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Isaiah 55:9

November 29

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 considered how influential our expectations are in our outcomes? If we do not expect good things to happen, they usually will not.

Often our expectations serve as limitations on what God can accomplish in our lives. We pray for the things that we desire in the ways that we determine they should happen under a deadline that we establish. But God’s Word tells us that He has greater things in mind than we can even imagine, that His plans are much better than ours, and that His timing is impeccable.

We often expect our blessing to look a certain way and be delivered on a certain date. If we stubbornly refuse to let go of our too-small expectations, we will limit the God Who wants to do exceedingly, abundantly above what we could think or ask (Ephesians 3:20-21).

We sell ourselves short! God has promised that our eyes have never seen, our ears have never heard, our minds cannot even imagine the wonderful things that He has in store for us (I Corinthians 2:9). Why would we settle for less?

Let’s make up our minds to expect the unexpected! Let’s wait for His answers with excited anticipation. Believe for the impossible. Hang on for a miracle. Let go of the limitations. God never disappoints.

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. Learn to expect the power and purity of His promises. May you open your heart to receive His unexpected gifts!

Today's Bible Reading

Old Testament 

Daniel 6:1-28

New Testament 

2 Peter 3:1-18

Psalms & Proverbs 

Psalm 119:132-155

Proverbs 28:21-22

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Psalm 35:9

November 28

And my soul shall be joyful in the Lord; it shall rejoice in His salvation.

One memorial stone stands above all others in the Christian faith, and that is the mount of Golgotha called the Place of the Skull.

There, the spotless Lamb of God hung and bled and died so that He might bring us into right relationship with our Father. On that hill, He paid the price that we have no means to pay. If He had not taken our place, God would not receive our thanksgiving. We would forever be separated from Him.

But because Jesus chose Calvary, the voiceless can now magnify His name and enter boldly into His throne room. No longer are we orphans and alone, wandering this earth without haven or home.]

Give thanks that we have been redeemed. Through the shed blood of Christ, every crimson stain has been washed whiter than snow. We now live and move and find our very existence in Him.

Praise Him for the skills and strength to do the work that He has given us each day. Rejoice that He has blessed us with divine wisdom when we did not know what to do. For joy in place of sorrow, for peace instead of anxiety, for strength instead of weakness – raise a hallelujah!

Heavenly Father, You are the giver of every good gift! We thank You for the perfect gift of Your Son, and we rejoice in our salvation!

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 a heart of thanksgiving and a mouth filled with praise, bless the Lord! Magnify His name!

Today's Bible Reading

Old Testament 

Daniel 5:1-31

New Testament 

2 Peter 2:1-22

Psalms & Proverbs 

Psalm 119:113-131

Proverbs 28:19-20

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Psalm 106:1

November 27

Praise the Lord! Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.

When we choose thankfulness in the middle of the trial, the power and presence of God breaks through to bring us victory.

Every week, Hagee Ministries receives messages from individuals who partner with us or who need prayer for difficult situations. One particular letter came from a mother to ask for prayer for her daughter, Jesse.

Jesse was a healthy, happy teenager who joined her youth group for a much-anticipated ski trip. While hurtling down a hill, she had a terrible accident that broke her neck and several vertebrae and left her with a life-threatening head injury.

The first letter begged, “Please pray that my daughter doesn’t die.” And we did.

For several weeks, Jesse teetered between life and death, bedridden and without much hope.

Every week, Jesse’s mom sent an update: “I’m thankful that my daughter is still alive. I’m thankful that doctors are still giving me hope.”

Six weeks later, she reported: “I’m thankful that my daughter has blinked her eyes.”

Five months later, she revealed: “I’m thankful that she moved her hand.”

Ten months later, she rejoiced: “I’m thankful that she has wiggled her toes.”

After fourteen months in the hospital, Jesse’s mother sent a jubilant note: “I am thankful that my daughter is walking out of the hospital!”

Give God glory! Every day is a gift from our Father. Our praise will break through to victory!

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. Give thanks to the God of the impossible Who does all things well!

Today's Bible Reading

Old Testament 

Daniel 4:1-37

New Testament 

2 Peter 1:1-21

Psalms & Proverbs 

Psalm 119:96-112

Proverbs 28:17-18

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Deuteronomy 31:8

November 26

And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.

