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God Dwells in the Praises - Wednesday's Dose - 26th July 2017

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“My heart says of you, ‘Seek his face!’ Your face, Lord, I will seek” - (Psalm 27:8).

Thoughts for Today

Through praise we experience more fully God’s presence, both within us and at work all around us. The Scriptures tell us that God dwells in the praises of His people. He is the holy God “that inhabits the praises of Israel” (Psalm 22:3). The image painted by the psalmist is that God sits down and takes delight in the praises offered to His name. God pitches His tent wherever His name is exalted. He camps out with those who acknowledge, glorify, and desire His presence.

If you are struggling with pain, sickness, or loss and are desperate for a sense of God’s nearness, then start praising His holy name. As my wife and I recoiled at the surgeon’s word cancer, we clung to God in praise of His love, His protection, and His faithfulness. We needed Him to set up camp amid our weakness and fear and suffering. And He did!

The simple fact of God’s presence is this: Wherever God dwells, God rules. He is our authority. When we invite God to dwell in us, He reigns over our hearts. When we invite God to dwell in our marriages and our family relationships, God reigns over those relationships. When we invite God to exert His will and presence in our business, He reigns over our business.

Praise is our foremost means of inviting God to take up His residence with us and to establish His presence, authority, and purpose in every area of our lives. As we praise our Lord, we enjoy the warmest, deepest form of fellowship with our heavenly Father. No matter what you are facing, I encourage you to praise Him now.

Prayer: Our Loving Heavenly Father, 
Thank You for making my heart Your home and dwelling within me. Come and reign over my heart, my mind, my relationships, and my work. I hunger and thirst for more communion with You. May my thoughts, words, and actions release the fragrance of Christ to the world. 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

O Lord GOD, Who am I? - Tuesday's Dose - 25th July 2017

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"David said to Saul, `Who am I, and what is my life or my father's family in Israel, that I should be the king's son-in-law?'" - 1 Samuel 18:18 NASB.

Thoughts for Today

David had become a hero. Although just a shepherd boy, he had defeated the mighty giant, Goliath, and immediately led Israel's army into battle.

But as the people continued to praise David, King Saul became jealous and afraid. He developed an insidious plan: He would have David marry his daughter, Merab, secretly hoping that the Philistines would eliminate his young rival.

But, while Saul plotted, David became overwhelmed with the amazing transformation that had taken place. Reflecting on God's blessings, David felt humbled. However, Saul took David's reaction as an indication that he didn't feel worthy to have Merab as his wife, so he gave her to another man.

Eventually, the conflict between Saul and David led to civil war, with David emerging as victor. Considering all that God had done for him, David felt that he should build a "house" for God (2 Samuel 7:1-2). Instead, God told him it would be his son who would build Him a house.

God reminded David of his origins: He had taken David "from the pasture, from following the sheep, to be ruler over My people Israel." He had given him victory over his enemies and promised, "I will make you a great name" - (2 Samuel 7:8-9). Once again, David was overwhelmed. He reacted, "Who am I, O Lord GOD, and what is my house, that You have brought me this far?" - (2 Samuel 7:18).

The Bible is honest to report David's mistakes. But what set him apart was his attitude—his humility. Clearly, David had a heart that pleased God.

Today, don't take the blessings of God for granted. Pause, and reflect on all that He has done for you. No matter what you've accomplished or what awards you might have received, remember that everything is the result of His blessing. May your heart overflow with gratitude.

Prayer: Our Loving Heavenly Father, 
Thank You for all that You've done for me. I worship and praise You. I offer myself as a living sacrifice, dedicated to serving You. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, Amen."

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

God Remains Faithful - Monday's Dose - 24th July 2017

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“I will praise you among the nations, O Lord; I will sing praises to your name” - (Psalm 18:49).

