Read the Word Daily

Would you like to read the Word daily, but don’t know where to begin? Reading our Daily Devotionals is a good way to develop the habit of studying the Scriptures.

Daily Devotionals - October 2017
20 Oct.

“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. We love him, because he first loved us” (1 John 4:18, 19).

Many relationships based on the world’s standards are formed out of fear or for selfish reasons. Letting God’s love flow through us enriches all our relationships, and allows us to love others the way He loves us.

19 Oct.

“But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing” (James 1:4, NKJV).

The world is always in a hurry to find perfection on its own terms, but self-effort is always flawed and imperfect. Those who patiently trust God to guide them in every area of their lives reach perfection through Him.

18 Oct.

“He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. He was amazed at their lack of faith” (Mark 6:5, 6, NIV).

Our trust in God’s healing powers plays a large part in our overall health and wholeness. Faith helps us when all the medicine in the world can’t make us well.

17 Oct.

“Large crowds followed Jesus as he came down the mountainside. Suddenly, a man with leprosy approached him and knelt before him. ‘Lord,’ the man said, ‘if you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean.’ Jesus reached out and touched him. ‘I am willing,’ he said. ‘Be healed!’ And instantly the leprosy disappeared” (Matthew 8:1-3, NLT).

We never have to wonder whether or not healing is God’s will. Jesus is the Great Physician, and He has already healed everyone who comes to Him in faith.

16 Oct.

“And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent” (Matthew 27:51).

Before the cross, the Old Testament priests used a veil to prevent the children of Israel from coming into God’s presence. After the cross, the finished works of Jesus destroyed the separation between God and mankind to allow us to stand in His presence without guilt, shame, or condemnation.

15 Oct.

“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).

As God’s children, we have the right to boldly come before Him at any time and make a request according to His will. We do not have to beg or plead, and our prayers should reflect that.

14 Oct.

“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name” (Psalm 100:4).

In order for our prayer life to be effective we need an attitude of praise and thankfulness for what God has done, and continues to do, in our lives. The words we choose when we pray carry great power.

13 Oct.

“But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking” (Matthew 6:6, 7).

Prayer is communing with God, not a recitation or a monologue. Our heavenly Father loves to have regular and meaningful two-way conversations with us.

12 Oct.

“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?’” (John 11:25, 26, NIV).

The only way to eternal life in heaven is through faith in Jesus Christ. Our eternal future depends on our belief in Him, yet the decision whether or not to believe has been left up to us.

11 Oct.

“Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer” (Romans 12:12, NKJV).

Praying according to the present covenant of grace instead of the old, expired covenant of the Law of Moses empowers our prayers. Joy, patience, and perseverance are important components of prayer.

10 Oct.

“Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus” (Colossians 1:28).

We all want to be the best we can be, but on our own merits we fall far short of perfection. Jesus is the only one who can perfect us, and we reach this point through a relationship with Him.

9 Oct.

“I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears” (Psalm 34:4).

Fear is not an emotion from God. When we go to Him asking for His help in dealing with fear, He will rescue us from it and replace it with peace and joy.

8 Oct.

“For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous” (Romans 5:19).

Under the Law of Moses, the people’s obedience was required, first, before being blessed. Now that we are under grace we are blessed, not because of our own obedience, but because of Jesus’ perfect obedience.

7 Oct.

“And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness” (Ephesians 4:24).

Most people identify themselves according to the way the world sees them rather than the way God sees them. The day we get born again is the day our identity changes, and we become as holy and righteous as God, Himself.

6 Oct.

“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).

When our identity is based in Christ instead of in ourselves, we are transformed from the natural into the supernatural. The Holy Spirit living in us perfects us, and we actually become like God, Himself.

5 Oct.

“He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west” (Psalm 103:12, NLT).

The world is full of people ashamed of something in their past, but God’s promises reveal His true nature. When we receive His mercy and forgiveness, He flings away our shame over past mistakes and transgressions; they are gone forever.

4 Oct.

“The voice of joy, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the voice of them that shall say, Praise the Lord of hosts: for the Lord is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: and of them that shall bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the Lord. For I will cause to return the captivity of the land, as at the first, saith the Lord” (Jeremiah 33:11).

Faith is required to take possession of all that grace has made available to us; joy is the fuse that ignites our faith. It does us no good to go through life being sad or pessimistic when God promises to restore to us everything in our lives that is missing, broken, or stolen.

3 Oct.

“What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee” (Psalm 56:3).

On our daily Christian walk, there will always be opportunities for situations to develop that can cause us fear. We can trust that God will deliver us and keep us safe from all harm.

2 Oct.

“The Lord will keep you from all harm—he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore” (Psalm 121:7, 8, NIV).

We don’t have to be afraid of the trouble and turbulence we see around us in our communities. God has given us His promise of supernatural protection against every kind of evil.

1 Oct.

“My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips” (Psalm 89:34).

We must not lean back and wait for God to do things that He has empowered us to do. This empowerment comes from the covenant He made with us, and He will never revoke it.