October 22 – The Sacrament of Communion

“For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.” I Corinthians 11:26

Jesus said, “This do ye…in remembrance of me.” (Verse 25) For years the Jewish people have celebrated Passover with bread and wine, commemorating their deliverance from Egypt. Now Jesus was establishing a sacrament that celebrated His death on the cross and the wonderful gift of salvation.

The bread signifies His Body. The wine, or grape juice, represents His blood. His body was broken and His blood was shed for the forgiveness of sins and the healing of bodies. (See Isaiah 53:5.)

“I am the living bread which cometh down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” (John 6:5 1)

Partaking of the communion elements in church is an act of spiritual union with Christ. Communion alone does not save. God desires for the remembrance of what He did on the cross to drive you to your knees and cause you to live a life obedient to His Word and pleasing to Him. The next time you eat of the bread and drink of the cup, renew your vows to serve God faithfully, with expectation of His soon return.

PRAY:  “Dear Lord, thank You for Your gift of love on the cross of salvation. I will remember Your Son’s death and resurrection as I seek to please You with my life. Amen.”


October 21 – Water Baptism

    “Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John to be baptized of him.” Matthew 3:13

Jesus set the example in water baptism and then commanded His followers to practice the same. (See Matthew 28:19.) The word in the Greek is “baptizo” which means “to dip or submerge.” Being immersed in water is a form of death, since you cannot live under water. Baptism, then, becomes a way of identifying with the death of Christ.

Romans 6:4-5 reads, “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection.”

Obedience in water baptism has the effect of putting to death your “old nature” (Romans 6:6) and giving birth to God’s “divine nature” in you (II Peter 1:4). It can help you to overcome paralyzing addictions or lingering illness. Remember, the same water that destroyed the Egyptians brought deliverance to the children of Israel. (See Exodus 14:28.)

Leave the Egyptians behind. Put faith in your water baptism and partake of the divine nature that God has for you “For he that is dead is freed from sin.”
(Romans 6:7)

PRAY:  “Father, I am willing to die to the desires of my flesh in order to put on Your new nature.  Receive my baptism and give me Your resurrection life. In Jesus’ Name, amen.”

October 20 – Fruit of the Spirit

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23

As you yield to the Holy Spirit and grow in God, you can expect your life to produce fruit…the fruit of the Spirit. You should see God’s love evidenced in your life…His joy, His peace…and even the ability to suffer long! You are becoming more like Jesus!

The fruit of the Spirit is “radiated” from your life. It just begins to naturally become a part of you, and others will notice the changes. God is changing even your desires by placing within you His desires. (See Psalm 37:4.) You are growing in the character, nature, and makeup of God.

Further evidence of His Holy Spirit in you is the manifestation of the gifts of the Spirit. (See I Corinthians 12:7-10.) These are the physical, outward workings of the Spirit, such as tongues, interpretation of tongues, prophecy, and the like. These workings must be “exercised” as the Spirit gives utterance.

Do you see how complete the Holy Spirit is making you? Yield your life more to Him each day. He must increase and you must decrease! (See John 3:30.)

PRAY:  “Gracious Lord, thank You for making my life fruitful. I want to be useful to You by radiating and manifesting Your Spirit to others. Fill me, Lord. In Jesus’ Name, amen.”

October 19 – Baptism in the Holy Spirit

“John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire.” Luke 3:16

John the Baptist was baptizing with water, but Jesus spoke of a “Spirit” baptism that carried with it an anointing and “fire.” At salvation you were given a “measure” of faith (Romans 12:3), but God expects that measure to grow. He desires your infilling of His Spirit to grow to overflowing…that is, a baptism in His Spirit like the Upper Room experience at Pentecost. (See Acts 2:4.)

Receiving more of God in your life always requires your DESIRE. God does not force Himself on you. It begins with a deep hunger and thirst for God. “If any man thirst, let him come unto me and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.” (John 7:37b-38). He was speaking of a Holy Spirit baptism.

