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Because of Salvation... Today Is Your Best Day

Today Is Your Best Day... Because of Salvation This book (Today Is Your Best Day) was written to those who have received Jesus Christ by faith as their Lord and Savior, and who have committed their lives to walk daily with Him. If you have never turned your life over to Jesus Christ, and do not know the meaning of forgiveness for your sins, I have written the following section for you.  Salvation means that God has made everything that is right, true, loving, and good available to you through His Son, Jesus Christ. Salvation is God's good news to your heart, your life, and your future. Salvation means a new life; victory and deliverance from the pain and judgment of sin; freedom from the bondage of Satan and the powers of darkness; peace, joy and fellowship with God. It means that God's will ha become your will; that God's plans are your plans; that God's blessings are your blessings. Salvation means that God has not said to you, "I want you to work your wa

Today Is Your Best Day... And The Future Will Be Even Better

Today Is Your Best Day... And The Future Will Be Even Better Looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ. Titus 2:13 NKJV The subject of the time machine has been a popular theme in science fiction. A common plot describes how someone discovers a way to go back in time to change the outcome of history. Another version of this plot describes how someone discovers a way to see into the future and tries to warn people about some tragic event ahead. Typically, as the story unfolds, few people believe the person's warnings and only a few people are prepared for what is to come. The world we live in is a very uncertain place. As people look to the future their fears and concerns only deepen as they worry about what will happen and wonder how things will turn out. Years ago, when John Wooden was coaching the UCLA college basketball team, I became an avid fan. One evening I sat down in front of my television to watch a game betwe

Because God is With You... Today Is Your Best Day

Today Is Your Best Day... Because God is With You "Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand."   Isaiah 41:10 NKJV From the Scripture in Isaiah 41:10 there are several important things for you to be reminded of today: Because God is with you, He does not want you to fear. Because God is with you, He does not want you to be dismayed.  Because God is with you, He will strengthen you. Because God is with you, He will help you. Because God is with you, He will uphold you with His righteous right hand. Whatever your fears may be today or whoever your enemies are, you have a Friend that sticks closer to you than a brother. Today is your best day because you do not walk through it alone, abandoned, or forsaken. God is with you and He can handle any situation you face, any foe you encounter, any problem you meet, or any conflict you confront. One plus God is

Because of Forever... Today Is Your Best Day

Today Is Your Best Day... Because of Forever And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever. 1 John 2:17 NLT Forever is a beautiful word. When our reference point is God and His Kingdom, everything takes on an eternal perspective. Life is filled with meaning and packed with purpose. Those who have this world as their reference point see only those things which are temporary, short-lived, and passing away. Everything that God is, He is eternally. He is love, and He loves you all the time. He is good, and He is good to you all the time. There are no ups and downs, highs and lows, or comes and goes with God. What He was to you yesterday when He showed you mercy and grace, He will show to you today. The acceptance you knew when He lifted you out of your sins is the same acceptance that upholds you today. The arms that were once around you to give you assurance embrace you today. All the delights of His

Because of Your Foundation... Today Is Your Best Day

Today Is Your Best Day... Because of Your Foundation "Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock."   Luke 6:47-48 NKJV  Today is your best day because of the foundation that your life is being built upon. I recently watched a documentary about the  construction work that is taking place around the San Francisco Bay area. Many of the large structures that were built over sixty-five years ago are being reinforced to be able to withstand a massive earthquake. One of the buildings in need of strengthening is the prison on Alcatraz Island. The person in charge of this project stated that the best way to secure the building is to anchor it deep into the very rock that it was built upon. The Bible tells us that one d

Because of Change... Today Is Your Best Day

Today Is Your Best Day... Because of Change "For I am about to do a brand-new thing. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness for my people to come home. I will create rivers for them in the desert!"   Isaiah 43:19 TLB God never changes, but He is a changer. Because God never changes, you can trust His flawless character; because He is a changer, you can trust His creative hand. He changes darkness into light, deserts into waterways, water into wine, mountains into low places, wastelands into grain fields, death into life, ashes into beauty, mourning into joy, and rough places into smooth paths. There is a process for purifying wine that is referred to in the Old Testament. We are told that wine was poured into a vessel and then left to sit for a season. During this time the impurities within the wine would settle to the bottom of the vessel. After this, the wine was poured from a vessel to vessel so that the purifying p

