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*What’s Happening with Craig Kirk Tyndall Today

Craig Kirk Tyndall

JUNE 14

Today’s Scripture

            “…the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force.”  (Matthew 11:12, ESV)

God Wants You To Go For It!

            It’s time to be aggressive and energetic when it comes to letting go of the past and pressing forward to the abundant life God has in store. You can’t sit around in self-pity and think about what you lost, who hurt you, and how unfair it was. It’s time to develop a warrior mentality and boldly go after your victory! A warrior doesn’t complain about opposition; a warrior loves a good fight. It’s time to proactively pursue the happiness, health, and peace that is promised in God’s Word. God told Joshua to cross over the Jordan and go in and possess the land. Notice that the word “possess” implies action. It means to drive out the previous tenants. It’s time to quit dwelling on past mistakes and failures and determine to never look back! As you set your focus on the Word of God and His promises, you’ll discover victory rising in every area of your life—you’ll discover the champion in you!

A Prayer for Today

            “God, I want to live the victorious life you intended for me. I know I am not perfect, but help me to focus on the future, not my past mistakes, and grant me the courage to pursue the happiness, health, and peace that you promised for me. In Jesus’ name – Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen


JUNE 13

Today’s Scripture

            “They saw the works of the Lord, his wonderful deeds in the deep.”  (Psalm 107:24, NIV)

When You’re in Deep

            The Scripture says, “They that go down to the sea and do business in deep waters. They will see the wonders of God” (Psalm 107). Friend, you and I were created to do business in deep waters. In other words, we’re not supposed to have little dreams or little plans. We are supposed to have big dreams. We are supposed to go out into the deep things God has for us.

            But understand, when you’re out there in the deep waters, you can’t touch the bottom. You can’t see the shoreline, and at times, it can get a little rocky. You may not always see how things are going to work out. But the Scripture tells us that deep calls to deep. In other words, God is the One who has called you to the deep waters. He is with you, and He knows there are deep things inside you. Remember, in deep waters, you are not alone. God is with you, and He’s causing those deep things that are inside you to come forth.

            If you feel like you are out in the deep today, if you feel overwhelmed, remember, you are in the right place and God is with you. You will see His wonderful deeds in the deep, and you will fulfill the plan He has in store for you.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father in heaven, I surrender every area of my life to You. I hunger for every single thing You have in store for me. I choose to trust You out in the deep waters knowing that You have good things in store for me,  In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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His Call Gospel Singers (Craig & Debby Tyndall) are honored to be singing for the Lord today at:

ATHENS’ PLACE (Athens TN), His Call Gospel Singers, 3pm


JUNE 12

Today’s Scripture

            “When darkness overtakes him, light will come bursting in.”  (Psalm 112:4, TLB)

Light in the Darkness

            Everyone goes through night seasons of difficulty or times when things just seem dark. During these challenging times, know that you are not alone. God has a plan to drive out the darkness—He will flood you with His light! Notice that in today’s verse it doesn’t say, “The light will come trickling in.” No, it says that the light will come bursting in! It’s going to happen suddenly, unexpectedly; you won’t see it coming. You woke up, and it was still dark. Nothing had changed, but suddenly you get the break you need, your health turns around, you meet the right person. The light comes bursting in.

            If you’ve been going through a night season, get ready for the goodness of God in a new way. Know that His light is about to come bursting in! Get ready for breakthroughs. Get ready for promotion. Get ready for restoration. You may have had that problem for a long, long time, but today could be the day that it turns around. Suddenly, things can change! God wants His glory to be seen on you. He wants you to stand out in the crowd. He wants you to be so blessed that everyone around you can see His goodness on you! So keep standing, keep believing, keep hoping and keep declaring His Word because His light is going to come bursting in!

A Prayer for Today

            “Heavenly Father, thank You for Your light that drives out every trace of darkness! I choose to expect Your goodness. I choose to focus on Your faithfulness. I trust that You are working behind the scenes, and I expect that You will turn things around for my good. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen


JUNE 11

Today’s Scripture

            “Let the saints be joyful in glory; let them sing aloud on their beds.”  (Psalm 149:5, NKJV)

 How to Start the Day

            As you woke up this morning, what was the first thing that went through your mind? Did you wake up with a song of praise on your lips?

            When we start the day in worship, we start the day connected to Almighty God. When we live a lifestyle of praise, it shows that our faith is constantly in Him. We make glorifying God a priority. It’s not secondary, “Oh, if I have time.” No, you’re always talking about God’s goodness. You’re constantly telling your friends how God has blessed you. In your car, you’re singing songs of praise. At the office, under your breath, you’re thanking God for His favor. You get up in the morning and say, “God, I love You today. I praise You today. Thank You for another beautiful day.” Then, when you go to bed at night, you bless Him for His faithfulness!

            Friend, when you have the high praises of God coming out of your mouth, the Scripture says Almighty God will go to war against your enemies. Praise precedes the victory, so start the day right and live a lifestyle of praise!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You for Your good and precious promises to me! I choose to receive Your goodness by faith and sing a song of praise to You. I commit the day to You and make praising You a priority. Thank You for working on my behalf.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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His Call Gospel Singers (Craig & Debby Tyndall) are honored to be singing for the Lord today at:

LIFE CARE CENTER OF REDBANK (Redbank TN), His Call Gospel Singers, 2pm


JUNE 10

Today’s Scripture

            “Where there is no guidance the people fall, but in abundance of counselors there is victory.”  (Proverbs 11:14, NASB)

Safety in Numbers

            Are you facing an important decision today? God wants to give you the answer. He wants to direct your steps. Many times, He will speak to us through the people He has placed in our lives. That’s why the Bible says that safety is found in a multitude of counselors.

            God designed us to live in families, communities, and congregations. We should always stay open and be willing to take advice. But after you’ve prayed about something and looked at all the options, be bold enough to make a decision that is right for you. If you’re trying to please everybody else by doing things you don’t really want to do, you will be cheating yourself. You can run yourself in circles trying to be something that you’re not, and you’ll run the risk of missing out on God’s best for your own life.

            Make sure the people who are giving you advice have earned your respect as a source of wisdom. Then you need to follow your own heart in light of God’s Word and do what you feel is right and good for you.

A Prayer for Today

            “Heavenly Father, thank You for the people You have placed in my life as wise counsel. Help me understand Your truth so that I can make godly choices. Keep me close to You always and lead me in the way everlasting. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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His Call Gospel Singers (Craig & Debby Tyndall) are honored to be singing for the Lord today at:

LIFE CARE CENTER OF HIXSON (Hixson TN), 5798 Hixson Home Place, His Call Gospel Singers, 10:30am

LIFE CARE CENTER OF COLLEGEDALE (Collegedale TN), 9210 Apison Pike, His Call Gospel Singers, 3pm


JUNE 7

The Revelation of God

            “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning”.  (John 1:1-2, NIV)

            John’s choice of wording in the Greek language is significant. His Greek for “Word,” which he emphasized by repeating three times in the first verse, is logos, the outward expression of the mind and will that rules the universe.

            As we meditate on John’s words, we realize that the Logos who was in the beginning with God is a living Person . . . but He is more. He is the living expression of what is on God’s mind. But He is more. He is the living expression of what is on God’s heart. But He is even more. He is the very heart of the Almighty God of the universe laid bare for all to see!

            Do you want to know what is on the mind of God? Then look at Jesus! Do you want to know the will of God? Then look at Jesus! Do you want to know what is in the heart of God? Then look at Jesus! He is the exact revelation of God!

By Anne Graham Lotz

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Today’s Scripture

            “Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?”  (Matthew 6:27, NKJV)

Refuse To Worry!

            Worrying gives the devil the opportunity to move, just like worship gives God the opportunity to move. Worrying means to play the enemy’s lies in your mind over and over again. God promises in Isaiah 26:3 that He will keep us in perfect peace when we keep our minds stayed on Him. Pay attention to what is playing in your mind. When you dwell on negative thoughts, you’re not going to have peace. You have to change what you’re dwelling on. So when the opportunity to worry comes, use it as a reminder to worship the Lord and thank Him for His good and precious promises! Cast all of your cares on the Lord because He cares for you!

A Prayer for Today

            “God, I am weary from worrying. Please help me to stop the soundtrack of needless worry that plays over and over again in my head. I want to place my fears and concerns in Your hands and live in peace knowing that You will fulfill all of Your precious promises to me.  In Jesus’ name – Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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His Call Gospel Singers (Craig & Debby Tyndall) are honored to be singing for the Lord today at:

WOODLAND HEALTH CARE & REHAB, 8249 Standifer Gap Rd. His Call Gospel Singers, 2:30pm

 

SATURDAY – JUNE 8

SIGNATURE HEALTHCARE OF CLEVELAND (Cleveland TN), 2750 Executive Park Dr NW, His Call Gospel Singers, 2-3pm

 

SUNDAY – JUNE 9

BETHEL BAPTIST CHURCH (Cleveland TN), 2514 Old Chattanooga Pike, His Call Gospel Singers, 10am


JUNE 6

Today’s Scripture

     “The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree…”  (Psalm 92:12, NKJV)

Nothing Can Hold You Back

     Have you ever seen a palm tree in the midst of a great storm? Unlike most other trees, the palm tree is able to bend so it will not break. A certain kind of palm can bend over until the top is almost touching the ground, but when the wind finally stops, it bounces right back up. What’s interesting is that while that palm tree is bent over under the pressure of the damaging winds, it’s being pushed and stretched, strengthening the root system and giving it new opportunities for growth.

     The reason God said we’d flourish like a palm tree is because He knew there would be difficult times. He knew things would come against us to try to steal our joy and victory. God said, “You’re going to be like a palm tree because after the storms of life blow, you’re going to be stronger, healthier, wiser, better off, and ready for new growth.” God never brings you out the same. He makes the enemy pay for bringing the times of darkness and trouble. What’s meant for your harm He’s going to use to your advantage. It’s not going to break you; it’s going to strengthen you. You’re not only going to still be standing; you’re going to be standing stronger.

A Prayer for Today

     “Father in heaven, thank You for making me strong in You. I trust that You are working in my life, even in the midst of the storms. I know You will bring me out stronger, wiser and better off than ever before in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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His Call Gospel Singers (Craig & Debby Tyndall) are honored to be singing for the Lord today at:

GOOD SAMARITAN SOCIETY (Crossville TN), His Call Gospel Singers, 1:30pm CST


JUNE 5

Today’s Scripture

            “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.”  (Psalm 37:23, KJV)

Right This Way!

            The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord! Many people find it difficult to see themselves as “good” in the eyes of God, but did you know that in the original Greek, this word means “strong like a warrior”? In other words, when you stand strong, when you are willing to fight the good fight of faith, you are giving God something to work with. He is ordering your steps. He’s making a way when there seems to be no way. He’s clearing a path for you, and He is delighting in you. That means He is pleased with your attitude of courage. He is pleased that you are taking a stand for what is right. He is pleased that you are putting Him first place and relying completely on Him. Remember, God loves your passion for Him. He loves it when you come boldly to His throne of grace. He is honored when you stand and fight the good fight of faith. If you are facing difficulty today, know that God wants to lift you up and give you His strength. Receive it by faith today. Dig your heels in knowing that He is ordering your steps; and when God is leading you, He’s always leading you in the path of victory!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You for giving me Your supernatural joy and strength. I choose to stand strong in You no matter what is going on around me. I choose Your ways and thank You for ordering my steps. I bless You and praise You for Your goodness and faithfulness.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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His Call Gospel Singers (Craig & Debby Tyndall) are honored to be singing for the Lord today at:

MORNINGSIDE ASSISTED LIVING (Cleveland TN), 2900 Westside Drive, His Call Gospel Singers, 2pm

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JUNE 4

Today’s Scripture

            “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”  (John 15:7, NIV)

Remain

            In life we all have ups and downs. There are seasons that are more difficult than others, seasons of testing, trials, and temptation where our character is being developed and our faith in God is being strengthened. Sometimes it can feel like you are taking two steps forward and then three steps backward. But if we’re not careful, we’ll start thinking that life is always going to be this way. Even in the strong seasons, you’ll start looking for things to go wrong.

            If you are controlled by your circumstances, if you’re up when things are up and down when things don’t go your way, life is going to be a roller coaster. God’s plan is for you to be stable, consistent, not moved by any of these things. Jesus said, “I am the vine. You are the branches. If you abide in Me, you will bear much fruit and your fruit will remain.” The word “remain” means “to be fixed, immovable, not affected by circumstances.” If you will just keep abiding in Him, just keep meditating on His Word, He’ll bring you through. He’ll make you strong; He’ll keep you stable, and you’ll keep moving forward into the life of blessing He has prepared for you!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, today I set my heart and mind on You knowing that You are good and faithful. I trust that as I seek You and put You first, You will direct my steps. I choose to remain in You and follow Your leading in everything I do.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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His Call Gospel Singers (Craig & Debby Tyndall) are honored to be singing for the Lord today at:

HEALTH CENTER AT STANDIFER PLACE (Chattanooga TN),  His Call Gospel Singers, 2pm


JUNE 3

Today’s Scripture

            “A good mans leaves an inheritance [of moral stability and goodness] to his children’s children, and the wealth of the sinner [finds its way eventually] into the hands of the righteous, for whom it was laid up.”  (Proverbs 13:22, AMPC)

He Brings Treasures to the Righteous

            Did you know there are resources and blessings laid up for the righteous? There are funds that will eventually be transferred over into the hands of the people who will use them for God’s purposes. In the Scripture, God is called “the Lord of the Sabbath.” That means He is “the God who puts His armor on and goes to war against those who hold His treasure from His purposes.” Just imagine God getting His armor on and going into the forces of darkness and saying, “Okay, I’ll take those funds. I need them for My children. I’ll take these businesses, these ideas, these contracts. They have My children’s names on them.” Friends, God is fighting your battles for you. He has immeasurable favor that He is going to transfer into the hands of the righteous. The key is to make sure you’re in the righteous group. Make sure you are honoring God with your life and keeping your heart pure. Let go of any weights or any sins that are holding you back. As long as you stay in faith and live righteously before Him, God has promised abundance.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father God, thank You for fighting my battles. Help me to keep my heart pure so that I honor you with my life.  In Jesus’ name. Amen!”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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MAY 31

Today’s Scripture

            “But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead…”  (Philippians 3:13, NIV)

Failure Is Not Final

            Are you down on yourself today because of past mistakes you’ve made or because you’re not where you want to be in life? God knows every poor choice, every difficulty, every wrong turn you may have made, and He’s already planned your comeback! In Scripture, the prophet Jonah took a detour, so to speak. It took him a little bit longer, but because he called out to God, because he believed, God not only rescued him, but God got him to his final destination.

            Friend, know today that failure is not final. God always has the final say. Mistakes don’t have to keep you from your destiny. God’s plan can override every setback. Your world may be in turmoil today in a relationship, in your finances or health. But know this: not only will God rescue you, He will set your feet on a rock and lead you to your final destination in life. Remember, the promise He placed on the inside of you didn’t go away because you had some personal failures. No, that failure is only temporary, but His Word remains forever! Keep hoping, keep believing because He will move you into the blessing and victory He has prepared for you!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father God, thank You for Your hand of victory and blessing that is on my life. Today, I shake off the past, I shake off failure, I shake off poor choices and trust that You are restoring me and leading me into the plan You have for me.  In Jesus’ name. Amen!”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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Teens Of Today Are Parents Of Tomorrow

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

            Q: I constantly argue with my parents even though I love them. I just want to be left alone to make my own decisions. Why do my parents say they know what I am thinking? — Y.D.

            A: Young people seldom give thought to the fact that parents were once teenagers themselves. Many of the same things that trouble the youth of today also plagued parents when they were growing up. Parents have also lived longer than their children and have experienced much that life has to offer, and it is not all good! They see the dangers and pitfalls. It is primarily because of their love and concern that they anticipate what might be on the minds of their children. This leads them to give a word of caution and children should respect the voices of experience.

            Parents who love and care for their children want the very best for them, but often their wisdom is ignored. The Bible gives instruction to young people concerning their parents. “A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is the grief of his mother” (Proverbs 10:1). “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right” (Ephesians 6:1). One is never too young to seek wisdom and when parents see children growing up wisely, it brings great joy.

            The teenagers of today will be the parents of tomorrow. In not too many years, the very same young people who lament that their parents invade their privacy will likely deal with worse when they have their own children.

            There are many stories about how young people have emerged as peacemakers in their families. How wonderful it is when children are part of making a happy home. Amazing things can happen when the family bands together and stands strong together.

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His Call Gospel Singers (Craig & Debby Tyndall) are honored to be singing for the Lord today at:

BIG SPRINGS PLACE (Cedartown GA), 131 Melissa Lane, His Call Gospel Singers, 3:30pm

BROOKDALE ROME (Rome GA), 180 Woodrow Wilson Way, His Call Gospel Singers, 2pm

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MAY 30

Today’s Scripture

            “Careful planning puts you ahead in the long run; hurry and scurry puts you further behind.”  (Proverbs 21:5, MSG)

Be Proactive in Sharing God’s Love

            Are you kind and considerate to people? Do you walk in love and prefer others above yourself? This passage tells us to be proactive! Notice the word “aim” and “seek.” You must be on the lookout to share God’s mercy and kindness and be good to all people. Moreover, we need to be kind to people even when they don’t deserve it. We need to walk in love and be courteous even when somebody is unkind to us.

            The way you treat others has a great impact on how much of the blessings and favor of God you’re going to experience. Aim for kindness and seek to do good. As you do, God will reward your efforts and pour out His abundant blessing on you. As you extend God’s mercy to all those around you, you will discover the champion in you!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father in heaven, thank You for Your goodness in my life. I choose to focus on You today no matter what my circumstances may look like. Give me Your peace as I keep my mind stayed on You.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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His Call Gospel Singers (Craig & Debby Tyndall) are honored to be singing for the Lord today at:

SIGNATURE HEALTHCARE OF CLEVELAND (Cleveland TN), 2750 Executive Park Dr NW, His Call Gospel Singers, 2-3pm

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MAY 29

Today’s Scripture

            “Careful planning puts you ahead in the long run; hurry and scurry puts you further behind.”  (Proverbs 21:5, MSG)

The Way To Get Ahead

            It’s amazing how taking a few minutes at the start of each day to plan and set your thoughts in the right direction can help you get ahead and empower you to accomplish so much more. But too often, people get so caught up in the activity of life that they tend to just “go with the flow” instead. I’m not saying we shouldn’t be flexible, but when it comes to your life, you should be the one setting the flow. Of course, unexpected things happen. Our days won’t always go according to plan, but if you’ll take time each day to set your heart and mind in the right direction, you’ll be equipped for whatever comes your way!

            Today I encourage you to make plans to start your day right and set your thoughts in the right direction. Say something such as “This is going to be a great day. God is guiding and directing my steps. His favor is surrounding me.” Put God first place. Let Him guide you and order your steps. Even if it’s just five minutes a day, make spending time with Him a habit. Plan your day with Him because careful planning is the way to get ahead.

A Prayer for Today

            “God, my plate is full. I spend much of my time running, serving, doing. Remind me that it is OK to slow down and enjoy a quiet moment with You. Refresh my spirit and help me to live a balanced life with You at the top of my To-Do list. In Jesus’ name – Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen


MAY 28

Today’s Scripture

            “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” (Hebrews 12:1, NIV)

Somebody’s Rooting For You

            I grew up playing sports, and I’ve experienced the difference it makes to have somebody in the stands cheering for you. When you know they’re watching you, you hear them calling your name, you see their hands up in the air, it does something on the inside. It causes you to jump a little higher and run a little faster. You’ve got a greater determination because you know somebody is rooting for you.

            Today, you have a great multitude in heaven cheering you on! They’re saying, “You can do it! You’re a winner! You are well able, strong and equipped. No weapon formed against you will prosper!”

            No matter what difficulty you may be facing, you always have the home-field advantage. You are always surrounded by the voice of victory. Let that sink down deep into your heart today. Let it build confidence in you and give you the strength you need to keep moving forward into the abundant, victorious life He has prepared for you!

A Prayer for Today

            “Heavenly Father, today I am releasing every negative thing that has happened to me. I’m forgiving every person who has hurt me. I’m forgiving myself for mistakes I’ve made and releasing every disappointment so that I can live in Your peace and victory. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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His Call Gospel Singers (Craig & Debby Tyndall) are honored to be singing for the Lord today at:

DOMINION (Crossville TN), 887 Woodlawn Rd, His Call Gospel Singers, 2pm CST

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MAY 27

Living A Christian Life Is A Tough Battle

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

            Q: I am an army captain and have been told there are examples in the Bible about being a good soldier and that Christians are called to be good soldiers, but that seems to contradict Christians showing love and compassion. What can be learned from the Bible about being a good soldier? — A.C.

            A: Memorial Day is a time to remember those who have served in the armed forces and sacrificed to protect American citizens — this is a tremendous example of love for one another. Just because soldiers fight a nation’s enemies does not mean that they do not do so in love for their fellow citizens they swear to protect.

            Likewise, Christians are called on to be good and faithful soldiers in the Army of God. The word army simply means to organize a large number of people for a particular purpose.

            Living the Christian life is not a game; it’s a battle. God does not call His children to a playground, but to a battleground. We are to stand firm on God’s truth and be willing to put on spiritual armor that will enable us to be victorious in proclaiming God’s truth which speaks of His love, but also His judgment for disobedience to Him.

            The Bible tells of a faithful soldier — Joshua. He is called a captain, commander, general and the leader of the Israelites. He led the charge against the city of Jericho. By God’s power the city was destroyed. What is most wonderful about the biography of this great leader is that in all the victories Joshua had — and there were many — he never failed to praise the Commander and the Captain of salvation, saying, “(God) did this so all the nations of the earth might know that the Lord’s hand is powerful … forever” (Joshua 4:24, NLT). Joshua’s mighty legacy is his testimony for God.


MAY 25

A Showcase for God’s Glory

            “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses.”  (Acts 1:8, NKJV)

            Jesus described the powerful witness of a life that is different when He illustrated it as “the light of the world” (Matt. 5:14). The primary value of light is that it is so different from the darkness. When Jesus then informed His disciples that “you will be my witnesses,” (Acts 1:8) it was clear that one primary value of the apostles’ witness would lie in the difference of their lives from those who lived around them.

            A witness that is lived can be as powerful as one that is spoken. It’s not what you say but who you are that catches the attention of those around you – which is one reason God allows grievances, crises, sufferings, injustice, and hardship to come into our lives. Because problems offer us the opportunity to give silent, relevant witness to the difference faith in God can make. The problems enable us to become a showcase so that the world can look into our lives and see the glory of God revealed.

Blessings,

Anne Graham Lotz

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Craig & Debby have been married 9 months – today!


MAY 24

Today’s Scripture

            “…the righteous give generously.”  (Psalm 37:21, NIV)

Give Generously

            Did you know that when you give to others in need, the Bible says it’s like giving directly to God Himself? When you step out and bless other people, you are honoring and blessing the Lord. The Scripture tells us to give our best, to give generously. In other words, stretch yourself. Go out of your way. It may be uncomfortable to walk over and pay for someone’s gas, but that’s being generous.

            I encourage you today, look for ways to give generously and meet the needs of others. You can’t help everyone, but you can help someone. You can be the answer to someone’s prayers. Remember, people have many different types of needs. There may be someone who needs some encouragement. Give generously when you give that encouragement. There may be someone in your life that just needs a friend; they need some quality time. Give generously of your time and pour into that person. As you give generously to others, God will multiply those seeds in your own life in return!

A Prayer for Today

            “Heavenly Father, today I am releasing every negative thing that has happened to me. I’m forgiving every person who has hurt me. I’m forgiving myself for mistakes I’ve made and releasing every disappointment so that I can live in Your peace and victory. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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MAY 23

Today’s Scripture

            “Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ…”  (2 Corinthians 2:14, NKJV)

Plan for a Comeback

            God promises to always lead us into victory! That means no matter what you are facing, no matter what’s going on in the world around you, no matter what anybody says, you should always be planning for a comeback! In the middle of that adversity or tough time, start making your list of who you’re going to invite to your victory celebration. You don’t have to wait for everything to be perfect before you decide to celebrate what God is going to do in your life. Put some action behind your faith. That means if you’re in the hospital, start planning what you’re going to do when you get out. If you lost some money when the stock market went down, start planning your coming-out-of-debt party. When things don’t look good in the natural, remember, we serve a supernatural God. With God leading you into victory, you can always plan for increase. You can plan for restoration. You can plan for a comeback that will make you stronger and better than you ever were before!

A Prayer for Today

            “Heavenly Father, I give You thanks and praise today for the promise of victory. Give me Your vision for the future so that I can move confidently into the abundant life You have for me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen


MAY 22

Today’s Scripture

            “For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.”  (Ecclesiastes 3:1, NLT)

Embrace Your Season

            God has ordained seasons and cycles in our lives. Sometimes, when our dreams aren’t coming to pass on our timetable, we can be tempted to get frustrated. But we have to be careful not to allow our attitude to keep us from moving forward. Understand that in God’s kingdom, every season is not harvest. Every season is not springtime, with beautiful flowers, gorgeous sunshine and cool breezes. There are plowing seasons, planting seasons and watering seasons. Sure, we would love for every season to be a time of increase, but without the other seasons, we wouldn’t be prepared for promotion. You have to choose to rejoice today. God has given you not only the grace to endure this season but to enjoy the season. When you’re content, you see each day as a gift, appreciate the people in your lives, and are grateful for what God has given you. That is not only developing your character, but you’re passing the test. You will come out of winter and into your springtime.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father in heaven, thank You for Your faithfulness in all seasons of my life. I trust that my time is coming, and I choose to remain faithful. I submit my ways to You today and trust that You have the best plan for my life. I love You and praise Your Name today. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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MAY 21

Today’s Scripture

            “For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.”  (1 John 5:4, NIV)

The Word That Leads To Victory

            When trials and tribulations come, as children of the Most High God, we can take courage. We have a promise that we can overcome anything that tries to come against us in this life through our faith in God. When the enemy tries to come against you with sickness, despair or lack, you can stand secure and know that God promises healing, hope and provision. God promises you victory in every area of life! God created us to be the victor, not the victim! There are resources at https://www.Joelosteen.comteen.com”>JoelOsteen.com on this website that can help you obtain victory in your daily life—at work, at home and in relationships. Don’t let your world overcome you; overcome your world by believing and confessing God’s Word today!

