Devotionals for April 2017


#54 The Cost of Building and Battling


Reading Luke 14:28-33 NASB For which one of you when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost…? Or what king, when he sets out to meet another king in battle, will not … Continue reading

#53 The Cost of the Call


Reading Luke 14:28-32 NASB 28. For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it? 31. Or what king, when he sets … Continue reading

#52 Crucified to the World


Galatians 6:14 ESV But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. When the cross becomes a lifestyle … Continue reading

#51 You Boast About What You Love


Galatians 6:14-16 NIV May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me and I to the world. Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is a … Continue reading

#50 The Cross: Abandon Self for HIM


Luke 9:23 AMPC And He said to all, If any person wills to come after Me, let him deny himself [disown himself, forget, lose sight of himself and his own interests, refuse and give up himself] and take up his … Continue reading

#49 The Cross and the Will


Matthew 26:39 ESV And going a little farther He fell on His face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.” The death of … Continue reading

#48 The Cross Began in Gethsemane


Matthew 26:39 AMPC And going a little farther, He threw Himself upon the ground on His face and prayed saying, My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will [not what … Continue reading

#47 The Cross is the Zeal of God


Romans 6:5, 6 ESV We were buried therefore with Him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For … Continue reading

#46 The Power of God


1 Corinthians 1:18 AMPC For the story and message of the cross is sheer absurdity and folly to those who are perishing and on their way to perdition but to us who are being saved it is the (manifestation of) … Continue reading

#45 The Cross is Love


Matthew 10:38 NASB And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. The cross is ever presented as a choice. YOU take it up. YOU carry it. YOU deny yourself. No ‘deep teaching’ … Continue reading

#44 The Cross is a Divide


Luke 14:27 AMP Whosoever does not persevere and carry his own cross and come after (follow) Me cannot be My disciple. The cross is the situation or relationship that you cannot control, cannot escape and do not want. It cuts … Continue reading

#43 The Brilliance of the Word


Luke 14:27 NASB Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. The Bible is so brilliant that it takes the mind and counsel of God to break open the treasure. The sections flow from … Continue reading

#42 Love Alone Embraces the Cross


Luke 14:27 AMP Whoever does not persevere and carry his own cross and come after (follow) Me cannot be My disciple. The difference between a believer and a disciple is LOVE. Love is only love which MUST follow the Beloved … Continue reading

#41 Repentance and Transformation


Luke 7:47-48 ESV “Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.” And He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” Repentance is the door to the … Continue reading

#40 Love in Exact Proportion to Repentance


Speaking to Simon the Pharisee, Jesus said, “Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little” (Luke 7:47 ESV). The whole root of love for Jesus, from which a … Continue reading

#39 Passion for Christ


Luke 7:44-46 ESV Then turning toward the woman He said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has wet My feet with her tears and wiped … Continue reading

#38 Our Gracious and Brilliant Lord


Luke 7:39-43 ESV Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, He would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching Him, for she … Continue reading

#37 To Love the Lord with Undying Love


Luke 7:37a, 38 NASB And there was a woman in the city who was a sinner…she brought an alabaster vial of perfume, and standing behind Him (Christ) at His feet, weeping, she began to wet His feet with her tears, … Continue reading

#36 The Last and Largest Love


Luke 14:26 AMPC If any man comes to Me and does not hate…[yes] and even his own life also—he cannot be My disciple.” Oswald Chambers said, “Salvation and discipleship are not the same thing.” The difference between the follower and … Continue reading

#35 Do You Love Me?


John 21:17 NASB “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” This is the most terrible question possible to the one who has beheld the Son of God and loved Him with passion. This question hangs over us all, and … Continue reading