Monday, June 29, 2020

Today is Your Best Day Because of God's Leading (Part 2)

"After he has gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they recognize his voice. They won't follow a stranger, they will run from him because they don't recognize his voice." John 10:4-5 NLT
"My sheep recognize My voice, I know them, and they follow Me." John 10:27 NLT
God leads us in ways that are unplanned and often unknown by us. We never know exactly all that God has for us in a day. Each day is an adventure in faith as we commit our day into His hands and trust Him to direct our steps in the things that will please Him and bring Him glory.
My wife and I once lived in an apartment complex that was located near my work. Several other people lived in the apartments that we had gotten to know through church or my job. On one particular Sunday, after returning from church, my wife said, "I feel that the Lord wants me to bring a bag of groceries to our neighbor, Jane." (Jane was a single mom with two young daughters who lived two doors down from us.) I could sense that my wife was sharing something that God put on her heart.
When we entered our apartment she immediately went to the pantry, got a grocery bag, and filled it with food supplies from off the shelves. When she was finished, she picked up the bag and said, "I won't be long," and headed out the front door to our neighbor's apartment. She was gone less than ten minutes, and when she returned I asked her how things went at Jane's.
"It was quite an experience," she answered. "When I got to Jane's, I knocked on the door and waited for a few moments. Everything was quiet. When Jane finally opened the door and saw me holding a bag full of groceries, she became very surprised and curious. I told her that on the way home from church I had sensed the Lord leading me to bring her a bag of groceries. I told her to receive them as a gift from Him. When I handed Jane the grocery bad, she tearfully replied, "Do you know what I was doing before you knocked on the door? The girls and I were sitting at the dinner table. I had just prayed and thanked the Lord for our lunch, but we had no food on the table, and nothing to eat in the house. I heard your knock just as I had finished praying. The Lord sent you at the perfect time!"
The Lord will lead you today in His perfect way and wisdom. He may even use you to be an answer to someone's prayer. ...
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Friday, June 26, 2020

Today is Your Best Day Because of God's Leading (Part 1)

For Thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for Thy name's sake lead me, and guide me. Psalm 31:3 KJV
Today is your best day because God will lead you in His paths, guide your way, and direct your steps. Today, you will take steps you have never taken before, learn things you've never known before, and have opportunities you've never been given before. God has many ways of showing you His ways and leading you in His will. Some of these include the Holy Scriptures, the voice of the Holy Spirit, the wise counsel of godly people, His provisions, and His peace within your heart.
God will lead you into new discoveries of spiritual truth, into new places of ministry, into new relationships, into new discoveries of prayer, into new avenues of praise, into new adventures of faith, into new steps of obedience, or into new ways of practically expressing His love to others.
I once worked with a good friend in a growing business. One day, as we stepped out of the building to take a brief work break, I sensed God's still small voice prompting me to give my friend a dollar bill. At first I hesitated, thinking that it was too small of an amount to bother with, and that my friend might think it silly of me to give it to him. The prompting, however, continued to pull upon my heart. Finally, I opened my wallet, took out a dollar bill, and handed it to my friend. "Here," I said, "I'm not sure why I am giving you this, but I sense that the Lord wants you to have it."
We didn't talk about the matter after we returned to work, but my curiosity over the dollar bill remained with me for the rest of the day. The next morning, when I met my friend at work, he shared an interesting story with me. "Do you remember the dollar you gave me yesterday?" he asked. "Yes," I quickly replied. "Well," he continued, "I didn't think it was a very significant thing yesterday morning, but I changed my mind before the day was over. Late yesterday afternoon I had an appointment at the doctor's office. I thought I had taken enough cash with me to pay for the visit, but when I went to pay my bill I discovered I was a dollar short. I remembered the dollar bill you gave me, pulled it out of my pocket, and added it to the amount I had in my wallet."
That story turned out to be a great blessing to both of us, not because God had provided a huge sum of money for my friend, but because God showed both of us how much He loves us and cares about the little details in our lives.
Trust in the Lord to lead you today. He will use you in ways that you may not be aware of, or He may use you in a very clear and practical way to bless the life of someone in need. ...
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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Today is Your Best Day Because of God's Character

