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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!
“If you seek to be justified and declared righteous and to be given a right standing with God through the Law, you are brought to nothing and so separated (severed) from Christ. You have fallen away from grace (from God’s gracious favor and unmerited blessing)” (Galatians 5:4, AMPC).
Because of His favor toward us, Christ made the ultimate sacrifice to make us holy and give us the right to stand before God. The Law of Moses focused on self-effort, and no one except Jesus could keep it. We make a mistake when we think our righteousness could ever be based on what we do instead of what Jesus already did.
“Behold that which I have seen: it is good and comely for one to eat and to drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labour that he taketh under the sun all the days of his life, which God giveth him: for it is his portion” (Ecclesiastes 5:18).
When religion tells us that we need to suffer constant hardships as part of Christian life, we can focus on this Scripture as proof that God wants us to enjoy life. We cannot and should not simply sit back and tolerate bad things. We must have faith in His goodness, and believe that His will for us is always good.
“According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue” (2 Peter 1:3).
Virtue is defined as goodness, and God wants to display His goodness in and through us. He can do that when we have a relationship with Him. This full, personal knowledge of Him is something developed over time by studying His Word and learning to trust Him, and it’s all we need in life.
“And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man” (Luke 2:52).
As Jesus physically grew from a youth into an adult, His close, personal relationship with the Father also nurtured His spiritual growth. As we grow spiritually from babies to mature adults in Christ, we can experience that same increase by fostering a personal relationship with Him.
“Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield” (Psalm 5:12, NIV).
God sees as righteous all those who love and obey Him. Favor means supernatural increase, restoration, and honor. It also means victory, recognition, prominence, granted petitions, and the reversal of rules and policies on our behalf. God wants to give us all these things.
“The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined. The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts” (Psalm 10:2, 4).
It’s no accident that God uses the words “pride” and “wicked” in the same sentence. Proud people embody all the attitudes and mindsets that God hates, and they refuse to submit to Him.
“Pero él da mayor gracia. Por esto dice: Dios resiste a los soberbios, y da gracia a los humildes” (Santiago 4:6).
Un espíritu humilde es agradable a Dios. Cuando Jesús, quien es Gracia en forma humana vino a la tierra, Él fue el perfecto ejemplo de cómo vivir en humildad. Él vivió una vida que constantemente fue sometido a la voluntad de Dios.
“But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble” (James 4:6).
A humble spirit is pleasing to God. When Jesus, Who is Grace in human form, came to earth, He provided a perfect example of how to live in humility. He lived a life that was constantly submitted to God’s will.
“Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit” (Ecclesiastes 7:8).
Pride is not a spirit from God, and it can block His blessings as effectively as rubber blocks electricity. Pride is an unwillingness to submit to God’s Word, and we must be careful not to let it sneak up on us without us being aware of it.
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33).
God knows exactly what we need as well as the things that we want out of life. The world tells us to pray to get God to do things for us, but when we get to know Him first as our heavenly Father, blessings will surely follow.
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6).
As Christians, we have tremendous influence on others because of the One Who lives in us, and nowhere is that influence more apparent than in raising our children. It is said that parents are a child’s earliest and most influential teachers. With that in mind, we must be careful to teach them the biblical truths that will guide them through their entire lives.
“For man also knows not his time [of death]: as the fishes are taken in an evil net, and as the birds are caught in the snare, so are the sons of men snared in an evil time when [calamity] falls suddenly upon them” (Ecclesiastes 9:12, AMPC).
Each day is another gift from God. We do not know what the future holds, which is why we must trust Him with our very lives. When we learn to trust God at this level, fear disappears.
“It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63).
Being born again gives us a brand new life through the Spirit of God. Although previously we were spiritually dead, the Holy Spirit makes us alive again when He comes to live inside us.
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea” (Psalm 46:1, 2).
When we’re in trouble—and everyone has times when they need help—calling on God brings supernatural results. Everyone else around us can panic and their strength will fail, but when we depend on Him for our strength, we are actually standing on the Rock that never moves.
“Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses” (Psalm 107:6).
When the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness and were in real danger of perishing, God delivered them because of His mercy, compassion, and love. When we encounter our own personal wilderness and need help moving on, He will do the same for us.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen” (Matthew 28:19, 20, NKJV).
As Christians, we’re commanded to do just that. For us, “all the nations” may be our neighborhood, our workplace, or our friends and family. Regardless of where we’re sent, we witness and teach most powerfully not just by our words, but also through our actions and behavior.
“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee” (Isaiah 26:3).
Studying and meditating on the Scriptures is an excellent way to get to know God and develop a relationship with Him. When we learn to fully trust Him, we find true peace.
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful” (Colossians 3:15, NIV).
When Jesus calls us and we make Him the Lord of our lives, He brings true peace to even the most troubled of hearts. In these turbulent times, this is something for which to be truly thankful.
“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27, NKJV).
The world is full of empty promises to give us what we think we need or want, but it always falls short of our expectations. Jesus gives us the lasting peace of mind the world can never give. When we accept this gift, it pushes out all fear.
“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
The world is anything but a peaceful place and, if we focus on what happens around us, it’s easy to be moved by what we see. Focusing on Jesus, instead, brings a supernatural peace that steadies us and overcomes any evil we encounter.
“And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness” (Ephesians 4:24).
When we accept Jesus Christ and get born again, an amazing transformation takes place. We actually receive a new spirit, one that is the mirror image of God. Our old, sinful self dies, and we become a brand new person in Christ.
“God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24).
Looking at the unequal gender relationships today’s world accepts as normal, we see that they are backward and contradictory to the Scriptures. God has no gender and He loves His children equally, both male and female.
“Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her. She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee. Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life” (Proverbs 4:5, 6, 8, 9, 13).
Traditional religious mindsets view God as a male, but His personality has many facets. God’s faithfulness, and the grace gifts He has for us, cannot be limited by gender.
“What is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet: all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild, the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas” (Psalm 8:4-8, NIV).
It’s truly amazing to contemplate that God loves us so much that He put us in charge of everything He created. He gave authority for men and woman to exercise equal dominion over the earth and everything in it.
“Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life” (2 Corinthians 3:5, 6, NIV).
When God calls us to a task, He fully equips us to do the job. Everyone who responds to His call receives an assignment to further His kingdom. The talents, abilities, and competence to perform it come from Him.
“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).
Because Jesus is perfect, we are perfect also when He lives in us. We receive this righteousness as a gift when we become born again and are made new creatures in Christ.
“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).
Without Jesus we can’t possibly demonstrate the love of Christ to others the way God asks us to. But Jesus is love in human form, and He’s our flawless example. When we’re in Christ and He lives in us, we can be bold and confident because He makes us holy and righteous.
“What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? Can faith save him? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works” (James 2:14, 17, 18).
Our actions are an amazingly powerful way to show our faith to the world. It’s easy to say we believe something, but following through demonstrates how serious our intentions are.