Daily Devotionals ’13
7 – July 2013 Devotionals
TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
Monday, July 15, 2013
Daniel 1:20 – “And in all matters of wisdom and understanding about which the king examined them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers who were in all his realm.”
When King Nebuchadnezzar looked at the Hebrew boys, he noticed that they were ten times better than any of his magicians and astrologers.  What was their secret?  It was the presence of God.  If God could give the Hebrew boys that kind of wisdom in the Old Covenant, how much more is that wisdom available to all of us in the New Covenant?  Jesus himself said the Comforter, or Holy Spirit, will never leave us nor forsake us.
We can count on the presence of the Holy Spirit to provide all of the wisdom and ability we need.  When we trust in God, and not just in our own abilities, everyone around you will notice the change.  Your wisdom will be in demand.  People will find you ten times better in all wisdom and understanding.

Blessings,

Mike Popovich
TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
2 Corinthians 3:18 – “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
All true change doesn’t happen by our will power and struggle to change.  When we look at Jesus and what He has done for us, scripture tells us that the Holy Spirit changes us into the same image.  When we remind ourselves that we are the righteousness of Christ, all guilt, shame and condemnation fades away.   When we look at Jesus and realize how successful and prosperous He was, we are changed into the very same image.Jesus took all of our guilt and shame on the cross, and gave us His righteousness, success and wisdom.  Remind yourself that all of the promises have become “yes” and “amen” to everyone in Christ Jesus.  The more you look at Jesus, the more victories you will see in your own life.

Blessings,

Mike Popovich
TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
John 3:16-17 – “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”
You probably memorized this scripture in Sunday school.  But have you truly thought about what it means to you?  If you believe that Jesus took your place on the cross, you now possess His life.  Most of us were taught that God is “just” and “wrathful.”  If we sin, it is just a matter of time before we see the judgment of God.  This couldn’t be further from the truth.  God loves us so much that He sent His only son to take the punishment that we deserved. Jesus didn’t come to condemn us, He came to save us.The word “save” is from the Greek word “sozo.”  It means much more than just getting to heaven.  When Jesus said He came to “sozo” us, it means He came to save us, deliver us, heal us, and make every area of our life whole.   Remind yourself today that Jesus loves you and is not condemning you.  He wants you to enjoy the life that He purchased for you on the cross.  You are saved in Jesus mighty name!

Blessings,

Mike Popovich
TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Genesis 39: 1-3  – “Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. And Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him down there. 2 The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. 3 And his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all he did to prosper in his hand.”
Joseph had just been sold into slavery, yet scripture says, “he was a successful man.”  It is not our ability or outward circumstances that make us successful.  God’s presence is what makes us successful.  God uses the story of Joseph to show us that no matter what the situation is, God will never leave you there.  His grace and favor will lift you out of every situation and turn every trial into a testimony.  The story of Joseph also shows us that “whatever we put our hand to shall prosper.”It is not your situation or ability that makes you successful.  Your relationship with God is all that is required for success beyond your wildest dreams.  You are not trying to be successful; you are successful because of God in your life.  His presence guarantees your success.

Blessings,

Mike Popovich
TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
Friday, July 19, 2013

Ephesians 1:3 – “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.”

God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing when we accepted Christ as our Lord and savior.  We are not trying to be blessed.  He has already blessed us.  This scripture also tells us that every blessing is included.  The blessing and the life that Jesus purchased for us on the cross is complete, with nothing lacking.  Praise God!

The Hebrew language translates this perfect condition as Shalom.  Our New Testament often translates this as peace, from the Greek work “eirene.”  It means you are whole and at peace in every area of your life.  This is not out of your struggle and human efforts.  This is receiving what Jesus purchased for you on the cross.  You are whole, you have divine energy, you have divine health, and you have abundance and success.  Jesus purchased all of these things for you.  Enjoy a life of rest freely given to you by a loving Father.

Blessings,

Mike Popovich
TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
Saturday, July 20, 2013
Ephesians 1:3 – “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.”
Yesterday we read that God has already blessed us with every blessing we will ever need.  He left nothing out.  It is a perfect blessing so we can enjoy a life of rest.  But what does “spiritual” blessing mean?  The word spiritual is from the Greek word “pneumatikos.”  It means emanating from the Divine Spirit and exhibiting its effects and character.  The same word was used when the Bible described Jesus resurrected body.  His body was very real and tangible, but it was not subject to earthly things.  Jesus could literally walk through walls.  Earthly things had no effect on his spiritual body.
In the same way, earthly things do not affect our spiritual blessings. Your blessing of divine health is perfect, not dependent on earthly things like your diet.  It means your blessing of abundance does not depend on the economy or your job description.  You will be successful with whatever you put your hand to.  It means your blessing of righteousness is not dependent on your obedience.  We have received every blessing, and they are perfect blessings because they have the same character and effect of the Holy Spirit.  You have been blessed forever.Praise God!

