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1 Samuel 30:6

January 22

Now David was greatly distressed ... but David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.

Did you know that sometimes the most powerful motivational speech you’ll ever hear is the one you give yourself? That’s what David did. At the moment when he had suffered the greatest military defeat of his life and his own army was threatening to stone him, David found a way to strengthen himself in the Lord. There wasn’t anyone else to encourage him, so he made up his mind to encourage himself. He rose to his best when everyone thought he should be at his worst. He said to himself, “I might be knocked down, but I’m not staying down. I may be surrounded by bitterness, but I’m not letting bitterness get inside me. I’m not giving in to fear or worry. This did not come to stay; it came to pass.”

Today, decide that you’re not going to let anything get the best of you. Look yourself in the mirror and remember that people don’t see what God sees in you. When He looks at you, He sees a king or a queen. He calls you a joint heir with Jesus to His kingdom. He says, “You’re My child. You are the most priceless of all My possessions. I am the Lion of the tribe of Judah, and I’m on your side. Nothing is impossible with Me.

Blessing: 

And now 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 live in the anointing which God has made possible. May you know joy, peace, deliverance, healing, health and unity. May you know everything God wants you to know to accomplish your destiny. Let the joy of the Lord that maketh rich and addeth no sorrow be your portion today and every day of your life. Go with this blessing in Jesus’ name.

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

Genesis 44:1-45:28

New Testament 

Matthew 14:14-36

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 18:35-50

Proverbs 4:11-13

 

 

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Isaiah 62:1

January 21

For Zion’s sake I will not hold My peace, And for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, Until her righteousness goes forth as brightness, And her salvation as a lamp that burns.

In March of 1965, Martin Luther King, Jr. led many civil rights activists in a nonviolent demonstration from Selma to the capitol steps in Montgomery, Alabama. After a 5-day, 54-mile march campaigning for voting rights, King told the crowd, “There never was a moment in American history more honorable and more inspiring than the pilgrimage of clergymen and laymen of every race and faith pouring into Selma to face danger at the side of its embattled [African Americans].”

Linked arm-in-arm with the leaders of this march, front row and center with Dr. King, was a rabbi by the name of Abraham Joshua Heschel. This Hasidic rabbi was born in Warsaw, but ready to take action to support his friend, Martin Luther King, Jr., who was a staunch supporter of Israel and a very outspoken Zionist.

“Peace for Israel means security, and we must stand with all our might to protect its right to exist, its territorial integrity. I see Israel as one of the great outposts of democracy in the world, and a marvelous example of what can be done, how desert land can be transformed into an oasis of brotherhood and democracy. Peace for Israel means security and that security must be a reality. Israel’s right to exist as a state in security is incontestable.”

Today, we honor the memory of a man who stood up for so many…until the day he sacrificed everything for his beliefs. May his memory be a blessing!

Blessing: 

Father God, today we ask that You bless the King family. May their continued works for those who suffer wrongdoings be granted favor in your sight. We ask that You bless Israel and the Jewish people. Nothing is hidden from You, Oh God. May their enemies be scattered. We ask that those reading this receive a special blessing from heaven today. May the find comfort in your love, in your mercy and your grace. We thank You for your many blessings today and every day. In Jesus’ name we pray and ask. Amen!

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

Genesis 42:1-17

New Testament 

Matthew 13:35-46

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 18:8-15

Proverbs 4:4-6

 

 

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Mark 7:2

January 20

Now when [the Pharisees and Scribes] saw some of His disciples eat bread with defiled, that is, with unwashed hands, they found fault.

The Pharisees were of the right people and the right lineage; they just had the wrong approach. Rather than relate to Jesus Christ and what He wanted to do in their lives, they argued and found fault with Him based on their flawed religious knowledge. Jesus had already turned water to wine, fed the five thousand, healed lepers, walked on water, and raised the dead. Now the Pharisees come and just sit and watch to see what they can find Him doing wrong. Religious people always want to point out what’s wrong before they will talk about what’s right.

What did they find wrong to disqualify Jesus? His disciples ate bread with unwashed hands! The Pharisees had taken a law stated in Leviticus 16:28 that regarded the high priest washing before going into the tabernacle, and they built it into a long list of constant hand washings. That's what religion does. You’re going to meet some religious people like that. Don’t become like them and start making a religion out of rules and regulations, building lists of do’s and don’ts. When you have a relationship with the Son of God who died for you and set you free, never let religion get in the way of loving and obeying Him.

