April 17, 2015: 7:07 pm: Daily Scripture

32 A psalm of David.

1 Oh, what joy for those whose rebellion is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight!
2 Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of sin, whose lives are lived in complete honesty!
3 When I refused to confess my sin, I was weak and miserable, and I groaned all day long.
4 Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat.
5 Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide them. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.
6 Therefore, let all the godly confess their rebellion to you while there is time, that they may not drown in the floodwaters of judgment.
7 For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory.
8 The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Forgiveness has always been a part of God’s loving nature. He wants to forgive sin. God knows what the best path for all of His creatures is and He is waiting to direct and guide anyone who is willing to let Him. When the knowledge of His grace becomes real in our lives, we experience great joy. It is by faith we believe that God could have possibly loved us so much that He sent us a way of escape from this world of sin. God has made a Way. In the Book of John, Jesus said to us, “I am the Way the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” God is patiently waiting for you to understand and believe in Him. He knows there is great joy for those that do. Anyone who believes in Him will receive absolution from sins. But God is not going to wait forever .There will come a day when time will end. David had the knowledge of God’s judgment on the world at the flood. He knew that God would not tolerate sin forever. While there is still time, you can repent. None of us knows what tomorrow will bring, why not be ready to face eternity with God’s grace instead of His judgment!

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April 16, 2015: 6:07 pm: Daily Scripture

Romans 8:1-4

So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. 2 For the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you through Christ Jesus from the power of sin that leads to death. 3 The law of Moses could not save us, because of our sinful nature. But God put into effect a different plan to save us. He sent his own Son in a human body like ours, except that ours are sinful. God destroyed sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. 4 He did this so that the requirement of the law would be fully accomplished for us who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Are you dealing with condemnation over past events in your life? Does the memory of past failures keep you from moving forward? If so, then you are dealing with guilt that does not come from God. Satan is using past failures in your life to keep you from becoming what God knows you are. God would never condemn you, but He gently convicts you. God deals gently to show us areas of our life that need to be changed. He exposes what is wrong to make you better. Satan will beat you over the head again and again to make you feel bad about a past wrong to make you bitter. You only need to ask God once for forgiveness. If you are repeatedly asking God to forgive the same past sin, that is Satan working in your life to keep in bondage. If you can not move beyond a past sin, it is not God who brings it to your mind it is the enemy. Once a sin is brought before Christ, it is forgiven, there is no condemnation for those who belong to Him, only grace. That doesn’t mean we do not need to make some changes to prevent from going back into that sin, but does mean that we are forgiven. God will not keep you in bondage over past mistakes. Move forward and once a sin is laid on the cross do not pick it up again. Move forward in the direction of one who has never committed that sin. God’s plan for your life is freedom from sin, not bondage to it. Recognize condemnation as being from the enemy and not from your loving Father.

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April 15, 2015: 6:36 pm: Daily Scripture

Proverbs 16:1-9

1 We can gather our thoughts, but the Lord gives the right answer.
2 People may be pure in their own eyes, but the Lord examines their motives.
3 Commit your work to the Lord, and then your plans will succeed.
4 The Lord has made everything for his own purposes, even the wicked for punishment.
5 The Lord despises pride; be assured that the proud will be punished.
6 Unfailing love and faithfulness cover sin; evil is avoided by fear of the Lord.
7 When the ways of people please the Lord, he makes even their enemies live at peace with them.
8 It is better to be poor and godly than rich and dishonest.
9 We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

If the final outcome of our plans is in the hands of the Lord, then why should we plan at all? As a child of Christ, there is an understanding that there must be a partnership between our efforts and God’s control. He wants us to use our minds, to seek the advice of others, and to plan. Nevertheless, the results are up to Him. As we fill our minds with His Word, and we seek the counsel of those who love Him, we also seek His will for everything in our life. But we move forward in the direction we seek until we hear differently from God. Our guide is His Word and anything that is contrary to His Word is not the direction we should go. As you live for Him, ask guidance as you plan, and then act on your plan as you trust in Him to guide you. It is maintaining a delicate balance between trusting God as if everything depended on Him, while working as if everything depended on you. God wants you to move into action today. If you have given the goal to God move forward into that plan and your action will show your faith while God determines your outcome.