Because of Motivation... Today Is Your Best Day

Today Is Your Best Day... Because of Motivation We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in him. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect.   1 John 4:16-17 NLT The story is told of a woman who was married to a man who was harsh and cruel. He constantly placed demands upon her. Each day, before the man went to work, he would give his wife a list of jobs that he expected her to do before he returned home. In the evening, the man would go around the house with his list and inspect what his wife had done. If she didn't complete the list of if she did something poorly, he would become angry with her, scold her, and demand she do better the next day. It didn't take long for the woman's heart to be crushed and her love to be quenched. In time, the woman's cruel husband died. She never thought she could marry anyone again. After some time, the most wonderful man entered her

Because of God's Character... Today Is Your Best Day

Today Is Your Best Day... Because of God's Character "But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight." says the Lord.   Jeremiah 9:24 NKJV There is no one like God. He transcends all that He has made. He is more majestic than the great mountain peaks that rise above the ground; He is more lovely than the beautiful flowers that bloom along the countryside; He is more awesome than the sun as it sets in all its brilliance; He is more diverse than all the trees that fill the forests, that bear fruit in their season, and that shade the landscapes of every country path and village square. God's character is the foundation that you build your life upon, the rock that your feet stand upon, and the strong tower that your faith leans upon. God is completely dependable, unshakable, unmovable, and totally reliable. What does your fai

Because of God's Promises... Today Is Your Best Day (Part 2)

Today Is Your Best Day... Because of God's Promises (Part 2) By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world's corruption caused by human desires. 2 Peter 1:3-4 NLT Your position in Christ today means that you have a great heritage to claim, great benefits to enjoy, great promises to embrace, and great blessings to receive. God doesn't want you to simply know about His promises or give them a casual nod, but He wants your faith to actively reach out and take them as your own. I once knew someone who had just purchased the latest edition of a planning calendar. He was excited about its many features and felt that the planner would

Because of God's Promises... Today Is Your Best Day (Part 1)

Today Is Your Best Day... Because of God's Promises (Part 1) They are the people of Israel, chosen to be God's adopted children. God revealed his glory to them. He made covenants with them and gave his law to them. They have the privilege of worshiping him and receiving his wonderful promises. Romans 9:4 NLT You have so much going for you today, because so much has been given to you by God. You have the fullness of His grace, the bounty of His mercies, the  greatness of His power, the beauty of His presence, and the wonders of His love. You have been blessed with the fellowship of other believers, the revelation of the sacred scriptures, the daily intercession of Jesus Christ, the watchful ministry of heavenly angels, and you have been given the precious promises spoken from the heart of God. God's promises are like golden apples given to you in baskets of silver, providing a treasure of priceless worth. They are like an oasis that you've found in the desert, bord

Because of Peace... Today Is Your Best Day

Today Is Your Best Day... Because of Peace Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.   2 Thessalonians 3:16 KJV Peace is such a precious gift from the Lord. Peace has been defined in many ways - calm in the midst of a storm, quiet in the midst of turmoil, tranquility in the midst of uncertainty. The presence of peace is the absence of confusion and strife. Peace can also be defined as the deep and unshakable conviction that all is well with your soul. Peace comes when your heart is confident that God is in control, not only of the universe, but of your life, as well. Peace also comes by knowing that God is for you and by being in harmony with God as you live from day to day. Peace is also the shalom of God. One of God's names is Jehovah-Shalom. It means that God not only gives peace, but He is peace. Shalom is a word that embraces God's favor, blessing, prosperity, health, welfare, rest, wholeness, and friendship. T

Because of Joy... Today Is Your Best Day

Today Is Your Best Day... Because of Joy And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.  Isaiah 35:10 KJV Joy is one of the great benefits and blessings of the Kingdom of God within your life. Joy is the melody of heaven that is placed in your heart; joy is the Holy Spirit's symphony that is played within your spirit; joy is the theme song of every person who trusts in the Lord and knows His love. Joy is the highest level of delight that a person can experience. Human happiness is dependent upon the experiences and circumstances of life, while joy is dependent upon God alone. God, not your personality type, is the source of your joy. Today, joy flows from His heart to yours like a fountain that will never run dry. Is is easy to think that joy can come from other things apart from God. We can anticipate the joys that a new house will br

