The New Harvest Christian Fellowship

Weekly Devotions

Forgive Us Lord We Pray

Devotions Week 16:

The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world. ~ Marianne Williamson

Father, forgive them. Jesus said, “Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34
(read 23:34-43)
Forgive as you have been forgiven. Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against each other. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3:12-13
(read 3:2-14)
Righteousness through faith in His blood shed for us. 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 Jesus. Romans 3:23-24
(read 3:22-28)
Walking in the light. If we claim to have fellowship with Him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from every sin. 1 John 1:6-7
(read 1:5-10)
Forgiveness and mercy. Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy times seven.” Matthew 18:21-22
(read 18:21-35)
Show mercy as you have been shown mercy. “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicket servant,’ he said, ‘I cancelled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have mercy on your fellow servant just as I have had on you?’ In anger the master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.” Matthew 18:32-34
(read 18:21-35)
Repenting of our sins. But this is how God fulfilled what He had foretold through all the prophets, saying that His Christ would suffer. Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord. Acts 3:18-19
(read 3:17-21)

‘Forgive our sins as we forgive,’ You taught us Lord to pray,
But You alone can grant us grace to live the words we say.
How can Your pardon reach and bless the unforgiving heart
That broods on wrongs and will not let old bitterness depart?
In blazing light Your cross reveals the truth we dimly knew,
How small the debts men owe to us, how great our debts to You.
Lord, cleanse the depths within our souls and bid resentment cease;
Then, reconciled to God and man, our lives will spread Your peace.

Making Godly Choices

Devotions Week 15:

If our common life is not a common course of humility, self-denial, renunciation of the world, poverty of spirit and heavenly affection, we do not live the lives of Christians.
~William Law

To love and to believe. Though you have not seen Him; and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1:8-9
(read 1:1-9)
Spiritual blindness. Jesus said, “You have now seen him; in fact he is the one speaking with you.” Then the man said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped Him. Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.” John 9:37-39
(read 9:35-41)
Appreciating others. As we have the opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. Galatians 6:10
(read 6:1-10)
Courage to heal. He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored. Mark 3:5
(read 3:1-6)
Obedience and revival. For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose. Philippians 2:13
(read 2:5-15)
Being effective and productive. For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:5-8
(read 1:3-11)
Perseverance until the end. …But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead, I press on towards the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14
(read 3:7-15)

Once to every man and nation comes the moment to decide, in the strife of truth with falsehood, for the good or evil Side; through each choice God speaking to us offers each the bloom or blight, then the man or nation chooses for the darkness or the light .

Though the cause of evil prosper, yet the truth alone is strong; though her portion be the scaffold and upon the throne be wrong – Yet the scaffold sways the future, and, behind the dim unknown, God still stands within the shadow keeping watch above his own.

~James Russell Lowell ~

It’s All in the Book

Devotions Week 13:

Christ is the greatest influence in the world today. There is as has well been said, a fifth gospel being written-the work of Jesus Christ in the hearts and lives of men and nations. ~ W. H. Griffith Thomas

The power of Christ. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. Colossians 1:17
(read 1:15-20)
Acceptance of Christ. Just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your lord, you must continue to follow Him. Let your roots grow down to 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. Colossians 2:6-7
(read 2:6-13)
Walking tall in Christ. We know also that the Son Of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know Him who is true. And we are in Him who is true – even in His Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal Life. 1 John 5:20
(read 5:13-21)
As predicted by the prophets. Beginning with Moses and all the prophets, He explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning Himself. Luke 24:27
(read 24:25-35)
Persevere in goodness. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9
(read 6:1-10)
Making the blind see. Finally they turned again to the blind man, “What have you to say about Him? It was your eyes he opened.” The man replied, “He is a prophet…” A second time they summoned the man who had been blind. “Give glory to God be telling the truth,” they said. “We know this man is a sinner.” He replied, “Whether He is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!” John 9:17, 24-25
(read 9:13-27)
Using our time wisely. Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:15-16
(read 5:8-20)

Firmly I believe and truly God is Three and God is One;
And I next acknowledge duly manhood taken by the Son.
And I trust and hope most fully in that manhood crucified;
And each thought and deed unruly do to death as He has died.
Simply to His grace and wholly light and life and strength belong,
And I love supremely, solely, Him the holy, Him the strong.
                                                                                                              ~John Henry Newman 1801-90~

All for You Jesus

Devotions Week 12:

Consecration is going all in and all out for the All in All. ~ Mark Batterson

 

