Read the Word Daily

Would you like to read the Word daily, but don’t know how to begin? Reading our Daily Devotionals is a good way to develop the habit of studying the scriptures.

Daily Devotionals - May 2024
28 May.

And in the wilderness where you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a man carries his son, in all the way that you went until you came to this place (Deuteronomy 1:31, NKJV).

God loves us, His beloved children; just like an earthly father picks up and carries his children to safety in times of danger, so our heavenly Father will do that and more. No matter where we wander, He stays with us all the way to the end of our earthly journey.

27 May.

Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest (Joshua 1:9).

Regardless of what we see going on in the world around us, God’s Spirit guiding us gives us victory, safety from harm, and deliverance from evil. In Him, we have nothing to fear.

26 May.

Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? (Psalm 139:7, NKJV).

When we ask God for His guidance, we discover to our great joy that He’s with us everywhere and in all situations. Nothing is powerful enough to separate us from His loving presence, and there’s no running away from Him.

25 May.

When You said, ‘Seek My face,’ my heart said to You, ‘Your face, Lord, I will seek’ (Psalm 27:8, NKJV).

When God talks to us, we hear Him and respond with our hearts. Seeking Him and tuning in allows us to truly feel the messages He delivers. Those messages resonate with power, love, and grace, and we know they are unmistakably from Him.

24 May.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13, NKJV).

This is good for anyone at any age to always remember. Regardless of who we are or what we’re facing, there’s no way we will have the strength and perseverance to face life’s challenges and struggles on our own. Only through Jesus Christ can we overcome.

23 May.

O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! (Romans 11:33).

Unlike the world’s standards, God’s definition of riches and wealth far exceed mere money; true treasures are found in His Word, which leads to eternal life. His mind is far above human understanding—coming into the knowledge of God can be a lifelong process, and requires complete trust in Him.

22 May.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6, 7, NKJV).

Sometimes it’s hard to let go of whatever issues are causing us anxiety and worry, but when we consciously turn them over to God, He’ll handle them much better than we can. We must resist the human tendency to hang on to problems and try to work them out on our own; completely letting go and trusting Him opens us up to His peace.

21 May.

Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone (Colossians 4:5, 6, NIV).

As Christians, we must remember to model Christ-like behavior in all our interactions with the world. Just like Jesus, everything we say must be motivated by love. We’ll never go wrong when we depend on Him to give us just the right words at just the right moment.

20 May.

For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable (Romans 11:29, NKJV).

When God calls us to a task and blesses us with the gifts and talents to do the job, those blessings are permanent. Whether or not we respond to that calling and use the gifts in the way He intends is our decision, but He’ll never take them away. The blessings don’t diminish or change, because God Himself doesn’t change.

19 May.

But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy (James 3:17, NKJV).

When we yield to Jesus and let Him begin to influence us, one of the blessings we receive is His wisdom. Unlike what the world has to offer, this type of wisdom is one of the fruits of the spirit God promises us. The giving of this gift is one of the ways He molds us into His image.

18 May.

Truth is nowhere to be found, and whoever shuns evil becomes a prey. The Lord looked and was displeased that there was no justice. He saw that there was no one, he was appalled that there was no one to intervene; so his own arm achieved salvation for him, and his own righteousness sustained him (Isaiah 59:15, 16, NIV).

God is merciful, but He’s also just. He loves us with an infinite, unending love, and makes those who believe in Him His children, but He will also deal with evil and injustice. His Word is truth, and it will prevail.

17 May.

For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed (Malachi 3:6).

Recompense and justice, as well as mercy and kindness, come from God. The world doesn’t understand God’s true nature, but as Christians, we know that He does everything out of love for us.

16 May.

But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart (1 Samuel 16:7).

The world sizes us up according to external appearances, but God sees into our hearts and analyzes what He finds there. We may be able to put on an act for others, but we can never fool God.

15 May.

Then Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit’ (Acts 2:38, NKJV).

It’s no coincidence that the Bible uses the word “remission” when discussing forgiveness of sin. Not only is sin contrary to God’s Word, it’s a spiritual sickness that is as deadly to our souls as cancer is to the human body. Jesus, the Great Physician, heals the body, soul, and spirit.

