Early Morning Prayer

Matthew 25:23; 1 Corinthians 14:40; Colossians 2:5

In Jesus’ Name, I Pray God’s Will for You Today

I pray that you will be faithful in everything you do, and that you will carry out your responsibilities in a fitting and orderly way. May you maintain order in the things God has placed in your care. I pray that the Lord will be pleased with your work and find you faithful to take charge of greater things. May your work show the mark of excellence that can only come from God. I pray that His name be glorified through your faithfulness and orderliness.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Praise God

Praise the LORD God, the God of Israel, who alone does such wonderful things.

~ Psalm 72:18 [NLT]

When was the last time you took a moment to praise God? Praise can look like singing a song to the Lord, writing down what you are grateful for, sharing your testimony to a friend, or just offering up a prayer of thanks to the Lord. We serve a God who does marvelous deeds. Don’t be one that takes his goodness for granted. Praise Him because our God is worthy of our praise.

Cursed is Everyone

by Pastor Ricky Kurth

The Law curses “every one that continueth not in all things… of the law” (Gal. 3:10). The words “continueth” and “all” here tell us the Law demands 100% faithfulness 100% of the time! Though this may sound unreasonable, how many of our married readers are satisfied with 99% faithfulness from your spouse? Even if you could go 70 years without sinning, then sin, the Law would curse you. This too might sound unreasonable, but if you go 70 years without killing anyone, then snap, the law won’t let you slide just because you’ve never done it before, and neither will God!

“But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident” (Gal. 3:11). The Greek word for “evident” here is translated “certain” when Paul says, “we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain that we can carry nothing out” (I Tim. 6:7). You’ll never see a U-Haul trailer behind a hearse! And it is just as evident that no one can be justified by the Law. You might look good in your neighbor’s sight, but we’re talking about “the sight of God” (Gal. 3:11). Even Abraham looked good to his neighbors, but he couldn’t boast before God (Rom. 4:2), for God knew he lied about his wife.

No, “The just shall live by faith” (Gal. 3:11), that is, the way you get to bejust is by faith. “And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them” (Gal. 3:12), i.e., live eternally (Lev. 18:5 cf. Luke 10:25-28). God is fair. If you could obey Him perfectly, He would give you eternal life. It is not technically correct to say the only way to heaven is by faith. But while there are two ways to get to the moon, by rocket and by jumping, one of these two ways is impossible! Just so, there are two ways to get to heaven, by faith and by the works of the Law (Rom. 2:6-10), but the latter is just as impossible! (Gal. 2:16).

Thankfully, “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us” (Gal. 3:13). “That the blessing of Abraham [salvation] might come on the Gentiles through….” Through what? Through Israel? Through circumcision, or the Law? This was true for Gentiles in the Old Testament. But today the blessing of Abraham comes on us “through Jesus Christ.” Why not “believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31). Notice it doesn’t say “believe and be good.” It just says believe and be saved! “Christ died for our sins…and…rose again” (I Cor. 15:3,4). Don’t try to add any good works to Christ’s work, for salvation is “to him that worketh not, but believeth!” (Rom. 4:5).

Early Morning Prayer

Acts 11:14; Acts 16:31-34

In Jesus’ Name, I Pray God’s Will for You Today

I pray for God’s salvation to come upon your home. Since you believe in Jesus, may you claim the promise from His Word that says, “you will be saved, you and your household.” I pray that everyone in your home may receive the fullness of life in Christ. May you be filled with joy as you usher Christ into your home, and see the power of the Holy Spirit fill each member of your household. Praise God for the salvation of your household!

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Early Morning Prayer

Luke 6:37; 11:4; 1 Peter 4:8

In Jesus’ Name, I Pray God’s Will for You Today

I thank God for you and your humility to forgive others. As you have forgiven those who have offended you, I pray that you will experience the forgiveness of God in the same measure. May you continue to fill your heart with love and forgiveness, never judging nor accusing. Remember that God forgives you, as you forgive those who have sinned against you. I pray that you will grow in humility, wisdom, and grace as you pardon offenses, which will always come. May you love others deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Pure Religion

Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.

James 1:27 [NLT]

The orphans and widows during this time in history would have represented societies’ most helpless members. Now we may think of refugees, foster kids, or those trapped in poverty. According to James “pure religion” is more than getting a service right or following a certain set of rituals but about showing up and helping those in need as well as keeping yourself untainted by the world and it’s systems. We must not forget in our quest for justice that we are pursuing justice in the name of Jesus. It is not the systems of the world that will save us. God can use them to bring justice forth but we must be leery of relying on a person, group, campaign, or any other human construct as our salvation. While God uses humans, He alone is able to judge with perfection.

Early Morning Devotional

How They Shine!

by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

Years ago, while preaching the Word at a Bible conference, I noticed a young lady in one of the front pews who wasn’t listening to a word I was saying. 

I could understand, however, for evidently she had just become engaged to be married. Her eyes were focused on the ring on the third finger of her left hand, and her heart and mind, evidently, on the young man who had placed it there. 

With a pleased look on her face, and cocking her head from one side to the other, she gazed at that diamond from every angle. No matter how she looked at it, it shone — entirely apart from the quality of the stone. It shone because it spoke to her of him and of his love for her, and was the symbol of her betrothal to him. 

For some time after I had concluded my message, my mind went back to that scene. The ring that had so occupied this young lady’s attention, made me think of the Bible, the very Book we had been studying that night. Examine that blessed Book ever so carefully; look at it from any angle and it shines! It made me think too of the grand Subject of that Book, the Lord Jesus Christ, to whom we believers have been “espoused… as a chaste virgin” (II Cor. 11:2). Unlike any earthly friend, He shines no matter how one looks at Him. Examine His words, His deeds, His personal attributes, from any angle and ever so carefully, and no matter how you look at Him He shines!