the Daily Devotional Friends,
are reading a chapter from the New Testament
Monday through Friday, first thing in the
morning, before we do anything else. Feel free
to read more than a chapter, but please, do at
least one chapter. On Saturday and Sunday, we
will be reading a chapter in Proverbs each day.
Weíll be starting in the
book of Matthew, chapter one. By doing it this way, all
of us will be reading the same chapter every day. For
instance, on Monday, May 9, we will read Matthew,
chapter one. On Tuesday, May 10, we will read Matthew,
Chapter 2, and so on and so forth. On Saturday, May 14,
we will read the first chapter of Proverbs, and Sunday,
May 15, weíll read Proverbs, chapter 2. Then, the
following Monday, May 16, weíll be reading Matthew,
Chapter 6, etc. A
for you to follow will be at the end of this teaching.
Itís important that we
focus on the Word. Thereís no good excuse not to start
your day out with the Word. Then, you can put time into
prayer. Our prayers will not work if theyíre not based
on the Word, nor will they work if we donít have any
faith in our prayers.
So then faith cometh
by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17
If ye abide in me, and my
words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it
shall be done unto you.
Something that will help
you even more in your daily reading of the Word is to
read it out loud to yourself.
Reading the Word every day will help feed your spirit,
as Jesus said in Matthew 4:4:
It is written,
Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word
that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Godís Word is like
faith food. Reading the Word is also is a way of
starting up the day on the right foot Ė a way of putting
God first in your life. When you read the Word,
highlight the verses that seem to mean something to you
at that particular moment, or highlight a verse that you
want to share with someone else. And, just before you
begin your reading, ask the Holy Spirit, Who is your
Teacher, to reveal Godís Word to you. For instance, you
Father God, I come
to You today to feed upon Your Word. I thank You for the
Holy Spirit revealing Your Word to me, giving me
revelation knowledge, as well as quickening my spirit
and helping me become a doer of the Word of God and not
just a hearer only. In Jesusí Name, Amen
When the Word of
God becomes a reality to your heart and not just your
head, you begin to gain excitement about Godís Word and
an expectation that God fulfills all of His promises in
His Word. When the Word of God becomes God speaking to
you, and when you begin to see and know that it is God
speaking to you, your faith and confidence in Godís Word
will rise up in your spirit man and you will become much
more enthusiastic about the Word, and,
youíll be much bolder
to witness others!
A person has to
realize that the miracles God did in the Bible are not
just fairy tale stories, but real events that
took place that God, by the Holy Spirit, recorded in His
Word. Theyíre there in the Bible just waiting for you to
accept them and believe them, as well as act upon them.
Say this with me:
My Bible is God
speaking to me.
I have what
the Word of God says I have.
I can do
with the Word of God says I can do.
I am what
the Word of God says I am.
The Word of God
says Iím healed in 1 Peter 2: 24: Who his own self bare
our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being
dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose
stripes ye were healed.
Therefore, I am
The Word of God
says Iím redeemed from the curse, and according to
Deuteronomy 28: 15-68, that means sickness, disease, and
poverty, as well as spiritual death. But, according to
Galatians 3:13, Iím redeemed from all that, for it is
written: Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the
law, being made a curse for us: for it is written,
Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree.
The Word of God
says Iím delivered, according to Colossians 1:13: Who
hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath
translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
Therefore, Iím delivered of every lustful, sinful,
ungodly, and unholy thing. I refuse to be held in
bondage to any life-destroying habit, because Iím
rich and wealthy because God says I am in Psalm 112:3:
Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his
righteousness endureth for ever.
2 Corinthians 8:9:
For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that,
though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor,
that ye through his poverty might be rich.
3 John 2: Beloved,
I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be
in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
According to a
Word of God, I can do all things through Christ;
therefore thereís nothing I cannot accomplish, according
to Philippians 4:13: I can do all things through Christ
which strengtheneth me. 14Notwithstanding ye
have well done, that ye did communicate with my
Joel 3:10: ... let
the weak say, I am strong.
Romans 8: 37: Nay,
in all these things we are more than conquerors through
him that loved us.
1 John 5:4: For
whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this
is the victory that overcometh the world, even
Iím an overcomer,
and Iím more than a conqueror. Iím delivered from fear
of any kind, for God said in 2 Timothy 1:7, For God hath
not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of
love, and of a sound mind.
1 John 4: 4: Ye
are of God, little children, and have overcome them:
because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in
Pastor Jesse Rich