A Prayer for Today

            “God, I sometimes feel overwhelmed by the problems and pressures of this world. Help me to instead focus on You and the plan You have for me. I pray that You help me stand secure in my faith and proclaim myself to be a conqueror-victorious in every area of life! In Jesus’ name – Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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MAY 20

Today’s Scripture

            “And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the Lord your God.”  (Deuteronomy 28:2, ESV)

Handfuls On Purpose

            Our God is a rewarder of those who seek Him! When you keep God first place and do your best to honor Him, the Scripture says, “His blessings will chase you down and overtake you.” That means you will come into increase, promotion and good breaks that you didn’t necessarily deserve. That’s God rewarding you for walking in His ways. We see this principle in the Old Testament with Ruth. She was out in the fields following behind the workers and gathering up the leftover wheat that they missed. She was trying to take care of her mother-in-law, Naomi, but they were barely surviving. One day, the owner of the fields, Boaz, told the workers to leave handfuls of wheat on purpose for Ruth. Ruth came into blessings that were simply dropped at her feet. Every one of us can look back and see times where God has left us handfuls on purpose—something that we didn’t deserve or even ask for. We were just provided for unexpectedly. That’s a “handful on purpose.” I encourage you to always keep your expectancy up. Keep trusting God and obeying His voice because He is ready to bless you in unexpected ways today!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father in heaven, thank You for Your goodness and faithfulness in my life. I trust You as my Provider; You are the One who cares for me. I acknowledge You with my love and thank You for leaving me “handfuls on purpose” today! In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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No Need to Fear

Fear keeps us from becoming who God wants us to be and can be downright crippling, even forcing us to hide who we really are. It’s easy to have faith when everything is going our way. But when the chips are down, it’s human nature to start doubting. We don’t need to be afraid when we are walking with Jesus! With God holding our hands—we cannot fail! There’s no need to be afraid of what we will look like or what someone else may say. Why lay awake worrying about what others think? It only matters what God thinks! We need not compare our lives to others, as we have no idea what their journey is all about. Instead, we should live our lives for Jesus and allow the Holy Spirit to speak to our hearts and guide our every decision. Pray and ask God to remove all fear from your life and replace it with faith and trust! And when you are weak and feel like those old fears are trying to creep back in . . . pray for strength, claiming Philippians 4:13. God will give it to you! Texts: Psalm 42:11, Psalm 31:24, John 14:27, Psalm 94:19, Philippians 4:13

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“Jehovah thy God is in the midst of thee, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love; he will joy over thee with singing.”  Zephaniah 3:17

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MAY 18

Trusting God’s Forgiveness

Do you lie in bed at night tossing and turning because you are overcome with guilt? You’ve asked God to forgive you but you just don’t feel forgiven? Well thankfully, freedom from sin is not based on feeling! The Bible says in 1 John 1:9 (NKJV), when we confess our sin, “He is faithful and just to forgive our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” To keep feeling guilty after asking for forgiveness is really a lack of trust in Jesus! It’s like saying, “God, I don’t believe You!” What you need is more faith. Ask God to help you trust Him more, and He will. You can be assured that Jesus paid the price on Calvary for sin, and He alone has the power to forgive. John 3:16 (KJV) tells us, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” When Jesus forgives, you can trust completely and fully that you are forgiven. And the best part—He doesn’t keep bringing it up and throwing it in your face! Once they are forgiven—they are gone forever, as if they never happened. You are free from the burden of sin because Jesus paid the price! What amazing love! The best way to thank Jesus for His incredible sacrifice is by living each day for Him! Texts: Romans 8:1, Deuteronomy 6:5, Isaiah 43:25, 2 Corinthians 5:17

Brenda Walsh Ministries

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MAY 17

Today’s Scripture

            “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us…”  (2 Corinthians 5:20, NIV)

You Are Somebody’s Miracle

            God has an assignment for you that nobody else can fulfill. You are His ambassador or representative. You are a part of His divine plan. You have something to offer that nobody else can offer—your gifts, your smile, your love, your passion. It’s easy to get focused on this natural realm and all the things that we need, but do you realize that you are equipped to be somebody else’s miracle? Every single day, we have opportunities to show God’s love and compassion to others. We can meet their needs, bring them healing, and offer hope and encouragement. Every day, we can sow good seed into the lives of others that will reap an eternal harvest. Today, look for ways to be a blessing to someone else. When you step out and pour into others, God will make sure that others pour into you. Let’s continue to work together to bring Him glory and build His kingdom on earth!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You for choosing me and using me. Today I surrender every area of my life to You. Show me ways to be a miracle to others so that my life brings glory to You in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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Fear of Failure

There are many people who never achieve their goals or full potential because they are crippled by fear. They’re afraid of looking foolish, traveling on airplanes, riding on elevators, going to the dentist, and the list goes on and on! However, there’s absolutely no reason for fear in a Christian’s life because, when we turn our lives over to God, He promises to lead, guide, and protect us. There’s no safer place to be than with Jesus! We can blindly follow Him wherever He leads, fully trusting that He will never lead us down the wrong path! God has a special plan for each of us, but we will never even know what that is unless we trust Him and surrender our wills to Him. Only then will we reach our full potential, becoming all that He wants us to be. With Jesus as our Guide, we will accomplish all the goals He has set for us, and we will live our lives full of joy and happiness. Only God can deliver us from fear! The Bible says in Psalm 34:4 (NIV), “I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.” Living a life cloaked in fear—is a miserable way to live! Ask God today to take away all fear and replace it with complete trust in Him! Texts: Psalm 91:4, Deuteronomy 31:8, Micah 7:8, Philippians 4:13

Brenda Walsh Ministries

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MAY 16

Today’s Scripture

            “You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.”  (Psalm 139:16, NLT)

The Next Chapter

            Did you know that God has already planned out every part of your life from the beginning to the end? He knows every disappointment, every loss, every challenge; and the good news is, your story ends in victory! God has written out a plan to bless and prosper you. Your final chapter concludes with you fulfilling your God-given destiny. Here’s the key: when you go through a disappointment, when you go through a loss, don’t stop on that page in your life. You have to decide to keep moving forward. There’s another chapter in front of you, but you have to be willing to take the next step. Sometimes, we get so focused on what didn’t work out that we stay stuck, reliving the disappointment. If that’s you, recognize that you’ve been on that page long enough. It’s time to let it go and turn the page to the new chapter God has in store. You may not understand, it may not have been fair, but remember, the next chapter is full of blessing, full of favor, and full of victory! Make the decision to let go of the old so you can move forward into the abundant life God has in store for you!

A Prayer for Today

            “Heavenly Father, thank You for the good plan You have for me. Today, I lay aside the disappointments of the past knowing that You have blessing in store for my future. In Jesus’ Name. Amen”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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MAY 15

Today’s Scripture

            “You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.”  (Psalm 23:5, NKJV)

 He Anoints Your Head With Oil

            In the Bible, oil is symbolic of the anointing of God. Do you know what oil does? It makes things flow. Whenever there is friction or something gets stuck, oil is used to lubricate it and make it more fluid. That’s what God wants to do for you. He wants to anoint your head with oil. When He does that, notice what David says in Psalm 23, “Because God anoints me, because I walk in His favor; surely, goodness and mercy will follow me everywhere I go.” His anointing makes things easier. For no reason, people will go out of their way to be good to you. You’re going to have creativity, wisdom and good ideas. God’s anointing on your life will cause the right doors to open. It will bring the right people across your path. It will make things go smoother. And the good news is, all you have to do is ask Him for it. Remember, He longs to be good to you. You can trust that His anointing will make things easier, and He will lead you into the abundant life He has in store for you!

A Prayer for Today

            “Heavenly Father, thank You for Your favor in my life today. Thank you for causing me to be at the right place at the right time. Anoint my head with Your oil so that I move forward in the path You have for me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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MAY 14

Today’s Scripture

            “And He who is seated on the throne said, See! I make all things new…”  (Revelation 21:5, AMPC)

He Makes All Things New

            When God puts a dream in your heart, when He puts a promise on the inside, He deposits within you everything you need to accomplish that dream. He wouldn’t give you the desire to do something without giving you the ability to fulfill it. In fact, the Scripture tells us that God gives us the desires of our heart. In other words, He puts the desire inside of us and then works with us to bring it to pass. Oftentimes people set out to accomplish their dreams, but they face a setback or disappointment, and then they feel as though their time has passed. But know today that no matter where you’ve come from, no matter what’s happened in your past, God wants to make you new. He wants to give you a “do over,” a fresh start. If you feel like you’ve missed opportunities in your life, if you feel like your time has passed, remember that today is a new day. You are a new person, and God has new opportunities in store for you. If one dream has died, it’s time to dream a new dream. He makes all things new in your life today!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father in heaven, thank You for making all things new. I give You this day and invite You to have Your way in every area of my life. I choose to receive all the promises You have in store for me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

 

 

Receive What You Ask For

“I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.”  (John 16:23, NIV)

            Jesus said we are to ask if we want to receive.

            My mother encouraged me as a little girl to pray specifically. She bought me a small white leather notebook, and in it I carefully recorded my requests. Then, at her instruction, I left a blank line under each one so I could record the date of the answer. In the front of the little book, she penned these words:

            Thou art coming to a King,

            Large petitions with thee bring,

            For His grace and power are such,

            None can ever ask too much!

            So feel free to ask! But leave a blank space under your request so you can record the answer! Because Jesus said if we ask we will receive.

Blessings,

Anne Graham Lotz

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MAY 13

Today’s Scripture

            “…work out your own salvation…”  (Philippians 2:12, NKJV)

Work Out Your Salvation

            When you make Jesus the Lord of your life, some things will change in you immediately, and other things will be worked out over time. You may have addictions or sickness that you are instantly freed from, but yet, you may have wrong attitudes or other areas that are still in the process of changing. That’s because God is doing both a work in you and a work with you. He reveals His power to us and then gives us the opportunity to work with Him in the process of restoring and renewing our lives. You work out your salvation by obeying His Word and surrendering every area of your life to Him. You are working out your salvation when you choose to do the right thing, even when it’s difficult. You are working out your salvation when you stand strong and resist temptation. Remember, God is the one at work in you to give you the power to work out your salvation. He’s empowered you to overcome every obstacle! Keep dealing with the issues He brings up and keep a good attitude, fighting through until you win the victory!

A Prayer for Today

            “Heavenly Father, thank You for the work You are doing in my life. I choose to work with You so that I can live the life of victory You have prepared. Help me to be an example of Your love and faithfulness. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen


MAY 12

Like Jesus

“Whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son.”  (Romans 8:29, NKJV)

Do you ever get frustrated with the habits of sin in your life? I do! Even though I have been to the Cross and received forgiveness for all my sin, I still sin. I don’t want to. I try not to. I hate sin! But I still sin. The reality of sin is the single most discouraging, defeating, depressing fact in my life. But I can look forward with hope. Because one day, when I get to my Father’s House, all of my sin . . .

my sinful tendencies,

my sinful thoughts,

my sinful actions,

my sinful words,

my sinful feelings . . .

all my sins are going to fall away like a stinking garment that finally drops off and is discarded. What will be left will be the character of Christ that has been developed in me during my life on earth, and I will be like Jesus!

Anne Graham Lotz


MAY 11

Smell the Roses

Every year, every day, every minute you live is a gift from God. What you do with that gift is entirely up to you. God has also given you the gift of choice, so you can use your time to glorify God or yourself. You live by the consequences of your actions—both good and bad. God wants you to be kind and helpful to others, but having said that, He also wants you to be kind to yourself. Living an abundant life with Jesus is a balance! God doesn’t expect you to spend every waking moment working—even if your work is ministering to others. He wants you to enjoy life and experience the fullness of His joy. There is a difference between being selfish and taking care of you! What a sad life you would have if you never stopped to appreciate all the wonderful things that God created for you. Take time to enjoy your family, your friends, and don’t forget to take time for you as well! That old familiar expression is not bad advice: take time to smell the roses! After all, God created them for you to enjoy! Be kind to yourself for God wants you to be happy! You’ll be surprised at how much more productive your day will be and how much happier you’ll be too. God loves you and wants you to enjoy a little heaven on earth! Texts: Psalm 23:3, James 1:7, Psalm 16:11, John 10:10, Psalm 118:24

Brenda Walsh Ministries

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Holy Spirit Shines A Light On Jesus

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

            Q: I hear many religious people talk about connecting to the spirit world. Is the Holy Spirit different from the spirit world and, if so, what does the Holy Spirit do for mankind? — D.I.

            A: The Holy Spirit has been sent to help all those who have been redeemed by Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. While many people struggle to understand such a mystery — the Three in One — the Holy Spirit is a great and wonderful gift from Almighty God. Jesus promised that He would send “the Helper” so that Christians would not be alone in this world (John 16:5-7).

            The Holy Spirit illuminates the minds of people, makes us yearn for God, and takes spiritual truth and makes it understandable to us.


MAY 10

The Bible’s Truth Always Will Live On

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

            Q: In our country today, there seems to be a concerted attack on the Bible and everything that points to Jesus Christ. Why does it bother so many people if segments of society want to believe in the God of the Bible? — T.C.

            A: There is a growing movement to remove the Bible and all Christian symbols from the landscape and from the hearts of people. If the movement were to succeed, anarchy would rule. This generation must face the appalling fact that it is either the Bible, or back to the jungles, because that’s exactly what would happen.

            The Bible teaches that God loves. All over the world people hunger to know God. Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, all the religions in the world arise from man’s searching for God. But God has already revealed Himself, and it’s reasonable to suppose that God, an intelligent Being, would show Himself to us as a human race. Down in our hearts we hunger to know Him, and the Lord God has made the truth known to mankind through His Word — the Bible.

            Down through the years it has been ridiculed, burned, refuted, destroyed, but it lives on. It is the anvil that has worn out many hammers. Most books are born, live a few short years, then go the way of all the earth; they’re forgotten. But not the Bible. God will always preserve it and it will live on, because the Word of the Lord is God Himself (John 1:1).

            God also tells mankind this truth, that man is without excuse (Romans 1:20). The Bible features all aspects of human nature — the good, the bad, and the ugly — and we need to learn from all of them. We are flawed vessels, but God is faithful and gracious to teach us what we need to know (1 Corinthians 10:11).

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MAY 9

Today’s Scripture

            “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.”  (Hebrews 13:15, NIV)

Offer Continually

            What an amazing privilege we have to enter boldly into God’s throne of grace through Jesus. We have access to Him 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year! But notice that today’s verse tells us that we shouldn’t just come to Him any old way. We shouldn’t come empty-handed to the King of kings and the Lord of lords. What do we have to give that’s worthy of Almighty God? Our praise. Our thanksgiving. Our worship. We should always enter His gates with an offering of adoration from our hearts. Praise isn’t just about singing songs in church. Praise is the expression of gratefulness to God for Who He is and all that He has done. Praise is a powerful tool in the life of the believer because God inhabits the praises of His people! When we enter His presence the right way, He enters our circumstances; and when God shows up, the enemy must flee! Today, enter into His gates with thanksgiving and open the door for Him to move on your behalf!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father in heaven, I do offer You continual praise. I choose to follow Your Word so that You may be glorified through me. Let everything within me honor You in all that I do. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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MAY 8

Today’s Scripture

            The Holy Writings say, “No eye has ever seen or no ear has ever heard or no mind has ever thought of the wonderful things God has made ready for those who love Him.” God has shown these things to us through His Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit Who looks into all things, even the secrets of God, and shows them to us.”  (1 Corinthians 2:9–10, NLV)

God’s Deep Secrets

            Who do you share your deepest secrets with? Most people only share their inner thoughts with those who are closest to them. People they trust. People they’ve gone through experiences with. Do you know who God shares His secrets with? This Scripture says “to us.” As believers, God’s Spirit lives inside of us, revealing to us the heart and thoughts of God Himself. God wants you to know what He thinks about you. He wants you to know about the plans He has for you. He wants to show you things you’ve never seen, heard about or even imagined. You are His child, and you are also His friend. He wants to walk with you, talk with you, and share with you. What a wonderful, amazing thought—we can know God’s thoughts because we are one with Him. Open your heart and allow Him to share His deep secrets with you today.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father in heaven, I am so humbled that You call me friend. I am honored to be connected with You and invite You to share Your heart with me. I surrender all that I am to You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen


MAY 7

Today’s Scripture

            “Oh give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples.”  (Psalm 105:1, NASB)

Proclaim His Greatness

            When someone gives you a meaningful or costly gift, how do you show your appreciation? Do you tell them how grateful you are? What do you do with that gift? When it’s something you are truly thankful for, you openly and proudly display the gift. When others see and admire it, you probably tell them where it came from and about the generosity of the giver. In the same way, we should give thanks to the Lord and constantly show our gratefulness and appreciation for all He has done for us by displaying the gifts He’s given us. We should also display the characteristics of our heavenly Father. We should display His likeness. We should have His eyes, His mouth and His mannerisms, too. We should display love, peace, joy, kindness and hope. We should live our lives in such a way that our very actions declare His greatness and cause others to take notice. Declare His greatness by living a life of gratitude to Him and let the whole world know what He has done for you!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father in heaven, I commit to You every area of my life—my mind, my will, and my emotions. Reveal to me anything that isn’t pleasing to You. Show me Your ways so that I can walk with You and live righteously in every area of my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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MAY 6

QUOTE FOR THE DAY:  “The internet, the greatest disseminator of bad data and bad information the universe has ever known.” – Harlan Ellison

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A Marriage Triangle

            “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common?”  (2 Corinthians 6:14, NIV)

            One of God’s principles for marriage is that those who have established a right relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ are not to marry those who are not in a right relationship with God. The reason for this principle was explained logically by Amos when he said, “Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?” (Amos 3:3, NIV) For someone who has real faith in God to marry, or “walk with,” another person who is in rebellion against God would mean a lifetime of compromise on everything from how to spend time and money, to setting priorities and standards. If there is no basic agreement on an issue as significant as a person’s relationship with God, then there can be no agreement on lesser issues, and a compromise would have to be made to preserve the marriage. That compromise would inevitably lead to neglect of God’s Word.

            So . . . make your marriage a triangle, with Jesus Christ at the apex. As you and your spouse grow closer to God you will grow closer together.

Blessings,

Anne Graham Lotz

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Victory Is Ours

We don’t have to fear destruction at the hand of the devil, because the battle has already been won! Christ paid the ultimate price on Calvary, and the blood of Jesus has purchased our salvation! But that doesn’t mean Satan has given up trying to separate us from the only One who can save us! In fact, the devil knows his time on earth is short, and he’s trying harder than ever to tempt us to sin. He’s quite clever and, oh, so cunning at making worldly pleasure seem enticing. He’s an expert at disguising the evils of this world—making them seem like it’s not so bad and easier to say, “Well, just this once,” or “I’ll have some fun for awhile and then give my heart to Jesus.” But it really doesn’t work that way! If we yield to temptation, before we know it, we are weighed down with the guilt of sin and sink deeper and deeper into the enemy’s trap! Don’t be deceived into thinking the devil is not a threat—and don’t underestimate his evil power. Satan is dangerous and we should never play on his playground! We are cautioned in 1 Peter 5:8 (NKJV), “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” Stay close to Jesus—resist the devil, and he will flee from us. With God at our side—victory is ours! Texts: Ephesians 6:16, 1 John 5:4,  Deuteronomy 20:4, Ephesians 6:13

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MAY 5

Christian Homes Need Three Essentials

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

            Q: I fear for the attack on our homes, our families and our children — the future of our country. What can we do to combat the assaults? — C.P.

            A:  The family, for most, used to be a close-knit group, and the home was self-contained. It was shelter; it was security; it was a kind of school where life’s basic lessons were taught. It was a kind of church where God was honored. It was a factory where the basic necessities of life were made. It was a place where wholesome recreation and simple pleasures were enjoyed. A national leader once said, “The home is the citadel of American life. If the home is lost, all is lost.”

            Thoughtful people the world over agree that if society’s health in the world is to be maintained, the home must be preserved. If the foundations of our homes are to be repaired, there are certain God-ordained principles that must be restored.  The Bible teaches that God performed the first marriage in the Garden of Eden. Before the church, before the government, before the school, the home was founded. It is the basic unit of society.

            The first essential for a happy Christian home is that love must be practiced. Love is the cohesive force that holds the family together.

            The second essential is that there be order and discipline. The home can be a sanctuary of peace or it can be a bedlam of confusion. Slipshod homes are bound to produce slipshod character. Basic lessons of life are learned at home. The word discipline means “to teach.” The job of teaching has been too long left to the school teacher and the scout master.

            The third essential is that parents are to be an example to their children. If children love their parents, they are likely to copy their parents, and they watch everything we do. Make Christ the very center of home.


MAY 4

Today’s Scripture

            “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”  (Ephesians 2:10, NIV)

Created for Greatness

            It’s easy to go through life thinking that we’re average; we’re ordinary. “There’s nothing special about me. I’m just one of the six billion people on earth.” No, when God created you in His image, He put a part of Himself in you. You could say that you have the DNA of Almighty God. You are destined to do great things, destined to leave your mark on this generation. The truth is, there is nothing average about you; but too many times, we don’t realize who we are. We focus on our weaknesses or what we don’t have. We focus on the mistakes we’ve made or the family from which we’ve come. We end up settling for mediocrity when we were created for greatness!

            If you’re going to break out of average, you need to remind yourself every day, “I have the DNA of the Most High God. Greatness is in my genes. I come from a bloodline of champions.” If you’ll have the attitude of a champion, you’ll live the life of a champion and boldly embrace the blessings He has in store for you!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You for preparing me to do the good works You have prepared. I am not average. I am not ordinary. I am created for greatness, and I belong to Almighty God. Thank You for Your faithfulness. In Jesus’ name! Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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MAY 3

Today’s Scripture

            “David was greatly distressed, for the men spoke of stoning him…But David encouraged and strengthened himself in the Lord his God.”  (1 Samuel 30:6, AMPC)

Encourage Yourself

            It’s good to have friends and family around to cheer you up when you’re down, but in order to truly live in victory, that encouragement has to come from the inside. When your mind is telling you it’s not worth it, when your circumstances seem difficult, deep down inside, your spirit has to have the resolve that says, “I refuse to settle where I am.” That’s what David had to do. He was facing the worst defeat of his life. His city was destroyed, their families and possessions had been taken captive, and his own men were now against him, but he still managed to encourage himself in the Lord. How did he do that? He replayed in his mind the victories from the past. He recounted God’s faithfulness. As he rehearsed over and over the goodness of God, strength began to rise in his heart. There are so many places you can see the hand of God at work. Thank Him for saving you today. Thank Him for the miracle of life. Thank Him for His faithfulness. Focus on the fact that God didn’t bring you this far to leave you now. Stir up that inner strength and encouragement. As you do, you’ll rise higher and higher and live the life of victory the Lord has prepared for you.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father in heaven, thank You for Your faithfulness today. I choose to focus on You and the good things You have prepared for my future. I thank You for making a way out of no way, and I will bless You always. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen


MAY 2

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)

Peace, Be Still

            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.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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MAY 1

Today’s Scripture

            “But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”  (1 Corinthians 6:11, NLT)

His Name is the Key

            Something supernatural happens on the inside of you when you call on the name of the Lord. First of all, the Bible tells us that God actually makes His home in your heart by the Holy Spirit. Not only that, but when you call on His name, you are calling on everything He represents—life, peace, strength, hope, joy, healing, deliverance, forgiveness and so much more! It’s like receiving the key to a mansion filled with treasures—and it’s all yours! You can see that key in your hand; you can tell other people about it; you can know that you have access anytime you want, but you still have to take a step and use the key to open the door before you can partake of the blessings inside. And you probably wouldn’t just peak in the door or visit once a week; no, move right in! Make the decision today to move into God’s abundant blessings by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus. Call on His name and move right in to His provision, His joy, His peace, His love. You have the key, so receive the abundant life He has prepared for you today!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father in heaven, thank You for cleansing me and making me new by Your Spirit. Thank You for giving me access to Your wonderful blessings through Your Son, Jesus. I bless You and praise You today. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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APRIL 30

Today’s Scripture

            “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”  (Psalm 119:105, ESV)

A Light for Your Path

            When we type an address into our navigation system, “Route Overview” gives us the details of our trip—where we’re going, how long it’s going to take, and every turn to make. We can relax, knowing all the details. God has a route overview for your life. He knows your final destination and the best way to get you there. But God doesn’t show you the details. The Scripture says His Word is a lamp to our feet. A lamp implies you have enough light to see the path in front of you. He’s not giving you the light that shows your life road for the next fifty years. He leads you one step at a time. If you trust Him and take that step into the unknown, not knowing how it’s going to work out, He’ll show you another step. Step-by-step, He’ll lead you into your destiny.

            Our question is, will you be bold and take the next step that God gives you with the light you have? The unknown is where miracles happen, where you discover abilities you never knew you had, and where you’ll accomplish more than you ever dreamed. If you have the courage to do what you know He’s asking you to do, He has the provision, the favor, and all that you need to go to the next level.

