Daily Devotional

OCTOBER 7

I Can See Clearly Now

“For their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same veil untaken away in the reading of the Old Testament; which veil is done away in Christ.” 2 Corinthians 3:14
If we are having a difficult time understanding the Scriptures it is because our focus is off base. If the Believer will look at the Word of God through his union with Christ, all things will be understood. Notice, this Scripture tells us the veil has been removed “In Christ.” If we will discover our location and deal with the Word of God based on our being “in Christ”, we would discover just how much light the Father has placed us in. All of the New Testament Scriptures that have these words in them should be sought out and given priority by everyone who is born again: with Christ, with Him, in Him, in Whom, in Christ, through Him, through Christ, by Him, by Christ, by Whom, from Whom, of Christ and of Whom. I emphasize the fact they must be given priority and must become the most important things for you EVERY DAY! The light will be so bright in you that you will wonder where you have been all your Christian life.
Scripture reading: Ephesians 1:1-23


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OCTOBER 6

Be Aware of Those Tenses

“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
Many of you may remember being taught early on in English grammar about tenses; such as past, present and future. They caused us to see what period of time some action occurred. In the New Testament, when we look at the redemptive work of Christ and our partaking of the blessings of our redemption, the tenses become very important. Notice the “hath” in Ephesians 1:3. That lets us know it is something that has already been done. When something has already been done, it means it is an established fact. It also means whatever relationship we have to that established fact has to be dealt with in the same light. When we see things like this in the Scriptures, the Father is meaning for us to receive these things and adjust our entire lives; our thoughts, our speech, our actions and our expectations; so they are aligned with what has already been done. As you read the New Testament, and in particular the writings of the Apostle Paul, keep this in mind; then adjust your life accordingly.

Scripture reading: Ephesians 2:1-6


OCTOBER 5

Jesus IS Coming!

 

“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth  us not, because it knew Him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be; but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is. And every man that hath this hope in Him purifieth himself, even as He is pure.” 1 John 3:1-3
Jesus is coming! One of the major reasons for us to keep this in mind, as a hope set before us, is because of its purifying effect upon our lives. When our minds are focused on His coming, it keeps us alert to holy living, it is a “sin deterrent”, and it helps us to purify our lives. Why is that? One reason is because in our minds, we see ourselves being like Him when He comes; therefore we want to be like Him now so that we won’t be ashamed at His coming. To make it plain, it puts the fear of God in us! It causes reverence for Him to rise in our thinking and it keeps us at the business of the kingdom. We will find that we have no time for sin, sulking or aimless living which are major issues for people in the church right now. Let’s make sure that our focus is right so that we can help others do the same.
Scripture reading:1 Peter 1:13-25; 1 John 4:16-18

OCTOBER 4

Workers With God

“For we are labourers together with God…” 1 Corinthians 3:9
Some of us probably have never really consciously thought of this, however it is true: it’s not all you and it’s not all God when it comes to the work of the kingdom. We are workers together with God. God is the Resource, The Power and The Head; we are the Body of Christ, the vehicle through which the work is carried out in the earth. You see, my friend, God needs YOU – HE NEEDS YOUR BODY! Because you have a body, it gives you the right and the authority to function in the earth. The Father is not going to get up from His Throne and come to earth to do the work and the Lord Jesus, the Resurrected Man Who is seated at the Father’s right hand, is there expecting His enemies to be made His footstool. Who is going to do that? We, the Body of Christ! So, don’t sit back waiting for God to do things in the earth. We have already been given our assignments and our commission; it is now up to us to do the work. Let’s get busy!
Scripture reading: Ephesians 3:9-11; Matthew 28:18, 19; Mark 16:15-20


OCTOBER 3

Magnify The Lord

“O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together.” Psalm 34:3
I can remember times that as children we would get a magnifying glass and put our hand underneath it or look at some insect or other object under it. We thought it was so cool as to how that glass would not only make the image larger, but it would also show in greater detail what we were looking at. We could see the lines in our hands more clearly or see in greater detail the pores in our skin, or we could see things on an insect that we couldn’t make out without that magnifying glass. Nothing else could be seen except for what was being looked at under that glass. How interesting it is that the Bible tells us to magnify the Lord. In all of the various things that we have to deal with in life, the Scripture encourages us to look at the Lord through the magnifying glass, not the challenges of life. Magnifying the Lord is giving Him the biggest place in our minds. We are to focus on the goodness of God to us through exalting His name. We are to see His mercy, His help, His protection, His provision, His answers and His faithfulness. When we set our minds on Him in this manner, He will always be larger than anything that we are dealing with. Hallelujah!
Scripture reading: Psalm 40:16


