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When Jesus walked on the earth, He healed people everywhere He went.
It didn’t matter if they were blind or deaf, paralyzed or plagued with leprosy. He even resurrected the dead! Jesus restored hope to those who had lost it, and replaced fear with faith. People who had not walked for years leaped for joy after meeting Him. People who were ostracized from society discovered a new community of believers after Jesus met them.
The same Jesus who healed the lepers and cast out demons is still at work in our lives.
God has been so good to us. Now it is our turn. If we have tasted God’s goodness, it is our responsibility to pass it onward to someone else. We may not be doctors, but we can pray for healing for a neighbor. We are not counselors, perhaps, but we can speak, write, or text encouraging words. We can always send a pleading prayer on someone’s behalf.
Surely you have a salvation story — a moment or two when God saw your desperation and swept you out from under it. Tell people about your experience! You can literally lay on others your hands of faith. Share your connection with the Almighty. Show them how easy it is to knock on the door to heaven.
Let them have the comfort, the peace, the hope that you enjoy.

Reflection: Who do you know who needs God’s healing? What prayers will youask of God on their behalf?

Dear Savior,
You have blessed me so abundantly — far more than I could ask or imagine. Shine through me. Help me introduce others to Your healing power and Your grace. Thank You for loving me. May I always be willing to share Your love. Amen.

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The Bible is full of wisdom as to how we can have a positive and peaceful attitude even when everything around us is negative. Today’s verse emphasizes that God wants us to have these things because He loves us.
Through the prophet Isaiah, God tell us that:
He will give us comfort. His grace and mercy bring relief to the problems we experience like nothing else does.
God can change a miserable situation into something beautiful. When my heart was in a desert of sinful consequences, Jesus came in. He brought a beautiful, abundant, and fresh Garden of Eden into my heart. He can do it for you, too.
He promises to fill our hearts with joy and gladness. Knowing Jesus intimately fills the human heart with joy. Thankfulness overwhelms us. That’s why we praise Him!

Reflection: How have you experienced the beauty of God’s joy in your life?

Dear Heavenly Lord,
Thank You for Your comfort. I praise You because of the joy and gladness that come with Your unlimited abundance of blessings. In the beautiful name of Jesus I pray, Amen.

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Have you ever been expected to do something in spite of the fact that you didn’t have the tools necessary for the job?
Perhaps you weren’t even instructed on how to properly do the task you’d been given to do. Not only is such a situation extremely stressful and unfair, but it can also be dangerous, leading to serious breakdowns that have far-reaching consequences.
Though God invites us to partner with Him — often asking us to do things that seem impossible — He never asks us to do anything on our own. With Him all things are possible (Matthew 19:26).
He doesn’t tell us to run from the devil without giving us a place to run to. He doesn’t tell us to resist temptation without giving us a way to say “no.” God doesn’t issue commands and set expectations for us without telling us what they are. He never abandons us or sets us up for failure.
Those of us who have accepted Jesus as Savior have the power of the Holy Spirit living in us to guide, encourage, and protect us.
As you read and study God’s Word, discovering what His plan is for your life, remind yourself: I’ve got the power!

Reflection: Who do you know that suffers from a spirit of fear? What can you do to introduce God’s power into their life?

Dear God,
Thank You for Your Spirit. Please make me more conscious of Jesus’ presence and the power I have because of Him. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

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“Where are your accusers?”
Jesus once asked this of a woman caught in adultery. According to Jewish law, she deserved judgment. But Jesus stood against her accusers and offered her mercy. Having no answer for the only true Law-Giver, her condemners departed and only Jesus remained.
Most who judge with no compassion are simply fleeing their own judgment. They hate themselves and play God with you. But their power is flawed, and they know it.
Where are they, those who judge you?
They are not in your heart. Nor do they occupy the anxieties of your mind. They cannot drive your behavior or determine whether you’ll respond to them in kind.
Are your eyes only on those who pick up stones to condemn you when all the time, Jesus is on your side to show you mercy?
The truth is, walking in newness of life — unfazed by the opinions of others — is so often a matter of perspective and focus. Ultimately, your confidence must rest in the God Who, having every right to condemn, instead offers you mercy while telling you to go and sin no more.
Where are your accusers?
If your main focus stays on Jesus, only One will remain. Praise God, He refuses to condemn!

Reflection: What are some ways people judge you in everyday life? You will take these judgments to God and ask Him to show you which areas require His mercy. Then you will pray for the courage to forget the judgments of those who don’t really matter.

Dear Lord,
Thank You for being on my side. I know You are a God of love, of forgiveness, and of grace. I know You will never fail me. You are my ultimate refuge. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

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Salt. Life depends on it.
Muscles and nerves can’t function without it. In fact, all living things must have salt in their diet to survive.
Most people in developed nations, whose diets include a high percentage of processed foods, consume too much salt, contributing to high blood pressure, kidney stones, and heart disease. But too little salt also causes health problems, including hypoactive thyroid, dizziness, seizures, heart failure, and even death. Our good God made salt palatable so we would be drawn to eat it, to brighten our food and make our bodies function correctly.
Speech needs salt to make it function right as well, to make it worthwhile, meaningful, helpful. Our speech, whatever the topic, needs life preserving salt — choice seasoning. It needs savory, thoughtful, heartfelt, and true words that draw outsiders in. Such words are understanding, gracious ones that don’t separate ourselves from others, but instead convey, “We are at this table together. Taste this! See how good God is.”
Brash, hot, saucy, arguing words burn. But kind, gracious words get swallowed. “His kindness leads us to repentance” (Romans 2:4 NET).
So, our kindness will win others to Him too.

Reflection: What conversations of yours could you use more of God’s seasoning?


Loving God,
“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing unto You.” Please season my words with Your grace. Help me to always speak to Your children with well-seasoned words of love. In Your Son Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

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“Fear not,” God tells His children over a hundred times in the Holy Scriptures. But how can we not be afraid of those who give us a hard time? The Bible holds some answers:
1. Do not focus on the negatives
Do not make your problem bigger than it really is. Don’t live with a “what if” mentality. Stay positive in your outlook and in your attitude.
2. Remember God is with you
Firmly believe Jesus’ promise that He will be with you (Matthew 28:2.
3. Remember that He is the great and awesome God
God gives us everything we need for every situation and circumstance. He promises to answer us even before we call on Him (Isaiah 65:24).

Reflection: How can you remain calm and at peace when surrounded by chaos?

Great and awesome Holy One,
Thank You for taking my sin from me. Please remove all my fears and anxieties as well. Let me live with full confidence that You are with me. Thank You for providing everything I need to live life to the fullest. I pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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