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Repent and Change - Tuesday's Dose - 25th November 2014

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Tuesday's Dose - 25th November 2014

Repent and Change

Today's Scripture

"In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying, `Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.'" Matthew 3:1-2 NASB.

Thoughts for Today

Repentance was so important that both John and Jesus began their ministry with the same message: "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand" (Matthew 3:2, 4:17). Repentance also was central to the disciples' ministry, as they "went out and preached that men should repent" (Mark 6:12). Then, on the Day of Pentecost, Peter brought the same message…that his listeners should "repent" (Acts 2:38).

This emphasis on repentance is not accidental. Clearly, the Kingdom of Heaven opens after we "repent." The Greek word here means to change our mind, to think differently. Jesus, John, and the early disciples agreed that we cannot be transformed by the Gospel unless we're willing to change—unless we repent.

To enter God's Kingdom, we cannot continue as we have in the past. There needs to be a decisive, definitive change. This is not hazy hope or wishful
thinking—we must genuinely be willing to go in a new direction.

Without repentance, we will continue to focus on ourselves. Repentance helps us recognize our inadequacy, the weakness of our flesh, and our need for God. Without repentance, we're blinded by our own pride and prejudice, and we continue to be self-centered.

But as we repent and change, we understand more about God and His Kingdom. We experience more of the fullness of His blessings. We begin to flow more freely in the Spirit. We think His thoughts and are more in tune with His voice. We hunger to know His Word. Others around us may seek the temporary pleasures and treasures of this world, but we find unparalleled joy in serving Jesus and surrendering our lives to Him as our Lord and Savior.

Today, remember the message of repentance. Seek to stay humble and clean before God.

Prayer: Our Loving Heavenly Father, It's my desire to be clean in Your sight. Search my heart. Convict me of anything that displeases You. Help me to think Your thoughts and be pleasing to 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.
Courtesy : Daily Dose Devotionals Team

Prayer Can Move Mountains - Monday's Dose - 24th November 2014

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Monday's Dose - 24th November 2014

Prayer Can Move Mountains

Today's Scripture

"When they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness." - Acts 4:31 NASB.

Thoughts for Today

How did the ministry of Charles Finney bring revival throughout the United States in the 19th century? Finney believed that the most important ingredient he brought was prayer.

He focused on prayer wherever he went. In the fall of 1825, for example, he told a woman "in feeble health" in Oneida County, New York, to "kept praying more and more" until there was a breakthrough in her spirit. After intense prayer, she proclaimed, "God has come!" A revival broke out, and many lives were changed.

Finney learned about the power of prayer from his own personal experience. As soon as he arrived in a town, he would seek to find people who were dedicated to prayer. He knew that there could be no breakthroughs without prayer.

We see this principle in action after Finney arrived in Antwerp, New York. It
was a place where few people had shown any interest in the things of God. But the evangelist still sought out praying people. All that could be identified
were "two or three women in humble circumstances." But Finney knew that this was all he needed. They started praying, and revival broke out.

These events parallel the experience of the early church. Their prayer meetings could be so powerful that the very room would shake. The Holy Spirit would fall, and all who were present would begin "to speak the word of God with boldness."

God desires people to seek Him through dedicated, committed prayer. Our prayers can be powerful! One person, praying diligently, can change the course of nations. Two or three gathered together can move mountains. And whole congregations praying together can bring revival.

Today, remember that powerful things can happen when you pray.

Prayer: Our Loving Heavenly Father, give me a spirit of prayer. May Your Spirit move upon my family, my church, my community, and my nation. Pour Your Spirit upon us. 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

Pleased With Jesus - Sunday's Dose - 23rd November 2014

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Sunday's Dose - 23rd November 2014

Pleased With Jesus

Today's Scripture

"In those days Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. Immediately coming up out of the water, He saw the heavens opening, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon Him; and a voice came out of the heavens: `You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased.'" - Mark 1:9-11 NASB.

Thoughts for Today

After Jesus' baptism, the Father declared that He was "well-pleased" with His Son. It's interesting that He declared this conclusion before Jesus' ministry had begun. Jesus hadn't preached a sermon or healed the sick. He hadn't called any disciples or cast out any demons. Why would the Father be so "pleased" at this particular time?

First, He was pleased with Jesus' obedience. He had been faithful to follow the leading of the Father and had been sensitive to His timing. The Father also was pleased with Jesus' character—how He had received favor with His family and with others in the community (Luke 2:52).

In the process, Jesus provided an example for each of us. If we want the Father to be well-pleased with us, we need to focus on being obedient. We should know God's Word and obey it. We need to be aware of the leading of the Holy Spirit and ready to follow Him.

