February 4, 2016: 8:19 pm: Daily Scripture

Acts 16:22-34
22 A mob quickly formed against Paul and Silas, and the city officials ordered them stripped and beaten with wooden rods. 23 They were severely beaten, and then they were thrown into prison. The jailer was ordered to make sure they didn’t escape. 24 So he took no chances but put them into the inner dungeon and clamped their feet in the stocks. 25 Around midnight, Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening. 26 Suddenly, there was a great earthquake, and the prison was shaken to its foundations. All the doors flew open, and the chains of every prisoner fell off! 27 The jailer woke up to see the prison doors wide open. He assumed the prisoners had escaped, so he drew his sword to kill himself. 28 But Paul shouted to him, “Don’t do it! We are all here!” 29 Trembling with fear, the jailer called for lights and ran to the dungeon and fell down before Paul and Silas. 30 He brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31 They replied, “Believe on the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, along with your entire household.” 32 Then they shared the word of the Lord with him and all who lived in his household. 33 That same hour the jailer washed their wounds, and he and everyone in his household were immediately baptized. 34 Then he brought them into his house and set a meal before them. He and his entire household rejoiced because they all believed in God.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL:Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Paul and Silas were beaten and put in prison for preaching salvation through Jesus Christ and yet they could sing praises to their God. God worked a miracle and their chains fell off and the jailer and his family were saved. Do you feel like Paul; are you in a dark place today? If you need the power of God to come into your mind to release the chains that bind, sing out in praise to Him. Not because of the difficulty you are in, not because life is hard, but because He is still the God of the universe and He loves and cares for you. It is not about you, it is always about Him. As long as we live in this world, there will be problems and difficulties, always, but we know that our hope lies with Him and in Him and we look beyond our problems and look to Him for our peace. Ephesians 1:6-8 tells us, “So we praise God for the wonderful kindness He has poured out on us because we belong to His dearly loved Son. He is so rich in kindness that He purchased our freedom through the blood of His Son, and our sins are forgiven. He has showered His kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.” Keep your focus on Him and He will see you through any difficulty that comes your way. Praise Him!

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February 3, 2016: 10:02 pm: Christian Love

 

Matthew 12:33-37
33 “A tree is identified by its fruit. Make a tree good, and its fruit will be good. Make a tree bad, and its fruit will be bad. 34 You brood of snakes! How could evil men like you speak what is good and right? For whatever is in your heart determines what you say. 35 A good person produces good words from a good heart, and an evil person produces evil words from an evil heart. 36 And I tell you this, that you must give an account on judgment day of every idle word you speak. 37 The words you say now reflect your fate then; either you will be justified by them or you will be condemned.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The old saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me” is not true. Words will hurt you. The words that you say will affect the person they are said to for good or bad. And the words that are said to you will affect you. We need to be careful of what we say and how we say it. Christ tells us that what is really in a person’s heart will come out in what they say. A good heart will produce good words and an evil heart will produce evil. If you have the Spirit of God living in you by accepting Christ as Lord and Savior, then you have a good heart. That means giving control of your life to God, and as you do this, His words will come through you. You cannot hide what is really in your heart, it will come out in what you say. If you are growing more in the Lord, it will reflect in what you say. As you spend time with Him and read His Word, you will reflect more of Him in what you say. This is our mission as followers of Christ, to become more like Him. We want to know Him more because we know how much He loves us. Understanding His unlimited grace and love will show in what you say. Do not get discouraged if you do not show Him all the time. Just recognize your error, ask for wisdom to know how to resist doing it again. Your words have more power than you know, so use them to declare God’s love for you and not who you are at the moment of failure. Continue to speak the truth and it will be reflected in your behavior.

