of all the negative thoughts that have gotten in. I will do my part to stay in faith and let You step in and do Your part. In Jesus' Name, Amen."
  • Peace, Be Still

    Today's Scripture
    "Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, 'Peace, be still!' And the wind ceased and there was a great calm." (Mark 4:39, NKJV)

    What do you do when the storms of life seem to be raging against you? One time Jesus was with His disciples in a boat out on the water when they encountered a great storm. The disciples were very afraid, but Jesus on the other hand, was fast asleep. When the disciples woke Him up to see if He could help them, Jesus got up and simply spoke to the storm, "Peace, be still!" And the seas were calm again.

    When difficult times come, you don't have to be overwhelmed by the waves of worry or fear. Just as Jesus stood up and spoke to the storm, you have power in your words, too. The Bible tells us that the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead dwells in you. That means God's miracle-working power is on the inside of you. He's given you His authority to speak peace over your home, over your mind, and over your family.

    Remember, no matter what storms may come against you, the Creator of the universe lives on the inside of you, and He'll empower you to live in victory in every area of your life!

    A Prayer for Today
    "Father in heaven, thank You for filling me with Your Holy Spirit and for giving me Your authority here on the earth. Today I declare peace over every area of my life and thank You for working things out for my good. In Jesus' Name, Amen."
  • God Bless Mothers

    Today's Scripture
    "So give your father and mother joy! May she who gave you birth be happy." (Proverbs 23:25, NLT)

    Today we celebrate Mother's Day. We honor their love, life and investment into families. Proverbs 31 talks about the woman who honors the Lord and tells us that she deserves honor. In verse 28 it says, "Her children arise and call her blessed."

    Today, we rise up and bless the mothers, but we also rise up and bless all who honor the Lord! Psalm one says that when we take delight in His laws, when we put Him first place, we open the door to His blessing in our lives.

    A Prayer Today
    "Father, today I choose to bless and honor You as I bless and honor my own mother. Thank You for the gift of family and for showing us Your nurturing nature through the heart of a mother in Jesus' Name. Amen."
  • The Full Armor of God

    Today's Scripture
    "Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand." (Ephesians 6:13, NIV)

    God never promised us that we would not have problems. In the Scripture, Jesus told His disciples that they would have trouble in this life. That goes for us as well. But God gives us His armor for protection--the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, the belt of truth, shoes of peace, the shield of faith. He gives us everything we need for victory.

    When difficult things come, things we don't understand, God uses them to develop our character. We were created to confront our fears and live in His peace. If we stand in faith, letting Him fight our battles no matter how bad things get, we will come out better than we were before.

    Many of us have been facing battles this week--battles of fear, uncertainty, and doubt. Pray to see things from God's perspective. Whatever we face, whatever comes against us, we have no reason to worry. The Most High God fights for us. We can put on His armor and live without fear. The enemy may come, but he has no power over us. He's already been defeated.

    A Prayer for Today
    "Father, thank You that You have provided me with Your armor to be able to withstand the evil days. Thank You that with Your help, I can take my stand and not be overcome by fear. I believe that as I stay in peace, You will give me everything I need for victory. In Jesus' Name, Amen."
  • Fire

    Today's Scripture
    "When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you." (Isaiah 43:2, NLT)

    California's magnificent sequoia trees can stand over three hundred feet tall and live over two thousand years. What's significant is that the sequoia cones are full of seeds that are locked up inside. Fire dries out the cones, enabling them to crack open and deposit their seeds on the forest floor. Then the seeds are able to germinate and become what they were created to be. The fire is necessary for new growth.

    In a similar way, there are seeds that are locked up in you--seeds of favor, greatness, and purpose. The only way they'll come out is through fire--the business slows, a friend walks away, the medical report isn't good. It's easy to get discouraged, but God won't allow a difficulty unless He has a purpose for it. There is potential locked up in you, gifts and talents that you won't discover without going through times of adversity when it's uncomfortable and you don't understand. The fire is a part of God's plan so you can become everything you were created to be.

    A Prayer for Today
    "Father, thank You for Your promise to be with me through life's fires. I know that You're here with me now, and I invite You into every challenging situation in my life. I believe that You are using the fire to unlock gifts and talents in my life so I can become what You created me to be. In Jesus' Name, Amen."
  • Turning Hearts

    Today's Scripture
    "The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes." (Proverbs 21:1, NKJV)

    God knows how to turn people who are against you and cause them to be for you. When God is ready to turn it around, no person can stop Him. No sickness, no addiction, and no trouble can stop Him. What God has purposed for your life will come to pass.

    He will do it when you face situations that seem permanent, when you've done all you can and the door hasn't opened, when the person hasn't changed their mind. You feel that it's too late and you've run out of options. No, get ready.