Because Jesus is 100 Percent... Today Is Your Best Day

Today Is Your Best Day... Because Jesus is 100 Percent This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin.   Hebrews 4:15 NLT Baseball and basketball are very popular sports. Most teams draw large crowds and have a wide television and radio audience. One thing that is amazing about these sports is that their fans can get excited over athletes who fail far more often than they succeed. In baseball, if a batter can get a hit more than 40 percent of the time, he would be considered a phenomenon. In basketball, if a player made more baskets than he missed during his career, he would be considered the greatest offensive player of all time. No matter where we look in life, people never perform to perfection. There are shortcomings, disappointments, and failures everywhere we turn. Anything human, or made by humans, eventually breaks down or doesn't perform according to our expectations. The other day I was driv

Because of God's Timing... Today Is Your Best Day

Today Is Your Best Day... Because of God's Timing My times are in Your hand.   Psalm 31:15  NKJV When I was a child, two of my favorite books were about trains. One was called Little Toot and the other was The Little Engine That Could . It seems like I've always had a special interest in trains. I enjoyed watching electric trains in store windows during Christmastime, and begged my parents for an electric train set of my own. As a boy I made several train trips on the Santa Fe lines from the West Coast to the East and loved every minute of it. Trains can teach us come important lessons about life. Trains leave from stations, run on schedules, wait on other trains while en route, have stop and go signals to obey, and carry important cargo to various destinations. Trains also need upkeep and maintenance. Like a train, your life has a starting point and a final destination. It runs on a divinely appointed schedule and makes important stops along the way. People move in

Because of Love... Today Is Your Best Day

Today Is Your Best Day... Because of Love God has poured out his love to fill our hearts. God gave us his love through the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to us.   Romans 5:5 ICB "Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, 'Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.'" John 7:38 NLT God is love and His love is the best kind of love you can have in your heart. The beautiful thing about God's love is that it is a giving love - a love that flows in abundance with kindness, generosity, and goodness. It is a love that embraces and does not push away. It is a love that restores, mends, and heals. It is a love of compassion, good will, and tender care. The love that God has poured into you is also that love that He wants to pour out through you. Today is your best day because you have the awesome privilege and opportunity to give His love away to other people. The love that you are able to give to others is not something t

Because of God's Presence... Today Is Your Best Day

Today Is Your Best Day... Because of God's Presence And He said, "My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest." Then he said to Him, "If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here."   Exodus 33:14-15 NKJV There is something better than having what is best in your day, and that is having the One who is the best. God is the best Person you can ever know, the best Friend you can ever trust, and the best Companion you can ever have. God's presence is sweet, enjoyable, and delightful. God gives you what is best because He is the best. God gives the best kind of peace. Jesus said that He would give you His peace, not the peace that the world gives. The world's peace is fragile, uncertain, and easily toppled. God's peace can withstand any storm and difficulty of life. His peace brings the glorious assurance that all is well because you are His and He is yours. God gives the best kind of joy. Jesus said He wanted o

Because of God's Knowledge...Today Is Your Best Day

Today Is Your Best Day... Because of God's Knowledge Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.   Proverbs 2:5-6 KJV God's knowledge means that God knows. What does God know? God knows everything about all things. God knows all about you. He knows you inside and out, and from top to bottom. He knows when you get up and when you lie down. He knows your actions, your thoughts, and your motivations. He knows everything there is to know about you. He even knows every hair on your head. God knows all about your past, He knows all about your present, and He knows all about your future. God's knowledge means that God foresees. Because God foresees, He is your perfect provider. God can make provision for your needs today because His knowledge allows Him to see your need before it happens. He saw yesterday the need that you have discovered today. No need that

Because of God's Wisdom... Today Is Your Best Day

Today Is Your Best Day... Because of God's Wisdom O Lord, how manifold are thy works! In wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches. Psalm 104:24 KJV God is wise. Everything He does for you is done in wisdom. Every decision He makes on your behalf is done in wisdom. God has perfect wisdom, which means that it is impossible for Him to make a mistake and that He never needs to redo or undo something He has done. God's wisdom means that He never takes a chance or makes a guess. God's wisdom is complete. He never gains wisdom or grows in wisdom, because He has all wisdom. God's wisdom also means hat He is skilled and that He is an expert in all He does. He is not a rookie who doesn't have enough experience, or an apprentice who is lacking in skills when it comes to managing your life. I once went to get a medical test at a hospital. I was sent to an X-ray room where the test was going to be conducted. When I arrived in the room I was met by

