October 31, 2014: 10:09 pm: God in us

Colossians 3:12-17

12 Since God chose you to be the holy people whom he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 You must make allowance for each other’s faults and forgive the person who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. 14 And the most important piece of clothing you must wear is love. Love is what binds us all together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are all called to live in peace. And always be thankful.  16 Let the words of Christ, in all their richness, live in your hearts and make you wise. Use his words to teach and counsel each other. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. 17 And whatever you do or say, let it be as a representative of the Lord Jesus, all the while giving thanks through him to God the Father.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Every morning when you get up, you dress yourselves for work or play.  You do not go through your day wearing your night clothes.  And for most of us in this country, we have a choice of what we are going to wear.  Most have too many clothes and the decision can take some time depending on what the day will hold.  Some do not even think about it and just get dressed.  God wants us to get dressed every morning also, but not with clothes.  He wants us to dress every morning with mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.  It is a decision we make.  Most of us do not give it any thought and are subject to whatever mood we feel.  But to represent Christ to the world, we can decide to put on Christ instead.  Yes, it would be an extra step and it would require knowing what to put on.  The instructions are in the Book.  And putting on Christ every day will make a huge difference in your day.  As He is wrapped around you all day, you will express the attributes of Christ in your behavior.  So decide to dress in Christ this morning and every morning.

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October 30, 2014: 3:51 am: Christian Love

John 14:27-29

27 “I am leaving you with a gift, peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give isn’t like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid. 28 Remember what I told you: I am going away, but I will come back to you again. If you really love me, you will be very happy for me, because now I can go to the Father, who is greater than I am. 29 I have told you these things before they happen so that you will believe when they do happen.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Before Jesus left this world, He gave us all a precious gift. Besides salvation which is the greatest gift of all, He gave us peace of mind and heart. For those who do not have this, it is only because it has not been accepted. There is not a situation this world can bring that can take away the peace that Jesus Christ gives us. What is troubling you today? What has taken your peace away? The world today is a very turbulent place to live. The wars overseas burden heavily on all of us. With what is happening, we all are feeling a little uneasy, but we need to keep in focus what belongs to us through Christ Jesus. God has told us He is the same today, yesterday and tomorrow. This includes His love for us, it does not ever change. We can have peace of heart and mind even in the world we live in because we have His Word. It takes faith and trusting, but peace can be yours because it is a gift from God. Take that step of faith and lay your fears before God and give Him your worries. Then trust that He will work all things out for your good because you love Him. Don’t let another moment go by with the weight of your worries heavy on your mind, turn them over to Jesus and trust in Him to see you through. Let them go and let God take care of your needs.

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October 29, 2014: 11:58 pm: God in us

Psalm 73:16-26

16 So I tried to understand why the wicked prosper. But what a difficult task it is!
17 Then one day I went into your sanctuary, O God, and I thought about the destiny of the wicked.
18 Truly, you put them on a slippery path and send them sliding over the cliff to destruction.
19 In an instant they are destroyed, swept away by terrors.
20 Their present life is only a dream that is gone when they awake. When you arise, O Lord, you will make them vanish from this life.
21 Then I realized how bitter I had become, how pained I had been by all I had seen.
22 I was so foolish and ignorant-I must have seemed like a senseless animal to you.
23 Yet I still belong to you; you are holding my right hand.
24 You will keep on guiding me with your counsel, leading me to a glorious destiny.
25 Whom have I in heaven but you? I desire you more than anything on earth.
26 My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Pride is any attitude that elevates our effort or abilities above God’s or treats with disdain His work in us. So many times in this world it looks like the wicked prosper, while we struggle. But those in the Lord can also become full of pride and worship the created things instead of the Creator. Anything that takes first place in your mind, thoughts and actions is above God in your life. The Psalmist is telling us what happens to those who are full of pride. As he compared his life in the Lord to those outside of God, he saw them prosper and his life was full of trouble. But God points out that those outside of God and who prosper in this life, will only be swept away by terrors. God is talking about the final separation from Him that comes to those who put their trust in the things He has created. Christians can also get caught up in pride of the blessings that God has given them. Guard your heart and thoughts and remember that all things come from God and it is by His provision that you have anything. When we take on the attitude of everything belonging to God, we give up our pride in what we have. Desire Jesus more than anything on earth no matter what is going on with your health, your job, or your family. Keep Jesus the center of your life and the Giver of all that you have and your attitude and actions will be in the right place. God does not object to self confidence, healthy self esteem, or good feelings about our accomplishments. He objects to the foolish attitude of taking full credit for what He has done for you. Keep God the strength of your heart and realize the attitude of pride when it comes upon you. The success of the ungodly will be the only pleasure they have, and if they do not turn to Christ, they will be eternally separated from Him. But He is yours forever!

