Posts from October 2019

Posts from October 2019

DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY OCTOBER 15, 2019

Hebrews 1:3(NLT) –  After He had provided purification for sins,  He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.   Hebrews  “emphasizes the superiority of God’s revelation in Christ to every other revelation.”  And in the day this book of the Bible was written,  there were many other religions and philosophies that governed the way men thought about life.  It was important for the writer of Hebrews to explain that Jesus,  who was the Creator of the…

DEVOTIONS – MONDAY OCTOBER 14, 2019

Hebrews 1:1 (NLT) –  Long ago,  God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets.  The basic truth of the book of Hebrews is found in this opening scripture:  God has spoken.  An entire succession of inspired writers in both Old and New Testaments declared His truths to a world confused by error.  “If fallen people are to find their way back to God,  only God can reveal the way.  Hebrews tells us that God…

DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY OCTOBER 12, 2019

Romans 3:23 (NLT) –  For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.  God created us and called us good,  but then we succumbed to evil’s voice in the Garden of Eden and since then evil is everywhere.  It seeks to find expression through us and leaves in its path brokenness.  But Jesus brings the solution—redemption.  He took upon Himself the judgment for our sin;  and by choosing faith in Him we transfer from the kingdom of…

DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY OCTOBER 11, 2019

Romans 1:17 (NIV) –  For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed,  a righteousness that is by faith from first to last,  just as it is written:  “The righteous will live by faith.”   “In this gospel about Jesus,  a unique righteousness is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last.  Righteousness that comes to us through Jesus,  and is appropriated by faith,  is the theme of Paul’s letter to the Romans”  (The Hayford Bible Handbook). …

DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY OCTOBER 10, 2019

Romans 1:8 (MSG) –  …People everywhere keep telling me about your lives of faith,  and every time I hear them,  I thank Him.  Something changes inside our core when we choose to embrace faith in Jesus Christ and it becomes visible on the outside.  Old destructive habits begin to melt away.  New hungers emerge to know God and understand the Bible and how it connects to the realities of everyday life.  We find we want to be around other Christians…

DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 9, 2019

Romans 1:5 (MSG) –  Through Him  (Jesus)  we received both the generous gift of His life and the urgent task of passing it on to others who receive it by entering into obedient trust in Jesus.  For those of us who follow Jesus,  it is our mission in life to share the story of how we came to discover His transforming power—how life was for us before we  “met”  Jesus,  how we came to embrace faith in Him,  and how…

DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY OCTOBER 8, 2019

Romans 1:4 (MSG) – …His unique identity as Son of God was shown by the Spirit when Jesus was raised from the dead,  setting him apart as the Messiah,  our Master. Mary and John and other women had watched Jesus die an excruciating death.  Can we even imagine it?  Joseph and Nicodemus had taken His dead body down from the cross and buried it in a tomb  (John 19).  Everybody went home to grieve.  All the followers of Jesus wondered…

DEVOTIONS – MONDAY OCTOBER 7, 2019

Romans 1:2 (MSG) –  The sacred writings contain preliminary reports by the prophets on God’s Son.  His descent from David roots Him in history;  His unique identity as Son of God was shown by the Spirit when Jesus was raised from the dead,  setting Him apart as the Messiah our Master.  Paul,  who wrote these words,  had been a devoted Jewish scholar,  well versed in Old Testament writings and furious that a Christian movement had emerged declaring Jesus as Lord. …

DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY OCTOBER 5, 2019

Luke 22:31-32 (NIV) –  “Simon,  Simon,  Satan has asked to sift you as wheat.  But I have prayed for you,  Simon,  that your faith may not fail.  And when you have turned back,  strengthen your brothers.”    We can strengthen others in the faith when they are under satanic attack.  We can intercede for them in prayer—and we must resist Satan,  standing firm in the faith  (I Peter 5:8-11).  Our brothers and sisters around the world are experiencing the  “same…

DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY OCTOBER 4, 2019

Numbers 21:4 (KJV) –  They journeyed from Mount Hor by the way of the Red Sea,  to compass the land of Edom: and the soul of the people was much discouraged. When a person goes through a long,  tough,  seemingly unending battle with illness and/or other hardships,  it is easy to become  “discouraged because of the way.”  Problems that otherwise may not have seemed so difficult loom larger than normal because the journey doesn’t seem to be getting any better. …

DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY OCTOBER 3, 2019

I Samuel 9:27 (NIV) –  When they reached the edge of town,  Samuel told Saul to send his servant on ahead.  After the servant was gone,  Samuel said,  “Stay here,  for I have received a special message for you from God.”   If we are to have a God-given ministry in the Word,  there will be times when we must get away from others and stand still long enough to hear from God.  “But when you pray,  go away by…

DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 2, 2019

Isaiah 50:4 (MSG) –  The Master,  God,  has given me a well-taught tongue.  So I know how to encourage tired people.  He wakes me up in the morning,  wakes me up,  opens my ears to listen as one ready to take orders.   The Father teaches us:  How to speak  (KJV),  and what to speak  (“a word”  KJV),  and when to speak  (“in season”  KJV),  and to whom to speak  (“to him who is weary”  KJV).  God wants to use…