The New Harvest Christian Fellowship

Weekly Devotions

The Daily Act of Dying to Self

Devotions Week 25:

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

The way to forgiveness. Finally, I confessed all my sins to You and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.” And You forgave me! All my guilt is gone. Psalm 32:5
Follow Christ. The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee, finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow Me.” John 1:43
Let Him have all of you. Then He said to them all; “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it.” Luke 9: 23-24
The way of salvation. For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:18
Seeking His will and being changed by it. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2
Dead to sin, alive in Christ. Thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, 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
Peace and joy with God. …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 5:3-5

Seems like so long ago upon a rugged Cross,
Jesus the Lamb of God was crucified for us.
The ransom there was paid to set the sinner free
And His blood still cries mercy over me.
Mercy, mercy, mercy His blood still cries mercy over me.

Our Identity in Christ

Devotions Week 24:

Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times. ~ Martin Luther

The How of Salvation: saved in an instant and changed gradually. The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. He then brought them out and asked, “Men, what must I don to be saved?” They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved – you and your household.” Acts 16:29-31
(read 16:25-34)
Abandoning the god of this age. The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as servants For Jesus’ sake. 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 the glory of God in the face of Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:4-6
(read 4:1-6)
Eternal life through Jesus. For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For god did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world but to save the world through Him. John 3:16-17
(read 3:14-21)
Righteousness through faith. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe… 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 Christ Jesus. Romans 3:22-24
(read 3:21-25)
What shall we do? When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” Peter replied, “Repent and be baptised, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2:37-38
(read 2:29-39)
A new creation through Christ. Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come. All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation… We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us… 2 Corinthians 5:17-18, 20
(read 5:14-21)
The weapons of Christianity. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have the 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 10:1-6)

In the cross of Christ I glory, towering over the wrecks of time; all the light of sacred story gathers round its head sublime. Through the cross, Christ’s love empowers us worldliness and self deny; by His Spirit it inspires us Him, through love, to Glorify. When the woes of life overtake us, hopes deceive and fears annoy, never shall the cross forsake us, from it shines our peace and joy.

The Christian Life

Devotions Week 23:

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

Godlessness in the last days. But mark this: there will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God – having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them. 2 Timothy 3:1-5
(read 3:1-9)
Peace and joy. Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ… Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces 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 5:1, 3-5
(read 5:1-11)
Children of God through faith. You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, since all who were baptised into Christ have been clothed with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male or female for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:26-28
(read 3:19-29)
Devoted to the needs of the hungry and the oppressed. And if you spend yourselves on behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. The Lord will guide you always; He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. Isaiah 58:10-11
(read 58:6-11)
We are weak, yet You are strong. …The Spirit helps us in our weakness… And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will. And we know that in all things God works for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:26-28
(read 8:26-31)
Help and love our neighbours. We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves… Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. Romans 15:1, 7
(read 15:1-7)
Walk in the way of righteousness. Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on His law day and night. Psalm 1:1-2
(read 1:1-6)

Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me
All his wondrous compassion and purity
O thou Spirit Divine all my nature refine
Till the beauty of Jesus be seen in me

Freedom by the Spirit of Truth

Devotions Week 22:

Our first place of victory is in believing the truth concerning our relationship with God. We come to believe He is our Helper in the healing of our souls. ~ Francis Frangipane

Truth, faith, hope and eternal life. I Paul, [am] a servant of God and apostle of Jesus Christ for the faith of God’s elect and the knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness — a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time… Titus 1:1-2
(read 1:1- 3)
Being set free by the truth. To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32
(read 8:25-36)
Living as children of light. For 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
(read 4:17-32)
Faith and constant renewal. It is written; “I believe; therefore I have spoken.” With the same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak… Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 2 Corinthians 4:13, 16
(read 4:13-18)
The Lord looks at the heart. “After removing Saul, He made David the king. He testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’ From this man’s descendants God has brought to Israel the Saviour Jesus, as He promised. Acts 13:22-23
(read 13:20-23)
Following Jesus and doing his will. …Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “If a man is thirsty let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” John 7:37-38
(read 7:33-41)
The glory beyond the veil. But when anyone turns to the lord, the veil is taken away. 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 Lords glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:16-18
(read 3:7-18)

There’s a place where sin and shame are powerless
Where my heart has peace with God and forgiveness
Where all the love I’ve ever found comes like a flood comes flowing down
At the Cross, At the Cross I surrender my life I’m in awe of you, I’m in awe of you
Where Your love ran red and my sin washed white I owe all to You, I owe all to You Jesus

Persevering Faithfully in Love

Devotions Week 21:

Of all the commitments enjoyed by Christianity, none is more essential and yet more neglected than prayer. ~ Francois Fe’nelon

Repentance and renewal. Against you and you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge… Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:4, 10
(read 51:1-13)
The love that first brought you to God. “You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary. Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love.” Revelation 2:3-4
(read 2:1-5)
The command to persevere. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised. Hebrews 10:36
(read 10:35-39)
Persevering under trials and temptations. Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised those who love Him. James 1:12
(read 1:2-12)
Signs of the end times. “Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.” Matthew 24:12-13
(read 24:1-14)
Maintain & increase our faith daily. So see to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage each other daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first. Hebrews 3:12-14
(read 3:7-15)
Thanksgiving and prayer. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the Gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:5-6
(read 1:2-11)

‘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 debt men owe to us, how great our debt 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.

