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APRIL 3

Today’s Scripture

            “…O My God, I cry in the daytime, but You do not hear; and in the night season, and am not silent.”  (Psalm 22:2, NKJV)

Seasons of Silence

            In 1 Kings 17, after the prophet Elijah had spoken the word of the Lord to wicked King Ahab, God told him to go hide by the Brook Cherith. Elijah wanted to continue to speak to the nation, but for the next three and half years, he experienced a season of silence and waiting before going on to perform many miracles.

            We all have times when we’re praying, but our prayers aren’t being answered. We’re being our best, but not getting good breaks, the problem isn’t turning around. It seems as though God is on vacation. But the silence is not a sign that God is not working. He may not be changing the circumstances, but He is changing us. God uses the seasons of silence to prepare us, to develop our character. You’re gaining experience, maturity, and strength that you’ll need for where God is taking you. Don’t fight the silence. Keep being faithful, for your appointed time is on the way!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You for loving me so much that at times You hide me and cause me to be overlooked, keeping doors closed. Thank You that You love me so much that You’re getting me prepared to go where I’ve never gone. I will be faithful in the seasons of silence. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen

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Unconditional Love

All throughout scripture, God pleads with us to love one another! He urges us to especially care for the children, sick, elderly, and less fortunate. The Bible says in Matthew 25:39-41, “Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” It is very clear how God wants us to show our love for our fellow man. However, He’s not just talking about our family, friends, or people who are nice to us. There’s nothing in the Bible that tells us it’s okay to be mean to our enemies! Indeed, it is just the opposite. Jesus wants us to love our enemies! In Proverbs 24:17, He counsels us, “Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth.” God doesn’t want us to entertain one tiny moment of pleasure upon seeing our enemies fall! Not even when it is an abusive ex-spouse, a boss that has fired us unfairly, or a family member that has cast us out! We are to love, love, love each other–as God loves us, and share His unconditional love with everyone we meet!

Brenda Walsh Ministries

Text: John 3:16, Ephesians 5:1-2, 1 John 4:12

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APRIL 2

Today’s Scripture

            “…There is a wide-open door for a great work here, although many oppose me.”  (1 Corinthians 16:9, NLT)

There Will Always Be Adversity

            How do you respond when unfair situations come against you and people do you wrong? It’s easy to get discouraged and think that because it’s not working out, it’s not meant to be. But just because you have opposition doesn’t mean you’re not in God’s will. The apostle Paul described his work in the city of Ephesus as a wide-open door of opportunity with many in opposition. Anytime you have opportunity, anytime you’re about to move forward to the next level, there will be opposition, people trying to discourage you, things you don’t understand. The people who reach their destiny aren’t moved by what’s not working out, and they don’t give up because they had a setback or because somebody did them wrong. They know God is in control, that He’s directing their steps. They know that the setback is really a setup for God to do something greater. The adversity means the promotion, the healing, the new level is on the way.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You for every open door of opportunity that You open for me. Thank You that the opposition I face is only a setup for You to do something greater in my life. I believe that You are in control and the next level is on the way. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen

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Ways to Pray

“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged” (Deuteronomy 31:8).

Pray for all who are sick, that they will receive timely care and healing from the Great Physician.

Pray for medical workers, caregivers, emergency relief teams, and government leaders.

Pray for peace to those who are living with uncertainty, for those in quarantine, for those in recovery.

Pray for God’s comfort as a healing balm to fear and despair.

Pray for those suffering from depression and anxiety.

Pray for pastors and churches to model hope and help during the recovery.

Pray for Christians to point others to Christ during the crisis.


APRIL 1

Today’s Scripture

            “…Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.”  (Ephesians 5:15–16, NIV)

Be “On Purpose”

            Time is one of the most valuable commodities we have. It’s more valuable than money. You can make more money, but you can’t make more time. To “redeem the time” means don’t waste it. We have a responsibility to use our time wisely. Paul said in effect that if you’re going to reach your highest potential, you have to be an “on purpose” person and invest your life in what’s best for you. You know where you’re going. You’re not vague, distracted, waiting to see what happens. You’re focused. You’re making the most of each opportunity.

            God has given you a present. It’s called “today.” Are you living it to the full? With purpose and passion? Pursuing your dreams? Or are you distracted? Indifferent? Just doing whatever comes along? Make this decision that you’re going to redeem the time. Get focused. Get organized. Set your goals. Make your plans. Once this day is over, you can never get it back.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You for giving me the gift of this day to live to the full. Thank You that You are calling me to invest my life in what’s best for me, to redeem the time, and to run my life with purpose and passion. Help me to make the most of every opportunity. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen


MARCH 31

Today’s Scripture

            “…No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”  (Hebrews 12:11, NIV)

Don’t Feed the Negative

            It can feel good to give into the temptation to watch something you shouldn’t, to gossip about a friend, to be lazy, to tell someone off. The flesh likes the easy way. The reason some people don’t grow is because they’re not disciplined to do the right thing when it’s hard. You have to be consistent. The flesh is not going to go away. The apostle Paul said, “I die daily.” Every day we have to say no to things. “No, I’m not going to watch that. I won’t be sarcastic. I’m not going to hang out with that friend. I’m not going to eat whatever I feel like.”

            Remember that every time you give into that temptation, become impatient, or get offended, you’re feeding and growing the flesh. If you’ll start to not give in to the temptation, the temper, the bad attitude, you’re going to step into a new season of freedom, of growth, of favor.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You that You are working in me and giving me the desire to obey You. Thank You that I have the power to overcome and be disciplined to do the right thing. I believe that the forces for me are greater than the forces against me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen

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Bring Everything To God In Your Prayers

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

            Q: Recently I was saved through the witness of a co-worker. He said the most important thing to do was to pray. What should I pray about? — N.B.

            A: When souls are saved, a desire to be nourished from God’s Word is of utmost importance. Bring everything in your life to God in prayer and watch how He answers through the reading of Scripture. This is how God’s children have fellowship with the Father and His Son Jesus Christ.

            Be faithful in reading the Bible, praying for God’s guidance and strength each day, seeking the fellowship of other believers as part of Christ’s church, and share your new faith with those who are still wandering in darkness. The church is the Body of Christ on earth, and it is important to join with other followers of Jesus Christ to learn from one another, to encourage one another, and to obey God’s Word. You’ll find yourself growing. Christ will work in you and through you and you will know His hand is upon you as He leads you along life’s pathway.

            Many struggle because they want Christ to walk with them; but believers are instructed to leave their own pathways and walk with Christ. He comes into a person’s life with transformation, making forgiven sinners new creations in Christ. God will be busy conforming His children to the image of His Son. Salvation is the most important step anyone can take in life and is the only way to truth.

            This is “the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery … which is Christ in you, the hope of glory … which works in me mightily” (Colossians 1:26-27, 29).


MARCH 30

Today’s Scripture

            “…And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!”  (Philippians 2:8, NIV)

Walk in Humility

            Did you know that even Jesus had to humble Himself. It takes humility to walk in obedience. Without humility, Jesus could have thought, I’m the Son of God. I don’t have to put up with the way people treat Me. I’m not going to the cross. It was humility that caused Him to not retaliate against those who did Him wrong. Because of His humility, He could spend His life serving others when He had every right to be served. Because of His humility, He could hang on the cross and say, “Father, forgive them. They don’t know what they’re doing.”

            When you humble yourself and do hard things that you know God is asking you to do—forgive the person who did you wrong, honor your spouse’s request, take advice from somebody who doesn’t have your experience—your obedience will bring a blessing. As Jesus did, do what God is asking you to do. Don’t reason it out; just do it.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You that Jesus was willing to come to earth as a man and then humble Himself even further by becoming obedient to the point of death. Help me to humble myself whenever pride rises up to keep me from being obedient. I want to walk in humility. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen


MARCH 27

Today’s Scripture

            “…Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well…”  (1 Thessalonians 2:8, NIV)

Become a Miracle

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

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

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You that You bring people across my path so I can be the answer to their prayers. Help me to listen to what they’re saying and to be available and do what I can to help. I believe that I am a miracle waiting to happen for someone. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen

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BECAUSE SOMEONE SMILED

“A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly.” – Proverbs 18:24

            For the Christian who has been cleansed by the blood of Jesus and is at peace with his family, church, and neighbor, a radiant smile can speak volumes to others.  As Christians we should always try to radiate the love and peace of God by our facial expressions.  Just as a scowl expresses anger, so a warm sincere smile expresses Christian joy.  Nehemiah 8:10 says, “The joy of the Lord is your strength.”  Even in the midst of sorrow or intense suffering, we can leave a testimony with a sincere smile.

            A smile can speak eloquently even when no words are uttered.  Someone may feel completely alone and hopeless until you smile at him.  A smile is so inexpensive yet so valuable.  A fearful child may shy away from a stranger, no matter how honest his intentions, but his pleasant smile can soon put the little one at ease.  A smile doesn’t need words or physical touch to convey its warmth, inspiration, and comfort.  Just a smile is enough, pure and simple, touching the heart and soothing the soul with its healing balm.

            David was being pursued by King Saul when he wrote the profound words in Psalm 57.  “My heart is fixed, O God: … I will sing and give praise, … I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people.”  Only a heart set on serving God could utter this kind of praise under such dire circumstances.  I can picture David stretching his hands toward Heaven and smiling radiantly as he spoke these words.  Dear friend, do you go about with a smile that testifies of Christ’s glorious work in your heart?  A transformation within will show on the outside.

Denver Yoder – Somerset OH

Read:  Psalms 33

“A smile can radiate sunshine on a cloudy day.”


MARCH 26

Today’s Scripture

            “…So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most…”  (Hebrews 4:16, NLT)

Come Boldly

            Many people are trying to earn God’s goodness, trying to be good enough, trying to work hard enough, thinking that then maybe they’ll deserve God’s blessings. That’s a slave mentality. You don’t have to earn God’s love. You don’t have to work for His approval. You don’t have to pay God back for your mistakes. The Scripture tells us to come boldly to the throne of grace, not as a servant saying, “God, I know I don’t deserve it.” If you want to put a smile on God’s face, go to Him with boldness, go to Him like you know He’s pleased with you, like you know you have a right to be there as a son, like you know He wants to be good to you. Ask Him for your dreams. Pray bold prayers. You’re not inconveniencing Him. Jesus says, “It is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” God is longing to be good to you.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You that I can come boldly before You, knowing that as Your child, this is my rightful place. Thank You that I don’t have to earn Your favor or be good enough to come into Your presence. I am coming to pray bold prayers and to dream bold dreams. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen


MARCH 25

Today’s Scripture

            “…He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us…”  (2 Corinthians 1:4, NLT)

From Patient to Physician

            In today’s Scripture the apostle Paul is saying, “You were comforted in the loss of your loved one; help somebody else through their loss. You’ve been healed; now go help somebody else get healed.” God didn’t heal you just so you could be well, but so you could become a healer. He favored you so you could show people favor. He gave you a new beginning so you could help others make it through their loss. You’re no longer a patient needing help; you’ve become a physician.

            Every one of us has had experiences that make us a physician. If you’ve been through cancer treatment, a divorce, a loss, or a rough childhood, you are uniquely qualified to help others in that situation. You’ve been in their shoes. You know the pain, the discouragement, the battles they fight in their mind. You can help them in a way that others who’ve not experienced it can. Don’t stay a grateful patient, become a physician.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You for the things that You’ve brought me through that I can now use to help others in their struggles. Thank You that I have something to give, some encouragement to share, some wisdom to impart. Help me to give away what You’ve given to me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen


MARCH 24

Today’s Scripture

            “…Bring all the tithe into the storehouse…and try Me now in this,” says the LORD of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it…”  (Malachi 3:10, NKJV)

When You Have “the Blessing”

            When you honor God with your life, He puts a blessing on you that gives you an advantage. Today’s Scripture doesn’t say “blessings,” plural; it says “blessing,” singular. When you have “the blessing,” all kinds of blessings will come. It causes you to rise up when circumstances are pushing you down and to prosper when others are struggling. It’s not just because of your skill, talent, and determination. There is a force behind you that is fighting your battles, bringing the right people into your life, opening doors you can’t open.

            Don’t discount yourself. David went out with a slingshot and a few stones and defeated Goliath. What you have may seem small compared to what you’re up against, but a slingshot with the blessing is more powerful than a tank without it. Your talent may seem small compared to the dream God put in your heart, but that talent with the blessing will take you further than you can imagine.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You for the blessing on my life, thank You for breathing in my direction, thank You for taking me where I couldn’t go on my own. Thank You that You have levels that I’ve never fathomed. I believe I haven’t touched the surface of what’s in store. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen


MARCH 23

Today’s Scripture

            “…But He said, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.”  (Luke 18:27, NKJV)

Give Birth to What God Put in You

            Psalm 7 says the ungodly “are pregnant with trouble and give birth to lies.” The good news is, that’s not you. You are the righteous. You’re not pregnant with trouble, with bad breaks, sickness, lack, or depression. You are pregnant with favor, with talent, with victory. All through the day, keep saying, “Lord, thank You that I’m pregnant with Your promises. I believe conception has occurred.” Perhaps your dream looks impossible. It’s been a long time, you gave it your best effort, and it didn’t work out; but deep down, you can’t help it—something keeps kicking, telling you that it’s still on the way. In God’s perfect timing, when everything is ready, you’re going to give birth.

            Quit telling yourself that you can never get ahead, that you don’t have enough of this, enough of that. You are pregnant with success, pregnant with ideas, pregnant with your destiny. You’re going to give birth to what God put in you.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You that I can put away any worries and discouragements. Thank You that in Your perfect timing, when everything is ready, even what looks to be impossible will be possible with You. I believe that what You’ve started in my life You will finish. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen

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With news of the Coronavirus, Victoria and I want to pray a prayer of peace, provision and protection over you today: “Father, I thank you for your protection that is found in our faith in Christ. You are our protector, shielding us from sickness and disease. You are our provider, and our peace. Your word says that we don’t have to fear the disease that stalks in the darkness because Your promises are true and timeless. Today, I believe and declare that You are surrounding Your children with health, protection, favor and wisdom. We believe it and receive it today. In Jesus name. Amen”

Joel & Victoria Osteen

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When God Says Yes

The main reason for “prayer” is not to get things, or for divine intervention in our lives. The most important reason to pray, is to get to know God better. Keeping the lines of communication open with our heavenly Father, is the key to a close relationship with Him, and the more we linger in His presence, the happier we will be. However, many people pray only when they want something! Even if they haven’t talked to God all year–they quickly drop to their knees when faced with a crisis such as when a loved one becomes ill, or they are so financially strapped they don’t know where to turn, and a million other reasons. And as long as God says “yes” and their prayer is answered in the way that they want–then they rejoice. But if their prayer isn’t answered the way they want it to, then all of a sudden they are angry with God, even questioning His love for them! How sad it is that Christ’s amazing act of love on Calvary, is so quickly forgotten. Instead of praying to “get things,” pray to “know” God, and with faith that God is going to answer your prayer with your best interest in mind. Always pray, “God’s will be done,” and thank Him for His answer, not just when God says “yes”–but all the time!

Brenda Walsh Ministries

Text: Jeremiah 33:3, John 15:7-8, Psalm 107:9


MARCH 21

God’s Promises

The precious Word of God is filled with many wonderful promises. Dr Herbert Lockyer, who wrote the book “All The Promises Of The Bible”, claims the bible lists at least 8000.

In facing the realities of COVID-19, it’s easy to become discouraged, anxious and even somewhat alone; however, it is most important to cling to the 8000 promises that fill God’s Word. While the world is “preaching” nothing but doom and gloom, as people of faith we can rest in the sovereignty of a Father who promised many times to never leave us nor forsake us. He also promised…

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” – John 14:27

“Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.” – Psalm 56:3

“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” – Deuteronomy 31:6

“Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content.” – Philippians 4:12

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble, therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed…be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! The Lord of host is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.” Psalm 46

“Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord!” Psalm 27:14

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

“We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed – always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.” 2 Corinthians 4:8-9

“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7

“Come to Me all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13

“Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7

“Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the Lord to you: Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.” 2 Chronicles 20:15

“After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.” Genesis 15:1

“And David said to his son Solomon, Be strong and of good courage, and do it; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the Lord God – my God – will be with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you, until you have finished all the work for the service of the house of the Lord.” 1 Chronicles 27:30

“According to the word that I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt, so My Spirit remains among you; do not fear!” Haggai 2:5

May God bless us all during this time of crisis.