Thoughts for Today

During a mid-week prayer meeting, an elderly man prayed, “Lord, we will praise You with our two eyes, by looking only to You. We will exalt You with our two ears by listening only to Your voice. We will praise You with our two hands by working in Your service. We will honor You with our own feet by walking in the way of Your statutes. We will magnify You with our tongues by bearing testimony to Your loving kindness. We will worship You with our hearts by loving only You. We thank You for Your faithfulness that never wavers or ceases to be a blessing to us.”

Praise always exalts God. And if we take time to think about it, praise should be a full-time job. However, there may be times when you wonder, “How can I praise God for sorrow and disappointment?” One way we do this is by setting our minds and hearts on God’s grace and mercy. Even in times of deep sorrow and frustration, God remains faithful. He has a plan for our lives, and He will accomplish it.

David was the anointed king of Israel, yet for years he was forced to live life on the run from King Saul. From a human perspective, it seemed David had very little, if anything, to praise God for. However, he did just that. He wrote a wonderful testimony of praise to God:

I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies (Psalm 18:1-3).

When you lift your voice to God with words of praise, you declare His goodness and faithfulness to an unbelieving world. Therefore, praise the Lord with all your heart!

Prayer: Our Loving Heavenly Father, 

I want a heart of unending praise, because that is what You are worthy of. Thank You that Your Holy Spirit in me is always praising You; help me to tune my heart to His voice. 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

Unconditional Love - Sunday's Dose - 23rd July 2017

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“I tell you the truth, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven” - (John 6:32).

Thoughts for Today

Jesus offered all of us a sure way to experience peace, contentment, and complete satisfaction. In John, He tells us:

“I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty. All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away” (John 6:35, 37).

Jesus embraces us with an unconditional love; one that will never cease. Just when we think that there is no hope, no understanding, and no way out of our predicament, our loving Lord speaks words of affirmation and encouragement to our hearts.

In times of extreme difficulty, it is important to trust Him and to not faint with weariness. Remember that whatever He does concerning our lives will end up being for our good and for His praise and glory. Are you fit for the battle? Are you partaking of the true Bread of Life, the One who will sustain you through times of victory and disappointment?

If you are eating from the bowl of the world’s expectations and dreams, then you will be soundly disappointed, and you will most likely experience defeat in your spiritual and emotional life. You can spend your lifetime trying to gain wealth and prominence, but no amount of money is sufficient enough to purchase the gift that God offers you through the life of His Son.

If you want to be sure of your eternal salvation, then take and eat of God’s beloved manna. There is not a man or a woman on earth who can satisfy your needs. Only Jesus can.

Prayer: Our Loving Heavenly Father, 
Please give me eyes to see the true peace and nourishment offered in Jesus Christ. Protect me from the temptations of this world—those that seem to satisfy for a moment, but leave me spiritually starving. 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

Faith that God Requires - Saturday's Dose - 22nd July 2017

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“For the LORD loves the just and will not forsake his faithful ones” - (Psalm 37:28).

Thoughts for Today

Many times when we hear the word journey, we imagine time spent along broad vistas with restful pastures. The word even sounds poetic.

But in reality, the journey of faith that God requires us to take through this life can lead up steep, emotional mountain grades; out across vast, lonely plains; and, without warning, down into dark valleys, where we face some of our greatest challenges.

Through it all, however, we can have a tremendous sense of hope and determination because our faith is founded in an unshakable God who is not frustrated by the rise and fall of the world’s economy. Nor is He alarmed by daily news reports or changed in any way by the shifting of governmental powers.

He is the same yesterday, today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8) He is faithful and true, and we can be sure of this: God is just as concerned about your needs as He is about the nations of this world. No request is too small for Him and no problem too great for Him to solve.

When we are tempted to feel hopeless, He comes to us as our strong and mighty advocate, proclaiming His care and plan for our lives. - (1 John 2:1).

Prayer: Our Loving Heavenly Father, 
This journey of faith has taken me through some challenging struggles. Thank You for the reminder today that You are faithful and that You care about my every need. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer.Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, Amen."

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

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