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April 14, 2015: 6:34 pm: Daily Scripture

Matthew 7:13-19

13 “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose the easy way. 14 But the gateway to life is small, and the road is narrow, and only a few ever find it. 15 “Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep, but are really wolves that will tear you apart. 16 You can detect them by the way they act, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit. You don’t pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles. 17 A healthy tree produces good fruit, and an unhealthy tree produces bad fruit. 18 A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. 19 So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. 20 Yes, the way to identify a tree or a person is by the kind of fruit that is produced.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

What a person believes is displayed in their behavior. What you do cannot be separated from what you believe. So those who walk in the Kingdom of God, do His will because they believe in Him. Those who say they believe in Christ but do not walk in the Kingdom of God, do not believe His truth. The Kingdom of God is any place that His will is done. The fruit that we grow cannot be separated from what we believe. If we believe in Christ and are baptized into His family, we will grow the fruit of the Spirit as stated in Galatians 5:22, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control…” Being in God’s family and believing in Him, will produce this fruit. But we need to be in obedience to His will and that takes practice. We must practice obedience to produce good fruit. Those who do not walk in the Kingdom of God will not produce good fruit. They may look good on the outside, but what they believe will show in how they live. Are you living in the Kingdom of God by living in obedience to His Word? Your life will show what you believe. Walk in His Kingdom, under His direction, through His power and you will glorify your Lord.

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April 13, 2015: 7:58 pm: Daily Scripture

Matthew 8:23-27

23 Then Jesus got into the boat and started across the lake with his disciples. 24 Suddenly, a terrible storm came up, with waves breaking into the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went to him and woke him up, shouting, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” 26 And Jesus answered, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” Then he stood up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly all was calm. 27 The disciples just sat there in awe. “Who is this?” they asked themselves. “Even the wind and waves obey him!”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Although the disciples had witnesses many miracles, they panicked in this storm. As experienced sailors, they knew the danger, what they did not know was Who was sleeping on the boat. We often experience sudden storms in our life, where we cannot feel God’s presence. Even though God has done many things for us in the past, we forget Who He is and what He can do. When we truly understand Who God is, we realize He controls both the storms of nature and the storms of our life. The same power that calmed this storm can calm the storm in your heart that you are going through right now. God can change the circumstances, He can change the hearts of people, He can even change your heart. Jesus is right there with you in the storm, even though it may feel like He is sleeping, He is with you. Trust in His Word that tells you so and trust in His love that He is working out all things for His purpose in your life. Take your eyes off the storm and look to the One Who can control storms of nature and the storms of your heart.

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April 10, 2015: 6:29 pm: Daily Scripture

Good Morning!

2 Peter 3:3-10
3 First, I want to remind you that in the last days there will be scoffers who will laugh at the truth and do every evil thing they desire. 4 This will be their argument: “Jesus promised to come back, did he? Then where is he? Why, as far back as anyone can remember, everything has remained exactly the same since the world was first created.” 5 They deliberately forget that God made the heavens by the word of his command, and he brought the earth up from the water and surrounded it with water. 6 Then he used the water to destroy the world with a mighty flood. 7 And God has also commanded that the heavens and the earth will be consumed by fire on the day of judgment, when ungodly people will perish. 8 But you must not forget, dear friends, that a day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. 9 The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise to return, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to perish, so he is giving more time for everyone to repent. 10 But the day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief. Then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and everything in them will disappear in fire, and the earth and everything on it will be exposed to judgment.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

It is interesting to see that God does not get everything He wants. As we look at Peter’s final instructions to the Church, he reminds us that God does not want anyone to die without knowing the saving grace of Jesus Christ. This is what God wants and He does not get what He wants. This would be a good argument to use on your kids the next time they come asking. Peter tells us that in the last days people will scoff and laugh at those of us waiting for the Lord to return. These people will miss spending eternity with God. They will perish in their sin because of their own choice not to believe in Jesus Christ as Lord. And it will not be because they did not have a chance to know Him. All have the same chance or it would not be righteous justice from God. The Bible tells us that everything around us reminds us that God made the world, so no one will have an excuse, all will have had a chance to know Christ. If we did not have all have a chance to know Him, how could God’s justice be perfect? On the day of the judgment of the unrighteous dead, all present will agree that their punishment is fair and perfect. As God can do nothing else. But God does not want anyone to parish and go through this judgment; He wants all to know His perfect plan of reconciliation. Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life and no one comes to the Father except through Him. Don’t be a scoffer, but be prepared to meet Him when He comes.