We also must be faithful to complete the assignments we've been given, sensitive to the Father's timing and aware that "there is an appointed time for everything" (Ecclesiastes 3:1).

We need to demonstrate that we're concerned about God's Kingdom, eager to know Him better, and quick to listen to Him and do His will. We should seek to be people of character, who demonstrate spiritual maturity. We should strive to be good examples to others, faithful in our relationships. And we need to demonstrate humility and a Christ-like attitude in everything we do.

Today, learn from the example of Jesus. Make it your goal to be well-pleasing to the Father.

Prayer: Our Loving Heavenly Father, my desire is to please You. May my life bring You honor and glory. Help me to fulfill Your call on 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 and God Bless you.
Courtesy : Daily Dose Devotionals Team

Overcome The Temptation - Saturday's Dose - 22nd November 2014

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Saturday's Dose - 22nd November 2014

Overcome The Temptation

Today's Scripture

"Immediately the Spirit impelled Him to go out into the wilderness. And He was in the wilderness forty days being tempted by Satan; and He was with the wild beasts, and the angels were ministering to Him." - Mark 1:12-13 NASB.

Thoughts for Today

Jesus had been baptized. The Father had declared that He was pleased with His Son. We might think the stage had been fully set for Jesus' ministry to begin, with everything in place. Yet there was one additional step: Jesus needed to face temptation.

Yes, even though He was the Son of God, Jesus was "impelled" by the Spirit to go into the wilderness, where, alone, He would be "tempted by Satan." He would be forced to deal with many critical pressures—the pressure to conform; pressure to misuse His power, privileges, and authority; pressure to seek personal fame and fortune; pressure to compromise; pressure to yield to satanic influence; and pressure to abandon His mission.

How would Jesus respond when He was pushed to His physical and emotional limits? What would He do when there was no one else to lean upon, when no one else could see what He was doing?

Only when Jesus emerged from this time of testing and temptation did His ministry begin. And when He emerged triumphant, He was illustrating a pattern that would be true for all of His followers. For if the Son of God needed to go through testing and temptation, it's logical that His followers would face this as well.

In our flesh, we may feel that these moments are unnecessary. But, in fact, real ministry only is possible after we've been tested…after we've been proven…after we've faced temptation…after we've had real experience…after our character has been refined and deepened…after we're toughened and ready for battle…and after we've matured spiritually and can stand against the "schemes of the devil" -(Ephesians 6:11).

So if you're going through tough times today, don't despair. God is preparing you for service!

Prayer: Our Loving Heavenly Father, thank You that You are with me in every situation. Thank You for power over the enemy. Thank You for helping me to stand in the face of temptation. I trust You. 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

Follow Him Unconditionally - Friday's Dose - 21st November 2014

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Friday's Dose - 21st November 2014

Follow Him Unconditionally

Today's Scripture


"Immediately He called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants, and went away to follow Him." - Mark 1:20 NASB.

Thoughts for Today

James and John made a decisive commitment. When Jesus called them, they immediately left everything to follow Him. They were making an enormous decision, since they were skilled fishermen and sons of fishermen, part of a family business. Being fishermen, for them, was an obligation, the way they supported their family, how they demonstrated loyalty and respect.

This must have made their decision to follow Jesus even more controversial. Can we imagine the agony this caused? The divisions and criticism?

Even after they were following Jesus, these thoughts must have remained in their minds. We see this kind of issue when a man asked Jesus how to inherit eternal life. He was told to sell his possessions and "give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me." But the man had higher priorities and was not willing to leave his possessions.

In contrast, Peter reminded Jesus that His disciples had "left everything and followed You." Clearly in reference to the sacrifices made by the disciples, Jesus explained that all who left anything "for My sake and for the gospel's sake" would "receive a hundred times as much now in the present age" (Mark 10:17-31).

We see the same kind of choice being presented to another man who had been following Jesus. However, this man had qualifications, and asked, "Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father." Jesus knew that the man needed to make a choice: Was he truly going to follow Him unconditionally, or set qualifications and limitations on his commitment? Not interested in a halfhearted follower, Jesus told this man, "Follow Me, and allow the dead to bury their own dead"-(Matthew 8:21-22).

Although the Bible makes clear that family is important to God, we must realize that we only can have one highest priority. That priority is to follow Jesus. Nothing is more important.

Prayer: Our Loving Heavenly Father, I commit my life to You. It is my desire to be Your disciple. Lead me and guide me. Use me to impact lives for Your Kingdom. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, Amen."

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

 
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