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Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor? Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.
Today's time being shaped by the Word is in Acts 1:15-26.
Judas' evil betrayal of Jesus did not surprise You (16), and You sovereignly used Judas' evil choice to accomplish Your redemption of the world. Don't let me be unsettled by evils against me because they don't surprise You and You can use them for the salvation of many. Make me a witness to Christ's resurrection today (22).
Make the life of the resurrected Jesus as undeniable to any who spend time with me as it was for His disciples who saw Him directly (3). Thank You that Your promised Spirit has come (4) so that I may have the power to proclaim the gospel everywhere (8).
Today's time letting our thinking be shaped by truth is in John 21:20-25.
When You choose to glorify Yourself through my hardship, don't let me long for another's easy life. Help me simply to follow You (20-22). Thank You that Your Word is true (24) and that You are always doing wonderful things (25). Open my eyes to what You are doing today.
Help me love Jesus more than "all else" (15). You require my committed love, not just my convenient love (19). Let me show my love in the way I feed and care for those in Christ's body, in the way I live to display His greatness, and in the way I follow Him (15-19).
Today's time being shaped more like Jesus is in John 21:1-14.
Make my earthly work unfruitful when I seek satisfaction in it rather than in the kingdom work which brings far more joy (1-3). Cause me to obey, trusting Your methods even when they don't make sense (5-11). You satisfy all my needs. Help me trust that (12-13).
Today's life-transforming truth is in John 20:24-31.
Don't allow me to stop telling others that Jesus is alive. Don't let me put stipulations on my belief in Jesus (25). Thank You for the peace that Your presence brings (26). Thank You for proving Yourself to be my Lord and God (27). Ground my faith in the truth of Your Word (31).
Today's time shaped by the Word is in John 20:11-18
Father, break my heart when I begin to feel separated from Jesus (11). Thank You for calling my name so I can know You as my teacher (16). Make me faithful to go and remind my faith family that Jesus is alive and ruling with You (17).
Today's time being shaped by the Word is in John 20:1-10.
Get me up early, out of love for Christ, to take care of Christ's body, the Church (1). Increase my love for Jesus today so that I long to run to Him (4). Give me the courage of Peter rather than the speed of John (4-8). Don't let me give up seeking when Jesus' presence is not obvious to me (10).
Today's time being shaped by the Word is in John 19:38-42.
Thank You for the example of Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemas. When no one else did, You used a secret follower of Jesus and a Pharisee to honor Jesus in burial. The one, too afraid of the Jews to publicly confess Christ. . . The other, a leader of the Jews. You united the timid and the one he was afraid of for Your glory. Unite your church with this kind of unity of purpose.
Today's life-altering truth is from John 19:31-37.
Don't let me ever diminish the horror of the cross just to keep a nice, pleasant feeling in a time of worship (31). Thank You that even the way Jesus died confirmed that He is the Christ to which all the old testament points (32-37).
Today's time growing in Christ-likeness is in John 19:25-30.
Teach me to love and care for my church like family. In my deepest pain, enable me to look out for others' needs and act in line with Scripture (26-28). Thank You for finishing Your saving work completely and paying my sin debt fully (30). Help me walk worthily.
Today's time being changed by the Word is in John 19:17-24.
Thank You that when Jesus carried his own cross, He was carrying my cross (17). Help me bow to Jesus, my King, today (19-22). The high priest of the Old Testament wore a seamless garment. Thank You for Jesus, my high priest who offered his very own life up so that I could live eternally (23-24).
Thank You for taking the beating that my sin deserves (1). Don't let me give mere lip service to Your kingship in my life while slapping Your face by retaining rule of myself (2-3). I have no grounds for accusing You of anything bad (4). You are good.
Today's time being transformed by the Word is in John 18:25-40.
Don't let me be so concerned with keeping religious tradition that I betray the One who makes me righteous (28). Use me today to declare the truth that You are the King (33-38). Help me to hear and obey Your voice (37).
Today's time being shaped by the Word is in John 18:19-24.
Let me be someone who knows and can tell others all that You have said (21). Cause my heart to accept all that Jesus has said as "right" (23). I will obey it. Thank You that Jesus allowed himself to be bound and humiliated so I could be free and holy (24).
Don't let me be afraid to follow You anywhere (15). Use me to help others be near Jesus too, despite there fears (16). Let it be obvious to others that I belong to Jesus (17). Let me keep fellowship with those who follow Jesus fully, not just with whoever is hanging out by the fire to stay warm (18).
Today's time being shaped like Jesus is on John 18:1-11.
Make me courageously claim to belong to Jesus, knowing that it will likely bring hardship (4-5). Cause me to fall to the ground before Jesus (6). Cause me to persist in accomplishing what You saved me to do (7,11). Don't let me allow any that You have given me to disciple be lost (8-9).
