Daily Devotionals

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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!

Daily Devotionals - December 2019


December 31

“So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1, NLT).

Living under the Law of Moses reinforces guilt and condemnation, but Jesus ended the law and the condemnation that resulted from it. If we’re in Him, we no longer have to be dominated by negative emotions.

December 30

“Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin” (Romans 4:8).

One of the advantages of being born again is that God no longer counts our sins against us when we miss the mark. God considers us holy because we’re in Christ and, in Him, we can live free from sin.

December 29

“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come” (John 16:13).

When we live our lives guided by the Holy Spirit, He can give us insight, wisdom, and knowledge unavailable to the world. As part of the Holy Trinity, He administers the Father’s love and grace to us.

December 28

“But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him” (1 John 2:27, NKJV).

Under the covenant of grace, the Holy Spirit teaches us what we need to know. We still need teachers, however, but only those who are not deceived or influenced by worldly philosophies.

December 27

“Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine” (1 Timothy 1:9, 10).

The law was given to show mankind its sin, but could never make us righteous in God’s eyes; by comparison, grace makes us holy and blameless before Him. Born-again believers living under grace are no longer sinners, but saints.

December 26

“When God speaks of a ‘new’ covenant, it means he has made the first one obsolete. It is now out of date and will soon disappear” (Hebrews 8:13, NLT).

The law ended and the age of grace began when Jesus died on the cross. Therefore, for maximum results in our lives, we must be sure that we’re living under the correct covenant.

December 25

“So also Christ was offered once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him” (Hebrews 9:28, NLT).

Jesus’ blood made available to us forgiveness for all our sins, even the ones we haven’t committed yet; therefore, sin is a non-issue with God. When we miss the mark, we can thank Him for forgiving us before we were even born.

December 24

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13, NKJV).

Under the law, the people were required to rely on their own strength and willpower, but still failed to obey all the commandments. Under grace, we can instead rely on God’s strength; this ensures our success in doing His will.

December 23

“Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord” (Hebrews 8:9).

The old covenant of the law put tremendous pressure on the people to obey all the rules and perform perfectly before God could bless them. The new covenant was designed so that our faithfulness, or lack of it, is no longer an issue.

December 22

“Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith” (Romans 3:27).

The new covenant of grace works by faith in the finished works of Jesus Christ. Our righteousness isn’t based on what we do, but on what He already did; therefore, there’s no need to boast about our good deeds.

December 21

“If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well” (James 2:8).

God’s royal law of love isn’t about rule-keeping like the old Law of Moses required. It focuses instead on how we treat others; Jesus gave us the perfect example of this type of love.

December 20

“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another” (John 13:34).

Jesus repealed the hundreds of laws that the people tried to live by under the Old Testament and replaced it with one law—the law of love. If we believe God loves us, we can love others.

December 19

“My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings” (Proverbs 4:20).

If we’re constantly having problems and issues in life, it’s because we’re not spending enough time in the Word. Reading and meditating on it provides us with the answers we need.

December 18

“For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways” (James 1:7, 8).

Wavering back and forth between belief and doubt does us no good. To receive God’s promises, we must have single-mindedness and consistent faith.

December 17

“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:23).

What’s in our hearts ultimately controls the direction of our lives. With this in mind, we must plant the Word of God in our hearts in order for our lives to move in the right direction.

December 16

“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you” (1 Peter 5:7, NLT).

God doesn’t want us to struggle with fear, doubt, worry, or any other negative emotion. When these feelings threaten to steal our peace of mind, we must bring them to God and refuse to hang on to them.

December 15

“As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe” (Mark 5:36).

Fear and doubt are closely linked. If we wholeheartedly believe God’s Word, there will be no room for fear.

December 14

“And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease” (Matthew 10:1).

When we wholeheartedly believe that Jesus gave us the same authority and power that He and His disciples had, nothing can stop us from fulfilling His will for us. The enemy knows this; therefore, we must not let unbelief creep in when we consider God’s promises.

December 13

“Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law” (Romans 13:8).

The Law of Moses consisted of the Ten Commandments plus more than six hundred additional laws, and was impossible for anyone but Jesus to keep. However, Jesus replaced all those laws with just one—the law of love.

December 12

“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:37, NKJV).

Life has a way of throwing unpleasant surprises at us when we least expect it. Christ’s love will never let us down or abandon us when trouble hits; we win over adversity when we’re in Him.

December 11

“I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD” (Psalm 118:17).

God wants us to live joyful, victorious lives according to the plans He has made for us. When we feel tempted to doubt the His promises, we fight back against unbelief by speaking His Word out loud.

December 10

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).

We can’t get into heaven without Jesus Christ. After getting born again and making Him our Lord and Savior, we need to continue seeking His presence through prayer, studying His Word, and fellowship with other believers.

December 9

“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Proverbs 14:12).

There’s no way we can succeed without the guidance of the Holy Spirit to tell us which path in life to take. He can see when trouble is brewing ahead of us, and steer us away from it.

December 8

“Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore” (Psalm 16:11).

The peace and joy we all seek isn’t found in the world, but only through a relationship with Christ. We find success when we let Him guide us through life.

December 7

“For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more” (Hebrews 8:12).

Religion still teaches the law, which says to fear God’s punishment if we fall short or miss the mark. However, under grace, He chooses to show us mercy, compassion, and forgiveness.

December 6

“Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:12).

The world doesn’t know Christ; therefore, we can expect to encounter persecution for living godly lives. When we verbally declare God’s Word, we may receive the same treatment that Jesus received during His earthly ministry.

December 5

“For this is as the waters of Noah unto me: for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth; so have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee” (Isaiah 54:9).

God promised to never destroy the earth by flood again. This was a demonstration of His love and a foreshadowing of the new covenant that He would establish with His people—a covenant of grace.

December 4

“Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye” (Colossians 3:13).

Under the law, man had to forgive others, first, before God could forgive him. Under grace, we’ve already been forgiven; this enables us to forgive others.

December 3

“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” (Galatians 3:13).

Under the law, God blessed the people if they kept every part of it; otherwise, they would be punished. Now that we’re redeemed from the curses the law brought, we can benefit from all the blessings that remain.

December 2

“For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ” (John 1:17).

The covenant of the law was true and applicable for the time it was intended to be in force, but when Jesus came He replaced the law with grace. To experience God’s best in our lives we must live under the correct covenant.

December 1

“Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound” (Romans 5:20).

Trying to do the right thing under the Law of Moses only causes us to struggle more. By comparison, grace does perfectly what the law could never do: it makes us righteous in God’s eyes.