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 - September 2023
30 Sept30.

“Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer” (2 Timothy 2:3, 4, NIV).

Adversity and hardships eventually fall into every life, including ours; we must be prepared for that. However, we mustn’t avoid getting too bogged down in worldly issues; instead, we’re to stay tuned to the marching orders from God, our commander.

29 Sept29.

“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15, NKJV).

God has charged us with the all-important work of spreading the gospel, and as His workers, we must sow the seed of the His Word and scatter it everywhere. There’s nothing more honorable than letting God’s Spirit lead us in this mission.

28 Sept28.

“Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth” (John 17:17).

When Jesus prayed this to the Father, not only was He praying for His disciples during His earthly ministry, but for us as well. To sanctify is to consecrate, set apart, or declare holy; when we accept God’s Word by faith, we, too, are made holy.

27 Sept27.

“And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise” (Luke 6:31).

The world calls it the “Golden Rule,” but Jesus Himself commands this of us. We’re not of this world; therefore, our moral and ethical conduct can show how we’ve been set apart to carry out His higher calling.

26 Sept26.

“But when He, the Spirit of Truth (the Truth-giving Spirit) comes, He will guide you into all the Truth (the whole, full Truth). For He will not speak His own message [on His own authority]; but He will tell whatever He hears [from the Father; He will give the message that has been given to Him], and He will announce and declare to you the things that are to come [that will happen in the future]” (John 16:13, AMPC).

One of the benefits of being born again is receiving the Spirit of Truth—who is the Holy Spirit—to guide us through life. He talks to us in the pages of the gospel as well as in our hearts, and reveals things to us that the world doesn’t understand.

25 Sept25.

“Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him” (Colossians 3:9, 10).

Accepting Jesus Christ and getting born again makes us new creations Christ and people who reflect God’s divine nature. One of the spiritual qualities we receive is a willingness to embrace honesty and truth.

24 Sept24.

“But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant” (Matthew 20:25-27).

True leadership is an anointing from God, and not everyone who tries to lead is meant to do so; we see examples of this when we look at some global leaders today. The qualities of Bible-based leadership include humility and the heart of a servant.

23 Sept23.

“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not” (Galatians 6:9).

The world is doing its own thing, but not all of it is good. As believers, we must set the example for others through our Christ-like behavior. Patience and persistence are essential to this.

22 Sept22.

“Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:3-5, NKJV).

The word “let” implies freedom of will either to comply or not to comply. God wants us to think like Jesus by selflessly putting others’ interests and well-being before our own, but He won’t force us to.

21 Sept21.

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee” (Isaiah 26:3).

Remaining focused on Jesus, instead of on our surrounding environment, enables us to do things others can’t do. He’s the Prince of Peace; trusting Him in the midst of a world filled with strife helps us overcome its influences.

20 Sept20.

“An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered” (Proverbs 11:9).

Words are powerful weapons; if we aren’t careful with our speech, we can offend others and sin with our mouths. To avoid this, we must seek the true knowledge found in God’s Word.

19 Sept19.

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16).

Life has an instruction book: the Bible. It’s our manual for a victorious and successful life; following the directions in it, and believing what’s written on the pages, leads to eternal life.

18 Sept18.

“Do not be misled: ‘Bad company corrupts good character’” (1 Corinthians 15:33, NIV).

Hanging out with the wrong kind of people opens us up to harmful peer pressure and causes us to make the wrong decisions in life. The wise person surrounds themself with others who live according to God’s Word.

17 Sept17.

“Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them” (Ephesians 5:11, NIV).

As Christians, not only are we expected to exhibit exemplary behavior to set an example for others who are watching us, but we’re to actively oppose evil. This may be an unpopular thing to do in some social circles, but the Scriptures are clear on what’s right and what’s wrong.

16 Sept16.

“I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels” (Isaiah 61:10).

Meditating on what God has done for us through His Son Jesus makes us exceedingly joyful. Jesus makes us righteous, and righteousness is a beauty unto itself.

