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Your Fearless Confidence - Friday's Dose - 1st July 2016

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"Do not, therefore, fling away your fearless confidence, for it carries a great and glorious compensation of reward. For you have need of steadfast patience and endurance, so that you may perform and fully accomplish the will of God, and thus receive and carry away [and enjoy to the full] what is promised." - Hebrews 10:35-36 AMP.

Thoughts for Today

I once read a story about a famous Russian writer who was imprisoned because of his religious convictions. The conditions in the labor camp he was in were so intolerable that he eventually began to contemplate suicide. When he realized that his faith in God would not allow it, he began formulating a plan of escape that would cause him to be shot by the prison guards. Without being told about the writer's intentions, a fellow inmate approached him and drew a cross on the ground. Acknowledging that it was a message from God, the writer abandoned his plan of escape and entrusted himself to the Lord. What he didn't know was that people all over the world were praying for his freedom, and just three days later, he was released from prison.

Maybe you've heard the old saying--"It's always darkest before the dawn." I believe that statement often holds true. It certainly did in the case of the Russian writer. It's no coincidence that right before his deliverance came, the temptation for him to lose faith in God became unbearable. These are the kinds of tactics that Satan uses to try to convince believers to abandon their faith and hope in God so that their victory will be delayed or even thwarted entirely. That's why the Bible says: "Do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord, no matter what happens. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so you will continue to do God's will. Then you will receive all that He has promised." (Hebrews 10:35-36 NLT) The devil knows that if he can send enough discouragement and despair your way, you'll be more likely to quit and give up on trusting in God and His plans for you.

Years ago, I began making little notations in my Bible each time the Lord spoke an encouraging verse or promise to me in my times of trouble. These notes reveal that in many cases, right before my breakthrough came, the devil broke out his heaviest artillery in an attempt to pressure me to take my eyes off of God and to put them on my circumstances. Sometimes, like in the Russian writer's case, there were only a few days between my deepest despair and my deliverance. If that man had been aware of his imminent release, he would not have been so tempted to abandon his confidence in God. But he DIDN'T know. And you and I usually don't know, either. The Lord often chooses to do His work on our behalf behind the scenes. By doing things this way, He stretches and builds our faith and trust in Him, and He prepares us for the blessings and promotions He has in store for us.

For me, the thing that stands out most about this man's story is the price he would have paid if he had stopped trusting God. He would have lost his life and missed out on witnessing God's awesome rescue operation on his behalf. What will it cost YOU if you fail to trust God in the hard places you're in right now?It's my sincere hope that you will settle down and trust God, as the Russian writer did that fateful day. Who knows? Your deliverance could be only three days away.

Prayer: "Our Loving Heavenly Father, 
When I'm tempted to cast away my confidence in You and Your perfect plans for me, remind me of how high the cost to me could be. Increase my trust in You daily, and help me to do my part by seeking You with all my heart. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, Amen."

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

How Long, Lord? - Thursday's Dose - 30th June 2016

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"I patiently waited, LORD, for you to hear my prayer. You listened and pulled me from a lonely pit full of mud and mire. You let me stand on a rock with my feet firm, and you gave me a new song, a song of praise to you. Many will see this, and they will honor and trust you, the LORD God." Psalm 40:1-3.

Thoughts for Today

How long, Lord?

Have you ever said those words? How long until my prayer is answered? How long until things get better? How long do you want me to do this without seeing results?

When Joseph was sold into slavery and later spent years in prison, he must have asked, "How long, Lord?" When Moses led the Israelites around and around in the wilderness, he surely thought, "How long, Lord?" When Noah was ridiculed for more than 120 years while he built an ark on dry land, he must have wondered, "How long, Lord?" But each one of these godly heroes trusted God. They respected him enough to continue obeying him even when it seemed that all hope was gone.

Consider this

Perhaps you are involved in a ministry that seems to go nowhere. And yet, you know the Lord wants you there.

