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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!
“Therefore let anyone who thinks he stands [who feels sure that he has a steadfast mind and is standing firm], take heed lest he fall [into sin]” (1 Corinthians 10:12, AMPC).
The times when we get overconfident in our own abilities and strengths are the times we are most susceptible to attacks from the enemy, who wants to see us fail. We only find our place of strength and stability when we are in Christ.
“I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase” (1 Corinthians 3:6, 7).
When we share the gospel of grace hoping that the seeds we sow will take root in someone’s heart, there is only so much we can do on our own. Our job is to speak the word to others and teach by example, but only God can cause those seeds to take root, sprout, and grow.
“And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God” (1 Corinthians 2:4, 5).
When Paul preached to the Corinthians, he made sure everything he taught was based on the word of God. When our faith is rooted and grounded in Christ, no power in the universe is powerful enough to shake it.
“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent’” (1 Corinthians 1:18, 19, NKJV).
When we talk to others about Jesus and what he did for us, some will accept the message, but many others will completely miss its meaning and significance. The people whom the world calls wise are the very ones who often dismiss the truth of the gospel.
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).
One of the victories we have because of the finished works of Jesus is victory over fear. His spirit in us drives out fear because love is always more powerful than fear.
“And the Lord, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed” (Deuteronomy 31:8).
God said this to the children of Israel during the time of Moses, and the promise is still true today. When we go through tough times, we don’t have to implore him to come and help us. If we’ve been born again, he lives in us permanently.
“Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth” (1 John 3:18, NIV).
The phrase “actions speak louder than words” is actually biblically-based. We can talk about something all day, but backing up what we say with what we do shows our true intentions. As children of God, we have what it takes to demonstrate the love of Jesus.
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love” (1 John 4:18, NIV).
Under the law, the people were motivated to do right by the fear of punishment. But perfect love in human form, who is Jesus Christ, took God’s punishment on our behalf when he died on the cross for us. Now that we’re under grace, Christ perfects us and frees us from fear.
“For if the [eager] readiness to give is there, then it is acceptable and welcomed in proportion to what a person has, not according to what he does not have” (2 Corinthians 8:12, AMPC).
The apostle Paul preached proportional giving, which is giving according to what we’ve been blessed with, not according to what we don’t have. Now that we’re under grace, our giving can be motivated by love, joy, and gratitude instead of a sense of duty or obligation.
“I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).
God is the one who makes it possible for us to work and receive a financial income at all. When we use some of our income to help others, he sees to it that both the giver and the receiver are blessed.
“O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms” (Psalm 95:1, 2).
True prayer that is delightful to God is filled with joy and exuberance. When we come into his presence, it’s impossible not to rejoice and give thanks for all he has done for us.
“[Remember] this: he who sows sparingly and grudgingly will also reap sparingly and grudgingly, and he who sows generously [that blessings may come to someone] will also reap generously and with blessings” (2 Corinthians 9:6, AMPC).
We have the authority to determine how much, or how little, we are blessed. Sowing generously into others’ lives so that they may be blessed shows our trust in God. What we sow will come back to us.
“I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency]” (Philippians 4:13, AMPC).
When we’re tempted to rely on our own strength, cleverness, or talent, and we think we’re all we need in and of ourselves, this Scripture brings us back to the truth. Jesus empowers us to operate at a higher level than we ever could by ourselves.
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them” (Genesis 1:27).
Relationships formed according to the world’s standards can be patriarchal, dominating, and restrictive, but those formed according to God’s standards free men and women to be who he created us to be. We are equal in God’s eyes, and he wants to bless us regardless of gender.
“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:6, 7, NKJV).
Facing life when we don’t have the peace of God opens us up to stress, anxiety, and the cares of the world. God tells us to give all our worries to him, because he doesn’t want us to suffer. We show true humility when we obey this commandment.
“A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee” (Psalm 91:7).
As Christians engaged in spiritual warfare, resting in God is the most powerful thing we can do to defeat the enemy. The battle is over our minds, and focusing on how Jesus is our refuge and fortress gives us peace of mind.
“Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God” (2 Corinthians 3:5)
Apart from Christ, we will never be sufficient to supply all our own needs. He is the one who empowers us to do whatever task he asks us to do.
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things” (Philippians 4:8, NIV).
Our thoughts influence everything about us, and they can either hold us back from the goodness of God or connect us to him. Focusing on the positive instead of the negative helps us rise above the pettiness of the world’s mindset and walk in the Spirit.
“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up” (James 4:10, NIV).
Getting all puffed up with pride in the things we can do reflects an attitude that does not please God. Trusting in the finished works of Jesus is how we show true humility. This allows God to lift us up to heights we could never imagine.
“Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, ‘children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.’ Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky” (Philippians 2:14, 15, NIV).
Our attitude is very important, especially because others are watching us to see how Christians act in everyday situations. When people see that we have the same attitude as Christ, we will stand out like beacons of light in a dark world.
“So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith” (Galatians 3:26, NIV).
Faith in Jesus opens the door to marvelous things. Historically, faith in him has brought healing, deliverance, and even the resurrection of the dead. With that in mind, it should come as no surprise that faith makes us God’s own children.
“But as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, ‘Be holy, for I am holy’” (1 Peter 1:15, 16, NKJV).
Religion truthfully acknowledges God’s holiness, but stops short of making an important connection. The Bible goes one step further, and reveals that because of God’s holiness, his children are also holy. Those individuals who have Christ living in them have been made just as he is.
“For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; and that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby” (Ephesians 2:14-16).
“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world” (Titus 2:11, 12).
“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).
“For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9).
Many people have the notion that Jesus was a poor man, but this Scripture dispels that idea. Jesus was God in human form, and there is no lack in God, financial or otherwise. Jesus deliberately emptied himself for us and took on our neediness, both spiritually and physically, so that we might have access to everything we need, through him.