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Praise Creates Joy and Thankfulness - Thursday's Dose - 26th November 2015

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Thursday's Dose - 26th November 2015

Praise Creates Joy and Thankfulness

Today's Scripture

“You are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the praise of Israel” - (Psalm 22:3).

Thoughts for Today

What is praise? It is adoration, thanksgiving, appreciation, and worship of our Lord and Savior. Praise flows from a relationship of love and devotion from us to the Lord. Praise brings us closer to Him. It changes us and helps us grow in our faith. Praise reminds us of who God is. A life filled with praise places us in a position to receive God’s blessings.

C.S. Lewis said:

Only in acts of worship and praise can a person learn to believe in the goodness and the greatness of God. God wants us to praise Him not because He needs or craves in any sense our flattery, but because He knows that praise creates joy and thankfulness.

Praise is not something that we do for God. Nor is it something that we do in order to get God’s approval so that He will grant our desires. When we praise God, we are changed—even if our circumstances are not. While God is present everywhere, all the time, He is present in a special way when His people praise Him.

Words are the expressions of our hearts. The Bible says, “Out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks” - (Matthew 12:34).

What happens to the person who continually complains about the problems and challenges of life?

If he only focuses on those things, he will lose sight of his eternal destiny. He may become pessimistic, even depressed. We all have tiring days, minor setbacks, and unexpected expenses. As believers, we can choose to find strength by praising God, or we may sink into despair.

Regardless of our problems or difficulties, when we praise God our focus shifts. We become aware, once again, of who He is and His love for us. Why wait? Praise God now and experience His power, which is capable of handling anything you might face.

Prayer: Our Loving Heavenly Father, You are so good, God. Your hope never disappoints (Romans 5:5). Thank you that, as I set my attention on who You are, You renew my mind and transform my heart. 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

Exercise Our Free Will and Praise God - Tuesday's Dose - 24th November 2015

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Tuesday's Dose - 24th November 2015

Exercise Our Free Will and Praise God

Today's Scripture

“As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord” - (Joshua 24:15).

Thoughts for Today

The world hassles us every day; I don’t have to tell you that. Our fears, anxieties, and hurts are very real. But if we focus only on these earthly problems, then very soon the spiritual realm becomes foggy and unreal. We lose sight of God and slide into pessimism and even depression. Life loses its joy and excitement. If we limit our thinking to this world alone, it will grind us down into the dust from which we were created.

No matter how difficult or unjust our circumstances become, we can exercise our free will and choose to praise God rather than ignore Him. Praise has a strong emotional dimension—as we see in the Psalms—but it is not driven by emotions. Praise is driven by our will. That is why we must never say, “I prefer to wait and praise God when I really feel like it.” We are to praise God in all situations, in both victory and defeat, when we are in need and when we are experiencing plenty.

In fact, the times when you do not feel like praising God are precisely the moments when it is most essential to do so. The next time you are discouraged, start praising God. When you feel defeated or unable to break loose from bad habits, start praising God. When your most treasured relationships seem to be falling apart, start praising God.

Why do I say this? Because praise is about what God desires us to do—it is not about the power of your circumstances. When you get your eyes off your immediate problem and put your focus on God, you redirect yourself toward what God will do for you, not what man has done to you. At that point, God can work in your life to produce real growth.

The truth for the believer is that this tangible, physical world is not the “real” world. The real world is our ultimate home—the heavenly, spiritual realm where God’s presence permeates the atmosphere. When we start to view our present life in light of this ultimate reality, things begin to change. Faith and hope take root and flourish; joy and peace grow in our hearts.

Prayer: Our Loving Heavenly Father, I choose to praise and serve You for the rest of my life on earth and for eternity, Lord. You are greater than my circumstances. Keep my eyes open to the spiritual realm so that Your presence becomes my reality. 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

The Holy Spirit Bears in Our Lives - Monday's Dose - 23rd November 2015

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Monday's Dose - 23rd November 2015

The Holy Spirit Bears in Our Lives

Today's Scripture

“If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing” - (John 15:5).

Thoughts for Today

If you have ever watched the harvesting of grapes, you know that two people usually work together. One person holds an open basket while the other cuts the grapes and lays the clusters into the container. As long as the basket carrier keeps the basket open and follows closely along with the cutter, her fruit basket will soon be filled to overflowing. But if she closes the basket or lags behind, she cannot receive the fruit.