A Prayer for Today

“Father in heaven, I humbly come to You giving You all that I am. I invite You to direct my steps by the light of Your Word. Fill me with Your peace and confidence as You show me the good plan You have in store. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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APRIL 29

Today’s Scripture

            “He gives power to the faint and weary, and to him who has no might He increases strength [causing it to multiply and making it to abound].”  (Isaiah 40:29, AMPC)

He Increases Strength

            Whatever you need today, know that God is your source and supply. You may feel tired and weary from a long spiritual or emotional battle. God promises that He increases our strength and causes it to multiply. One of the ways God fills us with His strength is by giving us His joy. When we have joy, we have strength to overcome. Joy is a supernatural empowerment that is deposited on the inside of you. As you meditate on the goodness and faithfulness of our God, you won’t be able to help but feel His joy. Like rivers of living water, joy will flow forth from you, refreshing and strengthening you so that you have the power to overcome every obstacle you may be facing. If you feel faint or weary, remember, there’s a harvest of blessing in store for you. Let faith rise in your heart as you meditate on His promises. Let Him fill you with His peace and joy so that you will have an abundance of strength. As you do, you will be empowered to live the life of victory the Lord has in store for you!

A Prayer for Today

            “Heavenly Father, today I come to You and ask that You fill me with Your peace and joy. Let Your strength rise up on the inside of me so that I can embrace the victorious life You have planned for me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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Be Wary Of Satan’s Subtle Deceptions

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

            Q: My grandmother is always saying, “Things are not always what they seem.” Others tell me that deception is just a form of persuasion. What does all that mean? — D.O.

            A: A distinguished Methodist minister, many years ago, was preaching on sin. Some deacons approached him afterward and said, “We don’t want you to talk so plainly about sin; if you do, our people will more easily become sinners. Call their sin mistakes if you will, but do not call their mistakes sin.”

            The minister picked up a small bottle and showed it to the group of deacons. The bottle was clearly marked “Poison.” “Would you like me to change the label?” the minister asked. “I can mark that this strychnine is the essence of peppermint to make you feel better, but if you take it you will still die. Don’t you see that the milder you make the label, the more dangerous you make the poison?”

            Satan is the great deceiver. He is a crafty and clever, disguising his lies as truth. For his deceptions to be successful, they must be so cunningly devised that his real purpose is concealed. This is manifested even in the spirits of people. We see ourselves as self-sufficient, self-important, and self-sustaining. God sees us as dependent, self-centered, and self-deceived.

            One of Satan’s greatest feats is to portray evil as good. He makes alcohol look fun. He makes immorality look pleasurable. He makes popularity enticing. When reality sets in, people realize they’ve been tricked and trapped by his devices. But it is the people who listen and follow his pathway that will ultimately pay the awful price.

            Jesus came to rescue us from his terrible grip and said, “Take heed that no one deceives you” (Matthew 24:4). We must pray for God to give the spirit of discernment, and through the reading of His Word, He will give understanding.

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APRIL 26

Today’s Scripture

            “I foretold the former things long ago, my mouth announced them and I made them known; then suddenly I acted, and they came to pass.”  (Isaiah 48:3, NIV)

God of the Suddenlies

            You may have been dealing with the same problem for ten years. Your situation may look as though it’s never going to change, but in a split second, God can totally resolve it. “Suddenly.” You won’t expect it. It’s out of the ordinary, and it’s not small. No matter how long it’s been, no matter what you’re facing, you’ve got to believe that God is full of surprises. One touch of His favor and He can move the wrong people out of your life and move the right people into your life. One touch of God’s favor and He can take you from having barely enough to having more than enough. You may not see how it’s all going to work out, but you don’t have to figure it all out. God is saying, “You need to get ready. You haven’t seen My explosive blessings. You haven’t seen the surpassing greatness of My favor.” Your part is to simply believe; to get up each day in faith, expecting God’s favor. Expect something good to happen to you today. Expect God to surprise you!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father in heaven, today I come to You, giving You my cares and worries. I believe that You are working behind the scenes and expect You to suddenly turn things in my favor. Thank You for everything You are doing in my life. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen


APRIL 25

Today’s Scripture

            “In peace [and with a tranquil heart] I will both lie down and sleep, for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety and confident trust.”  (Psalm 4:8, AMP)

Dwell in Safety and Trust

            God has promised to be your Protector, your Defender, your Strength, your Shelter and so much more! Even when the storms of life come against you, as long as you are dwelling in Him, you dwell in safety and trust—nothing can take away your peace and joy. What does it mean to dwell in Him? One of the definitions of the word “dwell” means to keep your attention directed toward something. The more you keep your attention directed toward God, the more you will know Him and the more confidence you will have in Him. When you focus your heart and mind on the Word of God and declare His promises over your life, you are dwelling in Him. When you lift your voice in worship and give Him glory and honor, you are dwelling in Him. When you spend time meditating on Him and connecting to Him through prayer, you are dwelling in Him. Are you facing a difficult situation? Dwell on the fact that Almighty God is on your side. Dwell of the fact that He’s promised to fight your battles for you and no weapon formed against you will prosper. If you start thinking these kinds of thoughts, you will be filled with faith and confidence, no matter what comes against you.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father in heaven, thank You for Your promise of peace and safety in my life. I choose to give my attention to You. Have Your way in me and let everything I do bring glory to You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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APRIL 24

Today’s Scripture

            “You were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.”  (1 Corinthians 6:20, NIV)

Honor The Lord With Your Body

            Scripture says that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, and we are to honor the Lord with our bodies. How do you do that? You take care of it. You respect it. You treat it as valuable. You use your body to bring Him glory. When you stand strong against temptation, you are honoring the Lord with your body. When you take care of yourself by eating properly and getting enough sleep, you are honoring the Lord with your body. You are saying, “Lord, thank You for this gift of life. I am choosing to take care of myself so that I can serve You with my whole heart, mind and strength.”

            As we enter into spring, many people make new goals about their health. Let this be an encouragement to you to stay on track with good habits. As you honor the Lord with your body, you will be strengthened and empowered by His peace. You’ll be able to stand against temptation and embrace the good things He has in store for you!

A Prayer For Today

            Father, today I commit to honor You with my body. Thank You for the gift of life. Thank You for empowering me against temptation. Show me the plan You have for me today so that I can honor You in everything I do.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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The Cross of Obedience

“If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”  (Matthew 16:24, NIV)

            Are you repulsed by the thought of crucifixion? I am. But I also know that when I look into the eyes of Jesus, I see a cross! And He has said to me, “Anne, if you want to be My disciple, if you want to follow Me, you must deny yourself, take up your cross and follow Me. Because if you want to save your life, you’re going to lose it in the end. If you choose to lose your life for Me, you will find it. For what good will it do you if you gain the whole world, yet forfeit your soul?” (Matt. 16:24-26, paraphrased).

            The cross that Jesus commands you and me to carry is the cross of submissive obedience to the will of God, even when His will includes suffering and hardship and things we don’t want to do. It is a willingness to totally, absolutely, irrevocably, and finally yield our lives to Him because we want what He wants more than what we want.

By Anne Graham Lotz

 


APRIL 23

Today’s Scripture

            “It is an honor for a man to cease from strife…”  (Proverbs 20:3, AMPC)

A Mark of Honor

            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.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen


APRIL 22

Today’s Scripture

            “So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.”  (Hebrews 10:35, NIV)

It Has A Great Reward

            Have you been praying and believing for something that seems like it’s taking a lot longer to see the answer than you thought? Many times, people can miss God’s best simply because they give up before they see their “due season” come. Don’t let that be you! Be encouraged today, your answer is closer than you think. If it seems like things are getting more difficult, remember, when the intensity heats up, that means you are closer to your victory. It always seems darkest just before the dawn arrives. You serve a faithful God, and He’s working behind the scenes on your behalf. Don’t cast away your confidence today, because your reward is coming. And just like a new mother forgets about her labor pain when she is finally holding her newborn, you’ll forget about your struggle when you are holding on to your promise. While you are waiting, keep an attitude of faith and expectancy. Wake up every morning and say out loud, “I’ve come too far to give up now. My due season is coming. I will reap my harvest.” Stay in faith and look for His hand of blessing because He has promised you victory, and it’s closer than you think!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father in heaven, today I stand believing that You are working behind the scenes on my behalf. Give me Your strength to continue believing until I see Your promises fulfilled in my life.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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APRIL 20

JESUS’ RESURRECTION PROVES LIFE AFTER DEATH

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

            Q: Many people will soon hear the famous saying, “I am the resurrection and the life” but what does it really mean? — R.L.

            A: “I suppose I’d believe in life after death if I ever met someone who had gone there and then came back to tell about it,” a man once wrote. But this is exactly what Jesus did when He died and then came back to life by the power of God. This is the Easter message and it is the glorious Good News that has been broadcast around the world for 2,000 years.

            When Jesus was put to death, He truly died. The Roman soldiers who nailed Him to the cross attested to that fact when they took His body down and placed it in a tomb. Its entrance was sealed with a huge stone and placed under guard. But that was not the end of the story.

            When the first day of the week dawned the tomb was empty, and shortly after, Jesus appeared numerous times to His followers — as many as 500 on one occasion. His resurrection proved that Jesus was who He claimed to be, the Son of God, sent from Heaven to save us from our sins. But it also proved for all time that there is life after death — this is the Resurrection Story. The resurrection blasts apart the finality of death. The most important events in human history are the death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Without this, the cross is meaningless.

            Jesus made this wonderfully profound statement that changed the world, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live” (John 11:25). The resurrection is our great hope.

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EASTER LILY

Pale, pure and still…Christ’s body lay wrapped in burial linen, hidden in the darkness of the grave.

So the lily slumbers, appearing without life or luster, its petals tightly closed in the gloom of night.  God created the lily to blossom in the light of day…to open wide its pale, pure, translucent petals to greet the heavens.

Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection were like the blossoming of the lily.  Though we are born into sin and darkness, because God sacrificed His son, we can blossom and flourish since our sins are forgiven.

How beautiful are the lilies as they open to the sunrise, their glorious white petals spread wide with promise.  On Easter morning, let us open our hearts with praise and thanksgiving for God’s gift of salvation!  Alleluia!

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APRIL 19

Today’s Scripture

            “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.”  (Philippians 1:6, NLT)

It Is Finished

            At that moment when Jesus spoke the words on the cross, “It is finished,” it certainly looked like the end. It looked as though it was over. But maybe that wasn’t just a statement of fact; it was a statement of faith. He was saying to His Father, “I’ve done My part. I’ve fulfilled My destiny. Now, I have total trust and confidence that You are going to finish what You started through Me.” Even though it looked like the end, in reality, it was only the beginning.

            When it looks dark in your life, when things aren’t going your way, dare to make that declaration of faith just like Jesus, “It is finished.” What you’re really saying is, “God, I know You are going to finish what You’ve begun in my life. You are going to turn things around. I know that You are giving me the breaks that I need. Let Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven!” Always remember to speak victory over your circumstances because He is faithful, and He will complete what He’s started in you.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father in heaven, thank You for Your faithfulness in my life. I thank You that You will complete what You’ve started in my life. Today I choose to put my trust and hope in You knowing that You are working behind the scenes to bring victory to every area of my life.  In Jesus’ name. Amen!”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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APRIL 18

Today’s Scripture

            “This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”  (Psalm 118:24, NKJV)

This is the Day

            Every day that we are given is a precious gift from Almighty God. We should wake up every morning with a grateful attitude, full of faith and expectancy for what the Lord has in store. Sure, you may be facing some challenges in your life, or maybe things aren’t going the way you planned. But remember, each new day is a chance to stand strong in the midst of adversity and see the faithfulness of God. Every new day is an opportunity to praise and thank Him, to magnify your God instead of magnifying your problems. This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it! Be glad that God has promised to never leave you or forsake you. Be glad that God has given you a sound, healthy mind. Rejoice that He is making a way where there seems to be no way! Focus on the gift of each and every day and rejoice in what God has done in your life!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You for this day. Thank You for another opportunity to sing Your praises. I choose to set my mind and heart on You. I choose to rejoice and be glad in You.  In Jesus’ name! Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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APRIL 17

Today’s Scripture

            “And who of you by worrying can add one hour to [the length of] his life?”  (Matthew 6:27, AMP)

Refuse To Worry!

            God doesn’t want you to live worried and anxious about anything. He knows that worry is counterproductive. It steals your peace and joy and affects every area of your life, even your sleep! Have you heard the saying, “Don’t worry yourself sick?” Yes, worrying will actually make you physically ill. You won’t ever gain anything by worrying, in fact it causes you to lose precious moments that you can never live again. The good news is, God has promised to bring you victory over worry. When you make the choice to put an end to worry, God will give you His peace. Decide today to put an end to worry in your life. Don’t feed worry by focusing on bad news all the time. Sure, we should be informed, but we should be most informed of the truth of the Word of God. Choose today to feed your faith and fill your heart and mind with God’s promises. Declare every day, “My God shall supply all my needs. He makes a way out of no way. He is a Restorer and Redeemer.” As you focus on God’s Word, you’ll drive out worry and fill your heart with faith and expectancy. You’ll be filled with hope and joy and move forward into the blessings God has in store for you!

A Prayer for Today

            “God, I am weary from worrying. Please help me to stop the soundtrack of needless worry that plays over and over again in my head. I want to place my fears and concerns in Your hands and live in peace knowing that You will fulfill all of your precious promises to me.  In Jesus name, Amen”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen


APRIL 16

Today’s Scripture

            “…imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.”  (Hebrews 6:12, NIV)

 Press Towards The Promise

            Are you facing a challenge today that seems overwhelming? Through faith and patience, you will see God’s promises come to pass in your life. Understand that the enemy always fights the hardest when he knows you are closest to your breakthrough. He’d leave you alone if he thought you were going to live in mediocrity. If you keep pressing on toward your promise, through faith and patience, you will get there. Don’t be like the Israelites in the Old Testament who were right next to the Promised Land when they talked themselves out of it. They said, “There are giants in the land. It’s too difficult.” No, don’t look at the obstacles in your life today; lift up your eyes because you serve Almighty God. Follow the example of Caleb who kept his focus on God and said, “Moses, we are well able to defeat these people. Let us go up at once and take the land!” Stand in faith and keep believing because God will take you places that you never dreamed. As you press toward the promise, you will see God’s hand of blessing in your life and He will lead you into your promised land!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, I come to You today choosing to believe Your promises. I lift up my eyes to You, ready to receive Your strength. Fill me with Your faith and patience as I press toward Your promises.  In Jesus’ name! Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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THE ABILITY TO LOVE

God has blessed us with the ability to love, and when we pray and ask Him to fill us with His love—He will. He wants us to share His love with everyone we come in contact with—including our own families. As Christians, too often we are so busy trying to witness to the world that we neglect the needs of those we love the most. In fact, sharing God’s love should begin at home! How we treat the ones who are closest to us says a lot about our characters and what’s really in our hearts. When words are spoken harshly in haste, or we are rude or unkind—this is not only displeasing to God, but we are missing out on an opportunity to shine for Jesus in our own homes! Even if you are mistreated and live in a house where not everyone loves God—you should always shine for Jesus! Your witness begins at home! The Bible says in Joshua 24:15 (NKJV), “Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve.” Ask God to give you more patience, understanding, and love, not only for others, but for your own family as well—and be a witness for Him . . . starting in your own home! Texts: Deuteronomy 6:6 -7,  1 Timothy 5:8, Colossians 3:13

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APRIL 15

Today’s Scripture

            “A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches…”  (Proverbs 22:1, KJV)

Live In Integrity

            What do people think when they hear your name? Do they think, “Oh, that person is always so trustworthy and faithful; they always do the right thing”? Or do they think, “Watch out for that person. You never know what they’re going to do”? You might say, “Oh, I’m a pretty good person. I do the right thing most of the time.” But understand that it’s the little foxes that spoil the vine. God wants us to be people of integrity, people of honor, people who are trustworthy. A person of integrity is open and honest and true to his or her word. He says what he means and means what he says. She doesn’t have any hidden agendas or ulterior motives. He doesn’t need a legal contract to force him to fulfill his commitments. People of integrity are the same in private as they are in public. They do what’s right whether anybody is watching or not. If you’ll be faithful and choose integrity in the little things, it will be a great treasure in your life. God will pour out His blessing on you as you honor Him all the days of your life.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father God, today I commit to live a life of integrity. I choose a life of excellence and ask for Your hand of favor. Show me any area that is not pleasing to You so that I can continue to grow and increase in You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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APRIL 12

Today’s Scripture

            “…I will make you [through the Messiah, your descendant] like a signet ring, for I have chosen you…”  (Haggai 2:23, AMP)

Sealed By God

            We don’t often hear about signet rings anymore, but in Bible times they were very significant. The signet ring was used to identify the message or messenger and the authority they had. In other words, you knew something was from the king because it was marked by his signet ring. It was representative of power and authority. This verse is saying that you are the mark of authority of Almighty God. You have been chosen and set apart to be identified with Him. When you have someone’s power and authority, you have access to everything they have. It’s like having power of attorney; you have the authority to act on behalf of that individual. As a believer in Jesus, marked with His seal, think of all you have access to today. Think about the authority you have. Everything He has is available to you—healing, provision, strength, peace, joy. You have been given authority to “sign His name” in order to receive His blessings. You are God’s seal, and you are marked to live the abundant life He has in store for you!

A Prayer for Today

            “Heavenly Father, thank You for choosing me and calling me Your own. Help me to fully understand the authority You’ve given by Your Son Jesus. I receive all You have for me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

 

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APRIL 11

Today’s Scripture

            “Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.’ He could not do any miracles there…He was amazed at their lack of faith.””  (Mark 6:4–6, NIV)

Faith and Honor

            Did you know that honor and faith work together? When Jesus walked the earth, the people in His own hometown couldn’t believe that He was the Son of God because they were too familiar with Him. They didn’t honor Him, which affected their ability to have faith in Him. When you honor the Lord, when you respect and make room for Him in your life by following the Word of God, it impacts your faith in Him. Part of honoring the Lord is honoring the people He’s placed in your life. God works through people, and the Bible says that the way you treat others is the way you treat Him. Choose to honor people and make room for the Lord to work in your life today. Look for the greatness in the people around you: your spouse, your children, your friends and family. Treat others with respect, knowing that God is building His character in you. As you choose honor, you open the door for faith to grow. You’ll see God’s hand working in your life, and you will see His hand of blessing on everything you do!

A Prayer for Today

            “Heavenly Father, today I choose to honor You by honoring the people You have placed in my life. Show me how to love others the way You love me so that faith will grow stronger in my heart. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen


APRIL 10

Today’s Scripture

            “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.”  (Isaiah 40:29, NIV)

He Gives Strength

            Have you ever felt backed into a corner about a particular situation, and you couldn’t see a way out? We’ve all felt trapped and overwhelmed by the circumstances of life at one time or another. Be encouraged today because the Bible says in Isaiah that when you cry to God for help, as soon as He hears, He will answer you! He will give you strength when you are weary and increase your power when you feel weak. No matter what is going on in your life today, God is greater than any obstacle or difficulty you may be facing. Do you need strength today to overcome a challenge in your life? Do you need power to stand strong in the midst of a storm? Call on Him and He will hear you. The answer is on the way while the words are still on your lips! Open your heart and by faith receive His strength and might, and let Him empower you to live in victory all the days of your life!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father in heaven, thank You for hearing and answering my prayers. Fill me with Your strength and power today. I give You my whole heart and ask that You remove anything from my life that isn’t pleasing to You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen


APRIL 9

Today’s Scripture

            “For we are the sweet fragrance of Christ [which ascends] to God…”  (2 Corinthians 2:15, AMP)

Sweet Fragrance

            Did you know that your life is a sweet fragrance to God? Think about how a wonderful aroma affects you personally. When it’s springtime and the flowers are blossoming, everything feels new again. The sweet aroma in the air tells you that the flowers are fresh and alive. It catches your attention! It makes you want to take a deep breath of the sweet fragrance.

            God feels the same way about you! He loves wonderful aromas, and when you are living your life to please Him, it’s a beautiful fragrance that captures His attention! Just like the aroma in springtime tells you that the flowers are alive, the aroma of your life is a sign that Christ is alive in you. It is pleasing to the Heavenly Father! The next time you experience a fresh fragrance, remember that your life is a fragrance to God. You can rest in knowing that He is pleased with a heart that seeks after Him. As you continue to seek Him, you’ll be that sweet fragrance, and you’ll experience His wonderful hand of blessing in every area of your life.​

A Prayer for Today

            “Heavenly Father, today I choose to honor You by honoring the people You have placed in my life. Show me how to love others the way You love me so that faith will grow stronger in my heart. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen


APRIL 8

Today’s Scripture

            “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof…”  (Psalm 24:1, KJV)

Living The Full Life

            God wants you to live an abundant and satisfied life. He wants you to enjoy the fullness of the earth and life’s experiences. When you open your mind to new things and new situations, you are broadening your horizons and opening yourself to new opportunities. If you’re to become everything God has created you to be, you can’t get stuck in a rut and think you’ve reached your limits, doing the same thing the same way all the time. But when you open yourself to new people and new ideas, you are making room for God to reveal Himself to you. You are making room for Him to work in your life. Make the decision to explore something new this week. Take a different route home from work. Try something new on the menu at lunch. Be open to new people who may not necessarily look like you or act like you. Let God direct and expand your horizons. As you do, you’ll encounter new opportunities and live the satisfied, full life the Lord has in store for you!

A Prayer for Today

            “Heavenly Father, I open my heart and mind to You today. I ask that You help me broaden my perspective so I can experience the full life You have for me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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APRIL 5

Today’s Scripture

            “And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”  (Galatians 2:20, ESV)

The God Kind of Faith

            Faith is all around us. People have faith in so many different things: faith that a friend will be true, faith that your job is taking you on a certain career path, faith that the chair you are sitting on is going to hold you up! Faith is simply believing in something. But there are different kinds, or levels, of faith. I’ve discovered two kinds of faith—a delivering faith and a sustaining faith. Delivering faith is when God instantly turns your situation around. When that happens, it’s great. But I believe it takes a greater faith and a deeper walk with God to have sustaining faith. Sustaining faith is when God takes you through the difficulty. You are filled with doubt, anxiety, fear, and bitterness. But when you know that God is in control, and even if you go through the difficulty, you know He will take care of you. You can say, “God, I don’t care what comes against me, I don’t care how long it takes, this thing is not going to defeat me. I know that You love me and gave Yourself for me. As long as You are for me, that’s all that matters.”

A Prayer for Today

            “Heavenly Father, today I humbly open my heart to You. Use me for Your glory and have Your way in my life. I choose to believe in You and invite You to believe through me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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APRIL 4

God Deserves Our Reverence

In our world today, swearing and cussing is so common that no one thinks a thing about it. It used to be considered bad manners, and although there are some who still feel that way, they are not the overwhelming majority. People swear for all sorts of reasons. Comedians use God’s name to get a laugh, while others think it makes them sound cool. But it’s definitely not cool to disrespect God, the King of the Universe. God deserves and commands our respect and reverence. The Bible says in Exodus 20:7 (NKJV), “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.” Wow! That’s pretty serious! I don’t think it can get any clearer than that. God commands respect! Today, we have become so desensitized about taking God’s name in vain that we often don’t even recognize when we’re doing it. When we listen to others swear, we are allowing our minds to become immune to the lack of respect shown our heavenly Father. God wants us to talk to Him and confide in Him, but He wants us to show respect by the way in which we address Him—not just by speaking His name, but also by our tone of voice and our attitude. We can show God how much we love Him by giving Him the respect that He deserves! Texts: Proverbs 1:7, Hebrews 12:28, 1 Samuel 12:24, Leviticus 19:32

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APRIL 3

Today’s Scripture

            “Keep me [in Your affectionate care, protect me] as the apple of Your eye…”  (Psalm 17:8, AMP)

The Apple of His Eye

            God loves and values you so much today. You are the apple of His eye; you are His most prized possession! In this day and age, people are considered to be important for so many different reasons—titles, position, possessions, where you go, what you drive. But God’s value system is very different from the value system of the world. If you’ve ever thought that God has too many other important things on His plate to be concerned with you and your life, know this today—you are God’s biggest deal. And there’s nothing you can do to be more important or less important. God values you today simply because He made you, and your value will never change. You are significant. Your life is significant. The things that concern you, concern God. He carefully watches over every detail of your life, and there is nothing too big or too small for His attention. You’re not inconveniencing God by asking for help in your everyday life. God wants to be good to you. He wants to show you His favor in new ways. He’s saying today, “I dare you to ask.”

A Prayer for Today

            “Father in heaven, thank You for loving me today. Thank You for making me the apple of Your eye. I open my heart to You today and cast every care on You.”         

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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APRIL 2

Today’s Scripture

            “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”  (Matthew 7:7, NIV)

Just Ask

            Is there an area of your life that you need God’s help in? A lot of times, it’s easy to think that we’re not supposed to ask for too much, but the Scripture encourages us to go to God with all our needs. He longs to give you the desires of your heart and pour out His favor and blessing on you. In fact, the apostle James said, “You have not because you do not ask” (James 4:2). When you step out and ask for God’s favor, His blessings and His increase, you are activating your faith. And when you pray, ask Him to search your heart and mind. See if there is any unforgiveness that is blocking your prayers and affecting your relationship with Him. The other person may have been wrong, they may have hurt you deeply, but there is nothing on this earth that is worth losing your peace with Almighty God. Today, when you pray, choose forgiveness and don’t let anything stand in the way of the good things God has in store for your future!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, I humbly come to You and surrender all that I am. I ask that You pour out Your favor and blessing on me. Show me Your goodness and love and position me to be a greater blessing to others.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen


APRIL 1

Today’s Scripture

            “The way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, which shines ever brighter until the full light of day.”  (Proverbs 4:18, NLT)

Even Brighter

            Are you facing a situation that seems dark today? God promises that your path will shine brighter and brighter as you seek His truth and righteousness in every situation. What is righteousness? Righteousness means to be in “right standing” with God. Being in right standing with God is about submitting your life to Him. It’s about obeying His commands and seeking His plan for your life on a daily basis. God wants to be involved in every detail of your life. It pleases Him when you come to Him. It pleases Him when you study your Bible and talk to Him in prayer. And just as the increasing light of the sun helps you see better in the natural, the increasing light of God’s Word will guide you in every decision you have to make. No matter what you may be facing today, take time to ask the Lord to shine His light on your thoughts. Ask Him to confirm His plan for you today. Ask Him to shine the light of His Word in your heart so that you can clearly see the next step to take. As you continue to pursue His truth and righteousness, you will experience more of His blessings and live the life of abundance that He has in store for you!

