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Loving God

Today's Message

{ Day 109 }

I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him [Jesus] better. —Ephesians 1:17

I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them. —John 17:26

Do you long to impact people for Jesus? Do you yearn to glorify Him in your personal life? Then I urge you to make our Scripture verses for today two of the paramount prayers of your life. Read those two verses over and over. Meditate on them. Write down what comes to your mind as you pray them. Begin asking God for a spirit of revelation in the knowledge of Jesus's beauty. Ask that you might love the Son as the Father loves the Son. We must persevere in these prayers until we are "strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man" (Eph. 3:16, NAS).

{ PRAYER STARTER }

Father, give me the Spirit of wisdom and revelation so that I can know You better. Make Yourself known to me in new and fresh ways each day of my life. Give me a spirit revelation in the knowledge of Your splendor and beauty.

We will be restless until we become prisoners of God.
As captives of His divine purpose, we will lead others into
passion for Jesus and into captivity to Him.

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Daily Breakthroughs

Today's Message

Faith Talk

Let them say continually, let the Lord be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant. And my tongue shall speak of thy righteousness and of thy praise all the day long. —Psalm 35:27-28

Three important factors are at work in the process of possession:

Have faith. Jesus tells us to "have faith in God" (Mark 11:22).

Believe. "Whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith" (v. 23).

Pray. "What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them" (v. 24). When these elements are combined, they are more powerful than any weapon of war. You are no longer looking at what you have, but what you shall have.

Speak faith into your spirit. Remind yourself of the promises of God. Remember, God "calleth those things which be not as though they were" (Romans 4:17).

Your tongue will either announce your next victory or your next defeat. Speak victory. Refuse to open a door for the enemy's attack with your tongue.

Help me, Lord, to confess Your victory with my tongue.
Make my confessions positive not negative, rooted in
faith, not unbelief or doubt. Amen.

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By Love Transformed

Today's Message

Praising God When You're Feeling Low

Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name. —Hebrews 13:15

Praising God when I am sad pleases Him. It shows I trust His Word and that I love Him without His doing everything that pleases me. It is a wonderful opportunity for blessing—just to believe!

It is also called a "sacrifice of praise" (Heb. 13:15). We sacrifice feelings, we sacrifice pleasure, we sacrifice time—just to praise God. And when we don't feel like it—when we are at a low point, we then really show a sacrifice of praise. In fact, the lower we are, the greater the opportunity to demonstrate a sacrifice of praise to God.

The Epistle to the Hebrews has a lot to say about sacrifices. They mostly refer to the sacrifice of animals. This is because the sacrifice of animals in the Old Testament pointed to the Ultimate Sacrifice—when God gave His one and only Son to die on a cross (John 3:16).

But sometimes the word sacrifice is used with regard to what we give up. Although the primary meaning of sacrifice refers to the slaughter of animals to appease God's justice, it also means to give up something for the sake of something more important. Hence Paul said, "Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship" (Rom. 12:1). David said, "I will sacrifice a thank offering to you and call on the name of the Lord" (Ps. 116:17).

When we take the time to praise God, we sacrifice time. We all can think of things we ought to be doing. It is easier to watch television than it is to take the equal amount of time to praise God. To praise God for thirty minutes is a sacrifice of time, of pleasure, of our basic wishes, and, possibly, of our temperament.

Excerpted from Just Say Thanks! (Charisma House, 2005).

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Around the Word in 365 Days

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Thirsting for Fellowship

Psalm 143:1-12 In this psalm David said, "I spread out my hands to You; my soul longs for You like a thirsty land" (v. 6). Recently we have gone through a severe drought where I live. As I looked on our land, I saw cracks in the earth, and they seemed to be crying out, "Fill me, fill me." The earth was cracked because there was no moisture to spare it from the burning rays of the sunshine. David was going through a dry time, and the land of his soul felt parched, dry and cracked for lack of the rain of God's Spirit.

Sometimes God allows a dry time in our lives just so we can have a new appreciation for the work of His Spirit as He refreshes us and quenches our thirst as we read God's Word. Thank God the dry times in my life never lasted too long. I don't think I could have survived if they did. During those dry times, it seemed I could receive nothing from God. I knew He was still with me, but my prayer life and my Bible reading became duties instead of delight. In most of these dry times, I discovered the Lord was longing to restore fellowship with me. He had not moved, but I was allowing my lack of feeling to dictate my relationship to the Lord. It is at the dry times of our lives when we honor God the most if we continue to read the Word, pray and commit our days to Him because this takes great faith. We don't have the delight, but we still are willing to discipline ourselves to a time daily with the Lord. If we are faithful not to abandon our quiet times during dry times, suddenly the river will begin to flow to fill and refresh those cracked, parched areas of our soul.

Do you realize that God thirsts for you? He longs to fellowship with you daily. When Jesus cried out "I thirst" on the cross, He was crying out for the Spirit of God to quench His thirst. At that moment in time it seemed all had forsaken Him, and even God for a moment turned away from Him. Jesus was thirsting for fellowship with the Father and for fellowship with you and me. Jesus said "I thirst" just after He cried out, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?" John records these words about the cross: "After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, 'I thirst'" (John 19:28).

Jesus on the cross accomplished everything for our sakes that we will ever need to overcome the world. Healing, forgiveness, salvation and wholeness in every way were accomplished. Now Jesus thirsts for us to come to Him daily to obtain and receive all He has promised. He longs to fellowship with you. Even when you are in a dry place, your prayers are welcomed and your praise delights the heart of the Lord. If you continue in the discipline of a daily quiet time when you are in a dry land, you will soon feel the arms that have been around you all the time—the precious arms of Jesus. Will you quench His thirst for fellowship with you today?

Lord, I come in faith to You, and even though I feel nothing, I know You are near.

READ: Zechariah 6:1-7:14; Revelation 15:1-8; Psalm 143:1-12; Proverbs 30:24-28

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Live Extraordinarily

Today's Message

Unlimited Access to God

"For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope" (Jeremiah 29:11, NLT).

God has a plan for your life! And that plan is good—not average, mediocre, or boring. It was established in the mind of God before you were ever born, before the creation of the earth itself. This truth is made incredibly clear in Psalm 139. Look at what David writes:

"O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord.

My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be." (vs 1-4, 15-16 NIV)

God is amazing! He knows every thought before you think it, every word before you speak it. He knows when you lie down and when you get up, and He is totally aware of every day of your life before it takes place. With a heavenly Father like this, why go anywhere else for wisdom and direction for your life?

How can you tap into the infinite wisdom of the One who created the heavens and the earth? Through a close, ongoing relationship with Him. He loves you with an everlasting love and wants to be a part of every area of your life. As you read His Word and spend time with Him in prayer, He will reveal to you His general will and His specific will for your life.

Marked by boldness and passion, John Bevere delivers uncompromising truth through his award-winning curriculum and best-selling books now available in over sixty languages. His newest book is Extraordinary: The Life You’re Meant to Live. More information is available at www.ExtraordinaryOnline.org.

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