< Daily Devotionals >
Devotionals will be uploaded weekly.
Friday, Nov 3: Pray for the body of Calvary (for unity, singleness of heart and community)
Read Acts 2:43-47
Pray that God would give our body of believers a “singleness of heart” like He did in the early church. Pray that we would have unity in our body and give to each member as they have need. Pray that as a result of this unity we would see the Holy Spirit move in power and miracles taking place.
Saturday, Nov 4: Pray for a love of God’s Word
Pray that we would have the focus and desire to meditate on His word all day long (Ps. 119:97). Pray that we would let His word into the deep places of our hearts and judge our thoughts and attitudes (Heb 4:12).
Sunday, Nov 5: God’s Truth Will Set You Free
Read John 8:31b-32
“Nothing can change the lives of people like the Bible. I’ve seen alcoholics and addicts get their lives sober and clean because they started reading the Bible. I’ve seen God’s Word turn self-centered, narcissistic men who abuse and misuse women into godly husbands, wonderful dads, and upstanding citizens in the community. Laws can’t change human hearts. If I believed they could, I’d be a politician. I have zero faith in politics to actually change the greatest problems on the planet. You can make laws to outlaw racism and bigotry, but no law will turn a bigot into a lover of people of other races. Only God can do that. Jesus said it like this in John 8:31-32, “If you abide in my Word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (NKJV). Secular universities all around the world have the second half of that verse printed in stone on university buildings: “The truth shall make you free.” But those same universities ignore the first part of the verse. Your own opinions and the opinions of others won’t set you free. Only the Bible will. Even when obeying the Bible is hard and uncomfortable, it will set you free. Read your Bible. Meditate God’s word and pray daily. You will discover the truth, and it will make you free. If the Bible isn’t true — absolutely true — then life is pointless.”¹
Monday, Nov 6: Pray for your future and divine purpose
Read Jeremiah 29:11
“These words were given to Israel when they were in captivity in Babylon. They had lost hope. They saw no future, and felt as if God had forgotten about them. But the Lord was saying to them (and us too), “I have not forgotten you, and there is a future!” It would be wonderful enough to know that God ever thought of me as an individual. But it is not something God has merely done in the past. It is something He is doing in the present and will continue to do in the future. Know this: God is thinking about you right now! He is not thinking about you merely as a member of the human race. He is thinking about you as an individual. […]Jeremiah 29:11 speaks of a future. Now the word used here for future could be translated “an expected end.” Another translation describes it as “a ground of hope” or “things hoped for.” There will be an outcome in your life, regardless of what you are going through at present. There will be completion. God will tie up the loose ends. You are still a work in progress. God is still finishing you, so don’t be impatient. Don’t feel it’s over, just because you are not where you want to be yet. We see only the beginning. God sees “the expected end” and it is good! God still had a future for Paul, just as He does for you.”²
Tuesday, Nov 7: Live in Me and I will Live in you
Read John 15:4
“Jesus says that being spiritually connected to Him is like being attached to a vine. You’re not going to have any fruitfulness or productivity in your life if you’re not connected to Christ! In plants, a disconnected branch can’t bear fruit. I grow a lot of vegetables and fruit every spring. If I cut off a branch, those branches aren’t going to produce any tomatoes or anything else. They’ve got to be connected in order to produce fruit. What kind of fruit should you produce when you are connected to Christ? “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control”(Galatians 5:22-23a NIV). I don’t know about you, but I’d like to be more loving. I’d like to be more joyful. I’d like to be more at peace, no matter what happens to the economy. I’d like to be more kind to people who are mean to me. I’d like to be a good person. I want to be faithful, not unfaithful. I want to keep my promises. I’d like to be gentle with people who are not very gentle. And I’d like to have more self-control. How do you get connected to Christ? First, receive Him as your Savior. Pray daily and regularly. Read your Bible and meditate on God’s words to you. Your life will flourish. Christ will live in you. You will become loving, joyful, faithful, gentle, and self-controlled.“³
Wednesday, Nov 8: Go and Make Disciples….
Read Matthew 28:19-20
“Jesus’ last command to his followers was that we make disciples. Disciple making is a process in which we develop spiritual friendships and watch what God will do. Before you can make disciples, you need to be a disciple. Disciples believe that Jesus has full authority in their lives. They believe Jesus is working today in this world through the Holy Spirit. They believe that what Jesus taught is true; he is the Son of God and the Savior of the world. As we read in our passage for today, some of Jesus’ disciples still doubted. That didn’t disqualify them from being disciples; it just meant they were curious human beings who couldn’t figure everything out. In the original Greek text, the word for “Go” in verse 19 refers to an ongoing journey. Jesus is saying, “Wherever you go, wherever your journey takes you, make disciples … teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” And by this he means, “Teach others to live the way I have taught you.” The implication for our mission is clear. Making disciples means getting involved with people. Jesus’ disciples hung out with Jesus in order to be sent out by him. Who in your circle of relationships is close enough to see how you live? Who’s close enough to see how Jesus has changed your life? What are they seeing?” 4
Thursday, Nov 9: The Power of Fellowship
Read Acts 2:42
“One of the things the young church devoted themselves to was fellowship. Fellowship means holding all things in common — in other words, sharing together. They began to know and to love one another. Here are 3,000 people suddenly added to a little band of twenty. Most of them probably were strangers before this time. Many of them had come from other parts of the world into Jerusalem for that occasion. They did not know each other. But now they are one in Christ, and they begin to love each other and start to talk to each other, to find out what each other has been thinking and how each has been reacting, and to share their problems and burdens and needs, to talk about these together and pray together about them. There was a wonderful sense of community, of commonality, of belonging to each other. That is the fellowship which is the intended life for the body of Christ. When the Holy Spirit of God begins to move in any congregation, He begins to heal the brokenness of their lives and their relationships one with another, to get them to admit to each other their malice and their anger and their frustration and their grudges, and to forgive one another. This is when life begins to flow once again through the body of the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Prayer: Father, open my heart toward you and toward others here at Calvary Fellowship. Break down and melt within me the resistance that I erect against others. Make me to be of one heart and one mind with others in the body, generous in giving, glad to participate in anything that advances your work.” 5
¹Copied and adapted from “To Bear Fruit, Get Connected” by Rick Warren http://pastorrick.com
²￼Taken and slightly modified from Greg Laurie’s Daily Devotional https://www.harvest.org/devotions
³Copied and adapted from “To Bear Fruit, Get Connected” by Rick Warren http://pastorrick.com
5 Copied and adapted from Ray Stedman Daily Devotion https://www.raystedman.org