A Prayer for Today

            “God, I know that You have a wonderful plan and purpose for me. I want to be in “”right standing”” with You today. Show me your ways and teach me to walk righteously before you. Shine your light in my heart and give me strength and wisdom to pursue the path You have in-store for me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen


MARCH 29

Today’s Scripture

            “…But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead.”

(Philippians 3:13, ESV)

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Forget What Lies Behind

            Many people don’t fully understand what it means to forget the past. One definition of the word “forget” is “to disregard intentionally, or to overlook.” You have to intentionally disregard your past so that it doesn’t keep you from moving forward. That means the good and the bad. If we’re not careful, even our past victories can keep us from rising higher if we get too comfortable where we are. God wants to take us from glory to glory, but if we don’t let go of the old, we’ll never be able to embrace the new. It’s time to forget what lies behind. Put it away once and for all. When you release it, it’s an act of your faith. Focus all your energy on moving forward. Trust that God has new levels of victory, peace and favor. Trust that He’s working behind the scenes on your behalf. As you forget what lies behind and press forward, you will see the abundant life the Lord has in store for you!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father in Heaven, I choose to forget the past today. I don’t want anything to hold me back from the future You have prepared for me. I choose forgiveness and ask that You help me, by Your Spirit, to press forward in every area of my life. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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MARCH 28

 

Today’s Scripture

            “And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend.”  (James 2:23, NIV)

Friend of God

            The all-knowing, all-powerful Creator of the universe wants to be your friend today. That’s why He created you—first and foremost—to have a loving relationship with you. It’s as simple as opening your heart to Him. If you have faith in God today, then just like Abraham, you are God’s friend. The Bible says that God is a friend that sticks closer than a brother. That means He is faithful. He will never leave you. He will never forsake you. He is with you always. He is mindful of you—that means He is always thinking of you. What an honor and privilege it is to be called God’s friend! Let that sink down into your heart today. The next time the enemy tries to tell you that you are alone in this world, or that no one else understands what you are going through, just say out loud, “I am a friend of God.”

A Prayer for Today

            “Heavenly Father, thank You for being my friend today. Thank You for loving me and for being faithful to me. Help me to understand Your friendship today so that I can be a better friend to those around me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen


MARCH 27

Today’s Scripture

            “Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will do great things.”  (Joel 2:21, KJV)

He Will Do Great Things

            God wants to do great things in your life! Notice this verse starts out by saying “fear not.” Fear is the greatest weapon the enemy uses to try to hold you back. Fear is not from God. It is designed to paralyze you and keep you from God’s blessings. Don’t ever let fear be a factor in the choices you make in life. Overcome fear by meditating on the promises of God’s love and goodness. Perfect love casts out all fear. When you understand the love of God, you have nothing to fear. You know the Lord will do great things! Let that sink down into your spirit today. Meditate on this verse and declare it out loud every day. As you study God’s Word, your faith will grow and fear will be gone from your life. You’ll know His love, and you will experience His goodness in every area of your life!

A Prayer for Today

            “Heavenly Father, thank You for goodness and faithfulness. Show me Your perfect love so that I may know You. I choose to rejoice in You and trust that You will do great things in my life! In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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MARCH 26

Praise God for Hope

Hope is as important to our lives as breathing, for without it, we die. People without hope lose their dreams of a better future and just give up! We must have hope to survive in this world, and trusting in Jesus gives us new life and hope for eternity! Sometimes, if our prayers don’t get answered the way we want them to or when we want them to, we give up on God But the good news is . . . God never gives up on us! He is waiting right there beside us, calling us to come back to Him because He loves us with an unconditional, everlasting love! When we are waiting for that big promotion, a miracle of healing, the perfect mate, or some other great need in our lives, don’t give up hope. Trust in Jesus! He knows better than we do exactly what we need. He loves answering our prayers and giving good gifts to His children. He also loves it when His children have faith in Him, knowing that He knows what is best! So put your hope in Jesus, because without Him, there is no hope! Texts: Proverbs 10:28, Colossians 1:27, Philippians 1:6, Romans 15:13

Brenda Walsh Ministries

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Today’s Scripture

            “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”  (Matthew 11:29, NIV)

Find Rest

            Sometimes the pressures of life can cause unnecessary stress. So many people these days lose sleep worrying about things or people in their lives, but God wants us to live a life of rest and peace. When Jesus walked on this earth, He took time away from the crowds. He spent time with the Father. He found rest. He was gentle and humble in heart. Do you ever notice that when you are stressed out or worrying about something, you’re less tolerant of the people around you? You’re more likely to say something you don’t really mean. God wants you to cast your cares on Him so that you can live with a gentle and humble attitude toward others. When you learn to release your burdens and follow the example that Jesus gave, you will be refreshed and find rest for your soul and peace in your heart.

A Prayer for Today

            “Heavenly Father, today I choose to cast my cares on You. Teach me, Holy Spirit, to have a gentle and humble attitude. Help me find rest for my soul so that I can love others the way You love me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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MARCH 25

Wake Up

 Many Christians claim to love the Lord with all their heart and soul, but their actions speak differently. They would never consider getting actively involved—taking a church office, helping out at the local food bank, or going on a mission trip. No, they are quite satisfied to love the Lord just going to church once a week and then going about their weekly routine, until time to go to church again the next week! Week after week turns into year after year, until they are ready for retirement and their bodies are too weak to give service to anyone! Sadly, too many are blindly going through the motions of being a Christian—and truly do not realize they are not connected to our Savior. Going to church will not save anyone! We need to know our Savior! And the more we get to know Jesus, the more we love Him and want to serve Him! We need to wake up from our spiritual slumber and allow God to use us—however He wants to use us. Ask yourself the questions: Do I love Jesus so much that I am willing to give of my time, my finances, and my whole heart? Do I love Him more than my comfortable lifestyle, more than my career, more than financial success? Honestly examine your heart and answer the question that Jesus asked Peter in John 21:15 (NKJV), “Do you love Me more than these?” Texts: Romans 13:11, 1 Peter 1:12, 1 Samuel 12:24, Mark 10:45

Brenda Walsh Ministries

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Wake Up America

Radical Islam: The Most Dangerous Ideology

By Raymond Ibrahim – author of The Al Qaeda Reader

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MARCH 23

AMERICA IS SLIPPING AWAY FROM GOD – By Billy Graham

            Q: My family and I are believers privileged to move from India to the USA legally. We are proud to have completed the process of obtaining American citizenship after having experienced persecution for our faith in God. But we have been stunned to see what prosperity can do to people, even Christians. Do most citizens — even the less fortunate — understand how blessed they are to live in this prosperous nation? — F.C.

            A: Materialism may do what an enemy could never achieve — materialism robs a nation of its spiritual strength. Many, particularly in the younger generations, do not know the hardships of the early beginnings; the battles for freedom, the sacrifices made for future generations.

            America has probably been the most successful experiment in history. The American Dream was a glorious attempt. Its success was because it was built on the faith of our forefathers who believe in Almighty God to guide them. The early concepts of America came from Holy Scripture — and the Lord blessed us because of it.

            But we have gone a long way down the wrong road, and if we do not turn back to Him, Americans will learn all about persecution.

            There is no doubt that when a nation ceases to fulfill the function God intends, that nation comes to an end. Monstrous new ideas that could easily destroy our freedoms are rushing onto the scene. A terrifying spiritual and moral tide of evil has already loosed us from our spiritual moorings.

            Comfort and prosperity have never enriched the world as much as adversity has done. Out of pain and problems have come the sweetest songs, the most beautiful poems and the most gripping stories. We must pray that God will turn our hearts back to Him.

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

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Today’s Scripture

            “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you”  (Jeremiah 1:5, ESV)

Receive Grace

            You are approved by Almighty God! When He created you in His image, He stepped back and stamped His “Made by Almighty God” approval on you. You are the apple of His eye, and His favor surrounds you like a shield. You did not choose God, but He chose you and He is pleased with you—His most precious creation. Notice that verse doesn’t say that God approves you as long as you don’t have any faults or as long as you don’t make any mistakes. No, God approves you unconditionally. No matter how many weaknesses you may think you have today, no matter how many times you fall, you’ve got to get right back up again and hold your head high. Don’t allow the enemy to bring strife into your life by deceiving you into thinking that you are not “good enough.” Stand strong in your thoughts about yourself, knowing that not only have you been chosen, but you are approved by Almighty God.

A Prayer for Today

            “Heavenly Father, I thank You for Your promise of grace in my life. Thank You for unmerited favor and empowering me through Your Word. I receive Your grace right now and invite Your love to flow through me today. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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MARCH 22

Today’s Scripture

            “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you”  (Jeremiah 1:5, ESV)

Receive Grace

            You are approved by Almighty God! When He created you in His image, He stepped back and stamped His “Made by Almighty God” approval on you. You are the apple of His eye, and His favor surrounds you like a shield. You did not choose God, but He chose you and He is pleased with you—His most precious creation. Notice that verse doesn’t say that God approves you as long as you don’t have any faults or as long as you don’t make any mistakes. No, God approves you unconditionally. No matter how many weaknesses you may think you have today, no matter how many times you fall, you’ve got to get right back up again and hold your head high. Don’t allow the enemy to bring strife into your life by deceiving you into thinking that you are not “good enough.” Stand strong in your thoughts about yourself, knowing that not only have you been chosen, but you are approved by Almighty God.

A Prayer for Today

            “Heavenly Father, I thank You for Your promise of grace in my life. Thank You for unmerited favor and empowering me through Your Word. I receive Your grace right now and invite Your love to flow through me today. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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MARCH 21

Today’s Scripture

            “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”  (Proverbs 4:23, NIV)

Guard Your Heart

            Your eyes, ears and mouth are all gateways to your heart. What you watch and listen to goes into your heart whether you realize it or not. Similar to a computer, what you allow into your heart programs your thinking and words, which ultimately determines the direction of your life. Indeed, your thoughts determine actions, attitude and self-image. You can guard your heart by being extremely careful about what you watch and listen to. But beyond that, you have to guard your heart against bitterness and bad attitudes. The Bible says that out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. That means your words show where your heart is. Take inventory today of what you are saying, watching and listening to. As you guard your heart and mind, the springs of life within you will flow freely, and you will live in the abundance the Lord has in store for you.

A Prayer for Today

            “Heavenly Father, today I submit my mind and heart to You. I choose to guard my heart and ask that You guide and direct my everyday choices. Purify me by Your spirit so that life will flow from me in every area. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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THE LOOK OF JESUS

While [Peter] was still speaking, the rooster crowed. And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. . . . So Peter went out and wept bitterly.  Luke 22:60-62, NKJV

            The night Jesus was betrayed, a man stepped up to Peter in the courtyard of the temple compound and challenged him: “Didn’t I see you with [Jesus] in the olive grove?” (John 18:26, NIV). All the tension and anger of the past hours exploded in Peter and tumbled out in a stream of curses as he insisted, “I don’t know the man!” Yet as he spoke, he heard the unmistakable sound of a rooster crowing in the distance. At that very moment, a commotion in the breezeway got everyone’s attention. With the denial still burning his lips, Peter looked into the eyes of Jesus!

            The look of Jesus was like a flaming fire, burning away Peter’s hypocrisy and sin. Then as the entourage around Jesus roughly pushed and shoved Him forward, the moment passed. Peter, shaken to the core of his being, went out into the night, where he “wept bitterly,” sobbing out his confession to God.

            Three days later, Peter knew his sin had been forgiven when he met the risen Christ. Do you have the uneasy feeling that Jesus is “looking” at you? Is your heart burning with shame and guilt? Don’t shed tears, shed your pride and come to Him for cleansing and restoration.

By Anne Graham Lotz


MARCH 20

Today’s Scripture

            “Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy.”  (1 Peter 1:8, NIV)

Enjoy Life!

            If the circumstances of life have taken away your joy, today is the day to get it back. You weren’t meant to live this life feeling drained, depressed and down. God wants you to be excited about your future and learn to enjoy each and every day. Start each morning with a declaration of faith. Quote Psalm 118:24 aloud to yourself: “This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.” The Lord gave you today for a specific reason, so enjoy it and live it in His strength! You have to be determined to enjoy your life even in the difficult seasons. Every day you can choose to enjoy the things that God has given you. Keep giving God praise despite your circumstances, and you will enjoy your life to the fullest today.

A Prayer for Today

            “God, thank You for this wonderful day that You have given me. I ask today for the eyes of faith to see myself and my life the way You see me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”       

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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INTO THE LIGHT 

It’s spring and the earth awakens once more!  Crocus and daffodils sprout from chilly beds; birds lay their eggs and welcome new life.  Spring is a time to emerge from the darkness that may be clouding your happiness and celebrate the newness of life.  Wouldn’t it be even more glorious if every day could feel like the first day of spring?  It can…the light of God can give you a perpetual glow no matter the season.  Walk into the light of God’s love at you house of worship this week.


MARCH 19

Today’s Scripture

            “…For I alone am God! I am God, and there is none like me. Only I can tell you the future before it even happens. Everything I plan will come to pass, for I do whatever I wish.”  (Isaiah 46:9–10, NLT)

Trust God’s Wisdom

            Many people pray very boldly for things that never come to pass; it’s only later that they realize what a blessing it was that God did not answer their prayer! It’s easy to look at our current situation and wonder why that relationship didn’t work out, why the promotion went to someone else, or why the business deal fell through. We can only see one moment at a time, but God knows how today’s situations will impact us tomorrow, next week, or even ten years from now! Sometimes the best thing that can happen to you is the exact opposite of what you want to happen at the time. God knows the end from the beginning, and He always has the sequence of events in your life in perfect order. Stay in faith and trust that just as God opens doors, He also closes doors because He has something better in store for you. You’re about to see new growth, new talents, new opportunities.

A Prayer for Today

            “God, I’m so glad that You have the infinite wisdom to take perfect care of me. Give me the ability to rest in Your wisdom and not rely on my own. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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Live for Jesus

Our time here on earth is short, and the way we live our lives is how we will be remembered long after we are gone. We will be defined by the choices we make. If we are selfish, mean, and nasty, there probably won’t be very many people that will miss us. On the other hand, Mother Teresa is remembered for her unselfish years of service helping the poor. Her kindness for others will be talked about until Jesus comes! Living a self-centered life won’t bring happiness. Only what is done for Christ will last. We need to ask ourselves: How do we want to be remembered? There’s no greater way to be remembered than to be someone who has glorified God! Now is the time to make our mark in the world by being obedient to whatever God has called us to do. He wants us to be humble, compassionate servants, unselfishly thinking of others! When we feed the poor, help the brokenhearted, and show grace and mercy toward our enemies, we are reflecting the character of Christ! Oh, that we would all strive to please our heavenly Father and accomplish all that He wants us to do. In other words, let us all make the decision to live for Jesus! Texts: Jeremiah 7:23, Romans 12:2, Colossians 3:12-15, 2 Corinthians 5:9-10

By Brenda Walsh

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MARCH 18

Today’s Scripture

            “Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you.”  (Proverbs 4:25, NIV)

Plan to Do God’s Will

            In order to fulfill your destiny, you have to know your purpose. You need a plan, and then you must work that plan. You should wake up each day knowing where you’re headed, which direction you’re taking, and what you are going to accomplish—and then stick with it! Don’t allow the distractions and busyness of life get you off course. Ask yourself, “Is what I’m doing moving me toward my God-given destiny? Am I staying focused? Is this my purpose in life, or am I just wasting my time being busy?” Proverbs 4:25 says to keep your eyes fixed straight ahead. Don’t look to the left or to the right. Don’t be distracted and spend your time and energy on things that are not helping you fulfill your destiny. If you need direction for your life today, ask the Holy Spirit to show you how to order your time and arrange your schedule to accomplish the Lord’s will. Remember, God’s plans are blessed, and as you walk in His plan for your life, you will experience His abundant blessing on everything you set your hand to!

A Prayer for Today

            “God, help me focus on your purpose for my life. I want to have a plan everyday to live out your will for my life. Help me to order my days to fulfill my God-given purpose. Bless my steps, God! In Jesus’ name – Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen


MARCH 16

Hungry for God

If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, old things have passed away; behold all things have become new.”  (2 Corinthians 5:17, NKJV)

            The changes brought about by God’s Word in your life and mine are not primarily for the purpose of making us good or successful or happy or wealthy or prosperous or problem free. The primary purpose of these changes is that we might know God fully and intimately so we can reflect Him in all we are and say and do, bringing glory to the One Who created us.

            Is your life complete? Do you feel you are waiting for something, but you don’t know what? Do you have an aching loneliness, a hunger pain of the spirit, a yearning deep inside yourself for something? For Someone? Then get in touch with your Creator. You are hungry for God. You were created with a capacity to know Him in a personal, permanent, love relationship. That capacity is empty until you establish the relationship with Him for which you were created.

Blessings,

Anne Graham Lotz


MARCH 15

Today’s Scripture

            “But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in heaven forgive your transgressions.”  (Mark 11:26, NASB)

Forgive and Move On

            No one promised that life would always be fair. People are imperfect; we make mistakes and bad decisions. You may have been hurt by others in the past, but the important part is how you choose to deal with that hurt. Failing to let go of the past and holding on to grudges and anger can only cause harm in your life. If you want to keep your joy and remove what could become some huge obstacles in your path, decide to forgive others, whether or not they ask for forgiveness. God says His daily forgiveness, in the sense of His daily favor and blessings, is based on your willingness to forgive others. When you forgive, you will find new strength and begin to experience God’s explosive blessings!

A Prayer for Today

            “God, thank You for Your forgiveness. I know that I don’t deserve it, but I praise You for faithfully forgiving me. Help me to clear any roadblocks in my path by forgiving others, even as You forgive me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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SOUTHERN HERITAGE ASSISTED LIVING – East Ridge, His Call Gospel Singers, 2pm

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Live for Jesus

Our time here on earth is short, and the way we live our lives is how we will be remembered long after we are gone. We will be defined by the choices we make. If we are selfish, mean, and nasty, there probably won’t be very many people that will miss us. On the other hand, Mother Teresa is remembered for her unselfish years of service helping the poor. Her kindness for others will be talked about until Jesus comes! Living a self-centered life won’t bring happiness. Only what is done for Christ will last. We need to ask ourselves: How do we want to be remembered? There’s no greater way to be remembered than to be someone who has glorified God! Now is the time to make our mark in the world by being obedient to whatever God has called us to do. He wants us to be humble, compassionate servants, unselfishly thinking of others! When we feed the poor, help the brokenhearted, and show grace and mercy toward our enemies, we are reflecting the character of Christ! Oh, that we would all strive to please our heavenly Father and accomplish all that He wants us to do. In other words, let us all make the decision to live for Jesus! Texts: Jeremiah 7:23, Romans 12:2, Colossians 3:12-15, 2 Corinthians 5:9-10

By Brenda Walsh

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MARCH 14

Today’s Scripture

            “…Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun.”  (2 Corinthians 5:17, NLT)

A New Beginning

            When you gave your heart to Christ, you were changed on the inside. That’s what it means to be “born again.” The Holy Spirit now lives inside you. You didn’t change on the outside; the change is in your spirit. You may not feel any differently, but Christians know that they can’t base their lives on what they feel, but on what God says. And He says in His Word that anyone who trusts in Christ is a brand-new person. You may have been a Christian for a few months or a few years. But no matter how long you have known Christ, being a Christian never grows old. Does your life still reflect the changes that happened to you when you became a believer? Make today a day of new beginnings!

A Prayer for Today

            “God, thank You for changing me and saving me. Help me to live the life in a way that reflects the change in my heart when I received You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen


MARCH 13

 

Today’s Scripture

            “…Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”  (Matthew 17:20, NIV)

Normal Heroes

            Great biblical characters didn’t live lives of heroic deeds every day. They lived most of their lives the same way you do, taking care of the day-to-day things. Take the life of Noah, for instance. It must have been a great day for Noah when the rain finally started falling and his family raced into the ark. And it was probably the high point of Noah’s life when God brought him and his family safely to dry ground after months on the ark. But compared to the 120 long years it took Noah to build the ark, these extraordinary chapters in his life were almost nothing. Noah had to keep his faith strong through all those ordinary days while building the ark so that when God was ready to do something great through him, Noah was ready, too. What does God want to do through you? Being your best through the routine of today is another step toward discovering God’s extraordinary.

A Prayer for Today

            “God, thank You for the examples of heroes in the Bible. Help me to be faithful in the things You have given me to do today. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen


MARCH 12

Today’s Scripture

            “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.”  (Proverbs 16:9, NIV)

All in God’s Timing

            This world is a fast, go-go place where people want things “my way, in my time and for my life.” Many people think that the world will give them what they are trying to get, and it’s up to them to take what they want. But that’s simply not true. Yes, you are called to action, and you must go out there and live life, but God has blessings for you that He wants you to be patient and wait on. You can plan your whole life, all the way to the end, but the Bible says that the Lord determines your steps, not you. Give yourself over to Him and be patient and wait upon the Lord and His blessings!

A Prayer for Today

            “God, help me not to be impatient, but to wait upon You and what You want to bless me with. Give me the strength not to give in to the way the world runs life, because I know that You have all of my steps designed. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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BOJANGLES (Athens TN), 1888 Congress S Pkwy., His Call Gospel Singers, 6:30 – 7:45pm

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Live for Jesus

Our time here on earth is short, and the way we live our lives is how we will be remembered long after we are gone. We will be defined by the choices we make. If we are selfish, mean, and nasty, there probably won’t be very many people that will miss us. On the other hand, Mother Teresa is remembered for her unselfish years of service helping the poor. Her kindness for others will be talked about until Jesus comes! Living a self-centered life won’t bring happiness. Only what is done for Christ will last. We need to ask ourselves: How do we want to be remembered? There’s no greater way to be remembered than to be someone who has glorified God! Now is the time to make our mark in the world by being obedient to whatever God has called us to do. He wants us to be humble, compassionate servants, unselfishly thinking of others! When we feed the poor, help the brokenhearted, and show grace and mercy toward our enemies, we are reflecting the character of Christ! Oh, that we would all strive to please our heavenly Father and accomplish all that He wants us to do. In other words, let us all make the decision to live for Jesus! Texts: Jeremiah 7:23, Romans 12:2, Colossians 3:12-15, 2 Corinthians 5:9-10

By Brenda Walsh


MARCH 11

Today’s Scripture

            “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for the tree is known by its fruit.”  (Matthew 12:33, NASB)

What Kind of Fruit Are You Producing?

            God wants you to spend time doing meaningful things. But how can you tell if what you’re doing is really the best way to spend your time? One way to find out is to take an inventory of your life to see where your time is going. It’s not only important how you spend your time, but with whom you spend it. The next step is called pruning, and it may cause discomfort. Pruning is necessary to not only keep healthy growth, but to also make sure that the growth is in the right areas and direction. It may mean you have to prune off some relationships that are not adding value to your life. Your thought process should start with, “How can I make more room in my life for God’s best?” God’s best is so much greater than anything else that you could ever put your time into. Go through the pruning process to produce all that God has for you; the very best!

A Prayer for Today

            “God, thank You that You have the very best in mind for me. I know that I must go through some uncomfortable pruning, but when I finish, I’ll be ready to spend my time with you! In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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LIFE CARE CENTER OF HIXSON (Hixson TN), 5798 Hixson Home Place, His Call Gospel Singers, 10:30am

LIFE CARE CENTER OF COLLEGEDALE (Collegedale TN), 9210 Apison Pike, His Call Gospel Singers, 3pm

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MARCH 8

Today’s Scripture

            “And provide for those who grieve in Zion…a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.”  (Isaiah 61:3, NIV)

New Garments

            Do you need a new garment today? I’m not talking about a physical garment. I’m talking about what’s covering your mind and emotions. When you feel that heaviness and discouragement are trying to overtake you, the first thing to do is take off the old coat of heaviness and put on a new coat of praise. When you put on the garment of praise, that spirit of heaviness has to go. Sometimes you won’t feel like being grateful. That’s why God says to offer up the sacrifice of praise. God knew it would not always be easy. You will have to dig your heels in and say, “God, I’m tired and discouraged, but I know You are good. You are good all the time, so I choose to give You praise.” Today is the day for new garments! Thank Him for restoring you, even if you don’t see it yet. As this verse says, you will be called an oak of righteousness, strong and secure, and you will display the splendor of the Lord!

A Prayer for Today

            “Heavenly Father, I come to You today and ask that You take off my old, heavy garments of despair and heaviness. Make me new today. Give me a garment of praise so that I can be a display of Your glory and splendor. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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Defy The Devil’s Discouragement

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

            Q: I am a new Christian and I try to read the Bible but I get discouraged because there are many parts of it I don’t understand. — B.B.

            A: Satan is the great discourager. He doesn’t want us to read or memorize Scripture because it is the Word of God. But we can overcome everything Satan hurls at us with the weapon God has provided — the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.

            We must saturate ourselves in His truth. We must read and ask the Spirit of God to clarify what we are reading. The Scriptures are the greatest source of hope we will find in this hopeless world. “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning” (Romans 15:4).


MARCH 7

Today’s Scripture

            “But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.”  (1 John 3:17–18, ESV)

Love Indeed

            You are the hands and feet of Jesus in the earth. The Lord wants to bless you today so that you can be a blessing to others. He wants to work through you to show His love and compassion. Notice this verse tells us that love isn’t just about our words or thoughts, it’s about our actions. Love is about reaching out and meeting the needs of others. Sometimes meeting someone’s needs is as simple as a smile or sharing a word of encouragement. There are many ways to show the love of God. Can you pay for someone’s gas or groceries? Do you see a need in someone’s life that you can meet? Look for ways to put your love into action. The Bible says that it’s His kindness that leads people to repentance, and the Lord wants to show His kindness in the earth through you.