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February 2, 2016: 9:17 pm: Christian Love

Romans 8:31
31 What can we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32 Since God did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t God, who gave us Christ, also give us everything else? 33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? Will God? No! He is the one who has given us right standing with himself. 34 Who then will condemn us? Will Christ Jesus? No, for he is the one who died for us and was raised to life for us and is sitting at the place of highest honor next to God, pleading for us. 35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or are hungry or cold or in danger or threatened with death? 36 (Even the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day: we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. 38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels can’t, and the demons can’t. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can’t keep God’s love away. 39 Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The Word of God illuminated by the Holy Spirit is the one of the ways we can know Who God is and understand how much He loves us. This is the only way to transform a human heart. Our minds are renewed by this transformation. The love of God penetrates every fiber of our being and we are transformed. While this transformation is a continual process, we continue on to the goal, because we know, “If God is for us, who can ever be against us?” There is no one to accuse us and there is not one thing that can separate us from God’s love. This is the scripture to use as a sword against the enemy when he comes at you with discouragement. Pick up your sword and fight. Speak this verse out loud and repeat it to yourself over and over until you feel the power of the Holy Spirit covering you with the love of God. Yes, you will need to keep it handy and use it a lot. Satan does not give up on us and will keep trying to tell you that God does not love you. But don’t believe his lies. He is the father of all lies. But you have the Light of the World living within you and Satan has no power over you. Period!

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February 1, 2016: 10:49 pm: God in us

1 Peter 1:17-21
17 And remember that the heavenly Father to whom you pray has no favorites when he judges. He will judge or reward you according to what you do. So you must live in reverent fear of him during your time as foreigners here on earth. 18 For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver. 19 He paid for you with the precious lifeblood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. 20 God chose him for this purpose long before the world began, but now in these final days, he was sent to the earth for all to see. And he did this for you. 21 Through Christ you have come to trust in God. And because God raised Christ from the dead and gave him great glory, your faith and hope can be placed confidently in God.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Because God is judge of all the earth, we dare not ignore Him or treat Him casually. It is understanding His immeasurable love for us and the grace given to us by the sacrifice of Christ that drives us to reverent fear of Him. And it is not our human understanding of fear, but a fear that He could have just let us die in our sins. But He didn’t. He ransomed us with His Blood, and we are to be ever grateful to Him. Christ’s sacrifice for our sins was not an afterthought. The plan was set in motion by the all-knowing God long before the world began. He desires and wants to be in communion with us because we love Him, not because we fear Him. What a comfort for those who accept this love because we know that He has always had and will always have everything under control. We can confidently place our trust in Him, as we respect Him for who He is. We may not always understand we can know His love. As we walk through eternity with Him, He will be the only one there with any imperfections, the scars. Christ will carry the scars from Calvary for eternity and every time we see Him, we will see the scars and know how much He love us to sacrifice His own Son to have us with Him. Only Jesus Christ is worthy of our praise!

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January 28, 2016: 9:18 pm: God in us

 

John 3:5-18
5 Jesus replied, “The truth is, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. 6 Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives new life from heaven. 7 So don’t be surprised at my statement that you must be born again. 8 Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit.” 9 “What do you mean?” Nicodemus asked. 10 Jesus replied, “You are a respected Jewish teacher, and yet you don’t understand these things? 11 I assure you, I am telling you what we know and have seen, and yet you won’t believe us. 12 But if you don’t even believe me when I tell you about things that happen here on earth, how can you possibly believe if I tell you what is going on in heaven? 13 For only I, the Son of Man, have come to earth and will return to heaven again. 14 And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness, so I, the Son of Man, must be lifted up on a pole, 15 so that everyone who believes in me will have eternal life. 16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God did not send his Son into the world to condemn it, but to save it. 18 “There is no judgment awaiting those who trust him. But those who do not trust him have already been judged for not believing in the only Son of God. 19 Their judgment is based on this fact: The light from heaven came into the world, but they loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. 20 They hate the light because they want to sin in the darkness. They stay away from the light for fear their sins will be exposed and they will be punished. 21 But those who do what is right come to the light gladly, so everyone can see that they are doing what God wants.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

