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Matthew 12:36

August 18

But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.

When God created Adam, He breathed the breath of life – the spirit of God – into him. We are two elements: the dust from which we were created and will return, and the spiritual man which will live forever.

It is impossible to speak without inhaling and exhaling. Somehow, God has connected the breath of the supernatural to our speech. One day, we will give an account for every word that we utter. We will be condemned – or justified – by the things we say.

There is a miracle in our mouths just waiting to be spoken into existence! In Matthew 17, Jesus declared that, if we had faith as tiny as a mustard seed, we could speak to a mountain and command it to move. Nothing would be impossible!

By the power of His spoken word, our God creates something out of nothing (Romans 4:17). When we dare to believe in the promises that He has made, and we speak them aloud, the supernatural becomes reality!

Instead of saying that you "can’t," affirm, “I will, by the grace of God!” Don’t say "impossible;" declare that "nothing is impossible with God." In the middle of the trial, boldly proclaim that "the afflictions of the righteous may be many, but the Lord delivers us from them all." There is a miracle in your mouth!

Today's Blessing:

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. As you profess the promises of God aloud, may the “impossible” become your reality!

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

Nehemiah 12:27-13:31

New Testament

1 Corinthians 11:3-16

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalms 35:1-16

Proverbs 21:17-18


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Deuteronomy 28:2

August 17

And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the LORD your God.

The Lord listed the blessings that would overtake the children of Israel if they would only obey His commands. Everything that He promised to His chosen people has now come to us through the Cross of Christ.

The word “overtake” means to flood our lives – much like a tidal wave sweeping away a child’s sandcastle. We will be helpless against the overwhelming outpouring of His blessings!

Deuteronomy 28 spells out the many blessings He promises. We will be blessed in the city and the country. Wherever we go, He will pour out His favor.

We will be blessed in the fruit of our body – our children who are gifts from the Lord. We will be blessed in our basket and store; we will have more than enough in our finances. We will loan to others but have no need to borrow ourselves. If enemies come against us from one direction, they will flee in seven directions – scattered like straw in the wind!

Whatever we put our hand to, He will bless. Whether we are a salesman or a scientist, God will prosper the work we do. We will be the head and not the tail – always coming out on top! Others will see that we belong to the Lord and will stand in awe of our generous Father.

Today's Blessing:

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. With complete confidence in the God Who promised, pronounce this truth over your life: I am born to be blessed!

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

Nehemiah 11:1-12:26

New Testament

1 Corinthians 10:15-11:2

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalms 34:11-22

Proverbs 21:14-16


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Numbers 6:24-26

August 16

The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.

The blessing is an impartation of the supernatural power of God into a human life by the spoken word of God’s delegated spiritual authority.

In ancient Israel, God commanded the high priest, Aaron, to speak His blessing over the whole nation. When Aaron obeyed, God instantly began to pour out miraculous riches on His chosen people.

Today, we are His chosen people, and we were born to be blessed (1 Peter 2:9)! Not because we deserve it, but because we have a generous Heavenly Father Who wants to give us the best in this life and the one to come.

His grace knows no limits. His love has no measure. His compassion has no boundaries. His mercies are renewed every morning. He is the Glory and the Lifter of our heads. Through the sacrifice of His own Son, He provided the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

He is the wonderful Counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, and the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). He is a Friend that sticks closer than a brother. He is our Savior, Deliverer, Shield, Fortress, and High Tower.

This is the God Who blesses us exceedingly abundantly, above all that we can ask or imagine!


May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. May the supernatural blessing of the Lord transform your mind and life through the power of His Word and the mighty name of Jesus!

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

Nehemiah 9:22-10:39

New Testament

1 Corinthians 9:20-10:14

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalms 34:1-10

Proverbs 21:13


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2 Corinthians 13:5

August 15

Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified.

As the signs of the last days rage around us, our sovereign God is still in control. As He delays His coming, we need to heed the wake-up call and warn others that the time to choose Jesus is now.

Today’s verse encourages every person to examine himself. Are you truly in the faith? Is Christ really at work in your heart? Are His power and wisdom growing in you every day? Are you looking more and more like your Father?

The Bible warns us of a broad way that leads to destruction; multitudes will take that easy path to eternal loss. The gate is small, and the path is narrow that leads to true, eternal life, and few will find it (Matthew 7:13-14). To find that path and to stay on that path takes discipline and focus.

Test yourself! Where are you in life? Are you walking the narrow, blood-stained path that leads to the Cross? Or are you strolling hand in hand with the world?

Be certain that you are ready when that final trumpet blast rents the air. Tell others about a Savior Who loves us so much that He does not want to live without us.


May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. If you are numbered among the redeemed, rejoice that your name has been written in the Lamb’s Book of Life and that Jesus will one day present you faultless before God the Father!

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

Nehemiah 7:61-9:21

New Testament

1 Corinthians 9:1-19

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalms 33:12-22

Proverbs 21:11-12


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Deuteronomy 7:6

August 14

For you are a holy people to the LORD your God; the LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth.

The country of Israel and the Jewish people are holy, chosen, and treasured above all other nations on earth.

Israel’s story began in Genesis 12 when God told Abraham to leave his father’s house and to set out for an unknown land. He vowed to make Abraham a great nation. He promised to bless anyone who blessed him and curse anyone who cursed him. That word still stands today.

Israel was created by a sovereign act of God. The country was given to the Jewish people exclusively and eternally (Exodus 15:13). Israel does not just occupy the land – they own it! Zechariah 2:8 declares that He will go out against nations who oppress Israel, because anyone who does so sticks their finger in the eye of God.

