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Loving God

Loving God

Today's Message

{ Day 268 }

Free me from the trap that is set for me, for you are my refuge. Into your hands I commit my spirit; redeem me, O Lord, the God of truth. —Psalm 31:4-5

What does it mean to commit our spirits to the Lord? Our spirit is the part of us that touches our deepest desires and dreams. It is the repository for our greatest passions and hopes for our lives. As He hung on the cross, Jesus was saying, "Father, I commit to You the things I treasure the most. I surrender to Your hand what I have lived for and believed in." I believe Jesus was declaring the secret of how He lived His entire earthly life. At the end of His life He knew this spiritual principle would again prove reliable and true. God was His source, and God is our source. Committing our spirits to Him means asking the Father to take care of those things that matter most to our hearts. It is recognizing that we can't make God's promises come to pass in our own strength. When you commit something into God's hands, the devil cannot steal it. The only person who could stop the will of God in David's life was David. And only you can stop God's will from happening in your life by disconnecting from communion with God.

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Teach me, Lord, that only as I surrender myself completely to You will I discover the secret to fulfilling Your will for my life. Keep me from stopping Your will from happening in my life. I will never disconnect myself from constant communion with You.

When our spirits are hidden in Him, the
enemy can't lay a finger on them.

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Daily Breakthroughs

Daily Breakthroughs

Today's Message

Blood Covenant

But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter, whose praise is not of men, but of God. —Romans 2:29

You are in covenant with God not because of a blood line, but because your heart has been circumcised by the Holy Spirit who pours the love of God into your heart (Romans 5:5). You were born in sin but there is life after birth. You can be born again in Christ (John 3:3).

The message woven throughout the Bible is that God made a covenant of love with mankind; everyone who chooses can become part of this covenant through Jesus Christ.

The desire of God's heart is to be God to us and for us to love Him with all our hearts. Everything God has ever said to His people, and every covenant He has ever made, builds on the fulfillment of that one desire.

If you are not seeking Him today with a pure heart, cleanse your heart of all deceit, all bitterness, and all envy. Allow the Holy Spirit to fill you with the love of God. The purpose of all your worship and devotion is to love Him with all your heart (Matthew 22:37). This is the covenant of love—the strongest of all covenants.

Lover of my soul, how I love You, Jesus. Be
Thou my bridegroom. My passionate
love is given to You alone. Amen.

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By Love Transformed

By Love Transformed

Today's Message

God's View of Tithing

"Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this," says the Lord Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it." —Malachi 3:10

This verse teaches us five things regarding our money.

One, the Israelites of Malachi's day were backslidden because they were withholding from God what was His.

Two, the entire nation was under a curse because God's people were robbing Him.

Three, God wants all that is due to Him. It is not enough for you to give Him a part, even a large part. That is not what He says. God says He wants it all, and He wants it week by week.

Four, the tithe should go to the storehouse. Now everybody knew then what that was; it was the synagogue or the temple. Today it means the church, your church. When a person begins to give to God, something is unlocked within him and he has a love for the Lord.

Five, God challenges us to discover for ourselves why this is true and that it is true. Think of this: God is angry with those who rob Him, yet He tenderly stoops to where we are to motivate us to give. That is why He tells us to test Him. God challenges us here.

While tithing is of huge importance, no one will be saved just by tithing. Tithing is not how you become a Christian. You are saved when you realize that God sent His Son into the world to die on a cross, to shed His blood, to do for you what you can't do—keep the law perfectly. You will go to heaven even though you have never tithed, and you will stay saved even if you don't become a tither, because tithing is not what guarantees salvation. The connection between spirituality and money is that when you don't give God what is His, you don't grow spiritually and you may also suffer financially. Your Christian life just won't be the same.

Excerpted from Between the Times (Christian Focus Publications Ltd., 2003).

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Around the Word in 365 Days

Around the Word in 365 Days

Today's Message

The Morning Hour

Psalm 5:1-12 Some people are morning people, and others are not. We have a Russian son whom I know not to talk to until he has had his first cup of coffee. People who are not morning people are usually a little resistant when they hear testimonies of people who spend their first waking hour with the Lord. To such people I share that they also can spend their first hour of the morning with the Lord because morning begins at midnight. Both the midnight hour and the later morning hours are precious to God.

David tells us in the psalm, "My voice shall You hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning I will direct it to You, and will I look up" (v. 3).

If you are a night owl instead of a morning dove, you can be one of the first voices God hears in the morning if you begin your prayer time at one minute past twelve. Some people are just more keen and productive at night than in the early morning hours. Whether it be at midnight or six in the morning, God is intently listening for the sound of your voice. He can't wait to hear your praises, worship and prayer requests. If you miss talking with God for a whole day, He misses your voice.

We forget sometimes that prayer is simply conversing with God. There are some people I just love to talk to. I've thought about why I enjoy my conversations with these people so much. Here are a few reasons I discovered.

1. They listen carefully to what I am saying.

2. They make comments about what I am saying.

3. They have interesting things to share with me.

4. The level of our conversation is always edifying.

After coming up with this list, I realized God's conversations with me are even more edifying and rewarding than the people with whom I love to converse. So why do I put off my conversations with God? You might ask yourself the same question.

Lord, sometimes I feel I have to do battle daily to find that quiet time when I can converse with You. Forgive me for my busyness. Help me faithfully to direct my prayer to You in the morning while the house is quiet and I can hear Your voice more clearly. Help me not to miss out on these precious times with You.

READ: 1 Chronicles 4:5-5:17; Acts 25:1-27; Psalm 5:1-12; Proverbs 18:19

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Live Extraordinary

Live Extraordinary

Today's Message

Divine Empowerment

God didn’t just rescue us; He empowered us so that we can live successfully here in this world. He didn’t want children who would have the title of righteousness but not have the ability to overcome the sins and weaknesses that ensnared them in the first place. No, He designed salvation to be complete—triumphant living in this world as well as in the one to come.

"Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, [and] for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God's will in thought, purpose, and action)"

(2 Timothy 3:16, AMP).

God took great care in getting His Word to us, so why do we take it so lightly and not put more emphasis on it? Why do we try to make His infallible Word fit into or confirm our lifestyle or social culture instead of allowing it to shape our lives? It's incorruptible, eternal and can never be altered or changed. It is the rock where we're to stand firm and to base our lives on.


The living Word not only instructs but also empowers us to live above our own human potential—extraordinarily. We've been born again; we're brand-new people; we're sons and daughters of God!

It's so amazing when you think of it. The stars that sailors have set their course by for generations, the sun that has given light and warmth to our atmosphere for thousands and thousands of years, and the constellations that have been shining for longer than humans can remember can all fade out and die before the Word of God can fail. The Word of God is so mighty that it holds all created things together!

Marked by boldness and passion, John Bevere delivers uncompromising truth through his award-winning curriculum and best-selling books now available in over sixty languages. His newest book is Extraordinary: The Life You're Meant to Live. More information is available at www.ExtraordinaryOnline.org.

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