Authors: Andrew Wommack
Every Day With Jesus
366 Insights for Encouragement, Spiritual Growth, and Personal Victory
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January 1: Jesus Was God
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Jesus was not just a man sent from God, He was God. This is the most important statement of the New Testament. All other truths hang on this truth. If Jesus was only a man, then regardless of how good He was, His life could only provide a substitute for one other man. However, since He was God, His life was worth more than every human life since creation. Indeed, His life was worth more than the sum total of the universe He created.
Any compromise on the truth of Jesus’ divinity will negate His redemptive work in our lives. Jesus was God manifest in the flesh. (1 Tim. 3:16.) Yet, this Almighty God came to dwell in a human body. He humbled Himself and took the form of a servant (Phil. 2:7), and His humanity truly made Him one of us. He suffered the same temptations and pressures that we suffer. (Heb. 4:15.) It was His divinity, however, that gave Him the power to save us completely. (Heb. 7:25.)
We must never let His humanity blind us to the truth that Almighty God Himself became our friend. (John 15:13-15.)
We must never let His divinity blind us to the truth that He knows exactly how we feel, and He deeply cares for us.
Let the Holy Spirit give you a true revelation of the deity and humanity of our Lord Jesus Christ throughout this new year.
January 2: You Have His Fullness
And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.
The Christian life is not like an insurance policy that only pays off when we die and go to heaven. Every believer has now received the grace of God and the fullness of God. Everything He is, we now possess in our born-again spirits. We are complete in Him. (Col. 2:9-10.)
When we receive Jesus as our Lord, we are instantly changed in our spirits (2 Cor. 5:17), but many of us aren’t aware of the change that takes place inside us. Thus, we continue to live by our physical senses and natural mind, and we are oblivious to the new, born-again part of us that has received the fullness of God.
You can’t see or touch your spirit because it is spirit. Your spirit is the eternal, invisible part of you. However, when you choose to believe what the Word of God says about you, you will begin to know that in Christ Jesus you have everything you ever need or want. His Word is spirit and life (John 6:63), and as you abide in His Word, you will begin to live more and more from your spirit.
In your spirit, you are right now as you will be throughout all eternity. (1 John 4:17.) Praise the Lord! To the degree you renew your mind to this truth and believe it, you will actually experience God’s fullness in this life. Proverbs 23:7 says that whatever you think or believe in your heart is what you are.
Pray the prayer of Ephesians 1:15-23 and let the Holy Spirit reveal “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Col. 1:27).
January 3: The Sign of a Christian
By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
This is an amazing statement by Jesus! The distinguishing characteristic of a Christian, according to the Head of all Christendom, is our love for one another. This doesn’t appear to be common knowledge in the church today. Possessing true love for other believers isn’t a top priority for most Christians. Yet Jesus said that this is the number-one thing that will show unbelievers that He’s real and alive in us today.
The body of Christ has invested vast amounts of money and effort to reach the lost. We’ve built fancy churches, padded the seats, and air-conditioned the auditoriums to attract more people. We’ve traveled around the world and held mass crusades. Yet our love for each other, which Jesus said would represent Him the best, is lacking or non-existent. We have bumper stickers on our cars but no love in our hearts.
The first-century church didn’t have tapes, books, or videos. Neither did they put bumper stickers on every camel that crossed the desert. They met in homes without the benefit of radio or television, but they made a tremendous impact on their world with the Gospel. How could this be? They had God’s kind of love for Him and for each other.
Jude spoke of the early church meetings as being “feasts of charity” (Jude 1:12). Love abounded and so did the Gospel—and there’s a direct relationship between the two. Choose to be a living advertisement for the Gospel today. As you allow His love to shine through for your brothers and sisters as well as the lost, unbelievers will know that Jesus is alive in you.
January 4: Faith Works by Love
For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.
When Jamie and I started out in the ministry, we were so poor we couldn’t even pay attention. I was believing God for prosperity with all I knew, but we constantly struggled. At one time, all we had to eat was a bag of Fritos
and some Cokes
that a friend had given us. We rationed them out for days.
Then Jamie took the car and our last seventy-five cents and went to the laundromat. While she was gone, I did some serious praying. It seemed like the Lord wasn’t meeting our needs. I said, “God, I’d give my right arm to feed Jamie!”
He immediately responded, “I gave My Son to feed you.” Then He reminded me of Luke 12:32, which says, “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”
That broke my heart. I realized that I had let circumstances deceive me about God’s love for us. I had been trying to operate in faith without love. I repented and received God’s love. When Jamie returned, I told her we would eat meat that day.
After church that night, a friend invited us to his house. He gave us over ten pounds of fish, potatoes, and other food. Just before midnight, we sat down to a feast. The amazing thing was that he had tried to bring us the food earlier that day, but when he came by our apartment, our car was gone, so he supposed no one was home. The only time our car was gone was when Jamie was at the laundromat washing clothes and God was showing me His love for us. At the precise moment I received His love, my faith worked, and our need was met.
Let God’s love for you abound, and your faith will too.
January 5: Nothing Is Impossible
For with God nothing shall be impossible.
What a statement. If we just believed this the way Mary believed it when Gabriel spoke it to her, how different our lives would be. From birth we are trained to know our limitations. “You can’t have this. Don’t touch that. Don’t put things in your mouth. You can’t touch the fire.” The list goes on and on. As we grow up, it’s actually a sign of maturity to recognize our limitations and learn to live within them. It is a fact of life that there are limits to everything.
