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Romans 7:24

August 20

O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?

The tree in the Garden of Eden and the tree on which our Savior died at Calvary represent the power struggle that exists in every human heart – a struggle between right and wrong, between our selfish desires and the truth that sets us free.

Jesus died to give us victory over transgressions, but we slip back into sinful habits like a comfortable, old pair of shoes. Even the apostle Paul engaged in this struggle.

In today’s verses, he confesses that the good things that he wants to do, he fails to deliver. The evil things that he tries to avoid? Those are the practices that plague his steps. He is torn between the tree in the Garden of Eden and the tree at Calvary.

Paul is brutally honest when he admits that there is nothing good inside of him. As the power struggle rages, he recognizes that he is truly wretched, that help only comes from one Source – Jesus Christ!

Jesus bore our sins and the condemnation that comes along with them. We are no longer slaves to sin, destined to do what we once did. Kick off those old sin shoes to come walk in newness of life (Romans 6:4)!

Blessing: 

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. May God fill you with His overcoming ability to do the good that you truly want to do for Him. May you experience His power and might. He will make the crooked paths straight and bring you into courts of victory! In Jesus’ name…amen.

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

Esther 4:1-7:10

New Testament 

1 Corinthians 12:1-26

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 36:1-12

Proverbs 21:21-22

 

 

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Romans 6:22

August 19

But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life

The God Who formed and fashioned you knows your future. More than anyone, He knows how sin can wreck all that promise and potential.

So, while we were still sinners, God sent Christ to die for us. He went to a cruel tree where He took on our temptation, our sin, and our condemnation.

He was bound there that we might go free. He died that we might live. He wore a crown of thorns that we might become royalty. When He said, “It is finished,” He placed a comma where Satan intended a period.

Accepting Jesus does not merely make us better versions of ourselves. We become new creations. The old sin nature that we inherited from Adam is crucified with Christ. We are dead to sin. We have been cured from a terminal disease.

We were all born with the cancer of sin. Sitting in a church pew will not purge our souls. We could not sing loudly enough or perform enough good deeds to humanly address this disease. But when we accept this free cure of grace from Jesus, we are no longer slaves to sin and death. Majestically, miraculously, and mercifully, He goes to the source of our sin sickness and heals and sets us free to live again!

Blessing: 

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. You have been set free! You are no longer a slave to sin, bound to repeat the same old habits. You are free to live right and to do the things that please Him. May you experience the fullness and joy of that freedom. All God’s people say amen!

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

Esther 1:1-3:15

New Testament 

1 Corinthians 11:17-24

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 35:17-28

Proverbs 21:19-20

 

 

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1 Peter 2:24

August 18

…who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed

Two trees mentioned in Scripture capture our attention. Both deeply impact our lives, but only one has the power to change our future.

The first tree is found in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:16-17). God gave Adam and Eve permission to eat their fill of every single tree except for the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

That tree opened the door to every kind of sin to destroy our souls: lust, greed, hatred, jealousy, etc. If Eve would have seen that “fruit” hanging among the leaves, she surely would have given it wide berth.

Thousands of years later, we find another tree at Calvary. There, the Author and Finisher of our faith endured the humiliation of the cross. On that tree, the One Who was completely perfect died for us in our imperfection. The Eternal One laid down His life in exchange for ours. He opened the door to an endless future with Him.

Since the Garden of Eden, a power struggle exists in every human heart – a struggle between right and wrong, between flesh and faith, between our selfish desires and the truth that sets us free. The tree in Eden left us a legacy of sin and shame. The tree of Calvary bought us the gift of grace that sets us free.

Blessing: 

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. Rejoice to know that His sacrifice redeemed you from the curse of sin! Your past is forgiven and buried in the deepest sea, never to be remembered again. Walk in the freedom that He died to bring you. In the authority of Jesus’ name…amen.

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

Nehemiah 12:27-13:31

New Testament 

1 Corinthians 11:3-16

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 35:1-16

Proverbs 21:17-18

 

 

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Isaiah 43:1

August 17

But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel: ‘Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine’

Have you ever felt trapped by the deeds of your past? Covered with the dust of regret that you cannot seem to shake?

