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 - July 2021
31 Jul.

“He came unto his own, and his own received him not” (John 1:11).

During His ministry, Jesus encountered plenty of rejection. As His followers, we can expect the same kind of treatment from the world.

30 Jul.

“When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee” (Isaiah 43:2).

When we have a relationship with God and walk with Him, we’ll never go through trying times alone. At our lowest point, we can turn to Him for comfort and strength.

29 Jul.

“…For He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]” (Hebrews 13:5, AMPC).

If we’ve been born again, we have God’s emphatic promise that He’ll never leave us in difficult times. Not only does He remain faithful to us no matter what happens, He delivers us out of whatever situation we’re in.

28 Jul.

“He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32).

If we wonder if God cares about us when we’re going through something painful, the answer is a resounding “yes!” Our heavenly Father dearly loves His children.

27 Jul.

“He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds” (Psalm 147:3).

Healing—including emotional healing—is available through the finished works of Jesus Christ. God’s way of helping us heal from a broken heart gives us access to resources the world doesn’t have.

26 Jul.

“But godliness with contentment is great gain” (1 Timothy 6:6).

“Godliness with contentment” is not being complacent, but being content with what we have with the belief that God will continuously lead us onward to something better. This requires trusting in Him more than in our ability to make things better for ourselves.

25 Jul.

“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success” (Joshua 1:8).

The world may have its own “secret to success” formula, but the world’s thinking is flawed. We succeed and prosper by following God’s Word instead of the words of any worldly philosopher.

24 Jul.

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee” (Isaiah 26:3).

Focusing on the things of the world and the circumstances around us is guaranteed to lead us into stress, worry, and fear. By contrast, trusting in Jesus enough to focus on all He has done on our behalf gives us peace of mind.

23 Jul.

“Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!” (Deuteronomy 30:19, NLT).

God has made us free moral agents and left the decision as to how to conduct our lives entirely up to us. Choosing to make Him our Lord and Savior and let Him lead us through life is the right decision.

22 Jul.

“Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:12).

Suffering emotional pain occasionally is part of life; it’s to be expected on our Christian walk. However, we can recover from it.

21 Jul.

“Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me” (Psalm 41:9).

When friends turn against us, we suffer the pain of a broken relationship. However, sometimes the separation may need to occur if the relationship is toxic.

20 Jul.

“Don’t put your trust in mere humans. They are as frail as breath. What good are they?” (Isaiah 2:22, NLT).

We give others too much credit when we compare ourselves to them. When we do this, we’re belittling what God has blessed us with.

19 Jul.

“We’re not, understand, putting ourselves in a league with those who boast that they’re our superiors. We wouldn’t dare do that. But in all this comparing and grading and competing, they quite miss the point” (2 Corinthians 10:12, MSG).

Comparing ourselves to others is pointless and only leads to frustration and resentment. We must be okay with ourselves and not let our possessions define us.

18 Jul.

“And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh” (Matthew 2:11).

Despite what the world may think, it’s okay for Christians to be financially wealthy. Jesus was wealthy even as a baby; He could never have been in poverty because He was a child of the King.

17 Jul.

“I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me” (John 5:30).

Although Jesus knew His divine identity as God’s Son and therefore lacked nothing, He was still humble enough to admit that He was not His own source. As born-again believers, we are also God’s children, yet have a responsibility to remain humble.

16 Jul.

“For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:3).

When we get born again and accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, our spirits become dead to sin and sensitive to the things of God. Being in Christ teaches us who we are, and whose we are.

15 Jul.

“The LORD is my shepherd; I have all that I need” (Psalm 23:1, NLT).

God wants to be the one to supply us with everything we need for victorious, joyful, successful lives. If we trust in Him instead of in ourselves, we’ll never lack for anything.

14 Jul.

“The LORD directs our steps, so why try to understand everything along the way?” (Proverbs 20:24, NLT).

Choosing our own path in life leads to failure. If we depend on ourselves, we’ll never know which path to take and we’ll end up in utter confusion; we must trust God.

13 Jul.

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8).

A gift can’t be earned; it’s given whether or not we even deserve it. God made salvation available to us because of His favor toward us; we receive it by relying on and trusting in Him.

12 Jul.

“Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD” (Jeremiah 17:5).

God wants to be our supply source for everything good. However, if we trust in our own abilities to get what we need, we cut ourselves off from that supply.

11 Jul.

“Now the mind of the flesh [which is sense and reason without the Holy Spirit] is death [death that comprises all the miseries arising from sin, both here and hereafter]. But the mind of the [Holy] Spirit is life and [soul] peace [both now and forever]” (Romans 8:6, AMPC).

The world gives us plenty of choices of what to think about, but none of those choices are good for us. Letting the Holy Spirit guide our thoughts enhances our lives and gives us the peace of mind God wants for us.

10 Jul.

“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).

Jesus endured, and successfully resisted, every imaginable temptation that we could ever face. There’s nothing we go through that He doesn’t know about; when we’re struggling with something, He gives us strength to withstand it.

9 Jul.

“The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).

Any wrong-thinking we have comes from a mindset that originates in sin. Jesus has already taken care of sin; therefore, our faith in Him enables us to change our mindset for the better.

8 Jul.

“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…” (Proverbs 23:7).

Our thoughts are powerful and can dictate whether we succeed or fail. Tackling a “failure” mentality begins by changing the way we think.

7 Jul.

“Control your temper, for anger labels you a fool” (Ecclesiastes 7:9, NLT).

We live in a world controlled by the spirit of outrage. However, this spirit can’t control us when we submit to the Holy Spirit, who helps believers live in the world without being part of it.

6 Jul.

“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God” (1 John 4:1, 2).

The world offers us plenty of advice and philosophes, but it’s spiritually dangerous for us to follow suggestions that aren’t based in God’s Word. Letting the Holy Spirit warn us of impending danger is the wisest course of action.

5 Jul.

“That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive” (Ephesians 4:14).

God wants His children to grow and mature spiritually. Young children are immature and easily swept away by anything they hear; constantly studying God’s Word gives us discernment and matures and strengthens us.

4 Jul.

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1).

People living purely in the physical realm only believe what they see because faith is a foreign concept to them. However, everything we hope to see manifested in our lives begins in the spiritual realm.

3 Jul.

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people” (Ephesians 1:18 NIV).

We live in a hopeless, spiritually blind world in which people’s hearts have been hardened to the truth of the Gospel of Grace. We find hope and purpose for our lives when we discover who we are in Christ.

2 Jul.

“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).

People who can’t control their anger are the weakest people on the planet. The sign of true strength is the ability to remain in emotional control in all circumstances.

1 Jul.

“The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe” (Proverbs 29:25).

Being afraid of what others may think or say about us puts us in bondage to them. However, being more concerned about what God thinks frees us from that bondage and allows Him to use us to minister to others.