September 13

Isaiah 12:1-14:32; 2 Corinthians 13:1-14; Psalm 57:1-11; Proverbs 23:9-11

Some people mistakenly think that the devil has as much power as God. That somehow satan is the evil equivalent to God. But, that is not true. What we call, “the devil” is a fallen angel who used to be fully submitted to God. His name was Lucifer, which means “Shining Star”. 

At some point, Lucifer rebelled against the God who created him. Instead of fulfilling his created purpose, Lucifer wanted to take God’s role. ” ‘I will ascend to heaven and set my throne above God’s stars. I will preside on the mountain of the gods far away in the north.”

Lucifer’s rebellion caused him to be thrown out of heaven. One third of the angels of heaven were exiled as well because they joined Lucifer. If God has the power to throw Lucifer out of heaven then God clearly has more power than the devil. As a child of God, you should be aware that you are on the winning side! God has already defeated satan on your behalf. Don’t give place to him or let him think that he can stop what God is doing in your life. You are victorious 

Tomorrow’s Reading: Isaiah 15:1-18:7; Galatians 1:1-24; Psalm 58:1-11; Proverbs 23:12

September 12

Isaiah 10:1-11:16; 2 Corinthians 12:11-21; Psalm 56:1-13; Proverbs 23:6-8

God will never be left without representatives on the earth! Israel had very actively disobeyed God and walked away from His commands. Because of God’s Holiness, He could not allow their sin to go unpunished. But, even while the punishment was being foretold, God let His people know that the punishment would not last forever and that a remnant would remain.

As bad as things may get, you can never underestimate God’s ability to turn things around. You may think you are alone or the only one, but God will always reserve a group of people who have proven themselves loyal to Him! Those who seem to be up today can (and will) be taken down tomorrow.

There is hope for every situation because God will not leave Himself without a faithful witness on the earth. So, if you expect to always win and still be standing when the dust settles, show yourself faithful to God regardless of the pressure. Jesus represented that remnant. It was through Him that all of us were able to come back to God. Jesus is the way back to God for anyone who will accept Him. Recommit yourself to Him today.

Tomorrow’s Reading: Isaiah 12:1-14:32; 2 Corinthians 13:1-14; Psalm 57:1-11; Proverbs 23:9-11

September 11

Isaiah 8:1-9:21; 2 Corinthians 12:1-10; Psalm 55:1-23; Proverbs 23:4-5

When you have a glimpse of God’s majesty, you will understand that the presence of God is invaluable. Throughout history, humanity has tried to find ways to gain access to God’s presence. When we are going through difficult times, this is precisely the time we need to know that God is with us. 

While Israel was laboring under the pain of punishment, they are given hope! Someone greater than Uzziah would be born and this leader would be a “Mighty God, everlasting Father and the Prince of Peace.” When this King is born, His reign will never end! 

God loved us so much that He did not leave us alone. You should rejoice today that you have access to the God who is with us– always and for ever. 

Tomorrow’s Reading:  Isaiah 10:1-11:16; 2 Corinthians 12:11-21; Psalm 56:1-13; Proverbs 23:6-8

September 10

Isaiah 6:1-7:25; 2 Corinthians 11:16-33; Psalm 54:1-7; Proverbs 23:1-3

Often we obscure our view of God, because we are looking at people. Isaiah was a powerful prophet sent by The Lord to call Israel back to a relationship with God. At some point, Isaiah had taken his eyes off God and started to look at King Uzziah. Uzziah was a remarkable man. He had done a great job in leading Israel and his enemies would not dare attack Israel as long as he lead the armies.

In his old age, Uzziah contracted leprosy. He was slowly dying and fear ran through the country. If Uzziah died, Israel would be destroyed. Isaiah put his trust in the king instead of the King of kings. Upon King Uzziah’s death, Isaiah was able to regain his view of God.

Are there people in whom you are placing your trust? Or, are you trusting in your resources? It is easy to lose sight of God and His power. It is often when we experience loss that we are forced to rely on God and see Him for who He is. Isaiah was able to see the greatness of God! Everything else paled in comparison. God wants you to see Him in His glory, so that you will never take your eyes off Him.

Tomorrow’s Reading: Isaiah 8:1-9:21; 2 Corinthians 12:1-10; Psalm 55:1-23; Proverbs 23:4-5

September 9

Isaiah 3:1-5:30; 2 Corinthians 11:1-15; Psalm 53:1-6; Proverbs 22:28-29

God never loses hope in us! Israel was never consistent in its behavior and obedience to God.  Every act of disobedience carries consequences. As much as God loves us, sometimes the consequences cannot be waived. 

Even when God imposes judgment on Israel’s actions, He maintains hope that His people will learn and return to Him. In fact, God leaves the door open for that reconciliation to take place. In the midst of reading all the symptoms of the judgement of God, He promises a plan of restoration. 

You may have had to endure the consequences of your disobedience. Don’t lose hope because God hasn’t. He is hopeful that you will turn to Him. When you do that, God will wash away all the filth of the past and position you to walk forward into a bright future. Don’t give up on your future because God hasn’t. He is cheering for you to make a comeback.

Tomorrow’s Reading: Isaiah 6:1-7:25; 2 Corinthians 11:16-33; Psalm 54:1-7; Proverbs 23:1-3

September 8

Isaiah 1:1-2:22; 2 Corinthians 10:1-18; Psalm 52:1-9; Proverbs 22:26-27

God is always trying to get our attention. He loves us so much that He will never just leave us to our own devices. In subtle and not so subtle ways, God is always trying to reconcile with us and call us to go higher. Regardless of the things we have done to displease Him and even in the midst of the consequences of our disobedience, God is always trying to get us back in right relationship with Him. 