A Prayer for Today

            “Heavenly Father, thank You for Your hand of blessing in my life. Thank You for choosing to work through me today. I submit myself and my resources to You. Show me ways to be a blessing to others so that the earth will be filled with the knowledge of Your glory. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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MARCH 6

Today’s Scripture

            “..for He grants sleep to those He loves.”  (Psalm 127:2, NIV)

Blessings in Sleep

            The Lord longs to pour out blessings on you constantly—even when you sleep! Understand that God has His hand on your life even in the midnight hour. He wants to speak to your heart and restore your dreams. He is taking care of those things that concern you. When you cast your cares on Him and trust Him to work out every detail of your life, you’ll be able to enjoy that sweet sleep that He has promised. Make the decision today to enjoy the blessing of the Lord as you sleep tonight. Say a prayer before you go to bed and cast your cares on Him. As you allow the Lord to bless and refresh you in sleep, you’ll see a tremendous change in your waking hours. You’ll be more invigorated, more alert, and full of the blessing of the Lord in every area of your life!

A Prayer for Today

            “Heavenly Father, thank You for Your promise of blessing. I ask that You teach me to receive that blessing even while I sleep. I cast my cares on You and trust that You are working behind the scenes in my life. Thank You for watching over me and protecting me. Thank You for refreshing me as I sleep tonight. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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MORNINGSIDE ASSISTED LIVING (Cleveland TN), 2900 Westside Drive, His Call Gospel Singers, 2pm

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MARCH 5

Today’s Scripture

            “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”  (Romans 10:17, NKJV)

Faith Comes By Hearing

            Do you want more faith? Well, the good news is that your faith in God can grow and increase. Notice the Scripture doesn’t say, “Faith comes by having heard the Word of God one time.” It’s hearing—in the present tense. Sure, God’s Word can transform us in an instant, but most of the time, we need to hear God’s principles over and over again before they become active in our lives. The truth of God’s Word chisels away at the doubt and unbelief that’s been built up over the years. Just as a seed needs water daily to grow, your spirit needs the Word of God daily. Get in the habit of meditating on God’s Word and dwelling on thoughts of faith, victory and hope. The more you fill your heart and mind with God’s Word, the stronger you will be so you can stand against the powers of darkness.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father in Heaven, thank you for 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.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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Believe in His Name

            “There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”  (Acts 4:12, NKJV)

Although God is the Creator of us all, nowhere does the Bible say we are all His children. On the contrary, there are two conditions you and I must meet before we can be called God’s children. One is that we must receive Jesus, or open the door of our hearts and invite Him to come in. The other is that we must believe in His Name.

            Believing in His Name means we must be willing to commit our lives to all that He is as represented by His Name. And His Name is Lord Jesus Christ.

            The qualification for being a child of God by believing on His Name means much more than just head knowledge. It is not just giving intellectual assent to the fact that the Name Lord Jesus Christ is the label attached to the Person. It means to rest in Jesus, to put all of our trust on Him alone for forgiveness and salvation.

By Anne Graham Lotz


MARCH 4

Today’s Scripture

            “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavily burdened [by religious rituals that provide no peace], and I will give you rest [refreshing your souls with salvation].”  (Matthew 11:28, AMP)

Come to the Father

            Does your soul need refreshing today? God is constantly inviting us to step away from the hectic pace of life and come to Him to find rest for our souls. Are you facing challenges in your relationships? Finances? Career? God wants to refresh you. He wants to give you rest. Think about that for a moment. What would cause you to rest? If you knew everything was going to work out for your good, you would stop worrying. You would rest! Even if things don’t work out the way you planned or on your timetable, you can trust that God will turn things around in your favor. Today, make it a point to be still before God. Quiet your mind of all the things on your agenda and just focus on Him. Let Him love you, let Him speak to your heart, and let Him fill you with peace and strength each and every day​​.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, I come to You now and give You my cares and burdens. I thank You for working behind the scenes on my behalf. Thank You for loving me and setting me free. Thank You for giving me rest for my soul and peace in my heart today. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen


MARCH 2

Today’s Scripture

            “…I will not forget you. I have swept away your sins like a cloud. I have scattered your offenses like the morning mist…”  (Isaiah 44:21–22, NLT)

God Rescues You for Glory!

            Down here in Texas, clouds don’t linger. They’re swept away by winds from the north or fresh breezes from the Gulf. That’s what God says about your sins, weaknesses and shortcomings—they’re swept away before you know it. God is a loving, forgiving, redeeming, life-changing God. So start agreeing with God and change the image you have of yourself. Instead of telling God what you can’t do, agree with what He says you can do! You can turn your entire life around if you look at yourself the way that God sees you and agree with His purpose. God is with you, so be fearless and victorious each day. Gideon, the great hero of the Bible, thought of himself as weak, but God called him a “mighty man of fearless courage.” The Bible says, “If you believe, all things are possible.” Get God’s vision of victory for your life. See yourself as the champion God created you to be—strong, courageous and successful!

A Prayer for Today

            “God, thank You for seeing me as victorious and useful. Help me to stand under Your ideas and fulfill what You have for me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen


MARCH 1

Called to Serve

Perhaps God didn’t call you to be a missionary in a faraway land or preach behind a pulpit, yet you have indeed been called to minister. You don’t have to waste a minute of your time though, trying to figure out what God has planned for you. If not knowing what to do is stopping you from serving Jesus—then that’s your problem! It’s not your job to figure it out! Your job is to stay surrendered to God and allow Him to lead each and every day. When you allow God to push you out of your comfort zone, that’s when He can begin to use you! It’s also when you begin leaning on Jesus—and not on yourself. So many of us are willing to serve God as long as it is something we are comfortable with—but that’s not really serving God. That’s doing what you want to do. The Bible has a very clear message of how God feels about that. Just read Matthew 7:21- 23, and it will change your life dramatically! It all boils down to this: all God’s children are called to serve! Are you ready to give up control? If so, recommit your life to Jesus, fully surrender, and become a daily witness—yes, a minister for our Lord and Savior! Texts: Galatians 5:13, Colossians 3:23-24, 1 Peter 4:10, Hebrews 6:10

By Brenda Walsh


FEBRUARY 28

Today’s Scripture

            “Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”  (Matthew 19:26, NIV)

You Are A Champion!

            Conquerors don’t give up when they lose ground. They march forward with confidence knowing that they will claim victory. It should be the same with us in our daily lives. The Bible says you don’t have to worry—you are an overcomer in Christ! When worry comes against us, we can choose not to dwell on those negative thoughts. Like changing TV channels, you can change the channel in your mind from thoughts of defeat to thoughts of victory. Instead of dreading what could go wrong, meditate on God’s promises. Declare His word, “I am more than a conqueror in Christ Jesus.” The Holy Spirit lives in you and is fighting your spiritual battles for you. As soon as you pray, the tide of the battle begins to turn! That’s why the Scriptures say over and over again that you can overcome anything. You can claim victory through Him today!

A Prayer for Today

            “God, thank You for Your Holy Spirit, who is fighting my battles for me. Give me the faith to hold on to Your promises and claim victory in Your Name. Instead of worrying, I will be calm and victorious in You!  In Jesus’ name.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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THURSDAY – FEBRUARY 28

SIGNATURE HEALTHCARE OF CLEVELAND (Cleveland TN), 2750 Executive Park Dr NW, His Call Gospel Singers, 2-3pm

FRIDAY – MARCH 1

SIGNATURE HEALTHCARE OF CLEVELAND (Cleveland TN), 2750 Executive Park Dr NW, His Call Gospel Singers, 2-3pm

WHITE OAK UMC (Red Bank TN), 2232 Lyndon Ave.His Call Gospel Singers, The Webb Sisters, 6pm. 

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FEBRUARY 27

Today’s Scripture

            “And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love…”  (Romans 8:38, NLT)

Nothing Can Separate You from God’s Love

            No matter how many weaknesses you think you have, you are very special to God! You are beautifully, wonderfully and uniquely made, and you need to celebrate His handiwork in you! Too many times, people compare their lives to others rather than looking to God’s promises and celebrating what God has given them. Worrying about your weaknesses will distract you and keep you from fulfilling your destiny. Don’t waste your time looking back, reliving what you did. You may be saying, “You just don’t know how I’ve lived. You mean to say I’m not supposed to feel guilty and condemned? That I don’t need to pay God back for all my mistakes by going around feeling bad about myself?” Yes, that is exactly right! Jesus came so you can be forgiven and have an abundant life. So begin seeing yourself today as God sees you.

A Prayer for Today

            “God, thank You for loving me unconditionally without holding my sins against me. Give me the power to stay on track and fulfill my destiny for this day and every day.  In Jesus’ name. Amen”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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Being ‘Born Again’ Is As Real As Birth

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham – 2-27-19

            Q: I am from a Middle Eastern religion and recently moved to America. I have been introduced to Christianity through many of my co-workers, many of them very nice. But when I ask about their faith, they often talk about being born twice. Their explanations are a bit confusing. What does that mean? — M.F.

            A: The Bible says “Unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). This is a wonderful verse taken from the lips of Jesus. He was talking to a man by the name of Nicodemus who had sought Him out. He, too, wanted clarification on things he had heard. Nicodemus believed in God but not His Son. The heart of God is blessed when people inquire about the truth He has given to the world.

            While we cannot fully explain the mystery of physical birth, we accept its wonder, and we accept the fact of new life. What is it, then, that keeps us from accepting the reality and wonder of spiritual rebirth — of being “born again”? To those who have experienced it or seen it happen in others, it is just as real as physical birth.

            Just as surely as God implants the life cell in the tiny seed that produces the mighty oak … as surely as He instills the heartbeat in the life of the tiny infant yet unborn … as surely as He puts motion into the planets, stars, and heavenly bodies — so He implants His divine life in the hearts of those who earnestly seek Him through Christ.

            This is not conjecture; it is fact. Those who have not yet accepted Christ as Savior are cheating themselves out of the greatest, most revolutionary experience known to any human being. By a prayer of faith they can.

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WEDNESDAY – FEBRUARY 27

SOUTHERN OAKS ASSISTED LIVING (Chattanooga TN), 7230 Lee Hwy., His Call Gospel Singers, 4pm

THURSDAY – FEBRUARY 28

SIGNATURE HEALTHCARE OF CLEVELAND (Cleveland TN), 2750 Executive Park Dr NW, His Call Gospel Singers, 2-3pm

FRIDAY – MARCH 1

WHITE OAK UMC (Red Bank TN), 2232 Lyndon Ave.His Call Gospel Singers, The Webb Sisters, 6pm. 

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FEBRUARY 26

Today’s Scripture

            “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”  (James 1:17, NKJV)

Emphasize The Positive

            God is the provider of every good and perfect gift. Although you may have some obstacles in your path right now, thank the Lord for the strength He gives you to overcome them. Thank God continually for all of the gifts He showers on you, both big and small. If you wrote down all your blessings, you would fill up every piece of paper that you own, and then some! Instead of focusing on the parts of your life that are not going as planned, choose to focus on the good things that God has put in your life. Remember, God can take what is broken and make it whole again.

A Prayer for Today

            “God, help me to keep my focus on the many blessings you shower into my life every day. Thank You for giving me every good and perfect gift! In Jesus’ Name – Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I often hear people say that if people do not give, the work of the Lord will not be accomplished. Is this really the case? — M.H.

A: God does not “need” our money to get His work done. Yet He has arranged it so that His work often is done through the generosity of His own people as a means to glorify Him in all that we do — even the expenditure of our funds. He entrusts His people to be responsible and generous because it blesses Him and others.

At least two things happen when we give. First, when we give with the right attitude, God reminds us that what we have isn’t really ours. He gives us everything we have. Second, when we give, we help meet the needs of others whom God also loves.

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TUESDAY – FEBRUARY 26

MORNING POINTE AT GREENBRIAR COVE (Collegedale TN), 9650 Leyland Drive, His Call Gospel Singers, 1:30pm

WEDNESDAY – FEBRUARY 27

SOUTHERN OAKS ASSISTED LIVING (Chattanooga TN), 7230 Lee Hwy., His Call Gospel Singers, 4pm

THURSDAY – FEBRUARY 28

SIGNATURE HEALTHCARE OF CLEVELAND (Cleveland TN), 2750 Executive Park Dr NW, His Call Gospel Singers, 2-3pm

FRIDAY – MARCH 1

WHITE OAK UMC (Red Bank TN), 2232 Lyndon Ave., His Call Gospel Singers, The Webb Sisters, 6pm. 

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FEBRUARY 25

Today’s Scripture

            “…Give them bouquets of roses instead of ashes…”  (Isaiah 61:3, MSG)

Beauty For Ashes

            Ashes represent what’s left over when everything is burned up. These ashes represent your broken dreams, your disappointments, your hurts and your pains. We all have our share of ashes. God wants to give you beauty for ashes, but an exchange must occur. You can’t hold on to your ashes and receive something beautiful. You have to lay aside the ashes and accept the bouquets of roses God has for you. If you’re going to see the beauty, you have to shake off the ashes of self-pity. You have to shake off the discouragement. We all have wounds, but He wants you to be the victor, not the victim! Make a decision to let go of the ashes of the past and grasp the “roses” God has for you.

A Prayer for Today

            “God, thank You for promising to sweep away the ashes of my past and give me something beautiful in their place. I choose to give them up to You and receive Your healing and restoration in my life.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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TUESDAY – FEBRUARY 26

MORNING POINTE AT GREENBRIAR COVE (Collegedale TN), 9650 Leyland Drive, His Call Gospel Singers, 1:30pm

WEDNESDAY – FEBRUARY 27

SOUTHERN OAKS ASSISTED LIVING (Chattanooga TN), 7230 Lee Hwy., His Call Gospel Singers, 4pm

THURSDAY – FEBRUARY 28

SIGNATURE HEALTHCARE OF CLEVELAND (Cleveland TN), 2750 Executive Park Dr NW, His Call Gospel Singers, 2-3pm

FRIDAY – MARCH 1

WHITE OAK UMC (Red Bank TN), 2232 Lyndon Ave., His Call Gospel Singers, The Webb Sisters, 6pm. 

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FEBRUARY 22

Today’s Scripture

“Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it…”  (Genesis 1:28, NLT)

Too Busy For Joy

Are you missing out on the joys of life because you are too busy? God called you to be fruitful; He never called you to be busy. Don’t get activity mixed up with productivity. Just because you are on the go and always doing things doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re fulfilling God’s best plan for your life. All work and no play is not healthy. Ask the Lord to show you which areas need to be cut back and which areas need more focus. Ask Him to show you which relationships to let go of and which relationships to develop in your life. Stop allowing the unproductive areas of your life to consume all of your time, focus, and energy. As you make adjustments to bring balance to your schedule, you will have room for the activities and relationships that bring you joy and peace.

A Prayer for Today

“God, order my steps today. Help me to prioritize and to focus on those things that honor You and fulfill Your plan for my life. There may be relationships, commitments, and activities that I have to let go of; give me the courage to do so. I want to slow down, restore balance, and experience more joy in my life!”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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LIFE CARE CENTER OF RED BANK (Red Bank TN), 1020 Runyan Drive, His Call Gospel Singers, 2pm

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FEBRUARY 21

Today’s Scripture

            “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  (John 3:16, NIV)

God Loves A Giver!

            One of the greatest challenges facing our society today is the tendency to live selfish lives. Society teaches us to look out for number one. But did you know that God created us to be givers of His selfless and compassionate love? John 3:16 tells us that God showed His love to us by giving His Son, and we also show our love to others by our giving. You can experience a new level of God’s joy, blessing and favor in your life when you step out and develop a lifestyle of giving. Be a giver rather than a taker. You won’t have to look far before you find someone you can help. First Thessalonians 5:15 says, “See that no one pays back evil for evil, but always aim to show kindness and seek to do good to everybody.” Follow the leading of the Holy Spirit to meet the needs of those around you. When you do, you will experience the supernatural joy of giving.

A Prayer for Today

            “God, You gave me the ultimate example of self-sacrificial giving. There are so many opportunities to show Your love to others. Every day, I will seek out ways to show kindness and compassion.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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BRIDGE AT OOLTEWAH, THE (Ooltewah TN), 5901 Snow Hill Rd., His Call Gospel Singers, 3:30pm

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Fear God Because Of Reverence And Respect – By Billy Graham

            Q: I read a lot of books and many Christian authors write about the fact that we should not be fearful. I know the Bible says over and over again, “Fear not,” but it also says to “fear God.” Isn’t this a contradiction? — F.F.

            A: The Bible certainly does not contradict itself. There can be many different meanings to one word. In the case of the word “fear” it can mean “to be afraid, have a feeling of terror,” etc. But there is also a wonderful definition to this word and that is “to have reverence or respect” for something or someone. There are, of course, different kinds of fear. Not all fear is wrong. It is right for a child to fear a hot stove or a sharp knife, because those can harm the child. It is right for us also to fear sin and Satan, for they can bring devastation.

            The Bible indeed does tell us to fear God. That doesn’t mean that we’re to be in terror or Him, shrinking from Him and even fleeing from Him — although we should fear His judgment — but it does mean we are to have a reverence and respect for Him, knowing that He is holy and all powerful.

            This can be a wonderful word study using Scripture. When we hear preachers or others talk about things of God, it pleases the Lord when it drives us to His Word. He Himself will teach us the truth about all things.

            Think of the fears that so easily grip us, even keep us enslaved. There is the fear of problems we face and what might happen to us. Jesus declared, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

            Christ has come to take away the source of our fears. Fears are real. “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives. … Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27).

 


FEBRUARY 20

Today’s Scripture

            “In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.”  (Psalm 5:3, NIV)

Expect God’s Best

            Our God is a God of “suddenlies!” Suddenly, He breaks an addiction. Suddenly, your health improves. Suddenly, you are given that promotion. When you keep your heart open, expectant and filled with faith, God goes to work. In the same way Jesus turned the five loaves of bread and two fish into lunch for 5,000 men (Matthew 14:17), God will take your faith in Him and turn it into the provision you need! The enemy’s goal is to get you discouraged so you will give up and settle where you are. Don’t be deceived! No matter how many disappointments you’ve encountered, God can turn things around for you in a split second of time! One touch of His favor can suddenly restore relationships! One touch of His goodness can solve that problem you’re facing today! Just one touch from Almighty God can instantly change your life!

A Prayer for Today

            “God, each day I come before You with my joys, my concerns, my praises, and my requests. I will wait patiently and expectantly for Your answer. In Jesus’ name – Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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LANTERN AT MORNING POINTE ALZHEIMER’S CENTER OF EXCELLENCE, Collegedale, 9300 Messinger Lane, His Call Gospel Singers, 2pm

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FEBRUARY 19

Today’s Scripture

            “But thanks be to God,who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere.”  (2 Corinthians 2:14, NIV)

Follow God to Victory

            Have you ever noticed that you often face your greatest attacks when you’re about to give birth to the dreams God placed in your heart? The enemy waits until you’re close to the promotion, close to the breakthrough. He’ll strike when you’re just about to step up to a new level. Don’t be surprised if you face opposition or go through a disappointment. Perhaps a friend whom you were counting on is not there. Or, it’s taking longer than you expected. That simply means you’re about to give birth to what God has placed in your heart. The good news is, the forces that are for you are greater than the forces that are against you. Your destiny cannot be stopped by a bad break, by disappointments, by opposition or by other people. God always causes you to triumph. He says, “No weapon formed against you will ever prosper.”

A Prayer for Today

            “God, even when I am under fire from the enemy I will rise up and claim victory over sin and defeat with You by my side. Thank you for leading me toward a life of joy and abundance. I will faithfully follow Your direction. “

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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SODDY-DAISY HEALTHCARE CENTER, 701 Sequoyah Rd, His Call Gospel Singers, 2pm

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FEBRUARY 18

Today’s Scripture

            “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”  (John 10:27, NIV)

When Routine Becomes A Rut

            Do you have a daily routine? The truth is, much of life is routine, and we can become stagnant if we’re not careful. We need to take the time to stop and listen to God’s voice. Maybe He’s telling you it’s time to get some better relationships. Perhaps He has a different career path or job opportunity for you. Maybe the Lord is just encouraging you to develop a positive attitude or healthier habits. Is God asking you to step out of your comfort zone? You can’t stay in the safe zone all of your life and expect to fulfill your highest potential. Be bold and willing to do something out of your usual routine that honors God in a greater way. When you take the initiative and move from your “safe zone” to your “faith zone,” that is when God will move on your behalf and begin to do greater things in your life. In Jesus’ name – Amen.

A Prayer for Today

            “God, it’s time for me to be still and listen. As I spend time in prayer and in the Word, speak to me, O Lord. Tell me what I need to hear and give me the courage to make the desires and dreams of my heart come to pass. “

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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SIGNATURE HEALTHCARE OF CLEVELAND (Cleveland TN), 2750 Executive Park Dr NW, His Call Gospel Singers, 2-3pm

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FEBRUARY 15

Today’s Scripture

            “…And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.”  (Ephesians 3:17–18, NIV)

Tap Into God’s Power

            You may have things in your life that seem dead—a relationship, a business, your health. Jesus would say to you that He has power over death. God’s love can bring that relationship back to life that seems dead to you and take it to an entirely new level. Maybe you feel that you have a “dead-end job,” or maybe you think your life is going nowhere and you have no purpose. We want to encourage you today! The same power that raised Jesus from the dead can revitalize your career and put you on a path of success. If you start believing again, God is going to resurrect what you thought was dead. You may have tried and failed, but dreams that you’ve given up on are going to suddenly come back to life. Problems that looked permanent are going to suddenly turn around. God has the final say. He hasn’t changed His mind.

A Prayer for Today

            “God, today I will be surrounded by Your favor and no weapon formed against me will prosper. You have power over death and I believe that transformative power can bring hope, peace, joy, and fulfillment to my life. In Jesus’ Name – Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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SOUTHERN HERITAGE ASSISTED LIVING – East Ridge, His Call Gospel Singers, 2pm

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FEBRUARY 14

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY

Today’s Scripture

            “…I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.”  (Jeremiah 31:3, NKJV)

God’s Unending Love

            God tells you in His Word that He has always loved you and will always love you—a love that is truly eternal and unending. Nothing can ever separate you from His love, and there is nothing you can do to make Him love you more and nothing you can do to make Him love you any less. His love is truly amazing! Human love can be powerful and faithful, but it still falls short of the perfect love God has for you. It has been said that you can’t out-give God, and that’s true of love as well! First Corinthians 13 is a wonderful chapter because it gives a glimpse into God’s love, which never fails. All the loves on the earth either fall away or fail from time to time, but not God’s perfect love. That is a wonderful thing to know and something to model your own love and life after.

A Prayer for Today

            “God, thank You for loving me with an unending love through Jesus Christ. Give me the same heart to truly love others as You love them. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

 


FEBRUARY 13

Today’s Scripture

            “The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him.”  (Lamentations 3:25, NIV)

Be Patient

            Even when you are busy, you can choose to be patient. Nobody really likes to wait around for something to happen, especially if it’s something they really want to see come to pass. But God says that people who trust in Him need to wait on Him. Waiting is hard, but here’s the good part: waiting on God is not like waiting on anyone else in your life because God never fails to keep His Word! If you’re asking God for something right now or hoping that He will fulfill your dreams, just keep praying and holding on. Don’t give up on God. If it’s not happening on your timetable, remind yourself, “God knows what He is doing. He has my best interest at heart. I wouldn’t be having this delay unless God had a very good reason for it.” Rest assured that it will be in God’s perfect timing.

A Prayer for Today

            “God, please continue to give me patience to wait on You – and thank You for the assurance that You will never fail to keep Your Word. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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FEBRUARY 12

Today’s Scripture

            “And hardworking farmers should be the first to enjoy the fruit of their labor.”  (2 Timothy 2:6, NLT)

The Seed Must Lead

            In farming, the seed always precedes the harvest—and that’s true in our lives as well. In other words, if you want to reap happiness, then you have to sow seeds by making other people happy. If you want to reap financial blessings, you have to sow financially. If you want to reap friendships, you have to be a good friend first. Sowing seed is not just a one-time effort, it’s an important part of everyday life. Instead of focusing on your need, worrying about how it’s going to work out and living frustrated, look for ways you can sow a seed. Be more seed-oriented than need-oriented. Can you give an encouraging word to someone who’s down? Is there someone you can pray for? Are you investing quality time with your loved ones? If you’ll dare to sow a seed in your time of need, God will do more than you can ask or think!

A Prayer for Today

            “God, thank You that I have the good seed of Your Word and Your love within me. Help me to sow these blessings generously in the lives of others. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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FEBRUARY 9

We Can Find Peace In Christ – By Billy Graham

            Q: I have a bad case of emphysema, and I know I don’t have long to live. The doctor says I got it because I was a heavy smoker (and never really tried to quit, to be honest). I don’t have a question, but maybe my letter will encourage someone to live a cleaner life. — R.H.

            A: Thank you for your concern, and I hope your letter will make an impact on those who read it.

            Perhaps your life would have been different if someone had made an effort to help you understand the consequences of your habit.

            Why should we take care of ourselves? It isn’t only so we’ll live longer. The real reason is because it’s God’s will for us to take care of ourselves — physically, emotionally and spiritually.

            God gave our bodies to us, and he meant for us to take care of them and use them for his glory.

            The Bible says, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the holy spirit, who is in you …? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).

            My real concern, however, is that very shortly you will enter eternity and meet God. Are you prepared for that day?

            You can be, by opening your heart and life to Jesus Christ and trusting him alone for your salvation. Christ came to erase the charges against us by his death on the cross. Make sure of your salvation by putting your life — and your eternal destiny — into his hands today.

            Then let the promises of God’s word, the Bible, fill your soul every day. Even in the face of death we can have peace, because we know we belong to Christ — now and forever.


