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God's Heart of LOVE - Friday's Dose - 19th December 2014

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Friday's Dose - 19th December 2014

God's Heart of LOVE

Today's Scripture

“By the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them -- yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me” - (1 Corinthians 15:10).

Thoughts for Today

There is something contagious about a heart of love. People who are selfless with their love can make giant waves in this world where those who cling to selfish desires cause only ripples. In fact, those who have hearts of love view the people around them as being most important. A heart that bears the marks of God's intimate love is not a selfish heart.

When we look directly into God's heart of love, we are transformed forever. The selfish desires that once dominated our heart's landscapes vanish in an instant, replaced by a desire to lavish love on others.

As God begins to transform our hearts through His grace and kindness, we become vessels willing to reciprocate this type of love. Something happens inside of us. We begin to realize the twofold effect of loving God and loving others -- not just friends and family, but others who cross our paths every day.

Hardened hearts begin to melt beneath the warmth of Christ's love overflowing from our lives. People who we never thought would let the name of Jesus roll off their lips suddenly praise Him because we have taken the time to love them the way God has commanded us to love. Once we learn how to abide in His love, our feelings of jealousy, greed, and anger die a quick death.

A true champion extends grace and kindness because he knows the transformation that has taken place in his own heart, and he realizes those who receive God's love and grace have no other course of action but to give God's love away.

Prayer: Our Loving Heavenly Father, help me to be a conduit of love through which You flow. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, Amen."

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

Prayer is a Two-Way Communication - Thursday's Dose - 18th December 2014

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Thursday's Dose - 18th December 2014

Prayer is a Two-Way Communication

Today's Scripture

“The Lord detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but the prayer of the upright pleases him” - (Proverbs 15:8).

Thoughts for Today

Have you ever known someone who would call you on the telephone, talk what seemed like a thousand words a minute, and then, when he finished telling you what he needed to say, would hang up? Even before you had a chance to say a word, you heard a click.

Sadly, this is how many people treat God. They don’t stay on the line long enough to hear from Him. They pray to Him in a flurry of words, expressing needs and desires, but they miss the most important part of prayer: worship and listening for God’s still, small voice.

Prayer is a two-way form of communication. One of the reasons many avoid spending silent time in prayer is because they are afraid to hear what God has to say to them. They are sure that if they listen, He will say something that they don’t want to hear.

Someone has called American Christianity “decaffeinated Christianity.” If you think about it, decaffeinated Christianity won’t keep you awake at night. It won’t disturb you. It won’t motivate you, and it certainly won’t change you!

God is a gentleman. He will never force you to listen for His voice. He will never coerce you into meditating on His Word or taking time to pray. However, He will continue to draw you to Himself. Sometimes this is pleasant; other times it is not.

Allowing us to experience disappointment and frustration is one of the ways God gets our attention. If you feel as though you have been running away from God and prayer, ask yourself, “Isn’t it time I stop running and avoiding the Lord?” Great things come to us when we stop rushing and begin seeking God with a humble, obedient heart.

Prayer: Our Loving Heavenly Father, please forgive me for rushing through prayer and not stopping to hear Your voice. I pray You would help calm my mind and heart to hear You each day. 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

Importance of Contentment - Wednesday's Dose - 17th December 2014

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Wednesday's Dose - 17th December 2014

Importance of Contentment

Today's Scripture

“Godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment. For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either.” - 1 Timothy 6:6-7 NASB.

Thoughts for Today

On this date in 1893, the New York Stock Market crashed. The impact was dramatic, resulting in more than three years of deep economic depression. By the end of that first year, 600 banks and 74 railroads had gone out of business. Thousands of people lost their jobs. Many roamed the streets, seeking work.

In our time, the world has seen its share of economic turmoil. Many people live in fear of crashes, worried about volatile markets and ever-changing political conditions. The fact is that those who place their hope in this world have much to fear. But Christians have an insurance policy against changing financial trends: investing in the Kingdom of God.

