Devotion For January 16

But You belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world. 1 John 4:4 NLT At the time of Israel’s exodus from Egypt, there was no mightier army on the face of the earth than Pharaoh’s army. Imagine what it must have been like for the Israelites to see that army pursuing them with chariots and horses, with shields and swords and spears. If it were happening today, it would have been tanks and hummers and aircraft coming at them all at the same time. The Israelites thought they were dead. So what did Moses tell them to do? He said, “Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today. the Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. The Lord Himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.” (Exodus 14:13-14 NLT) Just stay calm…That’s kind of hard to do. Sometimes the devil comes at us with everything he has, with all his temptations and all his deceptions. We think we’re not going to survive it. Yes, we will. The Bible says, “But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.” (1 John 4:4...

Devotion For January 15

Determination They made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven” Mark 2:4-5 NIV How determined are you to do what it takes to connect with the life and power of God? In the book of Mark , we find the story about a group of men who’d evidently heard about the ministry of Jesus, and they believed their paralyzed friend could be healed. But just knowing Jesus could heal their friend was not enough. They had to be determined to do whatever was necessary to get that paralyzed man into the presence of Jesus. Jesus saw their faith in their determination to get to Him — even if it meant ripping up someone’s else’s roof. He saw their determination to connect with the source of all life and power. How determined are you to get into the presence of Jesus? How determined are you to take the time to meditate in the Word of God and allow God to speak to you? If you find yourself unable to spend much quality time in the the Word, perhaps you have an overcrowded life? I don’t know the need you may be facing today, but connecting with the life and the power of God begins with your determination to get into His presence. And when you do, you’ll find sufficient grace to meet your every need. Confession: Father, I thank you for giving me the wisdom I need to adjust my...

Devotion For January 14

Rest Is A Gift Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28 We who are saved find rest in Jesus. Those who are not saved will receive rest if they come to Him, for here He promises to “give” it. Nothing can be freer than a gift; let us gladly accept what He gladly gives. You can not buy it, nor borrow it; but accept it as a gift. You labor under the burden of ambition, covetousness, lust, or anxiety: He will set you free from this iron bondage, and give you rest. You are “laden” — yes, “heavy laden” with sin, fear, care, remorse, fear of death; but if you come to Him, He will unload you. He carried the crushing mass of our sin, that we might no longer have to carry it. He made Himself the great Burden-bearer, that every heavy laden one might cease from bowing down under the enormous pressure Jesus gives rest. It is so. Will you believe it? Will you accept it? Will you do so at once? Come to Jesus, by quitting every other hope, by thinking of Him, believing God’s testimony about Him, and trusting everything with Him. If you thus come to Him, the rest which He will give you will be deep, safe, holy, and everlasting. He gives a rest which develops into heaven, and He gives it this day to all who come to...

Devotion For January 9

No Time For Clay Pots But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. 2 Timothy 2:20 Are you destined for greatness in the kingdom of God? Ask most believers that question and they’ll humbly assure you they’re not. “You know we can’t all be golden vessels” they’ll say. “Like the Bible says, some of us are just called to be little clay pots.” Praise God, the Bible doesn’t say any such thing! Certainly there are going to be some golden vessels in the kingdom and there are going to be some clay pots, be we are the ones-not God- who determine which kind we will be. 2 Timothy 2:21 tells us that “Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from things (which are dishonorable — disobedient, sinful), he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified (set apart for a special purpose and ), useful to the Master, prepared for every good work. (Amplified Bible) Golden vessel or clay pot — the choice is up to you! Why then do so many believers choose to do menial work in the kingdom of God? Why are they content to remain clay pots? Because they lack one thing every golden vessel must have. They lack dedication. They haven’t made a quality decision to separate themselves from contaminating influences. They haven’t been willing to turn away from the ways of the world and go on with God past the point of no return. My friend, God is doing some exciting things on this...

Devotion For January 8

Be Willing To Be Successful. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land. Isaiah 1:19 If you are a doer of the Word then you are willing to act. In other words, you are prepared to do the Word. The Bible says that a doer of the Word will be blessed in all he does (James 1:25). He will eat of the good of the land. If you’ve ever flown on a major airline, you’ve most likely read one of the magazines they have placed in the seats for the passengers. I read an article once in one of these airline magazines that said something like this: “You’ve got to be willing to be successful.” Then it said, “The man that only does what he is paid to do, is only paid for what he does.” In other words, if all you do is what you are paid to do, and you are not “willing’ to do more, then all you will ever get paid for is what you do. That is exactly what Isaiah said: “If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land.” Many Christians want to do just enough to get by; they don’t like responsibility. I have noticed that those who carry the greatest loads are also the ones who seem to be the most blessed. Why? The reason is because they are willing. Many people want to be successful, but they are not willing to do what is necessary to obtain success. Once Jesus’ disciples were arguing with one another about who would...