15 Sept15.

“Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results” (James 5:16, NLT).

What motivates our prayer lives is important to God. Genuine, authentic prayer from the heart is immensely powerful.

14 Sept14.

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1).

Change is a normal part of the life cycle, and there’s no reason to fear it. In nature, the seasonal changes are a part of God’s ordered plan for the earth; in our lives, we can embrace change as an opportunity to make a new beginning.

13 Sept13.

“But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows” (1 Timothy 6:9, 10, NLT).

The world is full of “get rich quick” schemes, and if we make the mistake of putting money before God, we fall into a trap. Money is a tool for us to use to help others; we mustn’t chase after it out of greed.

12 Sept12.

“Do not err, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning” (James 1:16, 17).

God is good all the time; He’s the one who gives us the good things in life that we ask for through prayer. God is love, and He doesn’t change.

11 Sept11.

“Blessed are those who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart” (Psalm 119:2, NIV).

Wholeheartedly following God’s Word and obeying His law of love allows Him to bless us abundantly. Our obedience must be genuine because He can see into our hearts.

10 Sept10.

“And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope” (Romans 5:3, 4).

Just like everyone else, we as Christians can be assured that we will encounter challenges and tough times in our lives; no one is exempt from that. However, God uses them as tools to build our faith and moral character in our spiritual walk.

9 Sept9.

“Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways…The curse of the LORD is in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the just” (Proverbs 3:31, 33).

The world’s influences are all around us; we must therefore choose our role models carefully. Although Jesus has lifted all the curses from the Old Testament, there are still consequences in the natural for everything we do, whether evil or good.

8 Sept8.

“So don’t be embarrassed to speak up for our Master or for me, his prisoner. Take your share of suffering for the Message along with the rest of us. We can only keep on going, after all, by the power of God, who first saved us and then called us to this holy work. We had nothing to do with it. It was all his idea, a gift prepared for us in Jesus long before we knew anything about it. But we know it now” (2 Timothy 1:8, 9, MSG).

People need to hear the good news of unconditional love, acceptance, salvation, and eternal life that the Gospel of Grace brings, and we have the responsibility of sharing it. If we suffer at the hands of others for sharing the truth, it’s a small price to pay for the gifts we receive from God.

7 Sept7.

“And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up” (Deuteronomy 6:6, 7).

We’re to constantly keep God’s commandments in our minds and also in our hearts; as parents, we must teach them to our children to protect and strengthen the next generation. The world is afraid to talk about God and His love, but as Christians, we’re not of the world.

6 Sept6.

“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).

As God’s children, we have His promise that He’ll never leave us, especially in times of trouble or danger; we don’t have to fear. This is a commandment as well as a reassurance, and it’s a promise the world doesn’t have.

5 Sept5.

“My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:18).

We have a divine heritage as God’s own beloved children; our heavenly Father asks that we behave accordingly. This means showing the world Jesus’ love through our attitudes, actions, and how we live our lives.

4 Sept4.

“But give great joy to those who came to my defense. Let them continually say, ‘Great is the LORD, who delights in blessing his servant with peace!’” (Psalm 35:27, NLT).

The devil accuses us of wrongdoing and constantly tries to steal our peace and joy; God is our defender who wants to bless us with it. God loves blessing us and making us joyful by working through others.

3 Sept3.

“God’s name is a place of protection—good people can run there and be safe” (Proverbs 18:10, MSG).

God is righteous and He loves justice. When we accept the love He has for us, He promises to protect and shelter us from harm and evil; this promise is reserved for those who trust Him enough to make His Word the final authority in their lives.

2 Sept2.

“Slack habits and sloppy work are as bad as vandalism” (Proverbs 18:9, MSG).

Being lazy and sliding by with as little effort as possible is something the world accepts, but God abhors. As His children, we should give our best effort in everything we do.

1 Sept1.

“Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit—you choose” (Proverbs 18:21, MSG).

Words are powerful. They can either tear someone down or build them up and edify them. As Christians, we’re to think before we speak to avoid speaking carelessly.