Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions: November 11, 2014

Today’s Bible reading is 1 Peter chapter 2

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

Those of us who have been saved have been born again by the eternal Word of God. The new life we have in Christ never ends. Therefore we must get rid of all sinful behavior. Any duplicity, dishonesty, jealousy, or un-loving speech has no place in our new life. As new believers we are like newborn babies. We must crave the pure spiritual milk of God’s Word so that we can grow into full maturity. The closer we become to the Savior, the more of God’s joy that will fill our lives. Knowing Jesus and the joy of salvation helps us to continue to seek nourishment from God’s Word. If you neglect your Bible you will soon dry up. If you neglect your daily walk you will soon lose the joy of your salvation. A habit of sin will rob you of the joy of your salvation. God has chosen us and called us out of this dark world into His wonderful light. As we grow and desire the spiritual enrichment of God’s Word, others will see the goodness of God in us and be drawn to Him.

Prayer: “Father, give us a deep desire and hunger for Your Word. May we grow and reflect the light of Your goodness. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Randy J. McPheron

Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions: September 24, 2014

Today’s Bible reading is 2 Thessalonians chapter 3

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

Paul was not afraid to ask churches to pray for him. His prayer requests were not selfish, but always centered on advancing the Gospel. Paul wanted to see God’s Word spread and impact people’s lives. He desired this for the Thessalonians too. He wanted to see them walking in the truth. Obedience is a mark of our commitment to follow Jesus Christ. Jesus taught that obedience is a demonstration of our love for God. The Bible also teaches that blessings follow obedience. The hymn writer penned it this way, “Trust and obey, for there’s no other way, to be happy in Jesus, than to trust and obey.” Also, Paul wanted these believers to grow in the truth. He said, “May the Lord lead your hearts into a full understanding and expression of the love of God and the patient endurance that comes from Christ.” (2 Thessalonians 3:5 NLT) Paul not only wanted believers to walk in the truth, and to grow in the truth, but also he wanted them to stand in the truth. Apparently, there were believers in the church that were not being faithful. They were living idle lives, refusing to work, and were meddling in other people’s business. Paul instructed the erring believers to settle down and work to earn their own living. He instructed the faithful believers to stand in the truth by staying away from all believers living contrary to the Word of God they had been taught. Paul said, “But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary in doing good. And if anyone does not obey our word in this epistle, note that person and do not keep company with him, that he may be ashamed. Yet do not count him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.” (2 Thessalonians 3:13-15 NKJV)

Prayer: “Dear Father, may the Word of God have full effect in our lives, and may we walk, grow, and stand in the truth. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Randy J. McPheron

Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions: September 17, 2014

Today’s Bible reading is I Thessalonians chapter 3

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

“You are my pride and joy.” is what Paul said to the believers in Thessalonica (I Thessalonians 2:20 NLT). He said, “We would have come to you, but Satan hindered us.” The solution was to send Timothy. The purpose for Timothy’s ministry visit was, first of all, to establish the church in the faith. They were facing trials and temptations and needed to be well grounded to endure. Paul said, “I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and our labor be in vain.” (I Thessalonians 3:5b) Not only was Timothy sent to establish them, but also his purpose was to encourage them. Paul was concerned that their afflictions might get them off track in their faith. Christians who are not well grounded in the faith are in danger of being distracted by their struggles. It was a great encouragement to the Apostle Paul to know that the Thessalonians were standing firm in the Lord. The result of being established and encouraged in the faith is found in verse twelve, “And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you.” (I Thessalonians 3:12) When we stand firm in the Lord our love for God’s people increases, and our spiritual growth is a great encouragement to others.

Prayer: “Dear Father, Let our spiritual growth be an encouragement to others, and use us to establish others in the faith. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Randy J. McPheron