Blessing: 

And now 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 live and walk and think like sons and daughters of the Most High God for you have the robe of righteousness, the shoes of the Gospel, and the signet ring of royalty. May the blessing and the peace, the love and the joy of God the Father be your portion. This we pray, in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

Genesis 41:17-57

New Testament 

Matthew 13:24-34

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 18:1-7

Proverbs 4:1-3

 

 

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1 John 4:4

January 19

You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

If we’re going to be overcoming, triumphant believers, it’s time we rediscover our true identity. The way we triumph is not through force but with the power of God’s love through Jesus Christ. That kind of triumph comes from the God who is greater, and He placed that greatness in you. For greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world!

Our God is greater than every enemy because He took your enemies to a place called Calvary and conquered them there. He is greater than every sickness because He bore your sickness upon His back, and by His stripes you are healed. He is greater than every need because He will supply all of your needs according to His riches in glory. He is greater than every bondage and addiction for He is the Anointed One who breaks the yoke of bondage and sets captives free, and whom the Son sets free is free indeed. He is the God who is greater than every mountain that you’re climbing because He can take that mountain and cast it into the sea. He’s greater than every sorrow because in His presence is the fullness of joy.

Don’t let the world weigh you down today. Our God is greater!

Blessing: 

Father, we thank You that we are triumphant through You. Now Lord, bless us with victory in our personal lives, in our relationships, in our churches, in this community. Bless us with goodness and grace and mercy and peace and Your favor in all things that as we march in triumph, those who are walking in darkness will recognize that the Light of the world lives in us, and they’ll be drawn to You, the King of kings and Lord of lords. Let every life be blessed beyond measure this week because they live to give You the glory. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray and say and receive this blessing, Amen and Amen.

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

Genesis 39:1-41:16

New Testament 

Matthew 12:46-13:23

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 17:1-15

Proverbs 3:33-35

 

 

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2 Corinthians 10:4

January 18

For the weapons of our warfare are not [a]carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds

What would happen if you decided right now that you were going to do everything in your power to make today count for something? What if you decided that when you prayed, it wasn’t just going to be another prayer, but it was going to be a prayer that makes a difference? Prayer is your privilege. Prayer is where you get the chance to reach heaven from down here on earth. So when you take the opportunity to come before God, make sure you come boldly and make it a prayer of power.

Use your prayer as a moment to pull down spiritual strongholds and powers and principalities that are set against you. Use it to bind what is coming against you and loose the power of God within you. Use it to shape the destinies of your children. Use it to conquer sickness in your body. Use it to defeat the giants that are standing against you. Use it to move heaven and earth. But whatever you do, when you open your mouth to pray, make it count!

Blessing: 

And now may the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you be gracious unto you. May the Lord give you the power to make right choices which will shape and sculpt your destiny that God has ordained for you from the foundations of the earth. May your home be as the suburbs of heaven. May your heart be pure toward God and man as He guides you in paths of righteousness and brings to you, your children and your children’s children the unlimited blessings of God. In Jesus’ name we pray and receive this blessing for the righteous, Amen.

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

Genesis 37:1-38:30

New Testament 

Matthew 12:22-45

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 16:1-11

Proverbs 3:27-32

 

 

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Isaiah 43:19

January 17

Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

Our God is a God of new beginnings. Every twenty-four hours, He gives us a brand-new day; every seven days, a new week; every thirty days, new month; every twelve months, a new year. And it is our prerogative to make sure that we maximize what God gives us every time He gives us the opportunity to do things new. I want to challenge you to unleash the power of God in your life and make a difference in other people’s lives more than ever before. Why every day? Because it’s not your day. Every day is the day that the Lord has made, and we, His children, should rejoice in it.

If you’re going to make a difference today, you have to decide what you will choose to do and not do, what you will choose to say and not say. If you’re going to see God’s greatness poured out in your life, you have to make up your mind that no matter what it takes, no matter what you have to go through, no matter what you have to do, no matter what you have to learn or become, you are going to make a difference.