    A turnaround is coming. What God started, He's going to finish. He can change the mind of any person who is against you. You don't have to convince people. You do your part and leave the rest to God. When the supervisor isn't treating you right, keep doing the right thing and let God deal with them. He can cause them to want to be good to you. They may not like you, but they will help you fulfill your purpose.

    A Prayer for Today
    "Father, thank You that You are on the throne and You are working in even the most difficult relationships I have. Thank You that I don't have to play up to anyone to get them on my side. I believe that You are turning the hearts of those who are against me to be for me. In Jesus' Name, Amen."
  • Be Deaf to Unbelief

    Today's Scripture
    "What then? If some did not believe, their unbelief will not nullify the faithfulness of God, will it?" (Romans 3:3, NASB)

    Sometimes we're longing for a family member to believe in us and cheer us on or for a friend to encourage us, but it's just the opposite. There will be people who are close to you who don't think you can accomplish what God put in your heart.

    You have to say as Paul did, "So what if they don't believe? I love them, but I'm going to be deaf to their unbelief." These are tests we have to pass. You don't need them to believe in you. Be respectful, but be deaf to their unbelief. The quicker you get rid of it, the better you'll be. If you dwell on it, it will become a lie that infects your thinking.

    You can't play defeat in your mind and have victory. You can't think sickness and have health. You can't dwell on thoughts of lack and have abundance. The way you keep the infection out is by dwelling on what God says about you: "You are strong, talented, and valuable. Your future is bright. Your dreams are on the way."

    A Prayer for Today
    "Father, thank You that I can take control of my thought life and stop allowing negative thoughts to enter. Thank You that I can be deaf to the unbelief that comes my way from the people in my life. Help me to be respectful, but help me to get rid of any lies before they infect my thinking. In Jesus' Name, Amen."
  • Roots That Go Deep

    Today's Scripture
    "He is like a tree planted along a riverbank, with its roots reaching deep into the water--a tree not bothered by the heat nor worried by long months of drought. Its leaves stay green, and it goes right on producing all its luscious fruit." (Jeremiah 17:8, TLB)

    God says that if you trust and hope in Him, you are blessed no matter what your circumstances are. You're like a tree that is not affected by a drought. You keep on producing even in famine, you outlast the opposition, and you accomplish dreams bigger than you imagined. He has provided you with everything you need to succeed.

    The bad breaks, the people who walked away, and the unhealthy environment you may have been raised in cannot hold you back because your faith roots go deep. The illness, the child who is struggling, or the business that has slowed is not going to stop you.

    God is going to take what was meant for your harm and turn it to your advantage. It was meant to stop you, but if you keep believing, keep thanking God, and keep doing the right thing, you're going to come out with luscious fruit--stronger, healthier, better than you were before. All the forces of darkness cannot keep the greatness and the purpose God put in you from flourishing in amazing ways.

    A Prayer for Today
    "Father, thank You that every day I can live my life rooted in my relationship with You. Thank You for planting me in the streams of Your living water that all the opposition and negative circumstances cannot diminish. I look forward to the abundance You are producing in my life. In Jesus' Name, Amen."
  • Who Are You?

    Today's Scripture
    Finally they said, "Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?" (John 1:22, NIV)

    Imagine someone asking you what the Jewish priests asked John the Baptist, "Who do you say you are?" What kind of answer would you have? John's response was to quote the words of Isaiah, "I am a voice shouting in the wilderness, prepare the way for the Lord." Rather than say what he felt or what other people were saying about him, John said what God said about him. Is that how you would respond?

    Why don't you start saying what God says about you? "I'm talented. I'm successful. I'm prosperous. I'm free. I'm valuable. I'm a masterpiece." What you say about yourself is going to become a reality. What you say gives it the right to come to pass. Now quit saying negative things about yourself. "I'm so undisciplined. I'll never get out of this neighborhood. I'll never break this addiction."

    You're going to become what you believe. You don't have to feel it, you just have to believe it. If you believe it long enough, you'll not only feel it, but you'll see it.

    A Prayer for Today
    "Father, thank You that You alone have the right to define who I am because I am Yours. Thank You that You call me blessed, redeemed, forgiven, healthy, overcomer, and a masterpiece. I will call myself what You call me and become who You say I am. In Jesus' Name, Amen."
  • Victory Starts in Your Thinking

    Today's Scripture
    "Every woman will ask for jewels, silver, gold, and the finest of clothes from her Egyptian master's wife and neighbors. You will clothe your sons and daughters with the best of Egypt!" (Exodus 3:22, TLB)

    After 430 years of Israelite slavery in Egypt, you can imagine how they had become comfortable being victims. It's all they'd known, generation after generation. When God delivered the Israelites, He caused their oppressors to give them gold, silver, and fine clothing as payback. But why did He tell the parents to dress their sons and daughters in the jewelry and fine clothing when they were about to go into the desert? It's because God wanted the children to stop seeing themselves as poor, limited victims. They had to see themselves as victors to enter the Promised Land.