Some think that riches provide the best insurance policy. However, Paul warned that pursuing worldly wealth can lead to temptation and snares. This pursuit can foster harmful desires which lead to ruin.

Paul explained that money itself was not the problem, but rather “the love of money.” This was “a root of all sorts of evil.” In fact, he said, some who longed for money “have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs” (v. 10).

In contrast, Paul stressed the importance of contentment. He wrote that “godliness with contentment is great gain” (NIV). He wanted us to think about all that God has provided and promised, realizing that, “if we have food and covering, with these we shall be content” (v. 8).

The Bible tells us that God doesn’t want us to fear financial difficulties. This means you! Start by asking God to help you be content with what He’s given you. Be sure to seek first His Kingdom, confident that He will take care of you. Invest in His Kingdom!

Prayer : Our Loving Heavenly Father, help me to put my faith in You. I want to invest my time and resources in Your Kingdom. Help me to be content and to trust You for what I need. 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

Jesus -The I Am - Tuesday's Dose - 16th December 2014

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Tuesday's Dose - 16th December 2014

Jesus -The I Am

Today's Scripture

"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" - (John 6:35).

Thoughts for Today

Today, more than ever, believers have a responsibility to know what they believe and why they believe it. They are being called to sort through subtle deception, which often comes under the guise of Christianity.

In this day of half-truths, it is important to know what Jesus had to say about Himself. When we focus on the truth God provides through His Word, we will be well-equipped to discern the lies of the world. Whatever need you have, the "I Am" sayings of Jesus will encourage your heart.

In John 6, He says, "I am the bread of life." In John 8, He says, "I am the light of the world." In John 10, He says, "I am the door." In John 11, He tells us that He is "the resurrection and the life." In John 14, He says He is the "the way and the truth and the life," and in John 15, He says He is "the true vine."

In each of these statements, Jesus reveals something that we need to know about His character. His words to us also reveal certain truths we need for personal spiritual growth. We will go more in-depth with each of these sayings over the next few days.

Do you have a heart that longs to know God? Jesus is the One who will meet your need. Do you struggle with disappointment and frustration? The presence of Christ in your life will fill you up to overflowing with contentment and hope.

Whatever your need, turn it over to Jesus. You will be amazed by His ability to feed and to provide for you.

Prayer: Our Loving Heavenly Father, please fill me with the Truth of Your Word. May I know Jesus better with each passing day and may I share His Truth with others. 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, Three Basic Consideration - Monday's Dose - 15th December 2014

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Monday's Dose - 15th December 2014

Prayer, Three Basic Consideration

Today's Scripture

“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” - (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).

Thoughts for Today

A sign posted in a Nebraska high school read: “In case of a nuclear attack, the Supreme Court’s ban on school prayer will be temporarily suspended.”

There is a deep sadness that comes from knowing that public prayer is forbidden in our schools. Why is it so important to pray? Prayer is the spark that ignites the heart of God. When He hears His people praying, He is moved to action. He is blessed by our prayers and glorified by our words of faith and adoration.

When we tap into the mind of God, we gain His perspective concerning our circumstances. When it comes to prayer, there are three basic considerations:

1) Give prayer adequate time. The average Christian spends only five minutes in prayer each day. Yet God continues to draw us to Himself through prayer. Make sure you take time to build a personal relationship with the God who loves you with an infinite love. Prayer is the way you accomplish this.

2) Give prayer adequate space. There are no boundaries to prayer. In His presence, our souls find rest and refreshment. Make sure that you find a place to pray where you can concentrate without being disturbed—a place where you can focus only on God and not be distracted.

3) Give prayer adequate attention. You can pray standing up or sitting down. But to pray effectively, you need to make prayer your number one priority. One way to do this is to begin your day in prayer.

Prayer: "Our Loving Heavenly Father, forgive me for not making prayer a priority. My desire is to bless You with my prayers. Help me to give the right time, space and attention to prayer daily. 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

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