October 1
“Now whom you forgive anything, I also forgive. For if indeed I have forgiven anything, I have forgiven that one for your sakes in the presence of Christ, lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices” (2 Corinthians 2:10, 11).

Forgiving others the way Jesus forgave frees us from the pain of negative emotions and the evil spirits that accompany them. It’s not always easy, but the example we set for others when we do this is a powerful witness for Christ. Refusing to forgive opens us up to attacks from the enemy.

October 2
“Do not be misled: ‘Bad company corrupts good character’” (1 Corinthians 15:33, NIV).

Who we spend time with can influence how we think, so we must be careful about the people with whom we associate on a daily basis. We’re more likely to make the wrong choices when surrounded by people who don’t value honesty and sterling character.

October 3
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13).

As believers, faith and hope are extremely important, but love is the most powerful. Everything Jesus did, he did out of love for us, and he was actually love in human form. When our actions are motivated by this, we have a powerful impact on others.

October 4
“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4, NIV).

God knows what we want most out of life, and He wants us to have those things. But things of the spirit are more important than things of the world, and when we remember our priorities and focus on Him first, He will see to it that we receive what we ask.

October 5
“Therefore let anyone who thinks he stands [who feels sure that he has a steadfast mind and is standing firm], take heed lest he fall [into sin]” (1 Corinthians 10:12).

The times when we get overconfident in our own abilities and strengths are the times we are most susceptible to attacks from the enemy, who wants to see us fail. We only find our place of strength and stability when we are in Christ.

October 6
“I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase” (1 Corinthians 3:6, 7).

When we share the gospel of grace hoping that the seeds we sow will take root in someone’s heart, there is only so much we can do on our own. Our job is to speak the word to others and teach by example, but only God can cause those seeds to take root, sprout, and grow.

October 7
“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. For it is written: ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent’” (1 Corinthians 1:18, 19).

When we talk to others about Jesus and what he did for us, some will accept the message, but many others will completely miss its meaning and significance. The people whom the world calls wise are the very ones who often dismiss the truth of the gospel.

October 8
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).

One of the victories we have because of the finished works of Jesus is victory over fear. His spirit in us drives out fear because love is always more powerful than fear.

October 9
“I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).

God is the one who makes it possible for us to work and receive a financial income at all. When we use some of our income to help others, he sees to it that both the giver and the receiver are blessed.

October 10
“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:6, 7).

Facing life when we don’t have the peace of God opens us up to stress, anxiety, and the cares of the world. God tells us to give all our worries to him, because he doesn’t want us to suffer. We show true humility when we obey this commandment.

October 11
“Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God” (2 Corinthians 3:5)

Apart from Christ, we will never be sufficient to supply all our own needs. He is the one who empowers us to do whatever task he asks us to do.

October 12
“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up” (James 4:10).

Getting all puffed up with pride in the things we can do reflects an attitude that does not please God. Trusting in the finished works of Jesus is how we show true humility. This allows God to lift us up to heights we could never imagine.

October 13
“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world” (Titus 2:11, 12).

Jesus is God’s grace in the flesh, and he came to earth to demonstrate God’s favor toward us. It is Jesus who enriches us and empowers us to live a victorious life in this sinful world, to glorify God.

October 14
“Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the Lord will do great things” (Joel 2:21).

Fear is a natural response to trouble, but every time we have an opportunity to be afraid, we draw power from God when we rejoice instead. Knowing what He promised to do will allow us to rejoice.

October 15
“Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water” (Hebrews 10:22).

When we become conscious that we are the righteousness of God in Christ, we will no longer be in bondage to sin. Our faith in this protects us from having a guilty, evil conscience.

October 16
“If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:3).

Righteousness is the foundation for a Christian life. If religion and philosophy destroy this foundation and we, as believers, don’t understand the importance of righteousness, then we have nothing left on which to build.

October 17
“But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).

We can limit ourselves and what God can do in our lives by the way we think. When we compare ourselves to others and think that we can’t do what God has placed on our heart because no one else has succeeded in doing it, God tells us otherwise.

October 18
“And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease… And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give” (Matthew 10:1, 7, 8).

Many born-again believers are still unaware of the power and authority Jesus has vested in them. We are by no means in a position of powerlessness when it comes to defeating the enemy every time he comes against us.

October 19
“And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy” (Acts 2:18).

A spirit of division between men and women is not God’s will. Jesus died and was resurrected to erase all inequalities between the genders, and God can use anyone who accepts Him by faith.

October 20
“When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom” (Proverbs 11:2).

Jesus’ life was the perfect example of humility for us to follow, and His death on the cross was to keep shame from becoming an issue for us. Pride opens to door to shame, but we can slam it shut again by maintaining a humble and godly attitude.

October 21
“Finishing is better than starting. Patience is better than pride” (Ecclesiastes 7:8, NLT).

When we trust in God, patience is crucial. Humbly relying on Him instead of ourselves gives us better overall results and it helps us avoid ending up in a situation where we’d rather not be.

October 22
“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before” (Philippians 3:13).

A Christian life requires that we continually move forward, not letting our past hold us back. If we are to experience what God wants us to have, we must realize that we don’t have to be haunted or dragged down by our past mistakes.

October 23
“Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound” (Romans 5:20).

God has a purpose for everything. He gave the Law of Moses to teach the people that they need Him but, because no one could keep it, He gave us grace to deliver us from the requirements of the law.

October 24
“Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness…Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord” (Psalm 150:1, 2, 6).

We never need to be afraid to be seen praising God. When we glorify Him and we’re not ashamed of other people seeing it, there is restoration waiting for us.

October 25
“Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon” (Isaiah 55:7).

The voice of shame will tell us God will never forgive us because of a sin we’ve committed; but God never lies. We have His promise of forgiveness and mercy.

October 26
“And the apostles said to the Lord, ‘Increase our faith.’ So the Lord said, “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you” (Luke 17:5, 6).

If we get discouraged, thinking we need more faith for it to be effective, Jesus teaches us that even a little faith is more than enough when we employ it. Regardless of how big any problem may appear to be, planting the seeds of faith and letting God water them will produce a harvest.

October 27
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17).

Faith and confidence are linked. The more we build up our confidence in the finished works of Jesus, the stronger our faith becomes. Hearing the word of God impacts us spiritually and increases that confidence level.

October 28
“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm” (Psalm 20:7, 8).

There are plenty of things in which we can trust but, when we rely on God, we are victorious in life. He will never let us down or betray our trust in him.

October 29
“Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass” (Psalm 37:7).

Having patience does not mean putting up with a bad situation; it means persevering and being consistently, constantly the same, regardless of what others do. When our level of trust in God is high enough, we can rest in his word.

October 30
“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit” (Jeremiah 17:7, 8, NIV).

When we trust in God, we open ourselves up to receive his blessings. Having total confidence in him pushes out fear and worry, and allows him to be our source for every need.

October 31
“Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward” (Hebrews 10:35).

Our confidence in Christ has great compensation when it comes to seeing the manifestations in our lives of everything he promised us. Doubting his word is the equivalent to casting away that confidence, which is why it is so important not to waver in our faith.