The following are directions to view devotionals for 27-31 October and 3-7 November. Go to the search box on the top of the web page and type in the Scripture reference listed below for each day. Hit enter and the devotional title will be the top one, in blue and barely visible. Click on the title and the devotional will appear.
October 27 Genesis 6:8-10
October 28 Genesis 6:11-22
October 29 Genesis 7:1-24
October 30 Genesis 8:1-19
October 31 Genesis8:20-22 (Note: Type reference without space between s and 8, just as typed)
November 3 Genesis 9:1-7
November 4 Genesis 9:8-17
November 5 Genesis 9:18-29
November 6 Genesis 10:1-32; 11:10-26
November 7 Genesis 11:1-9
The following are directions to view devotionals for 13-17 October and 20-24 October.
Go to the search box on the top of the web page and type in the Scripture reference listed below for each day. Hit enter and the devotional title will be the top one, in blue and barely visible. Click on the title and the devotional will appear.
Monday October 13: Genesis 1:1-2
Tuesday October 14: Genesis 1:1-31
Wednesday October 15: Genesis 2:1-3
Thursday October 16: Genesis 2:4-25
Friday October 17: Genesis 3:1-24
Monday October 20: Genesis 4:1-17
Tuesday October 21: Genesis 4:17-24
Wednesday October 22: Genesis 4:25-26
Thursday October 23: Genesis 5:1-32
Friday October 24: Genesis 6:1-7
May the Lord bless your study of this most important section of Scripture.
Romans 5:6-8 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person- though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die- 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
If a father or mother stated repeatedly to his/her child, “I love you,” but never looked out for the needs of the child or spent time with the child, would the child feel loved? If a husband or wife said to his/her mate, “I love you,” but never did anything for her/him, would the husband or wife feel loved or manipulated? The answers to those two questions are obvious. Words not backed by actions are empty.
Suppose the husband had the funds to give a nice gift to his wife, but only gave her a pack of gum, thoughtless card or a stale donut left over from his meeting at work, would that communicate love to his wife? The thought, time and value of a gift communicates the depth of love for the one it is given to.
Please note the thoughtfulness, value, and timing of God when He gave each of us a gift. He gave His gift at the right time. He gave the most thoughtful gift anyone could – life to dying people. He gave the most valuable gift He could possibly give – His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ (in reality, Himself, since Jesus is God). When God says He loves us, we know He means it! His words are backed by sacrificial action.
Have you received His love gift? The Bible says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, so that everyone who believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). The Bible also says, “But to all who received Him, who believed on His name, to them He gave the right to become children off God,” (John 1:12). We receive the gift of God’s Son, the gift of forgiveness of sins, the gift of eternal life, by believing in Jesus. Have you received this gift of love?
Do you back your, “I love you” with sacrificial action? Can you think of a valuable, thoughtful, timely gift you have given recently to the one you say, “I love you” to? We are to “be imitators of God … and walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us….” (Ephesians 5:1-2).
One last thought, have you remembered how loved you are? God demonstrated His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.
How long O Lord? This is a question that almost every believer in Jesus Christ asks – and more than once. How long do I need to wait to get married? How long until I get the job I trained for? How long before I am healed? How long will this difficult situation last? Following are some scriptural references that reveal God’s people asking Him, “How long?”
Psalm 13:1-2 How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? 2 How long must I take counsel in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all the day? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me? Psalm 35:17 How long, O Lord, will you look on? Rescue me from their destruction, my precious life from the lions! Psalm 74:9 We do not see our signs; there is no longer any prophet, and there is none among us who knows how long. 2 Remember your congregation, which you have purchased of old, which you have redeemed to be the tribe of your heritage! Remember Mount Zion, where you have dwelt. Psalm 90:13 Return, O LORD! How long? Have pity on your servants! Psalm 119:84 How long must your servant endure? When will you judge those who persecute me? Revelation 6:10 They cried out with a loud voice, "O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?"
Our text today gives believers the confidence that the Lord will act at just the right time every time. His timing is always right. The Lord Jesus Christ is never early and never late. When people were weak, helpless, and sinning, Jesus died for them at the right time. Jesus loves believers just as much now and will never be late in acting on their behalf. Jesus has given every believer the capacity to wait in peace. Are you waiting in peace? Or are you anxiously asking, “How long Lord?” Rest assured in the midst of an intolerable situation that the Lord will be right on time to help you.
Romans 5:1-5 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And no only that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
People who believe in Jesus as their Savior from sin’s penalty have much to rejoice or exult in. Romans 5:2 states the fact that Christians are to rejoice in the hope of the glory of God as mentioned in the previous devotional. Our text today teaches us to rejoice in our sufferings and why we should. We rejoice in suffering for what it produces in us. The word “suffering” describes outward and inward distress in our lives.
Suffering produces in Christians the capacity to bear up in the face of difficulty. Every believer has the capacity to handle any external or internal distress in his life. Jesus told believers to rejoice and be glad when people persecute them, insult them and do all kinds of evil to them (Matthew 5:11-12). Jesus taught believers how to live in peace when suffering the stresses of life (John 16:33). God’s word is very clear believers will have suffering while living for Christ and will endure by living according to the truth.
