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David Jeremiah (October-20-2022) Daily Devotional: The Love of Christ
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. - John 13:34-35
Recommended Reading: 1 Corinthians 13 - THE GREATEST GIFT
13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. 4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.
Do you know how to share the Good News of Christ? According to a Lifeway Research survey, 66 percent of Christians “are not familiar with any ‘methods for telling others about Jesus.’” Additionally, 70 percent of the Christians interviewed “have not shared with a stranger how to become a Christian in the past six months.” John Sorensen, president of Evangelism Explosion, said, “Now, perhaps more than ever, people are open to conversations about faith, yet this study reveals few Christians actually take the opportunity to engage in personal evangelism.”
Finding the right words to say to share the Gospel may be intimidating. But when Christians demonstrate Christ’s love to each other, the unsaved recognize a difference in us. It is through our actions that people see Christ in us.
Today, commit an act of love toward someone and shine a light on the love of Jesus.
Jesus gives the world the right to judge whether you and I are born-again Christians on the basis of our observable love toward all Christians. - Francis Schaeffer
Daily Devotional (October-14-2022) YOUR INHERITANCE IN CHRIST.
Scripture Reference: Acts 20:32 - "And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified."
The Word of God is able to build you up against any challenge in this life, it's able to build you up in to maturity, it's able to build you up as a Man or woman for marriage, it's able to build you up for that business, and it's able to build you up for life. As you listen and study the Word is able to build in you the needed character for an excellence. It's God's dream for His children to live their best.
The scriptures says, the Word of God is able to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified. Inheritance means legacy, birthright or heritage. It refers to that which is bequeathed by a testator to a beneficiary, in the form of a title, property or estate. "A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children..."(Proverbs 13:22) and this inheritance is a good one. "The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage."(Psalms 16:6)
This inheritance was given to Abraham and his "seed" and the seed was Christ Jesus. "For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise."(Galatians 3:18) And now we are Abraham's seed according to Christ. Usually, it is passed by law to the heir on the death of the owner. According to the scriptures, God has given us an inheritance in Christ. My dear, you already have an inheritance in Christ Jesus: "In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will"(Ephesians 1:11)
You need to study God's Word to discover your inheritance in Christ; because they are inexhaustible, for an example; "No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD."(Isaiah 54:17) Refuse to walk in ignorance even from today.
CONFESSION - Blessed heavenly Father, I thank you for qualifying me to partake in this wonderful inheritance of the saints in light! I refuse to walk on in darkness, I'm built by the Word of God daily in Jesus Mighty Name. Amen.
David Jeremiah (October-14-2022) Daily Devotional: Confident in Christ.
For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day. - 2 Timothy 1:12
Recommended Reading: 2 Timothy 1:8-12 - NOT ASHAMED OF THE GOSPEL
8 Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God, 9 who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began, 10 but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, 11 to which I was appointed a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles. 12 For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.
On December 3, 1990, thirteen-year-old Rashin Soodmand’s life changed. It was the day her father was executed by the Iranian government for his faith in Christ. He was imprisoned multiple times, suffering from physical and psychological torture in the process. Yet he never stopped holding church services in their basement. According to Rashin, her father once said, “I am ready to go to prison again and, if necessary, to give my life.”
Although Rashin mourned for her earthly father, she was greatly comforted by her Heavenly Father. She recommitted to following Christ, attended Bible school in England, and traveled around Europe with her husband to spread the Gospel. Today she counsels women who have left Islam.
As Christians, we will all experience some form of persecution. But when hardships come, do not lose faith; place all your confidence in Christ.
When you are suffering most [God’s] eyes are on you and he cares deeply about you. - Randy Alcorn
Charles Stanley (October-04-2022) Daily Devotional: Responses to Christ.
Our job is to share Christ, but we are not responsible for the result.
Isaiah 6:1-13 - In the year of King Uzziah's death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple.
Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.
And one called out to another and said, ``Holy, Holy, Holy, is the LORD of hosts, The whole earth is full of His glory."
And the foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out, while the temple was filling with smoke.
Then I said, ``Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I live among a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts."
Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal in his hand, which he had taken from the altar with tongs.
He touched my mouth with it and said, ``Behold, this has touched your lips; and your iniquity is taken away and your sin is forgiven."
Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, ``Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?" Then I said, ``Here am I. Send me!"
He said, ``Go, and tell this people: `Keep on listening, but do not perceive; Keep on looking, but do not understand.'
``Render the hearts of this people insensitive, Their ears dull, And their eyes dim, Otherwise they might see with their eyes, Hear with their ears, Understand with their hearts, And return and be healed."