MARCH 20

 

Today’s Scripture

            “…The LORD will make you the head, not the tail……”  (Deuteronomy 28:13, NIV)

Take Off Any Negative Label

            People constantly put labels on us, telling us what we can and cannot become, what we do or don’t have. People will label you “not good enough, too slow, addict, average.” Many times, these labels are not in agreement with what God says about us; but if we don’t know any better, we’ll wear them like they’re the truth. If we keep them on long enough, they’ll become so ingrained in our thinking that we’ll become what people have said rather than what God has said—“you are strong, talented, valuable, more than a conqueror.”

            Are there labels holding you back today? The only power a label has over you is the power you give it. If you remove it, quit thinking about it, quit acting like it’s the truth, that label will have no effect on you. If you’re going to rise to the next level, you have to put on God labels. To live better, you need to think better.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You that I do not have to live according to what others have said I can and cannot become. Thank You that the negative labels they have placed on me hold no power over my destiny. I declare that You alone determine my destiny. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen

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With news of the Coronavirus, Victoria and I want to pray a prayer of peace, provision and protection over you today: “Father, I thank you for your protection that is found in our faith in Christ. You are our protector, shielding us from sickness and disease. You are our provider, and our peace. Your word says that we don’t have to fear the disease that stalks in the darkness because Your promises are true and timeless. Today, I believe and declare that You are surrounding Your children with health, protection, favor and wisdom. We believe it and receive it today. In Jesus name. Amen” – Joel & Victoria Osteen


MARCH 19

Today’s Scripture

            “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”  (Matthew 5:8, NIV)

Be Pure in Heart

            When Jesus said “pure in heart,” the word pure in the original language is where we get our word catharsis, which means “cleansing, releasing, purifying.” After surgery, the doctor may put in a catheter, which is from the same root word. It’s a tube that drains out the impurities in the body—the infection, the toxins, the waste. The doctor knows that these contaminates will come naturally. He’s not alarmed unless they’re not released and flushed out.

            God is saying that you’re going to be blessed when you learn to release the impurities of life, emptying out all the things that will infect you. Bitterness, guilt, worry, doubt, and self-pity are impurities that will come, but you have to let them go and flush them out or they will contaminate your spirit and poison you. But they can’t hurt you if they just pass through. If you let them go, God will fill your life with good things.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You that I can have a pure heart today. Thank You that I can release any worries, any doubts, any guilt, and bitterness, and flush them out of my life. Help me to forgive whatever needs forgiving and let go of the past. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen


MARCH 18

 

Today’s Scripture

            “…You are snared by the words of your mouth; you are taken by the words of your mouth…”  (Proverbs 6:2, NKJV)

Don’t Be Snared by Your Words

            To be snared means “to be trapped.” Your words can trap you. What you say can cause you to stumble and keep you from your potential. You’re not snared by what you think. Negative thoughts come to us all. But when you speak them out, you give them life. If you say, “I’ll never get back in shape,” it becomes more difficult. If you say, “I’m not that talented. I don’t have a good personality,” that is calling in mediocrity. It’s setting the limits for your life. When negative thoughts come, the key is to never verbalize them. That thought will die stillborn if you don’t speak it.

            In the tough times, it’s very tempting to vent your frustrations. When you continually talk about the problem, you’re making it bigger. Turn it around and talk about the promise. Let your report be: “God is supplying all my needs. It may look impossible on paper, but with God, all things are possible.”

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You that I do not have to keep being snared by the words of my mouth. I choose to not focus on or talk about negative circumstances and problems but on Your faithful promises. Help me to keep speaking the right things. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen

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Today is my birthday, and I thank God that He has allowed me to live for 77 years and to marry my beautiful wife Debby!


MARCH 17

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!!!

Today’s Scripture

            “…Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city…”  (Proverbs 16:32, ESV)

Rule Your Spirit

            Today’s Scripture tells us to rule our own spirit. It doesn’t say to rule somebody else’s spirit or to rule your circumstances. You can’t control what other people think or say about you or the negative circumstances around you. If you’re dealing with a sickness or your finances are low, your attempts to control it will only lead to frustration, worry, and discouragement. Part of ruling your spirit is to not let that poison get in you. Ships don’t sink because there’s water around them; they sink if they let the water get in them.

            Another part of ruling your spirit is to not believe the enemy’s constant whispers, “You blew it. God’s never going to bless you.” God’s mercy is bigger than any mistake. Your mistakes didn’t cancel God’s plan, and He’s not finished with you. You may have fallen down, but your attitude should be, “I’m not staying down. God will get me to where I’m supposed to be.”

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You for Your strength and mercy in times of difficulty. I can’t control what others say or do or control negative circumstances around me, but I can rule my spirit. I believe that You will make a way for me and get me to where I’m supposed to be. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen

 

With news of the Coronavirus, Victoria and I want to pray a prayer of peace, provision and protection over you today: “Father, I thank you for your protection that is found in our faith in Christ. You are our protector, shielding us from sickness and disease. You are our provider, and our peace. Your word says that we don’t have to fear the disease that stalks in the darkness because Your promises are true and timeless. Today, I believe and declare that You are surrounding Your children with health, protection, favor and wisdom. We believe it and receive it today. In Jesus name. Amen”

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Happiness Is Not An End In Itself

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

            Q: Our country is obsessed with happiness, but is it a promise from God that we can be happy? — P.H.

            A: Thomas Jefferson wrote about “the pursuit of happiness.” But for many it is a delusion. While Jefferson was correct that we should have a “right” to pursue happiness, a problem is created when people pursue it without knowing exactly what they are looking for or where to find it.

            Happiness is a by-product, not an end in itself. Happiness cannot be pursued any more than one can pursue a cloudless day, grasp it, put it in a bottle, and then bring it out on a rainy day to enjoy again. True happiness is not superficial and fleeting, as a day at an amusement park might be.

            True happiness begins when one is in a right relationship with God. In fact, God is the only source of true happiness, because He offers those intangibles that we mistakenly believe can be found on earth: contentment, security, peace, and hope for the future. None of these can be found in a job, a human relationship, money, power, or position. They are God’s alone to give. That is why the Lord Jesus, in His Sermon on the Mount, told where ultimate happiness lies when He said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled” (Matthew 5:6).

            The Bible teaches that faith is the only approach that we have to God who blesses His creation. No one has sins forgiven, no one goes to heaven, and no one has assurance of peace and happiness, until he has faith in Jesus Christ.

            Happy is the person who has learned the secret of being content with whatever life brings him, and has learned to rejoice in the simple and beautiful things that come from the hand of God.


MARCH 16

Today’s Scripture

            “…He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God…”

(Psalm 40:2–3, NIV)

Be a Pit Praiser

            When God sees you praising Him in the pit, praising Him in the storm, praising Him in the loss, that’s what He calls “a sacrifice of praise.” He knows it’s not easy and you feel like quitting. When you praise Him in the pit, that moves Him in a greater way. It’s one thing to be grateful when things are going your way, but when you have a song of praise in your heart when every circumstance says you should be depressed, get ready for God to show out in your life. David said in today’s Scripture that praise brings you out of the pit. Praise when it’s sunny, and praise when it’s rainy. Praise when business is up, and praise when it’s down. David said in Psalm 34, “I will bless the Lord at all times. His praise will continually be in my mouth.” God is looking for some pit praisers, people who praise no matter what happens.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You that the pits I find myself in are only temporary stops along the way to my final destination. Thank You that I can offer You a sacrifice of praise because You hold victory in store for the upright. I believe that You’ll get me to where I’m supposed to be. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen

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Family Love

How we live our lives each day has a big impact on all those around us, especially our families. It makes sense because they are the ones that we spend the most time with. If we want to shine for Jesus–we need to first start at home! Our attitude, the decisions we make and how we react to day to day situations shows whether or not Christ is living in us. Sometimes we make an effort to be kind to strangers, but then come home and act quite differently with those we love the most. But living a Christ-centered life doesn’t mean that you act like a Christian all day long  and then when you get home you throw your “Christian Cap,” on the hook and become someone else! God wants you to shine for him all the time–especially at home! When arguments and tempers start to rise, call on Jesus to give you the strength to respond in love. With Christ as the center of the home, family ties are the strongest and so is family love!!

Brenda Walsh Ministries

Text: Romans 12:10, Joshua 24:15, Philippians 2:5-8, Proverbs 17:17

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How to Clean Your Phone to Help Protect Against Coronavirus – By Amelia Nierenberg – 3-12-20

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/12/smarter-living/clean-your-phone.html


MARCH 13

Today’s Scripture

            “…But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth…”

(1 John 2:20, NIV)

You Have an Anointing

            We don’t have to go through life doing everything on our own, trying to accomplish our dreams in our own ability, trying to overcome challenges in our own strength, our own intellect, and our own hard work. We have an advantage. God has placed His anointing on you. The anointing is a divine empowerment. It enables you to do what you could not do on your own. It will cause you to accomplish dreams even though you don’t have the talent. It will help you overcome obstacles that looked insurmountable.

            The anointing is only activated where there is faith. Instead of complaining about how something is not going to work out, turn that around and start declaring, “I am anointed. I am equipped. I am empowered. I am well able.” When you have this attitude of faith and are speaking words of victory, you are stirring up your anointing. That’s when you’ll go places that you couldn’t go on your own.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You that You have placed Your anointing on me to enable me to do what I cannot do on my own and to accomplish my dreams. I believe and declare that I am equipped and empowered to go where I’ve never been and do what I’ve never done. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen

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Surviving the Storm

Life is not perfect and never will be here on earth.  As long as we breathe–we will go through trials and struggles–and that won’t change until we get to heaven. There are many promises in God’s Word for us to claim as our own, but you won’t find a promise where God says we will never experience heartache. The Bible does shed light on just how to survive any storm–no matter how severe. Scripture tells of two different men on two different occasions who slept through a storm. One was Jonah–who was hiding in the bottom of a boat–because he was running from God.  When he awoke, his shipmates were running around in a panic–frantically trying to survive, and terrified that they would all die at sea. The other man asleep on a boat, was Jesus–only He slept peacefully, fully secure that He was safe in His Father’s care. We can’t stop or control the trials of life–but we can survive each storm by putting our faith and trust in our heavenly Father. The Bible says in Joshua 1:5, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” That is a promise we can claim! When we fully trust in God–we don’t have to run around in a panic–but will experience a peace and calm–even in the middle of the most dangerous storm!

Brenda Walsh Ministries

Text: Psalm 56:3, Jonah 1:5, Joshua 1:9, 2 Samuel 7:28, Psalm 9:10

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

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


MARCH 12

Today’s Scripture

            “…Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road…”  (Mark 10:52, NIV)

You Have to Want It

            A blind beggar named Bartimaeus heard all the commotion of a great crowd following Jesus and began shouting, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” The people around him told him to be quiet, but the more they rebuked him and told him to be quiet, the louder he shouted. All of a sudden, Jesus stopped, commanded him to be called, and healed him.

            How badly do you want the dreams God put in your heart and the promises He’s spoken to you? Badly enough to outlast people who are trying to talk you out of it, badly enough to overlook some insults, badly enough to do the right thing when the wrong thing is happening? Do you want it badly enough to keep pursuing it when all the circumstances say it’s not going to happen? There should be something you are believing for about which you are relentless. You aren’t moved by how impossible it looks.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You for the dreams You put in my heart and for the promises You’ve spoken. If I have to believe my whole life for their fulfillment, I’m going keep believing. I’m not going to settle for less than. I’m going to keep pursuing what You put in my heart. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen

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“I will never leave you or forsake you.”   Joshua 1:5


MARCH 11

Today’s Scripture

            “…He will take you upstairs to a large room that is already set up. That is where you should prepare our meal…”  (Luke 22:12, NLT)

You’re All Set Up

            In Luke 22, Jesus told Peter and John to go into Jerusalem and make arrangements for what is now known as the Last Supper. He gave them the exact details—the right person to meet, the right time, the right house—and everything fell precisely into place. They didn’t have to persuade the owner of the house to help. No, he was expecting them. The room was “already set up.”

            When God laid out the plan for your life, He set up everything you need to fulfill your destiny—every good break, every person, every solution. Before you had that problem you think will never turn around, He had already set up the answer. You don’t have to try to manipulate people or convince someone to be good to you. The desires that God put in your heart may seem far out, but if you’ll stay in faith and keep honoring God, you’re going to come into what God has already set up.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You for the blessings You’ve already set up. Thank You for the favor, the promotion, the healing, and the good breaks that You’ve already ordained to come across my path. I believe that You are directing my steps and orchestrating everything around me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen


MARCH 10

Today’s Scripture

            “…Become wise by walking with the wise; hang out with fools and watch your life fall to pieces…”  (Proverbs 13:20, MSG)

Who Are You Walking With?

            It’s not only important how we spend our time, but with whom we spend it. The only thing that’s keeping some people from a new level of their destiny is wrong friendships. You may have to prune off some relationships that are not adding value to your life. Don’t hang around people who are not going anywhere, who have no goals or dreams, who compromise and take the easy way out. If you tolerate mediocrity, it will rub off on you. If you hang out with jealous, critical, unhappy people, you will end up jealous, critical, and unhappy. You cannot become who God created you to be hanging out with them.

            Take a look at your friends. If your friends are winners, leaders, givers, and successful, if they have integrity and a spirit of excellence and are positive and motivated, those good qualities are going to rub off on you. Invest your time with them. They’re making you better.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You for the friends in my life who sharpen me, inspire me, encourage me, and push me forward. Help me to know if there are relationships that I need to prune and friendships that I need to be careful about. I want to walk with the right people. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen


MARCH 9

Today’s Scripture

            “…Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us…”  (Ephesians 3:20, NIV)

Blessed in the Dark Places

            Have you adapted to a limited environment? You have big dreams in your heart. You know there’s a new business in you, a management position, a book, a better house, but you’ve gone as far as your family members and friends have gone in the past. No, don’t settle there.

            There is potential in you right now just waiting to come out. You have gifts that will cause new doors to open, talent that will bring new opportunities. Quit making excuses to settle where you are. You may be in a limited environment that includes dysfunction, addictions, and depression. The good news is, you don’t have to stay there. God is saying, “This is a new day. You’re a barrier breaker. I’m going to take you further faster than you’ve imagined. You’re going to defy the odds.” Now do your part. Let this seed take root in your spirit. Don’t talk yourself out of it. Get in agreement with God.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You that I can get in agreement with You and believe that this is a new day with new doors to open and new opportunities before me. I believe that You are going to do immeasurably more than all I can ask or think. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen

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Enjoying Your Work

God is pleased when you work hard but He doesn’t base His approval on how much you make or how prestigious your position. Instead, He values your honesty, integrity, patience, and trustworthiness. God looks inward because a heart filled with joy produces peace and fulfillment in all aspects of your life–including work! The Bible says in Philippians 4:11, “Not that I speak in regard of need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content.” Although work is needed to provide income for daily living, God doesn’t intend for it to be a drudgery. When you allow Jesus to dwell in your heart, no matter the task–there is joy. Whatever deadlines, household chores, exams, or an endless ‘to-do list,’–do it all to for the glory of God. You’ll find your day will go a whole lot better with a song in your heart–even in spite of a demanding boss, irritating co-workers, or an unpleasant task. Instead of dreading getting out of bed in the morning to go to work–take time for spiritual food–pray and ask God to fill you up to overflowing with His joy. Then, follow God’s advice in Ecclesiastes 9:10, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going.”

Brenda Walsh Ministries

Text: Colossians 3:23, Proverbs 16:3, Deuteronomy 2:7, Ephesians 2:10


MARCH 6

Today’s Scripture

            “As he spoke, he showed them the wounds in his hands and his side. They were filled with joy when they saw the Lord!”  (John 20:20, NLT) 

Be at Peace with Your Scars

            We all carry invisible scars that come from inner wounds—perhaps from a divorce, from what somebody did, from a mistake we made, from a loss. So often we try to hide our scars. They remind us of the hurt. But you can be at peace with your scars. Those scars are your testimony; they tell your story. Instead of being depressed over what you’ve been through, have a new perspective—the enemy tried to stop you, but God brought you through it, healed you, and you have a scar to prove it. The scars can remind you of His grace and power.