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October 28, 2014: 8:12 pm: Christian Love

Ephesians 4:17-27

17 With the Lord’s authority let me say this: Live no longer as the ungodly do, for they are hopelessly confused. 18 Their closed minds are full of darkness; they are far away from the life of God because they have shut their minds and hardened their hearts against him. 19 They don’t care anymore about right and wrong, and they have given themselves over to immoral ways. Their lives are filled with all kinds of impurity and greed. 20 But that isn’t what you were taught when you learned about Christ. 21 Since you have heard all about him and have learned the truth that is in Jesus, 22 throw off your old evil nature and your former way of life, which is rotten through and through, full of lust and deception. 23 Instead, there must be a spiritual renewal of your thoughts and attitudes. 24 You must display a new nature because you are a new person, created in God’s likeness-righteous, holy, and true. 25 So put away all falsehood and “tell your neighbor the truth” because we belong to each other. 26 And “don’t sin by letting anger gain control over you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 for anger gives a mighty foothold to the Devil.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

There should be a difference between the way Christians and non-Christians live. Because those of us in Christ are full of His light, the world should see His light in our lives by the way we live. Our old way of life before we knew Christ is completely in the past. We should put it behind us like old clothes to be thrown away. We cannot move forward in Christ when we are looking back. Life in Christ cannot be lived while looking in the rear view mirror. We must look forward and see ourselves as the person Christ knows we will become regardless of our past. We are to be separate and live as Christ did. The world should see the difference. We are not to be driven by our old desires and impulses. We must put on the new nature, head in a new direction and have the new way of thinking that the Spirit of God within us have given us. Look to His Word for direction on how to live. Our attitudes and behaviors should reflect the Sprit of God that is in us. Don’t live as the ungodly do, who are hopelessly confused because they have refused to believe God. Live as you have been taught. Since you have believed in Christ, let Him continue to transform you into the new creation that you are.

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October 27, 2014: 9:10 pm: God in us

John 21:15-17

15 After breakfast Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”
“Yes, Lord,” Peter replied, “you know I love you.”
“Then feed my lambs,” Jesus told him.
16 Jesus repeated the question: “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
“Yes, Lord,” Peter said, “you know I love you.”
“Then take care of my sheep,” Jesus said.
17 Once more he asked him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
Peter was grieved that Jesus asked the question a third time. He said, “Lord, you know everything. You know I love you.”
Jesus said, “Then feed my sheep.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.
Many Christian read this passage and do not understand. Why would Christ question Peter when He knew that Peter loved Him? It is not a question just for Peter, but is a question for all those who say they love Him. All who respond to the call of Christ are given gifts from the Lord. Ephesians 4:7 explains, “However, he has given each one of us a special gift according to the generosity of Christ.” Christ expects us to use these gifts to follow His command to complete the great commission given in Matthew 28:18, “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” The verse does not end there but continues on with instructions to teach the disciples they make, “Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you.” Christ is calling Peter to go out and make sure that His sheep are feed the Bread of Life. We are all also called to “feed” each other. As part of the Body of Christ, we are to edify and strengthen each other in our walk with Christ. We are responsible to other parts of the Body of Christ to help and strengthen. It is not enough just to bring people into the Body of Christ, but once a part of the Body, we are responsible to each other. Are your feeding your brothers and sisters in Christ? If not, read more of Ephesians to understand the gifts that God has given you and then pray for God to give you wisdom. Move forward into your assignment to strengthen a brother or sister in Christ. God will provide opportunities to do so, we just need to be able to see His work when we are called. And we are all called and we are all responsible to “feed” His sheep.

