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Godly Perspective - Thursday's Dose - 5th March 2015

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Thursday's Dose - 5th March 2015

Godly Perspective

Today's Scripture

“Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long” - (Psalm 25:5).

Thoughts for Today

As we face discouraging events in our lives, the danger of self-pity lurks. Self-pity can quickly become a source of deadly comfort. The gloomy clouds hanging over our lives should never be permitted to remain, especially in light of God's hope and truth.

To press through disappointment, one must be careful not to linger long in a place of discouragement. While each of us will face times of discouragement, we must also realize that discouragement has the ability to rob us of our godly perspective.

As David entered into a place of discouragement, he found himself grasping for hope. He needed to gain the right perspective on his situation, but it was difficult. No matter how hopeless or how discouraging our situations might be, God has the ability to bring eternal hope and peace to our lives when we need them the most.

Discouragement wars against the very trait that faith and hope in God brings—courage. In order to stand up to the trials and tribulations of a fallen world, we must turn to God for courage and make a commitment to stand strong in our faith through Jesus Christ.

God's best for your life does not include remaining in a place devoid of hope, faith, and courage. Therefore, when facing discouragement, turn to God. He will bring the hope and courage you need to live victoriously over life's hardships.

Prayer: Our Loving Heavenly Father, give me the right perspective in every situation so that I can go through each one trusting You for wisdom to live a godly life. 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

Total Commitment to Obedience - Wednesday's Dose - 4th March 2015

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Wednesday's Dose -  4th March 2015

Total Commitment to Obedience

Today's Scripture

“Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you” - (Psalm 9:10).

Thoughts for Today

In fervently seeking God's will for our lives, there are moments when we clearly hear God's voice. Unfortunately, there are also moments when we do not wait around to let Him finish His sentence. We may hear what God is saying, but we do not listen to every part of His direction for us. Following God completely means there must be a total commitment to obedience—no matter how long it takes.

Hailed as a hero in the realm of faith, Abraham had his moments of weakness that proved to be costly. Even though he heard God's promise that his offspring would be innumerable, Abraham struggled to wait; mistakenly supposing that maybe God meant his offspring would come through his maidservant, Hagar.

God fulfilled His promise to Abraham; Sarah had a child. Even when we make mistakes, God still sticks by His Word—He never fails us. However, we must be ever diligent to prove faithful to what God calls us to do in our lives. God does not choose to make us wait because He enjoys making us suffer; we wait because His timing is always the best for us.

Oftentimes, we don't see how disaster was averted by waiting on God. Or we might know all too well how our impatience resulted in a costly lesson. Waiting on God's best for our lives proves we believe Him. It demonstrates our faith in who He is and what He says about our lives. Learning to wait on His perfect timing results in even greater joy when His promises are fully realized in our lives.

Prayer: Our Loving Heavenly Father, forgive me for the times I have been impatient and have made costly mistakes. Please teach me to have patience in following You today. 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

How do You Respond to Criticism - Tuesday's Dose - 3rd March 2015

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Tuesday's Dose - 3rd March 2015

How do You Respond to Criticism

Today's Scripture

“’Has the Lord spoken only through Moses?’ they asked. ‘Hasn't he also spoken through us?’" -(Numbers 12:2).

Thoughts for Today

How did Moses respond to the criticism of Aaron and Miriam? He exhibited a forgiving spirit. He could have lashed out and said things that would have been justified. He could have accused them of hypocrisy. He could have defended himself.

Sometimes it is necessary to defend ourselves, but in this case Moses did not. He remembered that Miriam was part of God's plan in saving him from a watery grave as a child. He did not forget that Miriam sang the song of praise after they crossed the Red Sea. He thought of Aaron standing with him against Pharaoh.

Do you know the reason why people try to tear someone else down? To build themselves up. If we remember that God has a purpose and a plan for each of us, then we do not need to be negative and critical toward others. In His eyes we are all equal.

Not only does God choose to use us for His purpose, He also stands between us and those who would seek to slander and harm us. While it may seem like a long time before God acts, He will.