On that first Thanksgiving in 1621, William Bradford gathered with about 50 Pilgrims and almost 100 Native American friends to celebrate a bountiful harvest with a three-day feast, games of skill, and military exercises.

Only about half of the colony had survived the preceding winter – many succumbing to sickness and starvation. Legend tells us that on some days, the Pilgrims were rationed only five kernels of corn. Their survival relied on those small morsels of food.

As they gathered around the tables laden with venison and vegetables, Bradford shucked an ear of corn and meted out five kernels of corn to each guest. He wanted them to remember where they had started and what they had survived. Together, they gave God humble thanks.

On this special day of gratitude, look back and remember where you began and how God brought you here – the just-in-time job offer, the joy of your salvation, the word of confirmation, the check in the mail, His sustaining grace, the miraculous medical turn-around, the faces of your loved ones.

He was faithful to you in the past, and He is not finished. If He brought you from there to where you are today, He will take you the rest of the way!

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. Lift your heart and your hands to heaven to give thanks to God for His unspeakable blessings. He is worthy to be praised!

Today's Bible Reading

Old Testament 

Daniel 2:24-3:30

New Testament 

1 Peter 4:7-5:14

Psalms & Proverbs 

Psalm 119:81-95

Proverbs 28:15-16

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Deuteronomy 31:8

November 25

And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.

Squanto, whose proper name was Tisquantum, was a member of the Patuxet tribe that lived near Plymouth, Massachusetts at the time the Pilgrims began to build a colony there.

Much of Squanto’s life is cloaked in mystery, but we do know that he traded with trappers and spent considerable time in England, making several transatlantic expeditions with Captains John Smith and Thomas Hunt. He was educated abroad and spoke English fluently. Some scholars believe that he developed a deep faith in God when Spanish friars took him under their care.

The Lord orchestrated the events of his life that led him to the small struggling village the Pilgrims called home in 1621. Squanto’s many experiences and skills caused William Bradford, the leader of the Pilgrims, to call him “a special instrument of God.”

He became their interpreter, translator, educator, and guide. Squanto taught them the tools that they needed to escape certain death the following winter.

For all of us, the Lord is the God of yesterday, today, and tomorrow. He knew the needs of today. His grace has brought us this far. Right now, He is going ahead into tomorrow to move the mountains and make the crooked ways straight.

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. Give thanks to your omnipresent Father Who has protected you in the past, is watching over you today, and is making a way in your tomorrow. Praise the Lord!

Today's Bible Reading

Old Testament

Daniel 1:1-2:23

New Testament 

1 Peter 3:10-4:6

Psalms & Proverbs 

Psalm 119:71-80

Proverbs 28:14

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Psalm 143:5

November 24

I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Your works; I muse on the work of Your hands.

One hundred and fifty years before the Constitution was signed, our forefathers landed on Plymouth Rock – a memorial stone for America.

Before they disembarked, the Pilgrims signed the Mayflower Compact, a document whose fundamental principles of self-government and common consent laid the groundwork for democratic government in America.

Under the leadership of William Bradford, about one hundred Pilgrims came ashore hoping to establish a settlement “for the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith.” On Christmas morning, they assembled their first work crew and began to construct their colony.

The winter of 1620 proved extremely harsh, and 47 members of the original group perished due to sickness and starvation. In March 1621, when a Native American named Squanto visited the village, he found the Pilgrims desperate for help.

Squanto taught the colonists how to build homes to survive the North Atlantic weather. He instructed them on when to plant, how to fertilize with fish, and the prime months to harvest. He also brokered a peace treaty with the Wampanoags, a local Indian tribe, that stood firm for five decades.

The Pilgrims experienced such abundance under Squanto’s tutelage that, in one journal entry, Bradford described him as “a special instrument of God for their good beyond their expectation.” God’s gifts often come in unexpected packages!

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. May God’s light continue to shine across this great land. May America forever exist by and for the glory of God!

