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Suffering and Death - Monday's Dose - 18th September 2017

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“From that time Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised up on the third day.” Matthew 16:21 NASB.

Thoughts for Today

Jesus knew what was ahead. He was destined to go to Jerusalem, where suffering and death awaited Him. He wanted the disciples to know this too.

To Peter this made no sense, and he rebuked Jesus for even thinking these thoughts. But Jesus warned Peter that he actually was being a stumbling block, for all that awaited Him in Jerusalem was part of God’s plan.

Jesus’ disciples were learning more about what it meant to be true disciples. It did not just mean listening to or following Jesus. They were learning that real discipleship meant complete surrender and obedience, regardless of the difficulty or consequences.

In His response, Jesus emphasized three principles: We must deny ourselves and lay everything else aside. We must take up our cross and sacrifice everything to serve Him. And we must follow Him, wherever He leads.

In our lives, we are presented with the same choices. All who want to serve and follow Jesus must pass these tests. We, too, must seek first His Kingdom and deny ourselves. We, too, must take up our cross and be willing to die to self, every day. We, too, must leave all to follow Him.


We need to realize that God is watching our lives and evaluating the choices we make. We are reminded to set our priorities and think ahead, “for the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and will then repay every man according to his deeds” (v. 27).


Today, think about what following Jesus means for you. If you are His disciple, you must be willing to give up all, yield your rights, and be ready and willing to follow Him and do what He calls you to do.

Prayer : Our Loving Heavenly Father, 
I surrender my life to You. I dedicate my time, talent, and treasure to You. Use me for Your Kingdom and glory. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, Amen."

Have a Blessed Monday and God Bless you.
Courtesy : Daily Dose Devotionals Team

God’s Goodness - Tuesday's Dose - 12th September 2017

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Today's Scripture

“Do not love the world nor the things in the world…For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.” 1 John 2:15-17 NASB.

Thoughts for Today

The world seems dominated by lust. One dictionary defines “lust” as “uncontrolled or illicit desire or appetite. A passionate or overmastering desire or craving.” Lust drives us to be consumed by obsessions with things and experiences.

Lust can be a powerful temptation. It can lead us away from God and into sin (James 1:14-15). John reminds us that we are not to “love the world nor the things in the world.” He warns that lustful passions are not from God; we must not be controlled by these desires and cravings.

We also should realize that lust stems from Satan distorting God’s Word and spreading confusion. As the Bible makes clear, God always has desired to bless His people and meet their every need. Even more, as He showed in the Garden of Eden, He wants us to have abundance. In fact, the Bible promises that “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9 NLT).

But Satan constantly tries to twist God’s Word and deceive us. He wants us to doubt God’s goodness and be consumed with our own lust, to embrace the wrong attitudes and never experience the blessings God has prepared.

In your life, be on guard against lust. Never forget that God desires to bless you! Keep the right priorities, and always seek first His Kingdom. Be faithful with the resources you’ve been given.

Remember: God loves you. He sent Jesus that you might have life and have it more abundantly.

Prayer : Our Loving Heavenly Father, 
Thank You for blessing my life. I will continue to Sow Seeds with the resources You have given me. Thank You for abundant life! Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, Amen."

Have a Blessed Tuesday and God Bless you.
Courtesy : Daily Dose Devotionals Team

Prayer That Jesus Taught Us to Pray - Monday's Dose - 11th September 2017

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Today's Scripture

Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. - (Matthew 6:10).

Thoughts for Today

After Jesus was arrested and questioned by the high priest, he was brought before Pilate, the Roman governor. But Jesus refused to be intimidated and told Pilate, "My kingdom is not of this world" - (John 18:36).

The kingdom of God is all-encompassing. It is present in the lives of those who willingly submit to His rule. It is a future kingdom where Jesus will rule supreme—not only in our lives, but also over the new heaven and earth.

