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 - June 2018
25 Jun.

“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).

Being born again frees us from bondage to the expired Law of Moses, which focused on sin and required continual self-effort to get right with God. As new creations in Christ, our consciences are clear and we’re the recipients of His unmerited favor.

24 Jun.

“God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children” (Galatians 4:5, NLT).

When mankind was still estranged from God because of Adam and Eve’s sin, Jesus came and reconciled us back to Him so that we could be God’s children. The ramifications of this are life-changing.

23 Jun.

“For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified” (Hebrews 10:14, NKJV).

If we’ve been born again, we no longer have to be preoccupied with sin. Christ has already taken care of it and, because we’re in Him, we’re as holy and perfect as He is.

22 Jun.

“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:20).

Prayer is a heart-to-heart conversation with God. He honors prayers that believers offer up in Jesus’ name.

21 Jun.

“Do not boast over the branches and pride yourself at their expense. If you do boast and feel superior, remember it is not you that support the root, but the root [that supports] you” (Romans 11:18, AMPC).

Without Jesus as our root, we can produce no spiritual fruit. We must not boast in ourselves but rather give credit where credit is due.

20 Jun.

“Shall the ax boast itself against him who chops with it? Or shall the saw exalt itself against him who saws with it? As if a rod could wield itself against those who lift it up, Or as if a staff could lift up, as if it were not wood!” (Isaiah 10:15, NKJV).

When God uses us, we must not take the credit for ourselves. It’s not in our best interest to boast about our accomplishments apart from Him.

19 Jun.

“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 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 15:4, 5).

It is impossible to live a Christian life without Christ. Apart from Him as our vine, we are simply branches that will eventually wither and die.

18 Jun.

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).

Jesus Christ took all the punishment for our sins on Himself; no false gods can claim to have done what He did. There is no other way to God except through Jesus.

17 Jun.

“Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin” (Romans 4:8).

When we are in Christ, we cannot be sentenced guilty when we do wrong. God has already charged all of our sins against Jesus’ account, and Jesus paid the price.

16 Jun.

“And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it” (John 14:13, 14).

The finished works of Jesus radically changed everything that concerns us, including our prayer lives. Before, the people had to beg God to do things for them; now, we can pray with an attitude of thankfulness for what He has already done.

15 Jun.

“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).

Before Jesus’ death on the cross, Satan was able to put severe limits and restrictions on people’s lives and prevent them from reaching their true potential. Jesus’ resurrection removed all restrictions barring us from living abundantly.

14 Jun.

“Therefore, [there is] now no condemnation (no adjudging guilty of wrong) for those who are in Christ Jesus, who live [and] walk not after the dictates of the flesh, but after the dictates of the Spirit” (Romans 8:1, AMPC).

Living under grace is not a license to keep sinning. When we’re in Christ, the sinful things we used to do will completely lose their appeal and will actually become revolting to us.

13 Jun.

“For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God” (1 John 3:20, 21).

God is greater than the emotions of guilt or self-condemnation. We know we are trusting in Him when we look deep inside ourselves and find a clear conscience.

12 Jun.

“If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself” (2 Timothy 2:13).

Even in our weakest moments when our faith falters, Jesus’ faithfulness toward us always stays strong. We can vacillate from one extreme to the other, but His loving nature never wavers.

11 Jun.

“Why, then, was the law given? It was given alongside the promise to show people their sins. But the law was designed to last only until the coming of the child who was promised. God gave his law through angels to Moses, who was the mediator between God and the people” (Galatians 3:19, NLT).

The law was given to make the people conscious of their sins; it produced guilt and condemnation leading to their self-efforts to get right with God. Jesus came to rescue us from self-righteousness and to replace Moses as the mediator between us and God.

10 Jun.

“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).

Under the law, what the people did determined whether God considered them righteous. Under grace, we’re considered righteous by faith in Jesus Christ

9 Jun.

“For they don’t understand God’s way of making people right with himself. Refusing to accept God’s way, they cling to their own way of getting right with God by trying to keep the law” (Romans 10:3, NLT).

Under the Law of Moses, the people had to work hard and put forth considerable self-effort to be in right-standing with God. Jesus replaced all the law’s tedious requirements with grace, which makes us righteous through faith in what He did.

8 Jun.

“But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption” (1 Corinthians 1:30).

The day we got born again was the day we received new spirits and became like God. Nothing we do makes us righteous, because righteousness comes from Him.

7 Jun.

“We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8).

Unlike unsaved people who don’t have a relationship with Christ, believers have nothing to fear—not even death. Jesus’ resurrection gives us eternal life with Him after we finish with this one.

6 Jun.

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

Because of the finished works of Jesus Christ, we no longer have to work hard to get into heaven. When we believe in Him, it’s already done.

5 Jun.

“Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you” (1 John 3:13).

When we choose to follow in Jesus’ footsteps, we can expect the same kind of treatment from the world that He received. Nothing escapes God’s attention, however, and He will always honor our commitment to Him.

4 Jun.

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid” (John 14:27, NLT).

We live in a fear-driven world, but God’s love overwhelms and drives out the spirit of fear. This is true externally as well as internally in our spirits and souls.

3 Jun.

“How can a young person stay pure? By obeying your word” (Psalm 119:9, NLT).

When we’re making friends and forming relationships, the best way to stay out of spiritual trouble is to measure each friendship according to God’s Word. Others’ influence can either strengthen our faith or destroy it.

2 Jun.

“One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother” (Proverbs 18:24, NIV).

When forming friendships, we must be careful of the people with whom we choose to associate. God will respond to us when we pray for trustworthy friends who are good influences, and He’ll send them our way.

1 Jun.

“For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins” (Colossians 1:13, 14, NLT).

Jesus went to the cross and shed His blood to redeem us from the curse of the Law of Moses. The power of sin has been broken, and heaven’s gates have been flung wide open for us.