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May 19, 2017
John 3:16 KJV For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 
Thought for today// Let me take another day on yesterday’s verse just to be sure we give it our proper attention, as well as exploring what it now means in our life. To think that the magnitude of this LOVE was realized only in the sacrifice would I believe cut it far short of what the Father intended. First of all, in its initial accomplishment we see the very apex of His intentions. To the credit of His LOVE and the LOVE of the Son for Him, we have been afforded the opportunity to share in all they are and all they have. The Word speaks of us being heirs with the Father and joint heirs with the Son. Well, I suppose a real revelation of that fact alone would get us to stand a little straighter and walk a little taller, don’t you? Of course it should and all because of the LOVE of God and His desire for us to take advantage of that very same LOVE that now resides in us. This agape LOVE my family, is the life source of all we would ever need including the power, authority, and ability to do our part as God’s kids. This LOVE is the treasury for all things necessary for us to fulfill the destiny the Father has for us spirit, soul, and body. Let’s approach Him on a daily basis asking for and expecting a greater understanding of our right-standing because of His LOVE.
Pray this// Father, I desire to know the fullness of Your LOVE, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Confess this// In the LOVE of God resides His perfect will for my life as well as my eternity.
Scripture reading// Isaiah 41//Acts 19

 

May 20, 2017
John 3:17 KJV For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 
Thought for today// So in understanding the LOVE of God each day we want to look at things that make it clear how His LOVE is intended to set us at ease from the pressures of life as He assures us of how much He cares for us no matter what the situation or circumstance. I’m persuaded the more we understand His great LOVE the more we will enjoy and fulfill His plan for our lives. Having an unwavering confidence in His LOVE is what keeps you aware of your value and the place of stability you now stand in as His kid. In our verse today we see that at our very lowest point of death and separation the Father didn’t send the Lord Jesus with a word of condemnation or judgment but LOVE and forgiveness designed to save. This is huge because how He first revealed Himself to us is exactly how He is today regardless of how long we’ve been saved. It’s a must that you understand the agape LOVE of God is never moved by what it sees but by what it has decided to do. The Father chose to put everything on Jesus in order for us to be accepted without reservation. In Jesus coming He showed us what the Father looked like and just how much He loves us. Don’t forget, sin was judged in Jesus, so you don’t have to be.
Pray this// Father, I will learn how big Your LOVE is and I’ll pass it on, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Confess this// Condemnation and judgment is of the devil and I don’t entertain it.   
Scripture reading// Isaiah 42//Acts 20

 

May 21, 2017
Romans 5:8 KJV But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Thought for today// Once again today we want to expose the agape LOVE of the Father to our hearts and minds to build a strong foundation of faith. That is exactly what LOVE does, you know? Because LOVE is the fuel that propels our faith, (we will look at that sooner or later) we must immerse ourselves in the knowledge of His LOVE. Please bear with me now, because we are going to look at what’s been overlooked for far too long, the LOVE of God that never changes and never fails. So the fact is, the New Testament is replete or full of examples of what LOVE is and what LOVE did but because most Christians have not grasped the depth of agape LOVE it doesn’t register with them the way it should.Honestly, if we would take the Word at face value and stop allowing reason or human wisdom to interfere we would see just how magnificent this agape LOVE actually is. So, as we saw yesterday Jesus did not come to rag on humanity or make them feel bad but rather do something for them they could never do for themselves. Did you hear that, we could never have done what needed to be done in order to be restored to a place of relationship with God. It took His unconditional LOVE, lived and demonstrated through Jesus, agape LOVE.
Pray this// Father, I have ears to hear so I can experience Your LOVE, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Confess this// When Jesus died for me I was lower than I could ever realize.
Scripture reading// Isaiah 43//Acts 21

 

May 22, 2017
Romans 5:8 KJV But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Thought for today// If Christians had the correct grip on yesterday’s verse they would never question the legitimacy of God’s LOVE and the gift of salvation. When mankind is walking in darkness, they have no clue as to their need, let alone how they would ever escape. This makes it perfectly clear that the Father had to do something that had never been done, by someone who was qualified to pay the price, Jesus. The entire plan was birthed in the LOVE God is and has and it could have been done no other way. People today are the same as they were when Jesus showed up, blinded by the god of this world, satan. (I should probably capitalize his name if I wanted to be politically correct but he doesn’t deserve a capital “s”.) Something I believe most overlook about the sacrifice of Jesus is from the Father’s perspective it was all that was necessary to prove His LOVE for mankind. He determined that the gift of the spotless lamb, Jesus, would be all that was necessary for mankind to be restored to relationship with Him upon their acknowledgment of what Jesus had done. Isn’t that something? God made Jesus’ act of loving Him enough to obey enough for Him to LOVE us when we received what Jesus did for us. Agape is huge.
Pray this// Father, it all begins in and ends with Your LOVE for us, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Confess this// Agape is beyond my make-up.  
Scripture reading// Isaiah 44//Acts 22

