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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Commit to What’s Best and Not Just What’s Good by Rick Warren Ministries daily devotional 24 April Thursday

“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” (Colossians 3:2 NIV)                                                                                                          
Many of us believe we can multi-task without limits. However our brain isn’t a computer; it can’t run different programs simultaneously. When we think we are “multi-tasking,” we are actually switching rapidly between tasks. Our attention is divided. That’s why people crash their cars when they try to text and drive.
And it’s why people crash in their journey to get healthy. Getting healthy the right way requires a relentless focus on God and his plan for healthy living. You must focus on what’s most important and not allow yourself to get distracted by the trivial. If Satan can’t get you to do wrong, he’ll simply wear you out with a lot of good things. He’ll get you over-committed to the good but not the best.
The Bible says, “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things” (Colossians 3:2 NIV).
As you make the commitment to get healthy, lay aside what doesn’t matter so you can focus on Jesus and his plan for your body.
Talk It Over
  • What are the insignificant things that distract you from the people and things in your life to which God has called you?
  • What do you want to accomplish through the Daniel Plan? What motivates you?
  • By succeeding at the Daniel Plan, how will your life be different in five years?

Inside Out - Gloria Copeland Ministries daily devotional 24 April Thursday

– 2 Corinthians 3:18
Have you ever thought about the fact that man is the only creature God created who has to wear clothing to cover himself? All the other creatures grow their own coverings. Some grow fur, some feathers, others scales, or leathery hide. But all are clothed from the inside out!
Most people don't realize it, but in the beginning, man was clothed that way too. He was made in the image of God. And, if you'll look in Ezekiel 8:2, you'll find that God is clothed in fire from the loins up and from the loins down. That fire is His glory emanating outward from His inner- most being.
When man was first created, he was like that too. He was covered with the very glory of God. It radiated from his inner being outward. That's why he had no sense of nakedness until after he sinned and the glory departed from him.
It was a tragic day when man lost that glorious covering. But I want you to know something today. It's not lost forever. The Word of God says we can gain it back.
You see, when you put your faith in the blood of Jesus and were born again, the glory of God once again took up residence in you. It may be well hidden right now, but believe me, it's in there.
And the Bible says that as you gaze into the Lord's face by studying the Word and fellowshiping with Him, as you renew your mind to understand who you are in Christ, you'll be changed into His image on the outside as well. As you learn to hear His voice and obey it, you'll start giving outward expression of the glory within you. Little by little, you'll be turned inside out!
Instead of simply staring into your closet every morning, spend some time gazing at Jesus and beholding His Word. Let Him clothe you in His radiant presence. Once His glory starts shining through, anything you wear will look beautiful on you.
Scripture Reading: Psalm 8

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

To Be Healthy, Focus on Today by Rick Warren Ministries daily devotional 23 April Wednesday

“Give us today our daily bread.” (Matthew 6:11 NIV)
Matthew 6:11 says, “Give us today our daily bread” (NIV).
Notice the Bible doesn’t say, “Give us today our weekly bread” or “Give us today our yearly bread.” 
God wants you to trust him one day at a time. You don’t need to be concerned about tomorrow until tomorrow. You don’t need to be concerned about next week until next week.
This means you don’t have to stress about all the future steps necessary to make you Daniel Strong. You just need to focus on what you need to do for today. You can focus on succeeding at the Daniel Plan one day at a time.
Jesus said, “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today” (Matthew 6:34 NLT).
Talk It Over
  • What aspects of the Daniel Plan do you tend to worry about? Why do you think that is? How might this be related to trusting God?
  • Why do you think God wants you to take it one day at a time?
  • Make a list of all your concerns related to your Daniel Plan journey. Now trim the list down to only those things you need to deal with today. Share your concerns, and talk to God about them.

Favor Awareness - Joel Osteen Ministries daily devotional 23 April Wednesday

“...his favor lasts a lifetime.”
(Psalm 30:5, NIV)
TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
People promote awareness of all kinds of things in this world, but one of the most important things you should be aware of is the favor of God! Every day before you leave the house, you should say, “Father, thank You that I have Your favor.” As you drive to work or go about your day, meditate on His favor. Be aware of His goodness. Expect doors to open for you that may not open for somebody else.
Remember, favor means you have an advantage. There is something special about you because Almighty God has His hand on you. And I’m not talking about being arrogant and thinking that you’re better than somebody else. I’m talking about living with boldness — not because of who you are, but because of Whose you are! You are a child of the Most High God. Your Father created the whole universe. You can expect preferential treatment from Him!
Father, thank You for Your favor, grace and mercy. I choose to be aware of Your goodness and many blessings. I choose to meditate on Your love and look for Your hand at work in every area of my life in Jesus’ name. Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen                   

