June 26, 2015: 11:31 pm: Grace

Matthew 21:12-17

12 Jesus entered the Temple and began to drive out the merchants and their customers. He knocked over the tables of the money changers and the stalls of those selling doves. 13 He said, “The Scriptures declare, ‘My Temple will be called a place of prayer,’ but you have turned it into a den of thieves!” 14 The blind and the lame came to him, and he healed them there in the Temple. 15 The leading priests and the teachers of religious law saw these wonderful miracles and heard even the little children in the Temple shouting, “Praise God for the Son of David.” But they were indignant 16 and asked Jesus, “Do you hear what these children are saying?” “Yes,” Jesus replied. “Haven’t you ever read the Scriptures? For they say, ‘You have taught children and infants to give you praise.'” 17 Then he returned to Bethany, where he stayed overnight.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

People came from all over the world to make sacrifices for their sin at the Temple in Jerusalem.  Some came from very long distances.  Travel was difficult and they could not always bring animals for the sacrifice with them, so they had to purchase them when they got to Jerusalem.  The Jews and the Gentiles saw an opportunity to take advantage of these people by selling the animals at an inflated price.  When Jesus entered the Temple, He came into the Court of the Gentiles.  This is where the money changers were and they were Gentiles.  People wanting to purchase an animal had to have the correct currency and this is where the money changers also took advantage of them.  These money changers cheated ignorant people by not giving them a fair exchange.  The Temple and God’s system for forgiveness had been turned into a money making opportunity for Jews and Gentiles alike.  This is why Christ became so angry and why He came in and turned over all of their tables to stop this sinful practice.  People had made God’s grace into a profit by making a sinful situation.  This is not God’s way, He will judge all those who do so very harshly.   We are still seeing this today, when so called preachers use religion for financial gain.  And Christians do it when they do not grow in Christ and use it to only save themselves. There are those who accept His offer of grace and are saved, but never do anything with it.  They never grow to become more like Him and never do His work.  Don’t use what God has given just for your own benefit, He never intended for you to keep what He gave you.  Use it for His purpose and for His glory.  Tell others about what He has done for you and seek to live His will.  Do not become complacent in your salvation.  It is a tremendous gift and was given at a tremendous cost.  He saved you for a purpose and that is to tell others of His love.

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June 25, 2015: 11:23 pm: Sanctification

James 3:13-18

13 Are there those among you who are truly wise and understanding? Then they should show it by living right and doing good things with a gentleness that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you are selfish and have bitter jealousy in your hearts, do not brag. Your bragging is a lie that hides the truth. 15 That kind of “wisdom” does not come from God but from the world. It is not spiritual; it is from the devil. 16 Where jealousy and selfishness are, there will be confusion and every kind of evil. 17 But the wisdom that comes from God is first of all pure, then peaceful, gentle, and easy to please. This wisdom is always ready to help those who are troubled and to do good for others. It is always fair and honest. 18 People who work for peace in a peaceful way plant a good crop of right-living.
The New Century Version, (Dallas, Texas: Word Publishing) 1987, 1988, 1991.

God is a God of order.  Wherever there is confusion, it is not from God.  Anything that originates from Him must be done properly and in an orderly manner.  One of Satan’s major goals is to bring about confusion, disruption, disharmony, and disorder.  He does this because he knows that God will not act in an environment of conflict, chaos or confusion. God steps back from confusion because it is against His nature and He knows that until the confusion is cleared, His voice cannot be heard.  That is why in Psalm 46:10 He states, “Be still, and know that I am God…”  If you are in a place of confusion right now, stop and listen for the voice of God.  He is there because His Word has stated He will never leave you, but He cannot work in your life if you are listening to lies from Satan and there is confusion because of those lies.  So stop and listen to what God would say over your situation.  The Word of God has all you need to know to make a joyful life in this sinful world.

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June 24, 2015: 3:12 am: Prayer

Daniel 6:16-22
16 So at last the king gave orders for Daniel to be arrested and thrown into the den of lions. The king said to him, “May your God, whom you worship continually, rescue you.” 17 A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den. The king sealed the stone with his own royal seal and the seals of his nobles, so that no one could rescue Daniel from the lions. 18 Then the king returned to his palace and spent the night fasting. He refused his usual entertainment and couldn’t sleep at all that night. 19 Very early the next morning, the king hurried out to the lions’ den. 20 When he got there, he called out in anguish, “Daniel, servant of the living God! Was your God, whom you worship continually, able to rescue you from the lions?” 21 Daniel answered, “Long live the king! 22 My God sent his angel to shut the lions’ mouths so that they would not hurt me, for I have been found innocent in his sight. And I have not wronged you, Your Majesty.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