"But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the LORD, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight," says the LORD. Jeremiah 9:24 NKJV
There is no one like God. He transcends all that He has made. He is more majestic than the great mountain peaks that rise above the ground; He is more lovely than the beautiful flowers that bloom along the countryside; He is more awesome than the sun as it sets in all its brilliance; He is more diverse than all the trees that fill the forests, that bear fruit in their season, and that shade the landscapes of every country path and village square.
God's character is the foundation that you build your life upon, the rock that your feet stand upon, and the strong tower that your faith leans upon. God is completely dependable, unshakable, unmovable, and totally reliable.
What does your faith in God's character mean to you today? It means that you know the sun still shines even though there are dark clouds overhead; that the anchor of your soul still holds even though the storm rages on; that your next step is certain even though a heavy fog covers your pathway; that comfort will be your portion even though you are facing a dark valley; that a strong hand is holding yours even though there is nothing to hang on to as your walk near the mountain's edge.
Today is in God's hands, and so are you. His hands are strong and they will uphold you; His hands are great and they will enfold you; His hands are gentle and they will embrace you; His hands are protective and they will cover you; His hands are powerful and they will defend you; His hands are compassionate and they will care for you. Consider these truths from Psalm 46 as you trust in His character today:
God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear, even if earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea... The LORD Almighty is here among us; The God of Israel is our fortress... "Be silent, and know that I am God! The LORD Almighty is here among us; The God of Israel is our fortress. Psalm 46:1-2,7,10-11 NLT
Today is your best day because the One who holds you up will never let you down! ...
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Monday, June 22, 2020

Today is Your Best Day Because of God's Promises, Part 2

As we know Jesus better, His divine power gives us everything we need for living a godly life. He has called us to receive His own glory and goodness! And by that same mighty power, He has given us all of His rich and wonderful promises...So make every effort to apply the benefits of these promises to your life. Then your faith will produce a life of moral excellence. A life of moral excellence leads to knowing God better. 2 Peter 1:3-6 NLT
Your position in Christ today means that you have a great heritage to claim, great benefits to enjoy, great promises to embrace, and great blessings to receive.
God doesn't want you to simply know about His promises or give them a casual nod, but He wants your faith to actively reach out and take them as your own.
I once knew someone who had just purchased the latest edition of a planning calendar. He was excited about its many features and felt that the planner would help him get better organized. A few days after he bought his planning calendar he made an appointment with me. When the day of the appointment came I showed up at the designated meeting place. I was on time, but the other person wasn't there. I waited a long time for him to arrive, but he never came. To my surprise, when I called him to find out why he wasn't at our meeting, he embarrassingly replied, "I'm so sorry. I completely forgot!"
When God makes a promise to you He never fails to keep His promise because He never forgets. God doesn't need a planning book to help Him remember what He has promised to you, or what He has planned for you. His promise book is the Word of God and He knows everything that is in it, down to the smallest detail.
Sometimes people make sincere promises to others, only to discover that they don't have the resources to make their promise good. A father may promise his son a specific toy for Christmas, only to discover that the toy has been sold out and will no longer be available. God never fails to keep a promise He has made to you because of limited resources or because what He has promised you in Christ is no longer available. God never fails to deliver on what He has said. Every promise that God has made will cause you to know Him better, enjoy Him more fully, and love Him more deeply. His promises are yours today.
Consider this promise that He has made to you from the thirteenth chapter of Hebrews:
Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]: for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake not let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!] So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently and boldly say, The Lord is my Helper. I will no be seized with alarm [I will not fear or dread or be terrified]. What can man do to me? (Hebrews 13:5-6 Amplified)
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Friday, June 19, 2020

Today is Your Best Day Because of God's Promises, Part 1

They are the people of Israel, chosen to be God's special children. God revealed His glory to them. He made covenants with them and gave His law to them. They have the privilege of worshiping Him and receiving His wonderful promises. Romans 9:4 NLT

You have so much going for you today, because so much has been given to you by God. You have the fullness of His grace, the bounty of His mercies, the greatness of His power, the beauty of His presence, and the wonders of His love. You have been blessed with the fellowship of other believers, the revelation of the sacred scriptures, the daily intercession of Jesus Christ, the watchful ministry of heavenly angels, and you have been given the precious promises spoken from the heart of God. 

