Daily Devotional

  • Birth of John the Baptist — Sunday December 17, 2017

    SUNDAY December 17, 2017

    Birth of John the Baptist

    Now Elizabeth’s full time came for her to be delivered, and she brought forth a son. When her neighbors and relatives heard how the Lord had shown great mercy to her, they rejoiced with her.

    Luke 1:57-58

    Mary had stayed with her cousin for three months; then came the time for Elizabeth to deliver her baby. The Lord in His mercy had taken away her shame of not being able to have a child. Elizabeth had a time of seclusion, but now her neighbors and relatives heard how the Lord had blessed her. He had given her a son––everyone rejoiced (Luke 1:56-58).

    The miracle of Elizabeth giving birth in her old age was not the only wonder to happen. On the eighth day, those present expected the baby to be named after his father Zacharias, but Elizabeth had said no, his name would be John. Confused by an unfamiliar name not found in their family lineage, they looked to Zacharias for further confirmation (Luke 1:59-62).

    Zacharias motioned for a tablet, and in their amazement, he wrote the name––John. Immediately, his tongue was loosed and he could speak, just as the angel had said (Luke 1:20). The very first words to come out of his mouth were pure praise to his God (Luke 1:59-64).

    When Zacharias first heard the angel Gabriel’s message, he had spoken words of unbelief. He could not even imagine the possibility of a child being born to him in his old age. But now, when what was spoken had taken place, and he had obediently called the child John, he praised God, fully and completely.

    It is very important that we examine what comes out of our mouths. Do we question God’s Word in unbelief? Or do we believe His Word and have nothing but praise on our lips?

    I will extol the LORD at all times; His praise will always be on my lips. ~Psalm 34:1(NIV)~

  • Rejoice in God my Savior — Saturday December 16, 2017
  • Mary, Blessed Believer — Friday December 15, 2017
  • According to Your Word — Thursday December 14, 2017
  • Holy One--the Son of God — Wednesday December 13, 2017
  • Son of the Highest — Tuesday December 12, 2017
  • His Name is Jesus — Monday December 11, 2017
  • An Angelic Announcement — Sunday December 10, 2017
  • God's Word Comes to Pass — Saturday December 9, 2017
  • Son of the Highest — Friday December 8, 2017
  • Unbelief in Glad Tidings — Thursday December 7, 2017
  • Make Ready a People — Wednesday December 6, 2017
  • The Silence is Broken — Tuesday December 5, 2017
  • Peace Without End — Monday December 4, 2017
  • Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God — Sunday December 3, 2017
  • The One Ruler in Israel — Saturday December 2, 2017
  • Keep No Immoral Company — Friday December 1, 2017
  • Sincerity and Truth — Thursday November 30, 2017
  • Purging of Sin — Wednesday November 29, 2017
  • A Godly Rebuke — Tuesday November 28, 2017
  • Delivered to Satan — Monday November 27, 2017
  • A Problem with Pride — Sunday November 26, 2017
  • No Shame of Face — Saturday November 25, 2017
  • Do Not Be Hypocritical — Friday November 24, 2017
  • Thanksgiving — Thursday November 23, 2017
  • Destroy the Flesh, Save the Spirit — Wednesday November 22, 2017