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Lonely and Desolate Place - Thursday Dose - 27th April 2017

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"Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed." - Mark 1:35 NKJV.

Thoughts for Today

To Jesus, it was critical to find time to be alone with the Father. He made this a priority.

He often prayed in the morning. In fact, the Greek words here suggest that He prayed a long time before daylight. We can picture the moment: Jesus was alone, in the dark, while others were asleep. Before others would demand His time, He was praying, talking with the Father.

Where did He go? To a lonely, desolate place. Why? Because He wanted to be away from people, noise, and all the activities of normal life. He looked for a place where He truly could be alone to pray.

How easily we can allow prayer to become a secondary priority. We can pray just when it's convenient for us or when it fits into our schedule. We can pray only in places where we conduct our daily activities, even when such places are filled with distractions.

But if we truly want to hear from God and draw closer to Him, we should follow the example provided by Jesus. We need to find a time when we will not be interrupted, when there is an opportunity to hear from God and spend quality time in fellowship with Him. And we need to find a place to pray where we can be free from the congestion and noise of the world.

Today, remember that God longs to spend time with you. He is ready to speak to you, teach you His Word, give you understanding and wisdom, fill you with His power, and bless you with greater resources. He wants to help solve your problems and relieve your burdens.

Make it a priority to seek God in places and at times when your mind and heart are free from distractions. Concentrate on Him, and let Him speak to you. Find a "solitary place"!

Prayer: Our Loving Heavenly Father, 
I long to be alone with You and hear Your voice. Help me to be more sensitive to Your voice. Lead me by Your Spirit. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, Amen."

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

Our Citizenship is in Heaven - Wednesday's Dose - 26th April 2017

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“Our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.” - Philippians 3:20-21 NASB.

Thoughts for Today

Sometime in the early 2nd century AD, an unknown person wrote a letter to an influential pagan named Diognetus. This person had been investigating Christians, and he reported his observations.

The writer noted that Christians “are indistinguishable from other men either by nationality, language or customs. They do not inhabit separate cities of their own, or speak a strange dialect, or follow some outlandish way of life.”

Yet he observed that these Christians were different: “There is something extraordinary about their lives.” For one thing, “their teaching is not based upon reveries inspired by the curiosity of men” and not based on “purely human doctrine.”

They may “play their full role as citizens,” but “they live in their own countries as though they were only passing through.” For them, “any country can be their homeland.” He recognized that “they are citizens of Heaven,” and their homeland “is a foreign country.” Even though “they live in the flesh,” he commented that “they are not governed by the desires of the flesh.”

Through his investigation, this writer had identified a central fact of the Christian life. The Bible tells us that “our citizenship is in heaven.” Our focus needs to be on heavenly things and on serving God.

Today, remember that you are a citizen of Heaven and that your first loyalty is to God’s Kingdom. Don’t become anxious about the things of this world. Rather, live in such a way that others will see that there is something different about your life. Commit your time, talent, and treasure to God, and allow Him to help you change the world.

Prayer : Our Loving Heavenly Father, 
I realize that my citizenship is in Heaven. Forgive me for focusing on the things of this world. I seek to serve You. Use me to win others for the Gospel. 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

Ignoring God and His Word - Tuesday's Dose - 25th April 2017

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“Then your heart will become proud and you will forget the LORD your God who brought you out from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.” Deuteronomy 8:14 NASB.

Thoughts for Today

It was a moment few believed ever would happen. For centuries, Rome had dominated the Western world. They had faced adversity, but always emerged victorious. They seemed to have the best of everything.

But gradually Rome became complacent, weak, and vulnerable. Finally, on this day in 476 AD, the Germanic Heruli tribe marched into Rome, where they were met with little resistance. The few Roman troops that remained in the city fled at the sight of these “barbarians.” The emperor already had gone into exile. Although Rome would adapt and remain influential in other ways, this effectively marked the end of the Roman Empire.

Throughout time, other nations have achieved a comparable level of dominance. They have become proud and defiant, with powerful armies and seemingly unlimited advantages. In business, massive corporations have appeared to be invincible. Champions in many arenas have seemed unchallengeable.

But history shows that nothing on this earth lasts forever. Eventually the mighty fall, one after the other.

The Bible is filled with warnings related to this pattern. God knows how easily we can be tempted by worldly power, how we can be intimidated by people and organizations that seem dominant, how we can be corrupted by pride and even forget God.

The Israelites were warned about the consequences of forgetting the Lord and depending on themselves. Sadly, history is filled with the accounts of peoples and nations that have been guilty of this kind of pride and complacency. We can see the tragic results of ignoring God and His Word, and of taking His blessings for granted.

Today, humble yourself before God. Remember all that He has done for you. Commit your life to Him. Also pray for your country and its leaders. Pray for revival.

Prayer : Our Loving Heavenly Father, 
Forgive me for taking You for granted. I desire to base my life on Your Word. I trust in You. Help 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 Tuesday and God Bless you.
Courtesy : Daily Dose Devotionals Team

Teach Me to Rest in the Promises - Monday's Dose - 24th April 2017

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“My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life” - (Psalm 119:50).

Thoughts for Today

Not long after settling down, Abraham left the famine-stricken Canaan for Egypt. He tried to take control of the situation and provide for his family, instead of resting in the promises that God had given him.

Abraham’s welfare was in God’s hands, but Abraham failed to acknowledge it. When Abraham arrived in Egypt, he got himself into even more trouble by lying to Pharaoh - (see Genesis 12:10-20).

How many times have we made a bigger mess of things by trying to “fix” God’s plan? When we put our whole trust in God and allow Him to direct our paths, we won’t need to devise our own schemes. God doesn’t need our help to fulfill His promises or His plans. He wants only our unconditional and unwavering obedience to Him.

Is there anything you are holding back? Have you become frustrated with God’s plan and are trying to create your own remedy? Confess to God how you have allowed disobedience to disrupt your fellowship with Him.

Prayer : Our Loving Heavenly Father, teach me to rest in the promises You have given me and to trust Your plans for me life. Forgive me for trying to take control of things instead of trusting what You have told 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

Lifting Up One Another - Sunday's Dose - 23rd April 2017

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“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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