How wonderful it is to know that God’s love is so complete that regardless of how far we fall, He will always be there to pick us up if we call on Him. He cannot force us to accept His help but the very moment we cry out to Him, He comes running to us. 

Don’t ever be tricked into thinking that God has cut you off. He can’t. His love for us won’t let Him. Even if we walk away from Him, He will never walk away from us! What great news!!! Even when Israel disobeyed Him and they were suffering the punishment for their sins, God rescued a remnant of people who would remain loyal to Him. In the midst of their exile, God reaches out to them: “‘Come now, let’s settle this,’ says the Lord. ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.'”

Accept His invitation to take your relationship with Him to another level. He’s calling you today, will you answer?

Tomorrow’s Reading: Isaiah 3:1-5:30; 2 Corinthians 11:1-15; Psalm 53:1-6; Proverbs 22:28-29

September 7

Song of Solomon 5:1-8:14; 2 Corinthians 9:1-15; Psalm 51:1-19; Proverbs 22:24-25

The love between a man and a woman is powerful. We have heard it said that there is a thin line between love and hate! The advice from the young woman is, “Promise me, O women of Jerusalem, not to awaken love until the time is right.” 

She had experienced the real love of a man and she knew it was a priceless commodity that should not be undervalued. Love is not a word we hear much about today. People speak more of Twerking and lust than real love. It’s probably because real love transcends the physical. It is a deep and abiding commitment to a person through the ups and downs of life. 

Real love is so valuable that it cannot be purchased. “If a man tried to buy love with all his wealth, his offer would be utterly scorned.” Love is so powerful that oceans cannot quench it. Don’t settle for lust or the world’s definition of love. God is cultivating the heart of someone right now, to love you the way you deserve. Don’t settle for cheap love that lasts for a night. Wait for real love that lasts a lifetime. 

Tomorrow’s Reading: Isaiah 1:1-2:22; 2 Corinthians 10:1-18; Psalm 52:1-9; Proverbs 22:26-27

September 6

Song of Solomon 1:1-4:16; 2 Corinthians 8:16-24; Psalm 50:1-23; Proverbs 22:22-23

We often concern ourselves only with the big things and we think if we get only the big things right the little things will fall into place. However, the little things matter too. The Bible gives us wisdom about everything in life even relationships.

Relationships are complex and though there are big areas that we need to watch out for, we cannot overlook the little things that can destroy the relationship. If you only pay attention to the big things of fidelity, finances, and the future, you can miss the little things like kindness, thoughtfulness and selflessness.

“Catch all the foxes, those little foxes, before they ruin the vineyard of love, for the grapevines are blossoming!” (Song 2:15) Catching the little foxes requires diligence. If they are left to their own devices, they will destroy the relationship completely. Take some time to examine those relationships around you and see if there are traces of little foxes. Get rid of them before their presence takes its toll on you. 

Tomorrow’s Reading: Song of Solomon 5:1-8:14; 2 Corinthians 9:1-15; Psalm 51:1-19; Proverbs 22:24-25

September 5

Ecclesiastes 10:1-12:14; 2 Corinthians 8:1-15; Psalm 49:1-20; Proverbs 22:20-21

You cannot be a wise person if you do not manage well all the resources that have been given to you. The most precious asset you’ve been given is time. There is so much that remains undone because of our misuse of time. Time is so valuable that we only get a certain amount of it. God is so strategic that He not only gave you a purpose but He also gave you enough time to accomplish everything He called you to do. 

Time can be wasted in two ways: through laziness and too much leisure. Laziness is not producing at a maximum level. While we cannot run at 100% all the time, we should schedule our week so that there are times when we produce at a high level. Then there are times when we need to take some time off, or rest (The Bible calls this Sabbath). The other way that we misuse time is that we spend too much time resting and relaxing that we don’t accomplish anything. Hours, days, weeks and months go by and important tasks remain incomplete. 

See your life as meaningful and important. Endeavor to do everything God has assigned you to do. “Laziness leads to a sagging roof; idleness leads to a leaky house.”

Tomorrow’s Reading: Song of Solomon 1:1-4:16; 2 Corinthians 8:16-24; Psalm 50:1-23; Proverbs 22:22-23

September 4

Ecclesiastes 7:1-9:18; 2 Corinthians 7:8-16; Psalm 48:1-14; Proverbs 22:17-19

Solomon had the honor of being the wisest man on earth. But, when you read his wisdom, you find the words of a man who lacks wisdom. What happened to Solomon that caused him to have a skewed view of the world? 

Solomon lost sight of real wisdom. You see, there are two types of wisdom: wisdom from humans and wisdom from God. Human wisdom is nothing more than our logical way to make sense of a broken world. Wisdom from God only comes from seeking God and allowing the mind of God to show us a more excellent way through life’s situations. God granted Solomon divine wisdom but because of his rebellion, he turned from it and sought human wisdom and it led him to utter despair!

Our natural minds cannot make sense of this fallen world. Only God can. Seeking God will help us see something that human wisdom cannot process. Solomon missed this because he turned away from God. Because we all face life’s challenges, we must be careful not to allow people’s ways of seeing things trump God’s wisdom. Look deeper, pray harder so that God’s wisdom shows up in your situation and then you will know the God-given path out of whatever you are in. This is real wisdom which comes from above!

Tomorrow’s Reading:  Ecclesiastes 10:1-12:14; 2 Corinthians 8:1-15; Psalm 49:1-20; Proverbs 22:20-21