Maybe you have been praying for an unsaved loved one for many years. Or perhaps you have a business that just doesn't come together, but the Lord has led you to continue. Be encouraged to reverence God by continuing to obey him, even though you may wonder, "How long, Lord?"

God loves you. He has a good plan. His timing is always perfect. Keep on, as Noah did, "doing all that God commands."

Prayer : Our Loving Heavenly Father, 
Help me honor you by trusting you and being willing to wait on you. Even though I get discouraged at times, help me remember that you are in control and that your way is the best way, your time the best time. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, Amen."

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

The Abundance of God's Provisions - Wednesday's Dose - 29th June 2016

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And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. - Genesis 2:16-17. 

Mom's most sacred rule was that only she could give permission to open or finish a container of food. She had five children, and she wanted to monitor not only the food in the pantry, but what and how much we ate. One of my brothers drank the last of the milk once without asking, and Mom yelled. Then she lectured him. Then she lectured all of us at dinner. Then we were reminded the next morning at breakfast why we had no milk in the house for cereal. All the family bore the consequence if one of us broke that rule. In her defense, it meant making a mid-week grocery run which would sabotage her housework schedule for the week.

God had one sacred rule for Adam, and that was not to eat from God's favorite tree. It was the one tree God reserved for himself, Adam's reminder that God is holy.

The tree was centrally-located. So, as Adam toiled in God's garden every day, he must have regularly reminded himself that, though he could eat of every other tree, this one was different. This tree belonged to God.

How generous that God permitted Adam to eat from all the other trees. Knowing God's vast imagination, no doubt he had a variety of fruits to choose from.

God wants us to enjoy abundance. He also wants us to respect the One who gave us that abundance.

Prayer: Our Loving Heavenly Father,
You give us plenty. May we be satisfied with all we have, because you always provide more than we need. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, Amen.

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

Overcoming Negative Feeling (Thinking) - Tuesday's Dose - 28th June 2016

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"We have the mind of Christ (the Messiah) and do hold the thoughts (feelings and purposes) of His heart." - 1 Corinthians 2:16.

Thoughts for Today

If you have ever been in a trial of any kind, then you know how easy it can be to let our problems consume our thoughts and control our lives. I'm here to tell you today that the Lord has some very effective ways to help us get through our trying times victoriously, so that we don't have to miss out on His best in our situation.

The first thing we need to remind ourselves of in a trial is that we have God's Word to help us. Think of the Bible as the heart and mind of Almighty God. It has the power to renew our minds, and to help us think like God, so that we can view people and situations from His point of view, instead of the world's. What happens when we view things from a worldly perspective? We get the same pitiful results that the world gets--misery, despair, and defeat. Scripture says: "Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you]." (Romans 12:2 AMP) In order for us to know what God's will is for us in a situation, we must have our mind renewed by the truth contained in Scripture. We must read it, study it, meditate on it, and speak it over our lives and circumstances. Most of all, we must do what it says. This is God's recipe for victory in every situation. We were recreated in Christ to live above our circumstances, not under them. (Ephesians 2:10, John 16:33).

Another thing we must remember in troubling times is that we have the Holy Spirit to strengthen us. Jesus said, "I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby), that He may remain with you forever." (John 14:16) The Holy Spirit--and everything He represents and offers--is available to us every moment of every day. We are never without heavenly resources to help us. Alone, our trials can weaken and even disable us. They can rob us of our peace and joy, gifts that were given to us by Christ Himself when we decided to trust Him as our Savior. But with the Spirit's help, we can resist disabling worry and paralyzing fear, and we can choose to praise God in the midst of our problems--knowing that He is bigger than anything that can come against us, and that He's got a divine plan for our victory. A prayer that I find myself praying often is: "O Lord, please remember me and please strengthen me." (Judges 16:28 NASB) I'm still here today, doing what God has called me to do, because I have learned to rely on the strength of Almighty God.