Then I said, ``Lord, how long?" And He answered, ``Until cities are devastated and without inhabitant, Houses are without people And the land is utterly desolate,
``The LORD has removed men far away, And the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land.
``Yet there will be a tenth portion in it, And it will again be subject to burning, Like a terebinth or an oak Whose stump remains when it is felled. The holy seed is its stump."
Jentezen Franklin - Watch Message: The Simplicity of Christ. This is "The Simplicity of Christ". As the people of God, we’re not called to reflect on the world in which we live. Instead, we are called to reflect the love of Jesus into the darkness. But living in a world full of chaos and uncertainty can challenge a believer’s heart. But remember, we are called to be overcomers, even when we’re overwhelmed.
Rick Warren (September-13-2022) Daily Devotional: You Were Created to Be like Christ.
“From the very beginning God decided that those who came to him—and all along he knew who would—should become like his Son." - Romans 8:29 (TLB)
Jesus is the only perfect human being who ever lived. He was God in human form and lived a perfect life. Jesus showed us exactly what it means to be fully human.
That’s why God wants you to learn to think like Jesus, act like Jesus, and value what Jesus does. God wants you to grow up and become more like Jesus.
You’ve probably spent a lot of time trying to determine what you want to do in life. But God is far more interested in who you are than what you do. You’re not taking your career to heaven. You are taking your character.
The Bible says, “From the very beginning God decided that those who came to him—and all along he knew who would—should become like his Son” (Romans 8:29 TLB).
God’s plan has always been for you to become like Jesus. It was God’s plan from the very beginning, even before Adam sinned.
The fruits of the Spirit are the perfect picture of who Jesus is and how he acts: “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23 NLT).
So how does God produce this kind of fruit in your life? He puts you in situations that are opposite of the fruit he’s growing in you. It’s easy to love people who are lovely; God will teach you love by putting you around unlovely people, so you have to learn love. During periods of grief, you’ll learn joy. You’ll learn patience when it’s tested.
God wants to build character in your life. You might want the process to be quick and easy, like a vending machine. A vending machine gives you what you want immediately, but much of what it offers is just junk that will harm you in the long run. How God works is the opposite of a vending machine. It’s slow and sometimes difficult, but over time it will build strong character in you.
Remember that growing up spiritually is a lifelong journey. Be patient.
The Bible says, “God began doing a good work in you, and I am sure he will continue it until it is finished when Jesus Christ comes again” (Philippians 1:6 NCV).
You can count on that promise!
Talk It Over
- What specific character traits do you believe God wants you to develop during this season of your life? (For inspiration, look back through the list of the fruits of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23.)
- How has God used an opposite experience to grow your character (for example, a hard-to-love person made you more loving)?
- How is it comforting to know that God won’t give up on his work of growing you spiritually?
You can trust in God’s promise of forgiveness!
God promised that for those who believe in Jesus, there is no condemnation. He sent Jesus to save you from your sin. His death on the cross paid for every wrong you’ve ever done or will do. And by sacrificing himself for your sins and giving you his righteousness, Jesus made it possible for you to have a relationship with God the Father.
The good news doesn’t stop there. God also raised Jesus from the dead, proving his power over sin and death. And that makes it possible for you to spend eternity with him in heaven.
If you’re ready to surrender your life to Jesus Christ, start by praying this simple prayer: “Dear God, I know I’m a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is your Son. I believe that he died for my sins and that you raised him to life. I want to trust him as my Savior and follow him as Lord from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do your will. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.”
Daily Devotional (September-10-2022) Denying Christ.
Scripture Reference: Matthew 26:33-34, 75 - “Peter declared, ‘Even if everyone else deserts you, I will never desert you.’ Jesus replied, ‘I tell you the truth, Peter—this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny three times that you even know me.’ – “Peter swore, ‘A curse on me if I’m lying—I don’t know the man!’ And immediately the rooster crowed. Suddenly, Jesus’ words flashed through Peter’s mind: ‘Before the rooster crows, you will deny three times that you even know me.’ And he went away, weeping bitterly.”
How hard it must have been for Peter to face the fact that he had denied Christ. It was obvious that he did not want to. He was sincere when he assured Jesus that he would not desert Him in His time of need. He loved Christ, but like so many of us, good intentions were not good enough. He did deny Christ. But I must be honest, I too have denied. I have denied Christ in my selfishness. I have denied Him in my lack of faith. I have denied Him in my lack of witness. I have denied Him in my lack of giving. Perhaps this is why Paul encourages us to grow in Christ. To participate in a process of growth so we learn from the past. This is what Christ allowed Peter to do. He did not chide Peter. He did not excommunicate him or shun him. Rather, He made it a goal to see Peter after His resurrection and specifically re-engage him into ministry. He cooked a breakfast and took Peter aside. He did not ask Peter three times if he denied him. He did not say, “Why not tell us all, Peter, how you claimed you would never deny me and then three times in one night you told people you did not even know me.” Instead, Jesus asked Peter three times, perhaps once for each time he denied, “Peter do you love me?” When Peter was convinced, Jesus sent him out to “feed my sheep.” Today, don’t let the guilt of past denials stop you from re-engaging with Jesus. Confess your sin and accept His forgiveness. He loves you and is waiting for you to serve Him again.
