VICTORY!
DAILY DEVOTIONS
by
PASTOR JEFF WORLEY
AUGUST, 2022

 

8/1/22
JOHN 8: 12-18
Today’s text has two main messages from the Lord Jesus Christ to the Pharisees and the crowd of that day. And that message is meant for you and I today too! First, Jesus is the light of the world (v 12). Jesus is the light of God in this world. There is a lot of evil around you and I. There is a lot of darkness in this world, but when Jesus is invited to a life, He can and will light up a life to truth. Second, in this text Jesus shares about the one that sent Him- the Father. The Lord shows that even though he can bear record of Himself, Jesus reminds us that it is the Father (Almighty God) that sent Him (v 16). What a Savior!!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:  Thank you Jesus for coming into this world and being my light and my Savior!

8/2/22
PSALM 149: 1-6
Can you sing? Some people really do have a good singing voice. Some cannot carry a tune in a bucket as the old saying goes! According to the scripture today, God’s people (v 4) those that have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, will be able to sing a new song (v 1). What is this new song that the Bible is talking about here? It is a praise song for saving a soul and allowing you and I to be a member of the family of God! Notice verse 5 tells us to sing this song loud, even in our beds! What a God we serve!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:  Lord, help me share with others how they can sing this new song in Jesus Christ!

8/3/22
ROMANS 5: 8-9
Today’s scripture may be short, but powerful! The Bible reminds us that God does love us and because of this love, the Bible here tells us what God has done for us! He sent His Son Jesus Christ to die for us! To shed His blood for us! And He tells us that if we trust Jesus and are saved we will not have to face the wrath of God! These two verses are the Gospel in a nutshell. Share them with someone today!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:  Thank you for your love toward me today, even when I was yet a sinner!


8/4/22
LEVITICUS 19: 1-4
Have you ever heard someone say “I am not perfect”? I don’t know about you, but I have even made that statement myself a time or two. It is true, you and I are not perfect, but the Bible teaches us in today’s text that we are to try to live as perfect before the world and before Almighty God as we can. Why? Well because God is perfect-God is holy according to the scripture today. Well, how do I live perfect or holy?  By remembering who we belong to! If you and I are saved, then we should try to live as holy and as perfect for God as we can. Jesus Christ should be our example. The Lord gives us 3 big things to do as we try to live holy here. 1- respect mom and dad. 2-Keep the Lord’s day. 3- Serve God! Let’s practice being holy today!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:  Lord, help me to live holy before you!

8/5/22
JOHN 20: 24-29
In the text today, Jesus has died on the cross and has risen from the grave. Jesus has appeared to the disciples in a room, but one in the group by the name of Thomas was not there at the time. When Thomas gets back, Jesus is gone and when the others tell him about Jesus being in the midst, Thomas says I just cant believe it unless I see for myself the nail prints or the hole in His side. About 8 days later, the Bible declares Jesus shows up again and this time Thomas is there. He sees Jesus and believes. I love verse 29- this verse is for me and you. We have not seen Jesus, but we believe anyway! Jesus said we are blessed for doing this.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:  Lord, help my faith to grow in you!

8/6/22
PROVERBS 15: 1-2
Do you know that our tongue can get us in trouble every day if we are not careful? Verse 2 here tells us how we can answer someone, the tone of our voice can make a difference when we speak. Verse 2 tells us to be wise, or use knowledge when we speak. In other words, we are to think before  we speak. Many times I have gotten into trouble with other due to how I spoke something and I have gotten in trouble for not thinking before I speak. Have you ever done this?
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:  Lord, guide my tongue, help me to use my mouth for good and not evil!

8/7/22
I CORINTHIANS 1: 27-31
Praise the Lord! The Lord does not just call to highly educated people to serve Him! As a matter of fact, the Bible here teaches that God chooses the foolish of this world to confound the wise. In the world’s eyes you and I may not be the strongest, we may not be the most wise, but we can still serve the Lord! You see, God is not impressed with worldly wisdom or worldly strength. The Lord just wants a willing heart that will repent of sin and trust Him! What an honor to serve the Lord!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:  Thank you Lord for allowing me to serve you!

