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John 10:28

December 15

And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand

If you are connected to Christ, you are in the hand of God. Whether you are the least productive or the most productive branch, He holds you securely.

No matter what burdens you carry or what blessings you walk in, God has His hand on you. No matter where you come from or where you are going to, God has His hand on you.

You can be in no better place. The same hands that fashioned man from the dust at creation hold you. The same hands that pushed back the Red Sea for Moses are making a way for you. The hands that defended Daniel in the lion’s den are protecting you.

They suffered blisters and splinters and carpenter calluses. They touched the leper. They held the little children. They were stretched out on a cross. They were impaled at Calvary. Those nail-pierced hands still reach out today in invitation: “Come unto me.”

His hands will never push you away nor leave you unattended or undefended. They move mountains of impossibility. They prepare a table before you in the presence of your enemies.

Nothing and no one have the power to pluck you out of this safe and loving haven. You are loved, and you are held. You are in His hand.

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. Rest in the safety of your loving Father’s hand. May the goodness, mercy, peace, and blessings of God overtake you. In the name of Jesus…amen.

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament 

Micah 1:1-4:13

New Testament 

Revelation 6:1-17

Psalms & Proverbs 

Psalm 134:1-3

Proverbs 30:1-4

 

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Galatians 6:9

December 14

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart

Every believer lives in one of two states. We are either being lifted up or we are being pruned. Why? Because God wants us to bear much fruit!

Our Vinedresser continually inspects the fruit that we produce. He is looking for love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). When He cannot find evidence of those fruits, He pays special attention to those branches.

God begins with a tender touch to gain our attention – the pastor will speak a word, a song will quicken our heart, or a friend will share a gentle rebuke. If we fail to respond to His tenderness, He will take tougher measures.

He will begin to cut away all of the things that do not bring forth good fruit. He will pull out all the debris that we accumulate until we are forced to put our trust exclusively in Him. We will find that when He is the only One left, He is all that we need.

When He lifts us up, He does so with love. When He wields the pruning shears, He does so with great patience. No need to lose heart! We will reap a harvest of much fruit if we continue to trust in Him.

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. As you submit to the Lord’s pruning, rejoice that He is working all things to your good and for His glory. Take heart!  Your harvest will be great!

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament 

Jonah 1:1-4:11

New Testament 

Revelation 5:1-14

Psalms & Proverbs 

Psalm 133:1-3

Proverbs 29:26-27

 

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Matthew 4:4

December 13

But He answered and said, ‘"It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God'"

After Jesus’ baptism, the Holy Spirit led Him into the wilderness where He fasted for 40 days. At the end of that time, Satan appeared to tempt Him.

Satan waited for the fortieth day when Jesus was hungry and exhausted. Our greatest temptations come when we are emotionally, physically, and spiritually spent.  

Satan tempted Him first by opening the door of doubt: “If you are the Son of God….” Sound familiar? “If you are really saved….” “If God really loves you….”

Secondly, Satan tempted Jesus by demanding: “Turn these stones into bread.” He pushes us to accomplish things in our own strength.

Jesus did not argue with him. He did not point out His ability to destroy Satan and his works. He simply declared, “It is written.” He did something that we can do – even when we are at our weakest.

We run to the source that declares us triumphant. Whether we are in a battle for our life, our business, or our family…it is written.

When we speak the promises of God, they become the Living Word to bring us victory over the evil one’s intention to defeat and destroy. God has placed him under our feet. It is written.

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. I declare the blessings of God and His overcoming power in your life today. It is written that you are more than a conqueror through Christ Jesus Who loves you!

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament 

Obadiah 1:1-21

New Testament 

Revelation 4:1-11

Psalms & Proverbs 

Psalm 132:1-18

Proverbs 29:24-25

 

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I Peter 2:2-3

December 12

…as newborn babies, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious

Before we sit down to eat, we must wash our hands. No filth from the outside should go inside. Once we are clean, we are free to enjoy the tasty dishes.

God desires to feed us with good things, but if we have unclean hands, we cannot receive the blessings that He has stored up for us. Our hands are cleaned by the washing of the water of the Word.

Peter encouraged the New Testament believers to desire the pure milk of the word so that they could grow in their faith. When we bring new babies home from the hospital, we feed them milk for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. That is the only food they can digest.

As new believers, the only food we should desire and digest is the Word of God. It will cleanse and cause us to develop. Expect growing pains. When it reminds us to repent and change, we will be required to make choices. Will we decrease so that He might increase? Will we deny ourselves to follow Him?

As we are washed, we can lift up holy hands without fear or doubt. He will pour good things into those clean hands. Taste and see that the Lord is gracious!

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. Be nourished by the milk and meat of His Word to grow strong and healthy in Christ. Taste of His goodness and tell of His glory!

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament 

Amos 7:1-9:15

New Testament 

Revelation 3:7-22

Psalms & Proverbs 

Psalm 131:1-3

Proverbs 29:23

 

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John 15:3

December 11

You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you

The Word of God is a cleansing agent in our lives. The water of the Word washes us from our sinful pasts and painful habits to make us clean and complete in Christ.

In Exodus 30, God instructed Moses to build a bronze laver for the Tabernacle. Before the priests could minister at the altar or enter the Holy Place, God required them to wash in the basin.

The laver was created from bronze mirrors, and as the priest washed, he could see his reflection. His image was a reminder that he needed cleansing from God.

When we read the Word of God, we look into a mirror. We see our reflection there. We read it, and – since the Word is alive – it reads us. If a woman looked into a mirror and saw smeared lipstick and smudged mascara, she would make the necessary repairs to be presentable again.

