jesus: Daily Devotional: Sickness Isn't Only Physical (3/22/2012) - 03/22/12 07:58 AM
Daily Devotional: Sickness Isn't Only Physical
Prayer Starter: Lord, thank You for caring about every part of me, including my emotions. Any emotional pains and wounds that I have, I bring to You. I know that You can heal and restore me.
Isaiah 61:1 The LORD God's spirit is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me. He has sent me to bring good news to the poor, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim release for captives, and liberation for prisoners,
The emotional wounds are often the most devastating. They are hidden from sight and hidden by us. We have … (3 comments)

jesus: Daily Devotional: Make God Your Source of Approval (3/21/2012) - 03/21/12 07:28 AM
Daily Devotional: Make God Your Source of Approval
Prayer Starter: Lord, I look to You for security. I focus on the truth - You are my refuge and strength. You give me love and acceptance. In You alone I am completely confident.
Psalms 46:11 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress
 
Insecurity, low self-esteem and rejection create a need for approval. Seek your security and approval from God, He is always there for us and He will never reject you.
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jesus: Daily Devotional: Love Everyone Differently (3/20/2012) - 03/20/12 06:52 AM
Daily Devotional: Love Everyone Differently
Prayer Starter: God, help me to appreciate the differences in others and then love them accordingly. We are all fearfully and wonderfully made. Thank You for the amazing creation of each individual You have placed in my life.
Psalms 139:14 I give thanks to you that I was marvelously set apart. Your works are wonderful-- I know that very well.
I try to value people for their differences, not for their ability to conform. Do I always get it right? Heck no. But wanting everyone to be the same would be rather boring don't you think?
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jesus: Daily Devotional: Love Everyone Differently (3/18/2012) - 03/18/12 06:44 AM
Daily Devotional: Love Everyone Differently
Prayer Starter: God, help me to appreciate the differences in others and then love them accordingly. We are all fearfully and wonderfully made. Thank You for the amazing creation of each individual You have placed in my life.
Psalms 139:14 I give thanks to you that I was marvelously set apart. Your works are wonderful-- I know that very well. (CEB)
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jesus: Daily Devotional: The Trademark of a True Christian (3/17/2012) - 03/17/12 07:39 AM
Daily Devotional: The Trademark of a True Christian
Prayer Starter: God, show me daily how to lovingly adapt to others. I don't want to be a selfish person, so I choose to be unselfish and adaptable, loving others as a true Christian.
Romans 12:16 Consider everyone as equal, and don't think that you're better than anyone else. Instead associate with people who have no status. Don't think that you're so smart (CEB)
Do you look down on people? Judge those who are in church? "I know what they did last night, last week, etc". This is not God's way. If God … (2 comments)

jesus: Daily Devotional: Develop Your Potential and Do Something Now (3/16/2012) - 03/16/12 06:58 AM
Daily Devotional: Develop Your Potential and Do Something Now
Prayer Starter: Lord, in everything I do, I want to serve You wholeheartedly. Thank You for encouraging me to step out and take action, developing the great potential You have given me.
Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, do it from the heart for the Lord and not for people
We aren't doing good deeds, praying, going to church for earthly rewards and recognition.
Listen for God's voice and develop your potential to its fullest. Don't be afraid to fail, fear prevents us from getting closer to God.
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jesus: Daily Devotional: Receive Forgiveness, Not Condemnation (3/14/2012) - 03/14/12 07:11 AM
Daily Devotional: Receive Forgiveness, Not Condemnation
Prayer Starter: God, thank You for showing me that condemnation is not from You. Today, I receive Your forgiveness. You have cleansed me of sin so that I can live in right standing with You.
1 John 1:9 But if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from everything we've done wrong.
We sin every day and need to ask for forgiveness. God will cleanse us every time, but we must remember to request the forgiveness to keep us "in  right standing with Him." I … (1 comments)

jesus: Daily Devotional: Conviction Is Necessary (3/13/2012) - 03/13/12 01:44 PM
Daily Devotional: Conviction Is Necessary
Prayer Starter: Lord, convict me of sin. I realize that conviction is a blessing and vitally necessary to walk with You properly. Get me where I need to be so that I can fellowship with You.
Hebrews 12:6 because the Lord disciplines whomever he loves, and he punishes every son or daughter whom he accepts.
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jesus: Daily Devotional: False Evidence Appearing Real (3/12/2012) - 03/12/12 09:57 AM
Daily Devotional: False Evidence Appearing Real
Prayer Starter: Lord, alert me when I'm confronted be False Evidence Appearing Real. I know that with Your help, I can respond with the power of faith and send fear running every time.
2 Timothy 1:7 God didn't give us a spirit that is timid but one that is powerful, loving, and self-controlled.
The author is referring to the debilitating fear that Satan tries to inflict us with every day. False Evidence Appearing Real (FEAR). She states the "fear is the opposite of faith, and that is true. We can't live in faith and fear … (5 comments)

jesus: Daily Devotional: Facing the Cost of Self-Disipline (3/11/12) - 03/11/12 02:49 PM
Daily Devotional: Facing the Cost of Self-Disipline
Prayer Starter: God, I decide in advance to please You, whether my flesh is willing or not. Even if I need to suffer to do Your will, I know that there is hope, for Your Spirit is in me, and You have overcome the world.
Romans 12:12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
 
Of course we are ALL willing to suffer to do God's will, right?
So many want to look at Christians and say: "If your God is so powerful, why is there suffering? Why isn't everything … (0 comments)

jesus: Daily Devotional: The Hidden Power of Confession (3/9/2012) - 03/09/12 06:37 AM
Daily Devotional: The Hidden Power of Confession
Prayer Starter: God, I know that Your Word is powerful...nothing can stand against it. Every time I find myself in a difficult situation, remind me to confess Your Word out loud.
Jeremiah 23:29 Is not my word like fire, declares the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?
Confessing or speaking out loud reinforces your belief in what you are saying.
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jesus: Daily Devotional: Don't Worry...Worship! (3/8/2012) - 03/08/12 06:41 AM
Daily Devotional: Don't Worry...Worship!
Prayer Starter: God, I will not worry. Instead, I choose to worship You. You are great and mighty, and I know that my needs are met because of Your goodness and love for me.
Psalm 34:9 You who are the Lord's holy ones, honor him, because those who honor him don't lack a thing.
 
