The New Harvest Christian Fellowship

Weekly Devotions

Replace Idols with Worship of the One True God

Devotions Week 42:

To whatever you give your heart and trust your being, that I say is really your god. ~ Martin Luther

Be sure to rid your life of idols. Even while these people were worshiping the Lord, they were serving their idols. To this day their children and grandchildren continue to do as their fathers did. 2 Kings 17:41
Submit yourselves to God and ask with the right motives. What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You want something but don’t get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God. James 4:1-2
Love: The greatest commandment. Jesus replied, “Love the lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Matthew 22:37
Fear the Lord only. Fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline. Proverbs 1:7
Trust completely in God. “Do not let your hearts be troubled, trust in God; trust also in me.” John 14:1
True confession and walking In His light. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
Place your Life completely in His hands. Commit your ways to the Lord; trust in Him and He will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. Psalm 37:5-6

I’m giving You my heart and all that is within
I lay it all down for the sake of You my King
I’m giving You my dreams, I’m laying down my rights
I’m giving up my pride for the promise of new life.
And I surrender all to You, all to You.
And I surrender all to You, all to You.
I’m singing You this song, I’m waiting at the cross
And all the world holds dear, I count it all as loss
For the sake of knowing You, the glory of Your name
To know the lasting joy, even sharing in Your pain.

Jesus the Bread of Life

Devotions Week 41:

We serve a gracious Master who knows how to overrule even our mistakes to His glory and our own advantage. ~ John Newton

The necessity of bread in life He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known, to teach you that man does not live by bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord… Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the Lord your God disciplines you. Deuteronomy 8:3, 5
(read 8:1-5)
Jesus feeds the four thousand. He told the crowd to sit down on the ground. When He had taken the seven loaves and given thanks, He broke them and gave them to His disciples to set before the people, and they did so. They had a few small fish as well…The people ate and were satisfied. Mark 8:6-8
(read 8:1-9)
Jesus the Bread of Life. “Do not work for food that spoils, but to food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. On Him God the Father has placed His seal of approval.” …Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.” John 6:27, 35
(read 6:27-37)
Do not store up the riches of this world. Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions…” “Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted… For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Luke 12:15, 32, 34
(read 12:13-34)
The abundance of the cross and self-denial. “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and the Gospel will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?” Mark 8:34-35
(read 8:34-38)
Participating in the body of Christ. Is not the cup of thanks giving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one loaf, we, who are many are one body, for we all participate in one loaf. 1 Corinthians 10:16-17
(read 10:14-22)
The Lord’s Supper. While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to His disciples, saying, “Take it; this is my body.” Then He took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, and they all drank from it. “This is my blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for many,” He said to them. Mark 14:22-24
(read 14:12-26)

A thousand times I’ve failed still Your mercy remains. Should I stumble again still I’m caught in Your grace. Everlasting, Your light will shine when all else fades. Never-ending, Your Glory goes beyond all fame. In my heart and my soul, Lord I give You control. Consume me from the inside out. Let Justice and praise become my embrace to love You from the inside out.

The Gate to Life

Devotions Week 40:

The more we let God take us over, the more truly ourselves we become – because He made us. He invented us. He invented all the different people that you and I were intended to be… It is when I turn to Christ, when I give up myself to His personality that I first begin to have a real personality of my own. ~C.S. Lewis

The false shepherds and the Good Shepherd. “‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Woe to the shepherds of Israel who only take care of themselves! Should not shepherds take care of the flock?’ “‘For this is what the Sovereign Lord says I Myself will search for my sheep and look after them… I will bring them out from the nations and gather them from the countries, and I will bring them into their own land…’” Ezekiel 34:2, 11, 13
(read 34:1-16)
The narrow and wide gates. “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Matthew 7:13-14
(read 7:7-14)
Jesus the gate to salvation and life to the full. “I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:9-10
(read 10:1-10)
The Church of Christ overcoming the gates of Hell. “And I tell you that you are Peter and on this rock will I build my Church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” Matthew 16:18
(read 16:15-20)
The Good Shepherd who laid down His life for His sheep. ”I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me – just as the Father knows me and I know the Father – and I lay down my life for the sheep.” John 10:14-15
(read 10:11-18)
Healed through the power of the risen Lord. “…It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead that this man stands before you completely healed. Jesus is ‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the capstone.’ Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:10-12
(read 4:1-17)
Jesus the way to the Father. Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know Him and have seen Him.” John 14:6-7
(read 14:1-9)

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. Be still, and know that I am God.
Hide me now under your wings. Cover me within your mighty hands.
Find rest my soul in Christ alone. Know His power in quietness and trust.
When the Oceans rise and thunders roar I will soar with you above the storm.
Father you are King over the flood I will be still and know you are God.