In a similar way, as long as you walk closely with the Lord and keep your life open to receive the daily filling of the Holy Spirit, your life will be filled with the fruit of the Spirit. The fruit of the Spirit is character rather than conduct; it is being rather than doing. Many people mistakenly refer to the “fruits” of the Spirit. However, the fruit of the Spirit is a single fruit, not an assortment. It is the whole of God’s nature imparted to us and flowing out of us as evidence that the Spirit resides in us. God’s nature is not fragmented. We cannot receive just one aspect of His being. We bear all the fruit of the Spirit, not some fruit.

The apostle Paul summarized the composite nature of God’s character as “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness [meekness] and self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23). This also describes the fruit that the Holy Spirit bears in our lives.

We cannot talk ourselves into developing these character traits. We cannot study our way into them. They are the byproduct of our allowing the Spirit to do His work in us as we abide in the words of Christ Jesus, obey the commands of Christ, and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. Jesus commands us to stay connected to Him, to abide in Him, to rely upon Him, and to turn to Him when facing every decision. Abiding involves becoming so connected to Him that we no longer can tell where our will ends and His begins.

When we experience the moment-by-moment filling of God’s Spirit, we begin to bear the fruit of the Spirit. That’s when we start to manifest the outworking of the Holy Spirit’s presence. His work will transform our thoughts and emotions as well as our behavior toward others.

Will you ask the Lord today to keep you connected to the Vine? If you feel that your connection has been broken, ask Him to restore you and to make you fruitful today.

Prayer: Our Loving Heavenly Father, help me always to walk closely behind You so that I can manifest Your character through the fruit of Your Spirit. I want to abide always in You and have You abide in 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.
Courtesy : Daily Dose Devotionals Team

Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent - Thursday's Dose - 19th November 2015

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Thursday's Dose - 19th November 2015

Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent

Today's Scripture

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” - (John 8:12).

Thoughts for Today

The true spirituality that heals us is rooted in the fact that God is transcendent. He stands outside and apart from His creation. God is holy and just, and He is sovereign over all that He has created. He is the omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent One who loves us unconditionally and who desires fellowship with all humankind. But He relates to us on His terms, not on ours.

Therefore, we experience true spirituality only through God’s Spirit, who indwells a person as he or she responds in faith to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. This is the exact opposite of shadow spirituality, which contends that the “god within” merely needs to be awakened and coaxed into actualizing activities. When the superficial, feel-good emotions are stripped away, though, one quickly realizes that New Age thinking is not new at all. It is the oldest of all philosophies, dating back to the Garden of Eden, where the first man and woman thought they could be like God. Indeed, they sought to be God.

True spirituality shows us the tragic consequences of this path. All of us are born with a missing dimension caused by the sin of wanting to live independently of God. This sin separates us from Him. The only way to fill that void is through repentance of sin, faith in Jesus Christ, and the indwelling power of God’s Spirit. This is the spirituality that makes us whole.

It is only when God’s Spirit opens our blind spiritual eyes that we truly begin to understand ourselves and recognize our own darkness and moral corruption—in other words, our sinfulness. True spirituality helps us recognize that our desperate inner longing is not a need for independence, but rather a consuming need for dependence—dependence on the Savior.

Biblical spirituality leads us to know the light of the world, Jesus Christ, and makes it possible for us to experience wholeness of body, mind, and spirit in becoming like Him. This healing comes only as the Holy Spirit of God is invited to do His ongoing work of transformation in our lives. We are made whole when we reflect the “character-likeness” of Jesus Christ.

Will you ask the Lord to reveal to you the true answer to your inner longing, and to help you understand that your heart is made whole the moment you receive Jesus as the Savior of your soul? Will you ask God to help you walk in the light of His Son through all of life’s challenges that you are facing?

Prayer: Our Loving Heavenly Father, because of Your great love for me, You made me alive in Christ even when I was dead in my sin (Ephesians 2:5). Father, thank You for sending the light of the world, Jesus. 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

God Dwells in the Praises - Wednesday's Dose - 18th November 2015

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Wednesday's Dose - 18th November 2015

God Dwells in the Praises

Today's Scripture

“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

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