Read the Word Daily

Would you like to read the Word daily, but don’t know where to begin? Reading our Daily Devotionals is a good way to develop the habit of studying the Scriptures.

Daily Devotionals - August 2017
23 Aug.

“He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city” (Proverbs 16:32). 

There is a difference between having emotions and emotions having us. Taking authority over our feelings and maintaining emotional control gives us real power.

22 Aug.

“To make it your ambition and definitely endeavor to live quietly and peacefully, to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we charged you” (1 Thessalonians 4:11, AMPC).

As Christians, living a quiet and peaceful life is a powerful way to influence others. In this way, we stand out in a noisy and strife-torn world.

21 Aug.

“And of some have compassion, making a difference” (Jude 1:22).

We can make a difference in people’s lives simply by showing them the compassion of Christ. This is how we use the power of the Holy Spirit to influence others.

20 Aug.

“Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour” (Proverbs 14:9).

God considers those who trust in and lean on Him as righteous. He will cause His favor to focus in on those individuals like a laser.

19 Aug.

“Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God” (2 Corinthians 3:5, NKJV).

Our ability is based on God. We are not qualified to do anything according to our own abilities. Whatever we need comes from Jesus.

18 Aug.

“And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy children? And he said, There remaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we will not sit down till he come hither. And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the Lord said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he” (1 Samuel 16:11, 12).

When God shows favor toward us, it doesn’t matter where we are; His favor proactively seeks us out and finds us. When our heart is turned toward God, it doesn’t matter to Him if the world thinks others are more qualified. He sees things hidden to others.

17 Aug.

“Now when the turn of Esther, the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her for his daughter, was come to go in unto the king, she required nothing but what Hegai the king's chamberlain, the keeper of the women, appointed. And Esther obtained favour in the sight of all them that looked upon her” (Esther 2:15).

Favor comes from God, not from anything we do. When God shows favor to us, it will be readily apparent to everyone around us.

16 Aug.

“Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:23, NKJV).

We may not always be in control of our circumstances, but we are always in control of our hearts. When we encounter trouble, we must choose not to allow the circumstances to determine what we believe.

15 Aug.

“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me” (John 14:1).

We have authority over our emotions and this authority springs from the Word of God. When we feel fear, depression, or any other negative emotions trying to make their presence known, trusting in what Jesus says to us gives us supernatural power to defeat them.

14 Aug.

“For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life” (John 3:16, AMPC).

God wants to enrich our lives and provide us with everything we will ever need, but first He needs our full trust in Him. The kind of trust He’s looking for covers every area of our lives, including our finances.

13 Aug.

“He that hath ears to hear, let him hear” (Matthew 11:15).

The Word of God is available to anyone willing to listen in faith, but paying attention to worldly traditions dulls our spiritual sense of hearing. If we can escape being ensnared by the world’s contradictory message, we will benefit from hearing the Word.

12 Aug.

“And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me” (Matthew 11:6).

Taking offense at what people say or do is based in self-centeredness, which is rooted in pride. Agreeing with God’s Word is a sign of true humility. When we do this, we position ourselves to receive blessings.

11 Aug.

“Jesus replied, ‘And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition?’” (Matthew 15:3, NIV).

Worldly traditions often contradict the Word of God, yet they are widely accepted as the truth. We all must decide for ourselves whether we will fall in line with what the world tells us or obey God’s Word.

10 Aug.

“For we do not have a High Priest Who is unable to understand and sympathize and have a shared feeling with our weaknesses and infirmities and liability to the assaults of temptation, but One Who has been tempted in every respect as we are, yet without sinning” (Hebrews 4:15, AMPC).

We’ve all been tempted to give in to negative emotions from time to time, but asking God for help when we feel weak helps us resist that temptation. Jesus went through the exact same thoughts and feelings we all experience. He had emotions, but emotions never had Him.

9 Aug.

“He that trusteth in his riches shall fall; but the righteous shall flourish as a branch” (Proverbs 11:28).

There is nothing wrong with having a job, money in the bank, or even a personal financial advisor, but we make a mistake when we place more trust in those things than in God. He sees us as righteous when we have faith in Him to direct our finances.

8 Aug.

“He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered” (Proverbs 28:26).

When we live according to our own knowledge or experience, we can fall into the trap of thinking we can trust in our own performance. Trust in God is true wisdom, and God delivers those individuals who trust Him from bad situations.

7 Aug.

“O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee” (Psalm 84:12).

Trusting God in all areas of our lives is essential to building our faith in Him. This is also true in our financial lives, where even the most devout Christians can struggle. When we trust Him in this area, we will be empowered to have success.

6 Aug.

By pride comes nothing but strife, but with the well-advised is wisdom (Proverbs 13:10, NKJV).

Many people define pride as simply a high opinion of oneself, but it is also a source of anger, jealousy, bitterness, and countless other negative emotions. The root of pride is self-centeredness, which was the very thing that caused Satan’s downfall.

5 Aug.

“Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself” (Philippians 2:3, NKJV).

We have a natural tendency to want to put ourselves first, but a humble attitude involves putting others first. This mindset is completely contrary to what the world advocates, but one that Jesus embraced.

4 Aug.

“Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots” (Luke 23:34).

Whenever we feel tempted to be self-centered when others are doing us wrong, we can remember what Jesus said. He had every right to take offense and become self-centered when He was dying on the cross, but instead, He forgave His enemies.

3 Aug.

“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken” (Psalm 55:22, NIV).

Obedience to this directive indicates true humility. Humility is all about submitting to God’s will.

2 Aug.

“As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed” (Romans 9:33).

In order to defeat shame, Jesus offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for every sin we could ever commit. If we believe in the power of what He did, we will never again suffer from sin-consciousness. 

1 Aug.

“I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting. For the Lord God will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed” (Isaiah 50:6, 7).

Jesus hated shame so much He became shame itself so we would not have to suffer from the pain of it. When He was crucified, shame was nailed to the cross and died so that we would not have to carry it.