Who Jesus Is

Devotions Week 39:

I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen. Not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else. ~ C.S. Lewis

Our God Is! God said to Moses “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites, I am has sent me to you.” Exodus 3:14
(read 3:13-15)
Jesus the Son of God. “I tell you the truth” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I AM!” John 8:58
(read 8:48-59)
Jesus is the light of the world. When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12
(read 8:12-24)
Walking in the light. This is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all. 1 John 1:5
(read 1:5-10)
Out of the darkness into the light. “This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.” John 3 :19-21
(read 3:16-21)
Ask Christ to shine His light in our lives. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible — and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. This is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Ephesians 5:13-14
(read 5:8-17)
Being part of the light of Christ. “You are the light of the world… Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in Heaven.” Matthew 5:14, 16
(read 5:13-16)

Lead, kindly light, amid the encircling gloom; lead thou me on.
The night is dark, and I am far from home; lead thou me on.
Keep thou my feet, I do not ask to see the distant scene – one step enough for me.
I was not ever thus, nor prayed that thou shouldst lead me on.
I loved to choose and see my path; but now lead thou me on.
I loved the garish day, and spite of fears pride ruled my will; remember not past years.
So long thy power hath blest me, sure it still will lead me on,
O’er moor and fen, o’er crag and torrent, till the night is gone; and with the morn those angel faces smile,
Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile.
John Henry Newman 1801-90

Keep on Seeking More of Him

Devotions Week 38:

Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you. ~ Mother Teresa

The implanted Word. “What was sown among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful. But what was sown on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” Matthew 13:22-23
(read 13:18-23)
Being doers of the Word. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent, and humbly accept word planted in you, which can save you. Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. James 1:21-22
(read 1:19-22)
Saul under law, before he was Paul under grace. While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep. And Saul approved of their killing him. Acts 7:59 – 8:1
(read 7:54-8:1)
Dead to sin, alive in Christ through grace. Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to Him as an instrument of righteousness. For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace. Romans 6:13-14
(read 6:8-14)
Justified freely by his grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Therefore no one will be declared righteous in His sight by observing the law; rather through the law we become conscious of sin. But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. Romans 3:20-22
(read 3:19-24)
Peace and joy through Jesus Christ. You see just at the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Romans 5:6
(read 5:1-6)
Life through the Spirit of God. And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit, who lives in you. Romans 8:11
(read 8:1-11)

Unspoken, call it Grace. It’s the light that pierces through you in the darkest secret place. It knows your deepest secrets, but it never looks away. It’s the gentle hand that pulls you from the judgement of the crowd. When you stand before them guilty and you got no way out. Some may call it foolish and impossible, but for every heart it rescues, it’s a miracle from God. It’s nothing less than scandalous that Jesus took our place. Just call what it is. Just call it Grace.

Releasing the Burdens You Were Never Intended to Carry

Devotions Week 37:

Action that arises out of surrendered state is infinitely more effective! ~ Eckhart Tolle

Follow Jesus faithfully, overcoming all hardships and obstacles. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2
(read 12:1-8)
Unburdened of sin through faith and His grace. For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Jesus Christ. Romans 3:23-24
(read 3:19-26)
Surrender all your cares at the foot of the Cross. Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:6-7
(read 5:6-11)
The peace of God through petition and thanksgiving. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
(read 4:4-8)
Peace by the Holy Spirit. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27
(read 14:15-27)
All is possible through Christ. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yolk upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
(read 11:25-30)
All the fullness of God in Christ. For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through His blood, shed on the cross. Colossians 1:19-20
(read 1:15-20)

You call me upon the waters, the great unknown, where feet may fail.
And there I find You in the mystery, in oceans deep, my faith will stand.
And I will call upon Your name, and keep my eyes above the waves when oceans rise,
My soul will rest in your embrace. For I am Yours and You are mine.
Your grace abounds in deepest waters, Your sovereign hand will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me, You’ve never failed and You won’t start now
Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders. Let me walk upon the waters wherever You would call me.
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander, and my faith will be made stronger, in the presence of my Saviour.

Thirsting for the Presence of Christ

Devotions Week 36:

All Negativity is caused by an accumulation of psychological time and denial of the present. Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry – all forms fear – are caused by too much future, and not enough presence. Guilt, regret, resentment, grievances, sadness, bitterness, and all forms of non-forgiveness are caused by too much past, and not enough presence. ~ Eckhart Tolle

The Rock of my salvation. Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will not be shaken. Psalm 62:5-6
(read 62:1-8)
Led by the Spirit of God. The Spirit Himself testifies with our Spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs – heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in His sufferings in order that we may also share in His glory. Romans 8:16-17
(read 8:9-17)
In God’s Timing. But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” Galatians 4:4-6
(read 4:1-7)
God’s invitation to the thirsty. “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Isaiah 55:1
(read 55:1-11)
Christ is the source of Living water. [Our forefathers] were all baptised into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. They all ate the same spiritual food and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ. 1 Corinthians 10:2-4
(read 10:1-13)
Jesus invited the thirsty to life-giving, living water. Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:13-14
(read 4:1-14)
The river of life. Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. Revelation 22:1-2
(read 22:1-7)

In Christ alone my hope is found, He is my light, my strength, my song.
This Cornerstone this solid ground, firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace. When fears are stilled, when strivings cease.
My comforter, my all in all. Here in the love of Christ I stand.

