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Friday, October 31 2014
He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friendsProverbs 17:9
It is amazing how with just a few words people’s lives can be changed.  God’s grace allows us the privilege of covering the offenses of others so that they may begin to hear and see the reality of God’s love.  His grace which we know as his love given without condemnation will give us many opportunities through our life to bless instead of accusing, to give instead of take, to honor instead of ridicule.  This is a good day for his grace to be expressed through the wonderful gift of your mouth.  Your day will be refreshing and anyone who meets you will see and hear through you that life that is eternal, it is called God’s grace.  Enjoy!
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Wednesday, October 29 2014
I, too, try to please everyone in everything I do.  I don’t just do what is best for me; I do what is best for others so that many may be saved.   And you should imitate me, just as I imitate Christ1 Corinthians 10:33 NLT.
Here is a good question that we should ask on some kind of regular basis – “Who do we imitate?”  The answer tells us in what direction we may be going on that day.  God so loved that he gave, and he gave with joy and compassion to those, who at the time did not ask nor seem to want what he was.  Even on the cross, with his flesh torn, exhausted from beatings, and a crown of thorns on his head, he responds to the situation this way – “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”  Luke 22:34.  There is a newness to our emotions in the grace of Christ that many are missing along their journey.  Grace relieves and blesses our life with the desire to see others refreshed so that they too may experience the grace of God in Jesus the Christ.  Today may you be the life that can be imitated so that as they see, hear and experience grace and kindness through you they will be saved as you have been saved.  This might be a good day for someone to imitate you.  Enjoy!
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Monday, October 27 2014
From the fruit of his lips a man is filled with good things as surely as the work of his hands rewards himProverbs 12:14
As we grow from childhood into an adult we learn the value and joy of working hard, at least for most of us.  Our labor can provide us with income that will bless us and our families.  But sometimes we forget the income that comes from our mouth.  With it we express through words, tones and expressions the attitude of our heart.  It is here where grace can be experienced with great refreshment.  Grace changes everything for it brings back to life the nature and attitude of God in us.  We then have the privilege of being aware of words, tones and expressions that may not bring a blessing to those who hear and see.  But at the same time having a wonderful opportunity to have our emotions be words of grace.  Today may you rejoice in the work of your hands, but especially rejoice in what grace sounds like as it is being spoken and expressed through your life and character.  You will like it and it will put a smile on your face as well as those around you.  Enjoy!
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Friday, October 24 2014
The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. Psalm 23:1 In these simple words we can see a change in our thinking and emotions, from a belief system about God into a relationship with him which is overwhelmed by his grace. Here he is our shepherd, the one who cares intimately about us and the details of our life. Grace lets us know that His Word is more than a statement; it is a fact about our relationship with the LORD. Stress, worry, anxiety and unforgiveness have no home or place here. During this day allow yourself to realize the LORD is the shepherd of your life and celebrate that he is involved in all the details of your life. Relax, smile and rejoice with praise to the one whose goal is to bless you. Enjoy!
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Wednesday, October 22 2014
For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one fleshGenesis 2:24
God’s plan for mankind has always been grace, for grace brings about a love and joy in our relationships.  Sin on the other hand is destructive in its emotions, its words and its expressions.  The actions of sin have destroyed many marriages and families along the journey.  But the good news found in Jesus the Christ is that grace can overwhelm sin, for it was given in the power of the blood of Christ.  Emotions of grace, words of grace and expressions of grace can bring beauty and life to marriages, families and communities.  You see grace does not just save; it gives life to us in the very center of our being to love well.  Grace can enjoy being tolerant, patient and kind, all of which builds relationships.  Today may you laugh a lot, encourage a lot and forgive a lot, for this freedom of grace will blow your hair back in all the right ways.  This day of grace desires to bring unity, kindness and blessings to your relationships through you.  Enjoy!
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Monday, October 20 2014
May those who hope in you not be disgraced because of me, O Lord, the LORD Almighty; may those who seek you not be put to shame because of mePsalm 69:6
Being self-focused seems to be what is common to us naturally from our birth.  We can see this in children being raised in the same family.  But what is natural to grace is a desire in our emotions and our thinking that wants to bless and encourage others.  The gift of grace brings delight in that we are aware of the impact our words, our tones, our expressions and even our desires have on the people around us.  There is no stress, anxiety or regret with attitudes of grace that are heard and seen.  An life of grace lightens our load so that the joy of others is important to us and in fact down right refreshing.  This is a great day to rejoice knowing the impact you have on your family, your friends, your co-workers and even those who do not like you because of the power of our Lord’s grace in you.  Your attitudes and actions can rekindle hope in some of the most difficult places.  Let the freedom of his grace have its way in you.  Enjoy!
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Friday, October 17 2014
Let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him.  For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ's blood to make us cleanHebrews 10:22
Sometimes through life we feel or have some kind of thought that God is not interested in how we feel.  That feeling or thought is real, but it is not telling us the truth.   Again we have in God's Word a wonderful picture of his grace working in our lives.  We are invited to come into his presence with all our emotions and intellect, allowing this living grace to express itself, knowing he has taken all the emotions of a guilty conscience out of our life because of the blood of Christ.  Today, let yourself enjoy your journey of grace and go right into his presence with a guilt free conscience because of the grace of Christ.  As you do, fell free to rejoice with the attitude of thanksgiving, it will bless you in all the right ways.  Enjoy
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Wednesday, October 15 2014
I hear about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints.  I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in ChristPhilemon 5,6
One of the magnificent wonders of God’s grace is the giving of a living faith.  It is not a belief system or set of standards by which we judge ourselves as well as others.  But a faith that lives in us and can be recognized as a love for people.  This faith is very real, in fact it is called – Your Faith. Let’s face it, most people know us by what is ours.  So, if faith in Jesus the Christ is actually yours, the Word of God says – “I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith.”  Faith that is active is filled with joy, encouragement and is very refreshing to everyone around.  This activity opens the door so that you may begin to understand every good thing you have in Jesus Christ.  Let your living faith express itself so naturally that you and everyone else will be refreshed in life today.  This is a good day for you to live in the fullness of your love and faith in Jesus Christ. By His grace it is all yours. Enjoy!