14 May.

In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise (Proverbs 10:19, NKJV).

Many of us may remember our mothers saying “If you can’t say anything nice, then don’t say anything at all,” but the origins of this phrase are biblical. Words are powerful; having the wisdom to know when to keep silent is pleasing to God.

13 May.

Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the Lord. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the Lord (Jeremiah 23:24).

When God calls us and gives us a set of instructions for our lives, it’s best for us to obey. We can learn a lesson from Jonah, who tried unsuccessfully to run from God. God’s presence is everywhere, and there’s nowhere to go to escape His love.

12 May.

The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice, and he who begets a wise child will delight in him (Proverbs 23:24, NKJV).

Godly parents raise their children according to God’s Word. When they succeed, their sons and daughters grow up to be righteous men and women who bring great joy to their parents. This is a blessing from God.

11 May.

For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it (Matthew 16:25).

Jesus lost His life for our sake when He was crucified, so that our sins could be washed away and we could inherit the promise of eternal life. Considering the example we have in this, when we put Jesus first before everything else—even our own life—we receive that promise.

10 May.

As for God, his way is perfect: The word of the Lord is tried: He is a buckler to all those that trust in him (Psalm 18:30).

The Word of God has been tested and found to be true. When we need something trustworthy to rely on in our daily lives, we can trust Jesus, who is the Word in human form.

9 May.

Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:6).

When we welcome Jesus into our lives and ask for His guidance and leadership, He comes to live inside us. His Spirit directing and advising us brings change from the inside out, and the outward manifestations gradually appear. We’re works in progress.

8 May.

Ah Lord God! Behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee (Jeremiah 32:17).

Adversity has a way of showing up in our lives when we least expect it. When we find ourselves in a dire situation and think there’s no way out, we can turn to someone greater and more powerful than us for deliverance. What seems hopeless to us is a simple thing to God.

7 May.

You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven (Matthew 5:14, 16, NKJV).

The world desperately needs Jesus; as believers, we’re appointed to share His love with everyone. Christians are in a high-profile position because the world is watching everything we say and do. With that in mind, we must set the example with our words and actions.

6 May.

And when the tempter came to him, he said, if thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, it is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God (Matthew 4:3, 4).

When the devil tried to tempt Jesus after He had fasted in the desert, He overcame the temptation by standing firm in God’s Word. The Word is the living bread from heaven, sent to feed us spiritually so we won’t die. We must stay hungry for this bread, because liberally partaking of it makes us grow and mature as Christians.

5 May.

A good man deals graciously and lends; he will guide his affairs with discretion. He will not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord (Psalm 112:5, 7, NKJV).

The righteous show mercy and compassion to others, and they use God’s wisdom to guide them in all their dealings. Accepting the Word by faith makes us righteous in God’s eyes. As His righteous children, we can live life unafraid, regardless of what we see happening in the world.

4 May.

I have chosen the way of truth; your judgments I have laid before me (Psalm 119:30, NKJV). 

God gives us a choice as to how we live our lives. When we make a decision to accept by faith the truths contained in the Bible, we walk the path of eternal life. Putting the Word in front of us and concentrating exclusively on it will keep us focused on our Christian walk.

3 May.

And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day (Deuteronomy 8:18, NKJV).

The world would have us think that we make our own wealth through our own efforts, but the Word shows us that God is the sole source for everything we need. Put in its proper perspective, money is simply a tool to accomplish the tasks God lays out for us.

2 May.

Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:2, NKJV).

Faith in God’s promises, and in the power of what Jesus did for us on the cross, makes us holy in God’s eyes and worthy to stand in His presence. When our faith falters, we can focus on Jesus, the One whose faith is perfect.

1 May.

Then Jesus said to His disciples, ‘If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me’ (Matthew 16:24, NKJV).

When we decide to follow in Jesus’ footsteps, the world will cast disapproval and persecutions our way—we can consider those the cross that Jesus was referring to. To truly tune in to what God wants to say to us, we must stop focusing solely on ourselves, and redirect our attention to Him.