God's promises are like golden apples given to you in baskets of silver, providing a treasure of priceless worth. They are like an oasis that you've found in the desert, bordered with lush, date-bearing palm trees, and surrounded by pools of pristine water. They are like a feast offered to you on the banqueting table of the King, loaded with fresh bread, the finest wine, food fixed to perfection, and desserts that are a delight to taste.

Any promise that is made to you is only as reliable as the character of the one who made it. People can promise many things that they are unable or unwilling to do. God is not like that. Every promise that He has made is sure and certain. God's promises are completely reliable because God is completely dependable. The God who created all there is, stands behind all He has promised. 

God's promises are true because God cannot lie. Truth is part of God's nature and character. God doesn't only know truth or have truth, He is Truth. God never wavers between "yes" and "no" when it comes to fulfilling His promises. In Jesus Christ, God has already said yes, to every promise He has made.

God has given you His promises because He wants you to know what is in His heart for you today.

If you have tears today, there are promises of comfort;
If you have heaviness, there are promises of joy;
If you are in need of direction, there are promises of guidance;
If you need to make an important decision, there are promises of wisdom;
If you have doubts, there are promises of assurance;
If you are facing trials, there are promises of victory;
If you are in sin, there are promises of cleansing and forgiveness;
If you are in sickness, there are promises of healing;
If you are in conflict, there are promises of peace.

God's promises not only assure you that He will give you all that is best today, but that His best will also be a glorious part of your future.
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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Today is Your Best Day Because of The Holy Spirit, Part 3

And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him. Mark 1:10 KJV

To help you understand the impact and importance of the ministry of the Holy Spirit in your life, the Bible uses various symbols to describe Him. 

The Holy Spirit is likened to the wind. He can come to you as a mighty wind, bringing God's awesome power as He did at the day of Pentecost. His power will give you great boldness and fully equip you for what God has prepared for you today. The Holy Spirit can also come to you as a gentle breeze, cooling you and delighting you with His sweet presence. Like the wind, the Holy Spirit is also the breath of God that quickens you and brings you spiritual life. The Holy Spirit is the atmosphere of heaven that your spirit breathes.

The Holy Spirit is likened to a dove. As a dove, The Holy Spirit can come upon you in a tender, gentle way as He did when He came upon Jesus after His baptism in the River Jordan. The Holy Spirit will also hover over your life as He hovered over the waters at the time of creation. This hovering is likened to a bird as she flutters over her young with her wings. Like the protective bird, the Holy Spirit guards your life and watches over the good work that God has begun in you. 

The Holy Spirit is likened to a river. He moves in your life in a flowing motion, directing you one way, and then another, according to God's will and purpose for your life. His life in you never becomes stagnant or stale. He is an abundant river within you. The headwaters begin at the throne of God and flow out with mercy and grace. He flows deeply within you, and His sparkling clear waters brilliantly reflect the sunlight of Jesus' perfect love.
The Holy Spirit is likened to fire. He is the flame that lights the candle of your spirit and causes you to look upon Jesus' beautiful face. He illuminates your way and opens your understanding, causing you to see things you've never seen before. His flame is also a purifying fire that burns away the empty things in your life, leaving only those things that have an eternal value—gold, silver, and precious stones (1 Corinthians 3:12).

The Holy Spirit is likened to oil. The Holy Spirit is the One who is poured out upon you like a healing balm—to soothe, to calm, and to comfort. He is the One who renews your strength, revives your spirit, refills your cup, restores your strength, and refreshes your spirit. The Holy Spirit is being poured out upon you today. 
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Monday, June 15, 2020

