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 - May 2018
28 May.

“And the children of Levi did according to the word of Moses: and there fell of the people that day about three thousand men” (Exodus 32:28).

The Ten Commandments were given to make the people aware of their sin, and to make them realize that they needed God. Sin-consciousness began the day the law was given.

27 May.

“How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” (Hebrews 9:14).

When we believe in the power Jesus’ blood has to wash away our sins, we can go through life with a clear conscience. We’re freed from thinking that we must continually go through our own self-sacrificial rituals in order for God to forgive us.

26 May.

“Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin” (Romans 3:20).

The Law of Moses gives us the awareness and the consciousness of sin. In the Old Testament, the knowledge that they had sinned under the law brought the fear of death to the people; it creates guilt, shame, and self-condemnation for us now.

25 May.

“For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins” (Hebrews 10:26).

Many people misinterpret this and think that if they sin, there is no more sacrifice for that sin and they will always be judged for it. The truth is that Jesus was the perfect sacrifice for sin, and He made forgiveness available for us two thousand years ago.

24 May.

“Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage” (Hebrews 2:14, 15).

The bondage that unsaved people are subject to includes guilt, shame, poverty, sickness, disease, and anything else that afflicts. It was necessary for Jesus to have a flesh and blood body; without it, He would have had nothing to offer as a sin sacrifice.

23 May.

“The Lord redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate” (Psalm 34:22).

If we trust in God, we’re never alone. He will deliver our souls from evil situations.

22 May.

“For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God” (1 John 3:20, 21).

If our hearts condemn us, it is because we have more confidence in ourselves than in God. When we’re tempted to beat ourselves up over a mistake we made, we can have confidence that God has already forgiven us.

21 May.

“Yet we know that a person is made right with God by faith in Jesus Christ, not by obeying the law. And we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we might be made right with God because of our faith in Christ, not because we have obeyed the law. For no one will ever be made right with God by obeying the law” (Galatians 2:16, NLT).

The self-righteous person follows and adheres to the works of the law, but right-standing with God comes by faith, not by works. Christ has already done all the work; all that’s left for us is simply to believe.

20 May.

“Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace” (Galatians 5:4).

We fall from grace when we strive through self-effort to be righteous. Under the law, the focus is on what we can do to “make it happen;” under grace, the focus shifts to what Jesus has done.

19 May.

“And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith” (Philippians 3:9).

We receive this type of righteousness when we have enough trust to submit ourselves to the Word of God. We don’t achieve it through our own performance.

18 May.

“For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth” (Romans 10:3, 4).

We’re righteous only because Christ is righteous; our identities are in Him, not ourselves. On a spiritual level, we can’t afford to be ignorant of this.

17 May.

“For by a single offering He has forever completely cleansed and perfected those who are consecrated and made holy” (Hebrews 10:14, AMPC).

The body and blood of Jesus Christ, shed before we were even born, was the only sacrifice needed to wash away all our sins. When the enemy tells us we aren’t really perfected in Christ, we must remember that this was enough to get the job done permanently.

16 May.

“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 we get born again, our sinful natures are gone forever. Our spirits are as perfect and holy as Christ, and this affects how we can live right now.

15 May.

“Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God” (1 John 3:9).

When we’re born again, God takes away our sinful spirit and replaces it with a spirit as perfect and holy as His. Even when we commit sinful acts we’re not sinners, because our identity is based on what Jesus did, not on what we do.

14 May.

“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17).

We regularly assemble with other believers to hear the Gospel of Grace preached, which builds up our faith. Being exposed to the Word long enough eventually causes it to sink down into our spirits and souls, and begin transforming us.

13 May.

“In times of disaster they will not wither; in days of famine they will enjoy plenty” (Psalm 37:19, NIV).

We have nothing to fear from hard times because we have God’s promise of deliverance from evil. The key for us is making up our minds to believe this, regardless of what others tell us.

12 May.

“O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:55-57).

The devil wants us to try to keep the Law of Moses, because he knows that when we try to keep it we’ll inevitably sin. Grace has replaced the law, and we now have victory because we’re no longer required to keep the letter of the law.

11 May.

“And who of you by worrying and being anxious can add one unit of measure (cubit) to his stature or to the span of his life?” (Matthew 6:27, AMPC).

Worry and stress not only keep us from experiencing peace and joy, but they can also cause physical health issues and cut our lives short. Worry is negative meditation that is unproductive and destructive.

10 May.

“I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted” (Job 42:2, NIV).

When we allow God to work in us, we too can do all things through our faith in Him. When we know His purpose for our lives, there is no force in the universe powerful enough to stop it.

9 May.

“You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy” (Psalm 30:11, NIV).

God’s presence has the ability to chase away sadness and mourning, and bring us joy and thanksgiving. All we need to do is acknowledge Him and welcome Him into our everyday lives.

8 May.

“He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds” (Psalm 147:3).

Physical healing often begins from the heart and soul, and God brings wholeness and soundness on every level. He is the great physician.

7 May.

“Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28).

We cannot give to others unless we first receive from God. In order to provide spiritual sustenance to others, we need to draw from Jesus, first.

6 May.

“And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:6).

How well we sit with and rest in Jesus, and learn from Him, determines how well we live. We can be so busy trying to live our everyday lives that we can forget the importance of sitting and resting with Him.

5 May.

“For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God” (Romans 10:3).

We can never be righteous through our own efforts, no matter how hard we work. When we submit ourselves to God, He makes us righteous.

4 May.

“…For He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!] (Hebrews 13:5, AMPC).

When God sends His Holy Spirit to help and guide us, He promises to stick with us for life and never abandon us. The Spirit’s continued presence in our lives convinces us that He’s completely real.

3 May.

“As for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, and given him power to eat of it, to receive his heritage and rejoice in his labor—this is the gift of God” (Ecclesiastes 5:19, NKJV) .

God, not ourselves, is the source of the wealth and prosperity we have. Not only does He bless us financially when we trust in Him, but He also empowers us to enjoy the fruits of our honest labors.

2 May.

“But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed” (James 1:6).

The prayer of faith is a confession of complete trust in God, with no room for doubt to creep in. This type of prayer doesn’t waver and isn’t moved by the surrounding situation. It gets results.

1 May.

“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).

When we pray, we don’t need to beg, or even come before God timidly. We can be confident in our identity as God’s children who are authorized to boldly come into His presence and speak directly with Him.