Daily Devotions: January 21-26, 2019
Monday, January 21, 2019
Read: 1 Samuel 8:1-22
Israel was established as a brotherhood, a nation where one person was equal to another. They were to recognize only one King – the Lord. Now the people are seeking security by following a man rather than trusting God!
We Pray: Help me, Lord, to resist the temptation to be like those who fail to worship You, the One True God. May I constantly set my heart on You and Your Holy Word. Amen.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Read: Isaiah 55:1-11
Verse 11 is the answer to the question – “How does the church grow and thrive?” Through the power of the Word of God! “It will not return to Me empty…” The Word of God always brings about what God wants done.
We Pray: I call on You, Dear Lord, because You are near. Hear me as I share what is on my heart with You...
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Read: John 9:1-25
Verse 2 is often a question asked by believers. The Scriptures warns us against regarding individual afflictions as punishments. See Job 42:7-9; Matthew 7:1-5; 2 Corinthians 12:7-10. Notice also that in spite of the clear testimony of the healed man, the Pharisees stiffen their backs to the possibility that Jesus is the Christ sent from God.
We Pray: Thank You, Jesus, for shining the light of Your love upon me. Amen.
Thursday, January 24, 2019
Read: 1 Corinthians 3:10-23
Does Paul really expect believers to act like “fools?” If the world believes that its wisdom and knowledge is so much superior to the Lord’s, then being a fool for Christ is appropriate. Understand that you are a “fool” by worldly standards by believing in the Gospel of Christ crucified and by giving yourself over to God.
We Pray: Lord, let me never be ashamed of being a fool and a follower of my Savior, Jesus. Amen.
Friday, January 25, 2019
Read: 1 Peter 3:8-22
Regarding verses 18 & 19, Christ, after He was made alive, descended into hell, not to suffer punishment but to proclaim His victory over His enemies in hell. Thus began Christ’s state of exaltation.
We Pray: I thank You, Jesus, for being my redeemer and buying me back from sin, death and Satan. Amen.
Saturday, January 26, 2019
Read: Psalm 62:5-12
Look again at verses 11 & 12 – here is comfort and reassurance in times of trouble. Notice also how verse 6 repeats verse 2. What a wonderful refrain – “God alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will never be shaken.”
We Pray: Loving God, prepare my heart to worship You, for You are my rock and my salvation. Amen