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 - September 2018
23 Sept23.

“That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus” (Philemon 1:6)

Releasing our faith appropriates what grace has made available. We do this by acknowledging all the good things that God has put in us.

22 Sept22.

“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).

Stealing our peace of mind and destroying anything good in our lives is exactly what the devil tries to do. A proper understanding of how faith and grace fit together helps us resist his efforts.

21 Sept21.

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).

Taking grace to the extreme confuses us and causes wrong-thinking. It’s certainly important to submit ourselves to God, but if we think He causes tragedy, we won’t know what to submit to and what to resist.

20 Sept20.

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning” (James 1:17).

Right-believing comes from balancing grace with faith. The belief that God is responsible for everything that happens in the world, even the bad things, is unscriptural; He’s a good God who gives us good things.

19 Sept19.

“Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you” (Luke 10:19).

Because of what Jesus did, we now have authority over anything that rises up against us. We gain access to this power by faith.

18 Sept18.

“Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him” (Hebrews 10:38)

Living by our faith, and not by what we see or hear around us, is pleasing to God. We’re enabled to do this when we’re led by the Holy Spirit under the covenant of grace.

17 Sept17.

“For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: ‘The righteous will live by faith’” (Romans 1:17, NIV).

When we believe something strongly enough, it gives birth to a work of faith. Our faith in Christ connects us to all the good things that grace has already made available to us.

16 Sept16.

“Then Peter opened his mouth and said: ‘In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality’” (Acts 10:34, NKJV).

If we don’t correctly interpret how the new covenant of grace radically transforms gender roles in every area of life, we can find ourselves trapped in the old covenant that Jesus died to set us free from. We all stand on equal ground and everyone now has equal access to God.

15 Sept15.

“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Matthew 6:19-21).

Acquiring money simply for the sake of collecting earthly wealth does us no good because we can’t take it with us when we die. We’re far better off valuing the Word of God.

14 Sept14.

“Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses” (1 Timothy 6:12).

A good fight is one that has already been won. Jesus Christ won it for us when He died on the cross and was resurrected from the dead. Our faith in this gives us eternal life with Him.

13 Sept13.

“For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it” (Hebrews 4:2).

God has presented everyone with the same truth and the same opportunity for salvation and eternal life, but not everyone will receive these gifts. He leaves it up to us to accept them by faith.

12 Sept12.

“Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy” (Psalm 107:2).

If we want to see the manifestations of something, we must open our mouths and declare it. Whatever the situation may look like on the physical level, we can trust that God has delivered us from trouble.

11 Sept11.

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

Constantly studying and meditating on the Word of God strengthens our faith. Hearing the Word of grace preached and applying it to our lives builds us up

10 Sept10.

“By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God” (Romans 5:2).

Our faith connects us to God’s grace. Because of the unearned favor He shows toward us, we have hope in a hopeless world.

9 Sept9.

“(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were” (Romans 4:17).

We exert our believers’ authority when we begin operating in the supernatural, using our faith to speak into existence things that appear not to exist. This is the act of verbally calling those things that grace has made available.

8 Sept8.

“But in that coming day no weapon turned against you will succeed. You will silence every voice raised up to accuse you. These benefits are enjoyed by the servants of the Lord; their vindication will come from me. I, the Lord, have spoken!” (Isaiah 54:17, NLT).

When we trust in God, we receive a level of protection that the world can’t match. Not only does He shield us from physical danger, but He also vindicates us when others speak against us.

7 Sept7.

“Let no man seek his own, but every man another's wealth” (1 Corinthians 10:24).

Left unchecked, our natural tendencies cause us to think of our own needs and interests over others. The Word of God reminds us to put others first.

6 Sept6.

“Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another” (Romans 14:19).

There are plenty of opportunities for strife to arise in a relationship, and it takes real work to maintain peaceful relationships. Seeking to live in peace is a godly trait.

5 Sept5.

“Therefore encourage (admonish, exhort) one another and edify (strengthen and build up) one another, just as you are doing” (1 Thessalonians 5:11, AMPC).

Encouraging and building up another person involves taking ourselves and our own selfish interests out of the center, and putting the other person before us. This keeps us from becoming self-centered.

4 Sept4.

“God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” (Numbers 23:19).

A Christian’s number one fear is the fear that what God promised might not happen, but we can depend on what God says to us because it’s the absolute truth. He’ll always keep His promises to us.

3 Sept3.

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths” (Proverbs 3:5, 6).

We don’t have to figure everything out in life all by ourselves; we simply need to remember that Jesus has already taken care of every issue for us. Acknowledging the Holy Spirit’s guidance on a daily basis gives us what we need to know to defeat any and all problems.

2 Sept2.

“For it is by free grace (God’s unmerited favor) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation) through [your] faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8, AMPC).

Grace and faith are never alone. God offers His grace without us having to work for it or earn it; our faith moves us into a position to receive it.

1 Sept1.

“Therefore, [inheriting] the promise is the outcome of faith and depends [entirely] on faith, in order that it might be given as an act of grace (unmerited favor), to make it stable and valid and guaranteed to all his descendants—not only to the devotees and adherents of the Law, but also to those who share the faith of Abraham, who is [thus] the father of us all” (Romans 4:16, AMPC).

To be successful Christians, we need to balance grace with faith, and avoid either extreme. Our faith takes what God’s grace has already made available to us.