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September 30, 2019, 5:54 AM

Daily Inspiration: Heartbeat 1


Romans 16:25-27

Now to him who is able to establish you in accordance with my gospel, the message I proclaim about Jesus Christ, in keeping with the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all the Gentiles might come to the obedience that comes from faith—to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen.

 

Thought for Today

The passage for today might seem a little confusing, especially on a Monday morning. Paul is telling us that long before it happened or could even be understood, God set in motion a plan to save His people from the sin that had torn them from Him in the Garden of Eden. Many have misunderstood this plan and thought that it meant that we had to follow a bunch of really difficult and confusing rules in order to make God happy. To the contrary, He tells us that obedience to the will and commands of God come from faith rather than force of will. Faith is the key to life with God. Through faith we come to an understanding of what Jesus did for us on the cross. That same faith helps us to understand that our obedience depends solely on our relationship with God. This is the wonderful truth we will explore this week. We will learn what it means to have our hearts beat for God. For when our hearts beat for God we will join in Paul’s declaration that all glory belongs to God through Jesus Christ.

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, You know that I long to live faithfully for You. Help me to learn the secret of living for You alone. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

The great thing to remember is that though our feelings come and go God's love for us does not. ― C.S. Lewis

 

Quote of the Day

Yesterday is history, tomorrow

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September 27, 2019, 5:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: A Pure Heart 5


1 Timothy 1:5

The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.

 

Thought for Today

One of God’s primary goals for life with Him is that you experience more love. He wants you to experience His love for you, the love of others for you, and for you to be able to share more love with others. Sin always disrupts love. Sin breaks down trust, separates people, and pushes God away. Our conscience begins to attack us so that we don’t even love ourselves. Every avenue through which we are to be giving and receiving love is compromised when our hearts are impure. This is not God’s purpose or plan for your life. He wants you to have a pure heart so that you can love freely. To this end, God promises that every time your conscience pricks you and you discover that sin is tainting your heart, you can go directly to God and through the cross of Jesus Christ have that stain washed away. In an instant your heart is made pure again and love can flow freely in your life. What do you need to confess today so that you can give and receive love from God freely.

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, I am sorry that I have let these thoughts and actions come between us…[confess honestly to God]…Thank You for Your forgiveness and grace. Help me to share the love I just received. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

God created us for love, for union, for forgiveness and compassion and, yet, that has not been our storyline. That has not been our history. — Richard Rohr

 

Quote of the Day

There is no love without forgiveness, and there is no forgiveness without love. — Bryant H. McGill

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September 26, 2019, 5:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: A Pure Heart 4


2 Timothy 2:22

Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

 

Thought for Today

How do you maintain a pure heart? Paul makes it sound pretty challenging. Fleeing evil desires and pursuing righteousness is a full time job if your heart is anything like mine. Is there anything that can lighten the burden? The answer is in the last part of the verse. Paul encourages us to do these things “along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” Paul has learned that we become who we surround ourselves with. The Bible is filled with examples of how foolish companions cause people to make foolish choices. The opposite is true as well. Wise companions and godly companions make one wise and godly. So let me ask you, who are your closest companions? Do they seek God? Do they serve God? Do they strive to live in loving obedience to God? Or do their actions say something different from their lips? The fastest way to change yourself is to change who you surround yourself with. Give it some thought today.

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, give me Your eyes to see those I have allowed to influence my life. Help me to journey with those who honor You. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let's face it, friends make life a lot more fun. — Charles R. Swindoll

 

Quote of the Day

To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with. ― Mark Twain

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