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


Daily Devotions: August 19, 2014

Today’s Bible reading is Galatians chapter 2

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

“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)
When you became a believer in Jesus Christ the old you was put to death. Your old ways and habits, including your sins were buried with Christ. Then God gave you a new life and a brand new identity. Christ Himself now lives in you. What if you found yourself in a boxing ring facing a fierce opponent? Now that might sound intimidating, but what if somehow Rocky lived inside of you? Wouldn’t that make a difference? As you face trials and temptations in life, as you face the hard stuff, you have Jesus living in you to conquer every storm. Is there anything that can defeat Jesus? Jesus was victorious over every sickness and circumstance, every storm, every spiritual assault, every enemy, and even death. Jesus loves you and gave Himself for you, and now He lives in you. You can live today by faith that you have been crucified with Christ, and now you have new life in Him.

Prayer: “Dear Father, knowing that we have been crucified with Christ, we rejoice that You have given us new life, thank You for loving us. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Randy J. McPheron