Devotionals

Many of these devotionals can be delivered to your email inbox each morning, sign up here.

Loving God

Today's Message

{ Day 142 }

Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear. —Revelation 19:7-8

When God called me to begin seeing myself through the revelation of the bride of Christ, I protested. How could the son of a tough boxer focus on proclaiming to the body of Christ about being a bride? Confused, I said, "Lord, that does not make sense!" Now I understand that I will never enter into a more radical posture as a warrior than as a bridal warrior, a romanced warrior against the kingdom of darkness. We will have power to sustain us in the battle. Other warriors will burn out, they'll get injured, and the passion in their hearts will be lost. It is so easy to get your heart wounded in the heat of battle. But romanced warriors' hearts are more protected and empowered because they carry their primary reward (which is the power to be exhilarated in love and fascinated with beauty) within their hearts. Though they may even die as martyrs, their hearts die aflame with the passion of Christ's love.

{ PRAYER STARTER }

I want to be Your bridal warrior, dear Savior, and to fight the good fight of faith in Your power and strength. Let my heart be strong in the fire of Your love.

In the posture of a bridal warrior, we will be
secure, and our hearts will be protected.

Discusss this devotional

Daily Breakthroughs

Today's Message

Resurrection Seed

For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. —Romans 8:29

Mankind was careening helplessly on its way to an eternity in hell. The world needed a miracle, and there was no way humanity could manipulate its own salvation. There was no sacrifice dear enough to pay the penalty for our sins. Then God planted a seed, and that seed was Jesus.

Jesus took the penalty for our sin on His body, suffered unspeakable agony on the Cross, and died. His lifeless body was placed in a tomb. On the third day, life infused His body and He rose again, triumphant over the power of sin and death.

That first Resurrection Seed brought God a harvest of souls, those who believe on His name and are redeemed to receive the blessings of salvation, healing and abundance. For two thousand years, that original seed has continued to multiply. Jesus was the firstborn of many children and the firstfruits of the resurrection. We are part of a harvest that has never ceased.

Risen Lord, live in me. May Your resurrection revive me—body,
soul, and spirit. Plant in me Your Resurrection Seed that I may be
both Your field and harvest this day. Amen.

Discusss this devotional

By Love Transformed

Today's Message

Deal With the Foxes in Your Life

Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom. —Song of Solomon 2:15

When these things are present in my life, I have discovered that God's special presence is absent:

* Self-pity. Feeling sorry for myself always seems right at first, but I should never give in to it if I cherish the presence of the Dove.

* Self-righteousness. This is the identical twin of self-pity. I reflect on my obedience and imagine that God is giving me a little pat on the back.

* Defensiveness. This is not merely being "touchy"; it is the natural instinct to resist any criticisms. It is the opposite of turning the other cheek (Matt. 5:39).

* Seeking a compliment. "Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; someone else, and not your own lips" (Prov. 27:2).

* Listening to gossip.  I am not sure which is worse—telling another "the latest" or listening to it. It is hard not to listen, especially if it is delicious, bad news about someone I find threatening.

* Talking too much. "When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise" (Prov. 10:19). John Wesley often said that for every hour we spend talking, we should spend two hours in prayer!

* Rushing. Getting in a hurry almost always moves me ahead of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit is not in a hurry.

* Pointing the finger. "Do not judge, or you too will be judged" (Matt. 7:1). Pointing the finger in judgment invariably includes keeping a record of wrongs—which the Bible advises us not to do (1 Cor. 13:5). Doing so will result in the departure of the Spirit's special presence.

When I come to terms honestly with the absence of God's special presence, I am more likely to be in a  position to find Him.

Excerpted from The Sensitivity of the Spirit (Charisma House, 2002).

Discusss this devotional

Around the Word in 365 Days

Today's Message

The Cure-All

James 5:1-20 Much research is being done to find cures for diseases like AIDS and cancer. These are diseases that so far have no cure-all. These are also diseases that are affected by the strength of our immune system. This passage in James gives a cure-all for ill health, but few avail themselves of this cure. James lists four things in this passage that will help bring healing to our bodies:

1. Call for the elders.

2. Let them anoint you with oil and pray with faith for you.

3. Confess your faults one to another so you may be healed.

4. Pray for one another that you may be healed.

When we are sick, usually the first thing we do is run to the doctor. Doctors treat the symptoms of our illness, but if the root cause is not determined, we may be vulnerable to another attack of illness. Often when we are bitter toward someone, our immune system becomes defiled. We are more vulnerable to disease. This is not to say that a root of bitterness causes all illness, because we live in a fallen world where disease germs are easily transmitted. We can, however, make sure there is no unforgiveness or bitterness in us, and thereby we can help our immune system to fight off disease.

Often I find that if I have opened myself to strife with another person, I have also opened myself to sickness. By praying for others more, I believe we are less subject also to hypochondria, which also can lead to real sickness.

When I become ill, I usually ask the Lord if I need to get right with another person. If I receive no response from the Spirit as I seek Him, then I hit the vitamin C and ask for others to pray for me. My usual last resort is to call the doctor. I want to give Doctor Jesus every chance to heal me.

Lord, I try to take good care of my body by eating healthy and exercising, but often I neglect what needs to be even more healthy than my body—my own heart. If there is anything in my heart today such as bitterness or unforgiveness, please show me. If You will help me keep my heart in good condition, I know this will also help the condition of my body. Thank You, Father, for Your provision for health. His name is Jesus.

READ: Ezekiel 42:1-43:27; James 5:1-20; Psalm 119:1-16; Proverbs 28:6-7


Discusss this devotional

Live Extraordinarily

Today's Message

A Sexual Nightmare

We are straying far from God's heart because we are so influenced by our society. In so many ways, the church has become a subculture rather than what we are called to be—a counterculture.

The gospel of forgiveness and inheriting heaven is preached but not the complete gospel of also being set free from the dominion of sin. As a result, many are easily conformed to this world, where it's common for a man and woman to live together, have sex outside of marriage or with the same gender, and divorce and remarry for reasons other than unfaithfulness. And these practices are becoming more common among Christians because the church has not proclaimed what Jesus has freed us from.

It pleases God when we live holy, especially in our sexuality. This is the area that usually goes haywire outwardly if there is a deeper problem inwardly. If you were able to look into the heart of a professing Christian who is enslaved to fornication, adultery, homosexuality, pornography or any other sexual impurity, you would most likely find a deeper issue. It could be pride, rebellion, lust for power, bitterness, envy or some other iniquity, but no matter what's there, the root is always a lack of true fear of the Lord.

Finally, dear brothers and sisters, we urge you in the name of the Lord Jesus to live in a way that pleases God, as we have taught you. You are doing this already, and we encourage you to do so more and more. For you remember what we taught you in the name of the Lord Jesus. God wants you to be holy, so you should keep clear of all sexual sin. (1 Thessalonians 4:1-3, NLT)

Marked by boldness and passion, John Bevere delivers uncompromising truth through his award-winning curriculum and best-selling books now available in over sixty languages. His newest book is Extraordinary: The Life You're Meant to Live. More information is available at www.ExtraordinaryOnline.org.

Discusss this devotional

Use Desktop Layout
Charisma Magazine — Empowering believers for life in the Spirit