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Always Speak The Truth - Friday's Dose - 26th May 2017

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“Do not lie to each another, since you have taken off your old self with its practices” - (Colossians 3:9).

Thoughts for Today

Proverbs 22:1 says, “A good name is more desirable than great riches.” In a thousand little ways, day after day, many of us are faced with this very choice. While the great riches we’re offered may not be immediate, it certainly seems that the path to money, power, and prestige are often forged with dishonesty. Having integrity, then, can be costly, but in order to lead like Jesus, we must have higher goals, and we must be submitted to the King. His ways are honest ways.

Though it may seem that carefully placed deceptions, soft truths, and white lies will bring material benefits and make life easier, in the long run, they do great damage to a leader’s reputation and influence. Think back to some of the leaders in your own life whom you discovered to be dishonest. Did that not change your perception and your willingness to follow him or her? That’s because there is something deep inside each of us that knows the heart of God beats for truth, and that our hearts should as well.

For some leaders, lying holds no temptation. But most of us find it easy to misuse the truth, to compromise the truth, to stretch the truth, or to speak the truth with the wrong motives and without love. The leadership style of Jesus reminds us that authentic leaders must always speak the truth, always live the truth, and always handle the truth with love.

When Jesus spoke the truth, some people were attracted, but many people were repelled. Once, when He spoke the truth, the crowds deserted Him (see John 6:66). He could have made Himself more popular by shading the truth or stretching the truth. But Jesus is the truth. He cannot deny the truth because He cannot deny Himself.

Are there certain situations where you find yourself bending the truth to please people? What do you think would happen if you opted for complete honesty instead? Ask God to forgive you where you’ve compromised and to give you the strength to speak the truth in love the next time around.

Prayer: Our Loving Heavenly Father, 
I admit that I have sometimes used lies to get ahead and get what I want. Forgive me of this treacherous sin. Guard my lips and my heart that I may not speak untruths. Renew my courage to speak as You would lead. 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

Being Sensitive to the Spirit - Tuesday's Dose - 23rd May 2017

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"Then the disciples understood that He had spoken to them about John the Baptist." - Matthew 17:13 NASB.

Thoughts for Today

Peter, James, and John had witnessed the transfiguration of Jesus. After this sacred moment, He told them not to tell anyone what had happened "until the Son of Man has risen from the dead" (v. 9).

In that moment on the mountain, these disciples had seen Jesus with Elijah. Perhaps inspired by this sight, they asked Him, "Why then do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?" Jesus described how "Elijah already came," but people didn't recognize him. Pondering His words, the disciples sensed that He was speaking about John the Baptist (vs. 10-13).

This occasion was part of a series of events that Jesus used to teach about being sensitive to the Spirit. After He had fed the 5,000, the disciples misunderstood His statement about leaven. Focused on the natural, they thought He simply was talking about bread.

Astonished by their lack of spiritual understanding, Jesus called them "men of little faith." He was amazed that they did "not yet understand or remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets full you picked up" (Matthew 16:5-9).

Later, Jesus asked them, "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?" They told Him what others had said. Then Jesus asked directly, "But who do you say that I am?" Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." Jesus responded, "Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven" (Matthew 16:13-17).

Peter demonstrated that he was gaining spiritual sensitivity, just as the response of Peter, James, and John after the transfiguration demonstrated that they were learning to listen with spiritual ears. But they still had much to learn!

Today, remember the importance of being sensitive to the Spirit. Ask God to help you hear what He's saying to you. Seek to walk in the Spirit, not in the flesh.

Prayer: "Our Loving Heavenly Father, 
Give me ears to hear Your voice. Open my eyes and mind to the deeper things of Your Word and Your Spirit. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, Amen."

Have a blessed Tuesday. and may God bless you!
Courtesy : Daily Dose Devotionals Team

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Matthew Slater shares how he almost walked away from football and the revelation that his life was bigger than the game.

What He has Done in the Past - Monday's Dose - 22nd May 2017

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“I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago” - (Psalm 77:11).

Thoughts for Today

When God miraculously brought His people out of slavery in Egypt, they quickly succumbed to ingratitude towards God. They grumbled and complained and murmured every time they faced a new challenge, instead of thanking God for His ever-present hand. Their attitude prevented them from entering the Promised Land for 40 years until that grumbling generation had died out in the wilderness.

After God’s people finally reached the Promised Land, God told them to create a monument as a reminder of His supernatural aid in crossing the Jordan River (see Joshua 4:1-3). Joshua carried out the Lord’s commands and explained to the men that this would “serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord.…These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever” (Joshua 4:6-7).

God wants to see prayers that are filled with genuine praise and thanksgiving for what He has done in the past. He wants our hearts to be filled with awe and gratitude for His blessings. He wants us to set up memorials in our hearts testifying to the provisions He has given us.

God does not want to be taken for granted. He does not want to be given our lists of wants without any true desire to know Him. We dishonor God when we relegate Him to the role of magic genie. God answers our prayers to strengthen our faith in Him, to help us trust in His Word, to glorify Himself, and to express His love for us.

Prayer: Our Loving Heavenly Father, 
Help me to be mindful to set up memorials in my heart that I would always remember the many blessings You have poured out on 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.
Source: Daily Dose Devotionals Team

Modern Age in the Last Days - Friday's Dose - 19th May 2017

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“You then ... be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus” - (2 Timothy 2:1).

Thoughts for Today

A few years ago, a newly elected politician proclaimed, “We are the children of the modern age!”

If this is true, a good question for us to ask is, “What has the modern age given us?” The answers that come to mind are disheartening: crack cocaine, satanic cults, instructions on safe sex, misdirected individuals who would rather save a spotted owl than an innocent baby inside a mother’s womb.

The modern age has given us a liberal media that paints Bible-believing Christians as right-wing zealots and fanatics. It has given us the institutional church, which has become so entwined with the radical left that it is difficult to distinguish between the church and the modern age!

Difficulties like these should not surprise us. Paul told Timothy that in the last days:

People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient ... ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control ... lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God; having a form of godliness but denying its power (2 Timothy 3:2-5).

Then he cautions us, “Have nothing to do with them” (2 Timothy 3:5). Despite what the world is doing, we can live in victory because we serve a mighty God who provides the wisdom we need for every situation.

Prayer: Our Loving Heavenly Father, 
When the winds of adversity blow hard against my life, help me to take shelter in you. I ask that when hardship and difficulty come that I would grow spiritually and that I would not compromise on Your Truth. Help me to be a witness for You. 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

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