Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions: December 4, 2014

Today’s Bible reading is Revelation chapter 3

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

There are three churches mentioned in the third chapter of the book of Revelation; Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea. Each church experienced its blessings and burdens. First, there was the church at Sardis. They faced a closing door. There were a few bright ambers in Sardis but overall they were a dying church. Jesus offered them the remedy. If they turned from their sin and turned to the Lord, and if they would strengthen those things that remained they could have life again. Secondly, there was the church at Philadelphia. They experienced an open door. They were faithful to God’s Word, and to honor His name. Jesus said, “I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it.” Third, there was the church at Laodicea. At this church Jesus was standing outside the door because the church had become lukewarm. They were rich and increased with goods and felt that they had need of nothing. Jesus said, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” (Revelation 3:20)

Prayer: “Dear Father, bless Your churches today and though many are facing challenges, may You revive and restore Your people. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Randy J. McPheron

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Daily Devotions:November 6, 2014

Today’s Bible reading is James chapter 4

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

How can we have a personal Revival? Not the church, not America, not my community, but how can you and I have Revival? James chapter 4 teaches us how. The first step is surrender. He says, “Submit to God.” The word “submit” is a military term and means to bring yourself under the authority of another. Who is in charge of your life? Is God ruling as King of your life? Are you surrendered? The next step is separation. James says, “resist the devil.” When you and I are tempted we need to know that the devil is not irresistible. The blood of Jesus makes us free and forgiven. We are new creatures in Christ so we must resist temptation. As followers of Christ we are in a spiritual warfare, but God has given us His armor so that we might stand for Him (Ephesians 6:10-20). The third step is we must seek to be spiritual. God’s Word says, “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.” (James 4:8) I must move closer to God and God promises that He will move closer to me. In fact, people say to me “I’m not as close to God as I ought to be.” No, but you are as close to God as you want to be. If you want to be closer you can be. Other people say to me, “I’m not as close to God as I used to be.” In that case who moved? God didn’t move. If you have moved away from the Lord then come closer! He promises to Revive you!

Prayer: “Dear Father, we confess our need to You for personal Revival. We repent and confess our sins to You. Please forgive us and renew our hearts. Draw us closer to You. We believe You for Revival in our lives and we thank You. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Randy J. McPheron

Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions

Today’s Bible reading is Acts chapter 4

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

The early church had a tremendously powerful ministry and witness, what were some of its characteristics? They unashamedly preached Jesus and Him crucified, buried, and raised from the dead. Their constant concern was to glorify the name of Jesus. Along with that was the intentional way they witnessed about the Gospel. The disciples were willing to suffer and die for the sake of the Gospel. Part of their witness was a willingness to endure suffering. Also, they were marked by the influence of the Holy Spirit. They experienced God’s power as a result of being Spirit filled. The early church knew how to pray and when they called upon the Lord their place was shaken. They saw thousands trust Christ as Lord and Savior. They were marked by unity and a mutual concern for one another. They experienced great grace from the heavenly Father. They were generous and gave sacrificially. Their gatherings were marked by praise as they rejoiced in everything God accomplished. Believers today must get back to the same qualities that marked the early church. The early church turned the world upside down for Jesus Christ. We can do the same today if we will follow their example.

Prayer: “Dear Lord, raise up churches today that resemble the early church in the book of Acts. May we each do our part to seek revival in the church today. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Randy J. McPheron