Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions

Joy in Christ – John 15:11

“I have told you these things so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete. (John 15:11) Reflection: There is great joy in abiding in Christ. True joy does not originate from us nor is it generated by the circumstances of our lives. True joy comes from Christ, and he wants to share his joy with us, the joy of the victorious Son of God! When we have his joy, we will need nothing more.…

Keeping Christ’s Commandments – John 15:9-10

As the Father has loved me, I have also loved you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commands you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. (John 15:9-10) Reflection: To remain in Christ’s love is to live in harmony with him. As he is loving us, we should love him in return. In this passage, Jesus instructs us how to do this. We must keep his commandments.…

Glorifying God by Producing Fruit – John 15:8

My Father is glorified by this: that you produce much fruit and prove to be my disciples. (John 15:8) Reflection: How can created creatures glorify the one who created us? It is by producing the fruit of righteousness God intends. This is akin to a grapevine producing good grapes for the one who planted it. We were made to produce righteousness and Jesus Christ has come to restore us to our original purpose. When we abide in Christ, the way…

Ask Whatever You Want – John 15:6-7

If anyone does not remain in me, he is thrown aside like a branch and he withers. They gather them, throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you want and it will be done for you. (John 15:6-7) Reflection: Here is a statement of profound contrast. If we do not remain in Christ, we are cut off and ultimately perish. But if we remain in…

Remaining in Christ – John 15:4-5

Just as a branch is unable to produce fruit by itself unless it remains on the vine, neither can you unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in me and I in him produces much fruit, because you can do nothing without me. (John 15:4-5) Reflection: We cannot obtain true righteousness without Christ. All of our efforts will be fruitless unless we are abiding in Christ. But if we abide…

Jesus is the True Vine – John 15:1-4

This week, we will explore one of the “I am” passages of Jesus known as “The Vine and The Branches.” Jesus likens himself to a grapevine that gives life and then compares us to branches that bear fruit.  The Father is the gardener who monitors our growth.  “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. Every branch in me that does not produce fruit he removes, and he prunes every branch that produces fruit so that it…

God’s Will That We Give Thanks – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (Part Three)

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18) Reflection: There is always a reason to give thanks to God, even when the circumstances we face are difficult, challenging, or sorrowful. If giving thanks to God was dependent on us being happy, then we would seldom give thanks, for our lives on earth are complicated with many difficulties and filled with many sorrows. But…

God’s Will That We Pray – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (Part Two)

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18) Reflection: It is God’s will that we pray always. Prayer is powerful because it moves God to act. God is ready to do many things for his people but waits for his people to pray. The reason for this is that whenever God acts, he will not allow the glory to be given to another…

God’s Will That We Rejoice – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (Part One)

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18) Reflection: There is always reason for us to rejoice, for God loves us and has provided salvation and new life through his Son Jesus Christ. Rejoicing in God is essential to our worship because it releases us from the common drudgery and sorrows of our earthly life. It is God’s will that we rejoice, not…

God’s Will That We Do Good – 1 Peter 2:15

For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. (1 Peter 2:15) Reflection: Christianity is not merely a set of beliefs; it is a way of life. As Children of God, we are able to recognize the difference between good and evil and choose what is good. People who hate God and despise Christianity will often accuse Christians of hypocrisy. But when we truly pursue righteousness and put…