Devotionals for October 2016


#1 All Things New


Revelation 21:5a NASB And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” New. The word is used from Matthew to Revelation… God’s overall, conclusive plan is to make all things new. All things! All…things. … Continue reading

Finding the New You Is an Adventure


Just because Martha’s Finding the New You devotional series has now concluded doesn’t mean that your adventure has to end! Whether it’s discovering something deeper about the miraculous new creation or encountering the machinations of the flesh in a new … Continue reading

#42 Pleasing to God


Mark 8:34 AMPC And Jesus called [to Him] the throng with His disciples and said to them, If anyone intends to come after Me, let him deny himself (forget, ignore, disown and lose sight of himself and his own interests)… Nothing … Continue reading

#41 Eternal Value


Mark 8:34 AMPC If anyone intends to come after Me, let him deny himself (forget, ignore, disown and lose sight of himself and his own interests)… Nothing that issues from Self has eternal value.

#40 Deny Self for Christ


Mark 8:34 AMPC If anyone intends to come after Me, let him deny himself (forget, ignore, disown and lose sight of himself and his own interests)… The Amplified Bible gives the correct sense of the word ‘deny.’ In the Greek language … Continue reading

#39 The Self-focused Self


Mark 8:34 KJV And when He had called the people unto Him with His disciples also, He said unto them, Whosoever will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. “Deny” self. The … Continue reading

#38 Desire is the Power to Follow


Love is the source of desire. Desire is the power to follow. So love is the thing I need…and the gift God gives. This gift He gives to the degree I ask Him for love and to the depth of my repentance. … Continue reading

#37 Only Love Will Truly Follow


Luke 9:23 NKJV If anyone desires to come after Me… Desire – the word is rich and its root is heart-deep. Follow it down to the Greek marrow and you find…love. Love is the hidden strength of desire for Christ. Love … Continue reading

#36 Who Will Follow Christ?


Luke 9:23 NASB  If anyone wishes to come after Me… AMPC  If any person wills to come after Me… The Greek word for ‘wishes’ and ‘wills’ means “to determine, an act from subjective impulse (a desire that is personal, a heart … Continue reading

#35 The ‘IF’ of Following


Jesus had fed the 4,000. Peter revealed his revelation of Jesus as the “Christ of God.” To the disciples, Jesus described His suffering and it seems to be then that He addressed the crowd: And He said to them all, … Continue reading

#34 Jesus Said, Deny Self


The Bible contains a phenomenal consistency. The Holy Spirit says the same thing in various ways, imagery and words. Luke 9:23 And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up … Continue reading

#33 The Fact of Having Died in Christ


Romans 6:6 AMPC We know that our old (unrenewed) self was nailed to the cross with Him… We know! That is the problem. Do we KNOW? The solution is fantastic! The sinner that is ‘me’ died 2000 years ago – before I … Continue reading

#32 The Fact of Salvation


Romans 8:3, 4a AMPC “Are you ignorant of the fact that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? We were buried therefore with Him by the baptism into death…” In this age, we … Continue reading

#31 Cemented Sin, A Garment Only


Colossians 3:9 AMPC …you have stripped off the old (unregenerate) self with its evil practices… Ephesians 4:22 AMPC Strip yourselves of your former nature [put off and discard your old unrenewed self]… Paul writes about this terrible nature, cemented in us, as … Continue reading

#30 One Problem, Not Many


We do not have a problem with anger. Anger lives as an aspect of the old nature. We do not have a problem with lust. We are simply living in the old nature, the SIN nature. We are not merely … Continue reading

#29 Free of the Incessant Sin


Colossians 3:5, 8 AMPC So kill (deaden, deprive of power) the evil desire lurking in your members…sexual vice, impurity, sensual appetites, unholy desires, and all greed and covetousness, for that is idolatry (the deifying of self and other created things instead … Continue reading

#28 The Perfecting of the Saints


How we settle for so much less than God has offered and to which He has called us!  It is hard to take in the wonder of His goal for each believer. That we would manifest the very person of … Continue reading

#27 The Fullness of Christ


In Ephesians 4, before Paul says lay aside the old self, he creates a standard, a goal – a GLORIOUS REASON to discard the old nature: “…until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of … Continue reading

#26 Belong is the Word


Galatians 5:24 Amplified And those who belong to Christ Jesus (the Messiah) have crucified the flesh (the godless human nature) with its passions and appetites and desires. Belong… If you are Christ’s, if you are His ‘property’ and He your … Continue reading

#25 That I May Gain Christ


The very things Paul gave up, he then possessed richly in Christ. His position in the religious world became a position in eternity. His knowledge of the Law was lost into intimate knowledge of Christ’s purpose and plan. His strength … Continue reading