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The Word for Today Daily Devotional for 2022


Friday, January 21, 2022

There Is No Turning Back

‘But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.’ Hebrews 10:38 NKJV

A little boy in Sunday school heard the story of how Lot’s wife looked back towards Sodom and turned into a pillar of salt (see Genesis 19:26). ‘That’s nothing,’ he said. ‘Last week when my mother was driving down the street, she looked back—and turned into a telephone pole!’

Seriously, God says, ‘If anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.’ Every pilot knows there is a point of no return. The runway has all been used up; it’s fly or die! In Hebrews chapter eleven we find a list of...More

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Don’t ‘Fly Off The Handle’

‘A quick-tempered person does foolish things.’ Proverbs 14:17 NIV

When people lose their temper, one of the most common expressions used to describe their reaction is ‘flying off the handle’. The phrase refers to the head of a hammer coming loose from the handle as you attempt to use it. And several not-so-good things happen as a consequence.

(1) The hammer becomes useless. Your message may be all-important, but the manner in which you deliver it determines whether or not you get the results you desire. Simply stated, when people don’t take you seriously, you don’t get the outcome you hoped...More

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

The Story Of Cyprian

‘I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you.’ Ezekiel 36:26 NKJV

Cyprian, a wealthy noble who lived during the third century, enjoyed galloping about Carthage in his gold and bejewelled chariot. He wore fancy clothes studded with diamonds and precious stones and lived a debauched life. In a letter to one of the Christian theologians of his time, Cyprian said he couldn’t possibly conceive how he could change his life—the life he had lived for so long. The inveterate habits, tastes, and desires that he had developed, the sins he clutched to his bosom, how could he possibly give these things...More

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Be Gentle (4)

‘Whoever heeds correction is honoured.’ Proverbs 13:18 NIV

When someone corrects you, be teachable and not unreachable. ‘Let every man be quick to listen but slow to use his tongue, and slow to lose his temper.’ (James 1:19 PHPS) If you do the first two things, the third one naturally falls into place. If you are quick to listen and slow to answer back, you’re going to be slow to lose your temper.

‘Whoever heeds correction is honoured.’ So use your ears more than your mouth, and be willing to accept correction. The wisest people have a ‘teach me’ attitude and are willing to learn from...More

Monday, January 17, 2022

Be Gentle (3)

‘A gentle answer quiets anger, but a harsh one stirs it up.’ Proverbs 15:1 GNT

When someone disagrees with you, be tender without surrender. You will never be able to please everyone. You will always meet people who like to argue and quarrel. Some people will contradict everything you say. How should you respond to them? One of the tests of spiritual maturity is how you handle those who disagree with you. Some people have a need to demolish anyone who disagrees with them. If you challenge them or offer a comparison, complaint, or criticism, they respond with a full-blown personal attack. Then what do you do?...More

Sunday, January 16, 2022

Be Gentle (2)

‘Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarrelling.’ Romans 14:1 NIV

When someone upsets or disappoints you, God expects you to be gracious towards them instead of judgmental. The Bible says, ‘If someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.’ (Galatians 6:1 NIV) You say, ‘Tempted how?’ Tempted to become judgmental or ‘holier than thou’. That’s the wrong response.

‘Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarrelling.’ Instead of criticising their faults, you’re supposed to help...More

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Be Gentle (1)

‘Show a gentle attitude.’ Philippians 4:5 GNT

The Greek word used for gentleness means ‘strength under control’. It pictures a wild stallion that has been tamed. It doesn’t mean to be weak and wimpy. The only two people in the Bible who were called gentle—Moses and Jesus—were both strong. Gentleness is restraining your reactions. It’s choosing your response to people rather than merely reacting to them. For the next few days, let’s look at what it means to be gentle.

When someone serves you, be thoughtful and not demanding. Paul writes, ‘Don’t just think about your own affairs, but...More

Friday, January 14, 2022

Be Wise—Say Nothing!

‘The prudent hold their tongues.’ Proverbs 10:19 NIV

The story is told of a wealthy grandfather who went to his doctor to be fitted for a special hearing aid. The device not only allowed him to hear perfectly, it was hidden so no one could see it. When he went back for a follow-up visit, the doctor said, ‘Your family must be happy to know that now you can hear.’

The grandfather said, ‘Well, I haven’t told them about my hearing aid. I just sit around and listen to their conversations—and I’ve already changed my will three times!’

The Bible says, ‘The prudent hold their...More

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Go Back And Make Things Right

‘Tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord.’ Psalm 78:4 NIV

A legacy, good or bad, is something handed down from one person to another. Perhaps, over time, God has healed your hurts and you have moved on, but what have you left behind? The harsh words you spoke may have been based on what was happening at the time, but now you see things more clearly. It’s wonderful when you move from resenting others to forgiving them—but have you left unhealed wounds?

James writes, ‘Be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God...More

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

The Case For God (4)

‘They began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused.’ Romans 1:21 NLT

Contemplating the amazing design of our universe, physicist and Nobel laureate, Arno Penzias, tries to explain it this way: ‘Astronomy leads us to a unique event, a universe… created out of nothing, one with the very delicate balance needed to provide exactly the conditions required to permit life. In the absence of an absurdly improbable accident, the observations of modern science seem to suggest an underlying, one might say, supernatural plan.’

