December 17, 2014: 8:56 pm: Christian Love

John 4:50-53

49 The official pleaded, “Lord, please come now before my little boy dies.” 50 Then Jesus told him, “Go back home. Your son will live!” And the man believed Jesus’ word and started home. 51 While he was on his way, some of his servants met him with the news that his son was alive and well. 52 He asked them when the boy had begun to feel better, and they replied, “Yesterday afternoon at one o’clock his fever suddenly disappeared!” 53 Then the father realized it was the same time that Jesus had told him, “Your son will live.” And the officer and his entire household believed in Jesus. 54 This was Jesus’ second miraculous sign in Galilee after coming from Judea.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

This miracle was more than a favor to one official; it was a sign to all people. First the official believed; then he saw a miracle. He not only believed Jesus could heal, he also obeyed Jesus by returning home. He demonstrated his faith by his action of returning home before he knew of the healing of his son. It isn’t enough for us to say we believe that Jesus can take care of our problems. We need to act as if He can. When you pray about a particular need, live as though you believe Jesus can do what He says He will do. Live as though it has already happened. It is a time for you to show Him and the world that you will live what you believe. It is a time to walk in obedience to the Word of God before you see the results. What miracle do you need today? Believe the Word and walk as though it has already happened and God will make more than just a miracle happen, He will change your heart!

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December 15, 2014: 8:10 pm: Daily Scripture

Luke 4:1-4

Then Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan River. He was led by the Spirit to go out into the wilderness, 2 where the Devil tempted him for forty days. He ate nothing all that time and was very hungry. 3 Then the Devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, change this stone into a loaf of bread.” 4 But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People need more than bread for their life.'”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Sometimes what we are tempted to do isn’t wrong in itself. Turning a stone into bread wasn’t necessarily wrong. The sin was not the act but in the reason behind it. Satan was trying to get Jesus to take a shortcut, to solve Jesus’ immediate problem at the expense of His long-range goal, to seek comfort at the sacrifice of His discipline. Satan often works that way, persuading us to take action, even a right action, for the wrong reason or at the wrong time. The fact that something is not wrong in itself does not mean that it is good for you at a given time. Many people sin by attempting to fulfill a legitimate desire outside of God’s will or ahead of His timing. First seek His direction and then pray to know where the thought is coming from. Is it a whisper in your ear from the enemy or is it your own selfish needs speaking? God will give you wisdom to discern the difference and to hear His voice clearly, if you are seeking Him. Always know His Word and seek to hear His voice and He will make you path straight and be a Light onto your steps.

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December 12, 2014: 6:21 pm: Grace

John 1:10-14

10 But although the world was made through him, the world didn’t recognize him when he came. 11 Even in his own land and among his own people, he was not accepted. 12 But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. 13 They are reborn! This is not a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan-this rebirth comes from God. 14 So the Word became human and lived here on earth among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the only Son of the Father.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

John recognized that the Man the world was preparing for would not be only a man, but was also the creator of everything that exists. He understood by the power of the Holy Spirit in Him that Christ would be fully Man and fully God when He made this statement. John was given a great insight into what God was doing with man at this time in history. A little later when Jesus came to him, John said, “Look! There is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” He knew that every morning and every evening, a lamb was sacrificed in the Temple for the sins of the people (Exodus 29:38-42). To pay the penalty for sin, a life had to be given-and God chose to provide the sacrifice Himself. The sins of the world were removed when Jesus died as the perfect sacrifice. Even though that forgiveness is there for all, only those who believe Him and accept Him will receive it as John stated above. Those who believe and accept Him will have the right to be become children of God. To be a child of God means that you believe Him and trust that His Word is true. Do you believe Him? Do you trust Him? Read His Word and then ask Him to show you the truth. As Hebrews 11:5 states, “…Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that there is a God and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.” If you seek Him, you will find Him and His love and forgiveness.

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December 11, 2014: 9:02 pm: God in us

James 2:14-20

14 Dear brothers and sisters, what’s the use of saying you have faith if you don’t prove it by your actions? That kind of faith can’t save anyone. 15 Suppose you see a brother or sister who needs food or clothing, 16 and you say, “Well, good-bye and God bless you; stay warm and eat well–but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do? 17 So you see, it isn’t enough just to have faith. Faith that doesn’t show itself by good deeds is no faith at all-it is dead and useless. 18 Now someone may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.” I say, “I can’t see your faith if you don’t have good deeds, but I will show you my faith through my good deeds.” 19 Do you still think it’s enough just to believe that there is one God? Well, even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror! 20 Fool! When will you ever learn that faith that does not result in good deeds is useless?”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Confession of sins and a changed life are inseparable. As is faith without deeds is dead. Jesus had the harshest words to the respectable religious leaders, who lacked the desire for real change. They wanted to be known as religious authorities, but they didn’t want to change their hearts and minds. They wanted to “look” religious without having to make any changes to how they lived their lives. What people thought about them and their position in society were more important to them than having God change their lives. They have received all the reward they will get in this world. Turning from sin must lead to action, or it isn’t real. Following Jesus means more than saying the right words, it means acting on what He has said, even if you do not feel like it. Your feelings are irrelevant, what is in your heart will show by the actions you do. If Christ is really in your heart your deeds will show. Act Jesus to the world around you because of His love for you.