God, on the other hand, has no limits. When we enter into the realm of His supernatural power, we have to take off the limits we have learned through the years. We have to renew our minds with the truth that He is not like us. He can do anything. We have an awesome God Whose power is so great that we can’t even comprehend it. He created the universe, and it didn’t even tax His ability. Yet many times we find ourselves wondering if our situation is too hard for Him. We can’t see how He can pull us through.
The Lord said to Jeremiah, “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?” (Jer. 32:27.) The answer is a resounding no! The only thing that limits God is our unbelief. (Deut. 7:17.)
Today, honor God by believing that nothing is too difficult for Him. Whatever you are facing, He is more than able and more than willing to help you and bless you.
January 6: Standing for What Is Right
Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men.
Satan was the real motivator behind Herod’s actions. Ever since God first prophesied that a “seed” of a woman would bruise his head, Satan had been seeking to find and destroy this “seed” (Gen. 3:15). That “seed,” of course, was Jesus, our Lord and Savior.
It appears Satan is able to perceive when God is making a major move in the earth. In the days when Moses was born, Satan moved Pharaoh to kill all the male children of the Israelite slaves. After Jesus was born, Satan motivated Herod to kill all the male children in Bethlehem. No doubt he was seeking to eliminate this “seed,” the One who was going to bruise his head and strip him of all power and authority.
Once again, today we see children being slaughtered. This time it is through abortion. The Seed has already come and is multiplying Himself in every born-again believer, so Satan is trying to kill people before they can be born and then born again. He is also attacking our youth in unprecedented ways through violence and suicide. Is it possible he thinks this is the generation that will bring Jesus back? Is he, in desperation, trying to put off his doom by destroying this generation?
Today we need to have enough spiritual perception to recognize that what is happening to our children and youth is an indication of a great struggle in the spirit realm. While we pray, “Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus!” we must also stand for what is right.
January 7: Even Jesus Prepared
And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.
This is the only scriptural record of Jesus’ childhood; yet, there is much we can learn from this brief account. At twelve years of age, His wisdom astounded the men who had spent a lifetime studying the Scriptures (v. 47). Remember that Jesus did not have full-time access to a copy of the Bible like we do today. He received revelation knowledge from His heavenly Father, but He had to visit the synagogue to read the scrolls of God’s Word.
Even at the young age of twelve, Jesus had a clear understanding of who His real Father was and exactly why He had come to the world (v. 49). However, He also asked the scholars questions (v. 46). This is amazing when you realize that in Him are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. (Col. 2:3.) Although He was God, He inhabited a physical human body with a natural mind that needed to be educated.
We see that Jesus knew His call and purpose even in His early childhood, but He still had to study and prepare Himself for the work God had called Him to accomplish. He is doing the same thing with you, preparing you for what He has called you to do.
If you don’t know what you are called to do, ask Him today! Then ask Him to show you what you can do to prepare your mind and heart for all He wants to accomplish through you.
January 8: Be Who God Created You to Be
Matthew 3:1-12; Mark 1:1-8; Luke 3:1-18
In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea.
These Scriptures record the ministry of John the Baptist. He spent thirty years in the deserts of Judaea preparing for this ministry. Then it only lasted about six months before He baptized Jesus and men started following Him. Nevertheless, in those brief six months John turned an entire nation to God.
John did not take the normal approach and go where the people were. He was out in the wilderness and the people came to him. He had no advertisements other than the testimonies of those who had heard him. He wasn’t a flashy evangelist wearing the latest styles of the day. He didn’t do anything the way the religious leaders taught it was supposed to be done in their seminaries; yet it worked. In a few months, he stirred an entire nation to anticipate the coming of Jesus.
God accomplished this amazing feat through a man who was not “normal.” Too often our “herd instinct” keeps many of us from being used by God. We are so afraid of what someone else will think about us if we do what He tells us to do and live by His Spirit and Word. We try to be like everyone else, and then we wonder why we are getting the same results as everyone else. That’s not smart!
John was completely yielded to the Holy Spirit, and he succeeded against all the odds. Dare to follow the Holy Spirit, even if it means going against the crowd, and you will get supernatural results too.
January 9: How Does Faith Increase?
And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.
The apostles requested the same thing from Jesus that millions of Christians ask for today. They want more faith. Jesus stunned them with His answer, just as the truth about faith stuns people today. He said they didn’t need more faith. The faith they had was sufficient to uproot a tree and cast it into the ocean. They just weren’t using the faith they had. (v. 6.)
Jesus went on to correct a wrong idea most people have about faith. Faith doesn’t just show up and go to work for you. Faith must be told what to do; it is your slave. Masters don’t request slaves to work; they make them work. That’s the way you should view your faith. You don’t passively hope faith will perform or tentatively ask faith to work. You take the authority you have in Jesus and command it!
The reason the disciples didn’t see their faith work harder for them was because they hadn’t demanded more from their faith. They thought believing for miracles was so hard, it took more faith than what they had. That’s not true for them or for us. We have underestimated our slave. We have thought we needed many slaves; when the truth is, this slave (faith) is so powerful it can accomplish whatever we demand of it.