Today's Bible Reading

Old Testament

Ezekiel 47:1-48:35

New Testament 

1 Peter 2:11-3:9

Psalms & Proverbs 

Psalm 119:53-70

Proverbs 28:12-13

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Genesis 28:22

November 23

And this stone which I have set as a pillar shall be God’s house…

God knew that we have a tendency to forget, so He encouraged some simple habits to help us remember His wonders. He instructed the Israelites to tie His words on their hands and foreheads, to inscribe them on their doorposts, to speak them to their children, to build altars, celebrate annual feasts, and pile up memorial stones!

On his way to Haran one night, Jacob used a stone for a pillow. He dreamed of a ladder with angels descending to earth and ascending to heaven. When he awoke, he set up the stone and poured oil over it – a reminder of the covenant God had made with him (Genesis 28).

When God rolled back the waters of the Jordan to allow the Israelites into the Promised Land, He commanded them to choose twelve stones from the dry riverbed and carry them across on their shoulders.

Joshua piled up those stones – one for each tribe of Israel – as a future memorial. When their children asked about that mysterious heap, their parents could tell the miraculous stories of the mighty God they served (Joshua 4).

In this week of Thanksgiving, take time to remember the memorial stones in your own life – the ways that God met you. For the place He brought you from and every promise He has kept – give thanks for those stones of remembrance.

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. Remember His promises kept, His wonders revealed, and His love shed abroad for you. Give thanks with a grateful heart!

Today's Bible Reading

Old Testament 

Ezekiel 45:13-46:24

New Testament 

1 Peter 1:14-2:10

Psalms & Proverbs 

Psalm 119:36-52

Proverbs 28:11

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Psalm 86:12

November 22

I will praise You, O Lord my God, with all my heart, and I will glorify Your name forevermore.

In just a few days, families will gather around a table with those that we love. As we slice the turkey, dive into the dressing, and savor the pumpkin pie, we will offer thanks for the blessings that we often take for granted.

More than an annual tradition, our gratitude should spill over into every day. We must cultivate an ongoing attitude of appreciation – a spirit of thanksgiving – that permeates our every waking moment.

King David vowed to glorify the name of the Lord forever. And in Psalm 34, he declared that God’s praises would continually be in his mouth. And we know that the mouth can only proclaim what is generated in the abundance of the heart! (Luke 6:45)

We need only look around us to find reasons for praise. The heavens declare God’s handiwork. He made the sun to rule the day, and each night, he brings out the starry host one by one and calls them by name.

When we look into the faces of our loved ones, we recognize that He has fearfully and wonderfully made each one. They are His gifts to us.

When we look inside, we are overwhelmed at a Savior Who abides in us. How can we not pour forth His praises? With all of our hearts, may we glorify Him forever!

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. May you be filled with a perpetual spirit of thanksgiving for all of His blessings great and small. Amen and amen!

Today's Bible Reading

Old Testament 

Ezekiel 44:1-45:12

New Testament 

1 Peter 1:1-13

Psalms & Proverbs 

Psalm 119:17-35

Proverbs 28:8-10

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John 11:41

November 21

Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, ‘Father, I thank You that You have heard Me’.

Jesus exhibited a thankful attitude as He fulfilled His ministry here on earth. He demonstrated the way to the Father’s heart, the means to walk in the miraculous.

When the disciples despaired of feeding a crowd of five thousand with seven loaves of bread and a few fish, Jesus stopped to give thanks before sharing it among the multitude. Everyone ate, and seven baskets of leftovers were collected!

We often meet our lack with complaints and comparison: “Why do they have so much when we have so little?” Perhaps, if we offer up genuine gratitude for what He has given us, an all-sufficient God will bless us with more than enough!

When Jesus wept before the grave of His friend, Lazarus, He paused to thank God for listening. Immediately afterwards, a dead man walked out of the tomb into the joyful arms of his sisters.

When we stand in front of an impossible situation, we can say with deep hope and trust: “Father, I thank You.” In spite of what the bystanders believe or the doubters do or the scorners say, we offer praise to the One Who has shown us great grace and glorious mercy in the hardest days of our lives.

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. In every situation, give thanks to the Lord! This is the day that He has given you. Rejoice and be glad in it!

Today's Bible Reading

Old Testament 

Ezekiel 42:1-43:27

New Testament 

James 5:1-20

Psalms & Proverbs 

Psalm 119:1-16

Proverbs 28:6-7

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