Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions: October 20, 2014

Today’s Bible reading is Hebrews chapter 4

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

There are four statements in Hebrews chapter 4 that begin with the words “let us.” These statements are four responses of faith to the promises of God. God promises to give us salvation rest, but also for the believer God gives a special rest. Not only can we know the rest of being saved, but we can experience the rest of being secure in all of our circumstances. If we are going to enter into God’s rest then we must come to God in obedient faith. First, “let us fear” (verse 1). A holy, reverential fear of God is vital to our Christian walk. God has given us the promise of His rest, but if we don’t act in faith upon His promise then we won’t enter into it. The possibility of missing out on the promise should cause us to tremble. Second, “let us labor” (verse 11). We must do our best to enter into the rest of God. We cannot afford to be passive, but we must labor to obey God’s Word. “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” “For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword.” (Verse 12) Third, “let us hold fast our profession” (verse 14). That means we must stand firm on what we believe. Don’t be misled or give up the faith. Lastly, “let us come boldly unto the throne of grace” (verse 16). What an invitation! We have access to God through Jesus Christ. At God’s throne we find mercy and grace. All of our needs are met in Him! What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer.

Prayer: “Jesus, give us Your special rest. We come to You in faith so that we don’t miss out on Your will for our lives. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Randy J. McPheron

Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions: September 8, 2014

Today’s Bible reading is Philippians chapter 4

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

The word “joy” or”rejoicing” appears at least sixteen times in the book of Philippians, but none so clear as this statement, “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4 NKJV) Christian joy is found in Jesus alone. Joy is different than happiness. Happiness depends on our circumstances, but joy depends on Jesus. Joy is constant. There are at least four reasons to rejoice in the Lord given to us in Philippians chapter four. First, rejoice because of God’s Presence! Paul said, “Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.” (Philippians 4:5 NKJV) God is never out of reach if you are a child of God. The Lord is near. Secondly, rejoice because of God’s peace. Paul said, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”(Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV) Third, rejoice because of God’s power! Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” God gives us His power! That means power to pray, power to preach, and power to praise. The hymn writer said it this way, “There is power, power, Yes wonder working power in the precious blood of the Lamb!” Lastly, rejoice because of God’s provision! Paul said, “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19) Oh what joy we have, how blessed we are!

Prayer: “Dear Father, we rejoice in You! You have blessed us in Christ. We glory in Your goodness. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Randy J. McPheron