DEVOTIONAL BY BILLY GRAHAM – HOPE FOR EACH DAY
Christ Is King
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom. – PSALM 145:13
The government in God’s kingdom is unique. It is not a democracy where the people govern, but a “Christocracy” where Christ is the supreme authority. In a society of unredeemed people, democracy is the only fair and equitable system. But no democracy can ever be better than the people who make it up. When citizens are selfishly motivated, the government will be inequitable. When people are dishonest, the government will be the same. When everyone wants his own way, someone is going to get hurt.
But in God’s kingdom, Christ is King. He is compassionate, fair, merciful, and just. When He is sovereign in men’s hearts, anguish turns to peace, hatred is transformed into love, and misunderstanding into harmony.
Is Christ the King of your motives and your attitudes?
DEVOTIONAL BY CHARLES STANLEY – ON HOLY GROUND
The Great Decision
Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 6:11
All day long he had barked orders at his detachment of soldiers. If there was a job lower than this one, he couldn’t name it. No one volunteered for this detail; they were sentenced to it. A cold rain washed over the centurion’s face as an intense storm swept over Jerusalem. The earth rolled and shook in response to each bolt of lightning. There amid the wind and the rain, he found himself face-to-face with the cross of Jesus Christ.
Earlier he had witnessed the jeers of the crowd and the hate that had poured pout of their mouths. And though he didn’t show it, his heart mourned for the crucified man’s family. How helpless and vulnerable they appeared. Then in a loud outcry, begging God to forgive those who had harmed Him, Jesus died.
The centurion knew what anger looked like. He had seen it often among his fellow soldiers. He also knew the contempt of betrayal and what it felt like to be rejected. But he saw none of that on Christ’s face. There were only love and forgiveness.
Looking up to the cross, the centurion proclaimed in a loud voice, “Truly this was the Son of God!” Whether or not he understood all that happened, he recognized the identity of the Man on the cross.
The greatest decision you will ever make has to do with the cross of Christ, where the Son of God gave Himself for you. Acknowledge Him and receive eternal life.
DEVOTIONAL FROM POSTCARDS FROM HEAVEN – CLAIRE CLONINGER
What Is Your Answer?
There is one question that you alone can answer. When it is put to you, answer carefully. Your reply must flow from the inmost depths of who you are. No authority on earth can help you answer, and no authority on earth can refute your true response. Your answer to this one question will determine the way you live your life. It will mold your character and chart your course. It will be both your anchor and your compass. It will move for you the very gates of eternity.
“Who do you say I am?: Jesus asked Peter. When that question is put to you, I pray your reply will be, “The Christ, the Son of the living God. My Lord and my King.”
Be ready to answer.
Peter’s Confession of Christ
27 Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?”
28 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.”
29 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
Peter answered, “You are the Christ.”
8 The Lord is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and rich in love.
9 The Lord is good to all;
he has compassion on all he has made.
10 All you have made will praise you, O Lord;
your saints will extol you.
11 They will tell of the glory of your kingdom
and speak of your might,
12 so that all men may know of your mighty acts
and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and your dominion endures through all generations.
DEVOTIONAL BY OSWALD CHAMBERS – MY UTMOST FOR HIS HIGHEST
Faith or Experience?
. . . the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me —Galatians 2:20
We should battle through our moods, feelings, and emotions into absolute devotion to the Lord Jesus. We must break out of our own little world of experience into abandoned devotion to Him. Think who the New Testament says Jesus Christ is, and then think of the despicable meagerness of the miserable faith we exhibit by saying, “I haven’t had this experience or that experience”! Think what faith in Jesus Christ claims and provides— He can present us faultless before the throne of God, inexpressibly pure, absolutely righteous, and profoundly justified. Stand in absolute adoring faith “in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God— and righteousness and sanctification and redemption . . .” (1 Corinthians 1:30). How dare we talk of making a sacrifice for the Son of God! We are saved from hell and total destruction, and then we talk about making sacrifices!
We must continually focus and firmly place our faith in Jesus Christ— not a “prayer meeting” Jesus Christ, or a “book” Jesus Christ, but the New Testament Jesus Christ, who is God Incarnate, and who ought to strike us dead at His feet. Our faith must be in the One from whom our salvation springs. Jesus Christ wants our absolute, unrestrained devotion to Himself. We can never experience Jesus Christ, or selfishly bind Him in the confines of our own hearts. Our faith must be built on strong determined confidence in Him.
It is because of our trusting in experience that we see the steadfast impatience of the Holy Spirit against unbelief. All of our fears are sinful, and we create our own fears by refusing to nourish ourselves in our faith. How can anyone who is identified with Jesus Christ suffer from doubt or fear! Our lives should be an absolute hymn of praise resulting from perfect, irrepressible, triumphant belief.