 

May 23, 2017
John 3:1 KJV There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.
Thought for today// What does it mean for a child to have and know their parents? Do they automatically put some trust and confidence in them and their ability to take care of them? How about the fact that a baby doesn’t have a clue as to who they belong to but they are totally dependent on the one who is caring for them. Honestly family, the Father wants our relationship to be the very same. The only difference is He wants us to mature as we age but yet realize that we are always His children and consequently HIS RESPONSIBILITY. No, we are not absolved from obedience and honor, but we must remain dependent on Him if we expect to walk in the peace, provision, and productivity He planned for us. Remember, this is the world He created and we are the inhabitants He restored, so first and foremost we are the ones who belong to Him, not vice versa. The act of restoration to acceptance should be the thing we remain eternally grateful for. We had no way to get there from where we were, yet He was willing to restore us by Himself to a place where we were now His sons and daughters. Ok, do you get that? You are a son or daughter of God. That is an example of agape LOVE, family. You are now God’s kid, rejoice and be grateful.
Pray this// Father, thank You for allowing me to be Your child, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Confess this// If I’m the Creator’s kid then I’m going to let Him direct my path.
Scripture reading// Isaiah 45//Acts 23

 

May 24, 2017
John 3:1 KJV There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.
Thought for today// Let’s talk a little more today about being God’s boys and girls. You understanding what that is supposed to look like will help you define what His agape LOVE really looks like. The first thing we all need to do is accept His LOVE based on what the Word says and not what we’ve experienced as the children of earthly dads and moms. I know that how we’ve been raised is going to be a factor in our initial view of Father God, but we must, through time spent with Him in His Word and by His Spirit begin to receive revelation concerning the difference between Him and our earthly parents. Honestly, you have to make this a priority because to the degree you know He loves you will determine the faith and confidence you have IN HIM. When we read God’s Word we must make a decision to not filter what we read through our past jacked-up relationships and circumstances. Unlike even the best of earthly parents, God’s LOVE never fluctuates one bit. To think that we are His, we have what He says we have, and we can do what He directs us to do is what I would call A CHANCE OF A LIFETIME. His LOVE assures our stability and success when He becomes our loving Abba Father.
Pray this// Father, I’m so grateful I’m learning about Your great LOVE, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Confess this// God’s LOVE is LOVE!
Scripture reading// Isaiah 46//Acts 24

 

May 25, 2017
1 John 4:9 KJV  In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.

 

Thought for today// The Apostle John really had a handle on the LOVE of God and consequently lived his life fully and was the one who presented the message of God’s LOVE so personally. He called himself the one Jesus loved and maybe because he received it in such a way the others didn’t. Well of course that’s the case because it’s the same today. How we see the Father individually is how He will be to us. One person can walk in the LOVE and goodness of God and yet another in their same household doesn’t experience what He has for them. Isn’t that something? To think the Father is no respecter of persons and there are still countless numbers of Christians who still see themselves as on their own, incapable, and unloved. Pretty sad. I’m so glad none of you have chosen to hold back or lay back from all His LOVE has for you. By now you surely know that how we see Him and how we obey Him is going to determine what He will be able to do for us. His great LOVE was made available to us so we would never again be left alone or dependent on our own abilities or devices. Being in Him, the one who paid for our adoption, assures us of family benefits galore. You’re God’s kid, not an orphan.
Pray this// Father, I refuse to be discouraged for any reason, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Confess this// I am loved by God and I won’t fight it.
Scripture reading// Isaiah 47//Acts 25

 

May 26, 2017
Romans 8:32 KJV He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
Thought for today// A good picture of what we saw yesterday can be seen in one of the Apostle Paul’s writings. You know, Paul was one who never saw the Lord Jesus, but he had supernatural insight to the Father’s LOVE. This is huge because as we’ve said before, the degree you know and embrace His LOVE will determine how His LOVE will benefit you. Paul equated the LOVE of the Father for us to what He had the Lord Jesus do for us. If we would just take this verse today at face value and without trying to reason our way into revelation, we would see all the Father wants to do for us because of His agape LOVE. So pay attention, the Father freely gave us the Lord Jesus; that in itself should be enough for us to at least feel a warm fuzzy don’t you think? And if it doesn’t then there is enough faith in that fact that if you are receptive at all you will make a decision one way or another. You see family, freely means that His LOVE is not being forced on us but rather being given to us so we can make a decision whether we will receive it or reject it. Freely is all about His grace and His willingness to give us everything we would ever need as His kids. All things freely means all things freely for you and the life HE’S CALLED YOU TO.
Pray this// Father, my heart is more and more aware of Your LOVE, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Confess this// All that is free from the Father is a testimony of His LOVE and grace.
Scripture reading// Isaiah 48//Acts 26