“For God so loved the world…” Probably the most known scripture verse, and yet people who do not know God will ask, “If God loves me so much then why did so and so die, or why is there sickness, or why do bad things happen to good people?” Have you ever been asked this question and not known how to answer? Well, you are not alone. But to explain to the unsaved why these things happen is a very important concept in understanding the grace of God. What Adam and Eve did not understand when God told them, “If you eat of the fruit of this tree, you will surely die,” was that every person born after them would also die. Every living thing around us is dying. From the moment of conception, we all start to die. And because of sin in this world, nothing is perfect. So things go wrong in our bodies, people get sick or are born defective. The greatest lie Satan tells people, is that, “If God loves you so much then why did you your child die, or mother, or whoever?” And we believe him. But God never promised us our bodies on earth would never get sick and die, only that He would bring us through it and we would be with Him after we leave this world. So the rain falls on the just and the unjust. Everyone is subject to death. Living with faith in a world of death cannot be done without the power of the Holy Spirit. Once we believe in Christ and are saved from our sin, there is no judgment for sin for us ever. Believe Him and trust Him to bring you through what ever it is you will face in this world!

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January 27, 2016: 11:37 pm: Return of Christ

Jude 17-23
But you, my dear friends, must remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ told you, 18 that in the last times there would be scoffers whose purpose in life is to enjoy themselves in every evil way imaginable. 19 Now they are here, and they are the ones who are creating divisions among you. They live by natural instinct because they do not have God’s Spirit living in them. 20 But you, dear friends, must continue to build your lives on the foundation of your holy faith. And continue to pray as you are directed by the Holy Spirit. 21 Live in such a way that God’s love can bless you as you wait for the eternal life that our Lord Jesus Christ in his mercy is going to give you. 22 Show mercy to those whose faith is wavering. 23 Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. There are still others to whom you need to show mercy, but be careful that you aren’t contaminated by their sins.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The “last times” or “last days” started when Jesus left this world. It is the period of time between the end of His first coming and the beginning of His second coming. We live in the last days. John is warning us to live close to God because there will be false teachers who would try and pull us away from God. He tells us not to take witnessing lightly for it is a matter of life and death. We are to hate sin, but we must witness to and love the sinner. For we must remember that we were on our way to Hell when Christ saved us. Once we were lost and without the Light of Christ within us. And no one is any better than any other person. We all have sinned and all of us need the saving grace of Christ Jesus. So we have common ground with all around us. Make sure your footing is secure and grounded in the love of God when you reach out to the unsaved. Because it is easy to be pulled into their sin if you are not. Remember, you are a child of the King and need to influence them for Christ and don’t allow them to influence you to sin. Christ is coming soon and He stated He would come like a thief in the night. No warning will be given. The trumpet will sound and the dead in Christ will rise ahead of those who are alive and are in Christ. Christ will be our judge and He will separate the goats from the sheep. Be prepared, be a child of the Living God!

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January 26, 2016: 8:40 pm: Daily Scripture

 

Colossians 1:9-14
9 So we have continued praying for you ever since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you a complete understanding of what he wants to do in your lives, and we ask him to make you wise with spiritual wisdom. 10 Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and you will continually do good, kind things for others. All the while, you will learn to know God better and better. 11 We also pray that you will be strengthened with his glorious power so that you will have all the patience and endurance you need. May you be filled with joy, 12 always thanking the Father, who has enabled you to share the inheritance that belongs to God’s holy people, who live in the light. 13 For he has rescued us from the one who rules in the kingdom of darkness, and he has brought us into the Kingdom of his dear Son. 14 God has purchased our freedom with his blood and has forgiven all our sins.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

All Christians want complete understanding of what God wants us to do in our lives. We all seek to be wise with spiritual wisdom. But that is as far as many go, just the wanting. Most Christians know that they should be growing and becoming more like Christ. As each day goes by they aren’t sure how to achieve it. Many make the mistake of looking at the overall perfection of Christ and know that they can never achieve that and just don’t even try. We will never in this life reach perfection, so why even bother. This attitude will hold back the power of Christ working within you to become more like Him. It is God’s plan for every Christian to work at becoming more like Him. It is the working and becoming more like Him that counts, because we will never be complete until we are with Him. No one can say, “I’m not sure what God wants me to do with my life.” The plan is the same for all of us, “Become more like Christ!” Start with very small steps. We all know that we are to read His Word and spend time in prayer. Start by simply taking 5-10 minutes a day doing this and when it becomes a habit, slowly increase. As you spend time in the Word, you will find that you will want to do so. Listen only to Christian music during your day, this will keep you in atmosphere of worship. Keep a very short prayer list and pray everyday. When one is answered add another. Keep it short and simple. Take small baby steps and see what a difference it can make. Your effort will pay off as God will continue to strengthen you.

