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Daily Discipleship Devotionals



The Gift of Salvation


“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,not of works, lest anyone should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9

Why is a gift of salvation so hard to accept? Why do so many people look for their own way to heaven? Why do people try to make God fit into their own belief system? Regardless of the many who reject these two verses, they are truth. There is only one way to heaven and the only Way is by receiving the free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ. Despite the growing and ever present number of religious groups which believe otherwise, this truth will be the only one that matters when it is all said and done. Because in essence, we as mankind have a hard time accepting the “gift.” The old saying that there is no free lunch sets us up to trust only in those things we earn. Trust is the key word. Where do we put our trust? We either trust in the Lord or we trust in ourselves.

Many today try to blend a combination of the two. They trust the Lord to give them the gift of salvation because they work so hard to please Him. And these works and efforts can really look good. They attend church regularly, serve when needed, give as required, and try to live overall lives that maintain Christian moral values. But they give themselves too much credit. God does not want anyone to do anything for Him because He has already done everything for us. So how do we accept His gift? We need to realize that the gift has been given by grace, and to receive the gift, all we need to do is believe. We just need to believe in our hearts that Jesus died on the cross for all of our sins and that without Him we are spiritually dead and destined to spend eternity separated from Him. Believe in Jesus, not in man’s good works.

Are you tired and weary of trying to please God? Even if you have professed faith and accepted Jesus as your Lord, you still might be trying so hard to please Him. Today, we need to accept His promise and rest in Him. Let’s live today to the fullest in God’s gift by trusting Him in all things and all areas of our lives. Start by talking to Him. Give your heart to Jesus, give Him your burdens today and He will show you mercy. Worship and praise Him and your heart will begin to sense His joy and peace. Why would any of us desire to follow any other way?

(Daily discipleship)

The Marks of New Life

“Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.” – 1 Peter 4:12-13

You know, a lot of strange and sometimes exciting things can happen to you when you’re traveling. In Genesis 32, we find Jacob traveling back home, and he has an experience that is more than just exciting. Jacob is met by a host of angels. Then he receives word that his brother, Esau, is heading his way with four hundred men, and he assumes he’s in for a battle, which causes him great fear and distress. But the most amazing thing of all happened while he was alone at night. He had a wrestling match with an angel, in which he prevailed, his life was preserved, and God blessed him.

In that encounter with God, his life was changed for all time. No longer would he be Jacob–the con man, liar, thief. He was now Israel, a prince who had power with God. But note something significant. He doesn’t begin to beat his chest and flex his muscles and announce to one and all that he had wrestled with God and prevailed.

In deep humility and wonder he says, “It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared” (32:30). Immediately, he begins to show the marks of a new life. He is a different person.

Today you may be facing a similar encounter with God. It may have come through a sickness, a heartache, the loss of a job, or some other difficult circumstance. And it hurts. But the very encounters we resist because of their pain are the ones that can lead us to a changed life and a deeper fellowship with the Lord.


Lord, I submit to your correction as to a dear and loving Father. Amen.

To Ponder

We are never closer to God than when we are resisting in a spiritual battle through the power of the Holy Spirit.

(The Navigators)






***How to Know God Personally

Sharing Our Faith to Loved Ones

Forgiving Ourselves

Responding to God’s Grace

Go Make Disciples

Go Preach the Gospel

Who Do You Say That I Am?

Who Is Jesus

Prayer Without Ceasing

Talk About Jesus

Answered Prayer

Man’s Nature

Baptism and the Fullness of the Holy Spirit

Foundation of Unwavering Faith

Jesus Our Rock

New Life

Words of Life

Picture This

Trusting God

Down in the Depths of the Deepest Sea

When We Suffer

Responding to the Word

Thus Saith the Lord

Living Out His Word

God’s Word Is Pure

One body

Do You Have Eternal Life?

Return to Your First Love

The Imperishable Word

Finding Strength

The New Testament Church

The Imperishable Word

Watchmen on the Wall

Jesus Our Example

Savior of the World

Servant Leaders

Church Life

A Worthy Leader

For the Common Good

We’re In This Together


Cross of Christ

Spiritual Multiplication

God’s Word

The Transformation

To the Ends of the Earth

The Gospel Message



Sovereignty of God

Following Jesus

Fruit of the Vine


Jesus the Example

For the Sake of Others

Make Disciples

Lord of Your Heart

Out of the Ordinary

Consider the Consequences

Our Ever Present Help

Streams of Living Water

God’s Army

Called-Out Ones

The Creation of Man

Thanks Be to God

Help for the Hurting

Come As You Are

Life Choices

Just Like You

Bringing up the Future

Every Day With God

God’s Care for His Children

Evangelism, Every Believer’s Calling

Vision Without Boundaries

Are We There Yet?

Who, Me?

God, Have You Forgotten Me?

Good News for Bad People

Life is Hard, and Then…

When God Makes a Promise

Meditating on the Word

A Compass for Life

Lest You Be Deceived

Living By the Word

Power Without End

God In You

Our Great God

Staying on Course

The Living God

Salt-Block Christians

Full of compassion

Words of Life

A Burning Message

I’ve Got Good News!

Love Without Limit

Open Territory

Love Means Listening

A Leader’s Character

A Bold Witness

Reproducing Yourself

Till All Have Heard

Unselfish Leading

A United Effort