Today's time being shaped by the Word is in John 17:13-19.
Let me hear Your Word so clearly that Your full joy will be in me (13) even if it means that the world hates me (14). Protect me from evil (15). Don't let me be worldly (16). Make me holy today by the truth of Your Word (17) so others will come to You (19) as You send me out (18).
Today's time shaped by the Word is in John 16:25-33.
Thank You for the faith to rely on Christ as Savior (30-31). Protect Your church from being scattered and don't let me walk away from a close walk with Jesus today (32). Make me courageous in suffering today knowing that the world cannot defeat me because Jesus conquered the world (33).
Today's time being shaped by the Word is in John 16:16-24.
Thank you for not staying in the grave, and for promising to come again to take me home (16-20). Make me grieve when I hurt my fellowship with Christ. Let me quickly know the joy of restored intimacy with Christ (20). Let my sorrows today cause me to long to see Jesus face to face (22). Protect The joy You give me from being robbed today (22). Don't let me say "in jesus name," unless i am praying in line with all that Jesus came to do (23-24).
Lead me into all truth about Your Son by Your Spirit who lives in me (13). Like Your Spirit, don't let me speak from my own opinions, but only from what I hear from You (13). In this way, let me make much of You rather than me today (14).
Today's time being shaped by God's Word is in John 16:5-11.
Thank You for sending the Holy Spirit to live in me and be my Counselor. Let Your Spirit convict me when I don't trust Your will to be the best way for me. Teach me Your righteousness when I observe Your Spirit-controlled church. And remind me when the devil tries to tempt me that he and all his ways have already been judged and found guilty. Help me hear and obey Your Spirit today.
Today's time shaped by God's Word is in John 15:26-6:4.
Thank You for sending Your Spirit to teach me truth (26). Make me faithful to speak all the truth about Jesus that Your Spirit shows me (27). Having Your Spirit does not keep me from persecution (16:2). In fact, Your Spirit in me makes me a target for those who don't know You. Thank You for warning me so I won't stumble when attacked (16:1).
Today's time shaping our minds by the Word is in John 15:9-17.
Teach me the joy of loving like you love, to the point of laying down my life so that others can know Your more (9-13). Thank You for choosing me as Your friend. Make me a loving friend to others by sharing with them all I hear from the Father (14-17).
Today's time being conformed to God's truth is in John 15:1-8.
Don't allow me to seek to gain life and nourishment from any vine but Christ (1). Help me be willing to endure pruning in order to bear much fruit (2) to display Your glory and prove that I am Christ's disciple (8).
Today's time being shaped by the Word is in John 14:27-31.
Help me live in a constant awareness of the peace You give. In the midst of struggle, take away my fear (27). Prepare me today for battle against the ruler of this world (30). Thank You for defeating him (30). Help me to declare my love for You today by my obedience to You (31).
Today's time being encouraged in the Word is in John 14:15-18.
Don't allow me to claim that I love Your Son but ignore what He requires today (15). Thank You for sending Your Spirit to live in me as my Counselor (16), Truth-giver (17), and adoptive Parent (18). Thank You for proving that I am truly Yours by remaining with me (17). Display Your wisdom, truth, and care through me today.
Today's time being shaped by the Word is in John 14:7-14.
Thank You for making Yourself known through Your only Son, Jesus. You have made both Your Words and Your works clear through Jesus' words and works (10). Teach me to hear Your voice over the world's noise and help me prioritize Your works over my own so that You are glorified instead of me (12-14).
Today's heart-directing Bible truth is in John 14:1-6.
In the midst of my pain and loss, thank You for reassuring my heart that Jesus is THE way to a rest and peace with You that is certain. Use me today to share with someone who does not know the way to You (5). Teach me truth today, and live through me (6).
Today's Bible-based life-change comes from John 13:31-38.
Remind me that true greatness or glory comes from a life lived willing to die loving others like Jesus did in His death. Only this kind of life will the greatness or glory of Your undeserved love for me (31-35,37). Don't let my life contradict my profession (37-38).
Today's time being shaped by the Word is in John 13:21-30.
Keep me from betraying You in any way (21-25). Don't let me merely act like a believer by participating in religious events and then sell You out for my own benefit (26-27). Don't let me choose this world's temporary pleasures over the eternal pleasures of faithfulness to You.
Use me to serve my brothers and sisters in Christ, helping them be pure of the filth they daily walk through (15). Teach my mind to think like You and rule my will to want what You want (13). Help me to live in line with Your truth (17).
Good morning! Today's time renewing our minds by the Word is in John 13:1-5.
It is no accident t that the Passover feast. when the lamb was killed to celebrate Israel's liberation from Egypt is when Jesus died for my freedom from sin (1). Help me love like You (1), endure suffering (2), and serve others (5), because I know my salvation is completely in Jesus' hands and I know I get to be with You forever (3).