Prayer - Father, I confess that I often deny You. I deny You in my talk, in my behavior, in my thought life. I ask Your forgiveness. Cleanse me and help me to live for You in a way that is pleasing to You. AMEN
Rick Warren (September-03-2022) Daily Devotional: How to Become like Christ.
“We shall become mature people, reaching to the very height of Christ's full stature." - Ephesians 4:13 (GNT)
Discipleship is the process of becoming like Christ. It’s a journey that will last a lifetime!
This is how it works: Every day God wants you to become a little more like him. As the Bible says, “You have begun to live the new life, in which you are being made new and are becoming like the One who made you” (Colossians 3:10 NCV).
Today people are obsessed with speed. But God is more interested in strength and stability than swiftness. You might want the quick fix, the shortcut, the on-the-spot solution. Maybe you’re looking for a sermon, a seminar, or an experience that will instantly resolve all problems, remove all temptation, and release you from all growing pains.
But real maturity is never the result of a single experience, no matter how powerful or moving. Growth is gradual. The Bible says, “Our lives gradually [become] brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him” (2 Corinthians 3:18 The Message).
People often build their identity around their defects. You might even tell yourself you can’t change, saying, “It’s just the way I am.”
The unconscious worry is that if you let go of your habit, your hurt, or your hang-up, you won’t know who you are anymore. This fear can slow, or even stop, your growth.
So how do you let go of those old habits and grow to be more like Christ? How do you conform your character to his? By developing Christ-like habits to replace those old habits.
Your character is the sum total of your habits—and habits take time to develop. You can’t claim to be kind unless you are habitually kind, showing kindness without even thinking about it. You can’t claim to have integrity unless it is your habit to always be honest. A husband who is faithful to his wife most of the time is not faithful at all! Your habits define your character.
There’s just one way to develop the habits of Christ-like character: You have to practice them, over and over, until they become part of your identity. And that takes time!
But over time, you—and the people around you—will see the difference. As Paul urged Timothy, “Practice these things. Devote your life to them so that everyone can see your progress” (1 Timothy 4:15 GW).
Talk It Over
- What old habit have you been hanging on to? How can you begin to replace it with a Christ-like habit today?
- What is one character trait that you want to be known for?
- Who in your life can help and encourage you as you work to develop that habit of Christ-like character?
John MacArthur (September-03-2022) Daily Devotional: Your Resources in Christ
"Be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil" (Eph. 6:10-11).
In Christ you have every resource necessary for spiritual victory.
Satan opposes God and wants to prevent believers from glorifying Him. One way he does that is by convincing them that he is either so formidable they could never defeat him, or so weak they can fight him on their own strength.
Second Corinthians 10:4 says, "The weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses." Human resources alone can never defeat a spiritual enemy, but divine resources can. That's why it's crucial to understand the resources you have in Christ that insure spiritual victory.
In Ephesians 1:3 Paul says you have received all the blessings of heaven through Christ. That includes being forgiven and redeemed (vv. 6-7), and receiving knowledge, understanding, and wisdom (vv. 17-18). Within you resides the Holy Spirit (v. 13), who strengthens you and accomplishes more than you can ask or think (3:16, 20).
Believers represent the awesome power of God in this world—the same power that raised Christ from the dead, seated Him at the right hand of the Father, and subjected all things under His feet (Eph. 1:19-22). He is the Sovereign Lord against whom no one can successfully stand. That's why Paul exhorted us to "be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might" (Eph. 6:10, emphasis added). We find this strength by putting on the armor He has supplied: truth, righteousness, peace, faith, salvation, the Word, and prayer. Then, no matter what direction the enemy approaches from, or how subtle his attacks may be, we'll be able to stand firm.
Satan's attacks are complex and subtle. His ways of working in this world are cunning and deceitful. Since it's impossible to analyze and anticipate his every offense, focus on strengthening your defenses by understanding your spiritual resources and using them each day.
Suggestions for Prayer
- Ask God to increase your understanding of spiritual warfare.
- Seek wisdom in applying your resources in the most effective ways.
- When you face spiritual battles, confide in a Christian friend who will pray with you and encourage you.
For Further Study
- According to Matthew 4:1-11, how did Jesus deal with Satan's attacks?