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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October 8, 2014: 5:45 am: God in us

1 Kings 3:5-9

5 That night the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream, and God said, “What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!”
6 Solomon replied, “You were wonderfully kind to my father, David, because he was honest and true and faithful to you. And you have continued this great kindness to him today by giving him a son to succeed him. 7 O Lord my God, now you have made me king instead of my father, David, but I am like a little child who doesn’t know his way around. 8 And here I am among your own chosen people, a nation so great they are too numerous to count! 9 Give me an understanding mind so that I can govern your people well and know the difference between right and wrong. For who by himself is able to govern this great nation of yours?”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

When given a chance to have anything in the world, Solomon asked for wisdom. He asked for an “understanding mind” in order to direct God’s people well and to make right decisions. James 1:5 states that we can ask for this same kind of wisdom. We should ask God for wisdom to know what the job is that God wants us to do and then for wisdom to carry it out. We should not ask God to do for us what He wants to do through us. Instead we should ask God to give us the wisdom to know what to do and the strength to follow through. God will never step in and do for us what we can do for ourselves. It is better for us to move into action than to sit back and have it done for us. Knowing and understanding the will of God comes only through knowing His Word and knowing His mind. God will show us all we need to know to have the mind of Christ if we seek Him through His Word and ask Him. Once we know, we must move to action and do the task set before us. This is the will of God for all of those who belong to Him.

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October 7, 2014: 5:44 am: God in us

1 Corinthians 2:6-16

6 However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, 8 which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” 10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. 13 These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. 16 For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

Those who are not in Christ cannot understand God’s spiritual truths and they cannot understand the concept that God’s Spirit lives in believers. Don’t expect people to understand or approve of your decision to follow Christ. People of the world will think it foolish. Just as a tone deaf-person cannot appreciate fine music, the person who rejects Christ cannot understand the spiritual truths from God. They have turned their back on God and will not understand the wisdom He provides for those who choose to follow Him. Believers in fact, have the very mind of Christ. Through The Holy Spirit, we can begin to know God’s thoughts. The more we know the mind of God, the more we grow to become like Him. The world will not understand or accept this. Are you spending enough time with Christ to know His mind? Knowing the thoughts of God comes only by spending time with Him. An intimate relationship with Christ comes only with consistent time in His presence and knowing His Word. The way you live will show how intimate your relationship is with God. The more you know Him the more you will be like Him. Don’t be like the world and close your mind to the things of God. Open your mind and seek His will by knowing His Word and spending time with Him.

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October 6, 2014: 12:32 am: Christian Love

Philippians 1:20-25

20 For I live in eager expectation and hope that I will never do anything that causes me shame, but that I will always be bold for Christ, as I have been in the past, and that my life will always honor Christ, whether I live or I die. 21 For to me, living is for Christ, and dying is even better. 22 Yet if I live, that means fruitful service for Christ. I really don’t know which is better. 23 I’m torn between two desires: Sometimes I want to live, and sometimes I long to go and be with Christ. That would be far better for me, 24 but it is better for you that I live. 25 I am convinced of this, so I will continue with you so that you will grow and experience the joy of your faith.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The verdict is in! The mortality rate is 100%, with no exceptions. The truth is we are all going to die. For the Christian to die is to gain. We go to be with our Lord who died for us. Is this the attitude that you have about living and dying? Are you comforted that no matter what happens, you are in God’s hands? For me, it is not the dying that worries me, it is the living. What we do and how we do it from the time we are born until the day we die is the thing we need to understand. How would you complete the statement, “For me to live is _________?” Could you be like Paul and state, “For me to live is Christ.” Or are you living just to get and accumulate things? What is your ultimate purpose for living? Once we know how to live and what we are living for, we can be prepared to die. Not that we want death or look forward to it, but we are not afraid of it. It is a place of peace, knowing that whatever our state we are with God. If we are living, we are moving toward Him and if we die, we are with Him. This is the place of true joy, knowing that we are held by our Father and He is our purpose. What is your reason for living today? Take time to look at what the purpose of your life is. If you are a child of Jesus Christ, then live for that purpose with an attitude of joy because of God within you.

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October 3, 2014: 8:18 pm: Sanctification

1 Corinthians 6:9-14

9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. 12 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. 13 Foods for the stomach and the stomach for foods, but God will destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 And God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Sanctification, do any of us really know what this means? Is it something that can be achieved in this world? Paul tells the Corinthians that they were sanctified. And we are being sanctified through the blood of Jesus. But none of us will be fully sanctified until we are like Him. We are fully justified, but sanctification is only achieved when we are fully walking in the Kingdom of God under His will. The question then is, do we walk in our sanctification? It means separating yourself from that which is evil. It is really all of God or nothing. We cannot have one foot in the world and one foot with God. There is no such thing as a little bit of sin. If you add one drop of contaminated water to a bucket of clean water, it all becomes contaminated. But if you add one drop of clean water to bucket of contaminated water, it is all still contaminated. We are called by Christ to abstain from any appearance of evil. We must confess our sins and then turn from them. We can do this only through the power of the Holy Spirit. We are sanctified through the blood of Christ by His power. When you are tempted with sin, claim your sanctification and rebuke the enemy by the power of the Holy Spirit in you!

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October 1, 2014: 6:31 am: Christian Love

Galatians 2:17-21

17 But what if we seek to be made right with God through faith in Christ and then find out that we are still sinners? Has Christ led us into sin? Of course not! 18 Rather, I make myself guilty if I rebuild the old system I already tore down. 19 For when I tried to keep the law, I realized I could never earn God’s approval. So I died to the law so that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Christ. 20 I myself no longer live, but Christ lives in me. So I live my life in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I am not one of those who treats the grace of God as meaningless. For if we could be saved by keeping the law, then there was no need for Christ to die.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Sin, by its very nature brings death that is a fact as certain as the law of gravity. Sin always separates us from God. Jesus did not die for His own sins, He had none. Instead, by a transaction that we may never fully understand, He died for the sins of the whole world. He died for all past, present and every sin to ever be committed. There is not one sin that can not be forgiven by the work that Christ Jesus did on the cross. It is by faith believing that we receive the forgiveness that Christ died to give us. Only those who believe Him will be saved from their sin. When we commit our life to Christ and thus identify ourselves with Him, His death becomes ours. We (that is our sinful nature) are crucified with Him. Our sinful nature is nailed to the cross with Him. Our spirit is immediately connected to God and He lives in us. But our soul, that is our mind, our will and our emotions, need to be transformed into His image. This is the working out of our salvation. We surrender our soul to Him sometimes minute by minute. Our bodies also need to be under submission to His will as we take care of our physical needs. He paid the penalty for our sins, and His blood has purified us. Our spirit is immediately connected to Him and our soul starts the process to become like Him. Our body will someday rise from death just as Christ rose from the dead. So we will rise to a new life for eternal fellowship with Jesus Christ.

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