Harvard biologist...More

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

The Case For God (3)

‘Through everything God made, they can clearly see His invisible qualities.’ Romans 1:20 NLT

They say, ‘There are none so blind as those who wilI not see!’ Richard Dawkins, the well-known atheist said, ‘It is absolutely safe to say that, if you meet somebody who claims not to believe in evolution, that person is ignorant, stupid or insane.’ But the truth is, most great scientific minds from the past—brilliant men who founded and developed key disciplines of science—were creationists. For example:

(1) Physics: Newton, Faraday, Maxwell, Kelvin.

(2) Chemistry: Boyle, Dalton,...More

Monday, January 10, 2022

The Case For God (2)

‘He who built all things is God.’ Hebrews 3:4 NKJV

Imagine a human skull evolving with holes and sockets in just the right places. ‘Then,’ as Ray Comfort writes, ‘by accident came the brain, interconnected to two eyes, two ears, one nose, skin, blood, nerves, mouth, teeth, tongue, salivary glands and taste buds, connected to a neck and a body with heart, liver, kidneys, lungs, in both male and female with complex, complementary reproductive systems—and that a similar thing happened throughout all the animal kingdom.’

Atheists claim something can bring itself into being from nothing, and...More

Sunday, January 9, 2022

The Case For God (1)

‘He never left them without evidence of Himself.’ Acts 14:17 NLT

Do you believe there is a God who made all things, including you? Yes? Then you’re blessed. On the other hand, if you don’t believe in God, try to make an eye, an ear, or a brain. Only make one… from nothing! Or create a flower that can produce nectar which can be collected by bees you made and make them transform it into honey for you to eat. You breathe in life-giving oxygen released by trees, then you breathe out carbon dioxide giving the trees what they need for their survival. Brilliant, right? And since atheists believe all this came...More

Friday, January 7, 2022

Weigh Your Words Carefully

‘If we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way.’ James 3:2 NLT

When it comes to your tongue, here are three rules:

(1) Don’t speak too quickly. ‘We all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we… could also control ourselves in every other way.’ Because you can never be totally aware of all the sensitivities of a person, you must rely on the Holy Spirit to direct your speech in a way that doesn’t tap into their pain or other negative experiences. Everybody has a different sensitivity level, depending on their past...More

Thursday, January 6, 2022

How To Be Fruitful (5)

‘He prunes those branches that bear fruit for even larger crops.’ John 15:2 TLB

You must submit to the pruning process. ‘He prunes those branches that bear fruit for even larger crops.’ Pruning entails cutting off dead branches and cutting back living branches. Both are necessary to shape the tree and stimulate growth.

Professional pruners will tell you that most people are too hesitant when it comes to pruning. But God is not. He not only cuts off that which is sinful and superficial, He cuts back that which is alive and successful; a business that’s doing great, a satisfying relationship, or...More

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

How To Be Fruitful (4)

‘They are choked by life’s worries.’ Luke 8:14 NIV

You must eliminate the weeds. In His famous ‘Parable of the Sower’, Jesus said the seed fell into four different kinds of soil. ‘The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature.’ Notice, three varieties of ‘weeds’ can keep you from growing into spiritual maturity.

(1) Worry. You become so preoccupied with everyday cares that you take your eyes off Jesus.

(2) Riches. Making money and buying things dominates...More

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

How To Be Fruitful (3)

‘Let your roots grow down into Him, and let your lives be built on Him.’ Colossians 2:7 NLT

Paul writes this: ‘Just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow Him. Let your roots grow down into Him, and let your lives be built on Him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ… you… are complete through your union with Christ.’...More

Monday, January 3, 2022

How To Be Fruitful (2)

‘The godly have deep roots.’ Proverbs 12:3 NLT

You must cultivate deep spiritual roots. ‘Blessed are those who trust in the Lord… They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by… heat or worried by… months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.’ (Jeremiah 17:7–8 NLT) This Scripture gives you one reason why you need deep spiritual roots: to make it through the rough times—times of heat and drought.

Solomon said, ‘No one can be established through wickedness, but the...More

Sunday, January 2, 2022

How To Be Fruitful (1)

‘I chose you and appointed you that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last.’ John 15:16 NIV

When Jesus said, ‘I chose you and appointed you that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last,’ He was saying, ‘Spend your life in pursuit of that which has lasting significance and eternal value!’ What does He mean by ‘fruit’? ‘The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.’ (Galatians 5:22–23 NIV) Those nine qualities describe the only life that’s truly worth living.

Fortunately, you’re...More

Saturday, January 1, 2022

This Year, Glorify God And Enjoy Him

‘Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.’ 1 Corinthians 10:31 NKJV

In 1643, the Houses of Parliament in England abolished the way the Church of England was governed. An assembly of one hundred and twenty-one ministers and thirty laypeople was called together at Westminster Abbey to rebuild the English church. The documents coming out of that six-year assembly are some of the most famous in church history.

The first question in the Shorter Westminster Catechism reads, ‘What is the chief end of man?’ Answer: ‘To glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.’ The implications of that question and...More

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