    Victory starts in your thinking. As long as you think you're a victim, it's going to limit your destiny. You won't pray bold prayers, you won't believe for big dreams, and you won't expect God's favor. No matter what's happened in your past, no matter the dysfunction, abuse, lack, or struggle, shift your thinking. See yourself differently. No more of the victim who never gets a break. Put on those new clothes, so to speak. You are a victor.

    A Prayer for Today
    "Father, thank You that You didn't create me to be enslaved as a victim to anything. Thank You that You are freeing me from what I cannot free myself and dressing me in the clothing of a victor. I believe that You are restoring me to wholeness and bringing me out better than ever. In Jesus' Name, Amen."
  • The Light in You

    Today's Scripture
    "The eye is the lamp of the body. So if your eye is sound, your entire body will be full of light. But if your eye is unsound, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the very light in you [your conscience] is darkened, how dense is that darkness!" (Matthew 6:22�23, AMPC)

    Jesus says that the lamp of the body is the eye. Your "spiritual eye" is your conscience. He adds that if the eye is clear, if your conscience is clear, life is good. You're going to be happy, filled with light. You will have a positive vision and will enjoy God's blessings. But many people are living with a heaviness, a darkness, hanging over their lives. They have some nagging feeling, something's always bothering them. They're not happy. The problem is they don't have a clear conscience. They've ignored the warnings for too long.

    When we're not doing what we know we should be doing in certain areas, our lives get darkened and heavy. Maybe God is dealing with you about having a better attitude, about something you've said, about spending more time with your children, about eating healthier, or about what you watch and listen to. Whatever it is, make a decision that you're going to pay more attention to your conscience and that you are going to be quick to obey. When our conscience is clear, condemnation flees and light fills us.

    A Prayer for Today
    "Father, thank You that because of Jesus, my conscience can be clear and my life can be full of light. Search my heart and show me where there is any lingering darkness, any area where I need to change. Help me to keep my spiritual eyes sound and live free from condemnation. In Jesus' Name, Amen."
  • What Do You Have?

    Today's Scripture
    Jesus replied, "They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat." "We have here only five loaves and two fish," they answered.
    (Matthew 14:16�17, NIV)

    Late in the day, after Jesus had been teaching thousands of people, He told His disciples to feed the multitude. They said, "That's impossible. We have no food except five loaves of bread and two fish." What followed the "except" was all they needed. Jesus took that tiny provision in His hands, prayed over it, and it multiplied to be more than enough.

    Your dream may be much bigger than what you have. When you look at your resources, your training, your experience, it's not enough. It's just five loaves. What good can that do?

    No, get ready. God is going to multiply what comes after your "except." There are gifts you haven't tapped into and new levels inside you. He's about to make happen what you can't make happen. Doors will open that you can't open. Opportunities that you aren't qualified for will present themselves. Put what you have in God's hands, and He's going to take what looks insignificant and turn it into something extraordinary.

    A Prayer for Today
    "Father, thank You that I can give You my dreams and goals, and You will do something great with them. Thank You that You take the loaves and the fish in my life and multiply them into something extraordinary. I gladly put my gifts and resources in Your hands today. In Jesus' Name, Amen."
  • The Gracious Hand of God

    Today's Scripture
    "And because the gracious hand of my God was on me, the king granted my requests." (Nehemiah 2:8, NIV)

    Nehemiah was a cupbearer to the Persian king, Artaxerxes, when he prayed a bold prayer that the king be favorable to help him restore the broken-down walls of Jerusalem. Even though there was no reason why the king would help, when Nehemiah went to the king, the first thing the king said was, "How can I help you?" When God puts a big dream in your heart, He's already lined up the right people to help you. Not only that, but the king agreed to provide the timbers, building supplies, and a military escort to keep him safe on the thousand-mile journey.

    Nehemiah would tell you, "When you're facing a big obstacle that looks impossible, thoughts will tell you that it will never work out. But the right people will be there to help you, the funds will show up, the good breaks will come. You have an advantage. The gracious hand of God is on your life." There is favor on your life that will cause you to do what you could never do on your own.

