The New Harvest Christian Fellowship

Weekly Devotions

Christ the Eternal Hope for Humankind

Devotions Week 46:

“Our righteousness is in Him, and our hope depends, not upon the exercise of grace in us, but upon the fullness of grace and love in Him, and upon His obedience unto death.” ~ John Newton~

The heavens declare the glory of God. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14
(read 19:1-4, 14)
Christ is our saviour from God’s wrath. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – His eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. Romans 1:20
(read 1:18-24)
Invitation to the thirsty and needy. Seek the Lord while He may be found; call on Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him, and to our God, for He will freely pardon. Isaiah 55:6-7
(read Isaiah 55:1-7)
Jesus the Son of God. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. Hebrews 1:3
(read 1:1-9)
The Law, the Promise and faith in Christ. Before this faith came, we were held prisoners by the law, locked up until faith should be revealed. So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we may be justified by faith. Now that faith has come, we are no longer under the supervision of the law. Galatians 3:23-25
(read 3:1-25)
Saved by His grace and mercy. For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly possessions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives, in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope – the glorious appearing of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ. Titus 2:11-12
(read 2:11-15)
Keep on doing what is good. He saved us, not because of righteous things we have done but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and the renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Titus 3:5-6
(read 3:1-7)

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.
In Christ alone, who took on flesh, fullness of God in helpless babe. This gift of love and righteousness scorned by the ones He came to save. Till on that cross as Jesus died, the wrath of God was satisfied. For every sin on Him was laid, here in the death of Christ, I live.

Searching the Word of God

Devotions Week 45:

At some point the illusion breaks down and the opening for the start of the spiritual quest commences. The quest turns from without to within and the search for answers begins. ~David R Hawkins

The Word became Flesh. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the word was God. He was with God in the beginning. John 1:1-2
(read 1:1-14)
God’s Word in all Scripture. All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be truly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
(read 3:10-17)
The folly of turning away from God’s Word. The wise will be put to shame; they will be dismayed and trapped. Since they have rejected the word of the Lord, what kind of wisdom do they have? Jeremiah 8:9
(read 8:8-13)
Meditate on the word of the Law day and night. Do not let the Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Joshua 1:8
(read 1:1-9)
The Wisdom of God’s Word. Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long. Your commands make me wiser than my enemies for they are ever with me. Psalm 119:97-98
(read 119:97-104)
Prophecy and scripture. Above all you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophets own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. 2 Peter 1:20-21
(read 1:16-21)
The truth will set us free. I solemnly charge you before God and Christ Jesus, who is going to judge the living and the dead, and because of His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; rebuke, correct, and encourage with great patience and teaching. For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, will multiply teachers for themselves because they have an itch to hear what they want to hear. They will turn away from hearing the truth and will turn aside to myths. But as for you, exercise self-control in everything, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfil your ministry. 2 Timothy 4:1-5

Guide me, O Thou great Redeemer, pilgrim through this barren land; I am weak, but Thou art mighty, Hold me with Thy powerful hand, bread of heaven, bread of heaven Feed me till I want no more.
Open now the crystal fountain. Whence the healing stream doth flow; let the fire and cloudy pillar lead me all my journey through: Strong deliverer, strong deliverer; Be thou still my strength and shield;
When I tread the verge of Jordan, Bid my anxious fears subside; Death of death, and hell’s destruction land me safe on Canaan’s side: Songs of praises, songs of praises, I will ever give to thee; I will ever give to thee.

I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.

Devotions Week 44:

I am not my thoughts, emotions, senses, perceptions and experiences. I am life, I am the space in which all things happen. I am consciousness, I am the now. I am. ~ Eckhart Tolle

Jesus will guide us to the Father. “In my Father’s house are many rooms; if not, I would have told you. I am going away to prepare a place for you. If I go away and prepare a place for you, I will come again and take you to myself, so that where I am you may be also.” John 14:2-3
(read 14:1-4)
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.” John 14:6
(read 14:5-10)
Jesus promises the Holy Spirit. “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counsellor to be with you forever – the Spirit of Truth. The world cannot accept Him, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But you know Him for He lives with you and will be in you.” John 14:16-17
(read 14:12-23)
The Truth of knowing our Saviour. We know that we have come to know Him if we obey His commands. The man who says, “I know Him,” but does not do what He commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But if anyone obeys His word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in Him: Whoever claims to live in Him must walk as Jesus did. 1 John 2:3-6
(read 2:1-8)
Bearing fruit in His name. “Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” John 15:4
(read 15:1-13)
There is freedom in the Truth. I have chosen the way of truth; I have set my heart on your laws. I hold fast to your statutes, O Lord; do not let me be put to shame. Psalm 119:30-31
(read 119:25-32)
Worshipping God in Spirit and in truth. Yet the time is coming and is now come when true worshippers will worship the Father in Spirit and in truth. For they are the kind of worshippers the Father seeks. John 4:23
(read 4:23-26)

Lord I offer my life to you. Everything I’ve been through Use it for your glory.
Lord I offer my days to you lifting my praise to you as a pleasing sacrifice. Lord I offer you my life.
Things in the past, things yet unseen, wishes and dreams that are yet to come true.
All of my hopes, and all of my plans, my heart and my hands are lifted to You.
Our purpose on earth is not to get lost in the dark in our journey through life but to be a beacon of life so that others may find their way. The Lord never fails to give us new blessings every time we wake up. Waking up alive and well is already a miracle, a blessing without end.

I Am the Resurrection

Devotions Week 43:

Love is the only reality and is not a mere sentiment. It is the ultimate truth that lies at the heart of creation. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Jesus is the Resurrection. Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” “Yes Lord,” she told him, “I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God who has come into the world.” John 11:25-27
(read 11:1-27)
Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead. When He had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.” John 11:43-44
(read 11:38-44)
The resurrection body. So it will be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonour, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raise in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. 1 Corinthians 15:42-44
(read 15:42-49)
The triumph over death. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” “Where O death, is your victory? Where O death is your sting?” 1 Corinthians 15:54-55
(read 15:50-58)
Our citizenship in Heaven. But our citizenship is in Heaven. And we eagerly await a Saviour from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables Him to bring everything under His control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like His glorious body. Philippians 3:20-21
(read 3:15-21)
Eternal life through knowing God. “Now this is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” John 17:3
(read 17:1-8)
Faith in eternal life through the Son of God. And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the son of God does not have life. 1 John 5:11-12
(read 5:1-13)

Jesus has overcome, and the grave is overwhelmed.
The victory is won, He is risen from the dead.
And I will rise when He calls my name
No more sorrow, no more pain
I will rise on eagles’ wings
Before my God fall on my knees
And rise, I will rise

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.