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Verse of the Day for Monday, January 10, 2022

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Just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”
—1 Peter 1:15-16

Thoughts on Today’s Verse

“Holy” is one of those words we generally associate with the “stained glass ghetto” — a word only “church folks” use. That may be true, but it’s still a great concept. Every kid knows that you don’t eat hot dogs and potato chips on china. Mom’s china is reserved for “special company” or “special occasions.” Hot dogs are for paper plates and every day, china is for special events. When God is calling us to be holy, he’s calling us to be china — something special just for him, and as Peter emphasizes, just like him.

My Prayer

Holy Lord, God Almighty, I come before you knowing how great the distance is between your holiness and my commonness. I thank you for making me holy through the sacrifice of Jesus and by sending your Holy Spirit to live inside of me. Please receive my life today as a holy offering to you. I pray in the name of Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of my faith. Amen.

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  • Severa says:

    Holy is your name father in the name of Jesus you beloved son who was conceived by the Holy Spirit to save us all from sin and with his stripes we are all healed. I pray in the name of Jesus to keep us all safe, healthy and with a job to be able to educate our grand daughter and for my son to succeed in his new job and for his wife to find her a new job so they can afford to send their daughter to get a higher education which is almost a college. She is young and very successful at her young age and wants to go learn how to write. She has had published books and wants to learn more . Very studious and a straight A student since she was in pre-K. She will graduate the 8th grade and going to this great boarding school in Michigan. Please lord protect them from harm and keep them safe and healthy as well as my husband and I. Thank you for listening to my prayer in Jesus Christ name, Amen.

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    Verse of the Day for Sunday, January 16, 2022

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    Live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.
    —Galatians 5:16

    Thoughts on Today’s Verse

    I don’t want you to think about an orange rhinoceros flying with blue wings. Now quit. I don’t want you to think about it anymore. You know there is no such thing as an orange rhino that flies, much less one that flies on blue wings. Oh course the point is simple: the more we try to not do something, the more we focus on it and insure we do what we are not supposed to do. That’s why the gift of the Holy Spirit is so important. He enables and empowers us to move beyond our sin — not by focusing on it and refusing it, but by enriching us and “distracting” us with the important things of God.

    My Prayer

    Abba Father, I thank you so much for your Holy Spirit that lives in me and is now interceding with you for me. Please fill me with your Spirit so that my life more nearly reflects your will and focuses on your concerns. Through Jesus, who poured out your Spirit upon me at my baptism, I pray. Amen.

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    Verse of the Day for Friday, January 14, 2022

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    If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.”
    —1 John 4:20-21

    Thoughts on Today’s Verse

    Love! The word can mean anything. Many in the Christian community have tried to define it by a dictionary or lexicon, not realizing the key word for love, agape, is defined by action. Before Christians got a hold of agape, it meant the same thing our word today does: just about anything! But if you read 1 John, you see what love is by what God does. God demonstrates his love. He asks us to do the same for our brothers and sisters. Love must be more than talk; it must be genuinely demonstrated in action!

    My Prayer

    Precious Father, you have so graciously shared your love with me. I must confess, in my heart I intend to love others as you do, but my intentions often get washed away with “busy-ness” or timidity. Father, through your Spirit, prompt me to show my love to others in actions rather than just thought and talk. Through Jesus, your greatest demonstration of love I pray. Amen.

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    Verse of the Day for Wednesday, January 12, 2022

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    You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
    —Galatians 3:26-29

    Thoughts on Today’s Verse

    One. Basic, simple, and easy to understand. When we become Christians through faith and baptism into Christ, we are made one with all other Christians around the world. Race, gender, and social status are gone. All that’s left is One, the One, Jesus. Our lives are his and thus are connected to each other. Our destination is the same, heaven. Our family is the church. No barriers. No closed doors. We are one.

    My Prayer

    Abba Father, thank you for adopting me into your family. May we be one on earth now, as we will be when we are all together around your throne in heaven. I pray for unity among all those who call upon your name and share your Spirit so the world may know there is a solution to conflict, strife and division. Through Jesus our Savior, I pray. Amen.

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    Verse of the Day for Tuesday, January 11, 2022

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    In my anguish I cried to the Lord, and he answered by setting me free. The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?
    —Psalm 118:5-6

    Thoughts on Today’s Verse

    The beginning of the year has been a trying time for people I care about. Maybe it’s been that way for you or those you love. My prayer for you, and for them, is that they may know the comfort of God’s presence. Whether it’s the popular little poem “Footprints” or the familiar “Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for thou art with me,” the presence of the Lord is absolutely vital to standing up against our anguish! The Lord does long to be with us, especially at those moments when we feel most alone. He told us that by experiencing anguish, alone, by himself on the cross.

    My Prayer

    I am thankful, O God, that you refused to be God from a safe distance. Because you came and felt what it was like to be abandoned, forsaken, and alone, I know I can trust that I will never be forsaken by you. Please give me a clearer sense of your presence with me in my life today, I pray through Jesus. Amen.

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    Verse of the Day for Sunday, January 9, 2022

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    Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not corrupt and thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
    —Matthew 6:19-20

    Thoughts on Today’s Verse

    Where do you hide your heart? What we most value is where we will find our heart. So it is an important question. You see, we can treasure riches, control, security, and relationships. Jesus reminds us that it is only by turning loose of the things that most of us keep as our treasures that we find what is truly treasure indeed.

    My Prayer

    Majestic Father, I pray that out of the riches of your grace, you may help me find my treasure in you and treasure nothing else above you. Today, I want to offer you all that I am and have so that my life will be lived for your glory. In the name of Jesus, my example and treasure I pray. Amen.

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    Verse of the Day for Saturday, January 8, 2022

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    Seek good, not evil, that you may live. Then the Lord God Almighty will be with you, just as you say he is. Hate evil, love good; maintain justice in the courts.
    —Amos 5:14-15

    Thoughts on Today’s Verse

    A whole bunch of folks claim that God is on their side. In reality, the important question is whether we are on God’s side! That’s determined more by what we seek and do rather than what we think and say. God longs to be with us, but he will not sacrifice his character to extend us cheap grace, a grace that does not call us to be like him. He’s looking for believers who put their character where their mouths are.

    My Prayer

    Most Holy God. Your righteousness and holiness are beyond me. I know that my best efforts are only vain attempts to attain them. Yet I long, dear Father, to be more like you in every way that it is humanly possible. Let me know of your presence with me as I seek after you and your character in my life. In the name of Jesus the Righteous One I pray. Amen.

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    Verse of the Day for Thursday, January 6, 2022

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    Prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.
    —1 Peter 1:13

    Thoughts on Today’s Verse

    When Jesus came the first time, he came to reveal God (John 1:18). As wonderful, powerful, and gracious as he was in his earthly ministry, he did not fully reveal all who he is. Our hope is tied to his return. When he comes this time, he won’t come to reveal God, but to reveal himself — the conquering Lord, the Rider on the white horse. Every knee will bow. We will get to see him as he really and fully is — Immanuel in power and grace, triumphant in every way. When we set our hope on Jesus’ grace when he returns, we can be confidently ready for active service to our king today. We can live under his leadership with obedience and praise today.

    My Prayer

    O Almighty God, I long for the day when I get to see Jesus face to face coming with the angels in power. Until that time, fasten my heart in hope to the glory Jesus will share with me on that day, and please empower me to live as one who knows that victory is mine in Jesus. Jesus, through your powerful name I pray. Amen.

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