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January 22, 2016: 12:19 am: God in us

Ephesians 5:15-20
15 So be careful how you live, not as fools but as those who are wise. 16 Make the most of every opportunity for doing good in these evil days. 17 Don’t act thoughtlessly, but try to understand what the Lord wants you to do. 18 Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, let the Holy Spirit fill and control you. 19 Then you will sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, making music to the Lord in your hearts. 20 And you will always give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

One of the keys to success is to live what we know. Many of us know a lot of things but only live a small portion of our knowledge. Being wise is to apply the things that we know. It is very easy to take the path of least resistance and let our emotions and feelings dictate how and what we will do. Our behavior shows what is controlling us. It is far too easy to just do what “feels” good and only those things that give us pleasure. This is the aspect of a child. It is adult to do the things that are not fun or easy but need to be done anyway. So it is with our walk with God. Christianity is not the easy road. We must die to self and let Christ live through us. We must be Christ to the world. This means living the things we know, applying His truth. The Holy Spirit controlled Christian is the Christian at peace. This doesn’t mean we never fail it only means we keep learning and living what we have learned. Take a small step today and apply one thing you know is true. Focus on that one small thing every day and see what a difference it will make in your life.

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January 21, 2016: 8:41 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.

The “sacrilegious object that causes desecration” refers to the statue of the Antichrist in the Temple of God and Antichrist setting himself up as if he were God. Christ has given instructions to us about His Second Coming. And He tells us in verse 26 that everyone will see the Son of Man arrive on the clouds. There have been similar sacrilegious objects that have caused desecration throughout history and because of those events; people believe that the judgment Christ said was coming has already happened. In 168 B.C. Antiochus Epiphanes came into the Temple of God and sacrificed a pig to Zeus on the Temple altar. And in A.D. 70 the Romans completely destroyed the Temple and then placed an idol on the site. But do not be deceived because Christ is very clear that this event would take place right before His Second Coming. When He comes again, no one will need to tell you because everyone living in the world at that time will know He has returned. No one will need to be told. We know that Christ has not returned at this time, so His return is yet in our future. And these events in the Temple are in the future because there isn’t a Temple for the Jews to sacrifice. But we must be prepared for His return at any minute because before He judges the world; He will remove His people from the earth. To be ready for His return is to be living Christ to the world around you. Waiting and watching for His Second Coming will keep you living for Him and will continue the process of sanctification in you.

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January 20, 2016: 10:12 pm: God in us

 

Habakkuk 2:9-14
9 “How terrible it will be for you who get rich by unjust means! You believe your wealth will buy security, putting your families beyond the reach of danger. 10 But by the murders you committed, you have shamed your name and forfeited your lives. 11 The very stones in the walls of your houses cry out against you, and the beams in the ceilings echo the complaint. 12 “How terrible it will be for you who build cities with money gained by murder and corruption! 13 Has not the Lord Almighty promised that the wealth of nations will turn to ashes? They work so hard, but all in vain! 14 For the time will come when all the earth will be filled, as the waters fill the sea, with an awareness of the glory of the Lord.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Today many live in fear of war, financial disaster and disease. Terrorist attacks are on every mind. The world has nothing to offer but pain and destruction. And yet many continue to trust in the things that their hands have made. Idolatry may seem like a sin that modern people do not commit. But it is not just bowing down to idols, it is trusting in what one has made. If we trust in what we have made, we are trusting in our own power as creator and sustainer. If we say we worship God but put our trust in bank accounts, homes, businesses and governments, than we are idolaters. We must live above the circumstances of this world and everything it has to offer. It is all corruptible and will someday be gone. The only thing that will last is the love that flows through us from God the Father. Habakkuk 2:4 states, “Look at the proud! They trust in themselves, and their lives are crooked; but the righteous will live by their faith.” Do not put your trust in the gifts God has given you. Recognize the Giver and put your trust in Him and Him alone. Do not let your feelings be controlled by the events happening in the world today but by faith in God’s ability to direct all things according to His purpose and His ability to give you strength.

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