The New Harvest Christian Fellowship

Weekly Devotions

Dead to sin, alive in Christ

Devotions Week 5:

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. ~ Plato

Created in the image of God.
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 Romans 1:18-22)
God’s righteous judgement.
You therefore have no excuse, you who pass judgement on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgement do the same things.
Romans 2:1
(read Romans 2:1-4)
Persevere In doing good.
To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honour and immortality, God will give eternal life.
Romans 2:7
(read Romans 2:6-8)
Peace and joy.
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.
Romans 5:1-2
(read Romans 5:1-6)
Righteous obedience to Christ.
But thanks to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, which leads to death, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.
Romans 6:17-18
(read Romans 6:15-18)
Living by the Spirit.
You however are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you.
Romans 8:9
(read Romans 8:5-11)
For the good of those who love Him.
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 Romans 8:28-32)

May the mind of Christ my Saviour live in me from day to day,
By His love and power controlling all I do and say.
May the word of God dwell richly in my heart from hour to hour
So that all may see I triumph only through his power.
May the peace of God my Father rule my life in everything,
That I may be calm to comfort the sick and sorrowing.
May the love of Jesus fill me as the waters fill the sea;
Him exalting, self-abasing, this is victory.
May I run the race before me strong and brave to face the foe,
Looking only unto Jesus as I onward go.

Magnify the Saviour of the World

Devotions Week 4:

There is no more urgent and critical question in life than that of your personal relationship with God and your eternal salvation through Christ. ~ Billy Graham

The Saviour.
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
John 14:5
(read John 14:5-10)
The courage to overcome fear.
But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
Matthew 14:27
(read Matthew 14:25-31)
Denying self.
“For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?”
Matthew 16:25-26
(read Matthew 16:24-27)
Faith and action.
What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? …In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
James 2:14, 17
(read James 2:14-18)
Trials and Temptations.
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 James 1:1-5)
Living for God.
What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ…
Philippians 3:8
(read Philippians 3:7-10)
Persevere in Love, Faith And Hope.
We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labour prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Thessalonians: 1:3
(read 1 Thess. 1:1-10)

Now unto Him who is able to keep, able to keep you from falling
And present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy.
To the one and only wise God out Saviour be glory and majesty
Dominion and power, both now and forever.
Amen.

Seeking the Light

Devotions Week 3:

“It is not darkness you are going to, for God is light. It is not lonely, for Christ is with you. It is not unknown country for Christ is there.” ~ Charles Kingsley

Light in a dark world.
“While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
John 9:5
(read John 9:1-12)
Christ’s promise to you.
This is what He promised us – even eternal life.
1 John 2:25
(read 1 John 2:18-27)
Is your Christian life losing its shine?
“…Yet you refuse to come to me to have life.”
John 5:40
(read John 5:31-40)
Using a crisis as a turning point.
Jesus said, “For judgement I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those that see will become blind.”
John 9:39
(read John 9:35-41)
How do you react to life?
“…I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
John 10:10
(read John 10:1-10)
A firm trust.
“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me will live, even though He dies.”
John 11:25
(read John 17-27)
Trust in His guidance.
Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths.
Psalm 25:4
(read Psalm 25)

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 should 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 has blessed me, sure it still will lead me on,
Over moor and fen over 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

Choosing the Power of the Straight and Narrow Path

Devotion Week 2:

“Look closely at the present you are constructing. It should look like the future you are dreaming.” ~ Alice Walker

 

Life by the Spirit. So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other… Galatians 5:16-17
 The way of sinfulness. The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians 5:19-21
 The Fruit of the Spirit. 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. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Galatians 5:22-24
 Living in the flesh without the Spirit. We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. Romans 7:14-17
 Sinful desires and spiritual desires. Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live according to the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind of sinful man is death but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace. Romans 8:5-6
 Righteousness through faith. Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, 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? Romans 6:16
 The offer of life or death. This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to His voice, and hold fast to Him. For the Lord is your life… Deuteronomy 30:19-20

Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of the earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace

A New Year

Devotions Week 1:

The Christian life is one of renewal. God is all about moving forwards, upwards, and making things better. After all, that’s why He sent Jesus – so that we could have a renewed life. No matter what has happened in your life – a tragedy in your childhood, or just a clumsy mistake yesterday – God says that you can begin again.

You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:22-24
 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him.” Lamentations 3:22-24
 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:18-19
 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:17-19
 “I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh. Then they will follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. They will be my people, and I will be their God.” Ezekiel 11:19-20
 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then He said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Revelation 21:5
I waited patiently for the Lord; He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord     and put their trust in Him. Psalm 40:1-3