Blessings,

Mike Popovich
TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
Sunday, July 21, 2013

Psalm 23:6 – “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; 
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord 
Forever.”

Yesterday we read that all of our blessings are spiritual, which means they are perfect and eternal blessings. Earthly things have no effect on the quality of our blessings. They are forever ours to enjoy! Hallelujah! Some people are unsure of their blessings, but Psalm 23 tells us that God’s goodness and mercies are sure. He says, “surely” they will follow you. Not only that, the word “follow” is from the Hebrew word “raw-daf” which means to hunt you down and pursue you relentlessly.

God is so eager to show you the goodness and mercy that Jesus purchased for you on the cross that He says it will hunt you down. We don’t have to pursue it, it’s the other way around. Rest in the fact that God will show you His goodness and mercy in every area of your life today. God never gets tired of blessing you. He loves overwhelming us with His love and blessings, so enjoy His goodness and mercy today. They will surely hunt you down.

Blessings,
Mike Popovich

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
Monday, July 22, 2013
Ephesians 1:7 – “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.”
Scripture clearly says we have the forgiveness of sins as well as redemption.  Forgiveness and redemption are two different things.  Forgiveness means that our sins are pardoned.   Redemption means we are “redeemed” from the penalty of our sins.

This is critical because a lot of people think that their sins will come back to haunt them.  This is Old Covenant thinking.  God has covered all of our sins and the penalty for our sins were placed on Jesus.  He is our redeemer!  The price has been fully paid.    God would never judge Jesus and then turn around and punish you as well.  That would be double jeopardy.  He is a just God.  God’s entire wrath was placed on our Redeemer.

Under the New Covenant, Hebrews 8:12 says, “I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.”  God no longer remembers your sins or iniquities because they were placed on Jesus.  Praise God!  You are free!  God is not angry with you and punishing you for your sins.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  God loved you so much that He sent Jesus to forgive you and redeem you! All that remains is the blessing!

