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Daily inspiration and Birth verse for July 18:

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Daily inspiration: The moments that are really lived are the moments that things are done in the spirit of God's love. Today, Lord, I will focus on Your love and do Your will. When I stumble let me never forget that You are right next to me and will help me up.

Daily Scripture & Reflection: Therefore with joy will you draw water from the wells of salvation. Isaiah 12:3

A Time to Think: Our prayers lay the track down on which God’s power can come.—Watchman Nee

A Time to Act: Take comfort knowing God is with you.

A Time to Pray: Dear God, help me always to see beyond my fears to the beauty of Your creation.

Birth verse for July 18: He who speaks on his own does so to gain honor for himself, but he who works for the honor of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him. John 7:18

PrayFit Devotional (a repeat from earlier this year, but still so true):
But Even If He Doesn’t
July 17, 2012

But even if he doesn’t, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up. Daniel 3:18

Read: Daniel 3

Dr. Charles Stanley can often be heard saying, “Be obedient and leave the consequences to God.” Kinda sums it up doesn’t it? Go ahead and apply it to any circumstance you’re facing. Trouble in a relationship? Making a decision about money? Need to trust God with a health issue? Be obedient and leave the consequences to God. Stands up, doesn’t it?

Speaking of standing up, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego lived it. At the edge of a fiery furnace, they had a decision. Bow to an idol or be thrown in a furnace. They chose faith, believing that God would deliver them from the very fire that tested it. But then they said, “But even if He doesn’t.” That part of the verse has taken up residence inside my heart this week.

They didn’t jump knowing they’d be delivered. They jumped knowing the Deliverer. I’m shaking my head as I type this sentence. I want an “Even if He doesn’t” kind of faith. Save me, help me, heal me. But even if He doesn’t…
–Jimmy Peña www.prayfit.com/2012/07/

**My comments: The comments below the devotional brought out a point that the 3 Hebrews didn't even "smell of smoke" I really liked what one of them said: "When God has brought me through a difficult trial, I don’t want to keep talking about the trial…in other words, smelling like smoke…I want to focus on His Deliverance, Mercy, and Grace." That's my prayer as well.
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