Daily Scripture

From Handbook to Renewal

The Attributes of God

Ah, Lord God! You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too difficult for You. You are the great and mighty God, whose name is the Lord of hosts. You are great in counsel and mighty in deed, and Your eyes are open to all the ways of the sons of men; You reward everyone according to his ways and according to the fruit of his deeds. (Jeremiah 32:17–19)

The word of God is living and active and sharper than any double-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit and of joints and marrow, and it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. (Hebrews 4:1213)

The Works of God 

By the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. (2 Peter 3:5–7)

You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for You created all things, and by Your will they were created and have their being. (Revelation 4:11)

My Relationship to God

From everyone who has been given much, much will be required, and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked. (Luke 12:48)

As a servant of Christ and a steward of His possessions, it is required that I be found faithful. (1 Corinthians 4:12)

The Character I Want to Cultivate

I will covet no one’s money or possessions. (Acts 20:33)

Godliness with contentment is great gain. For I brought nothing into the world, and I can take nothing out of it. But if I have food and clothing, with these I will be content. (1 Timothy 6:68)

My Relationship to Others

I will remember those who led me, who spoke the word of God to me. I will consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. (Hebrews 13:7)

I will obey those who lead me and submit to them, for they keep watch over my soul as those who must give an account. I will obey them, so that they may do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for me. (Hebrews 13:17)

Daily Prayer

From Handbook to Prayer

RENEWAL

As a servant of Christ and a steward of His possessions, it is required that I be found faithful. (1 Corinthians 4:12)

Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows. But let me flee from these things, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, and gentleness. (1 Timothy 6:911)

Pause to add your own prayers for personal renewal. 

PETITION

May I put away all of these things: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive language from my mouth. (Colossians 3:8)

Relationships with others:

  • Greater love and compassion for others
  • Loved ones
  • Those who do not know Christ
  • Those in need

My activities for this day 

Special concerns

INTERCESSION

Grant that I may be used to open the eyes of others and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Jesus. (Acts 26:18)

Evangelism: 

  • Friends
  • Relatives
  • Neighbors
  • Coworkers
  • Special opportunities

Daily Encouragement

From Handbook to God’s Promises

THE PROMISES IN GOD’S CREATION OF ME

The New You
Read 2 Corinthians 5:17

The Native Americans obif Manhattan would be in for a shock if they were to return to their island home today. Back in the 17th century, they sold their island (today’s Manhattan Island in New York City) to Peter Minuit of the Dutch West India Company in exchange for about $24 worth of merchandise. Concrete and steel have replaced grass and trees and transformed a once wild terrain into the financial capital of the world. Imagine the faces of these Native Americans if they were to come back to discover the kinds of “bulls” and “bears” that rage on Wall Street today.

Or how about the pilgrim adventurers who set sail on the Mayflower from the Port of London in 1620? Were they to return there today they wouldn’t believe their eyes. Once called the Isle of Dogs, the former Port of London is today known as Canary Wharf, one of the most successful urban reclamation projects in the world. The docks of London have been transformed from medieval marshland to majestic metroplex—a stunning conglomeration of office towers, restaurants, shopping sites and commercial hubs.

While these transformations are monumental, the “before and after” effects pale in comparison to the spiritual transformation that occurs in the human being who becomes a Christian. One could imagine the long ago Londoners exclaiming (on viewing their former homelands), “It’s a new creation!” Those are, of course, the words Paul uses to describe the radical transformation that takes place in the life of a new believer—with one key difference. The Port of London was changed externally over centuries; believers are changed internally and instantaneously. But the difference is no less real! The old is gone and the new has come.

Did you realize that the landscape of your life was scraped clean and an entirely new “you” was erected when you became a Christian? If you are in Christ, the old is gone and the new has come. The person who believes in Christ today is not the same person who did not believe in Christ yesterday. It’s a new you!

God’s Promise: When He sees you in Christ, He sees a new creation.

Weekly Verse

Week 8

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22–23)

Get Daily Growth in Your Inbox

Subscribe

Reflections Mailing Information