Because of God's Plan... Today Is Your Best Day

Today Is Your Best Day... Because of God's Plan For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."   Jeremiah 29:11 NIV God has a plan for your life. He brought you into this world to fulfill that plan. It is the best plan that anyone could ever make. It is a plan that will bring Him the greatest glory and make you into all He desires you to be. Today is your best day because God is working out that plan. God's plan may not take you in the direction you were expecting, it may not fit into your natural way of reasoning, and it may even seem to contradict what God has promised you. When Joseph was in his youth he saw his brothers bowing down to him, but Joseph never imagined that God would fulfill that dream by allowing him to be sold into slavery by those same brothers. Abraham had a promise from God that his son, Isaac, would be heir to God's covenant promise, but Abr

Because of Humility... Today Is Your Best Day (Part 2)

Today Is Your Best Day... Because of Humility (Part 2) Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.   1 Peter 5:6 NKJV In his book Humility , Andrew Murray says, "Man's chief care, his highest virtue, and his only happiness, now and throughout eternity, is to present himself as an empty vessel in which God can dwell and manifest His power and goodness." Two Christian men were having a conversation about their personal growth in the Lord. The first man stated, "I love being nothing..." Before the first man could finish his sentence the second man interrupted and said, "What do you mean by that? I don't understand why you would love being nothing." "Well," replied the first man, "I love being nothing so that God can be my all in all." Today is your best day because God wants you to live each moment totally and completely dependent upon Him. The response of humility in you

Because of Humility (Part 1) ... Today Is Your Best Day

Today Is Your Best Day Because of Humility (Part 1) Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.   1 Peter 5:5 KJV Jesus, in His humility, left His exalted place in heaven and came to a lowly place on earth. In His humility He took on our humanity. As a man, He didn't seek out a place above men, nor did He seek out a place that was equal to men. Instead, He took the place below others and became the servant of all. In humility, He listened only to His Father and did only what His Father directed Him to do. He had no independent agenda. Jesus' humility led Him to the lowest place of all - His suffering and the shedding of His blood upon the cross. Through Jesus' obedience of humility God raised Him up, exalted Him to the highest place, seated Him at His right hand, and gave Him a name that is above all names. Today, as your

Because of Truth... Today Is Your Best Day

"However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things ot come." John 16:13 NKJV As God's child there is nothing in the Truth of God to depress you, defeat you, discourage you, or deflate you. The Truth will build you up, lift you up, and keep you up. The Truth has come to deliver you, free you, heal you, restore you, refresh you, revive you, and renew you. Truth brings you the light of God, the wisdom of God, the ways of God, the plan of God, and the heart of God. Truth is the belt that is tied  around your spiritual armor to keep it in place; it is the revelation of true goodness that draws your heart to the Father's love; it is the burning lamp that guides your feet on your pilgrim's journey; it is the plumb line of righteousness that directs your obedience; it is the foundation of your faith and the road map that leads y

Because You Serve the Lord... Today Is Your Best Day (Part 2)

Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.   Psalm 100:2 KJV You have so much to rejoice in today, so much to be glad for, so much to give praise for, and so much for your faith to celebrate. Today you have the awesome opportunity to serve the Lord. Think of it: The God who is majestic, all-powerful, altogether lovely, and altogether worthy wants to use you to reach out and touch others for His glory. From His high and holy place He works through the lowly place of your heart to touch the hearts of those who are in need of a revelation of His love. Isaiah 57:15 (NLT) declares, "The high and lofty one who inhabits eternity, the Holy One, says this: 'I live in that high and holy place with those whose spirits are contrite and humble. I refresh the humble and give new courage to those with repentant hearts.'" As God's servant you are in His hands as He conforms and transforms you into His image. In His hands, your life is the voice th

Because You Serve the Lord... Today Is Your Best Day (Part 1)

So my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.   1 Corinthians 15:58 NLT God has given you the grace to know Him, the strength to obey Him, and the opportunity to serve Him in all you do today. There are certain things that are important for your heart to affirm as you continue your daily walk with Jesus. Here are three areas that are vital to your faith, your obedience, and your personal growth. You have an enemy that you must resist. Satan does not like the fact that you have committed your life to Jesus Christ and that you are serving Him. He will oppose you, accuse you, and lie to you. He will try to tear you down and pull you down. He will use all his wiles to move your eyes away from Jesus, or have your feet wander off the path that God has called you to follow. This is not a battle for you to win, but a battle that Jesus has already won. Stand fast in the vic