As believers persevere or endure suffering by living according to the truth, godly character is produced in them. As godly character is experienced, hope is produced and hope doesn’t disappoint or put believers to shame because the Holy Spirit pours God’s love into their hearts. People who have certain hope and the unfailing love of God are strong people.
Are you rejoicing in your sufferings or complaining? If you are complaining, then you do not know the value of suffering in your life. Times of internal or external distress are opportunities to put God’s word to the test and find it is true. Sufferings are opportunities to develop godly character, certain hope and experience the outpouring of God’s love by the Holy Spirit. When suffering comes into your life begin to rejoice knowing God will use the suffering to benefit you with a more certain hope and an outpouring of His love into your life. The proper response to suffering is to trust and obey the Lord. The improper response is to complain. Are you a “rejoicer” or a “complainer?”
Romans 5:1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
The best news a condemned person can hear is that he is pardoned. Jesus Christ was crucified on the cross for our sins. God required a perfect sacrifice. Jesus was the perfect sacrifice. He was tempted in every way just as any sinful man is, but He never sinned (Hebrew 4:15). God is a just God and must punish sin. The penalty for sin is death. Death of our body and eternal torment forever and ever is the penalty for sin (Romans 3:23; Revelation 21:8). All have sinned and deserve the penalty for sin, but God so loved the world that He gave Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. Every person that believes He died for his sin will not perish but have eternal life (Romans 3:23; John 3:16). The person that believes in Jesus is justified or made righteous. Since the person has been pardoned of the penalty of sin, the person is at peace with God. The pardon is not deserved but is a gift from the God who loves all people. The pardon is received by faith. The gift of being justified or made righteous is a cause for rejoicing in the sure hope of the glory of God. The sure hope is that people are no longer condemned to eternal torment, but are guaranteed eternal life in the presence of the loving God who paid the penalty for their sin so they could spend eternity with Him. Have you believed Jesus died for you? If you have, are you daily rejoicing that you are pardoned from the penalty of eternal torment and provided an eternity with the Creator God?
This grace in which we stand as believers in Jesus Christ is unmerited favor, but so much more. It is not a license to sin, but rather a means given to us by our Lord to obey and be blessed. Read and learn well the following teaching on "True Grace."
True Grace: 1 Peter 5:12
God’s grace removes the penalty of sin.
Romans 4:18-25 In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, "So shall your offspring be." 19 He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah's womb. 20 No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, 21 fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. 22 That is why his faith was "counted to him as righteousness." 23 But the words "it was counted to him" were not written for his sake alone, 24 but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, 25 who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.
Abraham leaves a great example to follow. Abraham was seventy-five years old when he received God’s promise He would bless all the families of the earth through him and would give the land of Canaan to his offspring (Genesis 12:3,7). Our text today happened twenty-five years after Abraham received God’s promise. Even at one hundred years old and with his wife barren and past child-bearing at ninety years of age, Abraham believed God had the power to fulfill His promise. What an example to follow! Can you believe God can fulfill His promises when the situation in your life is humanly impossible? Ask the Lord to give you the faith of Abraham. Ask the Lord to fully convince you that He is able to do what He has promised. When you ask these things of God you can bank on Him answering your prayers because these are prayers according to God’s will (1 John 5:14-15).
Just as Abraham believed God could give him a child when his body was good as dead and Sarah passed childbearing and be counted as righteous, so we can believe that Jesus died on the cross for our sins and was raised for our justification (meaning: just as if I never sinned). Do you believe Jesus’ death and resurrection occurred for you? If you do, then you are made righteous in Christ. You have been pardoned from your sins. You will be able to live a new life now and forever. Jesus is able to do far beyond what you ask or think. He is able to fulfill His promises to you even when it is humanly impossible (2 Corinthians 1:20; Ephesians 3:20).
Romans 4:15a, 16-17 For the law brings wrath, but where there is no law there is no transgression. 16 That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his offspring- not only to the adherent of the law but also to the one who shares the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all, 17 as it is written, "I have made you the father of many nations"- in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.
It is important to remember why the Law was given to the Jewish people. It was given to reveal God and His standard of wisdom and righteousness not only to the Jews, but to all the nations of the world (Deuteronomy 4:5-8). The Law was not able to help people live according to it. It only was able to reveal God’s righteousness and mankind’s sinfulness. Genesis 12:3b reveals God’s purpose was to provide His blessing to all the people He created through Abraham, “…in you (Abraham) all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” His purpose for the Jews was to reveal Himself to all the families or nations of the world. God loved all the people He created and desired all of them to be blessed through Abraham. John 3:16 instructs us, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Galatians 3:16 reveals that Jesus is the seed of Abraham through Whom all the world would be blessed by faith in Him. It is not only the Jews God desires to save but also the Gentiles. Jews and Gentiles are saved by faith in Jesus, just as Abraham received God’s promise by faith. The Gentiles were not the people of God but were called into existence as the people of God by faith in Jesus’ death, resurrection, and position of Lord over all. Colossians 2:13 “When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins.” Are you dead in your sins? You can be alive in Christ by believing Jesus died on the cross for you, rose from the dead and is Lord of all. Do you know people dead in their sins? Share with them the good news that belief in the gospel can make them alive now and forever (1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 10:9).