We’ve Been Delivered!
“Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son.” Colossians 1:13
We have been redeemed! Purchased! Bought with a price! Because of the blood of Jesus, we are no longer under the dominion of darkness. Let the light of God’s Word and let the light of God’s life shine through you today. Remind the darkness that it has lost dominion over you and your affairs.
Scripture reading: John 1:4, 5; Psalm 119:130; Matthew 5:14-16
Speak The Word Only
“The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.” Matthew 8:8
This is the kind of confidence that the Father would have us to have: that we would have faith in the authority of the spoken word of God. The Father has already spoken concerning every situation in our lives. As a matter of fact, everything has already been taken care of before the foundation of the world. So, whatever God has already spoken, let us say the same thing, let us receive what He has already said, let us offer Him praise and thanks for what He has already spoken and let us act on what He has already spoken.
Scripture reading: Hebrews 1:1-3; Psalm 103:20
Let The Word Be Your Counsel
“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in His law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”
As you go about your day today, keep this thought in mind: let the Word counsel you. The Holy Spirit and the Word of God are the Best there is when it comes to counsel and guidance. Bend your ear toward the Word and keep your inner ear open to Him speaking from within. He will not lead you astray.
Scripture reading: Proverbs 2:1-11; 3:13-18
Here Is Faith
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.”
In this Scripture we find one of the simplest Bible definitions for what faith is. It is believing that God is and that He rewards those who diligently seek Him. Putting in other words that flow out of these Greek words, it can be said like this: faith is believing that God exists and believing that He rewards those who crave after Him and search Him out by means of worship and prayer. Real simple, wouldn’t you say?
Scripture reading: Hebrews 11:1-6; Isaiah 55:6-11
Jesus Is Lord
“Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a Name which is above every name: that at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Jesus is Lord over all. He is Lord over every situation in your life. Nothing catches Him by surprise; nothing is too big for Him to handle; nothing is impossible to Him. He is watching over you with His Word and declaring great and mighty things concerning your life. He is upholding you by the power of His Word. Regardless of what some things may look like to you from the natural perspective, remember that Jesus is Lord…and He always causes you to win!
Scripture reading: 2 Corinthians 2:14
Box the Devil Out
“Neither give place to the devil.”
If you have ever played basketball, you know that an important aspect of the game is rebounding. You don’t want to allow the opposing team to have more than one shot at the basket during that possession of the ball. In order to ensure that, when the ball is shot, each person on the defensive team must “box their player out.” That means that each defensive player has to get in between their player and the basket so that when the ball comes off of the rim they can rebound it without giving the offensive team another shot at the basket. They must “give no place” for the offensive team to get another chance. We must treat the devil and demons in a similar manner. In the game of life, we must make sure that he gets no opportunity for any rebounds or anything else. Once he takes a shot at us, we must determine that’s it for that possession of his…he cannot have another shot! Once you have overcome him or resisted a temptation, immediately fortify yourself with the Word of God in that area and also remind the devil of what “is written”, and keep him out of your business.
Scripture reading: James 4:7; Matthew 4:1-11; Ephesians 6:16
Everything Starts Small
“For who has despised the day of small things?…”
An important thing for every believer to understand is that in the kingdom of God, everything starts with a seed. A seed is a small thing but the potential of its greatness lies within. Given the right environment, the proper nourishment and care, it will fulfill its potential and grow to be whatever is on the inside. The things that we do for God are the same. The day of beginning will be small, however, that is not to be despised. Don’t compare yourself with others who are moving along at a pace that is not yours. Keep your competitive eye off of the field of others and tend to your own field. If you will do this, then over time the potential that is in the “seed of your small thing”, i.e. “your day of beginning” will grow to its potential as well. Water your seed, nourish it, keep it in its environment for growth and everything will turn out just fine.
Scripture reading: Mark 4:26-29
Here’s something for your meditation today. Let the Holy Spirit talk to you.
“Blessed be the Lord, Who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.”
“Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His Holy Name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits; Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; Who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; Who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagles. The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.”
Don’t Despise History
“For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” Romans 15:4
History, yes history and even Bible history is good for us. In the natural, history teaches us not only facts, but of both men’s successes and failures; and even more importantly, why men succeed and fail. God, in His Word, has given us the Old Testament as an illustration of how we should walk in this life. It shows us the successes of our forefathers and it shows us their failures. God then tells us to use these things as an example because they are written for our education. If we are wise, we will take heed. We will both learn how to succeed and how not to duplicate the sins and errors of men in the past.
Scripture reading: 1 Corinthians 10:1-13; Hebrews 4:1-16
Stand Your Ground
“Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.”
You don’t want to go back to the bondage that you were delivered from. In order to keep that from happening you will have to stand your ground. You will need to establish a root system in your life that is based on the finished work of Christ. You will need to be “rooted and built up in Him”, according to Colossians 2:6, 7. You will need to be established in the gospel according to Romans 16:25-27. You will need to be “rooted and grounded in love”, according to Ephesians 3:17 and you will need to understand characteristics of “the divine nature” that you have become a partaker of according to 2 Peter 1:1-11. As you search these things out in the Scripture, apply them to yourself, meditate on them and by the power of the Holy Spirit begin to walk them out in your life. You will be standing your ground.
Scripture reading: 2 Peter 2:1-11; Colossians 2:6-7