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July 2—Character The word for today is character. “Even if these three men—Noah, Daniel and Job—were in it, they could save only themselves by their righteousness, declares the Sovereign Lord. … as surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, even if Noah, Daniel and Job were in it, they could save neither son nor daughter. They would save only themselves by their righteousness” (Eze...

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June 26—Pessimism The word for today is pessimism. “Abraham fell face down; he laughed and said to himself, ‘Will a son be born to a man a hundred years old? Will Sarah bear a child at the age of ninety?’ And Abraham said to God, ‘If only Ishmael might live under your blessing!’” (Gen. 17:17-18). “But when all goes well with you, remember me and show me kindness; mention me to Phar...

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June 14—Heart The word for today is heart. “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life” (Prov. 4:23). “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Matt. 5:8). “The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time” (Gen. 6:5). “I will praise you, O Lor...

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June 6—A Pearl for Today “You are always righteous, O Lord, when I bring a case before you. Yet I would speak with you about your justice: Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all the faithless live at ease?” (Jer. 12:1). THAT’S NOT FAIR! Parenting has helped me, in a small way, understand God as our Father. Mothers often hear those immortal words: “MOM, THAT’S NOT FAIR!” A...

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June 1—Deception The word for today is deception. “No one who practices deceit will dwell in my house; no one who speaks falsely will stand in my presence” (Ps. 101:7). “Do not testify against your neighbor without cause, or use your lips to deceive” (Prov. 24:28). “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” (Jer. 17:9). “But I am afraid, lest ...

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May 31—Cleansing The word for today is cleansing. “‘Come now, let us reason together,’ says the Lord. ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool’” (Isa. 1:18). “Let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies was...

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May 27—Change The word for today is change. “The Lord had said to Abram, ‘Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you’” (Gen. 12:1). “Then the Lord said to Jacob, ‘Go back to the land of your fathers and to your relatives, and I will be with you’” (Gen. 31:3). “So Israel set out with all that was his, and when he reached Beer...

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May 26—Busyness The word for today is busyness. “Now as they were traveling along, He entered a certain village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. And she had a sister called Mary, who moreover was listening to the Lord’s word, seated at His feet. But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him, and said, ‘Lord, do You not care that my sister ...

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May 25—Boldness The word for today is boldness. “Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to the king, ‘O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve y...

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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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