    A Prayer for Today
    "Father, thank You for the dreams You put in my heart. Thank You that You have the right people and everything I need ready at the right time and place. I declare that Your gracious hand of favor is helping to take me to new levels. In Jesus' Name, Amen."
  • Reconnect

    Today's Scripture
    "But You are holy, enthroned in the praises of Israel." (Psalm 22:3, NKJV)

    When we face situations for which there's no logical solution, it's easy to live worried. That voice starts playing in our head, "What are you going to do? What if it doesn't work out?" Our answer should be, "I don't know what to do, but I know the One who does." We know we don't have to make everything happen in our own strength. We don't have to have it all figured out or even lose sleep. We know God is on the throne. We know He's fighting our battles.

    When we worry, and our mind is going in circles, we've lost our connection to our source of strength. You have to reconnect to God. Today's Scripture says that when you give God praise, you're putting Him on the throne. Life is too short for you to live worried, overwhelmed by problems, upset because somebody hurt you. Take that off the throne and put God back on the throne. Quit dwelling on the negative and start praising. God inhabits your praises.

    A Prayer for Today
    "Father, thank You that You are in control of all the situations in my life, and You are fighting my battles. Thank You that You are enthroned in my heart upon my praises. I choose to stop dwelling on thoughts that trap me in negativity, and I will keep praising You. In Jesus' Name, Amen."
  • Hidden

    Today's Scripture
    "They passed the first and second guards and came to the iron gate leading to the city. It opened for them by itself, and they went through it. When they had walked the length of one street, suddenly the angel left him." (Acts 12:10, NIV)

    Peter was arrested for sharing his faith and put in prison. King Herod ordered sixteen soldiers to guard him and had him chained between two soldiers in his cell. The night before Peter was to go on trial and likely be executed, an angel appeared, woke Peter up, and suddenly Peter's chains fell off. The angel said, "Come with me." The prison doors opened of their own accord. They walked past one set of guards, then a second set, who were diligently watching, and yet none of them saw Peter.

    God didn't say you would never have problems, but He promised that when trouble comes He will hide you. He won't let the circumstances stop your purpose. He has angels watching over you right now, protecting you. He knows how to open doors that you can't open, how to get you out of problems that look impossible, how to blind the eyes of those who are trying to hold you back. You may not see a way out, but God can make the chains fall off.

    A Prayer for Today
    "Father, thank You that You supernaturally open doors and make things happen that I can't make happen and don't deserve. Thank You that I can stay in peace in difficult times, knowing that at any moment You can turn things around. Whether You do it gradually or suddenly, I will rest in You. In Jesus' Name, Amen."
  • Great Faith

    Today's Scripture
    When Jesus heard this, he marveled and said to those who followed him, "Truly, I tell you, with no one in Israel have I found such faith." (Matthew 8:10, ESV)

    In today's Scripture, a Roman officer came to Jesus and asked Him to heal his dying servant. But rather than have Jesus come to his house, the officer said, "Just speak the word, and I know my servant will be healed." No one had ever so believed in the power and authority of Jesus to heal, and it caused Jesus to marvel. This officer wasn't Jewish or even a follower of Christ, yet he had more faith than the disciples. Having great faith is not about being a religious scholar or how long you pray. It's about a faith that takes the limits off God.

    Let's be people who cause God to marvel over our faith and not over our doubt. Let's be people who dare to believe and ask bigger, who dare to do something that causes God to be amazed. Whatever level your faith is at, it's time to step it up and believe bigger. God is doing a new thing, but it's not going to happen with a comfortable or average faith. God is looking for great faith.

    A Prayer for Today
    "Father, thank You for being the God who only needs to speak the word and miracles happen, situations turn around, and lives are changed. Help me to believe and ask bigger. I want to be one of the ones who always believes that You can do the impossible. In Jesus' Name, Amen."
  • Awesome Power

    Today's Scripture
    "Before all your people I will do wonders never before done in any nation in all the world. The people you live among will see how awesome is the work that I, the LORD, will do for you." (Exodus 34:10, NIV)

    When you believe that God wants to show out in your life, you have the boldness to ask Him to display His awesome power through you. It's good to read about His power, to talk about it, to remember it, but God wants you to experience it. God says He is about to display awesome power through you. "Awesome" means it's not going to be ordinary or natural, but supernatural. He's going to do something unprecedented, something that makes you stand out, something where there's no explanation for it but God's power.

    God will make you an example of His goodness to show those around you that He is God. People are going to see His favor--the healing, the protection, the promotion, the abundance. Not only are you going to be amazed, but they're going to be amazed. God is not going to do it in secret. He's going to make a public display of His power through you.

    A Prayer for Today
    "Father, thank You that You want to do great things in my life so You will be glorified as the God who is awesome in power. Thank You that others are going to see Your favor on me and know that You are with me. I believe that I am going to be amazed. In Jesus' Name, Amen."

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