8/8/22
ECCLESIASTES 12: 13-14
When you look at the scripture today in Ecclesiastes, go back to the first chapter of this book. 1: 1-3. The writer, under the leadership of the Holy Ghost of God, makes it sound like there is not much hope in doing anything in this world. As a matter of fact, he says “all is vanity”. By the end of this book he gives us some good advice which of course comes from the Lord. We are to respect God and keep His word! Then, he comes to the conclusion that God will be the judge of all of our work, good or evil. Sounds like this life, this world without the Lord would be the ultimate vanity!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:  Lord, remind me daily that only what is done for you in this world is all that will count in the end of my journey in this world!

8/9/22
I TIMOTHY 6: 10
Today’s scripture is probably the most misquoted verse of scripture in all of the Bible! I hear it all of the time “money is the root of all evil”. But, that is not what the Bible is saying here. The Bible is telling us that “the love of money is the root of all evil”. In other words, the lust for money, the desire to have money over anything else in our lives including serving God, is the root of all evil. It’s not a bad thing to have a couple of dollars in the bank, just don’t put those couple of dollars in front of the Lord. Don’t trust these dollars instead of trusting the Lord!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:  Lord, thank you for always meeting my needs!

8/10/22
AMOS 8: 11-13
Even in the days that we are living in, as bad as they are, we are still blessed of God! The Bible tells of a time that is coming when the blessing door will be shut! Verse 11 tells us that “God will send a famine in the land”. The word is teaching here that people will long for the word of the Lord but they will not find it. I know people are saying today that things cannot get any worse, well, according to the text today, thing can and will get a LOT worse! Spread the word-people had better call on the Lord today!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:  Lord, thank you for all of the blessings you give to me each and every day!

8/11/22
JOHN 14: 15-17
Today’s text deals with the promise of the Holy Ghost. Jesus was getting closer to being put to death. The Lord was comforting His followers by letting them know He would always be there for them. The Lord even told them in verse 18, I will come to you. Friends, the Holy Spirit will never leave a person after that person is saved. What a Savior! Jesus will never leave or forsake a person after they trust Him as Savior and Lord!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:  Thank you Lord for the Holy Ghost! Thank you for never leaving me after I get saved!

 

8/12/22
ISAIAH 1: 18
I know that we have looked at this scripture before, but I believe that it is worth looking at again! Take notice what the Lord is willing to do for a person that will trust Him. The Bible here tells us that the Lord is willing to take our sins and make them “white as snow”, or wash them away until they are white as snow! Friends, this should bless our hearts today! The Lord is the only person on this planet, the only one in the universe that can do this! It is indeed an honor to know the Lord!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:  Thank you Lord for the blood that can wash a person as white as snow!

 

8/13/22
I CORINTHIANS 13: 11
The number one trouble in our churches today is Christians that have never grown up in Christ! Today’s scripture reminds us that it is ok to play as a child. As a child, it’s ok not to understand adult things. It’s ok to think as a child. But according to the Bible here, once I grow up it is time to put away “childish things”. Remember this, the more I grow in Jesus, the more I grow in the word, the more I will grow UP!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:  Lord, please help me to grow in your grace and love today!

8/14/22
JOEL 2: 12-14
Today’s text is a call for revival to God’s people. The Lords asks His people to “turn to Him” in verse 12. Again, in verse 13 He asks His people to turn to Him. In verse 14, the Lord uses the term “return” asking if His people want a blessing. Friends, I believe that today’s scripture reminds us that we as God’s people, we as the church of the living God, need to come back to the Lord! The church needs revival across the land!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:  Lord, please send revival!!

8/15/22
II TIMOTHY 3: 1-5
If today’s text had a title it would be “the days in which we live”. According to the Bible here, these are the things that will be happening just before the Lord comes to rapture the church out of this world. If you pick up a newspaper and read the headlines, with this scripture you will see these things are happening now! Jesus is coming soon!! The word declares it here!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:  Lord, please keep me safe and in your will until the rapture comes!

