Daily Devotions

His Latter Rain
-Joel 2:28-32

Key Verse:
"And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions" (Joel 2:28).

"Without the Spirit of God, we can do nothing. We are as ships without the wind, branches without sap, and like coals without fire, we are useless" – Charles Spurgeon. The passage before us talks about the outpouring of the Spirit of God upon all flesh. Prophet Joel had spoken about a need for national repentance in Israel. Israel had been in Babylonian captivity for seventy years and this brought great reproach upon them. Joel recommended that the prayers for the restoration of Israel and the removal of her reproach be accompanied by fasting and weeping. He believed that the outcome would involve an outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the restored Israel at a future date. This passage, which is now referred to as the promise of the Father, was fulfilled on the day of Pentecost. The Holy Ghost, like cloven tongues of fire, fell on the one hundred and twenty believers in the Upper Room, who waited on God in prayers, after the resurrection and ascension of Christ. There is very little the Church can do today without the outpouring of the Spirit. The world in which we live has become so corrupt that sermons without the backing of the Holy Ghost power can produce little or no effect. The anointing and gifts that come through the Holy Spirit are irresistible. The vessels to be used in the revival promised by Joel will involve both old and young men, with the servants and handmaidens, all saved children of God. The Holy Ghost came upon ‘all flesh’ who were in one accord, saved and sanctified in the Upper Room, and not on everyone in the world. Further preparation for the Spirit’s baptism will include consecration and submission to the will of God.

Thought for the day: It takes changed men to change the world.

Bible Reading in one Year: EXODUS 30-32

Daily Devotions

Famous for Faith
-Romans 1:8 - 17

Key Verse:
"First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world" (Romans 1:8).

Many churches today are famous and noted for several things. They boast of their architecture, glass windows, organs, choir and great orchestra, suave and eloquent preachers, the number of millionaires who attend their services, large membership and so on. In the passage under consideration, Apostle Paul talks about the church in Rome. He had not, up to the point of writing this epistle, been there physically but had heard so much of their faith in Christ. The church was famous for their doctrinal soundness. They did not just hold to those doctrines and creed and merely profess them in empty and dry recitations; they lived them out practically for all to see. It was this practical demonstration of their faith and profession everywhere they went that people took note of. It is worthy of note that the faith of the church in Rome became known through the spoken word, without the aid of any media. When a group of Christian is obedient to the Lord and propagates its faith, it doesn’t take long for a whole city or state or even nations to be talking about the group. A church should become famous because of its willingness to stand for and propagate the truths of the Bible, not by any of those things that would attract the media. Individual Christians make up the church; hence, we must practice our professed doctrines in our day-to-day living. This not only gladdens the heart of the pastor, but also reveals the genuineness of the faith that we profess and draw others to the Lord. This is what is most important to God. Are you known for real faith that others can testify to or an empty and hypocritical religious lifestyle? Let your faith become a testimony to the world.

Thought for the day: Let your faith inspire others to serve God.

Bible Reading in one Year: EXODUS 22-24