Today's time being shaped by the Word is in John 13:44-50.
Grow my belief in You (44). Help my eyes see You more (45). Shine Your light into every corner of my life to make me like You (46). Save many by causing my mouth to speak Your very Words about eternal life today (47-50).
Today's time being shaped by the Word is in John 12:37-43.
Thank You that You let me know Your strong saving power (38). Thank You for opening my eyes to my need for Jesus, softening my heart to His call, and healing my soul of sin (40). Display Your glory to me and through me today (41-43).
Today's time being shaped by the Word is in John 12:20-36.
Give me a heart to see Jesus (21). Give me the courage and desire to die to self so I will produce fruit that remains (24). Help me follow You (26) by not praying to escape hardships that bring You glory (27-28). Draw people to Christ by displaying His greatness in me (32).
Today's time knowing God better is in John 12:9-19.
Father, prepare me to be targeted by the enemy on account of Jesus (9-11). Help me, my King, live to serve You today (12-15). Grow my grasp of You (16) and don't let me stop testifying of Your life-giving power (17-18) so that the world may seek Jesus and live (19).
Today's time being shaped like Jesus by the Word is in John 12.1-7.
Let my life today be an offering that is: sacrificial, Christ-exalting (3), and timely (7), filling my world with the sweet fragrance of life in Christ (3). Let my motive be my love for Christ, not self (4-6).
Show me the difference between belief in Jesus and just talking about what He has done (45-46). Have free reign in me today so that all people will believe in Jesus (48). Thank You that Jesus died for the SINS of God's children (49-52).
(I found it interesting that the Sanhedrin wanted to kill Jesus because they thought it would reunite scattered Israel, misinterpreting what the high priest prophesied when he said "one man should die for the people.)
Today's time shaped by the Word is in John 11:38-44.
Don't let me forget that I was spiritually dead and my life smelled repulsive before you came and made me alive (38-39). Let others see Your glory in my life today (40). Let my Words today be for those who need to believe that You sent Jesus to save them (42). Don't let me continue to walk around, alive in Christ, but still wearing the grave clothes from when I was spiritually dead (44).
Today's time being transformed by the Word is in John 11:28-36.
Use me today to tell others that Jesus is calling to them (28). Let me not hesitate to run to Jesus and fall at His feet when He calls for me (29-32). Thank You for letting me speak my heart to You (32). Keep me angry at the destructive nature of sin (33). Lead me to weep with those who weep (35) and let the world see Your love for them in me today (36).
Today's time devoted to being made even more like Christ is in John 11:17-27.
In my hardships, let me be like Martha and run to You immediately (20). Let my prayers be as honest and faithful as Martha's (21-22). Don't let me ever forget the difference between knowing the fact of the resurrection (24), and knowing the personal source of my resurrection in Christ (25). Let Christ's life be lived out in me today.
Happy Labor Day. Today's time shaped by the Word is in John 10:31-42.
Make me willing to face repeated abuse for the truth (31) that Jesus is fully man and fully God (33). I praise Jesus as God. He is not just called "a god" as an earthly ruler representing God's rule (see Ps 82), Jesus IS the divine ruler (34-36). Help others see Your powerful works in me and believe (37-38).
Today's time being shaped by the Word is in John 11:1-16.
In this world, there is so much sickness. Comfort those I love who are sick (3). Give them eyes to see how their sickness is to show Your power in weakness (4). Displaying Your power is even more loving than preventing a believer's death (5-6). Make me willing to face abuse to display Your power (7-8). Increase my belief today (15).
Thank You for making it plain that Jesus is the Christ (24-25). Let my works witness that You are my Father, and Jesus is my Savior (25). Give me ears to hear and feet to follow You (27). Thank You for the double secure promise that eternal life will NEVER end, EVER (28). Thank You that no one can kidnap Your kids from Your powerful hands (29).
Be transformed by the Spirit's application of John 10:1-21.
I am Your sheep and I want to follow You without straying. Help me follow Your voice alone (4-5). Thank You for being a GOOD shepherd who protects my life by laying down Yours (11-18). Use me to gather the rest of Your sheep to follow You to abundant life (10,16).
Let the Word in John 9:35-41 shape Your mind, heart, and hands today.
Thank You for opening my eyes to recognize Your Son as the Savior (35-37). Let my worship flow from knowing You (38). Help me see with Your eyes and to live up to what You have shown me since I am responsible to live up to what I have know (41).
Let all my days be sabbaths in which I rest from relying on my own works to save me and focus on doing Your works (3, 13-15). Don't let me be worried that Your works identify the faithful from the doubters (16). Give me courage to speak for myself about Christ (21-23). Make me a faithful disciple of Your Son today (27-28). Use me to teach someone about Jesus today (34).
