The Bible tells us “God is a Spirit” (John 4:24 KJV) and “God is love” (1 John 4:8). Not only is He the all-powerful, everywhere-present, eternal Spirit of love, but He is also our kind and loving heavenly Father who created this beautiful world for us to live in and enjoy.
God is far beyond our human understanding, but because He loves us and wants us to know and love Him, He sent His Son to us in the form of a man, Jesus Christ. Jesus came to show us what God is like and to bring us to Him (John 3:16; 1 Peter 3:18). Jesus talked about love and showed love and lived love all the time—and in the end He loved us enough to give His life to save us.
The greatest gift God has for you is eternal life in Heaven—also known as salvation, being saved, or being born again. You receive this gift the instant you believe that Jesus Christ is God’s Son and accept Him into your life.
None of us are perfect. We’re all sinners by nature, and our sins separate us from God (Isaiah 59:2). The only way we can be reconciled with God is if our sins are atoned for, and only Jesus—who was Himself perfect—could do that. Jesus gave His life “a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28). Jesus died so all could have eternal life, but He would have done it for you alone. God loves you so much that He gave His only Son to die in your place, and Jesus loves you so much that He did that willingly.
God made salvation simple—so simple, in fact, that even a child could understand and receive it. All you have to do is admit that you’ve made mistakes and need God’s forgiveness, accept in childlike faith His explanation that He sent Jesus to pay for your mistakes, and ask for forgiveness.
Would you like to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that Jesus Christ really is the Son of God and the way to salvation? Just try Him! If you haven’t yet received Jesus as your Savior, you can do it right now by praying a short prayer like the following:
Dear Jesus, thank You for dying for me so that all my mistakes and wrongs can be forgiven. I now open the door of my heart and ask You to come in. Please forgive me and give me Your free gift of eternal life. Amen.
If you have prayed to receive Jesus, you can be assured that He heard and answered. You’ve taken the ﬁrst step into a wonderful new life of love that will never end. (To gain a better understanding of salvation, see the readings listed under “Salvation” in the Index.)
The new you
Once you’re saved, you can start enjoying many of the beneﬁts immediately. Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:21). If you have Jesus, the kingdom of God has already entered you. You can begin living in the continual heaven of His love, peace, and joy right here and now.
You can also expect some pretty big changes in yourself. You’re a “new creation” (2 Corinthians 5:17). Don’t be surprised if you actually feel different, think differently, view the world differently, and are happier than you have ever been before. “I have come that you may have life,” Jesus said, “and that you may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).
You may not be totally different—at least not right away—but you’ll soon notice a change in your spirit, your thoughts, and the direction your life is going. As you begin to get your answers and spiritual strength from the Lord and His Word, things you never even dreamed possible will become possible. With His help, you will be able to overcome bad habits and personal weaknesses that you never could before.
You can’t expect everything to always be easy or go your way, however. From the day you receive Jesus to the day you arrive in Heaven and see Him face to face, your spiritual life is an ongoing learning, growing, and maturing process. How much you change and how quickly you grow depends largely on how much you desire to change, how much you apply yourself to learning more about the Lord and His plan for your life, how far you are willing to go with Him, and how much you ask for His help and depend on Him when troubles come your way.
To help speed the growing process and ease the growing pains, Daily Might presents many basic and important principles from the Bible in understandable terms. If you’re just getting started in your new life for the Lord, there are a few more things you’ll need to know in order to get the most out of this book:
You cannot become all you could be or all God wants you to be without His power, and the means of power that He has provided for you is the Holy Spirit.
John the Baptist told those who came to him in search of truth and reconciliation with God that Jesus would “baptize with the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 3:11). Jesus later promised His followers that He would “send the Promise of the Father” upon them, so they would be “endued with power from on high” (Luke 24:49). Acts chapter 2 recounts how they received the Holy Spirit shortly thereafter.
If you have received Jesus as your Savior, you have been “born again of the Spirit” (John 3:3–8) and have already received a little of that Holy Spirit power. But that doesn’t mean that you’ve received the full measure, or “baptism,” of the Holy Spirit. This is usually a separate experience that happens later (Acts 8:14–17; 19:2–6).
The Greek word translated as “baptize” in the New Testament is baptizo, which means to be fully covered or completely immersed. So to be “baptized in the Holy Spirit” means to be completely ﬁlled to overﬂ owing with the Spirit of God. A glass of water makes a good illustration. If the glass has at least some water in it, you could say that it’s a glass of water, even though it’s not a full glass. Many Christians are like glasses with just a little water, a little bit of God’s Spirit. But those who have been baptized with the Holy Spirit are like glasses that have been filled to overﬂowing. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is such an inﬁlling of power from on high that they cannot contain it all!
The inﬁlling of the Holy Spirit, like salvation, is a gift of God. All you have to do to receive it is believe that it’s there for you and ask for it. “Your heavenly Father [will] give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him” (Luke 11:13).
Soul food—Nourishment and growth
After being “born again” you are similar spiritually to what a newborn baby is like physically. You have a lot to learn and a lot of growing to do, so don’t be discouraged if you don’t understand everything all at once. The way to mature in faith and understanding of God’s ways and plan for your life is to “desire the pure milk of the Word [of God], that you may grow thereby” (1 Peter 2:2). Reading the Bible, Daily Might, and other Christian publications can help keep you healthy and strong spiritually and accelerate your spiritual growth.
A ﬁerce, continual battle is taking place in the unseen spiritual realm that surrounds us. It’s a spiritual battle of good against evil, a battle for our hearts and minds, which control our actions and destinies. God and His heavenly forces are ﬁghting and defeating the Devil and his demons.
The battle carries over into our physical realm and involves us. “We do not wrestle against ﬂesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12). The Devil is especially out to get Christians. If he can’t stop you from being a Christian, he will try to stop you from being an active, effective Christian. He will do everything he can to interfere with your relationship with Jesus, stunt your spiritual growth, and hinder anything you try to do that would further the kingdom of God.
The Bible admonishes us to “ﬁght the good ﬁght of faith” (1 Timothy 6:12) and to not be ignorant of the Devil’s tactics (2 Corinthians 2:11). A number of the daily readings in Daily Might are devoted to helping you learn to recognize the Devil’s attacks so you can ﬁght back and overcome them. You won’t be able to win every skirmish, but you’re on the winning side, and if you will stay close to your Commander in Chief and follow His instructions, you’ll have many more victories than losses.
—Conversing with God
God loves you so much that He not only wants to communicate with you through His written Word, but also directly. Like the loving Father He is, He takes a personal interest in you and wants to be involved in your daily life. He knows that you have questions and problems, and He wants to give you the answers and solutions. He wants to speak personal words of love and encouragement to you that will boost your faith and get you through the rough times. Most of all, He wants you to know how much He loves you. So He created a means of two-way communication, a channel between Him and you, so that you can talk to Him in prayer and, in reply, hear words He gives especially for you. Daily Might will help you establish and maintain that line of two-way communication.
Spread the good news
Telling others about God’s love and Jesus is known as “witnessing.” Just as children grow up and have children of their own, the born-again child of God should grow up to bear spiritual children, more saved souls for God’s kingdom. This is the most important and satisfying job in the whole world—what has come to be known as the Great Commission: “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel [good news] to every creature” (Mark 16:15). Twenty-eight of the 366 daily readings in this book are devoted to helping you understand and fulfill that commission. (See “Witnessing” in the Index.)
The secret to sustained spiritual growth is spending time with Jesus every day, communicating with Him through prayer and learning from Him through the Word. May Daily Might help you toward that end and daily draw you closer to Him!
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