There’s nothing like starting your day with a fresh Word. 
I hope that Sozo Today will be a source of inspiration and
rejuvenation for your soul and spirit.

...Blessings -Johnny Jones

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Forgotten
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Your Success
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Shake That Funk
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Uncommon Love
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At The Right Time
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Don’t Worry
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Take it Personal
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Mix It With Faith
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From a Curse to a Blessing
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Make Those Deposits

Forgotten

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. Psalm 136:1 It must have been a scene! The Temple that Solomon built for the Lord was a marvel, as was the dedication itself. God’s glory had filled the Temple and now the Lord appears to Solomon and shares His heart with him about this magnificent Temple that had touched His heart. 1 Kings 9:3-4 says, The Lord said to him, “I have heard your prayer and your petition. I have set this Temple apart to be holy—this place you have built where my name will be[…]

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Your Success

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 Does seventeen, scared, stripped, shackled, mocked, abused, thrown in a situation and country where you know no one or their language and auctioned off by the slave traders sound like the picture of success to you? But that’s exactly how Joseph is described in Genesis 39:2, as a “successful man.” “The LORD was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was[…]

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Shake That Funk

Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.  1 Thessalonians 5:11 Have you ever had one of those moments when everything in life was going good, and yet a “funk” was trying to hit you? I’m a pretty positive and upbeat person, but I had one of those moments just recently. The kids where well, business was good and there was nothing to dread or worry about, but yet this sly funk tried to creep in one recent afternoon. I wanted to pray, but as soon as I walked in the door of my[…]

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Uncommon Love

“But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.” Matthew 5:44 There is probably no greater example of enemies loving each other more than that of the Civil War.  Men found themselves lining up on opposite sides of the battlefield, who had just previously enjoined the camaraderie of being students together at West Point and family members sharing meals together at the same table. In some cases brothers actually lined up against each other for the cause of[…]

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At The Right Time

But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. Galatians 4:4-5 As a young teenage boy Joseph had a dream and that dream almost cost him his life. Even after years of being misunderstood and even imprisoned, Joseph’s dream finally came to fruition. In the “fullness of time” God put it all together and this dream of Joseph’s propelled him to be the second in command of all of Egypt, thus[…]

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Don’t Worry

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6 I’ve heard it said, “If you’re going to pray, don’t worry and if you’re going to worry, don’t pray.” One of the definitions for the word “supplication” in Philippians 4:6 is “to that of childlike confidence, by representing prayer as the heart’s conversation with God.” Prayer, as it is defined in this verse is a “confident petition, with childlike faith.”  Philippians 4:6 says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let[…]

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Take it Personal

Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings. Psalm 17:8 It was a perfect ending to a perfect day and just another one of those moments you hope you never forget. After a full day of outdoor fun with two of my girls, the three of us were sitting back relaxing and enjoying a movie. With one on my right and the other on my left I was rubbing ones hand and the others back when I said, “I love you” to which they replied simultaneously, “I love you too.” Neither one[…]

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Mix It With Faith

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1 Growing up in Eastern North Carolina I was blessed to have two Grandmas that each knew how to make some good biscuits and their specialty was “Cat Head Biscuits.” Now I understand if that name doesn’t sound too appetizing, but those biscuits got their name because they were the size of a “cat’s head.” They were hand formed, without a biscuit cutter and baked in a round pan. Once done, you could pull those flaky biscuits apart and throw a slab of butter and[…]

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From a Curse to a Blessing

But the LORD your God refused to listen to Balaam. He turned the intended curse into a blessing because the LORD your God loves you. Deuteronomy 23:5 Who can forget the Bible story of the time when the donkey talked? I can remember sitting on the edge of my seat in Sunday School as my teacher put up the flannel graph figures depicting the scene found in Numbers 22 and 23. Balaam was on his way as a “hired prophet “ to curse the Israelites when the Angel of the Lord stood in the roadway with his sword drawn. Although[…]

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Make Those Deposits

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”          Matthew 6:21 Have you ever wondered what really makes a relationship go south? It’s surprising at times that it can happen and how fast it can happen. I’ve come to realize that ever person/relationship that comes into your life is like an investment account. Everyone comes into your life with a certain amount on deposit. The question then becomes, is that account added to, or subtracted from. I’ve found that when more “withdraws” than “deposits” are made, any relationship, no matter how solid it may seem, will eventually go[…]

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