TODAY! Part Two - What Comes Every Day (If you are looking for it)

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2 Corinthians 4:16 (Amplified Bible), Therefore we do not become discouraged [spiritless, disappointed, or afraid]. Though our outer self is [progressively] wasting away, yet our inner self is being [progressively] renewed day by day. 

KEY POINT

One of the reasons for TODAY is this:

Today is when life begins again!

“Renewed day by day…”

Psalms 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; 3 Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah 

4 There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High. 5 God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved;

God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.

KEY POINT

There two forces await us everyday

   1. Troubled Streams (Perishing)

   2. Streams That Make Glad (Renewing)

Where/how you focus as your day begins determines which stream you will enter into. 

WHAT COMES EVERY DAY?

1. Mercy:  God’s gift before and after faith. Prevention or lessening of consequences following our errors. 

Lamentations 3:22-24, Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.

2. Benefits:  Provision, protection, grace to function, etc. 

Psalm 68:19, Blessed be the Lord, Who daily loads us with benefits, The God of our salvation! Selah

Matthew 6:11, Give us this day our daily bread.

3. Your Cross:  Opportunity to place others higher than yourself. Carry responsibility deny yourself, follow Christ, and serve God’s purposes.

Luke 9:23, Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.”

Proverbs 8:34, Blessed is the man who listens to me, Watching daily at my gates, Waiting at the posts of my doors

TODAY: Reflection & Application

  1. In what ways I am being renewed TODAY?
  2. Why does my life begin again TODAY? (Not starting over)
  3. What hinders my awareness of TODAY?
  4. Who will I encourage/exhort TODAY?
  5. What streams from God’s river make me glad TODAY?
  6. What does MERCY mean to me TODAY?
  7. What do GOD’S BENEFITS mean to me TODAY?
  8. What does MY CROSS mean to me TODAY?

 

 

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