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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 10—Solitude The word for today is solitude. “Be at rest once more, O my soul, for the Lord has been good to you” (Ps. 116:7). “Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before” (Dan. 6:10). ...

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May 5—Security The word for today is security. “I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold” (Ps. 18:1-2). “A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all” (Ps. 34:19). “Each man will be like a shelter from the wi...

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May 4—Righteousness The word for today is righteousness. “In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. This is the name by which he will be called: The Lord Our Righteousness” (Jer. 23:6). “So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men” (Rom. 5:18). ...

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May 1—Revenge The word for today is revenge. “The Lord is a jealous and avenging God; the Lord takes vengeance and is filled with wrath. The Lord takes vengeance on his foes and maintains his wrath against his enemies. The Lord is slow to anger and great in power; the Lord will not leave the guilty unpunished. His way is in the whirlwind and the storm, and clouds are the dust of his feet” (N...

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April 27—Loneliness The word for today is loneliness. “I lie awake; I have become like a bird alone on a roof” (Ps. 102:7). “At my first defense no one supported me, but all deserted me; may it not be counted against them. But the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me, in order that through me the proclamation might be fully accomplished, and that all the Gentiles might hear; and I was d...

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April 26—Leisure The word for today is leisure. “In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his place of rest will be glorious” (Isa. 11:10). “Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array. By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work”...

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April 19—Guidance The word for today is guidance. “The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day” (Prov. 4:18). “For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end” (Ps. 48:14). “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet wate...

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April 18—A Pearl for Today “But do not recall former events, nor consider any longer the things of the past. Behold, I do a new thing; now it is springing forth; do you not recognize it?” (Isa. 43:18-9 Berkeley). YOU ARE SURROUNDED  Change is hard. We resist anything that forces us out of a comfortable rut. God is known for stirring up our nests and moving us on to new ways and areas of min...

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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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