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July 8—Protection The word for today is protection. “After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: ‘Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward’” (Gen. 15:1). “The Lord said to Joshua, ‘Do not be afraid of them; I have given them into your hand. Not one of them will be able to withstand you’” (Josh. 10:8). “All those gathered here will know t...

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July 7—Presence The word for today is presence.  “I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you” (Gen. 28:15-16). “The Lord replied, ‘My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest’” (Exod. 33:14). “You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me wi...

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July 6—Promises The word for today is promises. “And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high” (Luke 24:49). “Praise be to the Lord, who has given rest to his people Israel just as he promised. Not one word has failed of all the good promises he gave through his servant Moses” (1 Kings 8:56...

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July 5—Tolerance The word for today is tolerance. “And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, ‘The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness’” (Exod. 34:6). “But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness” (Ps. 86:15). “Or do you think lightly of the riches of Hi...

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July 4—A Pearl for Today “When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you” (Deut. 8:10). AMERICA, AMERICA, GOD SHED HIS GRACE ON THEE On July 4, 2003, I wrote in my journal: “Don is at work on the devotional book. I am having a good time being at home doing some work and relaxing. I feel grateful and thankful for all I have. God is truly ...

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July 3—Strength The word for today is strength. “So he said to me, ‘This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,” says the Lord Almighty’” (Zech. 4:6). “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (Isa. 40:31). “Stren...

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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 30—Reality The word for today is reality. “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 6:23). “It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Heb. 10:31). “If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8). “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and ...

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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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