Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions

Baptism is the Sign of New Spiritual Life

Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, each of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children, and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” (Acts 2:38-39)   Reflection: There were many baptismal pools around the temple of Jerusalem that were used for ritual cleansing as people went…

Spiritual Gifts – 1 Corinthians 12:4-11

Now there are different gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different ministries, but the same Lord. And there are different activities, but the same God works all of them in each person. A manifestation of the Spirit is given to each person for the common good: to one is given a message of wisdom through the Spirit, to another, a message of knowledge by the same Spirit, to another, faith by the same Spirit, to another, gifts of healing…

Spiritual Wisdom – 1 Corinthians 2:12-15

Now we have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who comes from God, so that we may understand what has been freely given to us by God. We also speak these things, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual things to spiritual people. But the person without the Spirit does not receive what comes from God’s Spirit, because it is foolishness to him; he is not able…

The Fruit of the Spirit – Galatians 5:22-23

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)   Reflection: The Holy Spirit not only carries the knowledge of God but the character of God as well. When the Holy Spirit begins to reside within us, we will begin to grow into God’s likeness. The attributes of God are called “the fruit of the Spirit,” and they are available to everyone who…

Spiritual Truth – John 16:12-14

“I still have many things to tell you, but you can’t bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth. For he will not speak on his own, but he will speak whatever he hears. He will also declare to you what is to come. He will glorify me, because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you. (John 16:12-14)   Reflection: Jesus said that when the Holy…

Unity With Christ – John 14:18-25

“I will not leave you as orphans; I am coming to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me. Because I live, you will live too. On that day you will know that I am in my Father, you are in me, and I am in you. The one who has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. And the one who loves me will be loved…

Spiritual Birth – John 3:5-8

Jesus answered, “Truly I tell you, unless someone is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. Whatever is born of the flesh is flesh, and whatever is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I told you that you must be born again. The wind blows where it pleases, and you hear its sound, but you don’t know where it comes from or where it is going. So it is…

Holy Communion is the remembrance of the Saving Work of Christ – Matthew 26:26-29

As they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take and eat it; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks, he gave it to them and said, “Drink from it, all of you. For this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. But I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the…

We Can Have Assurance of Our Salvation – Philippians 2:12-13

Therefore, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, so now, not only in my presence but even more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God who is working in you both to will and to work according to his good purpose. (Philippians 2:12-13)   Reflection: Salvation is not an event but it is a life to be led. The life of salvation requires our ongoing participation with God who…

We are Sanctified by the Holy Spirit – Romans 8:13

If you live according to the flesh, you are going to die. But if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. (Romans 8:13)   Reflection: The important phrase here is “by the Spirit.”  Many believers happily embrace the call to holiness but soon find that they continue to fall back into sin. We fall back into sin when we attempt to mend our sinful condition by our own power or cleverness. Saint…