When you invite Jesus into your heart, He determines that you are no longer called by your deeds; you will be called by your destiny. He does not remember the stains of your past deeds; He sees only the promise and potential in you as a new creation in Christ.

In Acts 3, the man who laid at the Beautiful Gate was known as lame and crippled. Those people who dropped coins in his cup day after day had no idea that he was destined to become a leaping and praising miracle…but God knew.

As a believer, God has called you by a new name. Your sins have been removed as far as the east is from the west. He no longer remembers them. He has given you a new destiny, a future filled with hope.

Shake off the dust of regret! You will no longer be called by your deeds; you will be called by the destiny He created for you. Most importantly, He has given you a new name. He calls you “Mine.”

Blessing: 

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. Rejoice to know that you are His! You belong to a loving Heavenly Father. You are accepted in the Beloved. May you live down the deeds of the past as you walk in the new destiny He has given you. All things are new in the name of Jesus!

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

Nehemiah 11:1-12:26

New Testament 

1 Corinthians 10:15-11:2

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 34:11-22

Proverbs 21:14-16

 

 

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1 Peter 2:15

August 16

For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men

What is God’s perfect will for my life? Many believers anxiously seek the answer to that question and worry that they might somehow miss it.

This simple truth frees us: when we fulfill the general will of God, He will show us the specific will He has for each of us. While some of our Bible heroes experienced dramatic moments of illumination, God’s will is more often a gradual revelation as we walk in obedience.

Consider Peter and John in Acts 3. They were fulfilling the general will of God as they went to join other believers for worship and prayer. As they strolled through the temple gate, though, God drew their attention to the lame man begging for alms. He sent them on a specific, special assignment that would forever change one man’s life.

God’s general will for us is to give thanks in every situation, to pray without ceasing, to hide His Word in our hearts, to fast before the Father, and to live worthy of our holy calling. This is the preparation, the training ground, for the specific will of God.

As we walk in His general will, we can expect divine detours as God reveals His specific will one step at a time. Every day becomes a grand adventure! What extraordinary exploit has He written on today’s calendar?

Blessing: 

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. May you be faithful in the small things every day, so that you are prepared for the next bigger thing that God has in mind. Be ready for divine detours and amazing adventures with Him at all times! Miracles will follow those who believe in the name of Jesus…amen.

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

Nehemiah 9:22-10:39

New Testament 

1 Corinthians 9:20-10:14

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 34:1-10

Proverbs 21:13

 

 

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Psalm 2:8

August 15

Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession

Our tendency to focus on the negative greatly affects our perspective. It narrows our vision and minimizes our expectations.

When Peter and John approached the lame man at the Beautiful Gate of the temple, Peter said, “Look at us” (Acts 3). The crippled man looked up, expecting them to toss a few coins in his cup. Was he in for the most amazing surprise of his life!

When we major in the minor, it limits our ability to see beyond the problem to a God Who holds the solution. Even though this man must have heard the miraculous stories of Jesus and his disciples as he laid daily at the temple gate, when Peter and John stood before him, he could only hope for some change.

Since the disabled were prohibited from entering the temple to worship, God sent Peter and John to meet him outside. In the presence of the Lord, the lame leaped to his feet, forever changed.

Jesus stands before you to ask, “What is the one thing that I can do for you today?” Will you shake your cup and hope for a few coins? Or will you lift your eyes to see a Savior Who is well able to meet every need? Ask out loud and with expectancy! The supernatural is commonplace to Him. He longs to give good gifts to you.

Blessing: 

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. May you stop thinking small when it comes to the Creator of the universe. More than a few coins, may you expect the supernatural, life-changing move of God in your life. May you never settle for less! In the name of Jesus…amen.

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

Nehemiah 7:61-9:21

New Testament 

1 Corinthians 9:1-19

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 33:12-22

Proverbs 21:11-12

 

 

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Song of Solomon 2:15

August 14

Catch us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vines, for our vines have tender grapes

Science tells us that we are hardwired for negativity. This tendency to focus on the negative poses major ramifications. Those “little foxes” can cause much damage – and even destruction – in the sunny vineyards of our lives. They can rob our joy, sense of worth, and the ability to be productive.