            Jesus’ back was lashed with thirty-nine stripes and His hands and feet and side were pierced. When He rose from the dead, you would think He would be perfectly restored, but He still had scars. This was significant. God could have taken them away. Maybe, in part, it was to show us that it’s okay to have scars.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You that I worship a Savior who has scars. Since He has scars, I’m okay with my scars. I’m not going to live bitter because of a disappointment, or in regret over past mistakes, or go around sour because somebody did me wrong. I’m at peace with my scar. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

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.

Blessings,

Anne Graham Lotz


MARCH 5

Today’s Scripture

            “…About this time next year,” Elisha said, “you will hold a son in your arms…”  (2 Kings 4:16, NIV)

Who Says it’s Permanent?

            In 2 Kings 4, there was a wealthy lady who had been extraordinarily kind to the prophet Elisha. The only thing missing in her life was a child. She was barren and her husband was old. One day Elisha said, “By this time next year, you will hold a son in your arms.” She nearly passed out. She’d tried to have a baby for years. She said, “Please don’t lie to me like that!” She was saying, “How can this happen? It’s impossible.” But God is a supernatural God. He can make things happen out of season. A year later she had her son.

            We all have situations that look permanent. All the circumstances say it’s going to take years to get out of debt, years to accomplish that dream, but God is going to surprise you. Don’t believe the lies that say it’s permanent. You may not see anything changing, but stay in faith—you are closer than you think.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You that You are the God who can do the impossible and who loves to surprise us. Thank You that one touch of Your favor can turn around what looks like it will never change. I believe that You are going to do more than I can imagine. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen

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

MORNING POINTE OF HIXSON (Hixson TN), His Call Gospel Singers, 11am


MARCH 4

Today’s Scripture

            “…The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me…to proclaim liberty to the captives and…to set at liberty those who are oppressed…”  (Luke 4:18, NKJV)

Liberty to the Captives

            If we’re not careful to develop a freedom mindset, having a bondage mindset will become normal to us. We’ll accept that it’s normal to be hot-tempered, it’s normal to live depressed and negative, it’s normal to struggle and not get any good breaks, it’s normal to have bad relationships. That’s not normal. That’s a chain that restricts your movement, that limits your ability. You are made in the image of Almighty God. You have seeds of greatness. You were created to be free, to be happy, to accomplish dreams—not to get by in life, but to excel. Don’t let a chain that binds you become normal.

            Jesus came announcing freedom, announcing that the chains that are restricting you are being broken. Now it’s up to you to receive it. The chain breaker, the Most High God is working in your life right now. Your day of freedom has come. Get ready for favor in new ways. Start living from a freedom mindset.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You that You are the Most High God, the chain breaker, who is releasing me into increase, into favor, and into new levels. Thank You that what has hindered me in the past is not going to hinder me anymore. I believe my chains have been broken. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

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 OF CLEVELAND (Cleveland TN), His Call Gospel Singers, 2pm


MARCH 3

Today’s Scripture

“…When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed…”  (Mark 5:27–28, NIV)

Touch Him

He laid His hands on people. But in this case, the woman laid her hands on Jesus. There were other sick people in the crowd that day. Many people with needs bumped up against Jesus and nothing happened, but this lady believed in Him, touched Him, and was healed.

Are you brushing up against Jesus or are you touching Him, so to speak? Are you waiting for God to lay hands on you? Are you living with expectancy, knowing that He’s bigger than your specific problems, or are you discouraged, thinking it will never change? God is passing by. He has all power. Don’t just brush up against Him. Don’t be passive and think you’ll never accomplish your dreams, never start your business, never meet the right person. Your faith can activate God’s power to do amazing things. Do like this woman—touch Him and believe it will happen!

A Prayer for Today

“Father, thank You that my faith and expectancy can be a catalyst for You to do amazing things. Thank You that I can reach out and touch You by faith today. I believe that You are making a way, that things are changing in my favor, and that victory will be mine. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

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), His Call Gospel Singers, 2-3pm


MARCH 2

Today’s Scripture

            “…Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us…”  (Ephesians 3:20, NIV)

Blessed in the Dark Places

            Have you adapted to a limited environment? You have big dreams in your heart. You know there’s a new business in you, a management position, a book, a better house, but you’ve gone as far as your family members and friends have gone in the past. No, don’t settle there.

            There is potential in you right now just waiting to come out. You have gifts that will cause new doors to open, talent that will bring new opportunities. Quit making excuses to settle where you are. You may be in a limited environment that includes dysfunction, addictions, and depression. The good news is, you don’t have to stay there. God is saying, “This is a new day. You’re a barrier breaker. I’m going to take you further faster than you’ve imagined. You’re going to defy the odds.” Now do your part. Let this seed take root in your spirit. Don’t talk yourself out of it. Get in agreement with God.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You that I can get in agreement with You and believe that this is a new day with new doors to open and new opportunities before me. I believe that You are going to do immeasurably more than all I can ask or think. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen

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Enjoying Your Work

God is pleased when you work hard but He doesn’t base His approval on how much you make or how prestigious your position. Instead, He values your honesty, integrity, patience, and trustworthiness. God looks inward because a heart filled with joy produces peace and fulfillment in all aspects of your life–including work! The Bible says in Philippians 4:11, “Not that I speak in regard of need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content.” Although work is needed to provide income for daily living, God doesn’t intend for it to be a drudgery. When you allow Jesus to dwell in your heart, no matter the task–there is joy. Whatever deadlines, household chores, exams, or an endless ‘to-do list,’–do it all to for the glory of God. You’ll find your day will go a whole lot better with a song in your heart–even in spite of a demanding boss, irritating co-workers, or an unpleasant task. Instead of dreading getting out of bed in the morning to go to work–take time for spiritual food–pray and ask God to fill you up to overflowing with His joy. Then, follow God’s advice in Ecclesiastes 9:10, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going.”

Brenda Walsh Ministries

Text: Colossians 3:23, Proverbs 16:3, Deuteronomy 2:7, Ephesians 2:10


FEBRUARY 28

Today’s Scripture

            “…If you are walking in darkness, without a ray of light, trust in the LORD and rely on your God…”  (Isaiah 50:10, NLT)

Blessed in the Dark Places

            All of us at some point will go through a dark place—a sickness, a divorce, a loss, a child who breaks our heart. It’s easy to get discouraged, give up on our dreams, and think that’s the end. But God uses the dark places. They’re a part of His divine plan. Think of a seed. As long as a seed remains in the light, it cannot germinate and will never become what it was created to be. The seed must be planted in the soil, in a dark place, so that the potential on the inside will come to life.

            You may not realize it, but it’s only in the dark places that the seeds of greatness in you—dreams, goals, talents, potential—will come to life. These times of darkness are where your character is developed, where you learn to trust God and persevere, and where you gain blessings you cannot gain in the light.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You for the seeds of greatness that You’ve placed in me that will only come to life in dark places. Thank You for using the times of darkness to build my character and bring me blessings. I will rely on You in the dark places. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen

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Prayer Shows Faith, Need For God

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

            Q: Why is there so much resistance to Christians praying in public when other religions can openly bow and pray without reprimand? — P.D.

            A: To bow the head in a restaurant to give thanks for a meal, to kneel in a place where others might notice, are outward demonstrations of personal faith. Some consider them public shows of excessive religiosity; others are only offended if the prayer is in the name of Jesus Christ. But those who persecute us are to be the objects of our prayers.

            While Christians may be persecuted for their prayers, we must take comfort in knowing that Jesus modeled prayer consistently, and commanded that we also pray.


FEBRUARY 27

Today’s Scripture

            “…A man will be satisfied with good from the fruit of his words…”  (Proverbs 12:14, AMP)

The Power of “I Am”

            Whether you realize it or not, all through the day the power of “I am” is at work in your life, for whatever follows those two simple words will always come looking for you. When you say, “I am so unlucky,” you’re inviting disappointments. “I am so overweight.” Calories come looking for you. It’s as though you’re giving it permission to be in your life. That’s why you have to be careful what follows the “I am” and not wield its power against you.

            The good news is, you get to choose what follows the “I am.” Get up in the morning and invite good things into your life. “I am blessed. I am strong. I am talented. I am wise. I am disciplined. I am focused. I am prosperous.” When you talk like that, talent gets summoned by Almighty God: “Go find that person.” Health, strength, abundance, and discipline start heading your way, and it costs you nothing!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You that my words have creative power, and I can use the power of ‘I am’ to become who You say I am. Thank You that You call me a masterpiece and Your treasured possession. I will use my words to invite good things into my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

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), His Call Gospel Singers, 2-3pm


FEBRUARY 26

Today’s Scripture

            “…Be still, and know that I am God!…”  (Psalm 46:10, NLT)

Stay at Peace

            It’s easy to live frustrated because somebody is not doing what we want, discouraged because of a disappointment, upset because our dreams haven’t come to pass. But God doesn’t remove every frustration. He doesn’t change every person we don’t like or take away everything that’s bothering us. When He says, “Be still and know that I am God,” this implies that if we’re not still, if we’re upset, frustrated, and worried, we’re not going to know that He is God. Most of the time when we’re frustrated, we’re trying to change things that only God can change. We’re trying to be God and fix things over which we have no control. You can’t make people do what’s right or make yourself get well. If you’re trying to control everything, you’re going to be frustrated. Do what you can, then turn it over to God and let Him take care of the rest. Stay at peace, knowing He’s in control.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You that I can be still and know that You are God. Help me to stop trying to change what only You can change and stop trying to fix things over which I have no control. I declare that I’m going to stay in peace and know that You are in control. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

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, 10:30am CST

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


FEBRUARY 25

Today’s Scripture

            “…There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears…”

(Philippians 1:6, MSG)

A Flourishing Finish

            How you start is not important. Don’t let what you think is a disadvantage or a bad break cause you to say, “If I’d had a better childhood, if I had more support, if I didn’t have this dysfunction, I could do something great.” That’s where you started, but that’s not where you’re going to finish. The beginning doesn’t determine your destiny.

            The apostle Paul did not say that God will bring you “to a defeated finish,” “an unfair finish,” “a lonely finish,” or a “bankrupt finish.” God has a victorious finish, an abundant finish, “a flourishing finish.” When those thoughts tell you, “It’s never going to work out. You have too many disadvantages,” let those lies go in one ear and out the other. God has established the end, and He loves to take people who start with the odds against them and shine down His favor, give them breaks, increase them, and cause them to do extraordinary things.”

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You that Your plans for me are for good. I may not understand everything along the way, and it may not have been fair, but I’m not going to live worried, upset, or discouraged. I know You’re bringing me to a flourishing finish. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen


FEBRUARY 24

Today’s Scripture

            “…Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert…”  (Isaiah 35:6, NIV)

Out of Season

            There are times when things aren’t going your way, business is down, the medical report isn’t good. It’s not your season. The good news is that God specializes in doing things out of season. He doesn’t wait for the perfect circumstances to line up, for you to have the training, for the right people to believe in you. He does things unexpectedly. He’ll make water pour out in your dry places and cause you to blossom out of season. What happened? God blessed you out of season.

            Do you feel out of season as though you’re stuck in some area? Stay encouraged. God has you in the palms of His hands. Get ready for an “out of season” blessing, for an “it’s beyond my imagination” healing, for an “it doesn’t make sense” promotion. God is about to do something unusual, something that’s bigger than you’ve dreamed, where you’re going to say, “Wow, God! I didn’t see that coming!”

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You that You are not limited by seasons or the right conditions to be in place in order for You to do what You want. Thank You that You’re always working behind the scenes on my behalf. I believe that You will bless me out of season. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen

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

LANTERN AT MORNING POINTE ALZHEIMER’S – (Collegedale TN), His Call Gospel Singers, 2-3pm


FEBRUARY 22

Created to Know God

“Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” – John 17:3, NIV

What is life in the image of God? It is life with a capacity to know the Creator in a personal relationship. It is a soul that communes with God and has eternal value in His sight. Man was created

to walk and talk with God,

to love and obey God,

to listen to and learn from God,

to glorify and enjoy God forever!

Jesus defined our meaning for existence when He prayed, “Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” Knowing God in a personal and permanent relationship is the ultimate human experience. Knowing God is the meaning of human life. It is the reason for our existence. It was the completion of all the changes God made in the environment in the beginning. And it is the completion of all the changes God is making in your life at the present.

Get to know Him and discover the real meaning of life.

Blessings,

Anne Graham Lotz


FEBRUARY 21

Today’s Scripture

            “…For I acknowledge my transgressions…Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts…”  (Psalm 51:3, 6, NKJV)

Have a Clean Heart

            Psalm 51 is a prayer of repentance in which David acknowledged a sin he had covered up. His first step was to accept responsibility. You can’t overcome what you don’t confront—a hidden addiction, a failure, a hurt. When you hide things, it’s going to eat away at you like a poison. David went on to say that God requires truth in our inner parts. You can’t pretend and have God’s blessing at the same time.

            If you’re covering things up, it’s not going to magically go away. When you come to God and ask for His forgiveness and mercy, He’ll begin to restore and put you back on the path to your destiny. David says, “Create in me a clean heart, O God. Restore to me the joy of my salvation.” He got it out in the open and asked for forgiveness—that was the turning point. God forgave and restored him, and David went on to do great things.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You for Your unfailing love and great compassion that blots out the stain of my sins. Thank You that I can come to You for forgiveness and mercy and truth in my heart. I ask for a clean heart and to walk in the joy of my salvation. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”  

Joel & Victoria Osteen


FEBRUARY 20

Today’s Scripture

            “…The tongue is a small thing, but what enormous damage it can do. A great forest can be set on fire by one tiny spark. And the tongue is a flame of fire…”   (James 3:5–6, TLB)

Start Some Good Fires

            We need to realize that God hears what we say every day. He hears us when we bless people, when we compliment and encourage them, and when we push them forward. He hears when we criticize and stir up trouble. The prophet Isaiah said that we will eat the fruit of our words. If you sow disrespect, sarcasm, discord, and judgment, you’re going to reap those things. But when you sow kindness, encouragement, and mercy, that’s what you’re going to reap.

            James said that our tongue is like a fire, and one spark can set a whole forest on fire. One word can start a major problem or a major blessing. You can start some good fires. Ignite dreams, ignite hope, ignite passion. Your words can put people on their feet, breathe new life into their dreams. Don’t be a part of the problem, be a part of the solution. Be a lifter, be an encourager, be a healer.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You for the people You have placed in my life. I want to love them like You do. Help me to use my words to start some good fires. I believe that You are making me into a lifter, an encourager, a healer. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen

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FEBRUARY 19

Today’s Scripture

            “…You can’t find firm footing in a swamp, but life rooted in God stands firm.”  (Proverbs 12:3, MSG)

Have Deep Roots

            When the ground is saturated, even a big sturdy oak tree with an extensive root system that extends beyond its canopy can be blown over by high winds. That’s because most of its roots are less than twelve inches deep and don’t have anything to anchor to.

            It’s the same principle in life. We all have things that come against us—a medical issue, a business downturn, a child gets in trouble. What’s going to determine whether or not you stand strong and outlast these storms is the depth of your roots. The reason some people are always upset, offended, and discouraged is that they only have surface roots. They’re moved by what somebody said or did or something unfair. They’re always being tossed to and fro. But when you have deep roots, when you know that God is in control, you’re not moved by what doesn’t go your way. The winds may blow, but you’re still standing.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You for giving me the promise that because my roots are in You, I will not be moved. Help me to sink my roots of faith deeper in You and trust in Your faithfulness. I declare that I am strong in You and in the power of Your might. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen

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God’s Perfect Timing

It’s human nature to be impatient, not wanting to stand in line at the checkout counter, or sit in the waiting room wondering when your name will be called. It’s frustrating when sending an email and then having to wait for a response. And when you wait for a test result that will determine your fate–ten minutes can seem like a lifetime!  But God’s timing is perfect, for after all, He is the Creator of Time! He alone knows the end from the beginning and what is best for us. He also knows when our hearts are ready to receive the blessings He has in store for us. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 3:11, “ He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.” It’s not our job to “know” the future–it’s our job to “trust” God to do what’s best for us. God’s Holy Word makes it very clear that man’s timing and God’s timing is completely different! In 2 Peter 3:8 we’re told, “But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” The best thing to do is trust God in all things–and yes, that includes His perfect timing!

