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October 1, 2019, 5:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Heartbeat 2


1 John 4:9-10

In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

 

Thought for Today

Love is often thought of as an abstract thing. It is a feeling that comes and goes or a sentiment to be shared. For God love is a real, tangible thing. John tells us that God made His love manifest to us. Manifest means “clear or obvious to the eye.” God tried everything to show us His love. He told us how to live lovingly and peacefully with one another, we chose another way. God sent His prophets to tell us about His mercy, grace, and love. We wouldn’t listen. So, in a final act to show us His love He sent His Son, Jesus, to tell us in His teaching, show us through His miracles, and prove it by laying down His life on the cross. God showed us what love looked like when He sent His Son, Jesus, into the world. For we did not love God. The closest we could get was trying to obey His laws, but that was out of fear, not love. This is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His as a propitiation for our sins. This is how we know what love looks like.

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, I praise You for never giving up on us. Even when we did not understand Your expression of love You continued until we could not miss what love looked like in Your Son, Jesus. Help me to show Your love to someone else today. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

We should be astonished at the goodness of God, stunned that He should bother to call us by name, our mouths wide open at His love, bewildered that at this very moment we are standing on holy ground.” ― Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel

 

Quote of the Day

A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you. ― Elbert Hubbard

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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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