Leaving our former way of life. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed Him. Matthew 4:19-20
(read 4:18-22)
Crossing the Jordan. Then Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.” Joshua 3:5
(read 3:1-13)
Zacchaeus the tax collector. But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.” Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” Luke 19:8-10
(read 19:1-10)
Saved by grace through faith. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is a gift of God – not by works so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
(read 2:1-10)
The one who has more to be forgiven, loves more! When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume, and as she stood behind Him at his feet weeping, she began to wet His feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them. Luke 7:37-38
(read 7:36-43)
Leaving the old way of life for God’s kingdom. So Elisha left him and went back. He took his yoke of oxen and slaughtered them. He burnt the ploughing equipment to cook the meat and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out to follow Elijah and became his attendant. 1 Kings 19:21
(read 19:19-21)
Burning the bridges to our past. Many of those who believed now came and openly confessed their evil deeds. A number who had practised sorcery brought their scrolls together and burnt them publicly. When the calculated the value of the scrolls, the total came to fifty thousand drachmas. Acts 19:18-19
(read 19:11-20)

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 as loss
For the sake of knowing You, the glory of Your name
To know the lasting joy, even sharing in Your Pain

The Alpha and Omega

Devotions Week 11:

Out of God we have all come, in Him we are all enfolded and towards Him we are all journeying. ~ Julian of Norwich

 

The Source of life. …Christ holds the whole body together with its joints and ligaments, and it grows as God nourishes it. Colossians 2:19
(read 2:16-23)
Jesus our Redeemer. We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know Him who is true. And we are in Him who is true by being in His Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. 1 John 5:20
(read 5:13-21)
From death to life. “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes Him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.” John 5:24
(read 5:18-29)
He bore our sins. “He himself bore our sins” in His body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by His wounds you have been healed.” 1 Peter 2:24
(read 2:18-25)
The name of Jesus. “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 healed… Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:10, 12
(read 4:8-12)
Work, for night is coming. “As long as it is day, we must do the work of Him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” John 9:4-5
(read 9:1-12)
Our example of love. “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.” John 13:14-15
(read 13:1-17)

O for a heart to praise my God, a heart from sin set free,
A heart that always feels Thy blood so freely shed for me:
A heart resigned, submissive, meek, my great Redeemers throne,
Where only Christ is heard to speak, where Jesus reigns alone.
A humble, lowly, contrite heart, believing, true, and clean,
Which neither life nor death can part from Him who dwells within:
A heart in every thought renewed, and full of love divine,
Perfect, and right, and pure and good a copy Lord of Thine.
Thy nature, gracious Lord, impart: come quickly from above,
Write Thy new name upon my heart, Thy new, best name of love.

The Greatest Gift

Devotions Week 10:

To be in Christ is the source of the Christian life; to be like Christ is the sum of His excellence; to be with Christ is the fullness of His joy. ~ Charles Hodge

The command to believe. This is His command: to believe in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as He commanded us.
1 John 3:23
(read 3:18-24)
Living faith. I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
Galatians 2:20
(read 2:15-21)
Faith in the Son of God. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.
1 John 5:5
(read 5:1-12)
Powerful in word and deed. “What things?” he asked. “About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people.”
Luke 24:19
(read 24:13-30)
In the name of Jesus. Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
Colossians 3:17
(read 3:5-17)
Sacrificial living In Christ. Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise — the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
Hebrews 13:15-16
Christ in you changes everything. But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23
(read 5:13-26)

God forgave my sin in Jesus name. I’ve been born again in Jesus name.
And in Jesus name I come to you to share His love as He told me to.
He said, “Freely, freely you have received. Freely, freely give.
Go in my name and because you believe others will know that I live.”
All power is given in Jesus name. On earth and heaven in Jesus name.
And in Jesus name I come to you. To share His power as He told me to.

Called to be Ambassadors of Christ

Devotions Week 9:

This is the true joy of live; the being used for a purpose recognised by yourself as a mighty one, being a force of nature rather than a feverish, selfish, little cloud of ailments complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. ~ George Bernard Shaw

 


Being Christ’s ambassadors.
…We implore you on Christ’s behalf: be reconciled to God. God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we may become the righteousness of God.
2 Corinthians 5:20-21

G
od’s promises fulfilled through Christ.
For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through Him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.
2 Corinthians 1:20

God’s promise to those who truly believe.
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.
Psalm 46:1-2

Slaves to righteousness.
Don’t you know that …you are slaves to the one you obey – whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? …You have been set free from sin and become slaves to righteousness.
Romans 6:16, 18

Our wisdom, righteousness, holiness and redemption.
It is because of God that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God – that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.
1 Corinthians 1:30

God’s love for us.
But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:8

Faith, hope and love. …We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.
Romans 5:4-5

 

Holy Spirit, ever living as the church’s very life;
Holy Spirit, ever striving through her in a ceaseless strife;
Holy Spirit, ever forming in the church the mind of Christ
You we praise with endless worship for your fruit and gifts unpriced.

