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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 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).