FEBRUARY 8

Today’s Scripture

            “But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?”  (1 John 3:17, NASB)

Open Hearts

            Everywhere you go these days, people are hurting and discouraged; many have made mistakes; their lives are in a mess. They need to feel God’s compassion and His unconditional love. Is your heart of compassion open to them? Do you take time to make a difference in others’ lives? God has given you a heart of compassion, but you must decide to keep it open and allow the love of God to flow through you to those around you. In order to experience God’s abundant life, you must keep your focus on helping other people. Don’t allow the enemy to keep you so busy that you overlook the needs of those around you. Make a decision to show God’s love and goodness wherever you go. Be on the lookout for people you can bless. Go out of your way to show God’s compassion, and as you do, you will rise higher and experience the best plan God has for your life!

A Prayer for Today

            “God, you have my best interests in your heart. I want to learn to show that love to the people in my life. Help me to open my heart and find ways to show compassion and love to those around me. In Jesus’ name – Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen


FEBRUARY 7

Today’s Scripture

            “Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning…”  (Lamentations 3:22–23, NKJV)

New Every Morning

            You may have made a lot of mistakes, but the good news is, you don’t have to carry that around with you. That’s part of what the Scripture means when it says that God’s mercies are new every morning. God’s mercy and forgiveness are available to you every day. His compassions never fail. He makes a fresh new batch every single morning. Do you know why? Because He knew you were going to use up all that He made yesterday! That means that as soon as you call on Him and repent and change your ways, God pours out His compassion and forgiveness. Simply open your heart and receive it. Do you feel like there’s something between you and God right now? Take a moment and call on His faithfulness. Call on His mercy. Ask for His forgiveness. Don’t carry around yesterday’s mistakes any longer. Let Him refresh and restore your soul right now. Praise Him and thank Him for the work He is doing in your life and enjoy a fresh, new beginning today!

A Prayer for Today

            “Heavenly Father, thank You for Your justice in my life. Thank You for working behind the scenes on my behalf. I choose to trust You today. I choose to release every person who has wronged me. Help me to forgive so that I can open the door for You to work in my life today. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen


FEBRUARY 6

God Wants To Change Us From Our Hearts Out

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

            Q: Most people I know would say that I am a good person, but I would be so embarrassed if anyone could read my thoughts. Does everyone deal with the same fear? — F.E.

            A: Our thoughts are the most reliable indication of what we are really like. And when we face our thoughts and our motives honestly, we have to admit we are not as good as we would like other people to believe.

            One of the great truths in the Bible is that God wants to change us — not only our outward actions, but our innermost thoughts because He knows that when we do wrong it is because we have first allowed evil thoughts to control us. Jesus said that out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks, and the evil man brings evil things out of evil stored up inside of him (Matthew 12:34-35). If we will ask the Lord to wash us clean of our sins He will change us.

            Imagine a bucket of stagnant water. The only solution is to empty it and clean it — and then fill it with fresh water. That is what Christ will do if we commit our lives to Him and let His Word, the Bible, fill our hearts with His truth.

            “Let us draw near (to God) with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water” (Hebrews 10:22).

            Two conflicting forces cannot exist in one human heart. When doubt reigns, faith cannot abide. Where hatred rules, love is crowded out. Where selfishness rules, there love cannot dwell. People’s hearts, though small, are big enough for Christ to live in, if we will only make room for Him.


FEBRUARY 5

Today’s Scripture

            “And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.”  (Matthew 10:30, NIV)

Nothing’s Too Small

            We hear all the time that nothing is too big for God. But have you ever thought that a problem was too small for God? Are there things in your life that you haven’t prayed about simply because you thought it didn’t matter to God? Every detail of your life is important to God. He knows the very number of hairs you have on your head! That’s pretty amazing to think about. If He keeps track of every hair that falls from your head, surely He cares about the things that you care about. He wants to be involved in every area of your life—not just the big things, but the small things, too. Don’t wait until you have a major crisis to pray, and don’t hold back. You’re not inconveniencing God. You’re the apple of His eye. Open your heart and talk to Him about everything because nothing is too small for Him!

A Prayer for Today

            “God, thank You for loving me. Thank You for choosing me as Your child and for caring about every detail in my life. I open my heart to You and ask You to be involved in every area of my life today in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen


FEBRUARY 4

Today’s Scripture

            “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”  (Psalm 118:24, ESV)

Choose to Rejoice

            Joy is a tough word to pinpoint and define. Many people describe joy as an emotion or feeling that comes over you in a great and shining moment. Sometimes joy is just the opposite of being sad, but hopefully, it’s much more than that to you. Joy is not the same as happiness because joy is what God has put in your heart while happiness is a temporary mood that can come and go based on your circumstances. And joy is not dependent on what’s happening around you; joy is deep down within you, a calm delight. You’re at peace; you’re content. The Bible talks about the kind of overflowing joy that rises up from deep within your heart because of what God has done for you. He keeps that spring full and flowing, which is why you can choose to live in joy today, tomorrow and every day after. Joy like this is contagious, and the world is looking for it.

A Prayer for Today

            “God, I choose joy today! Thank You for placing in my heart a deep well of joy that I can draw from each day in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen


FEBRUARY 2

“No Favorites” – Brenda Walsh Ministries Daily Devotion

Jesus died on the cross for each and every one of us. He didn’t just give His life to save the smartest, best-looking, cream-of-the-crop sort of person. Jesus loves all of us equally. He doesn’t play favorites! When we think about how God cares for even the tiniest sparrow, it becomes very clear just how much more He cares for us! The Bible tells the story of Jesus, the Good Shepherd, who searched and searched for a little, lost lamb. He didn’t just value the grown-up sheep that were worth more money—all His sheep were important to Him. So it is with our heavenly Father. Some feel inadequate to be a witness for Jesus, but God blesses even the smallest effort. The key is to stay close to Jesus! It is when we wander away that we are in danger. Spend time daily in God’s Word and pray about everything—yes, even the small, seemingly insignificant, stuff! And when you’re having one of those days when you just don’t feel loved by anyone, remember—you are a child of the King of the universe and it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks—it matters what God thinks! So hold your head high, put a smile on your face, and know that Jesus loves you!
Texts: Matthew 5:44 - 45, Proverbs 8:17, Jeremiah 31:3, Acts 10:34-35


FEBRUARY 1

Today’s Scripture

            “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”  (Matthew 5:6, TLV)

Get Filled Up!

            Sometimes, it’s easy to get wrapped up in taking care of the people around us. You may find that you’re always giving, taking care of the children, working overtime at the office, or helping that friend who is struggling. And that’s all good. But if you’re not careful, you can end up feeling rundown. That’s why you have to take time every day to get filled back up. Your first priority should be taking care of yourself and making time to get into the presence of Jesus. Throughout Scripture, we see that in God’s presence there is fullness of joy, fullness of peace and fullness of victory. In His presence, you’re refreshed and restored. That’s why it’s so important to take time every day to read your Bible and meditate on His promises. We have to be diligent to have that quiet time with Him. Today, take time to get alone with God and just say, “God, I love You today. Thank You for my life, for my family, for the opportunities You’ve given me. Lord, I know every good thing comes from You.” When you live like that, with your mind filled with His Word and His thoughts toward you, you’ll be refreshed, restored, re-energized and filled up for the journey of life!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank you for filling me with Your strength. Thank You for sending Your Son, Jesus, so that I can be righteous in You. I hunger for Your truth and seek You first. Draw me to You and keep me close to You always in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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JANUARY 31

Today’s Scripture

            “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”  (Mark 11:24, NIV)

Believe and Receive

            Has God spoken things to your heart that haven’t come to pass yet? Sometimes when we are believing for things, it’s easy to become discouraged when it doesn’t happen according to our timetable. But when you make the choice to receive your promise by picturing it in your mind’s eye and declaring it with the words of your mouth, your faith becomes stronger. You begin to have joy and peace because you know God is working behind the scenes on your behalf. What are you believing for God to do in your life? See it in your mind’s eye. See yourself healed. See yourself paying off that last debt. As you allow God’s thoughts to become your thoughts and receive His promises by faith, just like it says in today’s verse, whatever you ask for in prayer will be yours!

A Prayer for Today

            “Heavenly Father, thank You for another day to serve You. Thank You for the gift of faith. I ask that you search my heart and mind and remove anything that does not please you. Give me your thoughts of peace and joy today so that I can learn to receive all you have for me today. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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Reason, Conscience, Make Us Human

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

            Q: My science teacher says all living things are classified as animals. Is this true? — I.S.

            A: God created animals first: great sea creatures, birds, cattle and the beasts of the earth, each according to its kind, and then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness” (Genesis 1). He gave man dominion over every living thing on earth.

            Man has three attributes which animals do not have: reason, conscience and will. Animals are motivated by instinct. Their behavior patterns are instinctive, not intelligent. A dog probably feels no more remorse after biting a man than he does when chewing a bone. An animal acts instinctively, according to set, inner urges.

            The first man, Adam, used all three of these attributes. First, he reasoned that his own judgment was as good as God’s, and he ate the forbidden fruit. In that act, the will of man came into play, for he could have decided either way. Then, after he broke God’s command — not to eat of the fruit — he felt conscience-stricken and ran away to hide. Man has been following the same pattern through the centuries — willfully disobeying God and running away.

            Within these God-given attributes are life or death, happiness or sorrow, and peace or conflict. If he dissipates the powers which God has given him, he is of all creatures most miserable. People are little creatures with big capacities, finite beings with infinite desires, deserving nothing but demanding all. God made people with this huge capacity and desire in order that He might come in and completely satisfy that desire.

            God wants to commune with mankind. The Bible says, “I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people” (2 Corinthians 6:16).

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JANUARY 30

Today’s Scripture

            “For they did not gain possession of the land by their own sword, nor did their own arm save them; but it was Your right hand, Your arm, and the light of Your countenance, because You favored them.”  (Psalm 44:3, NKJV)

Strength to Conquer

            Do you need God’s strength to conquer something in your life today? Maybe you need strength to forgive or to overcome an addiction. Maybe you need strength to deal with a difficult person in the office. No matter what you may be facing, God desires to give you His supernatural strength in every situation. It’s interesting that one translation of this verse says, “because God smiled upon them and favored them.” Did you know that simply calling on God causes Him to smile on you? Because you are His child, you have His favor! God loves to show Himself strong on your behalf. Be strong in the Lord knowing that He is with you, smiling upon you, and showering you with His favor. As you meditate on this promise, you will be strengthened to overcome every obstacle, and you will live a life of victory!

A Prayer for Today

            “God, thank you for smiling on me today. I ask that you show me your favor so that I can walk in your strength today. Thank you for equipping me with everything I need to live as an overcomer. I bless you and choose to honor you in everything I do. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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JANUARY 29

Today’s Scripture

            “After the earthquake a fire, but Adonai was not in the fire. After the fire there was a soft whisper of a voice.”  (1 Kings 19:12, TLV)

Listen Up!

            Listening is a lost art today. We can be so concerned about expressing our thoughts and opinions that we don’t listen closely to others—or even to God. If we’re not careful, distractions and busyness can drown out the voice that matters most in our lives, the voice of our heavenly Father. The good news is that you can learn to tune out the negative noise of the world and start listening for God’s voice, for hopeful, positive, faith-filled thoughts. Be receptive and listen for His still, small voice on the inside of you. God speaks not only through the Bible but also through godly counsel and His Holy Spirit. All it takes is a simple prayer like the one Samuel prayed in 1 Samuel 3:10 when he said to God, “I am listening.” Then be ready to listen for His answer.

A Prayer for Today

            “God, thank You for answering my prayers. Give me the wisdom and discernment to hear Your still, small voice through the loudness of this world. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.God, thank You for answering my prayers. Give me the wisdom and discernment to hear Your still, small voice through the loudness of this world. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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‘Easy Believism’ Not The Road To Salvation

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

            Q: What does the term “easy believism” really mean? — T.S.

            A: There is a mindset today that if people believe in God and do good works, they are going to Heaven. But there are many questions that must be answered. It should not be surprising if people believe easily in a God who makes no demands, but this is not the God of the Bible. Satan has cleverly misled people by whispering that they can be saved without being changed, but this is the Devil’s lie. To those who say they can belong to Christ without giving anything up is Satan’s deception.

            There are many religions in the world and enormous confusion about where to find truth. Many preach that God is love, not a God of wrath. People proclaim that Heaven is real but Hell is only a figment of imagination. Some people brag that Hell will be one continuous happy hour; high profile comedians joke that they will be happy to go there some day.

            God created Heaven for those who humble themselves before God and Hell is created for Satan and those who serve him. A loving warning comes from Heaven. “Prepare to meet your God” (Amos 4:12). How is this done?

            The Bible tells us that when we submit our lives to Christ He gives us the ability to take off our former life and put on the new life He gives (Ephesians 4:22-24). While religion has given the world many forms of “easy believism,” like the New Age Movement of the late 20th century, what people need is “new life” in Christ Jesus.

            We must admit our sin and turn from it through faith in Jesus Christ and obey Him. The greatest joy and peace comes to those who take this important step.

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JANUARY 28

Today’s Scripture

            “With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall.”  (Psalm 18:29, NIV)

Jump Over that Wall!

            The great heroes of the Bible impress us with their strength, their confidence and the depth of their faith. And as God’s Word tells us, you can do the same great things they did because you have the same God in you! King David was supremely confident in God—firm in the knowledge that God would give him the strength to overcome his obstacles. God can cause you to go over them, around them, or even through them, but God will get you to where you’re supposed to be. Philippians 4:13 says you can have strength “for all things” through the power of Christ in your heart. We hope this will encourage you to take a stand for God. Don’t ever think that God did great things only for people in the days of the Bible. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. Call on Him, and you’ll see Him come through and do what only He can do!

A Prayer for Today

            “God, thank You for the invincible and unexplainable power which You have placed within me through Christ. My deepest desire today is to be confident in Your power. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen


JANUARY 25

Today’s Scripture

            “You were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.”  (1 Corinthians 6:20, NIV)

Honor the Lord with Your Body

            Scripture says that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, and we are to honor the Lord with our bodies. How do you do that? You take care of it. You respect it. You treat it as valuable. You use your body to bring Him glory. When you stand strong against temptation, you are honoring the Lord with your body. When you take care of yourself by eating properly and getting enough sleep, you are honoring the Lord with your body. You are saying, “Lord, thank You for this gift of life. I am choosing to take care of myself so that I can serve You with my whole heart, mind and strength.”

            As we enter into the new year, many people make new goals about their health. Let this be an encouragement to you to stay on track with good habits. As you honor the Lord with your body, you will be strengthened and empowered by His peace. You’ll be able to stand against temptation and embrace the good things He has in store for you!

A Prayer For Today

            Father, today I commit to honor You with my body. Thank You for the gift of life. Thank You for empowering me against temptation. Show me the plan You have for me today so that I can honor You in everything I do.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.

By Joel & Victoria Osteen


JANUARY 24

Today’s Scripture

            “…he leads me beside quiet waters.”  (Psalm 23:2, NIV)

Take Time to Reflect

            If you’ve ever said to yourself, “I don’t even have time to think,” then you know how hard it is to concentrate when you’re being bombarded with noise from all sides. It can be even harder to hold on to peace when we don’t make time to read His Word. God doesn’t often shout to get our attention. Instead, the Bible says that He speaks in “a still, small voice” (1 Kings 19:12), which means we need to listen closely. What can you do to put yourself in a position to hear God’s voice? The key is to make time every day away from the busyness and distractions. Find a room in your house, outside under the trees, or some other place where you can be still for a few minutes each day to spend time with Him. As you spend time with Him, He will renew your spirit and restore your peace.

A Prayer for Today

            “God, I want to find those quiet waters of peace where I can get alone with You every day and meditate on You. Thank You for wanting to speak to my heart and show me Your will. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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KELLEY FOUNDATION (Buchanan GA), Bus. 27 Hyw, His Call Gospel Singers, 2pm

HARALSON NURSING & REHABILATION CENTER (Bremen GA), His Call Gospel Singers, 6:30pm

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CHRIST AN IMPORTANT STEP TO DRUG RECOVERY

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

            Q: My friend’s young adult daughter is ruining her life with drugs. It is an epidemic particularly in our present world. This young lady comes from a good family and has been a good girl growing up. How does this happen and what can we do to help her? — C.F.

            A: Since earliest times, people have experimented with drugs in an effort to escape reality. Today hundreds of millions of people use drugs in some form. Anyone can become physically and psychologically addicted to any drug if exposed to high dosages for a sufficient period of time.

            Drug users come from all walks of life. Many of the roots of dependency are to be found in insecurity, fear, guilt, disappointments, immorality and deviant sexual behavior, frustration, stress, peer pressure and intense competition, as exemplified in professional sports. Add to these the great spiritual vacuum which has resulted in a breakdown of moral standards, the disintegration of the home, global turmoil and the staggering availability of drugs. Drug dependency is a problem of the whole person — spiritual, physical, emotional and social. Once addicted, the dependent lives in an illusory world characterized by paralyzed feelings and emotional responses, mental denials and delusions, social isolation, and spiritual limbo. For many it is a helpless state, a life of no return.

            There are three ways to help. One: Reach out with the salvation message that Jesus Christ offers to everyone. His forgiveness brings a freshness to life and strength to endure the difficulties life can bring. Two: Help put them in touch with drug rehabilitation centers where skilled workers can help others begin the process of withdrawal and recovery. Three: Stay in touch with the person by offering support and encouragement, and pray for them.

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JANUARY 23

Today’s Scripture

            “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.”  (2 Corinthians 4:17, NKJV)

Hang in There!

            Does there seem to be a problem waiting for you no matter where you turn? Do you sometimes wonder if your dreams are ever going to come to pass? Maybe you’ve asked why God would allow you to struggle in your job, your relationships, your health or some other area of life. Sometimes God allows us to go through challenges because He knows it’s the struggle of life that builds strength in us. If God simply delivered us from every struggle, then we might not continue to grow and learn to trust Him. When you stretch your faith, endure, overcome and persevere through the difficult times, you’ll begin to realize a greater level of joy, peace, victory and abundance than you ever dreamed possible. Remember, God loves you too much to leave you where you are. He’s preparing you for something better!

A Prayer for Today

            “God, thank You for giving me what You know I need. Help me to learn and grow through my struggles as I trust You to bring me out stronger than ever. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen


JANUARY 22

Today’s Scripture

“…For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”  (2 Chronicles 20:12, NIV)

Choose Worship Over Worry

You can’t worry and worship at the same time. When the devil brings you thoughts of worry, anxiety and fear, don’t believe them! Instead, let those thoughts be a reminder to you to thank God that the answer is on the way! That’s what King Jehoshaphat did. The people of Judah were surrounded by three major armies. It didn’t look as though they had a chance. This godly king was probably bombarded with thoughts of fear and anxiety. But he gathered the people together, lifted his eyes toward heaven, and prayed the simple prayer in today’s verse. Jehoshaphat’s prayer was answered. God told the people to march right into the enemy’s camp, singing and shouting praises on their way. Notice, they weren’t worrying—they were worshiping—and God delivered them. Today, choose worship over worry and move forward into victory!

A Prayer for Today

“God, thank You for Your forgiveness. I know that I don’t deserve it, but I praise You for faithfully forgiving me. Help me to clear any roadblocks in my path by forgiving others, even as You forgive me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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JANUARY 21

Today’s Scripture

            “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.”  (Galatians 6:7)

He Has Mercy

            Have you ever looked at a large, old tree and wondered how long it has been there? The thing to remember when you see a tree like this is that at one time, it was merely a little seed. Just like a mighty oak tree, if you want to grow tall and strong in your faith, you must plant the good seeds of faith in your thought life through your words and water them by meditating on them so that you may reap a great harvest! Farmers may get discouraged sometimes, but they know that if they want good results, they must keep planting and watering the good seeds. Day after day, even when nothing is happening at the surface, the farmer keeps taking care of those seeds because he knows it’s only a matter of time until the harvest. This is true of you as well. Keep planting the seeds of faith and declaring what God says about you in His Word, and you’ll see growth and an abundant harvest.

A Prayer for Today

            “God, You have given me the formula for success in the Bible. I pray today for the ability to keep planting seeds of faith even when I may not see any results. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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JANUARY 18

Today’s Scripture

            “All together now—applause for God! Sing songs to the tune of his glory…”  (Psalm 66:1, MSG)

Revive Your Joy

            There are three simple things you can do each day that will breathe new life into everything you do. First, speak words of faith and victory out loud. As a child of the Most High God, you should have a boldness when you declare, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me! My path is getting brighter and brighter.” Next, take time to write down the good things that God does for you each day. When you begin to look for His goodness, you will quickly discover that He is working in your life. Finally, be thankful. Take a moment every day to thank the Lord for all He has done for you. When you develop a thankful heart, you are changing your focus from how big your problems are to how big your God is!

A Prayer for Today

            “God, I praise You for your life-changing power and unconditional love. I want to give new life to my relationship with You by keeping a record of blessings and answered prayers and giving thanks for Your work in my life.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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SOUTHERN HERITAGE ASSISTED LIVING – East Ridge, Building #1, His Call Gospel Singers, 2-3pm

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JANUARY 17

Today’s Scripture

            “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.”  (Ezekiel 36:26, NKJV)

Choosing Your Heavenly Heritage

            In life, we all have negative things happen to us. I know people who were raised in an environment where people have addictions, low self-esteem, depression and poverty. Their parents had issues, and now it’s making things much more difficult. But when you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, He gives you a new heart. In other words, your blood line changes. No longer are you subject to your natural family line; you become subject to your godly heritage! His spiritual blessing overrides any curse in the natural realm. When you understand who you are and whose you are, then no matter what someone else did or didn’t do, no matter how you were raised, you won’t get bitter. You won’t live with a chip on your shoulder. You realize that nothing can stop you from fulfilling your God-given destiny! Remember, Almighty God breathed life into you. When you choose Him, you are choosing your godly heritage!

A Prayer for Today

            “God in heaven, thank You for sending Your Son, Jesus so that I may be saved. Today I surrender every area of my life to You. Have Your way in me; let Your will be done in my life. Thank You for making me new. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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MORNING POINTE OF ATHENS (Athens TN), 1025 Crestway Dr., His Call Gospel Singers, 2-3pm

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JANUARY 16

Today’s Scripture

            “For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.”  (James 3:16, NIV)

Make Peace a Priority

            Strife is a powerfully destructive force that the enemy uses to try to bring confusion and turmoil into our lives. It can tear apart marriages, destroy businesses, and divide lifelong friends. We all have things happen on a daily basis that can aggravate us, but the key is to not let those aggravations make us act rude or angry toward those around us. Instead, let me encourage you to make peace a priority in your life. Don’t give the enemy a foothold. Refuse to argue. Refuse to be sarcastic or disrespectful. Decide that you are going to keep peace in your home and your life even if it means you have to swallow your pride. Make the choice to aggressively pursue peace. Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers.” You can be that person. You can be the one to create an atmosphere of peace and harmony in your family.

A Prayer for Today

            “I will make the choice to not be rude or impatient with my friends, family and co-workers today. These are the people I care about and I pray your blessings on them. Peace is my priority! In Jesus’ name – Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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LANTERN AT MORNING POINTE ALZHEIMER’S CENTER OF EXCELLENCE, Collegedale, His Call Gospel Singers, 3:30pm

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JANUARY 15

Today’s Scripture

            “So come, let us worship: bow before him, on your knees before God, who made us! Oh yes, he’s our God, and we’re the people he pastures, the flock he feeds.”  (Psalm 95:6, MSG)

The Priority of Worship

            One key to living an abundant life is spending time in worship. The Bible teaches us to worship the Lord throughout the day, every day. Whether you’re at home, work, the bus stop or the ball game, take time to worship God for who He is and thank Him for all the blessings He has given you. Another key is spending time each day in the Word. Your Bible is the best tool you have for discovering your God-given purpose! It will tell you who you are, what you have, and what you can do. Remember, God has plans to prosper you, and as you walk in His plan for your life, you will experience His explosive blessings on everything you set your hand to!

A Prayer for Today

            “God, thank You for the purposeful plan You have for my life. Thank You for giving me the strength to guard my heart by staying in an attitude of worship. Help me stay focused on Your Word and Your will for my life. In Jesus’ name – Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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JANUARY 14

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)

God Has Big Plans For You

            If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it! He could have lived anywhere in the universe, but He chose to live in your heart. You are His most prized possession, and He has an amazing future planned for you. God wants you to be free today. He is asking you to forget the past and start fresh with Him today. Stop beating yourself up over your past mistakes. Quit thinking that you don’t deserve anything good. You are a child of the Most High God. Begin seeing yourself the way God sees you. How does God see you? He sees you as His masterpiece, the apple of His eye, His precious child. Throughout the day, declare what His Word says about you, “I am a victor. I am a masterpiece. I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” See yourself as the champion He created you to be!

A Prayer for Today

            “God, I believe my better days are still to come. The pain in my life prepares me to receive twice what I have lost, so I will face whatever comes with steadfast faith. Thank you for giving me this hope. In Jesus’ Name – Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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JANUARY 11

Today’s Scripture

            “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.”  (Colossians 3:23, NIV)

Life in a Fishbowl

            A pastor’s life has been described as “a life in a fishbowl.” Everyone is watching to see how you will react in any given situation. But really, that’s true of all of us. Whether you realize it or not, people are watching you. They watch how you dress, how you take care of your home, how you work, and how you treat other people. The Scripture talks about believers representing God here on the earth. We are Christ’s ambassadors. If we’re to represent God properly, we should do it with joy, with enthusiasm, with a smile. People of faith are supposed to be the lights of the world. Some who lack faith may not want to listen to what we believe, but they certainly watch how we live. We are living epistles read by all men. Some may not read the Bible, but they’re reading our lives. As the saying goes, “Preach at all times; use words only when necessary.”