We talked about his in Sunday school this week. When I wake up in the middle of the night I have started praying about what my mind is worrying over and I often drop quickly back to sleep. Used to I would … (5 comments)

jesus: Daily Devotional: Who Is Your Real Enemy? (3/7/2012) - 03/07/12 09:52 AM
Daily Devotional: Who Is Your Real Enemy?
Prayer Starter: Lord, don't let me forget who my real enemy is, and don't let me forget that You are all-powerful. I know I can't handle everything the enemy throws my way, but You can.
Ephesians 6:12 We aren't fighting against human enemies but against rulers, authorities, forces of cosmic darkness, and spiritual powers of evil in the heavens. (CEB)
Satan is always out there and he is always looking for weakness and chinks in your armor. He doesn't have to knock you down, just slowly push you off your Path.
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jesus: Daily Devotional: God Can Set You Free from the Prison of Your Past (3/6/2012) - 03/06/12 09:48 AM
Daily Devotional: God Can Set You Free from the Prison of Your Past
Prayer Starter: God, I believe that You are more powerful than my past. I receive the freedom You give me. My past will not determine my future.
Luke4:18-19   18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me. He has sent me to preach good news to the poor, to proclaim release to the prisoners and recovery of sight ot the blind, to liberate the oppresed, 19 and to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor.
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jesus: Daily Devotional: Conquering the Wilderness Mentality (3/5/2012) - 03/05/12 12:33 PM
Daily Devotional: Conquering the Wilderness Mentality
Prayer Starter: God I have spent enough time going around the same old mountains in my life. With You, I know I can move on, so I put my faith in You and let go of my wilderness mentality!
Dueteronomy 1:6 At Horeb, the Lord our God told us: You've been at this mountain long enough.
You need to let go and trust in God to direct your life. Something that is very difficult for the self employed. We have to have goals and be driven and think we must always know what is best.
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jesus: Daily Devotional: What is God's Love Like? (3/3/12) - 03/03/12 03:01 PM
Daily Devotional: What is God's Love Like?
Prayer Starter: God, Your love is incredible. Focusing on Your love reminds me that it's based on Your goodness, not my actions. Help me to receive Your love for me.
Ephesians 1:5 God destined us to be adopted children through Jesus Christ because of his love. This was according to his goodwill and plan
 
God loves us no matter what. He may not love some of things we do, but his love for us is unending.
God gave us free will to make our own decisions and make our own mistakes. He wants … (3 comments)

jesus: Daily Devotional: Learning to Be Content in Every Situation (3/2/2012) - 03/02/12 06:51 AM
Daily Devotional: Learning to Be Content in Every Situation
Prayer Starter: Lord, I only want what You want for me. Like the apostle Paul, I choose to be content in every circumstance.
Philippians 4:11 I'm not saying this because I need anything, for I have learned to be content in any circumstance. (CEB)
Philippians 4:11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. (ESV)
Being content with what you have is difficult in this society. Most have been raised to want more, more, more. There is nothing wrong … (5 comments)

jesus: Daily Devotional: Desiring God More Than His Blessings (3/1/2012) - 03/01/12 06:30 AM
Daily Devotional: Desiring God More Than His Blessings
Prayer Starter: God, I want You to show me the areas of my life where I've given in to jealousy and covetousness, and help me rearrange my priotities. I want to desire You more than Your blessings.
Hebrews 13:5 Your way of life should be free from the love of money, and you should be content with what you have. After all, he has said, I will never leave you or abandon you.
It is so easy to 'pray' for more and more. One more closing, just one more raise and then everything … (1 comments)

jesus: Daily Devotional: The Difference Between Healthy and Unhealthy Shame (2/29/12) - 02/29/12 10:01 AM
Daily Devotional: The Difference Between Healthy and Unhealthy Shame
Prayer Starter: Lord, I don't want to live under the weight of unhealthy shame. Help me to remember how much You love me. Because You have forgiven me, I don't need to punish myself.
Psalms 25:20 Oh, guard my soul, and deliver me! Let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you. (ESV)
Psalms 25:20 Please protect my life! Deliver me! Don't let me be put to shame, because I take refuge in You. (CEB)
You have to ask for forgiveness to receive forgiveness. If you don't ask … (2 comments)

jesus: Daily Devotional: God Can Set You Free from Your Shame (2/28/2012) - 02/28/12 02:13 PM
Daily Devotional: God Can Set You Free from Your Shame
Prayer Starter: Lord, I receive the freedom from shame that You purchased for me on the cross. No more hiding, no more feeling worthless. You have erased my sin and now I want to live free and open before You.
Isaiah 61:7 Instead of shame their portion will be double; instead of disgrace, they will rejoice over their share. They will possess a double portion in their land; everlasting joy will be theirs.
 
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