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Daily devotional August



August 1

“Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month. And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall overflow with wine and oil" (Joel 2:23-24).

The anointing of God is the rain that will fall on you this year. This year you will experience a double portion because the earlier anointing and the latter anointing will fall at the same time. That’s good news, because with the anointing comes power and the manifestation of God’s goodness. The blessings of God are about to rain down on you like never before. Thank God for the overflow!

August 2

“O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles” (Psalm 43:3).

When the Spirit of God speaks to you, His Word is like a lantern that lights your path and a compass that directs your footsteps. Follow the Holy Spirit as He leads you into the presence of God!

August 3

“Both riches and honor come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all" (1 Chronicles 29:12).

God is the Creator of everything on earth, and He decides how He will distribute His riches to His servants. No matter how rich and powerful you are, don’t make the mistake of thinking that you achieved your success on your own. You have everything you have because God has given it to you. Make sure you thank Him.

August 4

“For the seed shall be prosperous; the vine shall give her fruit, and the ground shall give her increase, and the heavens shall give their dew; and I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these things" (Zechariah 8:12).

There is a time for sowing and a time for reaping. If you’ve already sown your seed, get ready for the harvest. God is preparing to prosper His servants; expect an overflow of God’s goodness in your life!

August 5

“He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord” (Psalm 33:5).

God loves everything that is good, just and fair. In spite of all the bad things that you hear about in the news, God is still manifesting His goodness in the earth. If you want to see it in your own life, show God your goodness, and He will show you His.

August 6

“Bear (endure, carry) one another’s burdens and troublesome moral faults, and in this way fulfill and observe perfectly the law of Christ (the Messiah) and complete what is lacking [in your obedience to it]" (Galatians 6:2, AMP).

It is your responsibility as a Christian to love your brothers and sisters in Christ. The best way to express your love is by overlooking their faults and by helping them carry their burdens. When you do this, you honor God and prove that you are truly His child.

August 7

“Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you" (John 20:21).

Just as Jesus was sent by God to preach the Gospel, you have been sent by Jesus to carry out the same mission. Use every available opportunity to tell someone about God’s goodness in your life.

August 8

“There is none holy as the Lord: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God" (1 Samuel 2:2).

There is nothing and no one as holy as God. Experimenting with other religions or adopting religious practices that are not in line with God’s Word may seem harmless, but don’t be deceived. There is only one God, and He is the Rock upon which you must build the foundation of your life. If you set yourself up on anything else, you’ll eventually fall.

August 9

“Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the Lord that doth sanctify you" (Exodus 31:13).

God established the sanctity of the Sabbath at the beginning of time. No matter how busy you are, be sure to take the time to slow down and honor God’s holy day. Each Sunday, make it a point to reflect on this eternal reminder of His love for you.

August 10

“A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control" (Proverbs 29:11, NIV).

When you’re angry and in the middle of a confrontation, it’s very tempting to give whomever you’re arguing with “a piece of your mind.” But that’s also foolish. Instead, it is much wiser to exercise temperance, which is self-control. Keep your mouth closed and your spiritual ears will open. Then you can hear God when He tells you how to resolve the situation.

August 11

“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint" (Isaiah 40:31).

Don’t be in a hurry to do things your own way. If you wait on God to direct you, your victory in every situation is assured. God will continually renew your strength throughout your journey—you’ll walk without ever falling behind, run without getting tired and soar like an eagle until you reach your destination.

August 12

“If thy people go out to battle against their enemy, whithersoever thou shalt send them, and shall pray unto the Lord toward the city which thou hast chosen, and toward the house that I have built for thy name: Then hear thou in heaven their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their cause" (1 Kings 8:44-45).

As long as you live in the world, you’re sure to face some sort of battle. But don’t let that discourage you. Your victory has already been assured. To claim it, go to God in prayer and ask for His guidance. Then do what He says, and watch as He defends you.

August 13

“Have we not all one father? hath not one God created us? why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, by profaning the covenant of our fathers?" (Malachi 2:10).

God is the Creator and Father of everyone. When you look at your brothers and sisters in Christ, you shouldn’t see race, nationality or ethnicity—you should see the spirit of God that is inside of them. The covenant of our ancestors binds us all together; when you mistreat any child of God, you betray that covenant. Honor your Father by treating all of His children with the love and respect they deserve.

August 14

“Bring forth fruit that is consistent with repentance [let your lives prove your change of heart]" (Matthew 3:8, AMP).

When you sin and step outside the will of God, if you confess and repent immediately, God will forgive you. However, repentance means more than just saying you’re sorry. When you repent, you must have a change of heart and a change of behavior. Turn completely away from the sin for which God has forgiven you, and let your life show that you’ve truly repented.

August 15

“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful" (Psalm 1:1).

Choose your friends and acquaintances carefully. If you align yourself with the wrong people, you could stop the flow of God’s blessings in your life. Stay away from ungodly people—don’t ask for or take their advice and don’t spend time in their presence. Instead, seek godly alliances. God cares about the company you keep.

August 16

“The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him" (Nahum 1:7).