Brenda Walsh Ministries

Text: Ecclesiastes 3:1, Psalm 89:47, Job 7:6


FEBRUARY 18

Today’s Scripture

            “…Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”  (Matthew 5:9, NIV)

Be a Peacemaker

            It’s easy think, If my coworker wasn’t so disrespectful, I wouldn’t argue. No, you have to be the bigger person. Just because they’re doing wrong doesn’t mean you have to engage. That’s the enemy baiting you, saying, “Argue, fight, set the record straight, prove you’re right.” Don’t take the bait. It takes a mature person to overlook an insult and say, “No, I’m staying in peace.”

            Jesus didn’t say, “Blessed are those who are right.” For the sake of peace, sometimes you have to let the other person think they’re right, even when you know they’re wrong. We think, I’m right, and I’m going to prove it and win this fight. Can we tell you that being right is overrated? You can win every battle, prove your points, but your relationships are being damaged. Put your ego down and let them be right even though you think you’re right. Be a peacemaker and learn to shake it off and move on.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You for the promise of blessedness when I take the high road and am a peacemaker. Give me wisdom to know when to keep my mouth closed and overlook something that bothers me. I believe that walking in peace is Your will for me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

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 RHEA COUNTY (Dayton TN), His Call Gospel Singers, 2-3pm

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Supreme Loyalty Is To God Alone

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

            Q: Should citizens of a nation be more loyal to their national leaders than to God to avoid persecution? And does it really matter to God? — N.C.

            A: Much can be learned from the Roman Empire. Because of the incense into a fire and declare, “Caesar is Lord.” Christians refused to make such a declaration. Because of their refusal to put Caesar before Christ, persecution began. The end result: Rome lost her grip on the world. No nation which relegates God’s Word to the background, which disregards the love of God and flouts the claims of Jesus Christ, can long survive. emperor’s growing paranoia to maintain power, a simple test of loyalty evolved: Roman subjects were to toss a pinch of incense into a fire and declare “Caesar is Lord.”  Christians refused to make such a declaration.  Because of their refusal to put Caesar before Christ, persecution begun.  The end result:  Rome lost her grip on the world.  No nation which regulates God’s Word to the background, which disregards the love of God, and flouts the claims of Jesus Christ, can long survive.


FEBRUARY 17

Today’s Scripture

            “…Love your neighbor as yourself.”  (Matthew 22:39, NIV)

Love Yourself

            Jesus said that if you don’t love yourself in a healthy way, you will never be able to love others in the way that you should. This is why some people don’t have good relationships. If you don’t get along with yourself, you’ll never get along with others. We all have weaknesses, shortcomings, and things that we wish were different. But if you see yourself as less than, not talented, and not valuable, you will become exactly that. If you feel unattractive on the inside, you will convey feelings of unattractiveness. That’s going to push people away. You carry yourself the way you see yourself.

            People see you the way you see yourself. Perhaps if you quit focusing on your flaws and start loving yourself in a healthy way, being proud of who God made you to be, then as you send out these different messages, it’s going to bring new opportunities, new relationships, and new levels of God’s favor.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You for uniquely designing me with gifts, talents, and abilities to enjoy life and accomplish Your will. Help me to love myself with all my weaknesses, shortcomings, and things I wish were different. I celebrate who I am. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen


FEBRUARY 14

Today’s Scripture

            “…Rabbi,” his disciples asked him, “why was this man born blind? Was it because of his own sins or his parents’ sins?”  (John 9:2, NLT)

Stop Looking to Blame

            In today’s Scripture, some people asked Jesus whose fault it was that this man was born blind. They were looking for somebody to blame. Some reason, some excuse. Jesus said, “It’s nobody’s fault. The reason he was born this way was so that the goodness of God could be displayed.”

            When something unfair happens, don’t get stuck looking for a reason, trying to find someone or something to blame. All that blaming is going to do is give you a reason to feel sorry for yourself. You’re not going to understand why everything happens. Nothing that’s happened to you is a surprise to God. He sees every wrong that’s been done to you and every disadvantage, and He is a God of justice. If you stay in faith, it won’t work against you, it will work for you. God will use it to show out in your life. He’ll take what was meant for your harm and use it to your advantage.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You for the abundance of Your goodness in my life. Thank You that nothing that’s happened to me is a surprise to You. Whatever I go through that might harm me, I know You will use to my advantage. I declare that You are a God of justice. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen

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

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

ASPEN VILLAGE AT LOST MOUNTAIN (Dallas GA), 135 Hillside Trace, His Call Gospel Singers, 5pm

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FEBRUARY 13

Today’s Scripture

            “…Jacob said, “Please. If you can find it in your heart to welcome me, accept these gifts. When I saw your face, it was as the face of God smiling on me.”  (Genesis 33:10, MSG)

Be the Smile of God

            Genesis 25 and 27 record two deceptions by Jacob that resulted in such great losses for his brother, Esau, that he vowed to kill Jacob. For many years, the brothers lived estranged. Finally, the day came when Jacob returned to his home, only to hear that Esau was coming to meet him with four hundred men. Vengeance seemed certain. But when Esau saw Jacob, he ran to him and hugged him, weeping and welcoming Jacob back. Jacob was so moved by Esau’s kindness that he said, “Seeing your face was as the face of God smiling on me!”

            Life is not about getting revenge and hurting people who hurt you. It’s easy to try to pay someone back, ignore them, and make them suffer. All that’s doing is holding you down. Why don’t you be the smile of God and show them the kindness they don’t deserve? When you’re the smile of God, He’ll make sure people smile back on you.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You for all of the times that You have loved me and smiled on me when I deserved neither. Help me to be forgiving, merciful, and kind to those who have done wrong to me. I want to be Your smile to those who don’t deserve it. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen

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

KIMBERLY PERSONAL CARE (Dallas GA), His Call Gospel Singers, 3-4pm

 


FEBRUARY 12

Today’s Scripture

            “…Do not give the devil a foothold…”  (Ephesians 4:27, NIV)

Take Control

            Scripture says to give no place to the enemy. That’s not just talking about forces of darkness; that means to give a foothold to things that weigh us down—guilt, resentment, worry, doubt, and bitterness. These things come naturally. The problem is that when we allow them in, they take up space that should be reserved for the good things God created us to be filled with—joy, peace, confidence, and creativity. But the negative can’t come in automatically and take over. You control what comes into your life. You have control over negative thoughts and emotions. You have to make the choice and say, “I’m not going to give space to negativity and let it poison my life. I won’t let an offense make me sour and bitter.” Take inventory of what you’re giving place to. Life is too short for you to go through it with negative things holding you back.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You that I have control over what comes into my life. I come to You in faith declaring that I am finished with giving any room to negative thoughts and emotions. Fill me with Your joy and peace as I move forward in victory. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen


FEBRUARY 11

Today’s Scripture

            “…He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters…”  (Psalm 23:2, NIV)

Live Balanced

            The Scripture says that our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, and we must take care of it. You can’t go against natural laws and expect God to bless you. Constant busyness and fatigue will make you feel flat. It’s easy to work all the time, to always be thinking about business, or some problem you must solve. That’s doing yourself and the people around you a disservice. Your mind needs a break; your body needs to relax. That’s why God required the people in the Old Testament to take a Sabbath. They had to rest.

            If you live stressed out and overworked, don’t eat right or sleep enough, eventually God will make you lie down in green pastures. You’ll probably come to a point where you have to rest. Don’t wear yourselves out to where God has to make you slow down. You need recreation, exercise, and laughter. The key is to live balanced—physically, spiritually, and emotionally.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You for giving me my body to live in and to care for as a temple of Your Spirit. Thank You that You made me to work and be productive as well as to rest and laugh. Help me keep myself healthy and live a balanced life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen

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

DALTON PLACE (Dalton GA), His Call Gospel Singers, 10am


FEBRUARY 10

Today’s Scripture

            “…And because of their unbelief, he couldn’t do any miracles among them except to place his hands on a few sick people and heal them…”  (Mark 6:5, NLT)

Think Supernatural

            In today’s Scripture, it doesn’t say Jesus wouldn’t do any miracles; it says He couldn’t. God works where there’s an attitude of faith. How many times do we stop God from abundantly blessing our lives because we don’t believe His promises are going to happen? We let our circumstances and what’s happened in the past talk us out of it.

            Here’s the key: God’s idea of blessing you is very different than what you think being blessed is. We think natural; God thinks supernatural. He’s the running-over, the exceed-your-expectations God. He’s already decided to bless you. Now it’s up to you. What you decide will determine whether or not it comes to pass. You may not see how it can happen, but take the limits off of Him. Get rid of the excuses. Dare to believe what God has already decided. If you do this, God is going to exceed your expectations and take you to the fullness of your destiny.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You that You are the running-over, exceed-my-expectations God. Help me take the limits off of what I believe You can do in and through my life. I believe Your promise of blessing and declare that I will see the surpassing greatness of Your favor. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

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

 


FEBRUARY 7

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…”  (2 Corinthians 3:18, NKJV)

Being Transformed

            Too many people are so focused on their flaws, weaknesses, and mistakes they’ve made in the past that they are unhappy with who they are now. If you feel guilty and condemned that you’re not further along, that’s going to hold you back from growing. Quit taking inventory of all your faults. You may have a lot wrong with you, but you have a lot right with you.

            The key is to learn to accept yourself while you’re in the process of “being transformed from glory to glory.” You may not realize it, but you’re in a phase of glory right now. Learn to enjoy the glory that you’re in while God is changing you and taking you to the next level of glory. You have to start accepting yourself right where you are, faults and all. You are not a finished product. God is the Potter, and you are the clay. He is still working on you.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You that my life is in Your hands—not just my dreams and goals, but my weaknesses and shortcomings. Thank You for the promise that You are transforming me from glory to glory. I believe that You are working right now to lift me to another level of glory. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen


FEBRUARY 6

Today’s Scripture

            “…And have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth…”  (Revelation 5:10, NKJV)

See Yourself as Royalty

            Today’s Scripture talks about how God has made us to be kings and priests to Him. You need to start seeing yourself as royalty. Start carrying yourself as royalty. Not in arrogance, thinking that you’re better than others, but in humility, be proud of who God made you to be. You are not better than anyone else, but you are not less than anyone else. Understand that when your heavenly Father breathed His life into you and sent you to earth, you didn’t come as ordinary. He put a crown of honor on your head. Now start thinking as royalty, talking as royalty, dressing as royalty, walking as royalty, and acting as royalty.

            When you start seeing yourself as royalty, you will never be intimidated again. You don’t have to be the most talented, the most educated, or the most successful to feel good about yourself. You are crowned not by people but by Almighty God.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You that You have made me the way I am and crowned me with favor to be royalty. Thank You that You see me as royalty even when I’ve failed. I declare that I am becoming more and more like who You say I am. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen

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

GARDEN PLAZA OF GREENBRIAR COVE (Ooltewah TN), 4586 Forsythia Way, His Call Gospel Singers, 7:30pm


FEBRUARY 5

Today’s Scripture

            “…The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart…”

(1 Samuel 16:7, NIV)

God Sees Your Heart

            In the Scripture, David was discounted by his family, and his job as a shepherd was considered insignificant. His family looked on the outside, but David had a heart after God. He didn’t complain or get bitter; he didn’t slack off because nobody was watching or cared. He just kept being his best where he was. And on the day the prophet Samuel showed up to anoint one of his father’s sons as the next king, it was David who was anointed over his brothers.

            Just because people leave you out doesn’t mean God leaves you out. People may overlook you or judge you by your looks, your talent, or your skin color. God looks on the inside. He sees your faithfulness, your integrity. The good news is that if you keep honoring God, He’ll take you from the background to the foreground. People may try to push you down, but God will lift you up. People don’t determine your destiny; God does.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You that You are not limited to seeing me as other people see me. Thank You that You see my heart, and You know my faithfulness to You. I believe that promotion comes from You, and You are lifting me toward my destiny. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

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 OF CLEVELAND (Cleveland TN), His Call Gospel Singers, 2-3pm


FEBRUARY 4

Today’s Scripture

            “…Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy…”  (Psalm 107:2, NKJV)

Say So

            Words have creative power. When you speak something out, you give life to what you’re saying. For instance, it’s important to believe that you’re blessed. But when you say, “I am blessed,” that’s when blessings come looking for you. Today’s Scripture doesn’t say, “Let the redeemed think so, or believe so, or hope so.” That’s all good, but you have to take it one step further and say so. If you’re going to go to the next level, overcome an obstacle, or break an addiction, you have to start declaring it.

            When God created the worlds, nothing happened until He spoke. He said, “Let there be light,” and light came. His thoughts didn’t set it into motion; His words set it into motion. It’s the same principle today. You can have big dreams, stand on God’s promises, but not see anything change until you speak. When you speak, good breaks, promotion, and ideas will track you down.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You that when You created the worlds, You didn’t just think or believe them into being. You spoke them into being. I believe that I am to speak out words that are true to the faith in my heart, and that when I say so, You will act. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen

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Trust God’s Goodness

“He will wipe every tear from their eyes.” – Revelation 21:4, NIV

One day God will call us forth from the dead, and we will rise again! Praise God! Praise God! Praise God! All of our suffering will be over, and God Himself “‘will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.’ He who was seated on the throne said . . . , ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true’” (Rev. 21:4-5, NIV).

When you don’t understand why, just trust Him!

Trust His heart! Trust His purpose!

Trust His goodness!

Trust His plan to be bigger than yours!

Trust Him because . . . God is enough.

Blessings,

Anne Graham Lotz – 1-25-20


FEBRUARY 3

Today’s Scripture

            “…let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us…”  (Hebrews 12:1, NLT)

Called Higher

            If we are going to live a victorious life in Christ, we have to be willing to deal with anything that is keeping us from being our best. It may be an addiction, a bad habit, or a hot temper. Maybe it’s not getting to work on time, not treating someone right, or having a critical spirit. God is always dealing with us about something, calling us higher. But anytime we go higher, our flesh has to go lower.

            If you have an area you struggle in—and we all do—don’t ignore it. Don’t pretend it’s not there or hope it just goes away. You will never conquer what you don’t confront. If you have a problem, get it out in the open. When you have a humble attitude, in faith asking God for help, He will never let you down. If you do your part and deal with it, God will do His part and help you overcome.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You for always calling me higher and to lay aside everything that keeps me from being my best. Help me to confront the areas where I struggle. I believe that with Your help, I can overcome and be victorious. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen


JANUARY 31

Today’s Scripture

            “…if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God…all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you…”  (Deuteronomy 28:1–2, NKJV)

The Commanded Blessing

            When you honor God with your life, keeping Him in first place, He puts something on you called a “commanded blessing.” The commanded blessing is like a magnet. It attracts the right people, good breaks, contracts, ideas, resources, and influence. You don’t have to go after these things, trying to make something happen in your own strength, your own talent, hoping that life works out. All you have to do is keep honoring God, and the right people will find you. The right opportunities will come across your path. The favor, the wisdom, and the vindication will track you down.