Today, let John 9:1-12 shape your heart, mind, and actions.
Thank You for my inborn weaknesses through which You intend to display Your powerful works (1-3). Make me obedient to Your instructions that bring my healing (7). Transform me so much that people don't recognize me until I say "it IS me" (8-9). I don't have to have all the answers. I just have to know what Jesus did for me (10-12).
Today's time being made more like Jesus is in John 8:38-47.
Help me speak what I see and hear You doing (38-40). Don't allow me to call You my Father with my lips and then live like the devil (41-44). That would be lying, and You don't lie. Let my obedience to Your Word today be evidence to me and to the world that I am Your child (47).
Today's time being shaped like Jesus through the Word is in John 8:30-37.
Cause my belief to produce enduring obedience as evidence of my true salvation (30-32). Don't let me lie about what enslaves me (Israel had been slaves to Egypt, Assyria, and Babylon, but denied it-33). I desperately need liberation from what holds me captive. As God's Son, You are in the position to free me forever (35-36). Cause my heart to welcome Your Words today as irresistible (37).
Today's time shaped by the Word is in John 8:21-29.
Thank You for sending Jesus from heaven to earth so that I can go from earth to heaven because I trust exclusively in Jesus to save and rule me (21-24). Teach me, Father, so I can tell the world who Jesus is (25-26). Let me do only what You lead me to do (28). I live to please You, Father (29).
Today's time transformed by God's truth is in John 8:3-12.
Don't let me try to catch others in sin, making their sin the focus, as if I am righteous (3,7). Make me an example to others by being the first to put down my stone (9). Shine Your grace on me and through me today (11). Never let me forget that You command holiness to follow grace (12).
Today's time being reshape by God's Word is in John 7:45-8:2.
May Your Word be so transforming in my life that my enemies would admit to the undeniable power of Your Word in me (7:46). Ground my beliefs only in God's Word (46,51,52). Make me disciplined to "search and see" from the Bible alone (52). Use me to teach those who are misinformed about Jesus (Christ was not born in Galilee -v. 52, 8:2). Let someone accuse me of being a follower of Christ today (47, 52).
Make my life consistent and stable by the unchanging work of the Spirit in me (37-39). Don't allow me to make whatever excuse is convenient to disregard Your rule over me (read 7:27,42 -the Jews said Jesus was not the messiah because "no one will know where the messiah is from" and then they said Christ is not the messiah because the messiah would come from Bethlehem, not Galilee). Separate me today from living like the lost, no silly excuses (43).
Today's time shaped by the Word is in John 7:25-36.
Your Son, who was born in Bethlehem, was first from heaven (7:28, 6:41). Don't let me be one who stops others from believing Jesus is the Savior of the world (31-32). Thank You for making me want to seek You, able to find You, and soon to come be with You (33).
Today's time shaped by the Word is in John 7:10-24.
Use me today to help someone realize that Jesus was not a deceiver (12) or deceived, but rather the righteous Son of God in the flesh (12,18). Jesus knew the Bible w/o training because, as God, He authored it (15). Jesus' message is the Father's message (16). Let my message be Jesus' message so He is glorified, not me (18). Help me judge truth today based on God's Word, not outward appearance (24).
Don't allow me to do anything to gain favor with people. I know people hated Jesus because He told them they were sinners. They will likely hate me too for the same reason (1-4, 7). Although the timing of Jesus' crucifixion was specific, it is always the right time to believe (5-6). Help me believe always. Help me love people enough today to tell them about their sin and the price You paid for it.
Today's time shaped by God's Word is in John 6:60-71.
Help me understand and submit to those teachings that seem to go against what I see and experience (60). Thank You for drawing me to believe in Jesus as Your Holy Son, Savior, and Lord (65) so that I will never stop following You (66). Your Words are my life (68).
How great You are to send Jesus from heaven to earth to save me (41). Make me as willing to leave my comfort zone to tell of Your salvation as Christ was to provide it. Thank You for drawing me to Christ and causing me to hear You as You teach my heart and mind about Jesus (44-45). Help me share today what You teach me.
Today's time being shaped by the Word is in John 6:30-40.
Don't allow my belief to be based only on what I can see (30). Make me hunger for Jesus, not just the life He gives (34-35). Thank You for giving me to Your Son forever (37). Thank You that Your will is that I never be lost again, and that You accomplish Your will perfectly (39).
Today's time being shaped by the Spirit-applied Word is in John 6:22-29.
Give me a hunger to seek Jesus today, not to satisfy my earthly appetites, but to marvel at His powerful works (24-26). The only lasting work I can do to please You is believe in Your Son, and even that work of belief is something Your Son gives me by grace (27-29). Thank You for Your undeserved favor in Christ.