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December 10, 2014: 7:13 pm: Sanctification

Philippians 2:12-16

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.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

What do you think when you see a caterpillar? Do you think it is an ugly worm-like thing or do you see what has been coded within him from the start? Most people do not go out of their way to look at a caterpillar, but many will always stop and look at a beautiful butterfly. When we come to know Jesus Christ as our Savior, we are like the ugly worm. He has put everything inside of us to become Christ-like, but we are still unappealing on the outside. But everything we need to be like Christ is implanted in us at the point of salvation. Even though our spirit is now connected to God and we are saved, the working out our salvation in our soul (mind, will, and emotions) needs to become the butterfly. Christ is in us, but without the right environment, He will not grow. All the caterpillar does is eat and eat and then he cocoons himself in the right environment and soon becomes the beautiful butterfly. We must also consume the Word of God and surround ourselves with His people to become like Him. Without eating or consuming the Word of God, we will not grow to become like Him. We remain undeveloped and unusable for Him. But when we consume His Word and become a part of His Body, we change into a beautiful vessel for His will. Where are you today in your journey to become more like Him? Are you still an ugly worm or are you consuming His Word and developing into Him? Everything you need is already in you to become like Christ, you just need to know His Word and join His body. For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure because of what He has done for you at salvation.

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December 9, 2014: 7:45 pm: Your mind

John 12:31-33

31 The time of judgment for the world has come, when the prince of this world will be cast out. 32 And when I am lifted up on the cross, I will draw everyone to myself.” 33 He said this to indicate how he was going to die.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

When Jesus Christ died on the cross, the prince of this world, Satan was cast out and he no longer has full control of this world. He is limited by God as to what he can do. So that means that everything that happens is God filtered. Meaning God controls everything that Satan does. So why would God who loves us so allow the world to go through such devastation like hurricanes, war and suffering? God is only allowing Satan to carry out what man has chosen and that pattern of destruction was set in place a long time ago when man chose sin over obedience to God. When sin entered, man gave the world back to Satan and death entered. But with death comes destruction. With destruction come all kinds of disasters. As long as Satan is still allowed to cause pain, he will, until Gods purposes are fulfilled. And anywhere Satan causes pain, there is death. But for believers it is a different story. The blood of Jesus not only purchased our eternal salvation, but it renders Satan powerless over those who believe in Christ Jesus. That does not mean we are not affected by all of the disasters of this world or that we will not suffer pain, loss and physical death, but means that we are protected by God from spiritual death. Satan cannot touch us or remove us from God’s love. Now that may not seem like a comfort when you’re going through suffering, but it is. God will not leave you alone to go through any difficulty that He has allowed to happen in your life. But He will be with you and He will use it to make you more like Christ. But the choice is yours, either to allow God to use your sorrows to grow more like Him or you can become bitter and shut God out. What you choose does not change God, He still loves you and will protect you from separation from His love (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.”) That is peace you can cling to. As this world becomes more uncertain, you can have perfect peace that Christ has promised to give us because He has cast the prince of this world out!

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December 8, 2014: 7:06 pm: God in us

Luke 11:23-26

23 “Anyone who isn’t helping me opposes me, and anyone who isn’t working with me is actually working against me.24 “When an evil spirit leaves a person, it goes into the desert, searching for rest. But when it finds none, it says, ‘I will return to the person I came from.’ 25 So it returns and finds that its former home is all swept and clean. 26 Then the spirit finds seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they all enter the person and live there. And so that person is worse off than before.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The absence of evil does not mean that God is present. Because we can look at our life and say that we are not as evil as others does not mean that God is present in our lives. We must actively seek Him and actively do His will. Jesus is telling us that those who are not actually working for Him are actually against Him. We cannot live ignoring Him and the work He has given to all of us. If we do, then we are against Him, even if we are living a “good” life according to the standards of the world. If we live according to laws of man, we are considered a good citizen. But Christ has said those who are not for Him are actually against Him. Too often many only cry out to God when they need help, but ignore Him when things are good. Doing what is right is more than simply believing all the right doctrines of God. It means living what we believe and walking in obedience to Him. What are you doing to show your faith in Him? James tells us faith without works is dead.We may be saved and on our way to Heaven, but are we going to bring anyone with us? Is God just a name you call when you are in trouble or is He the one you serve? You cannot say you love Him without showing it. He is asking all those who say they are His to show it by walking in obedience to Him. That means knowing what He wants you to do. It means knowing His Word by living it. Are you working with Him today? Look at your life and examine it against His standard and move forward in action by doing His work, the work He has called you to do.