When we pray the prayer that Jesus taught us to pray, "Thy kingdom come," we are asking for His rule to extend to every area of our lives. However, if we pick and choose those areas to submit to Him, we limit His power.

Through this prayer, we also are asking for God to work in the lives of others. There are those who never have made a commitment to the Savior—family members, friends, and co-workers who never have experienced God's saving grace.

By praying this prayer, we express our longing for His second coming. As believers, we should have a natural desire to be in God's presence. Our citizenship is in heaven, not on this earth - (Philippians 3:20).

Have you blocked off areas of your life from Jesus' rule? If this is the case, then you are not fully experiencing His love and power.

No matter what your situation may be, you can come to Christ today and ask Him to be the Lord of your life. When you draw near to God, He draws near to you. Take the opportunity to experience a glimpse of heaven while you are still here on earth.

Prayer: Our Loving Heavenly Father, please forgive me for calling You Lord, but blocking off areas of my life to You. My desire is to follow You and draw near to You. Thank You for drawing near to me. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, Amen."

Have a Blessed Monday and God Bless you.
Courtesy : Daily Dose Devotionals Team

Be Content to Trust God - Sunday's Dose - 10th September 2017

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“Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain” - (1 Corinthians 15:58).

Thoughts for Today

With the stroke of a pen, Emperor Constantine issued the edict of Milan in 313 A.D., and Christianity became fashionable instead of a source of persecution. Suddenly, church membership rolls grew as thousands joined churches after professing faith in Christ. However, many of these professions of faith were not sincere. Only God, the searcher of hearts, knows how many remained pagan at heart. However, their harmful influence in the church soon became apparent.

A life lived for Jesus Christ is not usually outlined with popularity or ease. Salvation cannot be earned or received by any other way than by coming to the Lord and seeking His forgiveness of sin. You can do nothing to earn God’s gift of grace.

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God; not by works, so that no one can boast (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Are you, like Asaph in Psalm 73, feeling as if you are the only person suffering and sacrificing for the cause of Christ? Be patient. Don’t give up. God will reward your faithfulness and honor your perseverance. Paul said:

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. ... We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed” (2 Timothy 4:7, 2 Corinthians 4:8-9).

Be content to trust God for your deliverance. Trust Him to keep you safe in the palm of His hand.

Prayer: Our Loving Heavenly Father, 

May I fight the good fight of faith. Thank you for never leaving or forsaking me and for the grace you have given me in the gift of Your salvation. I pray I will never take my salvation or Your Truth for granted. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, Amen."

Have a Blessed Sunday and God Bless you.
Courtesy : Daily Dose Devotionals Team

Present Yourself to God - Saturday's Dose - 9th September 2017

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“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed” - (2 Timothy 2:15).

Thoughts for Today

There is an identity crisis at work; not just in our lives but also in our churches. It comes as the result of our being willing to accept and even embrace other religions as being equal to Christianity. This false view has weakened our faith and has caused us to give up what we once held as dear; our godly convictions. Many in our society, those who claim to be Christians, are suffering from an identity crisis because they are confused about their Christian faith. However, the Bible makes it clear.

A Christian is a person who has repented of his sins, surrendered his life to the lordship of Jesus Christ, and acknowledged that without Christ’s death on the cross, he would go to hell for eternity.

How do we avoid confusion and deception, especially when our world paints such pleasant pictures of sin and compromise?

Begin by being committed to the study of God’s Word. Then, make sure the church you attend is one that teaches God’s Truth without compromise. God forgives and restores us when our hearts are turned toward Him.

Prayer: Our Loving Heavenly Father, 

Thank you for the Cross. Thank you for dying for my sins. Please forgive my sin and for compromising Your Truth. Please strengthen me in the Truth by Your Word and in community with other believers. I pray I will be an encouragement for godliness and righteousness to them, too. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, 
Amen."

Have a Blessed Saturday and God Bless you.
Courtesy : Daily Dose Devotionals Team

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