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 - April 2018
21 Apr.

“So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1 NLT).

We belong to Jesus when we believe in what He did to deliver us from condemnation for past mistakes and sins. We don’t have to accept guilt because He took it away through His death and resurrection.

20 Apr.

“And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:6).

Jesus transforms ordinary, defeated lives and raises them up to the same kind of supernatural, victorious life that He has. By faith, we’re already seated at the right hand of God.

19 Apr.

“And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance” (Hebrews 9:15).

Jesus died and was resurrected so that He could be our negotiator with the Father. If we are born again, when God looks at us He doesn’t see us, but Christ living in us.

18 Apr.

“Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree” (Galatians 3:13).

Jesus gave His life to redeem us from the curses that Adam and Eve brought on all mankind through their sin. When we believe in what God did through Christ, we position ourselves to receive all of the blessings with none of the curses.

17 Apr.

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Jesus redeems us from the spiritual death that resulted from Adam and Eve’s sin in the garden of Eden, and we receive new life in Him. As new creatures in Christ, we’re free from any guilt, shame, or condemnation that once were painful parts of our lives.

16 Apr.

“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).

True transformation from within doesn’t come through our own self-efforts, but from studying and meditating on the Word. When we behold Jesus through the lens of grace, we begin to be changed into His image.

15 Apr.

“Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth” (John 17:17).

We could never become holy or righteous by looking at ourselves, only by looking at Jesus. We are perfected and made holy through the Word of God.

14 Apr.

“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light” (1 Peter 2:9).

Believers who are led by the Holy Spirit may seem peculiar to the rest of the world, but it becomes evident that theirs are lives of victory. When others are worried, broke, and sick, God’s people are at peace, prosperous, and healthy.

13 Apr.

“Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:31, 32).

Our attitude affects how we relate to others. Aligning our thoughts with the Word of God brings our behavior in line with His will for us.

12 Apr.

“And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men” (Colossians 3:23).

What we focus on can profoundly affect our performance. Making Christ the focus of everything we do empowers us to achieve levels of excellence others can’t match through their own self-efforts.

11 Apr.

“Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness” (1 Chronicles 16:29).

To be holy is to be uncommon and unlike the rest of the world. Jesus perfects us, changes us into His image, and sets us apart from the world.

10 Apr.

“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).

We are not our own source of good in our lives. Whatever blessings we experience come from God.

9 Apr.

“I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins” (Isaiah 43:25).

When we choose to accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, He chooses to forget our past sins. Our past isn’t important to Him, only our future.

8 Apr.

“And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62).

There’s no need to let our past sins and mistakes hold us back from laying hold of the wonderful future God envisions for each of us. It’s advantageous for us to look ahead, not back.

7 Apr.

“Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference” (Romans 3:22).

When our faith is faltering, we can depend on Jesus’ perfect, unwavering faith to sustain us. He believes we’re holy, righteous, and perfect in Him; therefore, we can believe what He believes.

6 Apr.

“I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing” (John 15:5).

When we are in Christ and He is in us, He enables us to do all the things we could never do on our own. We bear His fruit as long as we cling to our identity in Him.

5 Apr.

“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).

Getting born again permanently settles our identity in Christ. When we walk in love, we are just like God.

4 Apr.

“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2).

To defeat shame, we must first learn to despise it. We do not have to let it influence our self-worth or identify.

3 Apr.

“As it is written: ‘Behold, I lay in Zion a stumbling stone and rock of offense, And whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame’” (Romans 9:33, NKJV).

Jesus died on the cross to remove shame from us, and those who don’t believe what He did can stumble over the Word of God in this area and be offended by it. Those who do believe it will never have to live in guilt or shame.

2 Apr.

“For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more” (Hebrews 8:12).

Jesus is always ready and willing to forgive, and He is well able to deal with whatever we’ve done in the past. We can rejoice because of this.

1 Apr.

“Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full” (John 16:24)

Daily living doesn’t have to be a constant, joyless struggle when we trust in Jesus to give us everything we need. God’s will is for us to enjoy life.