            Out of nowhere, a good break comes. Suddenly, your health improves. Out of the blue, you’re able to pay your house off. Unexpectedly, a dream comes to pass. That’s not a coincidence. That’s the commanded blessing on your life. Why? You’ve become a magnet for God’s goodness.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You for the power of Your commanded blessing. Thank You for Your promise that as I honor You, blessings are headed my way, tracking me down and overtaking me. I believe that I have become a magnet for Your goodness. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

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 RED BANK (Chattanooga TN), His Call Gospel Singers, 2-3pm


JANUARY 30

Today’s Scripture

            “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown…”  (Isaiah 43:2, NLT)

Faith in the Middle

            In Genesis 37, God gave Joseph a dream that one day his family would bow down before him. God showed him the end, and the promise was planted in his heart. But what God didn’t show him was the middle. Years later, when the dream came to pass and Joseph was ruling over the nation of Egypt, I can hear him saying, “God, You gave me this incredible promise, but You didn’t tell me I’d be thrown into a pit, sold into slavery, falsely accused of a crime, and put in prison for years.” If Joseph were here today, he would tell you, “Don’t get discouraged in the middle when life doesn’t make sense.” You know the promise is in your heart, but every circumstance says just the opposite. Keep believing, keep being your best. If you’ll have faith for the middle, the God of the middle is going to protect you, provide for you, and favor you.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You for Your promise to be with me through the deepest of waters. Even when life doesn’t make sense, I choose to trust in You and believe that You are working behind the scenes for my good. I will have faith for the middle. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen

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

ELMCROFT AT HAMILTON (Chattanooga TN), His Call Gospel Singers, 10:30am

SIGNATURE HEALTHCARE OF CLEVELAND (Cleveland TN), His Call Gospel Singers, 2-3pm


JANUARY 29

Today’s Scripture

            “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart…”  (Galatians 6:9, NKJV)

Take Hold of Strength

            God knew one challenge we all would face is weariness. It’s easy to get tired. Weary means to lose your sense of pleasure, to not feel the enjoyment you should. You’re doing the right thing but not getting right results. Sometimes because the battle is taking longer than you thought, you become weary. Let me encourage you that your due season is on the way. Don’t let discouragement convince you to give up or settle where you are.

            You may be dealing with battle fatigue today. You’re tired of fighting and don’t think you can go on. But you don’t have to do it on your own. God says, “Let him take hold of My strength.” It’s available, but you have to take hold of it. When thoughts tell you, “It’s never going to change,” just say, “No, I know my time is coming. I’ve been armed with strength for this battle. I can do all things through Christ.”

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You for that You are the Most High God and seated on Your throne. Help me to shake off my weariness and take hold of Your strength. I declare that You have armed me for the battle I am to fight and that I am strong. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen


JANUARY 28

Today’s Scripture

            “For still the vision awaits its appointed time…If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay…”  (Habakkuk 2:3, ESV)

Right on Time

            None of us like to go through waiting periods, but we all have things we’re waiting on—a dream to come to pass, our health to improve, to meet the right person. We know God put the promise in our heart, but we wonder why it’s taking so long to happen. The Scripture says there’s an appointed time, which means any other time is the wrong time. If you don’t understand that God will always be right on time, the waiting periods will cause you to be frustrated. But you can only receive the promise within God’s timing. He knows when you’re ready, when to open the door, when to turn it around. If it’s not happening yet, be mature enough to say with David, “God, my times are in Your hands.”

            Now do your part and trust Him. Wait for the God who created the universe to unfold His plan for your life.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You that You know what I need and have an appointed time set to get it to me. I choose to stop stressing out over what I don’t have, knowing it will be here down to the very second of when I really need it. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen


JANUARY 27

Today’s Scripture

            “Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe…”  (Mark 5:36, NIV)

Wake Up

            A synagogue leader named Jairus came to Jesus and pleaded, “Will You please come to my house and heal my little daughter who’s dying?” Jesus said He would, but then was delayed to the point that news came that the girl had died. Jesus said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” When Jesus arrived at the house, everyone was upset and crying. He said to them, “The child is not dead but asleep.” He went in and said to the girl, “Wake up,” and instantly she stood up and was perfectly well.

            You may have dreams you’ve given up on, promises you think there’s no way they can happen now. The good news is they’re not dead, they’re just asleep. God is about to wake up what you thought was dead. He’s going to bring to life dreams you’ve given up on. Now do your part and start believing, get your hopes up. Your dreams are waking up right now.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You that no matter what happens in my life, You have the final say. Thank You that I can get my hopes up and choose to not dwell on negative reports. I believe that You are waking up the promises and breathing life into my dreams. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen

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Trust God’s Goodness

“He will wipe every tear from their eyes.” – Revelation 21:4, NIV

One day God will call us forth from the dead, and we will rise again! Praise God! Praise God! Praise God! All of our suffering will be over, and God Himself “‘will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.’ He who was seated on the throne said . . . , ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true’” (Rev. 21:4-5, NIV).

When you don’t understand why, just trust Him!

Trust His heart! Trust His purpose!

Trust His goodness!

Trust His plan to be bigger than yours!

Trust Him because . . . God is enough.

Blessings,

Anne Graham Lotz – 1-25-20

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

SIGNATURE HEALTHCARE OF ROCKWOOD (Rockwood TN), His Call Gospel Singers, 2-3pm


JANUARY 25

Christians Minister Primarily To Souls

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

            Q: My daughter claims that she is called to the mission field and is raising money to go, but she is under the impression that Christian work is humanitarian aid. Is the church called to humanitarian work? — C.M.

            A: Today Christian service is often mistaken for humanitarian work. It’s important to remember that Christ called His followers to proclaim His message. Ministering to people’s souls is far greater than providing only physical needs. However, we earn the opportunity to share Christ when a helpful hand has been extended to someone in need. Then you can say with Paul, “I thank God, whom I serve with a pure conscience.”

            Then there are some who are certain of God’s call to service in a foreign land. When this is true, people need to take the necessary steps to prepare themselves. But often people are sure that this is what God wants them to do, yet they are not willing to sacrifice or prepare. They have the spirit of adventure, not service.

            A youth group traveled to the Middle East to help in a small mission hospital. When they arrived in the hot desert, they were disgruntled with the accommodations and the sandstorms that swept through the mission station. When they were asked to prepare medicine packs for patients the next day, they quickly left for the city to find air conditioning and a good time. The nurse at the hospital later told the mission agency that had sent them, “Please don’t send any more help!”

            Scripture tells us to “serve the Lord without distraction” (1 Corinthians 7:35). Serving others in the name of Jesus Christ is serious business, and to say with Paul, “I am willing to endure anything if it will bring salvation and eternal glory in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 2:10, NLT).

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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


JANUARY 24

Today’s Scripture

            “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path…”  (Psalm 119:105, NIV)

Step-by-Step

            God has a detailed plan 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 for your feet. A lamp implies you have enough light to see the life path in front of you, but not for the next fifty years. If you trust Him and take that next step into the unknown, not knowing the outcome, He’ll lead you step-by-step into your destiny.

            The 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, thank You that what lies ahead and is unknown to me is well known to You. I choose to rely on Your strength and Your Word that guides me step-by-step. I trust that You will go before me and take me to the next level. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen

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

BETHEL GARDENS (Powder Springs GA), His Call Gospel Singers, 2pm


JANUARY 23

Today’s Scripture

            “…Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha…”  (2 Kings 6:17, NIV)

Surrounded by the Most High

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

            Like this man, you may be surrounded by trouble, but what you can’t see with your natural eyes is that the Most High God is surrounding what’s surrounding you. If God pulled back the curtain, you would see powerful angels at work on your behalf, protecting you, pushing back the forces of darkness. You would see God moving the wrong people out of the way, lining up things in your favor, arranging healings and deliverance. If you only focus on what you see with your physical eyes—the sickness, the addiction, the obstacle—you’ll be worried and discouraged. Through eyes of faith, you need to see that every obstacle that’s holding you back is surrounded by the Most High.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You that no matter what trouble I face, I can stay in peace knowing that You are surrounding me, and You can turn every situation around and put an end to it. I declare that You are greater than any force that comes against me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

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


JANUARY 22

Today’s Scripture

            “The seed that fell on good soil represents those who truly hear and understand God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!…”  (Matthew 13:23, NLT)

Check Your Soil

            Jesus told a parable about a man who sowed seed on good ground, and it flourished, producing great crops. But some of the seed fell on rocky ground, and lacking soil and deep roots, its plants withered. Other seed fell among the thorns, and its plants were choked from growing. All the seed was the same quality; what made the difference was the soil.

            You are a seed. You are full of gifts, talents, and potential. But if you plant yourself in unhealthy soil, if you hang around friends who compromise and pull you down, if you’re in an environment with limited mindsets where people tell you how you’ll never accomplish your dreams, you won’t see the growth you should. It’s not because there’s something wrong with your seed. It’s that the thorns and rocks are choking the life out of your seed—your dreams, your vision, and your character. Do your part and keep your seed in good soil.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You for the gifts and potential You put in me. Help me protect what You’ve entrusted to me by being selective about my environment. I believe that as I stay in the good soil, I am going to see increase and new levels. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

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

GOOD SAMARITAN SOCIETY (Crossville TN), His Call Gospel Singers, 10:30am CST


JANUARY 21

Today’s Scripture

            “…Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk…”  (Acts 3:6, NKJV)

Exceeded Expectations

            The crippled beggar was expecting the ordinary from Peter, a few coins, but God showed up and exceeded his expectations. The man didn’t see it coming, but that one moment of favor, that one exceeded expectation changed his whole world. I can hear him saying, “I never dreamed I’d be able to walk or work or be this fulfilled!”

            God has some of these “I never dreamed” blessings in store for you. Similar to the crippled man, sometimes we’ve struggled in an area for so long that we’ve gotten comfortable with it. We’re expecting a few coins, something to sustain us, but God is about to do a new thing. You’re believing for the ordinary; God is going to the extraordinary. He’s going to take you where you’ve never been. No more coins, no more dysfunction, no more being stuck in your career. You’re about to come into exceeded expectations. So why don’t you put your faith out there?

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You for loving me and having such an amazing plan for my life. Help me to expect the “I never dreamed” blessings You have for me. I believe and declare that You are doing exceedingly abundantly above all that I ask or think. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen


JANUARY 20

Today’s Scripture

            “…Every desirable and beneficial gift comes out of heaven. The gifts are rivers of light cascading down from the Father of Light…”  (James 1:17, MSG)

Be on the Lookout

            Just like the sun radiates heat, God radiates goodness. It’s not just what He does; it’s who He is. God’s very nature is good. It’s important that we recognize that every good gift comes to us from our Father in heaven, both large and small.

            You need to be on the lookout for God’s goodness. Too many times, God is working in our lives, showing us favor, protecting us, sending us healing, but we don’t recognize His goodness. When something good happens, make sure you give Him the credit and thank Him for it. The question is, are you recognizing it? Look around today. Be more aware. Psalm 34:8 says, “Taste and see that the LORD is good.” If you’re going to taste God’s goodness, you have to realize that every good break, every time you were protected, every door that opened, and every advantage you’ve gotten has been God working in your life. Don’t take it for granted.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You that You are constantly working, constantly showing me Your goodness with every good gift that comes into my life. I want to live today with an attitude of thankfulness and gratefulness. I will not take Your goodness for granted. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen

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Drinking Poison

Someone once said that holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die – and oh, how true that is! Keeping all that bitterness and anger bottled up inside you won’t hurt your enemy at all – but it will destroy ‘you’ by robbing yourself of every ounce of happiness on this earth and in the earth to come – because you won’t be there! The Bible says in Matthew 6:14-15, “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” Nothing is worth missing out on heaven, absolutely nothing – and certainly not something as miserable and oppressive as anger that just sucks the joy right out of your life!  The only way to rid your soul of hatred and rage – is to forgive! You might say, “Well, it’s just not that easy,” and the truth is many times the hurt is so deep that it’s just not humanly possible to forgive. But that’s when you get on your knees and ask God to put “His love and forgiveness” in your heart for the person who caused you so much pain. You may not be able to love with “your love,” but you can love with “God’s love.” So before drinking the poison – reach out to Jesus and allow Him to remove all anger, bitterness, and revenge from your heart – and choose God’s gift of joy! Text: Ephesians 4:31-32, Colossians 3:13, Luke 17:3-4, 1 John 1:9

Brenda Walsh Ministries – 1-17-20


JANUARY 17

Today’s Scripture

            “So then, take your stand! Fasten truth around your waist like a belt. Put on God’s approval as your breastplate…”  (Ephesians 6:14, GW)

Live Approved

            Every morning when you get up, you need to put on God’s approval as your breastplate and say, “Father, thank You that You are pleased with me.” You have to put it on. It’s not going to happen automatically. Thoughts will try to convince you that you don’t deserve God’s blessing, and you’ll start feeling condemned, unworthy, and not expect anything good. You have to put on God’s approval to protect your heart.

            Something powerful happens when you say, “I like who I am. I have some faults and failures, but I’m changing and growing. Since God approves me, I approve myself.” When you put on the breastplate of God’s approval, chains of guilt, chains of inferiority, chains of low self-esteem are broken in the unseen realm, and God’s favor is released. God is going to keep making and molding you, and you’re going to break free from things that are holding you back and become everything He’s created you to be.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You that I can put on the breastplate of Your approval to cover my heart because You have made me righteous through Christ Jesus. Thank You that I can feel good about who I am. I believe that You are pleased with me today. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen

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Our God-Given Counselor

            “It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.”  John 16:7, NIV

            Following supper the night before He was to be crucified, Jesus unburdened His heart to His disciples. He knew He was going not only to the cross but, after the resurrection, back to His Father in heaven. His disciples would be like orphans. Had He taught them all they needed to know?

            The disciples must have begun to sense His heavy burden. Without Jesus, how could they ever meet their own needs, much less the needs of the multitude? They had given Him their very lives for three years. How could they possibly manage without Him?

            Jesus knew their fears. So He began to tell them how they would go on in His absence. He told them they could live, not just somehow, but triumphantly, because “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you . . . I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever” (John 14:18, 16, NIV, emphasis added). Jesus would remain with them, not physically, but in the invisible person of the Holy Spirit.

Blessings,

Anne Graham Lotz – 1-16-20

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

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

WOODLAND HEALTH CARE & REHAB, 8249 Standifer Gap Rd. His Call Gospel Singers, 4pm

 


JANUARY 16

Today’s Scripture

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

Light Comes Bursting In

We know that God is always with us, but the psalmist says that in times of difficulty, God is very present. You’ll never see the fullness of who God is if you’re in the light all the time. It’s in the storms, in the difficulties that God is most present. When you don’t see a way out and it’s dark, you’re in prime position for God’s light to come bursting in. It’s going to happen suddenly—a burst of favor, of healing, of strength. You didn’t see it coming. One moment you were struggling with debt, and suddenly—one contract, one promotion, one good break—you have more than enough. What happened? The light came bursting in. The God who is a very present help in trouble said, “Your night season was only temporary. It’s time for your breakthrough. Now it’s time to propel you forward.” God is about to do that for you.

A Prayer for Today

“Father, thank You that in times of trouble when I don’t see the way out and it’s dark, that You come bursting in with light and direction. I believe that You, the Creator of the universe, have highly favored me and are about to propel me forward. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
Joel & Victoria Osteen
 

20 Prophetic Words for 2020

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JANUARY 15

Today’s Scripture

            “…Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me…”  (2 Corinthians 12:9, NLT)

The Real You

            We live in a society that stresses image. It’s easy to go through life trying to impress people, to show them that we’re strong, that we have it all together. It’s good to carry ourselves with confidence, but sometimes we have such a need to keep up our image that we put on a mask and start pretending. We can’t let someone see that we have weaknesses, that we’re struggling in areas, and we don’t have all the answers. But the Scripture says that if we go around wearing masks, God’s power is not going to show up. God won’t bless the ideal you, the pretend you, the future you; He’s looking for the real you.

            Remember that there’s power in vulnerability. When you empty yourself out, God can fill you. But if you’re full of yourself—acting, pretending, keeping up your image—there’s no room for God. If you’ll humble yourself and get real, God will help you to grow.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You that I don’t have to hide my weaknesses or mask my shortcomings. Thank You that Your power goes to work in me when I get real and honest. I humbly admit that I don’t have it all together, but I’m glad You’re still working on me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen

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Practicing Self Control

     Whenever you have behaved poorly, are you truly remorseful, or do you easily excuse your actions with the thought, “that’s just the way I am?” Making excuses for your bad behavior does not make it right in God’s eyes. The truth is; you DO have the power to change! Through the strength of Jesus Christ – everyone has the ability to live a godly life, exercising discipline and self control. The choice is yours! You can be victorious over selfish desires by claiming Philippians 4:13, “ I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” When you practice self-control, you reflect God’s own character. God doesn’t just make rash decisions – nor does He make mistakes! His plan is perfect, and so is His timing. He never gets in a hurry – but He always gets there on time! Give your character flaws to God and ask Him to create within you a clean heart and a right spirit! It doesn’t matter if you are struggling with appetite, gossiping, lying, cheating, anger issues, or any other character imperfection – whatever it is, God can handle it and He will wipe your slate clean, giving you a fresh start! It will be as if you had never sinned! And thankfully, God doesn’t rub your face in your transgression, nor does He say “I told you so.” He just opens wide His arms of love! Pray and ask Jesus to give you more self control and with His Holy Spirit power you will begin to change – one thought, one word, one action at a time!

