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 - December 2017
17 Dec.

“Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound” (Romans 5:20).

God’s grace toward us will always be greater that whatever sin we commit. Our sins can never undo what Jesus has already done.

16 Dec.

“For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous” (Romans 5:19).

Because of Jesus’ obedience, we can truthfully say we are the righteousness of God. Bad behavior on our part doesn’t make us unrighteous.

15 Dec.

“Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron” (1 Timothy 4:2).

Constantly being aware of our sins results in a seared conscience. Having a dead, calloused conscience prevents us from responding to what Jesus’ blood has made available.

14 Dec.

“Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water” (Hebrews 10:22).

The Law of Moses increased people’s consciousness of their sins; sin-consciousness is actually an evil conscience. Our conscience is only perfected when we focus on grace.

13 Dec.

“If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron?” (Hebrews 7:11).

The Law of Moses couldn’t make people perfect, because it was never intended to do so. Perfection comes through Jesus, our high priest and the intercessor between God and man.

12 Dec.

“For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring” (Acts 17:28).

Christ has given us every good thing we have, and without Him we are literally nothing. He removed the veil covering our minds and our spiritual eyes so that we can have the wisdom and discernment to see and acknowledge this.

11 Dec.

“Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:12).

We don’t need to be discouraged by problems that seem to pop up out of nowhere. God tells us in His Word this will happen. Persecution is inevitable when we’re living like we should.

10 Dec.

“If we are faithless [do not believe and are untrue to Him], He remains true (faithful to His Word and His righteous character), for He cannot deny Himself” (2 Timothy 2:13, AMPC).

Because of grace, we are now beneficiaries of Christ’s faithfulness. Even when we are unfaithful, His faithfulness to us continues.

9 Dec.

“When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost” (John 19:30).

Under the law, the Jewish priests could never sit down, because they could never finish atoning for the people’s sins. Under grace, all atonement for sin is now finished, because Jesus became the perfect sacrifice forever.

8 Dec.

“When God speaks of a new [covenant or agreement], He makes the first one obsolete (out of use). And what is obsolete (out of use and annulled because of age) is ripe for disappearance and to be dispensed with altogether” (Hebrews 8:13, AMPC).

The law that God gave to Moses has been replaced by the law of grace. Most churches are unaware of this, and therefore they still preach the Law of Moses.

7 Dec.

“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15).

Jesus gave the Great Commission to His apostles, but it is also meant for us all. When we experience a direct encounter with Him, we won’t be able to keep silent about how He changes lives.

6 Dec.

“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).

Christ’s love perfects us, and we become more and more like Him when we graft ourselves into Him. When we believe this, we become fruit-bearers of what He did.

5 Dec.

“Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace” (Romans 6:14, NLT).

As believers, we’re free to stop believing and living according to the Law of Moses, which focused on sin and self-effort, and required strict adherence to every commandment listed. The law made people spiritually blind, but grace replaced the law.

4 Dec.

“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding” (Proverbs 4:7).

For a powerful and successful Christian life, we need the wisdom and knowledge of what Jesus has already made available to us. We receive this wisdom and knowledge when we enter into a relationship with Him

3 Dec.

“But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God” (Acts 20:24, NLT).

It is important to specifically include grace when we discuss the Gospel. The finished works of Jesus took us out from under the curse of the Law of Moses and put us under grace.

2 Dec.

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).

As Christians, we learn to entrust every area of our lives to God, and we discover that He handles every situation much better that we ever could. Apart from Him, our own efforts to make things happen in our lives will not give us the results we want.

1 Dec.

“And [God] Who provides seed for the sower and bread for eating will also provide and multiply your [resources for] sowing and increase the fruits of your righteousness [which manifests itself in active goodness, kindness, and charity]” (2 Corinthians 9:10, AMPC).

Money that comes into a believer’s life should take on the form of bread to be consumed, as well as seed to be sown into others’ lives. There is nothing wrong with spending a portion of our income on ourselves, as long as we remember that it should also be used as a tool to help others.