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November 21, 2019, 4:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: A Mind Aligned 4


Psalm 94:19

When doubts filled my mind,

Your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.

 

Thought for Today

We all struggle with doubts. We have doubts about ourselves, our relationships, and our stability. Doubts about God are common as well. Many people feel guilty about having questions they cannot answer or promises they struggle to trust. This is a part of growing. We must learn to trust God, which means we have to put ourselves in positions that require Him to show up. These opportunities should be in conjunction with something God is working on in your life. We shouldn’t put God randomly to the test. However, where He is already working is a place He wants us to see His faithfulness. The more you see His faithfulness the easier it becomes to trust Him and the smaller our doubts become. You should also dig into the questions you struggle with. Every time I have discovered the true answer to a spiritual question I wrestled with it strengthened my faith. Every time. So, lean into your questions and doubts and you will find comfort from God that will renew your hope and cheer.

 

Prayer

Lord God, help me to see my questions and doubts as opportunities to see You more clearly or know You more deeply. Help me to find hope and cheer in You. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Doubt isn't the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith. ― Paul Tillich

 

Quote of the Day

The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt. ― Bertrand Russell

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November 20, 2019, 7:17 AM

Daily Inspiration: A Mind Aligned 3


1 Peter 1:13

So prepare your minds for action and exercise self-control. Put all your hope in the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world. (NLT)

 

Thought for Today

We live in the tension between the now and the not yet. Jesus Christ settled the question of salvation and everlasting life for the children of God, but it is not yet fully realized in our lives. Life is still a struggle and physical death still looms over us. So Peter calls us to put all of our hope in the promise of salvation you received from the cross of Jesus in your baptism. Like waiting for giant inheritance check, you can begin living and dreaming like you have already received it, because it is guaranteed to appear in your account one day. You still have to manage the budget you have, but the promise of it changes everything. You begin to prepare for what life will be like when it arrives. In the same way, prepare your minds for action. God will call you into His great adventure in the midst of the challenges of your everyday life. Begin to think and act on what is yet to come, so that when it does you are well prepared to jump right in. For the day is coming when you will receive your divine inheritance in full!

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, I praise You for all of Your promises to me, but chiefly I praise You for the promise of salvation that was won for me at the cross. Help me to prepare my mind to act upon Your great promises in my life. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

God never made a promise that was too good to be true. ― Dwight L. Moody

 

Quote of the Day

We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them. — Khalil Gibran

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November 19, 2019, 4:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: A Mind Aligned 2


Matthew 6:31-33 (NLT)

31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

 

Thought for Today

A major reason our minds aren’t more aligned with God is that we spend a great deal of our time and energy worrying about earthly things. We worry about our money, our house, our cars, our jobs, our toys, and so much more. The ugly truth is, we worry about them because we either do a poor job taking care of them ourselves or we keep looking over the fence to see how we measure up against our neighbors. From the very beginning of His ministry Jesus has called us to stop worrying about and fixating on the earthly things we need. Jesus knows that at its core this is a trust issue. We simply don’t trust God enough to care for our earthly needs. We run through all the “what ifs” of things going wrong if we take our attention off them. You need to keep these truths in mind: God proved His love for you when He gave up His Son in your place. God wants good things for you, He takes no pleasure in His people suffering. God wants to share life in His Kingdom with you as He advances it on earth. We need to begin trusting Him with our earthly needs and shift our focus and effort in joining Him in His work. This does not mean that we stop paying any attention to our house or income, it means that we stop spending emotional capital and excess time fussing over all the details. We take that time and energy and reinvest it in the eternal things of God’s Kingdom. What do you need to trust God more with in your life? What would it look like to take a step of faith this week in releasing it to HIm?

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, I confess that I don’t trust You like I should when it comes to the things of my earthly life. Help me to take an intentional step toward trusting You more this week.

 

Devotional Quote

The only way you're going to reach places you've never gone is if you trust God's direction to do things you've never done. ― Germany Kent

 

Quote of the Day

There are a handful of people whom money won't spoil, and we all count ourselves among them. — Mignon McLaughlin

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