If you read the whole story behind Daniel being in the lions’ den, you will see his enemies tried to kill him by preventing him from praying to God.  But Daniel did pray, the Word states in Daniel 6:10 “…He prayed three times a day, just as he had always done, giving thanks to his God.” Daniel was a praying man, but notice that prayer did not keep him from getting thrown into the lions’ den  Christians sometimes think, because I pray, nothing bad should happen to me.  That is not necessarily true.  Because you pray, you are not alone if something bad does happen.  There is a big difference.  God is not interested in your physical or emotional or financial comfort, He is interested in you becoming more like Him.  He is interested in what matters for eternity.  And what matters for eternity is how much you allowed the Spirit of God in you to overcome the evil nature also in you.  Who is ruling in your heart will determine your behaviors and actives.  And God is interested in not what you accumulate, but in who you bring to heaven with you.  These are the things that God will work out in your life for His purpose.  So if you are going through something bad right now, don’t stop praying, don’t stop believing, know that He is with you to bring through the problem to make you more into His image so you are more usable for Him.

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: 1:34 am: Daily Scripture

Isaiah 41:8-16

8 “But as for you, Israel my servant, Jacob my chosen one, descended from my friend Abraham, 9 I have called you back from the ends of the earth so you can serve me. For I have chosen you and will not throw you away. 10 Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will uphold you with my victorious right hand. 11 “See, all your angry enemies lie there, confused and ashamed. Anyone who opposes you will die. 12 You will look for them in vain. They will all be gone! 13 I am holding you by your right hand-I, the Lord your God. And I say to you, ‘Do not be afraid. I am here to help you. 14 Despised though you are, O Israel, don’t be afraid, for I will help you. I am the Lord, your Redeemer. I am the Holy One of Israel.’ 15 You will be a new threshing instrument with many sharp teeth. You will tear all your enemies apart, making chaff of mountains. 16 You will toss them in the air, and the wind will blow them all away; a whirlwind will scatter them. And the joy of the Lord will fill you to overflowing. You will glory in the Holy One of Israel.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Centuries ago the Church took on the belief that because Israel had rejected Jesus Christ as their Savior, that God was done with the Jews.  And all of His promises to them now belonged to those who believed in Christ.  This is just not true and never has been.  God never goes back on a promise He has made.  Someday the Jewish people will recognize Christ as their Savior and many do today.  The Church today is comprised of Gentiles and Jews.  But what God is telling Israel is that they will become a nation again and that He is not done with them. Christ will come back one day and rule as their King.  We have seen this become true right before our eyes and Israel became a nation again in 1948 after over 2600 years of being ruled by others. In 70 A.D. the Romans destroyed Jerusalem and scattered all of the Jews around the world.  But God never stopped working to bring them back and we are witness to this.  So we should be in support of Israel as brothers who do not know the truth of Christ yet.  God is still working to protect them and will continue until He is ruling on this earth as their King.

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June 22, 2015: 9:22 pm: Daily Scripture

Hebrews 1:14
14 But angels are only servants. They are spirits sent from God to care for those who will receive salvation.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

This verse tells us that there is a whole invisible world going on all around us that many are not aware.  But those in Christ have His Word and we should be aware of this and not only be aware but be prepared to do battle in this invisible world.  For Ephesians 6:12 tells us, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”  There is a very fundamental principle, which is that for everything visible, something invisible corresponds to it.  In other words, what is happening in your walk with Christ is being effected by what is happening in the invisible world around you. Angels are spiritual beings that were created by God for His purposes.  They are servants and are used by God to minister to those who are in Christ.  But there are also fallen angels that followed Satan when he rebelled against God.  There is no redemption for fallen angels. They had their chance and now because they have chosen to rebel against God along with Satan, they will be separated from God for eternity.  But they do not want you or any other human to get salvation.  They can’t make you lose you salvation once received, but they can try and draw you away from Him to make you ineffective for Christ thereby preventing you from becoming victorious or bringing anyone else to Him.  So they are working all around you to keep you miserable and not useful for the Kingdom of God.  Being aware of what is happening, makes you more useful to Christ for the purpose of prayer and for the purpose of moving beyond your stumbling blocks.  Satan would have you stay in a situation that keeps you from growing in Christ.  But you can move forward because Christ has provided a way for you.  He has provided you knowledge and the power of the Holy Spirit in you to move forward.  So pick up your sword of prayer and use the power of the Spirit of God in you and His angels to prevent Satan from having any more victory in your life by keeping you from moving forward for God.  Start today and pray for discernment of the lies Satan is telling you. Move off of that problem that has kept you bound for too many years and start making a difference for God in His Kingdom.

