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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 we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself” (2 Timothy 2:13, NKJV).
“But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them” (2 Corinthians 4:3, 4).
God is not found in worldly religions, but through a relationship with His Son. The forces of this world are against Jesus Christ, but the knowledge of Him lights up our lives with His love.
“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32).
Many people mistakenly think they know God when they only know about Him. Perseverance in studying the Scriptures and applying them to our lives helps us develop a true relationship with Christ, and it opens our eyes to eternal truths of which the world is unaware.
“But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God” (Acts 20:24).
God’s unmerited, unearned, undeserved favor radically changed the apostle Paul’s life and set it on a completely different course. It can do the same for us. Grace isn’t just an idea or a concept, but Jesus Christ, Himself.
“So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1, NLT).
When we got born again, any guilt and condemnation that was hanging over our heads because of past mistakes was wiped away permanently. We can live with a clean conscience, with no reminders of sin.
“In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace” (Ephesians 1:7).
“For God’s will was for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all time” (Hebrews 10:10, NLT).
Because Jesus made the perfect sacrifice for our sins even before we were born, we have been made worthy to stand in God’s presence. This was not the result of anything we did; therefore, this right-standing with God cannot be revoked.
“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).
Jesus’ love transforms us; we’re perfected when we accept His love. The day we get saved and receive His perfect Spirit in us is the day we become heaven-ready.
“But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption” (1 Corinthians 1:30, NKJV).
When we’re in Christ and He’s in us, we have a tremendous advantage over the world. Because He is wise, righteous, sanctified, and redeemed, so are we.
“Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:12).
“Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God. He suffered physical death, but he was raised to life in the Spirit” (1 Peter 3:18, NLT).
When we trust in the finished works of Jesus, sin is no longer imputed to our account. What He did on the cross took care of all our sins, even the ones we haven’t committed yet, and made it possible to share in the same life He has.
“What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found? For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God. For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness” (Romans 4:1-3).
Our works could never qualify us to be righteous; our faith in Jesus is what qualifies us. This frees us by taking tremendous pressure off of us to perform to be good enough for God.
“But Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When he was hung on the cross, he took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing. For it is written in the Scriptures, ‘Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree’” (Galatians 3:13, NLT).
“The old system under the law of Moses was only a shadow, a dim preview of the good things to come, not the good things themselves. The sacrifices under that system were repeated again and again, year after year, but they were never able to provide perfect cleansing for those who came to worship” (Hebrews 10:1, NLT).
The imperfect and continual sin sacrifices under the Law of Moses pointed toward the future, when Jesus would come to permanently wipe away sin for all believers. Now that we’re under the current covenant of grace, the blood that He shed perfects our conscience.
“Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience” (Hebrews 9:9).
Under the Law of Moses, sacrifices for sin were only temporary and they could never completely remove the people’s sin. Now that we’re under grace, we can have a clear conscience knowing that Jesus was the perfect, eternal sin sacrifice for those who believe.
“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust” (Psalm 91:1, 2).
When bad things happen, God’s presence in our lives is our most powerful weapon against the author of those things. When we trust in God, we are safe from harm.
“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13, NKJV).
“Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy” (Jude 1:24).
Making God the foundation on which to build our lives keeps us from falling when adversity and persecution strike. Being in Jesus gives us unending joy, and allows us to stand before God with no guilt or condemnation.
“O our God, will You not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You” (2 Chronicles 20:12, NKJV).
Supernatural things begin to happen when we look at Jesus. When we face a dilemma and we don’t know what to do, beholding Him gives us the ability to overcome any situation that rises up against us.
“Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14).
To be holy is to be set apart from the rest of the world. We reach that place of peace when we experience God’s presence.
“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 3:18).
Holiness does not come by looking at ourselves, but by looking at Jesus. We look at Him when we study and meditate on the Word of God.