Establishing Godly Habits

Devotions Week 20:

Wherever God reigns as King in the hearts of the people, there the Kingdom of God is established. ~ Paul W. Harrison

The habit of making God a priority. “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33
(read 6:25-34)
The habit of recognising God’s provision. His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. 2 Peter 1:3
(read 1:2-4)
The habit of persevering with the calling of Christ. 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. 2 Peter 1:5-7
The fruitfulness of godly habits. 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 1:8
(read 1:8-11)
The habit of truthfulness, courage and keeping a clear conscience. “So I always strive to keep my conscience clear before God and man.” Acts 24:16
(read 24:14-16)
The habit of enduring adversity for Christ’s sake. The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers so that they cannot see the light of the Gospel of the glory of God. For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. 2 Corinthians 4:4-5
(read 4:1-6)
“Work out” what God “Works in you”. …Continue to work out your own salvation with fear and trembling for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose. Philippians 2:12-13
(read 2:12-15)

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 Redeemer’s 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 that 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.

~ Charles Wesley~

His Eternal Love and Fellowship

Devotions Week 19:

God is the first object of our love. Its next office is to bear the defects of others. And we should begin the practice of this amidst our own household. ~John Wesley

Love from the Father and the Son. “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command.” John 15:13-14
(read 15:9-17)
Family. He replied, “My mother and brothers are those who hear God’s word and put it into practice.” Luke 8:21
(read 8:19-21)
Gaining spiritual maturity. …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 4:13
(read 4:11-16)
The way to forgiveness. I confessed all my sins to You and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.” And You forgave me! All my guilt is gone. Psalm 32:5
(read 32:1-11)
Healed through faith. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralysed man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son your sins are forgiven.” Mark 2:4-5
(read 2:1-12)
The cost of following Jesus. As they were walking along the road, a man said to Him, “I will follow You wherever You go.” Luke 9:57
(read 9:57-62)
The danger of earthly success. Then He said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” Luke 12:15
(read 12:13-21)

What a friend we have in Jesus all our sins and griefs to bear, what a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer; O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry everything to God in Prayer.

Have we trails and temptations, is there trouble anywhere? We should never be discouraged: take it to the Lord in prayer. Can we find a friend so faithful who will all our sorrows share? Jesus knows our every weakness: take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy-laden, cumbered with a load of care? Jesus is our only refuge: take it to the Lord in Prayer. Do your friends despise, forsake you? Take it to the Lord in prayer; in His arms He’ll take and shield you, you will find a solace there.

Praise the Lord with Psalms

Devotions Week 18:

The voice of Christ: Write my words in your heart and meditate on them earnestly, for in time of temptation they will be very necessary. ~ Thomas. A Kempis

Pray for the Lord to guide you in thought, word and deed. 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
His way above all. Show me Your ways, O Lord, teach me Your paths; guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are God my saviour and my hope is in You all day long. Psalm 25:4-5
Honour Him in all of your ways. To the faithful You show Yourself faithful, to the blameless You show Yourself blameless, to the pure You show Yourself pure but to the crooked You show Yourself shrewd. Psalm 18:25-26
Trust in His all-encompassing love and provision. …He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil. For You are with me… Psalm 23:3-4
The Lord your rock and your refuge. How great is Your goodness, which You have stored up for those who fear You, which You bestow in the sight of men on those who take refuge in You. In the shelter of Your presence You hide them… Psalm 31:19-20
Blessed are the poor in spirit. The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the broken hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:17-18
Fear not! 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

From the Hymn book
Lord of creation, to You be all praise!
Most mighty Your working, most wondrous Your ways
Your glory and might are beyond us to tell,
And yet in the heart of the humble You dwell.
Lord of all being, I give You my all;
If I ever disown You, I stumble and fall;
But, led in Your service Your word to obey,
I’ll walk in Your freedom to the end of the day.

Victory over Sin and Death

Devotions Week 17:

Without the resurrection there will not be a Christianity – Christianity stands or falls with the resurrection, and this single factor makes Christianity remarkably one of a kind. ~ Steve Kumar

The empty tomb. Then Simon Peter, who was behind him, arrived and went into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the burial cloth that had been around Jesus’ head. The cloth was folded up by itself separate from the linen. Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed! John 20:6-8
(read 20:1-9)
The importance of the Resurrection. If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith… But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 1 Corinthians
15:13-14, 20
(read 15:13-22)
Acknowledge Him and accept the free gift of eternal life. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever. 1 John 2:17
(read 2:15-17)
A new birth and a new hope. Praise be to God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead… 1 Peter 1:3
(read 1:1-9)
Faith in 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 5:1-12)
Doing good to all. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfil the law of Christ… Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong the family of believers. Galatians 6:2, 10
(read 6:1-10)
Living hope in the Gospel of Christ. This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your lives from the day you first heard and understood the truth about God’s wonderful grace. Colossians 1:6
(read 1:3-6)

Light’s glittering morn bedecks the sky; heaven thunders forth its victory; the glad earth shouts her triumph high and groaning hell makes wild reply; while He the King, the mighty King, despoiling death of all its sting and trampling down the powers of night brings forth His ransomed soul to light His tomb of late the threefold guard of watch and stone and seal had barred; but now in pomp and triumph high He comes from death to victory. The pains of hell are loosed at last; the days of mourning now are past; an angel robed in light has said, “The Lord is risen from the dead.”

~Anonymous, Latin 7th century. Translated: John Mason Neale 1816-66~

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.