Brenda Walsh Ministries

Bible Texts

1 Peter 4:7 NKJV – But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers.

2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV – For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

Proverbs 16:32 NKJV – He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.

 


JANUARY 14

Today’s Scripture

            “…Not a scratch was found on him, for he had trusted in his God.”  (Daniel 6:23, NLT)

He’s Got This

            In Daniel 6 is the story of how the enemies of Daniel conspired to get him arrested and thrown into the lions’ den for refusing to stop worshiping God. Daniel’s attitude was, “God has me in the palms of His hands. He controls the lions.” He stayed in peace. Everyone else expected the hungry lions to tear Daniel apart, but God supernaturally closed the mouths of the lions. He made Daniel unappetizing!

            God never promised that we wouldn’t have difficulties, but He did promise that He would give us strength for every challenge and take what was meant for harm and use it for our advantage. You may have a good reason to worry about something, but there’s a simple phrase you have to get down in your spirit: God’s got this. He already has a solution. Live out of a place of peace and trust. It’s just a matter of time before you see things turn around in your favor.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You for Your promise that You can take the things that are meant to harm me and use them for my good. I receive this word and choose to remain at rest, knowing You’ve got this. I declare that there is no God like You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen

 

 


JANUARY 13

Today’s Scripture

            “…Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”  (John 11:40, NIV)

Something Better

            In John 11, Mary and Martha sent word to Jesus that their brother, Lazarus, was very sick. They thought He would come right away and heal Lazarus. But days passed, and Lazarus died. When Jesus showed up, Mary and Martha were so upset. They said, “Jesus, if You had been here, our brother would still be alive.” Against all apparent odds, Jesus went to the tomb and raised Lazarus from the dead.

            Sometimes God will wait on purpose till the odds look way against you. You’re ready to bury that dream or promise. You don’t see any way it could work out. But God’s ways are not our ways. Mary and Martha prayed for a healing, but God had a resurrection in mind. Maybe God’s not going to answer your prayers the way you thought. Maybe He has something better than you ever dreamed. Trust Him. Odds don’t determine what He can and cannot do.”

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You that You are the keeper of my dreams. I trust that You are totally for me when all the odds are stacked against me. I believe that You are working behind the scenes and bringing a resurrection to what I thought was dead. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen

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

FIRST CENTENARY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH ANNEX (Chattanooga), 433 Oak Street., “Positive Christian Singles”, “An Evening with Craig & Debby Tyndall“, 6:45pm, 423.756.2021.  Dinner at 6pm

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


JANUARY 11

God’s Love Began In Eternity Past

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

            Q: When did God start loving people, was it at the time of creation or when He sent Jesus to earth? — I.S.

            A: God’s love did not begin at creation, at the manger, or at the cross; God’s love began in eternity past. Before the world was established, before the time clock of civilization began to move, God’s love prevailed.

            God sends things into our lives to block the route to destruction, with holy desire to drive us back to His love. The love of God that reaches man can be entirely rejected. We can also choose to accept it by faith and receive His forgiveness and love. No one can do this for us, it is a decision for every individual soul.

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

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


JANUARY 10

Today’s Scripture

            “…He who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”  (Hebrews 11:6, NKJV)

What’s in Your Picture Frame?

            The greatest key to living a life filled with God’s blessings and favor is to keep God first place in your life. When you make it your highest priority to please Him, you can expect to live a blessed, fulfilled life. Notice who God rewards. Not people who half-heartedly seek Him or who only seek Him when they have a problem. God rewards people who diligently seek Him. Psalm 34:10 adds, “Those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.” When you seek God daily with your whole heart, you won’t be able to outrun the good things of God.

            God has a reward that’s just waiting to be released to you, but you have to meet the demands of the reward. God makes it so easy: “If you will just seek Me—if you will get up in the morning and thank Me, read My Word, and make an effort to please Me—I will give you the reward.”

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You that I can come to You by faith, knowing that as I seek You, You will reward me. Thank You for the blessings and favor that are mine as I keep You first place in my life. I believe that I will lack no good thing. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen

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

ASPEN VILLAGE AT LOST MOUNTAIN (Dallas GA), 135 Hillside Trace, His Call Gospel Singers, 2:30pm


JANUARY 9

Today’s Scripture

            “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom…”  (Luke 12:32, NKJV)

What’s in Your Picture Frame?

            Many of us were raised by loving fathers who did their best, but no father was ever perfect. Others were raised by abusive, violent, neglectful, critical fathers, or fathers who abandoned them. Most fathers never planned on passing down dysfunction and insecurity to their children, but all of us have been wounded in some way by our father’s mistakes, wrongs, and failures.

            Where you come from is not who you are. You are a child of the Most High God, and it is His good pleasure to give you the kingdom. If you’ll turn to the Good Father and get your approval, your validation, your love from Him, then despite what your earthly father did or didn’t do, He will make it up to you and pay you back for the injustices. The Good Father takes pleasure in not only helping you overcome, but He’ll show you favor that thrusts you years ahead. Start going to the Good Father.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You that it is Your good pleasure to give me the kingdom. I declare that as Your child I am coming to You for my love and approval, and I’m asking You to pour out Your favor and healing upon me. Thank You that I can receive it now. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen


JANUARY 8

Today’s Scripture

            “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago…”  (Ephesians 2:10, NLT)

Fully Loaded

            When God created you, He put in you everything you need to fulfill your destiny. God is precise. He’s intentional down to the smallest detail, and when He laid out the plan for your life, He studied it carefully. He thought about what you would need, and what it would take to get you there, then He matched you with your world. He gave you the talent you need, the creativity, the strength. You’re the right size, and you have the right looks, the right personality, and the right family.

            Now don’t go around feeling shortchanged, as though somehow you’re lacking, you didn’t get enough, or you can’t do what others can do. You are fully loaded and completely equipped for the race that’s been designed for you. Be who God created you to be. You have something to offer the world that nobody else has. Let your gifts shine. You are an original masterpiece.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You that You created me as a masterpiece down to the smallest detail of what I would need to fulfill Your plan for my life. Thank You that I am fully loaded for the race that’s been designed for me. I declare that I am Your original creation. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen


JANUARY 7

Today’s Scripture

            “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he…”  (Proverbs 23:7, NKJV)

What’s in Your Picture Frame?

            Every one of us has a picture in our mind of our self, our family, our future. The question is, what does your picture look like? Do you see yourself rising higher, overcoming obstacles, and living an abundant life? Or, do you have a picture of yourself struggling, defeated, addicted, overweight, and never getting good breaks? The pictures you allow in your mind will determine what kind of life you live.

            Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” If your vision is limited, your life will be limited. Dare to get a fresh, new vision of victory for your life and trust God to bring it to pass. You don’t have to figure out how it’s going to happen. All you have to do is believe. One touch of God’s favor can bring any dream to pass. But you have to see it on the inside before it will ever come to pass on the outside.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You that I can begin to see myself the way You see me as blessed, prosperous, healthy, strong, talented, and successful. Help me to get the negative images out and the fresh, new vision in. I believe that my vision will become a reality. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen

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Believing Is Not Enough

            Most Christians accept the Bible as truth but ignore it in their daily living. They simply don’t realize that it’s how we live that’s important . . . not just what we believe. For instance, there are many who believe in God and in the Bible, but even though they believe and know what’s right, they choose not to obey. Their daily actions don’t reflect the life of a person who knows God’s truth and is fully surrendered to Him! It is not enough to believe in God’s truth—we must live it every day! Just knowing right from wrong won’t save us! We must choose to obey God. When Jesus is the focal point of our every thought and action, God’s will becomes our will. The Bible says in Matthew 28:20 (KJV), “Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” The fact that God is with us always makes it possible to live how we believe!”

Brenda Walsh Ministries – 12-29-19

Texts: Jeremiah 24:6?-7, 1 John 2:6, 2 Timothy 2:15, 1 Thessalonians 5:23


JANUARY 6

Today’s Scripture

            “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here…”  (2 Corinthians 5:17, NIV)

Who’s Your Father?

            A while ago there was an advertisement for DNA testing that asked the question, “Who’s the father?” They can take your DNA, and out of the billions of people on earth, the chances of your DNA matching someone who’s not your family are so small that it’s inconceivable. In a similar way, when you gave your life to Christ, the Scripture talks about how you became a new creation. You were born into a new family. Imagine that somehow they could take a sample DNA from your heavenly Father, then a sample DNA from you, and run all the tests. The good news is that it would come back a perfect match. Proven beyond all doubt, you are God’s child. You have His spiritual DNA. Don’t you dare go around thinking that you’re average. Your Father created worlds. You come from a royal bloodline. There’s nothing too much for you. You can accomplish your dreams.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You for being my Father and breathing Your life into me. Help me to quit believing the lies that say I’ve reached my limits. I believe and declare that I am a child of the Most High God, and I’m stepping up to the next level. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen

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Leaving A Legacy

If you found out that you only had one year to live – how would you spend your time? Would you sell everything you own to go on that dream vacation, or perhaps buy that sports car you always wanted? Most people are more concerned about leaving loved ones behind and wanting their life to mean something. When Jesus was here on earth – He knew that He didn’t have long to live and that He was going to die. He made every moment count preparing for the day He would leave this earth, and right up to His last breath – He left a legacy of love for each one of us. He treated everyone with kindness, respect and genuine concern. No matter how badly people treated Him – His response was always loving, meek and gentle. Jesus lived a sinless life here on earth and the way He loved His fellowmen will be remembered and passed on from generation to generation! Have you thought about how would you like to be remembered? What kind of legacy do you want to leave? Start with asking God to create within you a clean heart and a right spirit, then put into practice the way Jesus treated others. Ask yourself in every difficult situation: “What would Jesus do? Would He have a frown on His face when talking with someone who is annoying? Would the tone of His voice be stern? Would He roll His eyes or act disinterested when someone uneducated is speaking? Reevaluate your life and ask God to open your eyes – so you can see what He sees. Determine today to be more like Jesus – and start leaving a legacy of love.

Brenda Walsh Ministries

Text: Proverbs 16:7, Isaiah 57:2, Jeremiah 17:10, Psalm 41:12


JANUARY 4

Remember Heaven To Remain Joyful

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

            Q: When my younger sister was in the process of dying and, in spite of her pain, her face was bright and hopeful as she talked about Jesus, trying to persuade the Hospice staff to accept Him as Lord. While I share my sister’s faith, I don’t think I could have the kind of peace she lived joyously in her last days. What is the secret? — S.D.

            A: Those who keep Heaven in view experience joy, even in the midst of trouble. Happiness can be fleeting, but joy runs deep; it is one of the fruits of the Spirit. The ability to rejoice in any situation is a sign of spiritual maturity, realizing that absent from the body, present with the Lord.

            But there is a sadness left behind for those still earthbound. How can we ever begin to know the rejoicing that takes place when a loved one is called into God’s eternal presence? Someday, all who believe in Christ and follow Him will rejoice together when the Lord brings all of us home in immortal bodies. The morning stars will sing together and the angels will shout for glory.

            The Bible says, “In Your presence is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Psalm 16:11).

            Think of having complete fulfillment, knowing that our homecoming brings unspeakable joy to our wonderful Lord! Only when we stand in the joyful presence of Jesus Christ will this be realized. So why do we prefer lingering here? Because we are not only earthbound in body; we are earthbound in our thinking. Our imagination is limited to the things of this earth. But when we leave this place, we will never dwell on it again. Our eyes and hearts will be fixed on Christ.

            “Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; my flesh also will rest in hope” (Psalm 16:9).

 


JANUARY 2

Today’s Scripture

            “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland…”  (Isaiah 43:18–19, NIV)

New Beginnings

            We’ve all had negative things happen to us. People did us wrong, the company let us go, someone was rude to us. It’s easy to go through life carrying offenses, trapped in self-pity, blaming ourselves and others. Because we’re always looking back, reliving the negative, we end up carrying around emotional baggage that weighs us down. One of the best things you can learn to do is drop it. Whether it happened twenty years ago or twenty minutes ago, don’t carry negative baggage from yesterday into today. Now do your part and let it go.

            Past hurts occurred once. Don’t let them continue to hurt you by always thinking about them. As long as you’re dwelling on the past, you’re going to miss “the new things” God wants to do. You need to be looking forward to new beginnings. But God will not release new opportunities as long as you’re reliving old hurts and old failures.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You that I can be free from all the negative baggage that comes from carrying past offenses, guilt, and blame. Help me to treat the past as the past, that it’s over. I look forward to the new things You’re doing in my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen

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Post Holiday Blues

After the hustle and bustle of the holidays, there can be an emptiness that moves in and hangs heavy in your heart. Friends and family have left, all the decorations have been put away, and everyone goes back to their usual routine – and somehow it seems that it all went by way too fast. This is the perfect environment for loneliness to settle in – but fortunately there is a cure for the post-holiday blues! Praise time!  Whenever you’re tempted to focus on your own problems, praise Jesus instead. If you feel lonely, discouraged, or depressed – it’s the perfect time to praise Jesus and count your blessings! Develop a spirit of praise every day by increasing your prayer time and as you go throughout your day, taking advantage of thanking God for all the good things in your life – even simple things such as having water to drink, a warm bath, food, a roof over your head, friends and family, and even a good parking space! You’ll find that the more you praise God, the more things you’ll find to praise Him for because the list is endless! And here’s the best part – you just can’t be depressed when your lips are singing praises to your heavenly Father! The Bible says in 2 Samuel 22:50, “Therefore I will give thanks to you, O LORD, among the heathen, and I will sing praises to your name.” And in Psalm 34:1, David makes this promise to God: “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.” Keep on praising Jesus and, before you know it, the holiday blues are gone and replaced with new found praise that is bubbling over!

Brenda Walsh Ministries – 1-3-19

Text: Psalm 35:18,28, Daniel 2:23, Hebrews 13:15, Deuteronomy 10:21


JANUARY 1 – HAPPY NEW YEAR

Today’s Scripture

            “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me…”  (Psalm 51:10, ESV)

Christ Makes Everything New

            With the new year comes fresh starts, resolutions and new beginnings. It is a time for making plans, setting goals and writing visions. But the greatest “new start” of all comes through Jesus Christ. Second Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a NEW creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” If you need a new beginning this year in any area of your life, allow Christ to make you a new creation, and the old will pass away! He will put a new and right spirit within you when you call on His name!

            This year, make your relationship with Him your number one priority. When you put God first place and make it your highest priority to please Him, you can expect to live a blessed, fulfilled life. Scripture states, “God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Notice who God rewards. Not people who half-heartedly seek Him, only seek Him when they have a problem, or come to church only on special occasions. God rewards people who diligently seek Him. Psalm 34:10 adds: “Those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.” When you seek God daily with your whole heart in this new year, you won’t be able to outrun the good things of God!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, as we enter into a new year, I choose to put You first. Wipe the slate clean as I develop a deeper personal relationship with You. Thank You for new beginnings as I walk every day with You.  In Jesus’ name! Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen


DECEMBER 31 – NEW YEAR’S EVE

Today’s Scripture

            “Now Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that You would bless me indeed and enlarge my border, and that Your hand might be with me, and that You would keep me from harm that it may not pain me!” And God granted him what he requested…”  (1 Chronicles 4:10, NASB)

Enlarge Your Territory

            In 1 Chronicles 4, Jabez was a man that people said was supposed to have trouble and heartache and lived depressed and defeated, but he shook off the negative mentality. Despite how people labeled him, he had the boldness to ask big, that God would bless him and enlarge his territories. He was saying, “God, let me see abundance. Let me see more of Your favor.” And God blessed him indeed.