8/16/22
JEREMIAH 23: 1-8
As a God called pastor for many years now, this text always gets my attention. Almighty God, in this scripture, is talking to those that are called of God to lead His people God’s way. God lets these leaders know that He is not pleased with their leadership. The Lord tells these people that He will replace them with pastors that will feed the people the word. Leaders that will not be afraid to speak the truth (v 4). We need to pray and encourage God called pastors and leaders across our land today! Friends, speaking as a God called pastor, I never want to be in the spot that verse 2 speaks of here-for the Lord to be against me!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:  Lord, please bless and encourage those pastors today that you have called!

8/17/22
ACTS 2: 42-47
God blesses faithfulness! The Bible is showing us the work of the New Testament that was coming out of the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1). Notice verse 42- :they continued steadfastly”. Look again at verse 46- and they “continuing daily”. Now notice what the Lord will do to a church, His people, when they will be faithful in gathering and worshiping Him! Verse 47 “and the Lord added to the church”. God blessed faithfulness!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:  Lord, please help me be faithful to the church and your work!

 

8/18/22
PSALM 34: 1-4
Today’s scripture gives you and I the formula to get our prayers heard by God and to get victory over fear. Verse 1-3 here tell us that we, as born again children of God, need to constantly “at all times” be in praise of the Lord! We should always be lifting up the name of the Lord. The word even tells us here in verse 3 that daily we should “magnify and exalt His name together”! You see, the more we praise the Lord, the more blessed we will be. Verse 4 tells us the end to the formula. If I do this, I will be heard and I will get victory over fear!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:  Lord, I praise your name today!

8/19/22
GALATIANS 1: 15-16
Today’s text reminds us how precious and special the unborn child is to the Lord! Paul here, under the leadership of the Holy Ghost of God, is telling the Galatian people that God set him aside in his mother’s womb to do a work for Him! That work was to share the gospel with the Gentiles, or non-Jews. The Bible here shows us that the unborn are known of Almighty God. I never liked the word “fetus”. This word takes away from the unborn human being. Even unborn children are known by God!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:  Lord, please protect the unborn child today!

8/20/22
ECCLESIASTES 3: 1-8
Sometimes we need to be reminded of the importance of time and purpose. The Bible here reminds us that there is a time for all things. An example-a time to be born, a time to die. A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to weep and a time to laugh. But notice that there is a purpose to everything. No matter what I am facing today, I know if I am trusting the Lord, God has a reason for me facing this. Verse 1 tells me this! I heard a statement the other day that made me think. God allows people or things to come into my life for one of two reasons-to be a blessing or a lesson! Keep looking to the Lord for the purpose.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:  Lord, help me to focus my time on you today! 

8/21/22
TITUS 2: 13-14
What are you looking forward to today? I don’t know about you but I look forward to eating today. I look forward to laughing today. I look forward to serving the Lord today. And I look forward to the coming of the Lord! Who knows, as the scripture tells us here that “glorious appearing” of Jesus Christ could happen today! So whatever you are facing today, if you know Jesus as Savior and Lord, you do have something to look forward to today!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:  Thank you Lord for giving me something to look forward to every day!

 

8/22/22
PROVERBS 25: 21-22
Ok, lets face it- we all have people out there that do not like me and you! Some of them could be called enemies. The Bible gives us a powerful lesson on how to deal with these people today. We should try to meet the needs of our enemies. The word tells us if they are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink. Notice verse 22 tells us that the Lord will use our actions to get their attention
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:  Lord, bless those today that stand against me.

8/23/22
REVELATION 13: 16-17
I don’t know about you, but I am so thankful as a born again child of God that I will not be here on this earth when the “beast”, the anti-christ will be in control. Did you notice that the Bible here tells us that this man will “causeth all” to take this mark? Every day we see our freedom in our nation being taken away. But friends, what takes place here during the Great Tribulation days on this earth will be worse. People will have no choice if they want to eat, if they want to be a part of society during these days! Thank God if we are saved, we wont be here!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:  Lord, give me the words to warn others today about the times that are coming!

