Read the Word Daily

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.

Daily Devotionals - May 2018
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.