His love abounds for the holy city of Jerusalem. As the mountains surround the city, God encircles His people forever (Psalm 125:2). He has established intercessors to cry out day and night until He makes Jerusalem a respected and admired city of praise.

Jerusalem is the shoreline of eternity, the capital city of the final Kingdom, where Jesus Christ will sit on the throne of David. Of that Kingdom there shall be no end, and you and I will reign with Him eternally.


May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. May all who love this city prosper.

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

Nehemiah 5:14-7:60

New Testament

1 Corinthians 8:1-13

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalms 33:1-11

Proverbs 21:8-10


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Hebrews 12:1

August 13

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.

The book of Hebrews likens our faith journey to a race that we are to run with the single-minded passion of a champion.

Too many times, we run like t-ball players. We get distracted, lie down in the outfield, and chase butterflies. We fill up our hats with dirt and run to third base instead of first. But God calls us to discipline and focus.

We must align with the Lion of Judah to understand the roar of Him inside of us. We need to get lean and mean so that when we step up to the starting block, Satan and his minions tremble. It will be a fight to the finish, and they are on the losing team.

We may experience loneliness, the weariness of putting one foot in front of another, the struggle to keep going, the frustration of a road not headed where we expected. In those laps, God refines us until we grow bold and strong in Him.

We are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses – all the pioneers who blazed the trail before us – and they are cheering us on to victory. Jesus began a good work in us and will see it through to the finish line!


May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. May you run the race before you with purpose, power, and passion. Run to win!

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

Nehemiah 3:15-5:13

New Testament

1 Corinthians 7:20-40

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalms 32:1-11

Proverbs 21:5-7


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Romans 8:11

August 12

But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

When the Spirit of the Living God dwells in a believer, He will raise us up and fill us with strength and vitality to fulfill the purposes of our Father.

When faced with increasingly challenging times, we can easily be overwhelmed. Our hearts can faint within us. Our perseverance can fall short. Our faith can cool. But when His Spirit is alive and abiding in us, He will fill us with can-do belief in our ability to overcome.

In fact, Ephesians 3:20-21 assures us that God will do “exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think” according to the power that is already working away deep inside us. It is not something beyond our grasp, nothing for which we need to wait. His Spirit is ALREADY at work in us and through us.

The requests that we dare not speak aloud? The dreams that we can scarcely conceive? The plans that we once thought dead? His generosity, His purposes, and His answers exceed our wildest imaginations!

He will strengthen our spirits mightily through His Spirit. He will ground us in His love and fill us to the richest measure with God Himself. That same Spirit will give life and power to us!


May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. May you be filled to overflowing with the Spirit of the Living God to do mighty exploits for His glory!

Today's Bible Reading:

Old Testament

Nehemiah 1:1-3:14

New Testament

1 Corinthians 7:1-19

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalms 31:19-24

Proverbs 21:4


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1 Corinthians 2:9

August 11

Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.

Rapture! People talk of it as a never-seen-before happening, but the Bible tells us of several mysterious incidents when believers were snatched up and carried from one place to another.

Enoch was a man who walked with God and pleased Him. He did not die; God simply took him (Genesis 5:24).

A fiery, horse-drawn chariot whisked Elijah away to heaven in a whirlwind (2 Kings 2:11).

When King Uzziah died, Isaiah was “carried away” in a vision where he saw God seated on His throne, surrounded by angels declaring His holiness (Isaiah 6:1).

As Jesus’ disciples looked on in Acts 1:9-11, He ascended from the earth and disappeared into the clouds. Two angels declared that, in the same way He left, He will one day return.

On the way to Gaza, Philip baptized an Ethiopian eunuch alongside the road. As the eunuch came out of the water, Philip was transported to Azotus, a city over 30 miles away (Acts 8)!

In 2 Corinthians 12, Paul shared how he was caught up to tour the third heaven before returning to earth.

The seventh rapture will occur when Jesus catches away the victorious Church. We can exhaust our imaginations but still not grasp how indescribably wonderful it will be when we all go home!


May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. Like Enoch, may you walk with God and please Him. May you eagerly anticipate the day we are caught away home!

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

Ezra 10:1-44

New Testament

1 Corinthians 6:1-20

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalms 31:9-18

Proverbs 21:3


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1 Thessalonians 4:18

August 10

Therefore comfort one another with these words.

If ever there was a time in our nation and the nations of the world where we are experiencing unprecedented division and chaos, it is right now. Current headlines come straight from the pages of Scripture.

On the other side of this chaos shines a promise that causes us to live above the fray, a comfort that floods our hearts with the profound peace of God. Jesus’ foot is poised to step onto the clouds of glory.

Paul says that the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout – a symbol of victory over death, hell, and the grave.

He will descend with the voice of the archangel – an announcement of the appearance of royalty – the King of kings, the Lord of lords, the Prince of peace.

He will come with the trump of God – the clarion call that precedes the arrival of a king.

All of that noise is going to wake up the dead, and they will emerge from their graves to rise first. Then, those believers who are alive and remain will be caught up in the clouds to finally meet our Savior in the air. What will only take moments here will result in our forever family reunion in heaven!

In the face of the tumult around us, comfort one another with these reminders. Stand up straight, raise your head, and rejoice! Our redemption is oh so close!


May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. Paradise awaits at the end of that trumpet blast! All praise and glory to the Faithful and True with Whom we will reign eternally!

Today's Bible Reading:

Old Testament

Ezra 8:21-9:15

New Testament

1 Corinthians 5:1-13

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 31:1-8

Proverbs 21:1-2


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