Devotion For January 7

Always Growing Thou shalt see greater things than these. John 1:50 This is spoken to a childlike believer, who was ready to accept Jesus as the Son of God, the King of Israel, upon one convincing piece of argument: Those who are willing to see shall see (Matthew 11:15). It is because we shut our eyes that we become so sadly blind. We have seen much already. Great things and unsearchable has the Lord showed unto us (Ephesians 1:9), for which we praise His name; but there are greater truths in His Word, greater depths of experience, greater heights of fellowship (Ephesians 3:18), greater works of usefulness, greater discoveries of power, and love, and wisdom. These we are yet to see if we are willing to believe our Lord. The faculty of inventing false doctrine is ruinous, but power to see the truth is a blessing. Heaven shall be opened to us (John 1:51), the way thither shall be made clear to us in the Son of man, and the angelic commerce which goes on between the upper and the lower kingdoms shall be made more manifest to us. Let us keep our eyes open toward spiritual objects, and expect to see more and more. Let us believe that our lives will not drivel down into nothing, but that we shall be always on the growing hand, seeing greater and still greater things (John 14:12), till we behold the Great God Himself, and never again lose the sight of...

Devotion For January 6

A Wonderful Guarantee I will strengthen thee. Isaiah 41:10 When called to serve, we take stock of our strength, and we find it to be less than we thought, and less than we need (Isaiah 40:29 NLT). But let not our heart sink within us while we have such a word as this to fall back upon, for it guarantees us all that we can possibly need. God has strength omnipotent; that strength He can communicate to us; and His promise is that He will do so (Ephesians 1:19). He will be the food of our souls, and the health of our hearts; and thus He will give us strength. There is no telling how much power God can put into a man. When divine strength comes, human weakness is no more a hindrance (2 Corinthians 12:9). Do we not remember seasons of labor and trial in which we received such special strength that we wondered at ourselves? In the midst of danger we were calm, under bereavement we were resigned, in slander we were self-contained, and in sickness we were patient. The fact is, that God gives unexpected strength when unusual trials come upon us (Philippians 4:13). We rise out of our feeble selves. Cowards are given bravery, foolish ones have wisdom given them, and the silent receive in the self-same hour what they shall speak (Matthew 10:19). My own weakness makes me shrink, but God’s promise make me brave. Lord, strengthen me “according to thy...

Devotion For January 3

Rest On A Promise The land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed; Genesis 28:13b No promise is of private interpretation: it belongs not to one saint, but to all believers. If, my brother, thou canst in faith lie down upon a promise, and take thy rest thereon, it is thine. Where Jacob “lighted,” and tarried, and rested, there he took possession. Stretching his weary length upon the ground, with the stones of that place for his pillows, he little fancied that he was thus entering into ownership of the land (Joshua 1:3); and yet so it was. He saw in his dream that wondrous ladder which for all true believers unites earth and heaven; and surely where the foot of the ladder stood he must have a right to the soil, for otherwise he could not reach the divine stairway. All the promises of God are Yea and Amen in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 1:20); and as He is ours, every promise is ours if we will but lie down upon it in restful faith. Come, weary one, use thy Lord’s words as thy pillow (2 Samuel 7:25). Lie down in peace. Dream only of Him. Jesus is thy ladder of light. See the angels coming and going upon Him between thy soul and thy God; and be sure that the promise is thine own God-given portion, and that it will not be robbery for thee to take it to thyself, as spoken specially to thee. Just A Few Of God’s Promises For tough times: Psalm 145:9 ; 1 Chronicles 16:34 ;...

Devotion For January 2

Conquest to Victory And the God of Peace shall bruise satan under your feet shortly. Romans 16:20a. We are to be conformed to our covenant Head, not only in His being bruised in His heel, but in His conquest of the evil one (Genesis 3:15). Even under our feet is the old dragon to be bruised. The Roman believers were grieved with strife in the church; but their God was “the God of peace,” and gave them rest of soul (Matthew 11:28). The arch-enemy tripped up the feet of the unwary, and deceived the hearts of the simple; but he was to get the worst of it, and to be trodden down by those whom he had troubled. This victory would not come to the people of God through their own skill or power; but God Himself would bruise satan. Though it would be under their feet, yet the bruising would be of the Lord alone. Let us bravely tread upon the tempter! Not only inferior spirits, but the prince of darkness himself must go down before us. In unquestioning confidence in God, let us look for speedy victory. “Shortly.” Happy word! Shortly we shall set our foot on the old serpent! What a joy to crush evil! What dishonor to satan to have his head bruised under human feet! Let us by faith in Jesus tread the tempter...

Devotion For December 31

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. Proverbs 9:10 This is it — the last day of another year. In a few hours, the sands of time will have run through the hourglass and a new year will be upon us. For the next few days you will continue to write this year’s date on your letterheads and date your checks incorrectly before the reality sinks in — a new year is upon us. To understand that the next year is merely an extension of last year makes it a bit less overwhelming. Like a birthday, you are only a day older than you were yesterday, not a year. The mileage markers on the highway not only tell us how far we have come, but how far to the next town; likewise, we want to know what is in the future. As Baron Rothschild once said, “Hats off to the past but coasts off to the future…” Yet, with the unknown comes the opportunity to be a little uneasy — whether its a child who faces his first day of school or an adult who faces his first day on a new job, we are apprehensive, yes, even a bit concerned about what lies ahead. Generally, the reason we are uneasy about the future is that we have not made peace with the past. Failures haunt us and we wonder if the future may be but a rerun of yesterday. Lloyd George, a former British Prime Minister, was playing golf with a friend on one occasion when...