Blessings,
Mike Popovich

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Ephesians 1:7 – “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.”
Scripture says we have redemption through the blood of Jesus. We don’t need to struggle for it. We already have it. The word “redeem” is from the Greek word “lutron.” The Greek scholar Thayer defines lutron as a ransom payment and the liberation from the misery and penalty of sin. You have been liberated.You have been purchased with the precious blood of Jesus. You don’t have to pay the price for your sin because Jesus already paid it.
Jesus is our perfect redeemer. Thank God that our redemption is not according to our efforts or obedience. Our forgiveness and redemption are according to the riches of His grace. His grace is unlimited. It is inexhaustible. It is never ending. It is rich! Enjoy the redemption you have through Jesus’ blood!Blessings,
Mike Popovich
TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Galatians 3:13-14 – “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”
When God gave the law to the nation of Israel, the blessings were based on man’s ability to follow every detail of the law.  Deuteronomy 28 lists the blessings and curses.  If man obeyed perfectly, he would be abundantly blessed.  If he did not obey the law perfectly, he could expect the curse of the law.Unfortunately, many people still believe their blessings are dependent on their ability to keep the Ten Commandments.  God knew that man is incapable of keeping the law perfectly.  Because He loves us so much, He sent Jesus to fulfill the law on our behalf.  When you read Deuteronomy 28, replace “if you diligently obey” with “Jesus diligently obeyed.”Jesus took all of our curses on the cross.  It was His plan all along.  He wants us to experience the blessing of Abraham.  You never have to worry about the curse of the law again.  Jesus willingly took all of them.  Walk in the freedom Jesus purchased for you.  Enjoy the blessing of Abraham that has come upon you.Blessings,
Mike Popovich
TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Romans 4:6 – “Even as David also describes the blessedness of the man unto whom God imputes righteousness without works, 7 Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.  8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.”
King David could only dream of  the position Christian’s are in today.  He says man will be blessed when their sins and iniquities, or penalties from sin, are covered by Jesus.Since our sins and iniquities are covered, God is able to give us the blessings that Jesus deserved.Scripture says we “are blessed” three times in three verses.  We throw around the word “blessed” a lot in our culture.  But when God says you are blessed, its meaning is much deeper than most of us realize. Blessed is from the Greek word makarious.HELPS Word Studies describes makarious as a believer in an enviable position, making God’s benefits large and extending them for a long time.  Strong’s concordance describes “blessed” as supremely blessed.  What could be better than God telling you that you are “supremely blessed.”  When God uses the word supreme, He means supreme.  You already possess everything you need to prosper in every area of life.  When God is for you, nothing can be against you.What has God put in your heart for you to accomplish?  Whatever it is,  God will give you the resources, energy and ability to accomplish it.  The Supreme God has given you supreme blessings!Blessings,
Mike Popovich
TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
Friday, July 26, 2013
Psalm 107:1-2 – “Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! 
For His mercy endures forever.  Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, 
whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy.”
It is clear that we have been redeemed, but why don’t people seem to walk in their redemption?  Part of the reason is that we are not “saying so.”  We often look at our situations every day and get focused on the problem rather than on Jesus.  When we focus on our problems, our problems begin to fill our heart and imaginations.  Luke 6:45 says, “Out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” We eventually start talking about our problems and make them bigger than the promises of Jesus.We are not supposed to be focused on our problems.  We are supposed to be giving thanks to God for His constant goodness and mercy.  When we know we are redeemed, we are supposed to “say so.”  The penalty for our sins has been completely paid for by the precious blood of Jesus!Things may seem difficult, but when we remember that Jesus willingly hung on the cross to redeem us from the penalty of sin, we can’t help but “give thanks to the Lord.”  We have been redeemed from sickness.  We have been redeemed from poverty and lack.  We have been redeemed from the hand of the enemy.  Take time to meditate on the fact that you have been redeemed from all evil.  Give thanks to the Lord for everything that is good in your life.  God wants us to see that we are redeemed.  He wants us to believe we are redeemed. He wants us to say we are redeemed.  Your problems that seemed overwhelming will fade away, but His goodness and mercy will last forever.Blessings,
Mike Popovich
TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
Saturday, July 27, 2013
1 Corinthians 1:30 Amplified Bible (AMP) – “30 But it is from Him that you have your life in Christ Jesus, Whom God made our Wisdom from God, [revealed to us a knowledge of the divine plan of salvation previously hidden, manifesting itself as] our Righteousness [thus making us upright and putting us in right standing with God], and our Consecration [making us pure and holy], and our Redemption [providing our ransom from eternal penalty for sin].”
This passage says that God made Jesus to become four things for us.  Jesus became our wisdom, our righteousness, our sanctification and redemption.  God has given us these four gifts in Christ and no one can take them from us.  Because of Jesus, we have access to the wisdom of God whenever we need it.  Scripture says if any of us lack wisdom, all we have to do is ask for it and God will give it to us abundantly.  Jesus has also given us His righteousness and sanctification.We can stand in God’s presence every moment of our lives.  The Holy Spirit will never leave us nor forsake us. Lastly, Jesus became our redemption.  He became our ransom from the penalty of sin.  We no longer have to worry about “reaping what we sow” when it comes to our sins.  God loves us so much that He was willing to send Jesus to pay the price for our sins.  All of our debts have been fully paid.We can stop worrying about our past mistakes.  John 3:17 tells us that Jesus was not sent to condemn the world.  Jesus was sent as our ransom payment.  If the Son has set you free, you are truly free!  You don’t have to worry about your sins “catching up to you.”  Jesus put an end to that.  Remind yourself that there is no condemnation in Christ Jesus.  According to Psalm 23, your sins are not “following” you.  Instead, God’s goodness and mercy is what will “follow” you for the rest of your life.Blessings,
Mike Popovich
TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Deuteronomy 28:1-2 – “Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God.”

It is exciting to think about the blessings of God coming upon you. A lot of people quote Deuteronomy 28. However, they still believe it is out of obedience that the blessings come upon us. They also believe that curses come upon us if we do not obey God. They are not rightly dividing the word of truth. This is Old Covenant teaching under the Law. Because Jesus perfectly fulfilled the Law on our behalf, we can expect the blessings of God every day of our lives.Just as importantly, we no longer have to be worried about the curses of the Law if we don’t obey perfectly. If you look at the curses listed in Deuteronomy 28, they include poverty, sickness and disease, broken families, etc. Galatians 3:13 makes it clear that Christ has redeemed us from all of these curses and the blessing of Abraham has come upon us. Under the New Covenant, we can enjoy the blessings of God uninhibited by sin because Christ has forgiven us of our sins. He has also redeemed us from the curses. Bad things are not going to happen to you if you are not perfect. This doesn’t fit into most Christian theology, but this is truly what redemption means. God does not want to punish you. He wants to bless you!It is very exciting to read Deuteronomy 28 knowing that we can freely enjoy all of the blessings because Jesus obeyed the Law perfectly. In addition, we don’t have to worry about the curses listed in this chapter. If you see any of these curses in your life, know they are not from God. Resist the enemy and he will flee. God is not punishing you. Jesus did not come to condemn you. He can to to give you His life! Renew your mind to that fact that you are forgiven, redeemed and blessed because of Jesus! Let your past mistakes stay in the past. From this day forward, expect God’s favor and grace to operate abundantly in your life.

Blessings,

Mike Popovich