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December 4, 2014: 7:31 pm: God in us

Jeremiah 15:19-21

19 The Lord replied, “If you return to me, I will restore you so you can continue to serve me. If you speak words that are worthy, you will be my spokesman. You are to influence them; do not let them influence you! 20 They will fight against you like an attacking army, but I will make you as secure as a fortified wall. They will not conquer you, for I will protect and deliver you. I, the Lord, have spoken! 21 Yes, I will certainly keep you safe from these wicked men. I will rescue you from their cruel hands.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Jeremiah had a difficult assignment from the Lord. He lived at a time when all of Israel had turned away from God. The nation was very open about worshiping any god they wanted, while they also continued to come to the Temple to worship Jehovah. Jeremiah told them to turn from their evil or God would bring destruction on them. He even told them it would be done by the Babylonians and they would be in exile for 70 years. Which is exactly what happened. God had instructed Jeremiah to not marry or have children because of the coming destruction. He was instructed to speak God’s truth to a people who were very wicked. As Jeremiah came before the Lord, he spoke of his frustration at doing this work. And God spoke to him stating to return to Him and not let the evil people influence him to do evil. Here was a very devote man of God doing a very difficult thing at a very difficult time and yet God said to him, “Return to Me.” He is saying the same to you today, “Return to Me.” We all get discouraged serving the Lord, but we must remember it is His work; it is His mission we follow. When others reject you because you belong to Him and serve Him, remember it is Christ they are rejecting and not you. Stay connected to Him even if you are the only one to do so. Others may say you are wrong, but do not let them influence you. You are to influence them to God by your standard of right living, no matter how evil they are. They will see Christ in you even if they do not turn to follow Him. Your life will be a testimony to them about how God wants us to live. So continue to do what you know is right and your life will show His love to a world of evil all around you.

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December 3, 2014: 7:24 pm: Grace

James 1:19-24

19 My dear brothers and sisters, be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. 20 Your anger can never make things right in God’s sight. 21 So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the message God has planted in your hearts, for it is strong enough to save your souls. 22 And remember, it is a message to obey, not just to listen to. If you don’t obey, you are only fooling yourself. 23 For if you just listen and don’t obey, it is like looking at your face in a mirror but doing nothing to improve your appearance. 24 You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. 25 But if you keep looking steadily into God’s perfect law-the law that sets you free-and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

When the Word of God is readily accepted into the heart, there is change. When it is fully understood how hopeless we are without Christ, there is true repentance. Those who have become so accustomed to doing evil lose their desire to change. And doing evil in the eyes of God is not the same as what we think. We think of people who do worse than we do, but God sees it differently. Matthew 12:30 states, “Anyone who isn’t helping me opposes me, and anyone who isn’t working with me is actually working against me.” Anyone who is not serving God is against Him. God never rejects those who truly repent. We see many who are sorry for their sin only because they are caught. They have lost the ability to repent, but they are always the first to want the blessings of God and cry out to Him when they are in trouble because of their sin. If we are not careful, our attitudes and patterns of living can become so set that we will lose all desire to change and will no longer fear the consequences. Many cry out to God only because they want to be rescued and do not want to turn from their sin. Make God your desire and keep looking into His Word so you will know what to do and you will not forget. Repentance will change your heart and you will not have to repeat the same problems. Make Christ Lord of your life and become His servant. Recognize Who He is and give Him the glory for what He has done in your life. Don’t turn away and forget what He has told you and you will receive more from Him. More power to do His work and more love to serve Him.

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December 2, 2014: 7:11 pm: Christian Love

James 5: 16-18

16 Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results. 17 Elijah was as human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for the next three and a half years! 18 Then he prayed for rain, and down it poured. The grass turned green, and the crops began to grow again.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The Christian’s most powerful resource is communion with God through prayer. The results are often greater than we thought possible. Some people see praying as a last resort to be tried when all else fails. But this approach is backward. Prayer should come first. Because God’s power is infinitely greater than ours. The resources of God are without limits. And He is waiting to hear from us. When we pray we are stating that we trust God. Prayer is God’s way of releasing power in our life and there will be no growth in Christ without it. There is nothing in our life that God does not care about, so bring it to Him and trust that He will work out the need according to His will. That is the part that often gives us problems. His will. We do not always trust that God knows what He is doing with our lives and we want what we want when we want it. But God will listen to us and will meet our need if we trust Him and pray earnestly. So do not stop believing, keep on trusting in His Word. If Christ needed to take time to pray, how much more do we need to?

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