We must do the same. We need cleansing. When we open God’s Word and see our flaws reflected there, we must seek forgiveness.

With His help, we must make the necessary changes to come into alignment with what He requires. We must act on what we see! Do not glance in the mirror, walk away, and forget what the Word has spoken. Be cleansed by His Word.

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. As you see your reflection in His Word, may you submit to the sanctifying work of His Spirit to be made clean and complete in Christ. Amen and amen.

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament 

Amos 4:1-6:14

New Testament 

Revelation 2:18-3:6

Psalms & Proverbs 

Psalm 130:1-8

Proverbs 29:21-22

 

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John 15:7

December 10

If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you

The living water of the Word of God is 100% pure and necessary for spiritual growth (Proverbs 30:5). Any religious source, word, book, doctrine or denomination that does not align with His Word is outside of the will of God and should be denounced.

The Word of God has been tested and approved. The youngest child can find instruction in its pages. Mature believers have learned that they can stand upon it solid and secure.

For its power to impact our lives, we must apply it. We must read it, speak it, and exercise it! Jesus told the disciples that He had applied the Word to their lives and had washed off the contamination of the world.

As we apply the water of His Word to our lives, Jesus washes us clean. He lifts us out of our sinful pasts and painful habits. As the written word takes root in our hearts, we begin to speak its truths out loud. When we speak it over situations, it becomes the living Word that transforms.

When our desires are based on the living Word derived from the spoken Word based on the written Word, we can ask what we desire. And it shall be done.

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 the written Word that you speak from your mouth become a living promise in your life. Ask and receive. Seek and find. Knock and the door will open. Amen and amen!

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament 

Amos 1:1-3:15

New Testament 

Revelation 2:1-17

Psalms & Proverbs 

Psalm 129:1-8

Proverbs 29:19-20

 

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2 Timothy 3:16-17

December 9

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work

Spiritual growth requires being rooted in the Word of God. His Word proves 100% effective in every situation.

It underpins our doctrine, reprimands our wrong choices, points us to truth, and steers us back when we wander astray. Everything that we need to complete God’s will and His work can be found in its pages.

When we are lost and confused, His Word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. His words throw a beam of light on the path so we do not stumble (Psalm 119:105).

When we are surrounded on every side, the Bible tells us that God’s name is a strong tower that we can run to and find a place of protection and reprieve (Proverbs 18:10).

We need not live in fear. God’s Word assures us that He gives a spirit of power, love, and a sound mind (II Timothy 1:7). The Holy Spirit emboldens us with wisdom and strength.

If we lack wisdom, God encourages us to come to Him. He answers our questions without making us feel foolish or guilty (James 1:5).

His Scriptures make us wise and mature in every way, completely prepared to live for Him.

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 grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus as you study His Word. May you be thoroughly equipped for every good work!

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament 

Joel 1:1-3:21

New Testament 

Revelation 1:1-20

Psalms & Proverbs 

Psalm 128:1-6

Proverbs 29:18

 

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Romans 5:3-4

December 8

And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope

Being grafted into the Vine does not guarantee eternal sunshine and storm-free days. On the other side of salvation, we often endure seasons of struggle.

We experience dry deserts and devastating storms. We endure the long winters and silence of delays. Be assured that hard times will bring a harvest!

If our life in Christ will mature, we must be willing to experience growing pains. Struggle is synonymous with growth! In the vineyard, every branch that produces clusters of glowing grapes has suffered pain to mature.

The seed planted in the soil has struggled to break ground. The plant has struggled to dig deep roots, to push out leaves, to blossom and bear fruit. We celebrate the harvest, but pain accompanies production.

By nature, we resist struggle. We prefer pain-free days. We long for the easy route, the results without the cost of growth. But we will not have the strength to sustain growth if we do not work for the outcome.

Where is our character developed? The good days do not make us emotionally strong, expand our confidence, or establish our fortitude. Struggle makes us strong. We can glory in tribulations knowing that our perseverance produces much fruit.

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 root and establish your faith. Through every dry season and every storm, may you persevere until His character is developed in you, and you lack nothing through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament 

Hosea 10:1-14:9

New Testament 

Jude 1:1-25

Psalms & Proverbs 

Psalm 127:1-5

Proverbs 29:15-17

 

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John 15:9

December 7

As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love

As Jesus spent final, precious moments with His disciples, He spoke of abiding and how their point of contact determined their potential.

Vinedressers can attest that the point of contact – where the branch meets the vine – is where healthy, flourishing life begins. At that juncture, life-giving sap flows through to be delivered to the fruit growing on the branch.

If the branch has a large, unobstructed connection to the vine, the potential is great for a bumper crop – plentiful, luscious grapes. If the connection is poor, the fruit will be withered and sparse.

To abide means to remain, to stay closely connected, to settle in for the long term.  Ongoing vital connection with Jesus directly determines the flow of His supernatural power at work in our lives.

In John 15, Jesus uses “abide (remain or dwell)” eleven times. John uses it 40 times in his gospel.  To be productive, we must join with Him. 

A branch, severed from the vine and lying in the dust, will not produce one leaf, one flower, one grape.  Our connection to Jesus must be our singular priority. 

To remain in Him, we must set apart devoted time with Jesus. We must deepen our relationship by talking and listening to Him. Savor His words. Be attentive to His presence every moment. Abide in Him.

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 abide in the Lord and He abide in you. May your joy be full and your life overflow with much fruit. All glory to Him!

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament 

Hosea 6:1-9:17

New Testament 

3 John 1:1-15

Psalms & Proverbs 

Psalm 126:1-6

Proverbs 29:12-14

 

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