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July 17—Greed The word for today is greed. “Achan replied, ‘It is true! I have sinned against the Lord, the God of Israel. This is what I have done: When I saw in the plunder a beautiful robe from Babylonia, two hundred shekels of silver and a wedge of gold weighing fifty shekels, I coveted them and took them. They are hidden in the ground inside my tent, with the silver underneath’” (Jo...

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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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July 1—Sacrifice The word for today is sacrifice. “But even if I am being poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I rejoice and share my joy with you all” (Phil. 2:17). “But He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God” (Heb. 10:12). “For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the ...

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June 29—Quiet The word for today is quiet. “But let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God” (1 Pet. 3:4). “It is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord” (Lam. 3:26). “Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife” (Prov. 17:1). “But whoev...

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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 8—Flattery The word for today is flattery. “But then they would flatter him with their mouths, lying to him with their tongues” (Ps. 78:36). “For in his own eyes he flatters himself too much to detect or hate his sin” (Ps 36:2). “Whoever flatters his neighbor is spreading a net for his feet” (Prov. 29:5). “A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid a man who talks too much” (Pr...

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June 5—Envy The word for today is envy. “And I saw that all labor and all achievement spring from man’s envy of his neighbor. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind” (Eccles. 4:4). “Therefore, putting aside all malice and all guile and hypocrisy and envy and all slander” (1 Pet. 2:1). “Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong” (Ps. 37:1). “Re...

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June 2—Dissatisfaction The word for today is dissatisfaction. “All those who were in distress or in debt or discontented gathered around him, and he became their leader. About four hundred men were with him” (1 Sam. 22:2). “The leech has two daughters. ‘Give! Give!’ they cry. There are three things that are never satisfied, four that never say, ‘Enough!’ the grave, the barren womb,...

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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 29—Confession The word for today is confession. “He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy” (Prov. 28:13). “And this is the judgment, that the light is come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light; for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the light, and does not come to the light, lest his...

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