Devotionals for December 2017


#72 The Discipline Needed to Run Your Race


1 Corinthians 9:27 AMPC But [like a boxer] I buffet my body [handle it roughly, discipline it by hardships] and subdue it… Paul, that great runner who finished his own race, compares his walk with the runner and the boxer, … Continue reading

#71 The Power to Run Your Race


Philippians 3:10 AMPC (emphasis mine) [For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and … Continue reading

#70 The Prize Worth Every Effort


Philippians 3:14 AMPC I press on toward the goal to win the [supreme and heavenly] prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward. Runners run for a prize. Paul sees the goal of his race clearly, a … Continue reading

#69 The Precious Course Set Before Us


Hebrews 12:1b …let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…  The God-given RACE of life is a course, a prize, a power, a discipline, and a finish. THE COURSE is entirely individual. We are in NO competition … Continue reading

#68 The Irresistible Power of Weakness


Extinguished the power of raging fire, escaped the devourings of the sword, out of frailty and weakness won strength and became stalwart, even mighty and resistless in battle, routing alien hosts. Hebrews 11:34 AMPC Bear with me, for this day … Continue reading

#67 LET Christ Have It All


Hebrews 12:1 AMPC …let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us… Makes me weary just to read this! From the experience of ME and of real … Continue reading

The Many Witnesses to the Light


Moses Saw the Light Moses saw His Star coming. Clear and sure. Jesus said, “He wrote of Me.” I see Him, but not now; I behold Him, but not near; A Star shall come out of Jacob; A Scepter shall … Continue reading

The Birth of the Light of the World


Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east at its rising and have come to worship Him. Matthew 2:2 AMPC The heavens announced the birth of Light. With Light… … Continue reading

#66 The Diabolical that Deftly and Cleverly Clings


…that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us… Hebrews 12:1 AMPC What ‘being’ does that describe? Deftly and cleverly clinging, slick and shrewd! What ‘creature’ stays after us, hounding and accusing day and night? What … Continue reading

#65 To Walk in the Light of God


1 John 1:7 ESV But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all unrighteousness. Walk is the most common … Continue reading

#64 Be Free of Weights and Sins


Hebrews 12:1 ESV …lay aside every weight, and sin…  This is simply describing repentance, which is to SEE and then ‘lay aside’ your burden and sin on Christ in His Cross. LET go of it all! Put it OFF of … Continue reading

#63 The Singular Sin of Hebrews 12


Hebrews 12:1 AMPC Therefore…let us strip off and throw aside…that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us… What is the sin, that singular word, not plural? The basic sin of mankind is independence of God. … Continue reading

#62 The Stone on My Back


Hebrews 12:1 AMPC …let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight)…  The unnecessary weight! What is that? You could name it most anything we carry, or everything we think we can do or fix. The true weight that keeps … Continue reading

#61 How Often Do We Just Listen to Jesus?


Matthew 5:1-2 AMPC Seeing the crowds, He went up on the mountain; and when He was seated, His disciples came to Him. Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying: “Blessed are…”  Unencumbered by the crowds, away from the … Continue reading

#60 Never Hurried, Never Worried


Hebrews 12:1 AMPC …let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight)… It seems that Jesus never hurried and never worried. He ever left it all – and Himself as well – in the hands of the Father. As … Continue reading

#59 Let Us Also Lay Aside Every Weight


Hebrews 12:1 ESV Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight… As I looked back into an old Bible, I was astonished at what I had written in the … Continue reading

#58 The Cloud of Witnesses Watching


Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses…
 Hebrews 12:1 NKJV The long list of Hebrews 11, from Abel to Daniel and then others not named but remembered…this is the “cloud of witnesses.” Real … Continue reading

#57 Strong Faith through Utter Weakness


…who by faith conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong…
 Hebrews 11:33-34 NASB The greatest paradox about strong faith, is that it … Continue reading

#56 Out of Frailty and Weakness


Hebrews11:34 AMPC …out of frailty and weakness won strength and became stalwart, even mighty and resistless in battle, routing alien hosts. The work of faith is begun when we are reduced to absolute weakness. When life is overpowering, when situations … Continue reading

#55 Faith and Only Faith Is What We Need


Hebrews 11:33-34a NASB …who by faith conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises, shut the mouth of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword… Simply put, faith and only faith is our need for … Continue reading