OCTOBER 2

Give Your Angels Something To Do

“But to which of the angels said He at any time, Sit on My right hand, until I make Thine enemies Thy footstool? Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?” Hebrews 1:13-14
The more that I read the Scriptures and think on them, the more I realize just how much the Father has made available for us to be like Him. He has given us all that He has, including the angels. They are our ministering (servant, if you will) spirits and they have been sent forth by the Father to minister for us who are the heirs of salvation. These servants have to be told what to do, for, according to Psalm 103:20, they do God’s commandments and they are listening for “the voice of His Word.” When commands are spoken according to the Word of God, according to the Bible, they go into motion to bring that “spoken” Word of God to pass. We, God’s people, are His voice in the earth and we have a voice in the realm of the spirit. We need to keep these angels busy by declaring the Word of God. They are assigned to supernaturally assist us. The more of the Word of God that we speak from the heart, the busier they will be and the more we will see the supernatural assistance of the kingdom of God in our lives. So…let’s get to talkin.’

Scripture reading: Psalm 103:20-21; Acts 12:1-10


OCTOBER 1

Can God Count On You?

Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?” Proverbs 20:6
We are living in a time in which the Church, the Body of Christ, is in desperate need of people who are reliable; people who are faithful. The world in which we live has become extremely selfish and every day we are witnessing more and more self – centeredness in the lives of people around us. The Bible teaches us that we are in the world, but yet we are not of the world. We have a faithful God, One Who will always be the same – reliable and unchangeable – no matter what anyone else does or does not do. For Him to get the kind of things accomplished in and through the Church that He desires, He needs people who He can count on to be as He is – faithful. Will you be counted among those whom the Father can trust? Will you love and serve and be available for the Father to work through, even when so many in the House of God are choosing their own way? Will you be one who will raise up once again standards of excellent living and serving when the majority are willing to settle for handing the Father and the Church trash and yet expecting to be rewarded for it? What will you do, my brother, my sister? Can the Father count on you to believe Him for the reward for your kingdom labor when men don’t recognize your work or even care? What will you do? The Father needs YOU!…and He needs YOU TODAY!
Scripture reading: Psalm 37:3 New King James; 2 Timothy 2:1-13; Luke 18:8

SEPTEMBER 30

Stay In The Mirror

“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.” James 1:22-25 New King James
The very simple way for us to keep the image of who we are in Christ crystal clear is to keep looking into the Word with the intent to do what it says. When we look into a natural mirror, we see all the details of what we look like. The longer we gaze, the more we see. The longer we gaze, the more aware we become of the details. If we take only a quick look and run away to do something else, we don’t see ALL the things that we need to adjust. That is how it is with the “mirror of the Word.” If we keep our eyes fixed, we get a clear picture of who we are. If things show up that are not representative of who we are, then we can both see those things and how to fix them so that we are in agreement in our minds and in our actions with who the Scripture says we are. If you haven’t, make the commitment to stay in the mirror; you’ll look better every day!
Scripture reading: 2 Corinthians 3:14-18


SEPTEMBER 29

Expect To Win

“And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: that ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” Hebrews 6:11, 12
As those who are in Christ, winning is in our genes – it is hereditary. However, to walk victory out in an everyday, living and vital way, there are things that we have to put to work. We must be diligent. We must determine to incorporate the Word of God and an “active” prayer life every day. We must walk in faith trusting God, declaring the Word from our mouths and acting in accordance with the Word of God. We must also walk in patience. We must practice being like the picture that we see of Jesus in Hebrews 13:8. We must learn to be steadfast, constant and in agreement with the Word of God at all times. It takes lots of practice, asking and receiving forgiveness and repentance, but it is worth it to stay at it. You will at some point begin to see the change in you and this particular God-like characteristic develop in you. You will deal with every situation in life the same way that God Himself does. With this working in you, you can expect to win all the time!
Scripture reading: James 1:2-5; Romans 5:1-5


SEPTEMBER 28

The Light Prevails!

“His life is the light that shines through the darkness – and the darkness can never extinguish it.” John 1:5 The Living Bible

Anywhere that you find darkness today (and everyday for that matter), shine the Light of the Word on it. If situations around you seem dark, shine the light. If men and women in authority seem to be walking in and promoting darkness, shine the light. If there are things that are hidden that need to be revealed, shine the light on it. If you know people that are walking in darkness, pray that they receive the light that God is shining toward them. Find out what the Bible says and then pray and speak the “Light” into these situations. We need to exhibit the faith and the confidence in what the Bible says about the Light of God’s Life and His Word – “the darkness can never extinguish it.” Hallelujah!!!
Scripture reading: Matthew 5:14-16; Ephesians 5:13, 14; 1 John 1:5-7