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 2018
19 Aug.

“According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue” (2 Peter 1:3).

God has given us everything we need to live successful lives. We must not become lazy Christians who sit back and do nothing, however, but rather use our faith to take what grace has made available to us.

18 Aug.

“And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children” (Isaiah 54:13).

The world is a place filled with everything but peace. When we raise up our children according to the Word of God, they will have an inner peace that can’t be taken away by anyone or anything.

17 Aug.

“And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up” (Deuteronomy 6:6, 7).

When we have God’s love in our hearts while raising our children, they will be receptive to this love and respond in kind. Demonstrating His royal law of love in everything we do is a powerful teaching tool.

16 Aug.

“The father of the [uncompromisingly] righteous (the upright, in right standing with God) shall greatly rejoice, and he who becomes the father of a wise child shall have joy in him” (Proverbs 23:24, AMPC).

Parents are their child’s earliest and most influential teachers. Children who learn biblical wisdom through a relationship with God have the joy of the Lord within them and bring great joy to their parents.

15 Aug.

“Those who fear the Lord are secure; he will be a refuge for their children” (Proverbs 14:26, NLT).

Parents who show reverence and respect for God through their example will teach their children to do likewise. This is the heart of godly parenting practiced by those who truly want their children to be blessed.

14 Aug.

“For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ” (John 1:17).

This links grace and truth together, because God’s favor is the truth that sets people free from guilt and self-condemnation. People who don’t understand grace will always have a problem with sin, because they won’t believe that Jesus has already forgiven them.

13 Aug.

“I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless. For if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die” (Galatians 2:21, NLT).

God’s favor, not our works, makes us holy, righteous, and worthy to stand before Him. We could never earn it; we only receive it by believing in Jesus.

12 Aug.

“Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace” (Galatians 5:4).

When we work to earn God’s grace, we fall from grace back into the law of self-effort. Grace is a gift from Him, and we’re free to accept it even when we don’t deserve it.

11 Aug.

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

Without Jesus Christ, we are living dead lives and simply existing day to day. He frees us from sin, rescues us from our old existence, and gives us the same kind of life that He has.

10 Aug.

“And the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick: the people that dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity” (Isaiah 33:24).

This was a foreshadowing of the coming of Jesus, and His ability and willingness to heal and forgive sins. God’s grace offers us healing on every level, forgiveness, and a perfect conscience.

9 Aug.

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Being born again gives us a new identity in Christ and makes us brand new creations. Our old, sinful self is gone, and the root of sin that was in our old selves has been replaced with the root of righteousness.

8 Aug.

“For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace” (Romans 6:14).

The Law of Moses trapped everyone in the awareness of sin, but we’re no longer subject to the law if we’ve been born again. Under grace, sin is no longer charged to us.

7 Aug.

“Let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water” (Hebrews 10:22, NLT).

We’ve been delivered, and we’re now free to stand before God with no guilt or condemnation for past sins. If we truly believe we are forgiven, there is no more sin-consciousness.

6 Aug.

“Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience” (Hebrews 9:9).

Perfection, here, refers not to sinlessness, but to our consciences. When we accept Jesus as the perfect sacrifice for our sins, we have a clear conscience with no trace of guilt.

5 Aug.

“Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves” (Philippians 2:3).

Putting others first and doing everything in godly humility keeps us out of self-centeredness. This is not most people’s goal in life, and it’s not something the world values, but Jesus gave us the perfect example to follow.

4 Aug.

“But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God” (Acts 20:24).

God’s grace is radical and life-changing. When we find ourselves on the receiving end of it, sharing our own personal testimonies is a powerful way of ministering to others.

3 Aug.

“Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee” (Proverbs 4:5, 6).

Everything in the natural realm begins in the spiritual realm, including divine safety and protection. God promises to protect us, and we position ourselves to receive preservation from evil when we embrace godly wisdom and understanding.

2 Aug.

“Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee” (Proverbs 2:11).

God provides protection for us on many different levels. When we use His Word to guide not only our actions but also our thinking, He gives us the wisdom to save us from our own mistakes.

1 Aug.

“Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee” (Deuteronomy 31:6).

Trusting in God for our protection strengthens us and empowers us for victory over anything that stands against us. In tough situations, we can draw on God for the courage we need.