8/24/22
GENESIS 1: 26-28
Sometimes you and I just need to be reminded as to where we come from. What a privilege to be made in the image and likeness of Almighty God! Please notice verse 27- God made us male and female. God does not make a mistake!! It sure is nice to know where we come from!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:  Thank you Lord for the breath of life!

8/25/22
II CORINTHIANS 12: 7-10
Have you ever had a physical problem or ailment that you prayed and asked God to take away, but He did not take it away? This is what the Apostle Paul is talking about in today’s scripture. Paul called the problem “a thorn in the flesh”. Although we do not know for sure what the thorn was, I believe it was Paul’s eyesight. Paul never did see as clear as he did before his conversion on the Damascus road. But instead of taking the thorn away, God told Paul “my grace is sufficient”. You see, sometimes the Lord allows us to keep the thorn so that we have to  be reminded to look to God!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:  Thank you Lord for the thorn in my flesh today that reminds me to look to you!

8/26/22
JONAH 4: 1-4
Have you ever gotten angry at God? Jonah did here. I will be honest, as a God called pastor, I have a hard time dealing with people that get mad at God. Jonah here told the Lord to take his life, he did not want to live. I understand that Jonah was upset because the Lord did not do what he wanted the Lord to do, but Jonah was acting like a little kid that did not get his way. Don’t get mad at Him! Just remember, He knows what is best!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:  Thank you Lord for watching over me even when I don’t understand!

 

8/27/22
II TIMOTHY 3: 16-17
The Bible is the inspired word of God! The Bible here reminds us that the scriptures are God breathed! You see, the Bible does not contain the word of God, the Bible IS the word of God! I love the first word in verse 16 here- ALL-the whole book is God’s word today!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:  Thank you Lord for the word of God! Thank you for the honor to have the word of God in my life!!

8/28/22
LEVITICUS 26: 14-21
I am not going to go over today’s verses one by one. I want you to share this with you and have you study it on your own. In the first part of this chapter, the Lord is telling His people, as a nation, if they will follow Him and do as He asks them to do, He will bless them. Today’s verses deal with that the Lord will do to them if they will not obey. As you study these verses today, think about the judgment of God! Pray for our nation!!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:  Lord, please send revival to our nation!!

8/29/22
GALATIANS 1: 8-12
No other Gospel- that is the theme of today’s scripture. Friends, the Gospel of Jesus Christ has never changed! Paul, under the leadership of the Holy Ghost, reminds us that if anybody every preached any other gospel other than that of Jesus Christ that Paul preached unto them, then let that person be damned!! Strong words. So strong that Paul stated it twice! The church has the mission of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. No other Gospel!!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:  Lord, help me to share the Gospel-the true Gospel-with others today!

8/30/22
MALACHI 4: 1
Today’s text may be short, but powerful! The judgment of the Lord is all over this verse! There are many people on this earth right now that do not believe in the judgment of Almighty God. Many don’t believe that God is alive and real. Some of the ones that do not believe that God could punish for sin if He is a loving God! They miss the point the Bible gives us here! God is good, full of mercy. His grace does endure, but God is a God of justice. He will bring judgment upon those that will not listen to Him!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:  Lord, please draw people to the grace that you offer so freely!

 

8/31/22
MATTHEW 2: 1-2
OK, I know it is not Christmas! But these two verses give us a very important truth for the character of man. There is a lot of discussion today on what or who a real man is. The Bible here talks about these wise men seeing Jesus. Think about that. These men were wise men and they were seeking Jesus! Men today that follow after Jesus, the Son of God, are wise!! Wow! This whole world needs to hear this message- a real man is one that follows Jesus!!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:  Lord, help us all to be as the “wise men” were and seek you daily!