Blessing: 

Heavenly Father, bless us and keep us. Make Your face to shine upon us and be gracious, O Lord, to each and every life here today. Give us strength to know that You walk beside us and that we can do all things through Christ who is our keeper. I ask You, Lord God, that these households of faith experience such a divine explosion of God’s goodness that they will know You make a difference. Today is made and ordained to set captives free, to lift burdens, to destroy yokes, to crown us with loving kindness and make us victorious in Your sight. We receive this blessing and thank You for it in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

Genesis 35:1-36:43

New Testament 

Matthew 12:1-21

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 15:1-5

Proverbs 3:21-26

 

 

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Joshua 1:8

January 16

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you[a] shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

For Joshua to become great, the first ingredient God told him he needed is courage. The second ingredient is to stay connected to His Word. In order for Joshua to be successful and prosper, he couldn’t just think about the Word, he had to live in the Word. God was saying “Keep this Word before your eyes in the morning and evening, in your mind during the day, and out of your mouth when you speak. Do whatever it says. If you’ll do this, no matter where you go or what you do, no matter the problems you face or the needs you have, no matter the giants that come against you or the cities that need to be defeated, no matter the land that needs to be conquered or the hour in which you’re living, you will be a success!”

God said it. Observe the Word, speak it, keep it, don’t turn from it, and you’ll be successful wherever you go.

Blessing: 

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you; giving you His peace. May God restore your confidence so that you can walk with a supernatural strength and courage you have never known before. May God remove the barriers that are before you. May God open the doors that have been closed and let a door be open that no man can close. May God send His angels before you to prepare your way so that when you get there, everything is in divine order for your success. May God give to you, to your business, to your family a successor so that there can be success sustained for generations from the fruit of your labor. May the God of heaven anoint you now with an anointing to be successful in what you do because the Lord delights in the prosperity of the righteous. In Jesus’ name, we receive this blessed promise, Amen.

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

Genesis 32:12-34:31

New Testament 

Matthew 11:7-30

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 14:1-7

Proverbs 3:19-20

 

 

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Matthew 4:4

January 15

But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”

If you are a child of God, you are engaged in the same spiritual warfare that Jesus Christ faced in the wilderness temptation after His baptism (Matthew 4:1–11). The devil tried to get Jesus to question the Word of God, and that’s exactly what he’ll do with you. Jesus did not enter into a debate with Satan, but to each accusation, He answered, “It is written...” He spoke the Word of God, and finally He declared, “Away with you, Satan!” That being the weapon Jesus used, you need to do the same.

You drive the enemy out of your life by speaking the Word. When he tries to come into your finances, you drive him out by saying, “My God shall supply all my needs according to His riches in glory.” When he comes against your household, you say, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” When he comes against your marriage, you declare, “What God has brought together, let no man put asunder.” When he comes against your physical body, you say, “By His stripes, I am healed.” When he comes against your children, you declare, “No weapon formed against them will prosper.” You have power to drive the enemy out of your life in Jesus’ name!

Blessing: 

Now Father, bless them and keep them. Make Your face to shine upon them. Every day, let them celebrate the fact that the God of peace will soon crush Satan under their feet. Let them understand that the battle belongs to the Lord and that they are more than conquerors through Christ because of the triumph at the cross. This we celebrate in Jesus’ name, and this we cling to in confidence because You, O Lord, are King above all kings and Lord above all lords. Amen.

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

Genesis 31:17-32:12

New Testament 

Matthew 10:27-11:6

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 13:1-6

Proverbs 3:16-18

 

 

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Isaiah 55:9

January 14

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.

Have you ever compared the difference between the power of God’s words and the emptiness of men’s wisdom? Men want us to live by their supposed wisdom, but the apostle Paul warns “that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God” (1 Corinthians 2:5). Why? Because men’s statements may sound good, but they don’t work.

Here’s one example: “Just follow your heart.” Proverbs 14:12 says, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” If you follow your heart but your heart is not filled with the Word of God, you’ll destroy yourself. David said, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105). He was saying,“God, if I don’t stay in close contact with Your truth, I won’t know the right way to go. And if I don’t follow Your light, I’ll go in the wrong direction. If I make it my way and just go by what I feel, I’ll destroy myself. I dare not follow my heart unless Your Word is in my heart, lighting the path of righteousness.”

Build your life on the only wisdom that is certain at all times— God’s Word.

Blessing: 

And now may the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you, giving you His peace. May the power of the Holy Spirit infuse your heart, soul, mind and body until you become ablaze in the faith of God. Nothing is impossible unto you because of the authority of the Word and the fact that Jesus has paid for your health, your healing, your victory and your deliverance at the cross. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad. The Lord of Hosts has heard your prayer, and the angels of God are bringing the answer in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

Genesis 30:1-31:16

New Testament 

Matthew 10:1-26

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 12:1-8

Proverbs 3:13-15

 

 

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