A Prayer for Today

            “God, as Your child, I am called to be a good example in the world. My decisions, my words, and my actions should reflect my commitment to living a life of excellence. I love that I am Your ambassador! Thank you for your confidence in me. In Jesus’ name – Amen”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen


JANUARY 7

Today’s Scripture

            “…for time and chance overtake them all.”  (Ecclesiastes 9:11, NASB)

Marked Moments

            Before the foundation of the world, God laid out a plan for your life. He created you with a purpose, for a purpose, and He created you to be successful! He already has pivotal moments planned out for your life. These are moments when God intervenes. They are designed to thrust you years ahead. Ecclesiastes tells us that time and chance come together for every person. That means at any moment, things are going to shift in your favor. A good break, a healing, a promotion, a great idea or a restoration is coming. When you need it, it won’t be one second late. Today, open your eyes of faith and see the good things God has in store for your future. Thank Him for what He’s doing and what He’s about to do. Thank Him for divine connections and destiny moments because He is ready and willing to fulfill every dream and desire He’s placed within your heart!

A Prayer for Today

            “Heavenly Father, thank You for marked moments and divine opportunities in my life. I trust that You are working behind the scenes no matter what the circumstances look like. I choose today to keep my heart and mind focused on Your goodness, knowing that You are a rewarder of those who diligently seek after You in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

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JANUARY 5

Today’s Scripture

            “…I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”  (John 10:10, NKJV)

Abundant Life Today

            Are you living the abundant life Jesus came to give? I’m not talking about living in the fanciest house or driving the newest car. No, His promise of abundant life goes way beyond material things that this world offers. Abundant life means “life to the full.” That means no matter what is going on around you, you stay in faith because you know God is still in control. It means having peace in the midst of a storm, being able to sleep at night, and having good relationships. You can have joy when things are uncertain. It’s easy to look at that verse and think, “God is going to give me abundant life someday.” But the truth is that God wants you to have abundant life TODAY! Don’t waste another second living in mediocrity or settling for less than God’s best. No, it’s time to shake off that barely-get-by attitude and let go of what didn’t work out. Instead, make room to receive His hope, joy, strength and favor. Declare that you are living the abundant life every day!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You for sending Your Son, Jesus, so that I can have eternal life. I know that You want the best for me. Help me to keep my heart and mind focused on You so that I can walk in Your ways all the days of my life in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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JANUARY 4

“God Says So” Prayers

If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.  John 15:7, NKJV

            Prayer is a conversation.  We speak to God in prayer then listen attentively as He speaks to us through His Word.

            Do you think the promise that Jesus gave His disciples was like handing them a Divine Genie in a bottle?  And that if they would just rub the bottle with enough faith, the Genie would pop out and grant them their “wishes”?  As ludicrous as that is, it actually is the way some people view prayer.  And when the Genie doesn’t pop out of the bottle, they become offended with God and resent Him for not being at their beck and call.

            One major prerequisite to receiving answers to prayer is that our requests line up with God’s will.  How will we know what God’s will is?  By abiding consistently in His Word.  Instead of basing our prayers on “I hope so,” our prayers are based on “God says so.”  And if we are saturating ourselves in His Word, then His desires will be ours.

Blessings,

Anne Graham Lotz

AnGeL Ministries

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Today’s Scripture

            “Scripture and Reference: And the angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, “The Lord is with you, O mighty man of valor.” – (Judges 6:12, ESV)

What God Calls You

            In Scripture, God called Gideon a mighty man of fearless courage. Gideon looked around and said, “God couldn’t be talking about me. I come from the poorest family, and I’m the least one in my father’s house.” Gideon saw himself as weak, defeated and not able. But God saw him as strong, confident and more than a conqueror. You may feel weak today, but God calls you strong. You may feel like a victim, but God calls you a victor. You may be afraid, but God calls you confident. You may be in debt, God calls you prosperous. You may be sick, God calls you well. You may be addicted, God calls you free. Today, get into agreement with God. No matter what the circumstances look like, you’ve got to dig your heels in and say, “God, I agree with what You call me. I’m free, forgiven and healed in Jesus’ name!”

A Prayer for Today

            “Father God, thank You for loving me and calling me Your own. I choose to receive Your Word which is life, health and strength to me. Fill me with Your peace and wisdom. I set my thoughts on You.” In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen


JANUARY 3

Today’s Scripture

            “Scripture and Reference: For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen…”  (Romans 1:20, NIV)

Do You See It?

            All around you, God’s goodness is on display. The question is, do you see it? The Scripture talks about how God was in the midst of people, but they knew Him not. Too many times, God is working in our lives, showing us favor, protecting us, sending us healing, but we don’t recognize His goodness. For example, if you weren’t the most qualified or the most talented but you got the promotion, that’s the goodness of God. If you’re going through a difficult time and a friend stops by out of the blue and cheers you up, that’s the goodness of God. It’s easy to see the negative, what we don’t have, what we didn’t get, but that won’t build our faith. Instead, make a decision to search for the good things God has given you. His mercy is new each morning. Look for His goodness, His favor today!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father God, thank You for every good and perfect gift that You have given me. Thank You for ordering my steps and guiding me with Your Word. I love You and praise You today for Your faithfulness and look forward to the good things You have in store for my future in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen


JANUARY 2

A Time for Reflection – Brenda Walsh

Today is a good day to look back over the year and take stock of how you spent the last twelve months. It’s good to savor the memories of all the special moments as well as think about what you could have done differently in the difficult ones. Sometimes looking back can be painful, especially if there was the loss of a loved one, the end of a relationship or a particularly sad event that took place – but even in those dark times, it’s still good to think about and remember how God carried you through every trial. Once you have walked down memory lane – it’s time to make your resolutions for the coming year. Determine with ‘God’s help’ not to make the same mistakes as in the past and ask Him to guide your every step going forward. Make a commitment to spend more time each day, worshiping and praising God. Prayerfully lean on the Holy Spirit to guide all of your actions and don’t forget to pray for strength – because without God’s power, you will fail miserably.  The Bible promises in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” When you are powered by the Holy Spirit, you will face each trial differently. You’ll have strength to remain calm in the midst of each difficult challenge, kind when faced with harshness, and a forgiving heart when mistreated. So, go forward into the new year resolving to draw even closer to your Lord and Savior, giving Him your whole heart and trusting God’s promise in Isaiah 46:4, “I have made you and I will carry you.” Text: Isaiah 40:29, Ephesians 6:10, Isaiah 40:31, 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

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DECEMBER 31

Craig & Debby wish for you a safe and blessed New Year’s Eve.

Today’s Scripture

            “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; the new has come.”  (2 Corinthians 5:17, ESV)

New Year’s Eve

            As a follower of Christ, you are a new creation! You have a new spirit, a new walk, a new life! Are there “old” things” in your life that you are trying to get rid of? Maybe you have old behaviors or addictions that you want to change. Remember, the new is near. It’s a new year, and it’s time to be the new you. Let this year be the year you break old habits and addictions. Let this be the year that you move forward into a new life of victory. And your new life includes all the spiritual blessings the Lord has promised in His Word. You have a promise of peace, health, protection and provision. Be encouraged today and know that no matter what is happening in your life right now, you can embrace the new life God has prepared for you. Make the choice today to leave the old behind—leave behind old behavior, old thinking, old words. Embrace the new by faith, and you’ll move forward into the life of blessing the Lord has in store for you.

A Prayer for Today

            “Heavenly Father, thank You for making me new. Help me to understand Your plan for me so that I can fully embrace Your promises. I choose today to leave behind the old life and ask that You empower me by Your spirit today in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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 WHAT WILL YOU BRING INTO THE NEW YEAR?

What will the New Year bring?  We don’t know what is ahead, what difficulties might await us.  Yet, no matter what happens, we can have guidance and protection…in the form of God and His Holy Word.  In Jeremiah 29:11 we are assured, “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.”  We cannot know what the coming year will bring, but we can determine what we will bring to the New Year.  We can bring the commitment of regular worship, the strength of knowledge of the Scripture, and the calm that comes from a childlike trust in our Heavenly Father.

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DECEMBER 28

Today’s Scripture

            “Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ…”  (2 Corinthians 2:14, NKJV)

Always Thank Him for Victory

            Isn’t it wonderful to know that God promises to always lead us into victory? That means no matter what you are facing today, no matter what’s going on in the world around you, no matter what anybody says, you should always be thanking God because victory is always on the way! You don’t have to wait for everything to be perfect before you decide to celebrate what God is going to do in your life. Praise is putting action behind your faith. In the middle of that adversity or tough time, start making a list of who you’re going to invite to your victory celebration. That means if you’re in the hospital, start planning what you’re going to do when you get out. If you lost some money when the stock market went down, start planning your coming-out-of-debt party. When things don’t look good in the natural, remember, we serve a supernatural God. With God leading you into victory, you can always plan for increase. You can plan for restoration. You can plan for a comeback, and you can plan for victory because He is leading and guiding you in Jesus’ name!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father God, thank You for being my ever-present help. I trust today that You are with me, that You are comforting me and restoring my soul. I lift my eyes to You this day. Help me to follow Your commands and honor You as You direct my steps in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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DECEMBER 27

Today’s Scripture

            “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”  (Psalm 46:1, NIV)

Your Ever-Present Help

            God is always with you. That means He is present at all times, continually, perpetually, throughout all time. In your day of trouble, He promises to be a help to you. How is He your help? “Help” means something different to each person. That’s because “help” is specific to your need. If you need money to pay your bills, a chocolate cake isn’t going to be much help! But we serve a God who is very specific. And because He is always with you, He always knows exactly what you need and is always ready to provide it!

            Today, are you facing trouble or adversity? Know that God is with you. Look to Him for help. Trust that He has the answer, and that He is working things out in your favor. As you continue to believe Him and follow His direction, He will lead you in the way that you should go. He will comfort you, revive you, restore you and bless you! He will be your ever-present help because He is forever faithful to His Word!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father God, thank You for being my ever-present help. I trust today that You are with me, that You are comforting me and restoring my soul. I lift my eyes to You this day. Help me to follow Your commands and honor You as You direct my steps in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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DECEMBER 26

Today’s Scripture

            “On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented Him gifts…”  (Matthew 2:11, NIV)

Choose the Right Gifts

            Can you image how the wise men felt as they first looked upon our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! As part of their worship, they wanted to give Him gifts. They gave valuable presents to symbolize the love, honor and appreciation in their hearts. In the same way, you show your love and appreciation to God with gifts of worship, and you can show your love and appreciate to others by the gifts you bring.

            As you celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ during this holiday season, don’t just focus on the gifts you bring in the natural; focus on gifts of love, kindness and encouragement. Go out of your way to show honor to others just like the wise men went out of their way to show honor to Jesus. When you walk in love and peace, that is the place of blessing.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, today I set my mind and heart on You. Help me to choose the right gifts this holiday season—gifts of love, kindness and peace. Have Your way in my heart and let Your goodness shine through me in Jesus’ name! Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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Scripture Helps Us With Dilemmas

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

            Q: There is increasing pressure put on Christians today. Some say that it is nothing compared to New Testament days. Is this true? — A.C.

            A: Every Christian in every nation — totalitarian, democratic, or somewhere in between — must decide about their loyalty to Christ. In the United States, we can see clear evidence of a growing intolerance toward Christians and Christian values. It is no longer as accepted to profess Christ as it once was in America. But the Bible commands that we must each take up our cross daily. Compromising and conforming to the world is against God’s Word.

            Early Christians lived in a world where their belief in Christ often left them at odds with the political powers, the economic realities, and the social norms.

            Christians today are faced with the same dilemmas, but we have Scripture available to us to help us through.


DECEMBER 25 – MERRY CHRISTMAS

Today’s Scripture

            “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”  (Isaiah 9:6, KJV)

The Ultimate Gift

            What a wonderful gift the Father has given us by sending His Son, Jesus, the Prince of Peace, into the earth! Because of Him, all those who believe can have peace with God and make heaven their home. But not only did the Prince of Peace open the way to go to heaven, He made it possible to have peace on earth—every day in every circumstance.

            Today, we declare peace over you and your home. We celebrate with you the greatest gift of all—Jesus Christ! If you don’t know this peace that the Father so freely gives, open your heart and invite Jesus to make your heart His home. He is the ultimate gift!

            Merry Christmas from our home to yours!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You for the gift of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Today I open my heart and mind to You and declare that Jesus is Lord over me. Fill me with Your peace and joy as I keep my mind stayed on You in Jesus’ name! Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen


DECEMBER 24

Christ Is The Perfect Gift For Christmas

Q: I have fond childhood memories of Christmas that have carried me into adulthood, but I know for many the holiday season is lonely and sad. Is there too much focus on what we get out of Christmas? — C.B.
A: Christmas cards, the smell of pine drifting through the house, the fireplace crackling — all of these things turn our thoughts to those we love. But often it is a sad time for those who are alone, without close friends or family. We all should look for others to reach out to especially at this time of year and extend a hand of fellowship, a heart of love. This is what Jesus did for all mankind. He reached down from Heaven by giving Himself to us — a people in great need of a relationship with their God and Maker.
Christmas is the most thrilling season of the year because its message is that Jesus brings joy and love through His sacrificial gift of forgiveness and redemption. This, indeed, should be our focus. When we have people around us who need Christmas cheer and can’t set aside time to invite them into our homes or around a table for a meal — we are too busy.
Christmas is about receiving and giving. Give the gift of the true Christmas story — that God gave His Son so that mankind would receive Him. Let’s focus not on our own joys but making others joyful. The greatest gift we can give others is to tell them about the most wonderful Gift God has bestowed on the whole world.
No other day on the calendar catches the imagination of young and old alike as does Christmas. It’s a high and holy day — a day when the veil is drawn back and we get a fresh view of eternity. Such a vision of truth should be spread near and far.

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

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Today’s Scripture

            “The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”  (Luke 1:28, NIV)

You are Highly Favored!

            Did you know that as a child of God, you are highly favored? No matter what you may have done in the past, as soon as you make Jesus Christ your Lord and Savior, you have favor with God!

            Mary didn’t understand how or why she had God’s favor, or what that favor was for. At that moment, she didn’t know that she was chosen as a pure and holy vessel to bring Christ to the world. Friend, you have God’s favor for the very same reason as Mary – because God chose you and made you a pure and holy vessel to bring Christ to your home, workplace, and even the world.

            Stay focused on sharing “the message” of God’s love with all those you come in contact with. And remember that today, and everyday, you are highly favored and the Lord is with you!

A Prayer for Today

            “God, I have an awesome responsibility to share Your message with the world. It is my gift to You to embrace that calling in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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SOUTHERN OAKS ASSISTED LIVING (Chattanooga TN), 7230 Lee Hwy., His Call Gospel Singers, 4pm

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CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES

CHATTANOOGA FIRST SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH (Chattanooga TN), 7450 Standifer Gap Road, “Evening Anthem vespers featuring Kelly Mowrer in a special Christmas Eve program titled “Rejoice!”, 4pm, 423.605.2468

COLLEGEDALE SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH (Collegedale TN), 4829 College Drive East, Christmas Eve Services, 6pm, 423.396.2134.

FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH (Chattanooga TN), 650 McCallie Ave., Christmas Eve Services, 5pm and 9pm

JONES MEMORIAL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH (East Ridge TN), 4131 Ringgold Road, Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, 5pm, 423.624.6073

RED BANK BAPTIST CHURCH (Red Bank TN), 4000 Dayton Blvd., Christmas Eve Service, 5pm.  423.877.4514

THE POINT CHURCH AT SIGNAL (Signal Mountain TN), 939 Ridgeway Ave., Christmas Eve Service, 6:15pm.  423.877.4514

WHITE OAK BAPTIST (Red Bank TN), 310 Memorial Drive, Christmas Eve Services, 5pm, 423.877.8551

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DECEMBER 21

Today’s Scripture

            “I sought the Lord, and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears.”  (Psalm 34:4, NIV)

See the Lord

            In this day and age, it seems that there are so many things that people are afraid of. I’m not just talking about phobias. Many people are afraid of the future, afraid they won’t get married, afraid they won’t find a better job, afraid of getting sick. But the Scripture gives us a simple remedy for all our fears, and that is to seek the Lord. How do you seek the Lord? With a humble and open heart. By setting aside time each day to commune with Him. By focusing your thoughts on Him and His goodness.

            Friend, no matter what fears may be plaguing your mind today, God wants to deliver you. He promises to keep us in perfect peace when we keep our minds stayed on Him. Today, meditate on His goodness. Meditate on His perfect love which casts out all fear. As you seek the Lord, He will answer you. He will deliver you and lead you in the path of peace and victory all the days of your life!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You for Your faithfulness to me in every area of my life. Thank You for delivering me from all my fears. Help me keep my mind and heart fixed on You as I reach out to embrace the good things You have in store for me in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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DECEMBER 20

Today’s Scripture

            “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”  ( 2 Corinthians 3:18, NKJV)

A Supernatural Encounter

            One of the most amazing transformations in the Bible happened when Saul—former persecutor of Christians—encountered God on the road to Damascus (see Acts 9). After his encounter, he was so radically changed from the inside out that even his name was changed to Paul. He began preaching the gospel, and eventually, went on to write much of the New Testament.

            When you have a supernatural encounter with Almighty God, something is going to happen. Something is going to be transformed inside of you and radiate out into every part of your being, affecting every part of your life!

            Today, I want to encourage you to prepare your heart to expect God’s supernatural touch in your life. Open the eyes of your heart to Him. I pray that you experience God in such a way that every bondage is broken off of your life, and you are forever changed by a supernatural encounter with Him!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, right now I invite You to transform me into Your image. Search my heart and mind and remove anything that is displeasing to You. Show me Your glory. Reveal Yourself to me as I keep my heart and mind focused on You in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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God Wants Us To Continually Pray

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

            Q: Does God get weary when we pray to Him about the same thing over and over? — P.A.

            A: No, the Bible says to persist in prayer and to pray about everything. God does not always answer the way we think He should, or when we think He should. (We should be grateful for this — He knows far better than we do what is best!). But, the Bible tells us to always keep on praying (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Jesus, in fact, told a parable about a persistent widow who constantly begged a judge to act on her case, which he eventually did (Luke 18:1-8). One reason Jesus told this parable was to encourage us to pray frequently.

            Keep in mind two things. First, we cannot change God’s mind about something which He has already answered. In other words, God will answer a prayer sometimes with a “no” rather than a “yes,” and sometimes with a “wait.” Are we willing to accept His will? Always pray according to God’s will.

            Second, there are times that we ourselves should take action as well as pray. Often we become the answer to our own prayers. Jesus told His disciples to ask Him to send workers into His harvest field, and in the very next verse we find that the disciples themselves went to the field to do God’s work (Matthew 9:38, 10:1).

            Prayer is one of the privileges of the child of God, made possible because Jesus Christ has opened up the way to our Father. God loves us and does not want us to be anxious about anything, but faithfully pray about everything with thanksgiving (Philippians 4:6).

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NHC FT OGLETHORPE (Fort Oglethorpe GA), 2403 Battlefield Pkwy., His Call Gospel Singers, 10:30 – 11:30am

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DECEMBER 19

Today’s Scripture

            “…an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. ‘Joseph, son of David,’ the angel said, ‘do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit.’”  (Matthew 1:20, NLT)

Do Not Be Afraid

            Have you ever felt overwhelmed or even afraid of what God has called you to do? Maybe you were pursuing a dream or goal and things didn’t turn out the way you planned. Joseph had planned to take Mary as his wife, but when he found out she was pregnant, he didn’t know what to think. He was afraid that he might be making a mistake because things didn’t turn out the way he planned. But God sent a messenger in a dream to reassure Joseph that he was on the right path.

            Today let me reassure you that God knows right where you are, and He knows how to get you to where you need to be. Even when things don’t go the way you planned, His hand is on you. Do not be afraid; trust that God is working behind the scenes on your behalf, and He will lead you into the life of blessing that He has prepared for you.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, I choose to trust in You. Even when things don’t go the way I planned, I know You are at work in my life. Thank You for Your perfect love which casts out all fear. I love You and surrender every area of my life to You in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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DECEMBER 18

Today’s Scripture

            “And after entering the house, they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell down and worshiped Him. Then, after opening their treasure chests, they presented to Him gifts…”  (Matthew 2:11, AMP)

Giving is Worship

            When the wise men first saw Jesus, they were completely overwhelmed. They fell to their knees and wanted to worship Him with everything they had. Giving was an automatic response. They wanted to lavish Him with their love and gifts. They were giving because they were thankful and wanted to honor Him.

            When you give to God, He doesn’t want you to do it just because it’s offering time or because you feel like you have to. In fact, the Bible says, “Do not give grudgingly or under compulsion.” God wants you to give because your heart is overflowing with thankfulness. He wants you to be happy and cheerful when you give. He loves a cheerful giver!

            Meditate on the faithfulness of God today. Think about what He’s done for you—that He’s saved and redeemed You. Dwell on the fact that He is your provider. As you meditate on His goodness, your heart will overflow with thankfulness, and just like the wise men, giving will be an automatic response!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, I choose to meditate on Your goodness today. Thank You for loving and saving me. Thank You for redeeming my life from the pit. I give You everything that I am today in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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EAGLE CREST (Chattanooga TN) ,  His Call Gospel Singers, 12:30 – 1:30pm

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DECEMBER 17

Today’s Scripture

            “Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.”  (Psalm 119:165, NIV)

Great Peace

            God not only wants to give you peace, He wants to give you great peace! When you love His law, nothing can make you stumble, and you will have great peace!

            Great peace gives you joy when it doesn’t make sense for you to be happy. It’s peace that passes understanding. Great peace keeps you stable and strong no matter what may come against you. When you focus your attention on God’s Word and discipline yourself in the Scriptures, you will hunger for more of Him. That love for His law will naturally develop. His Word will direct your path. His Word will protect you. You can always find security in His Word. Today, choose to put His Word first and have the great peace and blessing God has in store for you!

A Prayer for Today

            “Heavenly Father, thank You for Your Word that gives me peace. I choose to focus on Your Word today so that You can protect me and guide me. I give You praise today for working in my life in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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DECEMBER 15

Lasting Contentment Is Solely Found In God

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

            Q: Why is there so much alcoholism, drug addiction and suicide among famous people, wealthy people, successful people and glamorous people when they “have it all”? — W.W.

            A: When people live for themselves and feed their desires, they will eventually find themselves empty. This is the case with so many who “appear” to be fulfilled.

            The Bible says that we were made for God. When we refuse to give Him His rightful place, things go wrong and our lives become distorted. The more people have the more they want. Eventually they come to a dead end.

            King Solomon penned the book of Ecclesiastes. People would be wise to read it often because it gives insight into the frailties of accumulating wealth, searching for fame and seeking approval from peers. He wrote, “Whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them. I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure. … Then I looked on all the works that my hands had done and … indeed all was vanity and grasping for the wind” (Ecclesiastes 2:10-11). Finally he realized that lasting contentment and meaning in life is found only in God.

            These things should be a warning to us, to be sure that we do not seek to fill the emptiness in our lives through things that can never satisfy. Only God can give life to the fullest extent (see John 10:10). God says to come to Him, so our souls may live (see Isaiah 55:3). There is a song that says, “All to Jesus I surrender, all to Him I freely give.” The most important thing we can do is surrender our lives to Jesus. He will empower us to let loose of what the world gives us so that we can be filled with what really matters — to do the will of God. This turns disappointment into joy and emptiness into fulfillment (see Psalm 16:11).


DECEMBER 14

Today’s Scripture

            “The fear of the Lord leads to life, and he who has it will abide in satisfaction; he will not be visited with evil.”  (Proverbs 19:23, NKJV)

Live All of Your Days

            One thing I’ve noticed is that so many people are walking around who aren’t really living to the full the way God intends. Do you ever notice that many people quit living around fifty, but yet they are going to stay on the planet until after they’re eighty? Maybe they went through a disappointment or had a failure. Someone hurt them, and now they’ve lost their joy and settled where they are. No, God has another victory in store! You wouldn’t be breathing unless God had something amazing in your future. It’s time to get your passion back and be determined to really live out all of your God-given days!

            The Scripture says that God wants to bring you to a flourishing finish, not a fizzled-out finish. Don’t let disappointment or self-pity hold you back. God has promised that what was meant for your harm He will turn around and use for your good. Not only will He bring you out, but He will bring you out better off than you were before. Receive it by faith today and press forward into the abundant, fulfilled life He has in store for you!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father God, thank You for the promise of living a long, satisfied life. I choose to stay in the game and press forward to fulfill my destiny. I won’t shrink back, give up or lose heart, but I will stand strong in You in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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DECEMBER 13

Today’s Scripture

            “Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered…”  (Psalm 68:1, NKJV)

Scatter Your Enemies

What are you letting arise in your life? In other words, what are you focusing your words, energy and thoughts on? You might say, “Oh, it’s just so hard right now. My finances are tight.” “My health doesn’t look good.” “Somebody walked out on me.” No, you’re focusing on the wrong things. You’re letting defeat, discouragement and self-pity rise up. Why don’t you turn that around and say, “God is still in control. Somebody may have walked out on me, but I know God is going to bring me somebody better.” “I may be hurting right now, but I know God is the restorer of my soul.” “I may have an unexpected debt, but I know God is my provider. He is supplying all of my needs. He is fighting my battles.”

