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May 11—Substitution The word for today is substitution. “Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us...

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May 8—Discipline The word for today is discipline. “But have nothing to do with worldly fables fit only for old women. On the other hand, discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness; for bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come” (1 Tim. 4:7-8). “But I buffet my body...

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May 7—Sensitivity The word for today is sensitivity. “Being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart; and they, having become callous, have given themselves over to sensuality, for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness” (Eph. 4:18-19). “But realize this, that in the last...

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May 2—A Pearl for Today “… clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time” (1 Pet. 5:5, 6). HUMILITY Several years ago, a friend of ours brought out a line of clothing called Get off Your High Horse. It was, of course, a s...

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April 22—Hope The word for today is hope. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you” (1 Pet. 1:3-4). “For the grace of God has a...

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April 17—Grief The word for today is grief. “You hear, O Lord, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry” (Ps. 10:17). “In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may b...

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April 16—Freedom The word for today is freedom. “But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man shall be blessed in what he does” (James 1:25). “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). “It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore kee...

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April 9—Depression The word for today is depression. “When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul” (Ps. 94:19). “Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, while he himself went a day’s journey into the desert. He came to a broom tree, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. ‘I have had en...

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April 7—Redemption The word for today is redemption. “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?” (Rom. 8:32). “O Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is full redemption” (Ps. 130:7). “But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your h...

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April 5—Conscience The word for today is conscience. “Though you probe my heart and examine me at night, though you test me, you will find nothing; I have resolved that my mouth will not sin” (Ps. 17:3). “And Paul, looking intently at the Council, said, ‘Brethren, I have lived my life with a perfectly good conscience before God up to this day’” (Acts 23:1). “In view of this, I also...

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