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October 21, 2014: 9:58 pm: Daily Scripture

1 Corinthians 15:45-49

45 The Scriptures tell us, “The first man, Adam, became a living person.” But the last Adam-that is, Christ-is a life-giving Spirit. 46 What came first was the natural body, then the spiritual body comes later. 47 Adam, the first man, was made from the dust of the earth, while Christ, the second man, came from heaven. 48 Every human being has an earthly body just like Adam’s, but our heavenly bodies will be just like Christ’s. 49 Just as we are now like Adam, the man of the earth, so we will someday be like Christ, the man from heaven.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

As we live in our earthly bodies, we are like Adam, made of dust. But as a Christian we are also in the process of becoming like Christ. Because of the love God has for us, He wants us to be like His Son. God knows every detail of our lives that will bring us to this end. And that is the only assignment that God will grade when we stand before Him. How much like Christ did we become while we lived in this sinful world. God the Father loves the Son so much that He wants all of His children to conform into His image. This is the only goal God has for our lives. When God tells us in Romans 8:28, “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” He is telling us that becoming like Christ is His only purpose for all those who love Him. And everything that happens to us, God will work to this end. Nothing else we do will matter, as all things will work for our good to bring us to the purpose that God has for our life, to be like Christ. Everything we do and everything we are is to be focused on becoming like Him Who died for us and not staying like the dust we are. God loves us so much, just like He loves the Son because we His body, we are joint heirs with Christ if we are in Him. If we are a part of Christ we share the same DNA and God will stop at nothing to make us into His image. One day we will be like Him. All of our life is directed towards this goal. Becoming like Christ is God’s purpose for us and we should be mindful of this at all time. Just as we are mindful of our earthly presence, we should be mindful of the heavenly presence that lives in us to accomplish the will of the Father, for us to be like Christ.

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October 17, 2014: 9:56 pm: Christian Love

Ephesians 3:14-21

14 When I think of the wisdom and scope of God’s plan, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, 15 the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. 16 I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will give you mighty inner strength through his Holy Spirit. 17 And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts as you trust in him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love. 18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love really is. 19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is so great you will never fully understand it. Then you will be filled with the fullness of life and power that comes from God. 20 Now glory be to God! By his mighty power at work within us, he is able to accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare to ask or hope. 21 May he be given glory in the church and in Christ Jesus forever and ever through endless ages. Amen.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

One of the greatest weapons Satan brings against Christians is discouragement. There is so much pain and suffering in this world, we all wonder when it will end. Sometimes the cares and problems of this life can be so overwhelming that we lose track of who we are or better yet who we belong to. Discouragement is a normal response to pain in our lives but it can also be a tool for Satan to pull us away from God. When we are hit hard with pain in this life, we become physically drained. Emotionally we are on edge at all times. It is like our nerves are exposed on the surface and even the smallest task can set us off into a fit of anger. Mentally we forget what God has brought us through and the prayers He has answered. Spiritually we lose intimacy with the One who loves us the most. God is the One who knows every detail about us and yet still loves us with a love that we can not comprehend. Paul is writing to let us all know that unless we are rooted in God’s love we will be tossed around by the pain of this life and forget how much God loves us. God’s love is what will get us through the tough times. If we are rooted and grounded in the Word of God and God’s people, there will be nothing that will ever be able to separate us from the love of God. We have His Word!

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October 13, 2014: 5:54 am: Return of Christ