            When you give God glory and let Him arise in your life, you can’t stay defeated. No foe can stand against you in the presence of Almighty God. Your enemies will be scattered! They will tremble at your words of faith! Let God arise and embrace the blessing and victory He has prepared for you!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, right now I release any negative, self-defeating thoughts or attitudes. Instead, I choose to let God arise in my life. I declare that You are worthy, You are holy, and You are the center of my joy, peace and strength in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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4 Steps to Sharing the Gospel with Your Family During Christmas 

  By Tim Brister – Pastor, Author, and Blogger
I’ve been browsing through Randy Newman’s book, Bringing the Gospel Home: Witnessing to Your Family Members, Your Close Friends, and Others You Know Well. This is an incredibly important topic as I have come to find it harder to share the gospel with family members as it is with an unknown person in my community. I imagine this is true for most if not all Christians.
In the conclusion of his introductory chapter, Newman provides four steps for sharing the gospel with your family. I thought they were very thoughtful and practical. Check them out.
1. If you don’t already have one, develop a system for prayer for your family. Perhaps you can set aside a section in a prayer journal.
2. Begin your prayers for your family with thanksgiving. This may be more difficult for some people than others. Regardless of your family’s well-being, thank God for the family you have and all the accompanying benefits you can identify.
3. You may need to include prayers of confession as well–confession of your lack of love for your family, your idolatry of control in trying to change them, your reliance on your ability to convict them of their sin instead of trusting the Holy Spirit to do that, your coldheartedness, haughtiness, and self-righteousness, etc. Ask the Holy Spirit to shine his light of truth on your darkness of sin.
4. If you haven’t already done so, “come out of the closet” as a Christian to your family. Pray for gentle words and a gracious demeanor mixed with bold confidence. . . . Aim for your announcement to be informational rather than evangelistic. You can trust God to open evangelistic doors later.
#3 nailed me.
One thing I might add, especially if you have a large family: look for opportunities in the course of the day when it is not so hectic where you might be able to enjoy a sustained conversation with a family member who is not a Christian. In a large group setting, conversations tend to stay on a superficial level, but if you can get alone with one or two family members for 10-15 minutes or longer, you will have a greater opportunity of magnetizing the conversation to the gospel and how Jesus has changed, and is changing your life.

 


DECEMBER 12

Today’s Scripture

            “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” – (Psalm 90:12, NIV)

Value Every Moment

            Have you stopped to consider that today is a special gift from God? Sometimes, our days can be so full and busy that we forget how fragile life really is. It can be easy to allow little things to creep in and steal our peace and joy. Maybe something doesn’t go our way, or someone says something upsetting. Even traffic can cause us to lose focus if we let it. We have to remember that each day is a gift. If we choose to focus on what’s wrong, we’ll miss the blessing that each day has to offer.

            I encourage you today; don’t let the precious moments of life pass you by. Don’t wait for holidays and birthdays to show people that you care. Remember, each day is unique and irreplaceable. You have been given time that can be invested or wasted; hours that can be used or misused. That’s why the psalmist prayed to God, “Teach us to number our days.” He was saying, “Teach us to value every moment we’ve been given.” As you daily keep a proper perspective, you’ll gain a heart of wisdom. You’ll draw closer to God and experience the full blessing that He has for you each and every day!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You for the gift of today. I choose to focus on the blessing of each moment instead of allowing the little things to steal my joy. Keep me close to You always as I surrender every area of my heart and mind to You in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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DECEMBER 11

Today’s Scripture

            “Further, David was greatly distressed because the people spoke of stoning him…But David felt strengthened and encouraged in the LORD his God.”  (1 Samuel 30:6, AMP)

Encourage Yourself

            It’s good to have friends and family around to cheer you up when you’re down, but in order to truly live in victory, that encouragement has to come from the inside. When your mind is telling you it’s not worth it, when your circumstances seem difficult, deep down inside, your spirit has to have the resolve that says, “I refuse to settle where I am.” That’s what David had to do. He was facing a major setback. His family was captured, his city was destroyed, and his own people were now against him, but he still managed to encourage himself in the Lord. How did he do that? He replayed in his mind the victories from the past. He recounted God’s faithfulness. As he rehearsed over and over the goodness of God, strength began to rise in his heart.

            There are so many places you can see the hand of God at work. Thank Him for saving you today. Thank Him for the miracle of life. Thank Him for His faithfulness. Focus on the fact that God didn’t bring you this far to leave you now. Stir up that inner strength and encouragement. As you do, you’ll rise higher and higher and live the life of victory the Lord has prepared for you.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father in heaven, thank You for Your faithfulness today. I choose to focus on You and the good things You have prepared for my future. I thank You for making a way out of no way, and I will bless You always in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

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A Child’s Spiritual Health As Important As Physical

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

            Q: My husband says that in today’s world we cannot protect our children from things that are on television or the Internet because they need to know what the world is really like. But I am concerned that bad behavior that is celebrated can harm them. Am I wrong? — P.M.

            A: Years ago, some wells in a particular part of the country were contaminated because of a nearby chemical waste dump. Parents would not send their children to drink from these wells. The reason is obvious. The parents were compelled to protect their children from danger.

            The same thing applies when it comes to protecting our children’s moral and spiritual health. Just as they are affected physically by the things they eat and drink, so they are affected morally and spiritually by the things they see and hear — whether on television or anywhere else. While children must learn that the world is steeped in evil, they should not be exposed to it through entertainment. Children need clear cut guidelines in every area of life. The Bible instructs that we “set nothing wicked before (our) eyes” (Psalm 101:3).

            The home is under attack. Satan, the great deceiver, wants us to think that society is good. He wants us to believe that the culture provides all we need for our happiness and social welfare. But beware, the devil is out to destroy and he has targeted marriages, families and homes.

            Be on guard at all times and above all, ask God to help make home a place where Christ is honored. Parents’ example of love and purity and commitment to Christ will be the greatest influence on our children.

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DECEMBER 10

Today’s Scripture

            “But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in heaven forgive your transgressions.”  (Mark 11:26, NASB)

How to Move On

            God never promised that life would always be fair. In fact, He warns us of just the opposite! People aren’t perfect; we all make mistakes and bad decisions. You may have been hurt by others in the past, but what’s most important is how you choose to deal with that hurt.

            When you harbor hurts and offenses, it keeps you stuck in the past. It only causes harm in your life. If you want to move forward in joy and peace, you have to choose forgiveness.

            Yes, forgiveness is a choice, and it has nothing to do with the person who hurt you. Forgiveness is the choice to hand your hurts over to God and let Him make up the difference. When we choose to extend forgiveness, that’s when we choose to receive His forgiveness! Today, choose God’s way, choose forgiveness, and choose to move forward in the blessing and victory He has prepared for you!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You for the gift of forgiveness. Today I open my heart and mind to You. I ask that You help me understand Your truth about forgiveness so that I can be set free. I love You and bless You today in Jesus’ name! Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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LIFE CARE CENTER OF HIXSON (Hixson TN), 5798 Hixson Home Place, His Call Gospel Singers, 10:30am

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DECEMBER 8

THE CHOICES WE MAKE

“I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing:  therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.”  (Deuteronomy 30:19)

            Each one of us has been given the power to make choices.  But the way we choose demands serious consideration.  We have many examples in the Bible of those who made either right or wrong choices and of the bountiful blessings or sad consequence that followed.  Both the natural and spiritual laws of sowing and reaping still stand.  We reap what we sow.

            Multitudes choose to take the broad, easy, downward road even though it leads to destruction.  Fewer are those who are willing to take up the cross of Christ and walk the strait and narrow way, which brings abundant, eternal life.  We can choose to give ourselves in full surrender to Christ and follow Him in full obedience, or we can choose to resist His will, make excuses for our disobedience, and live to please ourselves.  We can cheerfully accept our lot in life with a spirit of godly contentment and restful assurance, if grateful acknowledgement of God’s loving care and overruling hand.  Or as we face the hurts and shattered dreams of life, we can allow attitudes of bitterness, ingratitude, and smoldering anger to hold us in a tight grip.  We can choose by God’s grace to respond to others with love, forgiveness, kindness, and mercy.  Or we can react with malicious revenge or a resentful, grudging, unforgiving spirit.

            If we persist in choosing our own selfish way, whether in action or attitude, we will reap a bitter harvest of remorse, inner conflict, unfulfilled expectations, and a broken relationship with God.  In contrast, choosing the right way brings harmonious relationships, abiding peace, deep joy, true fulfillment, and sweet fellowship with our Creator.  We win or lose by the way we choose.

By Mark Kropf

Read:  Josh. 24:14-23, Heb. 11:23-28

            Decision determines direction and direction determines destiny.

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DECEMBER 7

Today’s Scripture

            “…the star which they had seen in the East went before them, until it came and stood over where the young Child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him...”  (Matthew 2:9-11, NKJV)

Wise Men Rejoice

            The wise men traveled a considerable distance to see the great King whose arrival the Bible foretold. They followed the bright star, and when they found Him, it says they rejoiced exceedingly. Those men were so happy that they couldn’t hide it. Notice what they did next; they fell down and worshiped Him.

            When a wise person seeks Jesus, they are filled with indescribable joy. They are compelled to worship Him! Let that be you and me today. Let’s let the joy of the Lord fill our hearts and be reflected on our faces during the holiday season and every day of the year. Don’t allow the pressures and busyness of life steal your joy. Let those around you see that you’ve been with Jesus. Rejoice in Him, worship Him, and walk with Him in victory all the days of your life!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, I choose to be wise and seek You first. Fill me with Your joy which is strength. I set my heart and mind on You and worship You. You are the King of kings and Lord of lords in Jesus’ name! Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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DECEMBER 6

Today’s Scripture

            “Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered…”  (Psalm 68:1, NKJV)

Scatter Your Enemies

            What are you letting arise in your life? In other words, what are you focusing your words, energy and thoughts on? You might say, “Oh, it’s just so hard right now. My finances are tight.” “My health doesn’t look good.” “Somebody walked out on me.” No, you’re focusing on the wrong things. You’re letting defeat, discouragement and self-pity rise up. Why don’t you turn that around and say, “God is still in control. Somebody may have walked out on me, but I know God is going to bring me somebody better.” “I may be hurting right now, but I know God is the restorer of my soul.” “I may have an unexpected debt, but I know God is my provider. He is supplying all of my needs. He is fighting my battles.”

            When you give God glory and let Him arise in your life, you can’t stay defeated. No foe can stand against you in the presence of Almighty God. Your enemies will be scattered! They will tremble at your words of faith! Let God arise and embrace the blessing and victory He has prepared for you!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, right now I release any negative, self-defeating thoughts or attitudes. Instead, I choose to let God arise in my life. I declare that You are worthy, You are holy, and You are the center of my joy, peace and strength in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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Conquer ‘Inner Space’ With Jesus

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

            Q: My professors often refer to “inner space” and seem to apply it to every facet of life, including spiritual life, but what does it really mean? — C.P.

            A: Inner space is defined in many ways, but when it comes to the inner life — something we all have — it deals with the dark side of the human spirit. From the vast number of questions on people’s minds it is evident that a large proportion of the population is facing deep personal problems. They vary from person to person, but they do exist, and they are all problems of “inner space.” Thankfully, there is a solution and millions have already found it; that solution is in Jesus Christ. He said, “My peace, my liberty, my freedom, I give to you” (see John 14:27).


DECEMBER 5

Today’s Scripture

            “Good sense makes a man restrain his anger, and it is his glory to overlook a transgression or an offense.”  (Proverbs 19:11, AMPC)

Good Sense

            Every day, we have opportunities to get upset, frustrated or offended. Maybe you had plans that didn’t work out, or someone was rude to you at the office. Maybe you were doing something that should have taken one hour and ended up taking three. Life is full of inconveniences. Even though we can’t always control our circumstances, we can control our reaction. They say, “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond.”

            We should always go out each day with a positive attitude, full of hope and expecting God’s favor. But at the same time, we should recognize that most days are not going to go exactly as we planned. However, we are created to live in peace. Peace is our position of power. If you get stressed because you got off schedule, or upset because your child wouldn’t eat his breakfast, or frustrated because somebody offended you, you are giving away your power. Instead, use good sense! Make the decision to release those offenses and disappointments so you can live in peace. Overlook offense, release offense and move forward in the power and victory the Lord has for you!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, today I release every care, concern, offense and disappointment to You. I choose to keep the peace that You have given me knowing that with You, my best days are ahead in Jesus’ name! Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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DECEMBER 4

Today’s Scripture

            “…let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith…”  (Hebrews 12:1-2, NKJV)

Content in Your Own Race

            It’s easy to be tempted to go through life competing with everyone around us when we see someone who’s more talented, better looking or has more gifts. Instead of running our race and being comfortable with who we are, oftentimes, we feel inferior and think, “I’ve got to catch up to them.” The problem with this unhealthy competition is that it’s a never-ending cycle.

            There will always be someone ahead of us. But it’s a very freeing thing when you realize, “I’m not competing with you. I don’t have to have as big a house as my neighbor to feel good about myself. I don’t have to keep up with my co-worker. I don’t have to be a certain size. I don’t have to have as many Christmas lights outside. No, I understand that I’m not in competition with my friend, my neighbor or my co-worker. Instead, I’m going to be the best me that I can possibly be.”

            Contentment is an attitude God can work with. When you focus on being who God made you to be and focus on running your own race, that’s when you’ll see things happen. That’s when you’ll rise up higher and position yourself for every spiritual blessing He has in store for you!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, I humbly come to You giving You all that I am. I choose to keep my eyes on You and allow You to work in my heart and mind. I declare that I am free from competition today in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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Satan And All His Lies No Laughing Matter – By Billy Graham

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Is joking about the Devil a sin? — D.J.

A: Many jokes are made about the Devil, but he is no laughing matter. Some people make light of the Devil, thinking that he is some figment of imagination that runs around with a tail dragging behind him. But with the state of the world and the godless society that permeates the culture, some people take it a little more serious. Then there are those who are drawn to Satan. They want to learn more about the Devil, demons, witchcraft, the occult, etc. In many cases, these people do not fully realize they are inviting Satan to come into their thinking and into their very lives. They are deluded.

The Bible says that Satan is the father of lies. He is the most successful liar of all because he persuades millions of people to follow him. He is called a deceiver. In order to accomplish his purpose, the Devil blinds people to their need for Christ. Two forces are at work in our world — the forces of Christ and the forces of Satan. You must choose the way you will follow.

Pray to the Lord God and ask him to give you strength to live life according to His word in the Bible. Ask Him to protect you and keep you from the deceptions of Satan. Start by giving your life to Christ and draw on the strength of His Holy Spirit to discipline yourself to think on the things of the Lord. Scripture tells us plainly not to give Satan a foothold in our lives (Ephesians 4:27).

Don’t be deceived by Satan and his lies. Instead, stay close to Christ — because the closer you are to Him, the farther away you are from the Devil.


DECEMBER 3

Today’s Scripture

            “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.”  (Matthew 5:44, NKJV)

Be Great in the Midst of Criticism

            If you’re going to pursue greatness, if you’re going to be a great businessperson, a great teacher, a great parent, a great leader, you have to understand that not everyone is going to cheer you on. I’d love to tell you that your family, friends and co-workers will celebrate you, but that’s not necessarily the case. Some people simply can’t handle your success. As you grow and increase, as God pours out His favor on you, someone will get jealous. Someone will start finding fault. Don’t be surprised if a relative tries to belittle or discredit you. You can’t focus on making everyone around you happy or you’ll start changing and lose sight of what God has placed in your heart.

            Remember, your destiny is too great to be distracted by people who are never going to affirm you. Don’t take it personally. It’s not about you. It’s their problem. Shake it off, run your race and be great anyway.

            Having greatness in the midst of criticism begins with forgiveness. Don’t hold a grudge. Bless those who curse you; pray for those who spitefully use you. As you keep doing what is right, God will honor you. He’ll promote you, and you’ll be great in the midst of criticism!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, I come to You today with an open and humble heart. I choose to forgive those who have criticized me. I choose to bless those who have hurt me. I choose to be great because You have equipped and empowered me to be great in the midst of criticism in Jesus’ name! Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen


DECEMBER 2

Tunnel Vision

Sometimes there is so much focus on what “you” want to do – that you don’t stop and consider the bigger picture of what “God” wants. All you can think about is what’s wrong in your life and what God should do to fix it. Your prayers quickly turn into a list of demands on just how you want God to answer. But prayer doesn’t work that way. God didn’t give you free access to Him just so that you can use Him to get everything you want. Simply put: you can’t make plans for your life and expect God to bless them – just because you want Him to! Jesus wants you to trust Him to make the best decisions – to present your needs, wishes and desires and then have faith that He will respond according to what is good for you! And don’t forget to thank Him for everything that He already has done for you. David thanked God for His blessings in Psalm 103:2-4, “Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits – who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagles.” Sometimes you can be so focused on your troubles that you forget about all the blessings you’ve already been blessed with. The next time you find yourself afflicted with “tunnel vision,” thinking about all the things “you” want – pray and ask God to give you discernment, understanding, and wisdom . . . but most of all – pray, “God’s will be done.”

By Brenda Walsh

Read:  Ephesians 1:18-19, Numbers 6:24 – 26, 2 Chronicles 6:19


NOVEMBER 30

Today’s Scripture

            “Knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”  (James 1:3-4, NKJV)

Lacking Nothing

            God wants you to be perfect and complete, living in His abundance and lacking nothing on this earth. That may seem like a stretch from where you are today. It may seem far off; but in an instant, things can turn around. God has set up a system of blessing for you, and it starts with His Word. The Bible says that God has given each of us a measure of faith. We all have faith, and it’s up to us to develop it. Romans 10:17 says that faith grows as we read and study His Word. Faith, in turn, produces patience, and when we allow patience to have its perfect work in us, we will lack no good thing.

            Today, no matter where you are in the process, the key is to keep moving forward by reading and hearing His Word. His Word is alive. His Word will heal your heart and restore your soul. His Word will produce patience in your life so that you can move forward, being complete and lacking nothing all the days of your life!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father God, thank You for Your Word which lights my path and directs my way. I choose to put You first place. I choose to meditate on Your Word, knowing that You are leading me in Your paths of life in Jesus’ name. Amen!”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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NOVEMBER 29

Today’s Scripture

            “Bring forth fruit that is consistent with repentance [let your lives prove your change of heart].”  (Matthew 3:8, AMPC)

Bring Forth Fruit

            Something supernatural happens when you submit your mind and heart to the Lord. First, your heart changes; then your thoughts begin to change. Your actions begin to change. Your life begins to bring forth fruit, or it displays the character of God. The Bible tells us in Galatians that the fruit of God’s spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. These character traits are proof that God is at work in our lives. Do you have more love than you used to? Are you more at peace than you used to be? Are you more gentle? Self-controlled? That’s because God is at work in your life, and it brings Him pleasure when you act more like Him.

            If you need to grow in any of these areas today, simply open your heart and ask Him to work in your life. He promises that He will complete the good work He’s started in you. Don’t give up! Keep praying, keep believing, keep repenting and submitting your life to Him. Put His Word as a priority in your life, and you will continue to grow and bring forth His fruit and live in His abundant blessings in every area of life!

A Prayer for Today

            “Heavenly Father, thank You for working in my life. Thank You for producing good fruit by Your spirit. I submit myself to You today and invite You to continue Your work in me. I bless You and honor You today in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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NOVEMBER 28

Today’s Scripture

            “He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.”  (John 15:2, NIV)

The Pruning Process

            In life, we all go through a pruning process. God will prune our lives so that we can bear much fruit. To “prune” means something is cut away, something is removed. In other words, maybe a good friend that you counted on moved to another city. Maybe a business shut down that you were connected to, or a relationship went a different direction.

            Friend, God knows what you need in your life in order to grow and flourish. Sometimes when things happen that we don’t understand, we have to just trust that He is working behind the scenes preparing you for increase, preparing you to go to another level. Don’t put a question mark where God has placed a period.

            When you’re going through transition, don’t get bitter. Don’t get down and think it’s the end. Don’t start thinking that you’re a failure. Have the attitude, “God, I let this go knowing that it was only a temporary provision, and what You have in my future will be greater than what I’m letting go of.” If you will accept the change and stay in faith, God will open new doors. He will bring new opportunities, new friendships, and take you to another level of His glory!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You for loving me enough to work in my life. Today I release the things I don’t understand into Your hands. I believe that You are working behind the scenes on my behalf. I believe that You have good things in store for my future. I choose to wait on You and trust You now and forevermore in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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NOVEMBER 27

Today’s Scripture

            “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”  (John 15:7, NIV)

Remain

            In life, we all have ups and downs. There are seasons that are more difficult than others, seasons of testing, trials and temptation where our character is being developed and our faith in God is being strengthened. Sometimes it can feel like you are taking two steps forward and three steps backward. If we’re not careful, we’ll start thinking that life is always going to be this way. Even in the strong seasons, you’ll start looking for things to go wrong.

            God doesn’t want us to be living life like a roller coaster. He wants to bring us to a place of stability where we remain strong in Him. Jesus said, “I am the vine. You are the branches. If you abide in me, you will bear much fruit and your fruit will remain.” The word “remain” means “to be fixed, immovable, not affected by circumstances.” If you will just keep abiding in Him, just keep meditating on His Word, He’ll bring you through. He’ll make you strong, He’ll keep you stable, and you’ll keep moving forward into the life of blessing He has prepared for you!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, today I set my heart and mind on You knowing that You are good and faithful. I trust that as I seek You and put You first, You will direct my steps. I choose to remain in You and follow Your leading in everything I do in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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Giving Thanks For God’s Beautiful Earth

Imagine if you were the creator of the Earth, with all of its breathtaking beauty, and gave each living creature the gift of life.  Read more…

Today, Tuesday, November 27, is National Giving Day. 

PLEASE – Give to whatever, or whoever, needs your help.

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NOVEMBER 26

Today’s Scripture

            “Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines…yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.”  (Habakkuk 3:17-18, NKJV)

Switch Over

            We all face challenges and obstacles in this life. We all have dreams in our hearts, and at times, it looks like they’re not going to come to pass. During these difficult seasons, we have a choice. We can get negative and discouraged and talk about how things are not going to work out, or we can switch over into praise and thanksgiving which opens the door for God to move on our behalf.

            A lot of times people think, “I’ll have a good attitude as soon as I get over this health issue.” “Joel, I’ll give God praise when I get through these tough times.” But that’s not how faith works. As long as we’re negative, discouraged and focused on our problems, it limits what God can do. You’ve got to give God praise first, and then the breakthrough will come. You’ve got to change your focus first, and then things will change in your favor. Praise always precedes the victory.

            Today, if you’ve been dwelling on the wrong things and focusing in the wrong direction, switch over into praise and thanksgiving. Begin to declare that God is good. Declare that He is faithful. Declare His praises and open the door to victory in every area of your life!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father God, today I humbly come before You, lifting You up and magnifying Your holy name. Thank You for Your goodness and faithfulness in my life. I bless You and honor You for Your goodness in Jesus’ name. Amen!”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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FIRST CENTENARY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH (Chattanooga TN), 419 McCallie Ave.,Positive Christian Singles”, Craig & Debby TyndallHis Call Christmas Celebration, 6:45pm, 423.756.2021.  Dinner at 6pm

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7 Suggestions When God is Silent

Have you ever been there? Has the silence of God in your life ever been eerily strong?

Imagine you had been faithfully serving… God is using you… you are in constant communication with Him… and then suddenly… everything is quiet. You have to wait.  Read more…

 

 

 

DAD, LET’S SING

“For you will go out with joy, And be led forth with peace;

The mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you,

And all the trees of the field will clap their hands.”  (Isaiah 55:12)

            Familiar landmarks flashed by as the threesome motored along the highway.  Little lisps of conversation floated from two lads in booster seats behind the driver.  Amiably, the boys shared insights befitting the wisdom of their years.  In need of occasional backing, they quizzed Dad from time to time.  But Dad’s answers sounded short and toneless.  His thoughts centered on the pressures of his work.  Sometimes he emitted a disgruntled sigh.

            Suddenly a childish voice suggested, “Hey, Dad, let’s sing.  I like how singing makes me feel good.”  Dad’s musing stopped short.  “Well, what do you want to sing?” he asked.  “Little brother and I both want to sing ‘Up From the Grave He Arose,'” spoke the innocent voice.  With a rueful smile at the winsome rebuke, Dad began singing in a lusty voice that soon found a happy crescendo.

            Singing is a natural expression of God’s children.  What really is so difficult about just singing?  Perhaps we have already told God about our problems, yet the present discouragements fill us with anxiety.  What can we do?  Maybe it is time to tell our problems about God.  One way to accomplish this is by singing.  Songs of God’s past faithfulness, of present mercies, and of eternal truth have a curious way of causing our troubles to shrivel and disappear.

            Someday we’ll no longer concern ourselves with things of time and sense.  Heaven’s gates of pearl will open and give entrance to streets of gold.  Clothed in robes of righteousness, we’ll join a great reunion of the saints around God’s throne.  “The glory of God and of the Lamb” will enlighten the place.  We’ll do some glorious things like just singing throughout eternity.  So let’s sing today!

By Daniel Diller

Read:  Psalm 33

Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power;

unto the Lord our God.  (Revelation 19:1)

 

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WHO IS YOUR GOD?

Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.” (John 8:58)

            Various prominent religions of the world were founded by men.  Did any of these men claim to be God?  For example, Hinduism is one of the oldest religions and has millions of followers.  Hinduism has no single god and no leader who claimed to be God.  Confucius was a Chinese philosopher who founded a religion bearing his name, but he never claimed to be God.  Gautama was called Buddha and established the religion of Buddhism.  But he did not believe that God existed, so he never claimed to be God.  Mohammed referred to God as Allah and founded a religion that today has millions of followers, but neither did he claim to be God.

            One founder of a great religion did reveal Himself as God, and He is Jesus Christ.  Three times in John 8, Jesus referred to Himself as “I am.”  The first two times are in verses 24 and 28.  “If you believe not that I am He, you shall die in your sins…When you have lifted up the Son of man, then shall you know that I am He.” (The word he is not in the original Greek text.)  Jesus’ third claim is in today’s key verse.  In all these statements Jesus identified Himself as God, the I AM of Exodus 3:14.

            Jesus’ claim to be God was one of the main reasons that His enemies crucified Him.  Was His claim true?  Acts 17:31 says that God “hath given assurance (about Jesus) unto all men, in that He hath raised Him from the dead.”  So among the many founders of religions, Jesus Christ is the only one worthy to be followed.  Only Jesus died as the Savior of the world, rose again, and is still living today.  Do you know Him as your God?

By Denver Yoder

Read:  John 8:23-29, 38-59

No man cometh unto the Father (God), but by me.” (John 14:6)

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