Lastly, we must never forget the powerful truth that we have the mind of Christ. The apostle Paul wrote: "We have the mind of Christ (the Messiah) and do hold the thoughts (feelings and purposes) of His heart." (1 Corinthians 2:16 AMP) When negative thoughts come my way, I often say to myself, "Jesus wouldn't think like that, and neither do I." As followers of Christ, we have Holy Spirit power to help us control our thoughts. We are no longer at the mercy of our thinking. When a thought comes into our minds that doesn't line up with the truth of God's Word, we are required as servants of the Lord to immediately cast it down.

Scripture says: "For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ." (2 Corinthians 10:3-5) All Christians are at war with Satan and his dark forces, and our minds are the battlefield. When we refuse to entertain negative or ungodly thoughts, we stop the devil in his tracks before he is able to put his evil plans for us into motion. Perhaps you're thinking, "Can my thoughts really have that much power over my life?" The answer is yes, they can. If you doubt it, then spend some time going through the Scriptures looking up verses on our thought life. That should convict and convince you. I know it did me.

If you and I have to have happy circumstances in order to enjoy our lives, we will never enjoy them. We can have victory over negative thinking--even in desperate times. As we take full advantage of the divine resources that our God has given us, we can triumph over our troubles and live the abundant life in Christ.

Prayer: "Our Loving Heavenly Father,
I praise You for equipping me with everything I need to live above my circumstances, no matter how troubling they might seem. When I'm tempted to despair, remind me to follow Your recipe for victory, so that I can live the overcoming life that You destined me to. I declare that from this day forward, I WILL enjoy my 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

Making Decisions About Right and Wrong - Monday's Dose - 27th June 2016

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Bible Reading: Galatians 5:1-18

The old sinful nature loves to do evil, which is just opposite from what the Holy Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are opposite from what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, and your choices are never free from this conflict. - Galatians 5:17.

Walked Lately? Of course you have. You've probably walked a lot this week. You walk from your bed to the bathroom in the morning. You walk from class to class in school. You walk from the television to the refrigerator. You walk upstairs, you walk downstairs, you walk outside, you walk inside.

There was a time, however, when you couldn't walk.

You probably don't remember, but you didn't even crawl for the first few months of your life. One day you pulled yourself up in your crib or playpen and stood, hanging on to the sides. Then one day you took your first step. Then a second step. Before long, you were walking like a pro!

Making right choices is not much different. The first step is knowing right from wrong. A lot of people never even make it to this first step, and many others never progress beyond it. But you didn't stop walking after your first step, and you shouldn't stop after taking the first step in knowing right from wrong either.

The second step-and this is where a whole lot of people fall flat on their faces-is doing right. The problem is, of course, that doing what's right is sometimes hard. More than likely, we want to do wrong more than right. Read again (above) how Paul put it in Galatians 5:17.

Does that sound like you? You may know what's right, but doing it sure is a lot harder!

So how are you supposed to make right choices when it seems so much easier to do whatever comes naturally (which usually is the wrong choice)? Paul gives us the answer: "Live according to your new life in the Holy Spirit___ [W]hen the Holy Spirit controls [your life], he will produce this kind of fruit. . . love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control" - (Galatians 5:16, 22-23).

Letting the Holy Spirit control your life is the only sure way to do the right thing. That will mean submitting to his control every day, committing yourself to follow his leading, and then trying to stay in touch with him through prayer and obedience all through the day. Then you won't have to try to do the right thing; he'll do it for you.

REFLECT: Do you struggle most with knowing what's right or with doing what's right? Can you do what's right if you don't know what's right? Can you know what's right and still do wrong?

PRAYER: "Our Loving Heavenly Father, 
I submit to your Holy Spirit's control, and I commit to following you throughout this day. Help me to trust you every time I'm faced with a choice between right and wrong. Thank you for the wisdom and the strength to do what's right. 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

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