Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions: November 21, 2014

Today’s Bible reading is 1 John chapter 2

(Read the entire New Testament in 2014 by reading only one chapter each day)

John writes, “And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.” (1 John 2:28)
Jesus is coming again! We are going to meet Him! How will we meet Jesus? The Bible says there are two ways that believers will meet Him. There are those who will meet Him in confidence, and those that will shrink in shame before Him. We must abide in Jesus that we might be confident when He comes again. To abide means to remain closely connected and dependent upon Jesus. We abide in Jesus by abiding in Scripture. Carefully reading and studying God’s Word will greatly enrich our life. Coupled with prayer, meditating on Scripture will ensure a closer walk with Jesus. Also, we abide in Jesus by abiding in His Spirit. The Holy Spirit enables, enlightens, and empowers. He guides, guards, and grows us to be more like Christ. We can’t survive without His operation in our life. The work of the Spirit is a work of sanctification. To be more like Jesus is our goal. Abide in Jesus and in the work of sanctification so that your life may reflect His glory.

Prayer: “Dear Father, we pray for Your coming. Teach us how to abide in You and make us more like Jesus. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Randy J. McPheron

Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions: September 11, 2014

Today’s Bible reading is Colossians chapter 3

(Read the entire New Testament in 2014 by reading only one chapter each day)

Paul said, “You are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” (Colossians 3:3) As believers we have been raised to new life in Christ. Therefore, we must put to death the old way of life. John Piper said, “If you walk away from the covenant of your daily death, you will cease to bear fruit.” Since Christ is our life, anything in our life that doesn’t resemble Christ must be done away with, and everything that is of Christ must be fully embraced. Someone once asked a sculptor how he was able to make a statue of a horse. The sculptor said, “I simply chisel away anything that doesn’t resemble a horse.” Christ followers must rid from themselves anything that doesn’t resemble Christ. Paul said. “Put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world.” (Colossians 3:5 NLT) He also said, “But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language. Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds. Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him.” (Colossians 3:8-10 NLT) Not only must we put to death the old life, but we must be faithful to put on the new life, “Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.” (Colossians 3:12-14)

Prayer: “Father, You have raised us to new life in Christ. May we walk in this new life today. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Randy J. McPheron