Today is Your Best Day Because of the Holy Spirit, Part 2

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And now you also have heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, He identified you as His own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom He promised long ago. Ephesians 1:13 NLT
The Holy Spirit is wonderful! He has feelings that reach out to you in compassion and love; He has a mind that thinks about you and plans good for you; He has a will that chooses the highest and the best for you. His purpose is to bring to pass all that God has planned for you, to make real all that Jesus has done for you, and to reveal all that the scriptures declare to you.
The Holy Spirit has been involved in your life, long before you put your trust in Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit pursued you when you walked according to your way; He wooed you to the heart of God when your heart was fixed upon other things; He called you to follow God's divine purpose when you were seeking plans of your own; He brought you into the light of God's truth when you stumbled about in darkness; He drew you into the arms of Jesus when you were in need of love's lasting embrace.
The Holy Spirit points you to Jesus' life, Jesus' character, and to Jesus' works. The Holy Spirit opens Jesus' worthiness to your spirit; He opens Jesus' wisdom to your understanding; He opens Jesus' love to your heart. The Holy Spirit has come to keep you from defeat, discouragement, and despair. The Holy Spirit's voice brings hope, assurance, peace, and revelation. His encouragement is the greatest when your valleys are the deepest; His comfort is the sweetest when your burdens are the heaviest; His support is the strongest when your strength is the weakest; His love is the surest when your fears are the vastest.
Today is your best day because of the calling, the gifting, the enabling, and the empowering of the Holy Spirit upon your life.
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Friday, June 12, 2020

Today is Your Best Day Because of the Holy Spirit (Part 1)

"Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you." John 16:7 KJV

Today is your best day because Jesus sent the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is our divine companion, our comforter, and the one who has come alongside us. How greatly blessed we are to have the Holy Spirit within our lives, abiding with us, speaking to us, and walking with us as we go through our day.
The Holy Spirit is truer than the truest friend. Every pleasing quality of a close and tender friend is found in the Holy Spirit. He knows everything about you, loves you without reservation or condition, cares about every need you face, and will never betray your trust. The Holy Spirit is completely dependable, fully available, and totally reliable.

Jesus sent the Holy Spirit, not to be with you partially so you could have a little taste of His presence, but to be in your life in fullness. Jesus wants you to be submerged in, clothed with, and empowered by the Holy Spirit. The Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit has come to be with you, to be in you, to fill you, and to come upon you.

The Holy Spirit has been sent to take you deeper into the love of God. The ocean is a great expanse and its depths are beginning to be explored in new ways. Unaided, man can only descend a short distance into the ocean's depths. Modern technology and engineering have created machines that can carry man to depths never before thought possible. The Holy Spirit can take you into the depths of God's love that you've never seen, known, or understood before.

The Holy Spirit has also been sent to take you higher and allow your eyes to see more of the greatness and glory of God's majesty. Through the space program, man has been able to explore new heights, seeing things and doing things that were thought impossible a century ago. The Holy Spirit can cause your spirit to ascend into the heights of God's glory, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to celebrate His majesty with a heart that is in awe of His splendor.
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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Today is Your Best Day Because of Grace (Part 3)

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8 KJV
Grace abounds to you today with so many favors, blessings, and joys.
Without His grace we were songbirds without a song; by His grace we have been given a new song to sing and a melody of praise for our hearts to rejoice in.
Without His grace we were trees bearing bitter fruit; by His grace we bear sweet fruit, lush fruit, and fruit that remains.
Without His grace our heads hung low and turned away from the light of His love; by His grace our heads have been lifted up and our hearts have been flooded with His glorious light.
Without His grace we were defenseless against the attacks of the enemy; by His grace we stand against the enemy triumphantly—completely equipped with the full armor of God, the blood of Jesus, the power of the Holy Spirit, and the ministry of the heavenly host.
Without His grace we lived in confusion, were lost, and had no clear direction; by His grace we have been found, and His wisdom guides our lives as He makes straight paths for our feet.
Without His grace our words had no message, and we gave our opinion only to have it drowned out by the opinions of others; by His grace He has put His sure and certain words in our mouths. We can now speak the truth in love and know that the Word of God abides forever.
Without His grace we were blind, stumbling about in the darkness, trying to find our purpose and make a way for ourselves in the world; by His grace our eyes have been opened, our purpose has been made known, our hearts are set on eternity, and we daily walk in the good things that He has prepared for us.
Without His grace we were fearful, motivated by self-interests, and striving to succeed; by His grace we have entered into His rest, we walk in His peace, and we daily live for His glory.
Without His grace we were without hope, without the assurance of heaven, and bound by the fear of death; by His grace we abound in hope, we rejoice in the certainty of the resurrection, and we glory in knowing that the very best is still ahead.
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Monday, June 8, 2020