Touched by His Spirit

Devotions Week 8:

Mere change is not growth. Growth is the synthesis of change and continuity and where there is no continuity, there is no growth. ~ C.S. Lewis

Christ’s great challenge. Throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God – truly righteous and holy. Ephesians 4:22-24
(read 4:17-24)
The timeless reality of Christ. That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched – this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. 1 John 1:1
(read 1:1-10)
The mystery of Christ. No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. 1 Corinthians 2:7
(read 2:6-16)
Christian weapons. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary they 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 10:3-5)
Vital values of faith. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18
(read 4:13-18)
The calling of Christ. Through Him and for His name sake, we received grace and apostleship to call people from among all the gentiles to the obedience that comes through faith. And you also are among those who are called to belong to Jesus Christ. Romans 1:5-6
(read 1:1-6)
Freedom through life with Christ. So then just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. Colossians 2:6-7
(read 2:6-10)

 

In my life Lord be glorified, be glorified. In my life Lord be glorified today.
In my heart Lord be glorified, be glorified. In my heart Lord be glorified today.
In your Church Lord be glorified, be glorified. In your Church Lord be glorified today.
In this song Lord be glorified, be glorified. In this song Lord be glorified today.

The Call to Discipleship

Devotions Week 7:

Evangelism is to present Jesus Christ in the Power of the Holy Spirit, that men might come to trust Him as Saviour and serve Him as Lord in the fellowship of His Church. ~ William Temple

The calling of the first disciples. As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4:18-19
(read 4:18-22)
More than conquerors. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28
(read 8:28-32)
The call to serve. “Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant will be. My Father will honour the one who serves me.” John 12:26
(read 12:24-26)
Loving our God. Jesus replied “If anyone loves me. He will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.” John 14:23
(read 14:22-24)
Break me, melt me, mould me and use me. “I am the true vine and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit He trims clean so that it will be even more fruitful.” John 15:1-2
(read 15:1-3)
Saved for a purpose. “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in His love.” John 15:9-10
(read 15:7-17)
Testify through the Spirit. “When the counsellor comes, whom I will send You from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, He will testify about me, but you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning.” John 15:26-27

God forgave my sin in Jesus name, I’ve been born again in Jesus name
And in Jesus name I come to you, to share His love as He told me to.

He said “Freely, freely, you have received. Freely, freely give.
Go in my name and because you believe others will know that I live.”

All power is given in Jesus name, in earth and heaven in Jesus name.
And in Jesus name I come to you, to share His power as He told me to.

Made for a Mission

Devotions Week 6:

Joy is the experience of knowing that you are unconditionally loved and that nothing – sickness, failure, emotional distress, oppression, war or even death – can take that love away. ~ Henri Nouwen

The Joy of knowing our Saviour. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke 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
Do not worry but seek His kingdom. “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes… who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? …But seek His kingdom and these things will be given to you as well.” Luke 12:22-23, 25, 31
(read 12:22-31)
Show patience, love and encouragement to all.
Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
(read 5:12-18)
Spread the word courageously. “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 14:23-27)
Persevering with love and prayer in all circumstances. And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men for not everyone has faith. But the lord is faithful and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one. 2 Thessalonians 3:2-3
(read 3:2-5)
Committed to the message of reconciliation with Christ. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 2 Corinthians 5:20
(read 5:15-21)
Delivering the message through God’s power. My message and my preaching were not with persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom but on God’s power. 1 Corinthians 2:4-5
(read 2:1-5)

 

When I survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss, and pour contempt on all my pride.
Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast save in the death of Christ my God;
All the vain things that charm me most, I sacrifice them to His blood.
See from His head, His hands, His feet, sorrow and love flow mingled down;
Did ever such love and sorrow meet, or thorns compose so rich a crown?
Were the whole realm of nature mine, that were a present far too small:
Love so amazing, so divine demands my soul, my life, my all.