Consider the lame man outside the Beautiful Gate in Acts 3. When Peter pulled him up, his feet and ankle bones were strengthened. Those tiny bones, which seem so insignificant when compared with larger bones of the body, had created many issues for him.

Jewish law prevented the lame from entering the Temple where he could experience the presence of God. He was forced to rely on others for daily assistance. He lived on the meager alms he could beg. Physically, spiritually, financially, and emotionally – something so small had ruined so much for him.

If we focus on the negative, we can be impacted in much the same way. However, when we follow His example, we receive much more than we expect.

Lift up your eyes. Take Jesus’ hand. Allow Him to pull you up. He will strengthen all those “minor” issues, and you will go walking, leaping, and praising God.

Blessing: 

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. Lift up your eyes and focus on the One Who comes to help and heal. Put your hand in the one that can heal the smallest wound to allow you to live your fullest life. As you encounter Him, may you go walking, leaping, and praising God!

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

Nehemiah 5:14-7:60

New Testament 

1 Corinthians 8:1-13

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 33:1-11

Proverbs 21:8-10

 

 

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Matthew 25:21

August 13

Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord

We long for God to pour out His favor in our lives. We pray for the anointing that ushers in the miraculous. We lay hold of His promises for prosperity.

The secret to experiencing the unexpected, supernatural move of God in our lives can be summed up in one word: faithfulness. And because God’s faithfulness is never in question, that secret is unlocked by our fidelity.

God expects us to be faithful to Him…even in the very smallest details. When He delivered the children of Israel out of the slavery of Egypt, His first commandment to them was, “You shall have no other gods before Me” (Exodus 20:3). The expectation was clear: I will be faithful to you; I expect you to be faithful to Me. When they refused to devote themselves to Him, the results were disastrous.

Too many people in our culture demand God’s faithfulness even when they choose to be fickle. However, Jesus did not say, “Well done, good and fickle servant.” Inconsistency does not warrant a command performance from God.

Our faithfulness is measured as we read, obey, and accomplish God’s Word and His will. When we are single-mindedly committed to Him in even the smallest ways over the fewest things, He rewards us with the unexpected. This is a simple secret worth sharing!

Blessing: 

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. May you be faithful over the few things, so God can trust you with more. May He renew a steadfast spirit in you as you expect the supernatural move of the Lord. He is faithful from generation to generation!

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

Nehemiah 3:15-5:13

New Testament 

1 Corinthians 7:20-40

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 32:1-11

Proverbs 21:5-7

 

 

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Acts 3:1

August 12

Now Peter and John went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer

Our faithfulness in simple and expected ways opens the door for God to do the unexpected things in our lives.

In today’s verse, Peter and John were on their way to pray at the temple. They had just spent three years walking with the Incarnate Son of God. Right before their eyes, they had witnessed Jesus raise the dead, calm the wind and waves with a word, walk on water, and turn a sack lunch into a 5000-person buffet. After the crucifixion, their mourning was transformed into joy when He rose victorious from the grave.

Yet, they were being faithful in this simple way. They were on their way to the temple, the very place that sent out guards to arrest Jesus on that fateful night.

They knew that they would experience God’s presence in His house. They understood that where two or three gather in His name, He joins them there. They expected to find the fullness of His joy, for burdens to be lifted, for yokes to be destroyed, for lives to be changed.

Faithfulness in this one simple way led to an unexpected, supernatural encounter for Peter and John. Something so simple invited God to do the miraculous.

Blessing: 

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. May you be faithful to worship together with other believers. May the Lord point out your part in the body of Christ and, by the power of the Holy Spirit, help you to fulfill it. May your faithfulness lead to miraculous encounters with the one true God!

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

Nehemiah 1:1-3:14

New Testament 

1 Corinthians 7:1-19

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 31:19-24

Proverbs 21:4

 

 

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God desires to pour out a wealth of blessing on you!

"No Good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly" -Psalm 84:11

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