            Like Jabez, you may have plenty of reasons to settle where you are—what you didn’t get, what people said, how impossible it looks. The odds may be against you, but the good news is that God is for you. He wants your new year, your life and everything about you to be successful and wonderful. He knows how to make up for what you didn’t get. He can thrust you further than you ever imagined, but you have to pray bold prayers. Ask in spite of what the circumstances look like and what people are telling you. Ask in spite of what the enemy keeps whispering in your ears. If you’re going to beat the odds, stand out in the crowd and reach your best life, you have to learn this principle of asking big.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father in heaven, today I open my heart to You and ask You to bless me. I ask You to increase me in every area and teach me to be faithful to You always. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen

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

THE HARBOR AT LEGACY VILLAGE OF CLEVELAND (Cleveland TN), His Call Gospel Singers, 6pm

PATRIOT HALL (Ringgold GA), 320 Emberson Drive, “New Year’s Eve Heavenly Jubilee” with His Call Gospel Singers,  8:30pm


DECEMBER 30

Today’s Scripture

            “…his favor lasts a lifetime…”  (Psalm 30:5, NIV)

You’ve Got It

            Success in this life isn’t necessarily about how popular, influential or educated someone is. Success is about living a life of excellence in obedience to God’s Word. When we step out to do what God has called us to do, Scripture says that His favor surrounds us like a shield. When we have His favor, we have everything. We have an advantage for success! God’s favor opens the right doors. His favor will bring good breaks. The favor of God will cause you to accomplish what you could not accomplish on your own. It gives you an edge.

            Now, if you’re going to see the gracious hand of God at work in your life, you can’t go through the day feeling intimidated, thinking that you’re average, comparing yourself to everyone else. No, you have to live like you have His favor, think like you have favor, talk like you have favor, walk like you have favor, dress like you have favor! Not arrogantly. Not in a way that portrays that you’re better than somebody else, but with a quiet confidence knowing that you have the gracious hand of God on your life! Live like you’ve got it because you do!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You for Your grace, favor and mercy upon my life. I praise You today because You are good. I receive Your truth by faith and rise up to walk in my calling. I know that You are going before me to prepare the way as I walk in Your favor all the days of my life.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

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


DECEMBER 27

Today’s Scripture

“…I will walk within my house with a perfect heart…”  (Psalm 101:2, NKJV)

Perfect Toward Him

This time of year, people often take time to reflect and set goals for the new year. But have you ever set “perfection” as a goal on your list? Now, that may seem a little strange or unobtainable to many, but really, in God’s eyes perfection isn’t about performance. In fact, it isn’t about behavior at all. What God is looking for is a heart that is perfect toward Him. Scripture says that man looks on the outside, but God looks at the heart. That means that He is more pleased with someone who has a heart toward Him who may mess up than He is with someone doing all the right things for all the wrong reasons. The condition of your heart is extremely important to God. When you have a right heart, you are humble before Him. You seek His ways. You get up each day with a desire to please Him. You submit every area of your life to Him, and you are willing to make adjustments and receive correction so you can grow and come up higher. As you prepare for the coming year, make knowing Him your number one priority. Yield yourself to Him and let Him shape your character. Serve Him with all your might and let your heart be perfect toward Him!

A Prayer for Today

“Father in heaven, thank You for all of Your blessings in my life. I declare today that You are good and thank You for Your mercy. I set my heart and mind on You and ask that You have Your way in me. Help me to love You perfectly and keep me close to You.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen

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Trust and Obey

            “Faith, by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”  James 2:17, NIV

            Jesus stands ready to help us, but His help is contingent on our absolute, total obedience to His Word, whether or not we agree with it or understand it.

            In some way, God requires more than our intellectual faith – He requires our total trust as demonstrated by our obedience to His Word in order to release the miracle. Jesus gave sight to a man born blind, but in order to receive it he had to trust and obey by going to the pool of Siloam to wash. (John 9:1-7) Jesus gave strength to a paralyzed man who had been lying on his pallet for thirty-eight years, but he had to trust and obey by getting up and picking up his mat before he could walk. (John 5:1-9) Jesus healed a man with a withered hand, but before it could be straightened, the man had to trust and obey by stretching it out. (Luke 6:6-10)

            What miracle are you waiting to receive? Could it be that God also is waiting – waiting for you to simply trust and obey?

Blessings,

Anne Graham Lotz

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

ROME HEALTH AND REHABILITATION (Rome GA), 1345 Redmond Cir., His Call Gospel Singers, 2:30pm


DECEMBER 26

In Everything Give Thanks

“In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”  – 1 Thessalonians 5:18

The four words above call us up short. How is it that we are to give thanks in everything? We willingly agree that we are to give thanks for everything. We thank God for food, clothing, warm houses, and all the other material gifts that He so bountifully bestows on us.

We gladly thank Him for Jesus and His redeeming work in our lives. We gratefully thank Him for children, family love, and Christian fellowship.  We thank Him for the wonders of His creation: the sun, the moon, and the starry heavens. It’s easy to thank God for hope, love, and mercy. Thus we enthusiastically thank Him for everything.

But to be thankful in everything is a different story. The word in denotes a state rather than a specific object or gift, about the hard things, the things that darken the soul and cut to the heart? What about the grief and sorrow, when the heart breaks and we seem to be adrift on a stormy sea with no shores? What about the times we cannot even pray, let alone give thanks?  What about the times when the heart whispers, “Thank God for what?”

As one who has experienced such things, I want to encourage you. In any unsettling, unrelenting, yea even unbearable circumstance, instead of asking to be saved from it or led out of it, simply trust Christ. Let go of the oars of self-effort, and commit yourself that from here on, no matter how desperate your straits, you will look for the good in the experience. Believe that whether God caused it or only permitted it, there is some benefit in it. The Lord is God, and that is good enough for me. Yes. Thanking Him in everything is His will!

James Baer – Salmon Arm, BC


DECEMBER 25

WEDNESDAY – DECEMBER 25 – “MERRY CHRISTMAS”

Today’s Scripture

            “Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests…”  (Luke 2:13-14, NIV)

With The Angels

            On the night Jesus was born, there were some shepherds out in the field. An angel appeared to them to tell them about Christ’s birth. Then suddenly, a host of angels appeared who were praising God. Scripture tells us that there are angels in heaven singing God’s praises day and night. Think about this: When you praise God, you are joining with the angels in heaven! What an awesome thought that we can be one with the heavenly hosts when we worship. As you celebrate Christmas Eve, take time to rejoice with the angels. Turn your thoughts toward Him because He is good and worthy of all our praise!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, what an awesome privilege it is to come before Your throne of grace and worship You. Thank You for sending Your son, Jesus, so that I can live forever and join the heavenly hosts.  In Jesus’ name! Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen

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A CHRISTMAS TRADITION

It’s no wonder that parties abound at Christmas when our homes are transformed with glittering decorations.  It is as if we have been transported to a land of enchantment.  We feel transformed…our spirits lifted with feelings of love and generosity toward all mankind.  This transformation does not have to end when Christmas is over!  In 2 Corinthians 5:17-18 Paul promises…”Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!  All this is from God….”  Come to know God as you worship this Christmas, and throughout the year.  Let God, through His Son, Jesus Christ, transform your life.  Attend the church of your choice this week.

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CANDLES OF CHRISTMAS

Upon the mantle, beautiful candles glow as they burn through special occasions throughout the holidays… reminders of those times when family and friends gather to celebrate the birth of Christ.  Though the holidays will end, let us carry a candle for the Child in each of our hearts throughout the coming year.  May the warmth of His spirit mold each of us into the person we are meant to be and may we share God’s joy with everyone we meet.  Give thanks to God for His greatest gift, and worship Him each week.


DECEMBER 24

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 imagine how the wise men felt as they first looked upon our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ? As part of their worship, they gave 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 as 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.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen


DECEMBER 23

Today’s Scripture

            “Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart…”  (Psalm 37:4, AMPC)

Your Secret Petitions

            God knows the secret petitions of your heart. He knows every hidden dream He’s placed within you. He knows the things that you haven’t told anyone about. Maybe you thought they would never come to pass, or maybe you buried them because they didn’t happen on your timetable. Maybe, in the natural, you have every reason to give up on those dreams. Be encouraged today—God is still working behind the scenes! He still has a plan to bring those dreams to pass. Do what today’s verse says and delight yourself in Him. The word “delight” actually means “to make yourself soft and pliable.” It paints the picture of God as the Potter and you as the clay. Allow God to mold and shape your character today. Allow Him to direct your plans and ideas. Keep an attitude of faith and expectancy, and as you submit your ways to the Lord and follow His leading, He will fulfill those secret petitions of your heart!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, You said the path of the righteous gets brighter and brighter. You said no good thing will You withhold because I walk uprightly before You. You said because I delight myself in You, You will give me the secret petitions of my heart. Thank You for being in control of my life and for the good things You have in store for my future.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen

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

AMERICAN LEGION POST (Dalton GA), 1118 North Glenwood Ave., “Harvest Outreach Free Christmas Dinner” with Gospel singing by Shelia Reed, His Call Gospel Singers, Clarence JR Garrett and others, 12 to 5pm.  Contact Shelia Reed at 706.280.0883 for more information or to make a donation.

HICKORY VALLEY RETIREMENT – Chattanooga TN. His Call Gospel Singers, 2pm


DECEMBER 20

Today’s Scripture

            “God sets the solitary in families…”  (Psalm 68:6, NKJV)

He Places The Solitary In Families

            Most everyone goes through times in life when they feel lonely or wonder where they belong. God designed family to always be a place of love and acceptance. Maybe you didn’t come from an environment like that, or maybe you’ve been away from your family. Maybe they are no longer around. God still desires to meet that need for family. The Scripture says that He is the Father to the fatherless, and He places the solitary in families. God wants to give you a circle of people whom you can trust and who will embrace and accept you. If you need family today, ask God to meet that need and show you where you belong. Or maybe, you are the one who can open your home and heart to someone who is alone. The point is that God loves family. He designed family for a purpose. Jesus said in Matthew 12 that those who do God’s will are His family. When you are part of the family of God, you are never alone! He promises to never leave you nor forsake you. He promises to fill you with His peace and joy so that you can live as an overcomer all the days of your life!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father in heaven, thank You for showing me Your design for family. Thank You for accepting and embracing me always. Show me how I can reach out and be an example of family in someone else’s life.  In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen

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Embracing God’s Purpose

“I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.”  John 17:4, NIV

Jill Briscoe, noted author and international speaker, was once asked what she saw as her life’s greatest mission. She answered that her life’s greatest mission is “to figure out what to do every day in my life – as ordained by God – and then to do it.” Jill knows there are many things to do in life that are not ordained of God, which is why we must be single-minded.

To be single-minded as I embrace God’s purpose for my life means that there are times I have to just say no . . .

            to an invitation to join my friends for coffee,

            to an offer for a lucrative job,

            to a long weekend . . .

To be single-minded as I embrace God’s purpose for my life means there are times I have to just say yes . . .

            to less sleep and more prayer,

            to less TV and more study,

            to less work and more worship.

Blessings,

Anne Graham Lotz

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WILL YOU PRAY WITH US?

Please join us as we pray for God to:

Protect Israel and her people amidst the ongoing threat of her surrounding enemies

Give discernment to Israeli leaders as they seek political unity amidst the prospect of war

Instill peace and protection to Israel and her people during this time of uncertainty

Move in the hearts and minds of world leaders, Israel’s enemies and the Jewish people, to help them come to the saving knowledge of their Messiah, Jesus


DECEMBER 19

Today’s Scripture

            “Daniel, servant of the living God! Was your God, whom you serve so faithfully, able to rescue you from the lions?…”  (Daniel 6:20, NLT)

He Is Your Rescuer

            Most people won’t ever literally come face to face with a hungry lion, but we’ve all been in situations where we felt as though we are about to be “eaten up” or destroyed. Daniel lived a life of excellence and found favor with the king. The king kept promoting him and giving him more authority, which made the other administrators jealous and angry. They manipulated the king into signing a law that Daniel could not follow. Daniel prayed and still found himself in the lions’ den. How would you respond in that situation? I’m sure Daniel believed that God would deliver him. I’m sure he hoped it would be before he was thrown into that den. Have you ever prayed and prayed for something and things just kept getting worse? Daniel trusted that God was working His plan for His glory. In the end, Daniel was protected and his enemies were destroyed. When it looks as though your friends have turned on you and you are headed for the lions’ den, don’t be discouraged because God has the final say. Keep believing Him; keep trusting Him. He’s promised to never leave you nor forsake you. He’ll shut the mouth of the lion; He’ll silence your accusers; He’ll stand with you in the fire, and He will lead you into victory in every area of your life.

A Prayer for Today

            “Prayer: Father in heaven, You are my Light in dark times. I thank You for Your faithfulness and trust that You have a wonderful plan for my life. No matter how things seem, I will put my hope and trust in You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen

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

NHC FT OGLETHORPE (Fort Oglethorpe GA), 2403 Battlefield Pkwy., His Call Gospel Singers, 2pm


DECEMBER 18

Today’s Scripture

            “Send your grain across the seas, and in time, profits will flow back to you…”  (Ecclesiastes 11:1, NLT)

Help Others Succeed

            God’s system works on the principle of sowing and reaping. What you pour out will come back to you in increased measure. When you give generously, a generous harvest will return to you. When you help others succeed, you will find abundant success on your path, too. What are you investing in the lives of the people around you? Are you helping others get ahead? There are people in your life who hold the keys for you to reach your full potential. These are people whom God has placed in your life for you to help along. The higher they rise, the higher you will rise. When you give generously of your time, talent and resources, you are setting yourself up for greater success. People will come across your path who will help you grow and reach your full potential. But you have to do your part to step out and sow the seed. Be on the lookout for ways you can help others. As you give of yourself to help others grow, you’ll rise higher and live the abundant life He has in store for you.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father in heaven, I open my heart to Your heart. I invite You to use me to be a blessing in the lives of others. Show me where to invest my time, talent, and resources for Your glory.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

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, 10am CST

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


DECEMBER 17

Today’s Scripture

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

He Prepares The Way For Victory

            There are times in life when we all face situations that seem impossible. It’s easy to get discouraged and think that things won’t ever work out. But the Scripture tells us that God goes before us and makes our crooked places straight. In other words, even though you may not have the connections you need right now, you don’t have to worry. God is going before you lining up the right people, arranging the right breaks, and setting up the right opportunities. He is preparing the way for victory!

            Today, if you are facing difficulty, don’t fall into the temptation to get negative and sour. That adversity is no surprise to God. He’s not up in the heavens scratching His head and thinking, “Oh, no! Now what am I going to do?” No, He already has every day of your life written in His book. Before you had that problem, God already had the solution. He is going before you right now preparing the next chapter of your life. Stay in faith and keep the right attitude because He is moving you forward into the victory He has prepared for you!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You for ordering and directing my steps. Thank You for working behind the scenes on my behalf. I choose today to trust in You, knowing that You are good, and You always lead me into victory.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen

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WILL YOU PRAY WITH US?

Please join us as we pray for God to:

Protect Israel and her people amidst the ongoing threat of her surrounding enemies

Give discernment to Israeli leaders as they seek political unity amidst the prospect of war

Instill peace and protection to Israel and her people during this time of uncertainty

Move in the hearts and minds of world leaders, Israel’s enemies and the Jewish people, to help them come to the saving knowledge of their Messiah, Jesus

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

ELMCROFT OF SHALLOWFORD (Chattanooga TN), His Call Gospel Singers, 1pm

 


DECEMBER 16

Today’s Scripture

            “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus…”  (Philippians 4:19, NIV)

He Gives You What You Need

            In 2 Samuel 12 is the story of how King David got off course with his life. The prophet Nathan was correcting him. In doing so, he reminded David of what God had brought him through. David had seen God’s goodness, favor, protection and provision down through the years. And in verse 8, God made an interesting statement through Nathan: “David, if it had not been enough, I would have given you much, much more.” In other words, “David, looking back over your life, if you were ever lacking, if you ever needed more wisdom, more favor, more protection, more finances, I would have given it to you.”

            That tells us that we have what we need right now in order to fulfill our destiny. The moment it become insufficient is the moment that God will give you more. The moment it begins to stop God’s plan for your life is the moment God will intervene on your behalf. Today, be encouraged that you have what you need, and what you need tomorrow is on its way! God is closely watching your life. He is faithful and saying to you what He said to David: “If it’s ever not enough, you can count on Me. I will always be there to give you more.”