Luke 21:20-24

20 “And when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then you will know that the time of its destruction has arrived. 21 Then those in Judea must flee to the hills. Let those in Jerusalem escape, and those outside the city should not enter it for shelter. 22 For those will be days of God’s vengeance, and the prophetic words of the Scriptures will be fulfilled. 23 How terrible it will be for pregnant women and for mothers nursing their babies. For there will be great distress in the land and wrath upon this people. 24 They will be brutally killed by the sword or sent away as captives to all the nations of the world. And Jerusalem will be conquered and trampled down by the Gentiles until the age of the Gentiles comes to an end.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL. Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Christ is instructing His disciples of the coming destruction of Jerusalem and the fate of the Jewish people. Jerusalem was completely destroyed in 70 AD and the Jewish people were scattered around the world. They have been brutally treated by the Gentiles since that time. The children of Abraham were chosen to be the vehicle that God would use to bring restoration to the world. But that did not happen, most chose to reject Christ and crucified Him. Christ is telling the Jewish nation that the time is coming for the Gentiles and is actually the age we are living in now. At this time in history, most of the world hears about salvation through Jesus Christ from Gentiles. The Christian church was started by Jews, but continued on through Gentiles. But the age of the Gentiles is fast coming to an end. We know this because after 2500 years, Israel became a nation under Jewish control again. Luke records the words of Christ telling us about His Second Coming. Jesus Christ came the first time to save; He is coming the second time to judge. Christ goes on to warn us in Luke 21:34 & 35, “Watch out! Don’t let me find you living in careless ease and drunkenness, and filled with the worries of this life. Don’t let that day catch you unaware, as in a trap. For that day will come upon everyone living on the earth.” This is what we need to know for our lives today. We need to be watching and waiting for Him to return. As we take this attitude, we become more Christ centered and less self centered. When we know and are aware that Christ is coming again, our focus changes and there is more urgency to tell others about Him. Search the scriptures for yourself and seek what God would have you understand about His return.

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October 10, 2014: 5:50 am: Christian Love

Philippians 2: 12-18

12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. 14 Do all things without complaining and disputing, 15 that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain. 17 Yes, and if I am being poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. 18 For the same reason you also be glad and rejoice with me.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

Today many believers find themselves in the same trap. They trust Christ to redeem them, but they think it is under their own power that godliness happens. They begin in the Spirit, but are hoping to be perfected by the flesh. But according to Paul in his letter to the Philippians, we are to work out our own salvation as God works in us to both want to and live for Him. What is our responsibility then to be the righteousness of Christ to the world around us? How can we show them Christ while we are in the flesh? We train ourselves to be godly the same way an athlete trains for an event. We show up for practice, go through the workouts, and apply ourselves to godliness. We know His Word, we spend time with Him, and we do what He did. If we do that, God by His grace, will transform us into the righteousness of Christ and we will be Christ like. So strengthen your spiritual muscles, pick up a Bible and talk to God. Test Him and see if His Word is true.

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October 9, 2014: 5:47 am: Daily Scripture

Luke 21:20-24

20 “And when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then you will know that the time of its destruction has arrived. 21 Then those in Judea must flee to the hills. Let those in Jerusalem escape, and those outside the city should not enter it for shelter. 22 For those will be days of God’s vengeance, and the prophetic words of the Scriptures will be fulfilled. 23 How terrible it will be for pregnant women and for mothers nursing their babies. For there will be great distress in the land and wrath upon this people. 24 They will be brutally killed by the sword or sent away as captives to all the nations of the world. And Jerusalem will be conquered and trampled down by the Gentiles until the age of the Gentiles comes to an end.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL. Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Christ is instructing His disciples of the coming destruction of Jerusalem and the fate of the Jewish people. Jerusalem was completely destroyed in 70 AD and the Jewish people were scattered around the world. They have been brutally treated by the Gentiles since that time. The children of Abraham were chosen to be the vehicle that God would use to bring restoration to the world. But that did not happen, most chose to reject Christ and crucified Him. Christ is telling the Jewish nation that the time is coming for the Gentiles and is actually the age we are living in now. At this time in history, most of the world hears about salvation through Jesus Christ from Gentiles. The Christian church was started by Jews, but continued on through Gentiles. But the age of the Gentiles is fast coming to an end. We know this because after 2500 years, Israel became a nation under Jewish control again. Luke records the words of Christ telling us about His Second Coming. Jesus Christ came the first time to save; He is coming the second time to judge. Christ goes on to warn us in Luke 21:34 & 35, “Watch out! Don’t let me find you living in careless ease and drunkenness, and filled with the worries of this life. Don’t let that day catch you unaware, as in a trap. For that day will come upon everyone living on the earth.” This is what we need to know for our lives today. We need to be watching and waiting for Him to return. As we take this attitude, we become more Christ centered and less self centered. When we know and are aware that Christ is coming again, our focus changes and there is more urgency to tell others about Him. Search the scriptures for yourself and seek what God would have you understand about His return.

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