The disciples were filled with the Spirit as they persevered in worship and prayer, expecting to receive more from God. (See Acts 1:14.) The result was a noticeable increase in power and boldness to do the works of God. They began to preach the Gospel like never before and saw the gifts of the Spirit more evident in their lives. Ask Him today to fill you with His Spirit.

PRAY: “Father God, I yield myself to Your precious Holy Spirit for a greater infilling. Increase Your anointing in me. I desire Your spiritual fire. In Jesus’ Name, amen.”

October 18 – Assurance of Salvation

“These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”  I John 5:13

Your total assurance of salvation…the goal of the Gospel—guiltlessness…comes by trusting and believing God’s Word and NOT your own good works. (See Ephesians 2:8-9.) Review these ABC’s:

A) ACKNOWLEDGE – Do you acknowledge and accept your need for a Saviour? Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”
B) BELIEVE – Do you believe in your heart that God sent His Son to die on a cross for the sins of mankind and to be victoriously resurrected?
C) CONFESS – Do you confess Jesus as Lord and Savior as an act of surrender to His path and purpose for your life by obeying His Word?

If you answered “yes” to these questions, then KNOW that you are saved! Do not live with an “I’ll never be good enough” sin complex. Do not get preoccupied with sin! God is preoccupied with forgiveness! Accept God’s gift of salvation…today is the day of SALVATION. (See II Corinthians 6:2.)

PRAY: “Loving Father, I accept Your gift of salvation, paid for by the blood of Your Son, Jesus. Make me whole in my spirit so that I might follow You without reservation. I love You, Jesus! In Your Name, I pray. Amen.”

October 17 – Commitment

“Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.” Psalm 37:5

The Bible says, “COMMIT” your way unto the Lord, not “SUBMIT” (under duress). It’s your decision to give your life back to God and trust Him in all your ways. God will not force you to love Him and serve Him. He has given you a free will. It is YOUR choice.

When you “commit” your way unto God, you are exchanging YOUR way for HIS Way. You are actually putting your own way to death and choosing God’s Way instead. You are “sanctifying” your way…“devoting” it to destruction. However, when you are ready to die, God is ready to give you life!

“Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him.” (Romans 6:8) It is God’s law of divine exchange. You give Him your old dead plans, and He breathes life into them and gives them back, plus more!

Commitment is a painful but rewarding process. As you allow your way to line up with God’s Way, He promises to “bring it to pass.” Therein lies the reward… God will bring it to pass. Go ahead. “Commit” that plan 100% to God. It is YOUR decision.

PRAY:  “Faithful God, You have never turned Your back on me, even when I tried to run from You. Help me to die to my selfish desires and ‘commit’ wholly to Your will. In Jesus’ Name, amen.”

October 16 – The Decision to Grow in God

“Seek the Lord, and his strength: seek his face evermore.” Psalm 105:4

You will never GROW in God without a willingness to CHANGE. Growth requires change. Many people are satisfied to remain the same and therefore will never see growth in their Christian lives.

For things to remain the same, you simply must DO NOTHING. For things to change, you must make a decision to DO SOMETHING. If you do nothing, you can never be wrong! However, you can never be RIGHT, either! Besides, doing nothing is boring!

The Bible says that to grow in God you must “SEEK” God. To “SEEK” God means to PURSUE Him. You can pursue Him through PRAYER, FELLOWSHIP, INVOLVEMENT (in God’s work), GIVING (of finances), and WITNESSING. When you pursue God, you are pursuing RIGHTEOUSNESS.

Hosea 10:12 says, “Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy, break up your fallow [idle] ground: for it is time to seek the Lord….” Are you ready to change? Are you ready to grow? Have you made the decision to “SEEK” God? Remember, Hebrew 11:16 says, “[God] is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

PRAY: “Dear Father, I am willing to make whatever changes are necessary for me to grow. Increase my desire and discipline to ‘seek’ You more. Thank You, Lord. In Jesus’ Name, amen.”