How do you respond to criticism born out of jealousy and envy? Pray for opportunities to minister to the person. Instead of being glad Miriam was punished with leprosy, Moses cried out to God to heal her. God responded to Moses's prayer even though He did not heal Miriam instantly. God taught Israel that you could not make false accusations without consequences.

Are you a critical person? Or are you suffering from unjust criticism? Take your requests to the Lord today. Let Him deal with the one criticizing you, or your own critical spirit.

Prayer: Our Loving Heavenly Father, I pray you will search my heart and see if there is any offensive way within me. Where I have been critical, please forgive me and cleanse me of all unrighteousness. Help me to forgive and pray for those who are critical of me—understanding how I am one who also stands forgiven. 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

Focus Your Eyes On Christ - Monday's Dose - 2nd March 2015

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Monday's Dose - 2nd March 2015

Focus Your Eyes On Christ

Today's Scripture

“Miriam and Aaron began to talk against Moses because of his Cushite wife, for he had married a Cushite” - (Numbers 12:1).

Thoughts for Today

Have you ever worked as diligently as you know how, only to have somebody criticize you for something irrelevant to what you have accomplished? People who are critical often focus on unimportant things. They are motivated by envy and jealousy. Miriam and Aaron were jealous of their brother, Moses. They were envious of his godly anointing and the leadership role he had among God's chosen people. However, instead of expressing their true feelings, they criticized Moses for marrying a non-Israelite.

Personal criticism, even when justified, is painful. Unjust and irrelevant criticism hurts deeply, especially when it comes from someone you love and trust. The criticism Moses was getting from his siblings was unjustified. Moses had interceded for them to the Lord for their idolatry, immorality, and continual murmuring. Miriam and Aaron knew that Moses was not motivated by personal gain. Numbers 12:3 states, "Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth."

Often, people strike out at someone whom they perceive is more important, more successful, or more popular than they. Even Jesus suffered the pain of criticism and misunderstanding. The chief priests and elders questioned His authority over the things of God - (Luke 20:1-2).

Maybe you are experiencing unjust criticism. Are you quietly doing what the Lord has called you to do, but keep getting ridiculed from those who know you best? Don’t despair or give in.

The Lord knows. He will be your source of strength and determination. Allow Him to take care of criticism and the critics by keeping your eyes focused on Christ.

Prayer:Our Loving Heavenly Father, please forgive me for the times I have unjustly criticized those I have envied. Thank you for your grace, mercy and forgiveness. As I move forward in Your will to fulfill Your plans for my life, help me to stay focused on You and not the critics in my life. 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

Lifting Up One Another - Sunday's Dose - 1st March 2015

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Sunday's Dose - 1st March 2015

Lifting Up One Another

Today's Scripture

“Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men; to the king, as the supreme authority” - (1 Peter 2:13).

Thoughts for Today

Our society has slyly attached negative connotations to the word submission. Instead of finding joy in serving others, our minds often run to thoughts of service under a ruthless taskmaster.

However, when the Apostle Paul wrote about wives submitting to their spouses, he was giving an edict of love and not a directive for one to control the other. In fact, he was issuing an invitation for husbands and wives to pursue godliness in lifting up one another. This principle applies to all of us.

Dawson Trotman, founder of the world-wide discipleship ministry called The Navigators, was a man who truly modeled his life after the Lord Jesus Christ. He died in Schroonlake, New York, of, all things, drowning—for Trotman was an experienced swimmer.

A speedboat accident left two women in serious trouble. During Trotman's last few moments in the water, he saved both of them. He lifted the first one out and then swam toward the other one, grabbed her, and lifted her up before he submerged and drowned. The next week, TIME Magazine ran an article on Trotman's life. The caption that ran beneath his name read, "Always holding somebody up." In one phrase, that was Trotman's life—holding people up.

Perhaps this is what the Apostle Paul was writing about when he instructed husbands and wives to love one another and be willing to sacrifice for each other. Submission can be a difficult task but with God's direction, you will reach your goal.

Prayer: Our Loving Heavenly Father, help me to uphold those around me in this day. 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

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