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Verse of the Day for Friday, November 19, 2021

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Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.
—Romans 14:19

Thoughts on Today’s Verse

“Make every effort!” That’s quite a challenge. But notice where that exertion is to be focused: peace and mutual edification. Both sides of this exhortation are two way responsibilities. I must pursue and share peace if I am going to have it myself. I must edify, and be open to being edified, if mutual edification is going to happen. In other words, we live with other people in God’s family. He wants us to be responsible for making relationships work in our spiritual family. He reminds us it will require strenuous effort. But, isn’t that true in every family relationship? Love means sacrifice, effort, and concern for others. When we share our love willingly, however, we’re much more likely to see it coming back to us!

My Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father, forgive me for my impatience and selfishness. Defeat the bad attitude of competitiveness that I often display in arguments and disagreements with others in your family. Energize me by your Spirit to see areas where I can be a blessing and an encouragement to others. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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Verse of the Day for Sunday, November 28, 2021

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Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.”
—Proverbs 31:28-29

Thoughts on Today’s Verse

When’s the last time you praised a godly woman for her life of faith and grace? Why not take time to write a note or two of appreciation and thanks to several of these women today. Where would we be today without the faithfulness of godly women? I can’t imagine, and don’t want to! Let’s tell them today how precious they are to us and our faith.

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My Prayer

Father, I thank you for the following godly women who have shaped my life and helped me have faith… God, I thank you for the great women of faith in Scripture who did so much for your people. Help us, your Church, your children of faith, to find every way possible to show these great ladies how much they mean to us. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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Verse of the Day for Sunday, November 28, 2021

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Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the gospel without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved — and that by God.
—Philippians 1:27-28

Thoughts on Today’s Verse

Let’s live as if we’ve been redeemed! Let’s show our love and character in our daily lives. Let’s especially work together, with one voice and spirit, making a vigorous effort to share the Gospel with those who have never heard of the grace of God in the ministry of Jesus. In the face of opposition, let’s not be deterred or divided. Instead, let’s work hand-in-hand for the cause of the Gospel.

My Prayer

O LORD, give us greater unity of purpose and greater courage in the face of opposition so that we can show the world that we are your children and Jesus’ disciples. In the name of our Lord and Christ we pray. Amen.

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Verse of the Day for Friday, November 26, 2021

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“No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the LORD.
—Isaiah 54:17

Thoughts on Today’s Verse

Because of the LORD God’s grace and power, we will be victors. This is the final message of Revelation. It is the song that is sung throughout the Scriptures. This is the assurance that we have from God himself. Our lives will not be lived in vain. Those who berate, belittle, and batter God’s people will be exposed and his beloved children, his saints of light, will receive vindication and salvation from the Father they love.

My Prayer

Dear God, I pray especially today for your servants who are sharing the Gospel in difficult places. Some of these precious ones are imprisoned. Some are facing torture. Others are facing ostracism. Some face firing in their workplace. Please give them strength today. Please deliver them from the evil one’s vile intent. Protect them by your mighty hand and deliver them, like Daniel, from the lion’s mouth to your glory. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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Verse of the Day for Thursday, November 25, 2021

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The LORD is my light and my salvation — whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life — of whom shall I be afraid?
—Psalm 27:1

Thoughts on Today’s Verse

I love the coast of Maine. The craggy shorelines, the crashing surf, and the lighthouses perched at strategic and well-fortified points along the coastline. I cannot help but think of our heavenly Father when I watch the gloom gather as an impending storm noisily makes its way onshore. There, in the storm — with lightning ripping through the sky, winds howling, and the surf crashing — stands the light that guides the way, strong against the elements and a beacon of direction and hope. Yes, the LORD, Yahweh the God of Israel, the Almighty Creator of all things, is my light and my salvation. My life, the eternal part of me, is entrusted with him. I choose not to fear. I place my trust in him.

My Prayer

Father in heaven, I praise you for your faithfulness through the ages. I thank you for your steadfast love that has blessed each generation, giving hope in times of darkness, salvation in times of wantonness, and strength in times of weakness. Now I ask that you be with several people I love, who need your palpable presence as they fight their battles. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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Verse of the Day for Wednesday, November 24, 2021

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If the LORD delights in a man’s way, he makes his steps firm; though he stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand.
—Psalm 37:23-24

Thoughts on Today’s Verse

I don’t know about you, but I’ve stumbled my way through much of life. I’ve tripped at some of the most embarrassing moments. I’ve stumbled over my own feet, shoelaces, curbs, and just pure air. However, I am confident that in my spiritual life, even though I have stumbled from time to time, God has not let me completely fall. When I think I’m going to plunge into the depths of the abyss, the Father’s love, care, concern, Scriptures, servants, and helpers have kept me from destruction. God’s hand does uphold me. He is there in times of trial. He has been mighty to save. I do believe that he delights in my journey. How about you?

My Prayer

O Father, thank you for your steadying influence in my life. Thank you for lifting me when I have been down, protecting me when I have been vulnerable, and comforting me when I have been broken. I praise you for your grace, your glory, and your nearness. Through Jesus, I offer you my praise and eternal appreciation. Amen.

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Verse of the Day for Monday, November 22, 2021

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Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.
—2 Corinthians 7:1

Thoughts on Today’s Verse

God has blessed us with so many wonderful promises. He has secured them through the sending of his Son “to conquer death and bring life and immortality to life.” He will “transform our lowly bodies to be like his glorious body.” He will take us home to be with him eternally, but until that day, he will live inside us and reveal himself to us. He will make us more than conquerors and will not allow anything to separate us from his love. So what should our response be? Yes, sure we should offer him praise. But, we must not limit our praise to words. God wants our lives to be pure, staying away from what is evil, vile, putrid, and corrupt. He wants us to do this, not so we can claim some moral superiority, but so that we can show him our adoration and reverence. In our desire to offer God praise, let’s not forget that one of the greatest ways to praise him is to seek him in purity and holiness!

My Prayer

Forgive me, Heavenly Father, for my sins. Purify my heart and cast out any foothold the devil may have in me because of my sin. Empower me to holiness and accept my life as an offering of praise and thanks to you. In the name of Jesus, I offer you my heart, my life, and my all. Amen.

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Verse of the Day for Sunday, November 21, 2021

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Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
—Ephesians 3:20-21

Thoughts on Today’s Verse

What grand “Kingdom dreams” do you have for God’s glory? What incredible ideas can you imagine requesting that God would bring to fruition? What are your expectations of heaven with God? Now that you have stretched mind, challenged your imagination, and loaded up your expectations, are you ready for some down to earth truth straight from the Marvel of heaven? God is able to do far more than any of that. His power is at work in us to do his glorious will and accomplish his eternal purposes. So let’s not set our sights too low and expect too little. Live for his glory and expect to see it at work in your life.

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My Prayer

O LORD, God of heavens and earth, my Abba Father and loving Shepherd, please stir my thoughts by your Spirit to dream bigger dreams and have higher hopes than my earthbound and selfish brain can imagine. Give me a sense of wonder and expectation as I live for your glory. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

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