Today is Your Best Day Because of Grace (Part 2)

Who hath saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began. 2 Timothy 1:9 KJV
There are so many benefits of grace that are yours today.
Salvation: You are saved by grace. The forgiveness of your sins, your justification before God, your redemption from the slavery of sin, your deliverance from evil, and your future home in heaven are yours today because of grace.
Sufficiency: Grace enables you to do all God calls you to do today. Success is not based today upon what you can accomplish, but upon what He will do through you. Grace is not about your strength, but about His mighty power working in you, even in the time of your greatest weakness.
Edification: Grace builds you up, lifts you up, and keeps you standing. Grace is heard in the sound of God's voice speaking over and over into your ear, "I am for you today. I am with you today. I am the source of everything good, everything lovely, everything holy, and everything mighty."
Hope: Grace assures you of a glorious future and an overwhelming inheritance that is yours in Jesus Christ. Grace leads you on, cheers you on, and moves you on into all that is in God's heart for you.
Victory: Grace brings to you all that is yours in Christ. You are victorious today because Jesus is the triumphant One. You are more than a conqueror because He has conquered all. You are above all things because all things are under His feet. You reign in life because He reigns—King of kings and Lord of lords.
Abundance: Where sin once abounded, grace abounds even more. Where darkness ruled, grace overruled. Where death held you in cruel bondage, grace brought you into a glorious new freedom. Grace is never poured out to you like raindrops but like a cascading waterfall.
Purity: Grace is the doorway into the beauty of God's holiness. Grace is never a license to sin, a freedom to sin, or a cloak for sin. Grace brings us into a life that is greater than what sin could ever offer us. Grace extends the hand that lifts us out of the miry clay, throws the rope that pulls us from the deepest pit, and lights the flame that brings us out of the darkest cave.
Gifting: Gifts that come to you from God are grace gifts. His grace gifts to you will be different than the grace gifts He gives to others. Grace does not play favorites. The gifts that have been given to you from God are the perfect gifts that are needed for you to fulfill His will and His calling in your life.
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Friday, June 5, 2020

Today is Your Best Day Because of Grace (Part 1)

But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)...that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God. Ephesians 2:4-8 NKJV
Grace makes it possible for today to be your best day. Grace demands nothing and gives everything God desires you to have. Through grace, God has pulled out all the stops and poured His abundant favor upon you in Jesus Christ. Grace points you to Jesus and says, "All that is His is freely yours. All mercy, all blessings, all strength, all righteousness, all kindness is yours today in Jesus Christ."
When someone has a job, he expects to get paid because he has earned his wages. Pay is given to him based strictly upon his performance. The longer a person stays on a job the more he expects to get paid. If he remains a good and loyal employee, he will usually get promoted and take on more benefits. This merit of pay and benefits has nothing to do with grace, but rather with works.
God does not want you to try to earn His favor. He's not looking at the number of years you have been a Christian to decide how much He should bless you. You are not blessed today based upon your tenure in Christ.
Grace means that you do not need to earn something that you have already been given. Even when you need more grace, God supplies it freely. How did you receive grace in the first place? God did not extend His grace to you because you were a nice sinner, a sincere sinner, or a disciplined sinner. He extended His grace to you while you were a sinner, no matter what kind of sinner you were. He did not extend His grace to you because you were religious or full of good works. God's grace came to you through the cross. He extended His grace to you, not based upon what you did for Him, but based upon what His Son did for you.
God extends grace to you today, as His child, as He did when you were a sinner. Nothing that you have done as a believer in Christ has earned you more grace. Bible reading, prayer, giving, and Christian service don't mean that you have earned the right to have more grace poured out upon you. If it did, grace would not be grace. Whenever the word "grace" appears in the scriptures, there is another word that often appears nearby. That word is given. You will never find the word deserved associated with grace.
Every joy that fills your heart and every delight that satisfies your soul are yours today because of the benefits of grace. God has showered you with these favors without any expectations of return. Grace does not hang something over your head and say, "You owe Me and I expect you to pay Me back." Grace is the absolute free expression of God's loving heart. The motivation of grace is to bountiful bless you.
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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Today is Your Best Day Because of Peace