Because of the Kingdom of God... Today Is Your Best Day

For the Kingdom of God is not just fancy talk; it is living by God's power. 1 Corinthians 4:20 NLT The Kingdom of God makes all the difference in you and in your day because you are a part of it. There is no kingdom, ruler, or authority that is greater than God's Kingdom. The Kingdom of God is all about the reign of Jesus Christ in your life. Jesus is the King of the Kingdom, and every benefit of the Kingdom is yours because you have the King ruling your life. Jesus reigns and rules over everything that He has destroyed, over everything He has defeated, and over everything He has conquered. Jesus is the triumphant King, the mighty Warrior, and the risen Lord. He faced the onslaughts of Satan's attacks and crushed them; He faced the temptations of sin and overcame them; He faced the grip of death and triumphed over it. Today, Jesus is your authority over the kingdom of darkness, He is your deliverer over the power of sin, and He is your victory over the fear of death. Je

Because of Mercy, Peace and Love... Today Is Your Best Day

May God give you more and more mercy, peace, and love.   Jude 1:2 NLT What a day this is! You have never gone this way before. Today may be the start of an anticipated vacation, the day of a planned event, or it may be a normal day spent around the house or at the office. What you have planned for today is not what makes it meaningful. What makes your day meaningful is that God is in it. He was in it when you first opened your eyes. He has sustained you through the night, greeted you with new mercies at morning's light, given you the breath of life, and promised to direct your steps until day's end. Because of God's mercies you can follow Him with all of your heart today, assured that there is nothing being held over your head to condemn you; you can take each step today with a quiet heart knowing that His peace keeps you steady and sure; you can move ahead today with great confidence of faith knowing His love keeps you close to His heart, mindful of His promises

Today Is Your Best Day... Because of Your Heavenly Calling

I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven.   Philippians 3:14 TLB Imagine that one day a skilled mountain climber reads an article about a new mountain peak that had been conquered. The author of the article says that in all his years of climbing, he had never seen a view as beautiful as the one from the summit of this new mountain. The author goes on to say that it was the most difficult climb he had ever made, but that the reward far outweigh the effort.  In response to the article, the reader thinks, "I must see this view. I will begin planning my climb immediately."  It takes the climber some time to pull together all the resources he needs to make the journey. He even manages to persuade a climbing buddy to make the trip with him. Six months later, the climber and his buddy arrive at their destination. Within a few days, the man's climbing buddy becomes ill and is unable to

Because Christ Is In You... Today Is Your Best Day

For God wanted them to know that the riches and glory of Christ are for you Gentiles, too. And this is the secret: Christ lives in you. This gives you assurance of sharing his glory.   Colossians 1:27 NLT One of the glorious things about the Christian life is that God not only places you in Christ, but Christ also comes to live in you. It is one thing to be standing in a river and enjoy its benefits as it washes and refreshes you; it is another thing to have the river in you as a result of drinking from its waters. When the river is in you, you receive benefits that differ from the benefits you receive when you are standing in the river. The water now becomes a part of your being as it nourishes your body and supplies it with the minerals it needs to survive. Being in Christ means that you receive the benefits of all that He has done for you through His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension; Christ being in you means that you receive the benefits of His presence, His chara

Because You Are In Christ...Today Is Your Best Day

God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin. 1 Corinthians 1:30 NLT Different people use different measurements to evaluate their day. A salesman may land a big account and call it his best day. An athlete may break a record in his sport and call it his best day. A woman may marry the man of her dreams and call it her best day. As a child of God, however, today is your best day because you are in Christ. You may be a salesman who landed a big account today, or you may have made no sale at all. Your best day is not founded in what you've accomplished, but in who you are in Christ. Being in Christ means that He is the atmosphere in which you live your day. I was recently in a large conference room for a staff meeting. Because I was in the room, the atmosphere of the room had an influence upon me. The room had padded chairs to sit upon. The lighting

Today Is Your Best Day... Because of Faith (Part 2)

For the month of October, please join me as we open up Roy Lessin's book, "Today is Your Best Day."  I will be sharing a chapter a day, each day.  Feel free to share in the comments section here on the blog, or on Facebook at the page for  Marina's Kitchen Table .  My prayer is that each one of us will, with certainty, see the purpose in why God has us here today.  Grace and peace,  -Marina ********** Today Is Your Best Day... Because of Faith (Part 2) What is faith? It is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen. It is the evidence of things we cannot yet see. So, you see, it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that there is a God and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.   Hebrews 11:1, 6 TLB Your faith in God today is your lifeline to His heartbeat. Faith is the hand that reaches up and takes hold of God's promises and gathers in the spiritual treasures that are foun