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June 19, 2015: 11:27 pm: Highway of Holiness

Isaiah 35:8-9
8 And a main road will go through that once deserted land. It will be named the Highway of Holiness. Evil-hearted people will never travel on it. It will be only for those who walk in God’s ways; fools will never walk there. 9 Lions will not lurk along its course, and there will be no other dangers. Only the redeemed will follow it. 10 Those who have been ransomed by the Lord will return to Jerusalem, singing songs of everlasting joy. Sorrow and mourning will disappear, and they will be overcome with joy and gladness.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Are you on the Highway of Holiness today?  Are you heading toward God or way from Him?  If you are not actively working to be more like Him, you are moving away from Him.  Even though you may claim Him as your Savior, you can still be moving away from Him.  When we stand before Christ, He is not going to judge us for sin, which is covered by His Blood for those who accept Him, but He is going to look at your life.  How useful were you for Him to work through.  Did you grow smaller and Christ grower larger in you to the point where others saw Him in you?  That is what we all need to be asking ourselves.  Our standard is Christ and we do not measure up to anything else.  Being on the Highway of Holiness is to be in Christ and working for His purpose under His direction and with His power.  It is a process and will continue until we are with Him.  Examine your life today and seek to do His will in all that you do and be on the Highway of Holiness.

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June 18, 2015: 11:22 pm: Return of Christ

Mark 13:14-27
14 “The time will come when you will see the sacrilegious object that causes desecration standing where it should not be==reader, pay attention! “Then those in Judea must flee to the hills. 15 A person outside the house must not go back into the house to pack. 16 A person in the field must not return even to get a coat. 17 How terrible it will be for pregnant women and for mothers nursing their babies in those days. 18 And pray that your flight will not be in winter. 19 For those will be days of greater horror than at any time since God created the world. And it will never happen again. 20 In fact, unless the Lord shortens that time of calamity, the entire human race will be destroyed. But for the sake of his chosen ones he has shortened those days. 21 “And then if anyone tells you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah,’ or, ‘There he is,’don’t pay any attention. 22 For false messiahs and false prophets will rise up and perform miraculous signs and wonders so as to deceive, if possible, even God’s chosen ones. 23 Watch out! I have warned you! 24 “At that time, after those horrible days end, the sun will be darkened, the moon will not give light, 25 the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of heaven will be shaken. 26 Then everyone will see the Son of Man arrive on the clouds with great power and glory. 27 And he will send forth his angels to gather together his chosen ones from all over the world-from the farthest ends of the earth and heaven.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Jesus had a lot to say about His Second Coming.  He wanted to warn His disciples about the things that would happen after He left them.  The 13th chapter of Mark is all about the end times.  He starts with the destruction of the Temple and then moves forward to the days we are in now.  The days before the Tribulation or judgment of God against a world who has rejected Christ. But what He is talking about in verse 14 is the middle of the Tribulation when Antichrist sets himself up to be the god of the world.  The Jews realize that they have signed a peace treaty with the Devil, because they thought he was their Messiah.  They come to this knowledge and now have to flee Jerusalem.  Christ warns them it will be difficult because the world will be in great turmoil heading into even greater turmoil. In fact, if God does not cut those days short, all people would die.  But He will and it will only be for 7 years for sake of those who come to know Him as Savior during the Tribulation.  He is saying to all of us today to be warned and do not be fooled because no one will need to tell you that Jesus Christ has returned because all those alive at the time will see Him all over the world.  He will return to a world of darkness because Satan is in control of the entire world.  But there will be those who know Him and He will gather them up to protect them from His judgment on those who served the Antichrist.  Today we are at the time just before the beginning of the Tribulation and Christ warned that there would be wars far and near and famine, but that these were just the beginning of the horror to come when Satan is the king of the world.  So take comfort in knowing that you belong to Him and that you will not have to go through His judgment because you have accepted Him as your Savior. To read more about this go to my Bible study page and download the Bible study I have put together on the book of Revelation.