Whenever you’re in trouble, God is there to help you. Run to Him and take refuge in His arms. He knows you and He welcomes the opportunity to protect those who trust in Him.

August 17

“Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty" (2 Corinthians 3:17).

The Spirit of God lives inside every born-again Believer. Whenever the Spirit is present, He brings liberty. If you have been in bondage to anyone or anything, declare your independence today. The Spirit of God has released you from everything that has held you captive. Rejoice! You’re free at last!

August 18

“But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the authority (power, privilege, right) to become the children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name—Who owe their birth neither to bloods nor to the will of the flesh [that of physical impulse] nor to the will of man [that of a natural father], but to God. [They are born of God!]" (John 1:12-13, AMP).

What do you have to do to be called a child of God? Just believe that Jesus is Who He says He is and that He can do everything He says He can do. The pious things you do, the amount of knowledge you have and where you come from aren’t important. The only thing that matters is that you welcome Jesus into your heart. When you do, you are officially God’s child.

August 19

“Therefore thou shalt keep the commandments of the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, and to fear him" (Deuteronomy 8:6).

When you obey God’s commands and walk in His ways, you show your faithfulness. Your faithfulness, in turn, pleases God, and He will reward you for it.

August 20

“To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ; Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices" (2 Corinthians 2:10-11).

Satan is looking for any open door that he can find to gain access into your life. When you operate in unforgiveness, you leave the door wide open for him to come in and wreak havoc. Forgive immediately anyone who offends you, just as God forgives you. As long as you know what Satan is trying to do, you can confuse his plans. By walking in love and forgiveness, you can slam the door in Satan’s face and lock him out of your life!

August 21

“Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me" (Micah 7:8).

Don’t get discouraged when your enemies rejoice over your misfortune. It may look as though you are down, but you’re never out. When you fall, you will get back up again. And when you are at your lowest and you don’t know where to go or what to do, God will be your light and will lead you out of the darkness.

August 22

“And they came, every one whose heart stirred him up, and every one whom his spirit made willing, and they brought the Lord’s offering..." (Exodus 35:21).

Your offerings to God should be made with a willing heart. You should never give because you feel you have to; rather, give because you want to. God did not require these special offerings, but he appealed to people with generous hearts. Only those who were willing to give were invited to participate. Our giving should be from love and generosity, not from a guilty conscience.

August 23

“And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these (Mark 12:30-31).

Throughout the Bible, all of God’s commands are rooted in one thing: love. This includes love for God and love for your fellow man. When you walk in love toward God and toward your neighbors, you obey the two greatest commandments God has given. Master these two commandments, and you’ll find that it will be easier to obey all of God’s other commands.

August 24

“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee" (Psalm 119:11).

Read your Bible daily and meditate on God’s Word. Plant the Word in your heart, and it will grow and produce a bountiful harvest. Then, when you are tempted to sin, the Word that you’ve hidden in your heart will rise up and show you the way to resist temptation and defeat Satan.

August 25

“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them" (Matthew 18:20).

Jesus is in the midst of those who gather in His name. It doesn’t take a multitude of Believers; all it takes is two or three people. You don’t have to wait until you get to church on Sunday to feel His presence. Just find one or two fellow Christians and begin praising and worshipping the Lord. You can be sure that Jesus will be there with you.

August 26

“Let everything you do be done in love (true love to God and man as inspired by God’s love for us)" (1 Corinthians 16:14, AMP).

From the smallest, most insignificant things you do each day to the largest and most important ones, your love—for God and for your neighbors—should be evident in all you do. Remember, God loves you as much as He loves Jesus, and He wants you to be a living example of His love here in the earth.

August 27

“You shall not take revenge or bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself..." (Leviticus 19:18, AMP).

If you’ve been wronged in some way, don’t hold a grudge against the one who has wronged you, and don’t seek your own revenge. Just love the person as you love yourself, and let God handle everything else.

August 28

“If you love sleep, you will end in poverty. Keep your eyes open, and there will be plenty to eat!" (Proverbs 20:13, NLT).

God is your Source and He will supply all your needs. But your needs won’t be met if you’re lying in bed all the time! God has many ways of distributing His resources to you; however, you have to prove that you are willing to do what is required of you in order to receive them. That means you’ll have to work. Get up and get to work, and then watch as God removes lack from your life!

August 29

“For thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle: thou hast subdued under me those that rose up against me" (Psalm 18:39).

You are a mighty conqueror. God has given you everything you need to win every battle you face. Your enemy has been subdued; step out in faith and claim your victory!

August 30

“The Lord shall judge the people: judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness, and according to mine integrity that is in me" (Psalm 7:8).

Stand in your righteousness and maintain your integrity, because God will judge you in these areas. Follow His commands and God will declare your innocence and confirm your righteousness.

August 31

“Be strong, courageous, and firm; fear not nor be in terror before them, for it is the Lord your God Who goes with you; He will not fail you or forsake you" (Deuteronomy 31:6, AMP).

Wherever you go, God goes with you. You have no reason to fear anyone or anything. With God as your constant companion, there is nothing that can harm you. In everything be strong, courageous and fearless. Never forget that God is with you always, and He will never leave you, let you down or forsake you.

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