READ THE WORD DAILY

Reading the word daily is a good way to Develop the habit of studying the scriptures and applying them to your everyday life. Simply set time aside each day, and soon daily Bibler reading will become a lifestyle!

DAILY DEVOTIONALS - May 2019

Some people believe that if they have a certain level of wealth, then they will have peace—or if they marry right, then they will know contentment. Others mistakenly believe that if they can just live in some ideal location or receive certain recognition at work, then they will have all they could ever hope to achieve.

However, none of these scenarios is capable of providing the peace and contentment we long to experience. True peace only comes as a result of living a life filled with the Spirit of God through a relationship with Jesus Christ. Drawing from Isaiah 26:3, Charles Spurgeon wrote, "The God of peace gives perfect peace to those whose hearts are stayed upon Him."

In order to experience the peace of God, we first must have peace with God.

We can try to achieve peace through accomplishments and hard work. We may look for peace everywhere—thinking that new experiences, possessions, or large bank accounts will deliver peace. However, apart from God, we will never find lasting peace.

In order to experience the peace of God, we first must have peace with God, which only comes through complete surrender to Christ as our Lord and Savior. Once we are saved, God's peace is available. A famous actress once lamented that she had everything she could possibly want, but she still did not have a sense of peace. There are some things that money cannot buy, and peace is one of them.

Before His death, Jesus comforted His disciples with these words: "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid" (John 14:27).

We, too, can find the peace and comfort we need within His eternal care.

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for the peace You offer me as Your child. I know the world can never offer the transcendent peace that can be found only in You. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

"And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:7).

God is the absolute authority and ruler over His creation. Neither a hair nor a sparrow fall apart from God's will (see Matthew 10:29-30). Without infinite, unchanging power and authority, God's other attributes would be conditional. If God were not all-powerful, His love could be affected, or changed, by outside forces. Thankfully, we serve a God whose love is perfect and eternal; it is not affected by anything outside His will.

We know from Romans 8:28 that "God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." Even though we do not know everything we may want to know about the Lord, in Scripture He has revealed what we need to know about His attributes and desires.

God's strength is sufficient for His children.

 First and foremost is that He loves us: "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8). He desires for us to share the Good News of Christ with others. Jesus said, "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you" (Matthew 28:19-20).

No matter how impossible our call may seem, how difficult our obstacles, or how fierce our opposition, we must hope in the Lord and let Him renew our strength (see Isaiah 40:31). God's strength is sufficient for His children, and He will never let anything separate us from His love (see 2 Corinthians 12:9Romans 8:38-39).

There is much comfort in God's revelation of Himself to us. Spend time in His Word and get to know Him in a richer and fuller way. In His presence lie all the contentment, peace, and joy you could desire—and more!

Prayer: Father, I am so grateful that You have absolute authority and that Your love is unconditional. Help me to spend more time in Your Word so that I will know You better. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

"You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand" (Psalm 16:11).

John 17:17 'Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.'

In this prayer, Jesus prayed twice that the Father would keep His disciples from evil. Then He reveals the way that God will accomplish this - through His Word, the holy scriptures. Anyone who desires to live for God, reject the devil, and reject the world's system, must know God's Word.

We must study the scriptures, for they reveal the will of God for our actions and attitudes. To be filled with the knowledge of God's will, we must be filled with God's Word. God's Word is His will! Those who are ignorant of God's Word will be ignorant of God's will.

Knowledge of God's will is foundational in developing Christian conduct and character. There is no way we can fulfill God's will if we don't know what it is. The starting point for any Christian is understanding God's will for his life. How can a person obtain such knowledge? The first step is to desire it. Jeremiah 29:13 says, 'And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.' People ask the Lord for knowledge of His will but don't receive it because they aren't seeking with ALL THEIR HEART. No one who has ever sought the Lord with all his heart has ever been disappointed.

The Holy Spirit is the dispenser of God's wisdom. It is through Him that we know the things God has revealed to us. One of the primary ministries of the Holy Spirit is to reveal God's will to us.

There is no way we can walk worthy of the Lord and please Him if we don't know His will. Furthermore, we can't be fruitful without the knowledge of His will. God has provided all that we need to be successful and victorious in this life. Believe His Word.

Worship at its core is the giving of all that is your best to God. This cannot be done without sacrifice. If we were to pause only for a few moments and take stock, we would see how close we all come to sacrilege each day. Do we give God the best of our time? Do we give Him the best of our energies? Do we give Him the best of our thinking? Do we give Him the best of our wealth? Do we give Him the best of our dreams and plans? Or does the world get our best and God merely the leftovers?

Dr Ravi Zacharias