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You for being my Source and Supply. I declare that my trust and hope is in You. I choose to rest in You knowing that You have provided everything I need for today.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen

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WILL YOU PRAY WITH US?

Please join us as we pray for God to:

Protect Israel and her people amidst the ongoing threat of her surrounding enemies

Give discernment to Israeli leaders as they seek political unity amidst the prospect of war

Instill peace and protection to Israel and her people during this time of uncertainty

Move in the hearts and minds of world leaders, Israel’s enemies and the Jewish people, to help them come to the saving knowledge of their Messiah, Jesus

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

ALEXIAN GROVE (Chattanooga TN), 100 Asbury Oak Ln., His Call Gospel Singers, 11am

ELMCROFT OF HAMILTON PLACE (Chattanooga TN), His Call Gospel Singers, 3pm

WHITE OAK UMC (Red Bank TN), 2232 Lyndon Ave., “3rd Monday Night Singing” with His Call Gospel Singers, Chris VanAllman, 6:30pm


DECEMBER 15

Blessed Assurance

“Happy are the people whose God is the Lord!”  Psalm 144:15, NKJV

            Are you facing the future with eyes wide shut, teeth clenched, body tensed, dreading your tomorrows and what they may hold? Do you feel as though you are standing on the brink of a deep, dark abyss of helplessness and despair, caught up in events involving yourself or your loved ones that are beyond your control? Regardless of what those events may be, no matter your mental or emotional or spiritual state, God’s vision of the future can fill you with hope right now.

            You and I can look forward WITH HOPE! because we have the blessed assurance of Heaven, My Father’s House!

Blessings,

Anne Graham Lotz

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WILL YOU PRAY WITH US?

Please join us as we pray for God to:

Protect Israel and her people amidst the ongoing threat of her surrounding enemies

Give discernment to Israeli leaders as they seek political unity amidst the prospect of war

Instill peace and protection to Israel and her people during this time of uncertainty

Move in the hearts and minds of world leaders, Israel’s enemies and the Jewish people, to help them come to the saving knowledge of their Messiah, Jesus

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

ASPEN VILLAGE AT LOST MOUNTAIN (Dallas GA), His Call Gospel Singers, 2pm

ROSEWOOD AT FORT OGLETHORPE (Ft. Oglethorpe GA), 14 Fort Town Drive, His Call Gospel Singers, 5pm


DECEMBER 14

Second Coming Will Be Revolutionary

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

            Q: Why do Christians always talk about the Second Coming of Christ? Isn’t that the same as escapism that they claim is dangerous for others to practice, and why do they think that Christ coming back again will solve anything? — F.F.

            A: C.S. Lewis once said, “A continual looking forward to the eternal world is not, as some modern people think, a form of escapism, but one of the things a Christian is meant to do. It does not mean that we are to leave the present world as it is. History records that Christians who did most for the present world were those who thought most of the next. Aim at Heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you will get neither.”

            Jesus promised to return to this earth. Christians look forward to that day with anticipation. The salvation of society in the reordering of man’s social institutions, consistent with the abolition of social injustice, war, poverty, and disease, will be taken out of man’s hands. It won’t be achieved by education, evolution, politics, technology, military power, or science. Nor will it be achieved by a universal church that can influence legislation in the parliaments and congresses of nations, so as to produce such benevolent acts of men that all hate, evil, and sin will be abolished.

            The salvation of society will come about by the powers and forces released by the return of Jesus Christ. It will be the prophesied fulfillment of redemption applied to every phase of human life and national existence. The second coming of Christ will be so revolutionary that it will change every aspect of life on this planet. Christ will reign in righteousness. Disease will be arrested, death modified, war abolished, and nature changed. Mankind will live as it was originally intended. What a promise God has given to those who follow Him as Lord. It is not escapism; it is a rescue mission.

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

KIMBERLY PERSONAL CARE (Dallas GA), 700 W Memorial Dr., Christmas program with His Call Gospel Singers, 2-4pm


DECEMBER 13

Today’s Scripture

            “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way…”  (Psalm 37:23, NKJV)

He Holds Your Destiny

            Oftentimes, people who aren’t fulfilling their destiny will try to discourage you from fulfilling yours. They may not do it intentionally, but they’ll tell you what you can’t do and how things won’t work out. They’re quick to remind you of all your impossibilities. Your relatives, coworkers and friends may try to talk you out of your dream, but that’s because God didn’t put that promise inside them; He put it inside you! You have to remember that other people don’t determine your destiny, God does. He holds your destiny in the palms of His hands. If you will keep believing, God will not only bring it to pass, He will do more than you can ask or think. Friend, don’t let someone else’s unbelief keep you from believing. Don’t let other people talk you out of your dreams. It’s time to get into agreement with God. He says you are well able. He says you are equipped. He says you are qualified. He says you are anointed, called and appointed to fulfill every dream and desire He’s placed within you!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father in heaven, I trust that You are leading and guiding me today. I trust that You hold my future. I choose to tune out the discouraging voices and tune into Your Word. Fill me with Your peace and joy as You direct my steps.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen

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

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


DECEMBER 12

Today’s Scripture

            “And I will make My covenant (solemn pledge) between Me and you and will multiply you exceedingly…”  (Genesis 17:2, AMPC)

He Will Multiply You

            God is in the multiplication business. It doesn’t matter what your need is today, God wants to increase you! One time in the Old Testament, God simply multiplied the sound of four men’s footsteps and caused them to sound like a mighty army. When their enemies heard them coming, they took off running. There were thousands of enemy troops running for their lives, scared to death, thinking they were being attacked by a massive army when, in fact, it was just four people!

            Friend, God can make you seem bigger than you really are. He can make you look more powerful. He knows how to multiply your influence, your strength, your talent and your income. You don’t have to figure it all out. All you have to do is put your trust in Him. If you will release your faith and get up every day expecting God’s far and beyond favor, you’re going to see God multiply you in every area of your life!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father God, thank You for Your faithfulness in my life. Thank You for Your promise to bless and multiply me. Direct my steps, keep me close to You as I increase in You.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen

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

BETHEL GARDENS (Powder Springs GA), His Call Gospel Singers, 2pm


DECEMBER 11

Today’s Scripture

            “I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair…He set my feet on solid ground…He has given me a new song to sing…”  (Psalm 40:1-3, NLT)

He Lifts You Up

            Have you ever felt as though you were in a pit of despair? Just as God lifted David out, God is going to lift you out. That depression is not the end. That sickness is not the end, and that addiction is not the final chapter. Where you are right now is not where you’re going to stay. There are brighter days ahead for you that are filled with favor, promotion and increase. Notice that God gives us a new song, but we have to do our part to sing that song. That means you don’t go around talking about your problems, how bad things are, or how you’re never going to make it. No, you have a song of victory! If somebody asks you how you’re doing, your attitude should be, “I refuse to dwell on the negative things that have happened to me. I’m moving forward in strength and power.” Remember, praise precedes the victory, and the Scripture tells us that God inhabits our praises. As you magnify and lift Him up, He will lift you up out of your despair. He’ll set your feet on solid ground, and you’ll move forward in joy and victory in every area of your life.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You for lifting me up to higher places. Thank You for putting a new song in my heart. I choose to sing and be grateful today for the life of blessing You have in store for me.  In Jesus’ name! Amen!”

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


DECEMBER 10

Today’s Scripture

            “Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you…I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand…”

(Isaiah 41:10, AMPC)

He Holds You In His Hand

            We all face situations in life that feel out of control. During times like these, it’s easy to get discouraged and allow fear to creep in. Instead, why don’t you focus on the fact that God is holding you in the palms of His hands! There is nothing too difficult for Him; nothing’s impossible; nothing is beyond His ability. When God holds you in His hands, you are safe; you are cared for. In His hands, there is victory. In His hands, there is strength. In His hands, there is provision. In His hands is everything you need.

            No matter what you may be going through today, you can trust that God is for you. Instead of getting down and depressed over your circumstances, look up and get a vision of God turning that situation around. Let faith rise in your heart and focus on His favor, promotion and blessing. As you keep your heart and mind focused on Him and choose to obey His Word, you’ll see those supernatural breaks that will launch you further ahead than you ever thought possible because He holds you with His victorious right hand!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You for helping me and holding me in Your victorious right hand. I choose to trust You even when things don’t make sense, even when things seem beyond my control. I release my cares to You knowing that You work all things together for my good.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen

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

SODDY-DAISY HEALTHCARE CENTER (Soddy-Daisy TN), His Call Gospel Singers, 2pm


DECEMBER 9

Today’s Scripture

            “The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,” says the Lord Almighty. “And in this place I will grant peace,” declares the Lord Almighty…”  (Haggai 2:9, NIV)

Greater Than The Past

            God wants to amaze you with His goodness! We are living in a day when God is increasing His favor. Maybe you have seen God’s goodness to a certain degree in the past; but in reality, you haven’t seen anything yet! God has favor in your future that will supersede anything that you’ve seen! The Scripture talks about how the glory of the latter day will be greater than the glory of the former day. That means what God did for your parents or grandparents, He’s going to surpass in your generation. The blessing and favor of past generations were good, but we serve a God of increase! He has greater things in store for your future! Today, get your hopes up! Enlarge your vision. Be expecting God to bring opportunities across your path. Be expecting to meet the right people and get the right breaks. Prepare your heart and mind to receive the increase and expect to see greater things in your future!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You for blessing and increasing me. I believe that You have great things in store for my future. I surrender every area of my mind, will and emotions to you.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

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

NORTHSTAR PLACE (Kennesaw GA), His Call Gospel Singers, 2:30pm


 

DECEMBER 6

Today’s Scripture

            “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free…”  (John 8:32, NIV)

Don’t Let Them Hold You Back

            People are constantly putting labels on us, telling us what we can and cannot become, what we do or don’t have. Many times, these labels are not in agreement with what God says about us; but if we don’t know any better, we’ll wear them like they’re the truth. The sad thing is that wrong labels can keep you from your destiny. You are not who people say you are. You are who God says you are. People will label you not good enough, too slow, too old, too many mistakes. God labels you strong, talented, valuable, more than a conqueror. Make sure that you’re wearing the right labels. Don’t go the next twenty years allowing negative comments to hold you back. They can become so ingrained in your thinking that you end up becoming what people say you are instead of what God says you are.

            Are there labels that are holding you back today? What a coach said? What a counselor said? Even negative comments spoken by your parents? This is the time to remove every negative label. People don’t determine your destiny, God does. The only power that label has over you is the power that you give it. If you will remove it, if you will forgive that person and quit dwelling on it, that label will have no effect on you!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You for Your truth which sets me free. I choose to let go of every negative word spoken over me. I choose to forgive those who have hurt me. I embrace Your Word which is my identity.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen


DECEMBER 5

Today’s Scripture

            “Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days…” (Psalm 90:14, NIV)

Have An Attitude of Gratitude

            If certain things in your life were just a little bit “better,” would you be happy? A better job, a better house, better health, better relationships? The truth is, it only takes one thing for you to be happy. It takes a made-up mind. That’s right, you have to decide that you are going to be happy regardless of your situation. You may have some obstacles to overcome, but don’t let that steal your joy. Begin each day thinking of all the things you have to be thankful for. Decide each morning to declare as David did, “This is the day the Lord has made. I’m going to rejoice, and be glad in it.” If you don’t get happy where you are, you will never get to where God wants you to be. It all begins with a grateful attitude. Let us encourage you to be content no matter what your circumstances. When you have an attitude of gratitude, God will take you from victory to victory, and you’ll live the abundant, joy-filled life He has in store for you.

A Prayer for Today

“God, I have decided to be happy. I choose joy! No matter what happens today, I will sing Your praises and focus on the good things in my life-and share my attitude of gratitude with others! In Jesus’ name. Amen”

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


DECEMBER 4

Today’s Scripture

            “No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God…”  (Romans 4:20, ESV)

Growing Strong In Faith

            In the Scripture, Abraham’s circumstances were beyond his control. God promised him that he would have a son, but both he and Sarah were way too old to have a child. What did he do while he was waiting? “He grew strong in faith by giving praise to God.” He got up every morning and said, “Lord, thank You for Your faithfulness. Thank You that my baby is on its way. Thank You that You are faithful to Your Word.” He kept thanking God for what he heard in his spirit, and eventually, the promise came to pass.”

            As with Abraham, God has put dreams in your heart. He has spoken promises over you. Deep down you believe it will happen, but in the natural, it looks impossible. The odds are against you. It’s been so long. No, God is saying, “What I started in your life I will finish.” The key is to follow Abraham’s example and praise God while you wait. That’s one way to grow in faith. Keep praying. Keep believing. Keep expecting. Grow strong in faith and see His promises fulfilled in every area of your life!”

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You for refining me and growing my faith. I choose to stand strong in the midst of difficulty. I choose to bless You no matter what my circumstances are. I trust that You are leading and guiding me in paths of righteousness for Your name’s sake.  In Jesus’ name. Amen”


DECEMBER 3

Today’s Scripture

            “These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold…”  (1 Peter 1:7, NLT)

Growing Through Difficulty

            One thing we have to realize is that God is not going to deliver us from every difficulty. He is not going to keep us from every challenge. If He did, we would never grow. The Scripture says, “Our faith is tried in the fire of affliction.” When you’re in a tough time, that’s an opportunity for your faith to shine. Anybody can get negative and bitter, blame God, or lose their passion. That’s easy. But if you want to pass the test, if you want God to take you to a new level, you cannot be a weakling. You have to be a warrior. Dig your heels in and say as the apostle Paul, “I can handle it. I’m ready for it. I’m equal to it. I know God is still on the throne. He is fighting my battles, and on the other side of this difficulty is a new level of my destiny!”

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You for refining me and growing my faith. I choose to stand strong in the midst of difficulty. I choose to bless You no matter what my circumstances are. I trust that You are leading and guiding me in paths of righteousness for Your name’s sake.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen

 


DECEMBER 2

Today’s Scripture

            “Then those who feared the Lord talked with each other, and the Lord listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the Lord and honored his name…”  (Malachi 3:16, NIV)

God’s Book of Remembrance

            Do you ever keep special cards or emails from loved ones? People do this because those words of love and encouragement are important. In the same way, your words and thoughts of love are important to God, too. Did you know He has a Book of Remembrance? In this book, every time we talk about Him or thank Him for His goodness, He has the angels write it down. When you just think about God, the angels record it. In fact, this moment right now, the angels are writing it down in the Book of Remembrance. This book is not up on a dusty storeroom shelf in heaven somewhere. The Scripture says, “It stays constantly before God, wide open, as a reminder of those who are thinking of Him.” God loves you so much and values your love, too. All throughout the day, be determined to keep God in your thoughts. Meditate on His promises and thank Him for His goodness. When we keep our minds focused on Him, we won’t be distracted by the cares of this world. When you let your love for Him show, it pleases His heart and draws you closer to Him each and every day.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, today I turn my heart and mind toward You, thanking You for Your goodness and faithfulness in my life. I bless You today because You are worthy. I hold Your truth close to my heart so that I can always be pleasing to You.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen


 


AUGUST 10

Unconditional Love

Few people in this world love with real unconditional love. Many profess love for each other, until something happens where they disagree, and all of a sudden, the friendship ends. Sadly, family is no exception. Sibling rivalry is real, and when God’s love is taken out of the equation, it’s downright destructive! Something as simple as a misunderstood comment can lead to years of separation. Even a best friend that you counted on to always have your back turns out to be not that loyal after all! It all boils down to this: if you truly want to love others, you need Jesus in your heart! God wants His children to love each other as He loves—with real, genuine, unconditional love that’s not dependent upon whether the other person shares your point of view or does everything you want them to! Human love is selfish—and the only way to love as Jesus loves is to ask Him to fill you to overflowing with His rich, beautiful, and unconditional love! Texts: 1 Corinthians 13:4 -7, 1 Peter 4:8, Luke 6:27, Romans 5:8

Brenda Walsh Ministries


 

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Dallas Pastor Details America’s Pending ‘Implosion’

https://chattanoogaareachurches.com/dallas-pastor-details-americas-pending-implosion

Robert Jeffress speaks at Abba’s House in Hixson on Sunday about “America’s Coming Implosion.” Staff Photo/Wyatt Massey


 

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Here Are 8 Freedoms to Thank God for This Independence Day

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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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