The New Harvest Christian Fellowship

Weekly Devotions

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.

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.