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Would you like to read the Word daily, but don’t know how to begin? Reading our Daily Devotionals is a good way to develop the habit of studying the scriptures. Visit this page to find a scripture for every day of the year, complete with practical advice for applying the principles to your everyday life. It is possible to enjoy reading the Bible. Simply set time aside each day, and soon daily Bible reading will become a lifestyle!
“And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children” (Isaiah 54:13).
When we teach our children to do God’s will, they will live long, be strong, and enjoy peaceful lives. Fulfilling our biblical responsibilities as parents will result in blessings for them.
“So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son” (John 1:14, NLT).
Jesus showed love, grace, and forgiveness toward others, and His life was the perfect example to show us how to live. He was the physical, tangible manifestation of God.
“Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God” (Ephesians 5:21).
“Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye” (Mark 7:13).
“Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith” (Galatians 3:13, 14).
Christ’s death and resurrection marked the transition from the old covenant of the Law of Moses to the present covenant of grace. The curses under the law are gone, but the blessings still remain; this opens up the potential for the type of a joyful, victorious life that was impossible before.
“For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus…There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:26, 28).
When we’re in Christ, all divisions have been erased. We have all been made equal, and we all stand on equal ground before God.
“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” (2 Corinthians 5:17, NLT).
When we get born again, the past no longer matters, and the things that shamed us and held us back in life hold no more power over us. We become brand-new creations with bright, shining, new futures.
“For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him” (Philippians 2:13, NLT).
If we allow Him to, God will work in us to give us the capabilities to do what others can’t. God’s plans for us are always good, and we learn His will for us when we yield ourselves to Him.
“Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily” (Colossians 1:28, 29).
Jesus perfects us when we’re unable to reach perfection through our own merits. He does this through the Holy Spirit, who works in us and through us.
“Therefore, we never stop thanking God that when you received his message from us, you didn’t think of our words as mere human ideas. You accepted what we said as the very word of God—which, of course, it is. And this word continues to work in you who believe” (1 Thessalonians 2:13, NLT
God faithfully works through believers if we allow Him to do so. The Holy Spirit working in us shows us what to do in situations where we otherwise wouldn’t know what to do.
“Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world” (1 John 4:17).
The world tells us that we can only be what others define us as. Jesus is righteous, holy, and blameless, and accepting Him makes us the same.
“If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” (John 8:36).
We can be physically free but still trapped in the bondage of self-effort and sin-consciousness that religion fosters. A relationship with Jesus Christ truly frees us so that we can enjoy the benefits of what He did, not what we do.
“In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise” (Ephesians 1:13).
We were made perfect when we were saved and born again; when we don’t believe this, the result is wrong-thinking and sin-consciousness. Receiving God’s promises depends entirely on faith.
“[I assure you] by the pride which I have in you in [your fellowship and union with] Christ Jesus our Lord, that I die daily [I face death every day and die to self]” (1 Corinthians 15:31, AMPC).
We only need to die once to sin. When the apostle Paul wrote this, he was not referring to dying daily to sin, but dying daily to the persecution that arises against Christians.
“And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons” (Genesis 3:7).
In the garden of Eden, the Tree of Life represents Jesus, and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil represents the Law of Moses. Adam and Eve were able to determine which tree would open the eyes of their consciousness, and we have that same choice.
“Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron” (1 Timothy 4:2).
A seared conscience is a perpetual awareness of sin; we can’t respond to what Jesus did for us when our conscience is marked this way. Christ has defeated sin so that we can focus on our righteousness and holiness in Him.
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).
The burden from which Jesus wants to free us is life under the Law of Moses. When we let grace open our spiritual eyes, we’re truly free.
“And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62).
On our Christian walk, we must not let our past hold us back from reaching the future God wants for us. Even when we make mistakes and trip over past mistakes, God’s grace equips us and makes us fit for the kingdom.