Now the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all. 2 Thessalonians 3:16 KJV
Peace is such a precious gift from the Lord. Peace has been defined in many ways—calm in the midst of a storm, quiet in the midst of turmoil, tranquility in the midst of uncertainty. The presence of peace is the absence of confusion and strife. Peace can also be defined as the deep and unshakable conviction that all is well with your soul. Peace comes when your heart is confident that God is in control, not only of the universe, but of your life, as well. Peace also comes by knowing that God is for you and by being in harmony with God as you live from day today.
Peace is also the shalom of God. One of God's names is Jehovah-Shalom. It means that God not only gives peace, but He is peace. Shalom is a word that embraces God's favor, blessing, prosperity, health, welfare, rest, wholeness, and friendship.
There was a time when my family and I went to Puerto Rico to become part of a missionary team on the island. Before we left the United States, we turned over our possession to the missionary group that was sending us. It was something we were happy to do, thinking we would be a part of the mission for a long time. The way things turned out, we only stayed with the mission for a year.
Our return flight to the States took us to Los Angeles International Airport. When my wife, our two children, and I arrived at LAX, we got our luggage and walked outside to wait for our ride. As we waited, I looked down at our five pieces of luggage that stood at my feet. In those five suitcases were all the possessions we owned. I had a few dollars in my wallet, no money in the band, and no idea what I would be doing next.
It was in the moment that a deep sense of God's peace came flooding over me.
I had never known peace at that depth before. I was overwhelmed and overjoyed. Quietly, in that moment, I heard God's still small voice speak these words to my heart: "My peace does not depend upon what you have or don't have. No matter who many possessions you may acquire from this time on, none of them can add one ounce of peace to your life." As I stood there soaking in what God was saying, I also heard Him say, "Any possession you may lose from this point on cannot take one ounce of My peace away from you."
Today is your best day because God of peace and the peace of God is your portion—a peace that no circumstance, thing, or person can either increase or diminish.
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Monday, June 1, 2020

Today is Your Best Day Because of Joy

And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: They shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. Isaiah 35:10 KJV
Joy is one of the great benefits and blessings of the Kingdom of God within your life. Joy is the melody of heaven that is placed in your heart; joy is the Holy Spirit's symphony that is played within your spirit; joy is the theme song of every person who trusts in the Lord and knows His love.
Joy is the highest level of delight that a person can experience. Human happiness is dependent upon the experiences and circumstances of life, while joy is dependent upon God alone. God, not your personality type, is the source of your joy. Today, joy flows from His heart to yours like a fountain that will never run dry.
It is easy to think that joy can come from other things apart from God. We can anticipate the joys that a new house will bring us, or the delight that a car will be to us once we have it, but there is no lasting satisfaction in any material thing that we possess. This does not mean that these things cannot be a blessing to us when God provides them, but they can never replace the true joys that come to us from God alone.
The joy that comes from God gives you strength. A joyless person is someone whose strength is depleted. Joy invigorates, motivates, and inspires. Joy is like energy that flows through you to lighten your load, renew your zeal, and quicken your steps of faith. Joy is the strength in your legs that helps you stand firm and steady in times of trial; the power in your arms that enables you to hold on to God's exceeding great and precious promises; the rejoicing in your voice that speaks forth the victory of the Lord over every area of your life.
God not only wants you to have His joy reigning in your heart today, but He wants your joy to become great joy, and He wants great joy to become the fullness of joy. God wants you to be immersed in the delights of His joy today, soaking you through and through, so that every fiber of your being is filled with praises, rejoicing, and celebration of His goodness.
We move into the highest levels of joy when we abide in the love of the Father, and through Him, reach out to love others. Today is your best day as you allow the Father to fill you with His love, love others through you, and as you walk in the fullness of His joy.
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