Oppose the Devil Gloria Copeland Ministries daily devotional 23 April Wednesday

– James 4:7
If you've been crying and asking God to run the devil out of your life, STOP! The Bible says you're the one who's supposed to overcome the devil.
How? By resisting him. By rebelling against him when he tells you to do something and doing what God says instead! When Satan tells you some lie, contradict him with the Word of God. Oppose him. This verse says when you do that, he'll flee from you. He'll "run as in terror."
That means everywhere you go, as you walk in faith and oppose the devil, darkness is pushed back.
So start pushing back that darkness. You can do it! The life of God is within you. Jesus Himself is living inside you. Everywhere you go, He goes. Every problem that rises up against you, every evil spirit that tries to influence your life, is coming up against GOD when he comes up against you.
All you need to do is become conscious of that. Begin now living your life moment by moment, knowing that the light of God is in you. The Word of God is in you. The Spirit of God is in you.
Live knowing that Jesus, the Son of God, is in you. Then watch the devil run!
Scripture Reading: Ephesians 6:10-18

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Stay Healthy By Accepting Others by Rick Warren Ministries daily devotional 22 April Tuesday

“Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.” (Romans 15:7 NIV)
God accepts us, despite our messy lives, impure motives, and irritating attitudes. One of the ways we reflect God’s love and bring him glory is to accept each other just as he accepts us. This means we accept others’ quirks and look past their faults in order to see a person created in the image of God.
To make the changes in your life that lead to health, you’ll need the support of your Daniel Plan group or your small group. You can’t get healthy on your own. To have that kind of critical support through your group, you’ll need to accept one another unconditionally, just as Christ has accepted you unconditionally.
The Bible says, “Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God” (Romans 15:7 NIV).
This acceptance makes your Daniel Plan group a safe environment, where people are not afraid to express their fears and doubts or talk about their struggles and where lasting change is facilitated.
Talk It Over
  • What are the events from your past that make it hard for you to believe God accepts you?
  • Why do you think people are more likely to change after, rather than before, they find acceptance?
  • What will be the hardest thing to share with your Daniel Plan group? Ask God to help you let down your walls so you can be vulnerable and transparent with your group.

What is God Telling You to Do? - Joel Osteen Ministries daily devotional 22 April Tuesday

“...And as they went, they were cured and made clean.”
(Luke 17:14, AMP)
TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
One time in the Scripture, there were ten lepers who saw Jesus. They hollered out, “Jesus! Have mercy on us and make us whole!” Jesus could have healed them right then, but instead, He asked them to do something to express their faith. He said, “Go show yourself to the Priest, and you will be made whole.”
It’s interesting that those lepers were not supposed to be around other people. They had to live in colonies because they were contagious and considered unclean. I’m sure they debated among themselves, “Do you really think we should go? I don’t look any better. It’s just going to be a waste of our time.” But they dared to put action behind their faith. They decided, “Jesus said if we go, we will be well. Let’s go. Let’s take a step of faith.” The Scripture says, “As they went, they were made whole.”
Friend, what is God telling you to do in your heart today? Take a step of faith. Put action behind faith. As you step out and show that your faith is in Him, you will see His miracle-working power flow in every area of your life!
Father, I choose to trust in You. I choose to be obedient to You. Even when it doesn’t make sense to my natural mind, I will obey You and walk by faith. Thank You for revealing Yourself to me and healing every part of my life in Jesus’ name. Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen                   

God of Your Trouble, God of Your Heart" Gloria Copeland Ministries daily devotional 22 April Tuesday

– Psalm 32:7
In this day and time, trouble seems to surround us on every side. If it's not a failing economy, it's a failing business, a failing marriage, or failing health. Yet, in the midst of seemingly overwhelming problems, God has promised to deliver us.
If you want God to be God of your trouble, then you must let Him be God in your heart. God honors those who honor Him. If you're facing problems, don't just start kicking and screaming and begging Him to save you from them. Honor Him by going to His Word and doing what He says to do.
Psalm 34 is a good place to start. It says, for example, to seek God (verse 4). As you seek Him, He will deliver you from the things that threaten you.
Secondly, it instructs you to cry out to the Lord. He will save you out of ALL your troubles (verse 6).
Next it tells you to fear the Lord. Verses 11-14 tell you exactly how to do that: Keep from speaking evil and deceit; depart from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.
Remember, if you want God to be God of your trouble, let Him be God of your heart. When you do that, all of heaven will get involved in your deliverance--and your triumph will be guaranteed.
Scripture Reading: Psalm 34