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Monday, October 13 2014
Just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new lifeRomans 6:4
New life is always refreshing to us.  It can be the birth of our children, grandchildren or even our great grandchildren.  In those moments we find ourselves celebrating with emotions and thoughts of joy, no matter what we may personally be going through.  Ever notice the joy of children when they are around puppies?  Well God’s grace is his love given in power through the life of Jesus Christ without any condemnation which brings with it new life, this is his glory.  Here is a question – “what is true of the resurrection?”  The resurrection proclaims the glory and grace of the power of God.  It was a public announcement that the reign of sin and death has been broken.  In his grace we now have been given a new life and we know this is true because God’s Word expresses it as a fact.  Today allow yourself to rejoice because of his grace that has been given to you.  The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. Just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, you too have been given new life so that you may now offer your life as a living and holy sacrifice (Romans 12:1) Grace removes all kinds of condemnation and lets your emotions and thoughts be refreshed so that you are choosing to celebrate in this new life.  Enjoy!
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Thursday, October 09 2014
How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.  They cannot be numbered!  I can't even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand!  And when I wake up, you are still with mePsalm 139:17,18 NLT
How freeing it is to actually be living in the love of God that is given through his grace in Jesus the Christ.  Living in his love, not just having thoughts about it frees us from our old nature of irritations, anxiety and all the emotions of coveting.  Here gratefulness is alive in our emotions and thoughts, which become actions and words of encouragement to all around us.  When we actually believe - "precious are your thoughts about me, O God,” we will find ourselves in a place where smiling and joy have become our nature.  Today let this scripture not just be some kind of statement, but a description of who you are.  If that is the case, this day along with those that will come, will be overwhelmed with life, goodness and grace. Please allow yourself the freedom to enjoy!
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Tuesday, October 07 2014
For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to your from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.   1 Peter 1:18-20
It is amazing what we as individual put value on, all of which impact the direction of our lives.  It does seem that perishable things such as silver or gold are somehow on most people’s minds and if we can acquire a significant amount of these things we think we will personally feel we have more value.  Yet we all these things acquired all over the earth we still are full of violence, immorality and brokenness.  What possibly then could have more value than these things?  Well, to the Lord we are more valuable than these things and we have been redeemed, refreshed and renewed with that, which is imperishable, the precious blood of Christ, God’s gift of grace.  Today may you know that you have been redeemed by the grace of Jesus the Christ.  Redeemed by the blood of Christ is the declaration that you are loved now and for all eternity.  This is a good day to finally rest in what God has said he has done in you through Jesus the Christ.  Enjoy!
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Friday, October 03 2014
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.  And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of ChristEphesians 3:16-18
Here in God’s breath we have a prayer given so that we might have the power to enjoy our relationship with the Lord. We will then find out that our worship is much more beautiful than something we just do on Sunday.  In worship prayer can be described as the oxygen of the soul.  Worship is from the inside out and we find that it is founded in love and faith; therefore it has no condemnation or regret at all.  When we recognize the love of God in the depth of our being, we begin to enjoy and live in his grace.  Growing in grace can be defined as the decreasing frequency of sin because of the power of Christ’s love and therefore there is no sorrow in it.  Today may you find your heart established in his love by faith.  Your expressions, your voice and your opinions in this place will delight you and everything about your journey will become uplifting for anyone who meets you.  Allow those around you to grasp the love of Christ because of you.  Enjoy!
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Thursday, October 02 2014
You are the light of the world – like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.  In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly FatherMatthew 5:14, 16 NLT
One of the beautiful benefits of God’s grace in our lives is the freedom we have in letting.  His grace not only gives life but the power to let.  The illustration of the life of grace here is seen as light, light that can be seen in all directions like a city on a hill.  But this light is also now our character which is the character of grace.  The power of his grace gives the freedom to “let” this new life be seen and heard in the midst of all our opportunities.  Then men and women will see as well as hear, through us the refreshment of the life of Christ.  This refreshes families, neighborhoods and communities. Oh, it also blesses us and lets us enjoy the wonders of his grace.  Today may you find that what you are “letting” (your life) is like a light shining on a hilltop and everyone around you, including you will be blessed.  Enjoy!
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Wednesday, October 01 2014
Don't fool yourselves.  Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people - none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God.  Some of you were once like that.  But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.   1 Corinthians 6:9-11 NLT.
The nature of sin will produce by-products that at best are filthy.  There has never been a family, a community, a state or a nation that has become refreshed and renewed when these things are the habits of its people.  Grace comes in right at this point to remove sin's power and give us a new nature that will bring thanksgiving and delight.  Grace is the power of God's love in Jesus the Christ to release us from habits that are hurtful by nature. Grace produces new habits that have their foundation in God's love, where there will never be any regret or shame.  Today may you allow the strength of his grace to set you free from habits that do not bless you or anyone else.  In his grace you have the right as sons and daughters to praise, bless and encourage others through your actions and words.  This freedom is now and forever yours because of his grace given to you in Jesus Christ.  Enjoy!
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