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Rely on God’s Promises

…for we walk by faith, not by sight [living our lives in a manner consistent with our confident belief in God’s promises]— 2 Corinthians 5:7 (AMP) For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also…

Receive God’s Gift

Out of sheer generosity God put us in right standing with Himself.  A pure gift.  He got us out of the mess we’re in and restored us to where He always wanted us to be.  And He did it through Jesus Christ. Romans 3:24-25 (MSG) The devotional today revolves around one simple question.  Let’s use…

God Has Already Provided Help

When we were unable to help ourselves, at the moment of our need, Christ died for us, although we were living against God.  Romans 5:6 (NCV) Isn’t it refreshing to know that God made provisions for us before we even knew that we needed help?  The verse above tells us that we were unable to…

Recognize God’s Love

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  John 3:16 (KJV) God’s tremendous love for humanity can be seen in the verse above.  God loves the world so much that He gave His Son (Jesus) for us.  Take…

Power to Change

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT) Each of us have made mistakes in our past.  There are things we wish we could have done differently.  There may be things we wish we would have…

Power to Conquer

The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.  He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, Luke 4:18 (NIV) Things that have happened in our past can hold us…

Power to Cancel

You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross.  Colossians 2:13-14 (NLT) Have you ever…

Understand the Greatness

I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.  Ephesians 1:19-20 (NLT) Sometimes we experience things that we…

Experience the Power

I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. . . .  Philippians 3:10 (NLT) Have you ever heard about an exciting story after it happened?  You can hear all the details from someone who was there but it is not really the same as being there yourself. …

Obey God

“Look, today I am giving you the choice between a blessing and a curse! You will be blessed if you obey the commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today.”  Deuteronomy 11:26-27 (NLT) Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the…

Be a Copycat

Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children.  Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.  Ephesians 5:1-2 (NLT) When you were young, you may have heard someone tell you that…

He Will Forgive You

But if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from everything we’ve done wrong.  1 John 1:9 (CEB) The word “sin” simply means to miss the mark.  So, when we sin we are missing the mark with actions or thoughts contrary to God’s instructions in…

Brighter Days Are Ahead

His anger lasts only a moment, but his kindness lasts for a lifetime. Crying may last for a night, but joy comes in the morning.  Psalm 30:5 (NCV) Let’s be honest.  Like any good parent, God (our Father) isn’t always pleased with our actions.  He wants the absolute best for us, but gives us the…

Be Thankful

As Jesus continued on toward Jerusalem, he reached the border between Galilee and Samaria. As he entered a village there, ten men with leprosy stood at a distance, crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed…

Be a Leader

So guard yourselves and God’s people. Feed and shepherd God’s flock—his church, purchased with his own blood—over which the Holy Spirit has appointed you as leaders. Acts 20:28 (NLT) Our purpose on earth is not just to look out for ourselves. The Bible reminds us to guard our heart because all that we do flows…

There Is a Plan

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) Paul preached in Jerusalem and when through many trials but God had a plan that Paul was going to Rome (Acts 23:11). God…

Complete the Task

And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race…

Humility and Tears

When they arrived, he said to them: “You know how I lived the whole time I was with you, from the first day I came into the province of Asia. I served the Lord with great humility and with tears and in the midst of severe testing by the plots of my Jewish opponents. You…

No Fear in the Valley

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me Psalm 23:4 (NKJV) Each of us walk through struggles in life. We face situations that can test us. Situations such as a bad report from the doctor or the loss of a job.…

Jesus Died in Our Place

We all “miss the mark” due to sin. We are born separated from God. The price for sin is death. God made the rule that sin has a price to pay. God’s justice demands payment for sin. Boy is this hard! God knows us – our past and present. God knows our wrongs. Yet, God’s…

Jesus Is the Only Way to God

“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so…

Religion Versus Relationship

When the leading priests and teachers of religious law heard what Jesus had done, they began planning how to kill him. But they were afraid of him because the people were so amazed at his teaching. Mark 11:15-16, 18 (NLT) The religious leaders were focused on keeping rules. They even made rules about keeping the…

Who Is This Guy?

The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on them, and Jesus sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead…

Your Story

They defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony; for they did not love their lives but laid them down for him. Revelation 12:11 (NIV) There is one thing about your relationship with God that no one can dispute – your story. You have a unique story about how you came…

Come and See

Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” And Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” John 1:45-46 (NKJV) Philip told Nathanael what he…

Let’s Party

Levi gave a large dinner at his home for Jesus. Everybody was there, tax men and other disreputable characters as guests at the dinner. The Pharisees and their religion scholars came to his disciples greatly offended. “What is he doing eating and drinking with crooks and ‘sinners’?” Jesus heard about it and spoke up, “Who…

Break the Rules

On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, “Woman, you are set free from…