Courage, Faith, Trust and Joy in the Lord!

Devotions Week 35:

You cannot expect to live a positive life with a negative mind. ~ Joyce Meyers

Confidence in the Lord vs. doubt in ourselves. Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.” But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.” Numbers 13:30-31
(read 13:17-33)
Despair! When their eyes were not on God. All the Israelites grumbled against Moses and Aaron, and the whole assembly said to them, “If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this wilderness! Why is the Lord bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be taken as plunder. Wouldn’t it be better for us to go back to Egypt?” Numbers 14:2-3
(read 14:1-9)
Fear and lack of faith and trust in God! The Lord said to Moses, “How long will these people tread me with contempt? How long will they refuse to believe in me, in spite of the miraculous signs I have performed among them?” Numbers 14:11
(read 14:10-24)
Lack of faith and trust in Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out His hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” He said, “why did you doubt?” Matthew 14:30-31
(read 14:27-32)
The testing of your faith. Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4
(read 1:2-8)
Unity and maturity in the body of Christ. So Christ Himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip His people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Ephesians 4:11-13
(read 4:1-13)
God’s way and the purpose of God’s Word. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord…  “My word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:8, 11
(read 55:6-11)

Lord I come to You, let my heart be changed renewed, flowing from the grace that I found in You. Lord I’ve come to know the weaknesses I see in me will be stripped away by the power of Your love.
Hold me close, let Your love surround me. Bring me near, draw me to Your side and as I wait I’ll rise up like the eagle and I will soar with You, Your Spirit leads me on by the power of Your love.
Lord unveil my eyes let me see You face to face, the knowledge of Your love as You live in me. And Lord renew my mind as Your will unfolds in my life. In living every day by the power of Your Love.

Our Eyes on Jesus

Devotions Week 34:

Whatever situation you are in, God put you there for a reason, for a lesson, and for a purpose.

Jesus the way to eternal life. …This we proclaim concerning the Word of Life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the father and has appeared to us. 1 John 1:1-2
(read 1:1-7)
Do not love the world. Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life – comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever. 1 John 2:15-17
Greed destroys love for God. If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? 1 John 3:17
(read 3:13-20)
Pray, rejoice and do not be anxious. Do not be anxious about anything but in everything by, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
(read 4:4-8)
Fear vs. love. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them… There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:16, 18
(read 4:16-21)
Open our eyes lord, to the light of Jesus. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:6
(read 4:1-6)
The glory of the new covenant of Jesus beyond the veil. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His likeness with ever increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians
3:17-18
(read 3:7-18)

Let it rain, let it rain. Open the floodgates of Heaven. Let it rain, let it rain.
Healing rain is coming down, it’s coming nearer to this old town.
Rich and poor, weak and strong, it’s bringing mercy, it won’t be long.
Healing rain is coming down.
It’s coming down to the lost and found.
Tears of joy and tears of shame are washed forever in Jesus’ name.
Healing rain, it comes with fire. So let it fall and take us higher.
Healing rain, I’m not afraid to be washed in Heavens rain.
Lift your heads, let us return to the mercy seat where time began.
And in your eyes I see the pain. Come soak this dry heart with healing rain.
And only You, the Son of man can take a leper and let him stand.
So lift your hands, they can be held by someone greater, the Great I AM.

Christian Renewal

Devotions Week 33:

Every man or woman is born into this world to do something unique and something distinctive; and if he or she does not do it, it will never be done. ~ Benjamin E. May

Our Bodies, offered as living sacrifices to God. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind… Romans 12:2
(read 12:1-8)
Christian weapons. The weapons we work with are not the weapons of this world. On the contrary, thy have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5
(read 10:1-5)
Leaving all worldly things to follow Jesus. Jesus looked to them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible… everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.” Matthew 19:26, 29
(read 19:21-30)
Jesus the Way, Truth and Light of the World. “Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.” John 3:20-21
(read 3:15-21)
The supremacy of Christ. He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born over all creation… He is before all things and in him all things hold together. Colossians 1:15, 17
(read 1:15-20)
Through Christ all things are possible. “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.” John 14:12-13
(read 14:10-14)
The Day of the Lord. The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. But the day of the lord will come like a thief… 2 Peter 3:9-10
(read 3:7-13)

Lord I come to you let my heart be changed, renewed
Flowing from the grace that I found in You
And Lord I’ve come to know the weaknesses I see in me
Will be stripped away by the power of Your Love.

Hold me close let your love surround me
Bring me near draw me to your side.
And as I wait I’ll rise up like the eagle
And I will soar with you Your Spirit leads me on
In the power of your love.

Lord unveil my eyes. Let me see You face to face.
The knowledge of your love as you live in me.
Lord renew my mind as Your will unfolds in my life
In living everyday by the power of Your love.