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 2018
31 Dec.

“That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus” (Philemon 1:6).

There is power in the spoken word. The first step in putting our faith into practice is acknowledging the blessings we’ve already received from Jesus.

30 Dec.

“Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all” (Romans 4:16).

We must have faith in God’s grace and the promises He made to us. Like Abraham, we position ourselves to receive from God when we refuse to let doubt get in the way of our belief.

29 Dec.

“According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue” (2 Peter 1:3).

Christ has put all we need for victorious, prosperous, peaceful lives inside of us. We simply need the Holy Spirit’s guidance to bring it out for all to see.

28 Dec.

“Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief” (Hebrews 4:11).

Jesus has done everything necessary for our salvation; all we need to do now is rest in His finished works. The challenge comes when we’re tempted to doubt the authenticity of what He did.

27 Dec.

“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men” (Titus 2:11).

God has extended His favor to the whole world; however, it is up to us as individuals to decide if we will accept His grace. We have all been made free moral agents.

26 Dec.

“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching” (Hebrews 10:25).

One of the reasons we go to church is to be around other believers, to encourage them and let them minister to us. We must stay strong in our spiritual fight; there is strength in numbers.

25 Dec.

“Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves” (Philippians 2:2, 3).

God is delighted when He sees us operating with the same mindset of Christian love and humility as Jesus. When we think like this, He can use us to do great things.

24 Dec.

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33).

God knows exactly what we need to succeed in life. When we remember our priorities and put Him first before our own selfish interests, we position ourselves to receive what we need.

23 Dec.

“And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened” (Luke 11:9, 10).

The prayer of faith unlocks amazing power. When we prayerfully petition God for something, He will grant our request.

22 Dec.

“Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do” (1 Thessalonians 5:11).

As members of the body of Christ, we strengthen each other by building one another up with kind words. We must model our speech according to the example Jesus set.

21 Dec.

“The godly give good advice to their friends; the wicked lead them astray” (Proverbs 12:26, NLT).

The power we wield with our tongue can either help others or do them great harm. We must be careful how we speak to people.

20 Dec.

“Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up” (Proverbs 12:25, NLT).

We can lift someone’s spirits simply by encouraging them and building them up. There is power in the spoken word.

19 Dec.

“(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were” (Romans 4:17).

God has given us the authority to speak into existence things that don’t yet exist. We do this by faith—the same faith that Abraham displayed when he believed what God told him.

18 Dec.

“And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them. And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching” (Mark 6:5, 6).

Despite God’s mighty power, our unbelief hampers Him from working miracles in our lives. The Holy Spirit was sent to convince us that unbelief is a sin, and that having faith in Jesus opens the door to supernatural manifestations.

17 Dec.

“For we do not have a High Priest Who is unable to understand and sympathize and have a shared feeling with our weaknesses and infirmities and liability to the assaults of temptation, but One Who has been tempted in every respect as we are, yet without sinning” (Hebrews 4:15, AMPC).

On our worst days when we face the toughest struggles, we can draw on the strength of Jesus Christ to help us stay strong. He knows exactly what we’re going through because He faced the same issues, but He came out of them victorious.

16 Dec.

“O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever” (Psalm 107:1).

Life would be harsh and unpleasant without God’s mercy. When we make a mistake, we can thank Him for His forgiveness.

15 Dec.

“Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise” (Jeremiah 17:14).

Health care professionals do their best, but their abilities to heal come from God. We can be thankful that Jesus has obtained healing for us, as well as deliverance and everything else we need for resurrected lives.

14 Dec.

“And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed” (Matthew 8:2, 3).

God always wants the best for us on all levels. We make a mistake when we start second-guessing Him and wondering if good things for us are actually His will.

13 Dec.

“The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit” (1 Corinthians 2:14, NIV).

When we live our lives according to our five senses, we’re prone to make many unnecessary mistakes. However, we reach new levels of understanding and gain new insights when we let the Holy Spirit guide us.

12 Dec.

“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up” (James 4:10).

A mindset that says that we don’t need God’s help is based in pride, and is displeasing to Him. When we humbly admit we need God’s help in everything we do, He is happy to get involved in our success.

11 Dec.

“My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth” (Psalm 121:2).

When we’re in trouble, we don’t have to depend on our own strength and power to get ourselves out of the situation. We can call on God; there is no greater source of help.

10 Dec.

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness” (Isaiah 41:10).

Born-again Christians don’t have to fear anything or any situation, because God is walking with them. When we stand on this promise, we encounter supernatural protection and deliverance.

9 Dec.

“Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another” (Romans 14:19).

The world operates in strife and conflict, and it has no peace. Believers are set apart from the world by walking in peace.

8 Dec.

“A gossip goes around telling secrets, so don’t hang around with chatterers” (Proverbs 20:19, NLT).

Our words are powerful, and using them to hurt others or build ourselves up at others’ expense only hurts us in the end. The world encourages gossip, but this is ungodly talk.

7 Dec.

“And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full” (John 16:23, 24).

Believers are God’s children. When we ask our heavenly Father for anything that agrees with His Word, He will grant our request.

6 Dec.

“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).

There is nothing wrong with asking God for things, as long as we ask according to His will. The more time we spend in His Word, the more it will shape our asking.

5 Dec.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3).

God wants us to succeed. Every blessing in the physical realm originates in the spiritual realm; agreeing with His Word positions us to receive them by faith.

4 Dec.

“According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue” (2 Peter 1:3).

When we have a relationship with Jesus Christ, there is no reason to fail. When Christ is in us, His Holy Spirit gives us everything we need to make good decisions and succeed in life.

3 Dec.

“Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge” (Proverbs 14:7).

Foolishness is defined as a lack of wisdom or good judgment. The friendships we make profoundly impact our quality of life, and sometimes it’s wise to walk away from unhealthy relationships.

2 Dec.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8, 9).

God thinks differently than we do, and He has no limitations. If we want to succeed in life, we must learn to think like Him and remove any limits we’ve imposed in our own minds.

1 Dec.

“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Proverbs 14:12).

We can’t successfully navigate our way through life by what we think or believe, because our reasoning may be flawed. We’re much safer going through life navigating by God’s Word.