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June 17, 2015: 11:14 pm: Your mind

Psalms 118:19-28

19 Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will enter into them, I will give thanks unto Jehovah. 20 This is the gate of Jehovah; The righteous shall enter into it. 21 I will give thanks unto thee; for thou hast answered me, And art become my salvation. 22 The stone which the builders rejected Is become the head of the corner. 23 This is Jehovah’s doing; It is marvellous in our eyes. 24 This is the day which Jehovah hath made; We will rejoice and be glad in it. 25 Save now, we beseech thee, O Jehovah: O Jehovah, we beseech thee, send now prosperity. 26 Blessed be he that cometh in the name of Jehovah: We have blessed you out of the house of Jehovah. 27 Jehovah is God, and he hath given us light: Bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar. 28 Thou art my God, and I will give thanks unto thee: Thou art my God, I will exalt thee. 29 Oh give thanks unto Jehovah; for he is good; For his lovingkindness ‘endureth’ for ever.
The King James Version, (Cambridge: Cambridge) 1769.

Are you joyful today? Do you have many days of joy? Everyday is a day that the Lord has made and as His child you are to be full of joy because of His love. Because you are on your way to heaven and have the righteousness of Christ is reason to have joy. Having joy is not laughing all day and being happy about your circumstances in life. Christ was not happy while He was on the Cross, but He did have the joy of the Lord knowing that He was in God’s will and knowing what was to come because He was obedient. Joy is a decision you make. It is impossible to have joy without peace. Peace is knowing that God is in control and that all things will work for your good according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). It is trusting that God is your Father and that you are safe in His love, no matter what the storm of life may bring. Do not let the Satan steal your joy from you.  He knows that if he can steal your joy, you will not live a victorious life. Make the decision today to trust that God gave you this day and to be glad in it. He is your God and thank Him for He is good and you are His child.

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June 16, 2015: 11:06 pm: Grace

John 12:3-8
3 Then Mary took a twelve-ounce jar of expensive perfume made from essence of nard, and she anointed Jesus’ feet with it and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with fragrance. 4 But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples the one who would betray him said, 5 “That perfume was worth a small fortune. It should have been sold and the money given to the poor.” 6 Not that he cared for the poor he was a thief who was in charge of the disciples’ funds, and he often took some for his own use. 7 Jesus replied, “Leave her alone. She did it in preparation for my burial. 8 You will always have the poor among you, but I will not be here with you much longer.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Judas often dipped into the disciples’ money bag for his own use.  Quite likely Jesus knew what he was doing, but never did or said anything about it.  It seems odd that the Son of God would not address sin in His own group, but God had a bigger purpose to fulfill.  And sometimes when we sin God does not stop us from doing so.  When we chose to sin, we are choosing to step outside of His love and guidance and we chose to go against His will.  God doesn’t step in and always stop us.  It is the condition of the heart that determines our obedience and if God always came in and stopped us from sinning, we would not sin because of His interference, and not because we knew it was wrong.  Sometimes we have to go down a road of sin to understand His love for us.  It is not always the best way to go, but it is our decision.  We can read His Word and learn how others have sinned and lost, but sometimes we are hard hearted and need to learn the hard way.  God has given us many examples of the downfalls of sin and many examples of how living His will keeps us safe in His love.  But we are stubborn people and some never learn.  So the next time you are tempted to sin remember it is a decision of your heart to disobey God.  And God may let you go down a wrong road to learn of His love, but it is not without pain and struggling.  You don’t have to feel the flame of fire burn you to know that others have died from it.  Just because God does not stop you, does not mean He approves of what you are doing.  So learn to know His will by knowing His Word and then live it as He did.

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June 15, 2015: 11:03 pm: Christian Love

Luke 16: 16-17
16 “Until John the Baptist began to preach, the laws of Moses and the messages of the prophets were your guides. But now the Good News of the Kingdom of God is preached, and eager multitudes are forcing their way in. 17 But that doesn’t mean that the law has lost its force in even the smallest point. It is stronger and more permanent than heaven and earth.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

John the Baptist’s ministry was the dividing line between the Old and New Testament.  With the arrival of Jesus came the realization of all the prophets’ hopes. The life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ were the fulfillment of the Law.  It did not negate the Law, but fulfilled and continued the Law.  That means that what was true about the Law is still true today.  Not the parts added to it by the Jews, but the original laws given to them by God.  The 10 Commandments are just as relevant today as they were when God wrote them on stone.  The same is true with what we do with the money God has given us to manage.  Many Christian’s today say that since the death of Christ we are no longer required to give a tenth of what we have.  But Christ Himself stated in Matthew 23:23, “…You should tithe, yes, but you should not leave undone the more important things.”  Just as we should not steal or not commit adultery, we should tithe.  The Words of Christ leave us with a clear picture, “But that doesn’t mean that the law has lost its force in even the smallest point.”  Study the Word and then study your own behavior and see if you need to change.  Seek to know His Word and your heart will seek to do His will in all areas of your life.

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