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April 9, 2015: 7:52 pm: Daily Scripture

James 2:14-19

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.

Do you register your faith by a set of Christian teachings? If so, then you faith is incomplete. Faith has nothing to do with what we agree to, but has everything to do with what we know is true. True faith transforms our conduct as well as our thoughts. If your life remains unchanged after making a statement of faith in Christ, then you don’t truly believe the truth you claim. We can not earn our salvation by serving and obeying God. But such actions show that our commitment to God is real. Deeds of loving serve and obedience are not a substitute for, but rather a verification of our faith in Christ. Jesus told us the poor would always be with us, but that is not an excuse to not do what you can to meet their needs. If you see a hungry person, feed them, or someone with a need you can meet, do it. I believe that God brings people before us to see what we will do. Will we give out of our abundance or will we walk away. Do not walk away give because you believe Christ and because He gave to you.

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April 8, 2015: 6:35 pm: Daily Scripture

Hebrews 13:8-16

8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. 9 So do not be attracted by strange, new ideas. Your spiritual strength comes from God’s special favor, not from ceremonial rules about food, which don’t help those who follow them. 10 We have an altar from which the priests in the Temple on earth have no right to eat. 11 Under the system of Jewish laws, the high priest brought the blood of animals into the Holy Place as a sacrifice for sin, but the bodies of the animals were burned outside the camp. 12 So also Jesus suffered and died outside the city gates in order to make his people holy by shedding his own blood. 13 So let us go out to him outside the camp and bear the disgrace he bore. 14 For this world is not our home; we are looking forward to our city in heaven, which is yet to come. 15 With Jesus’ help, let us continually offer our sacrifice of praise to God by proclaiming the glory of his name. 16 Don’t forget to do good and to share what you have with those in need, for such sacrifices are very pleasing to God.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Has your perception of Jesus changed? Do you think He has forgotten your prayer request or forgotten your need? If you have prayed for a need to be answered and it seems like He is not listening or you have a different opinion of God then you have changed. Your attitude toward Him has changed. You are the one who moved, not Him. He never changes and His promises never change. God is the same as He was the day He created the world. And He will be the same the day this world ends. Because we are so changeable, we think that God is also. Don’t project your human attributes onto God. He does not have the same feelings, thoughts or perceptions that you do. He is always the same and even though He may express anger or sadness, does not mean that He changes. So if He has given you a promise in His Word or through prayer, believe it. Abraham, believed even though what God promised looked impossible. But what is impossible for humans is always possible for God. So don’t give up believing and remind God of His promise and move forward as if the thing has already happened. Don’t get stuck in the rules of this world, but remember Who made the world and Who’s Word will stand even after this world is gone.

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April 7, 2015: 6:59 pm: Daily Scripture

Matthew 4:18-22

18 One day as Jesus was walking along the shore beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers Simon, also called Peter, and Andrew fishing with a net, for they were commercial fishermen. 19 Jesus called out to them, “Come, be my disciples, and I will show you how to fish for people!” 20 And they left their nets at once and went with him. 21 A little farther up the shore he saw two other brothers, James and John, sitting in a boat with their father, Zebedee, mending their nets. And he called them to come, too. 22 They immediately followed him, leaving the boat and their father behind.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Ever wonder why these men just dropped everything and went to follow Jesus? Well, if you look at the Jewish system of training men, it is very simple. Boys started their religious education at the age of 6 by the age of 10 they had to memorize the first 5 books of the Bible, referred to as the Torah. Those who showed promise moved up to the second level and until the age of 14 memorized the rest of the Old Testament a total of 39 books. Then the cream of the crop was selected again and went onto the next level of discipleship. Once chosen they would leave everything and follow a rabbi in everything he did. At the age of 30 a disciple would typically leave his Rabbi and begin his own ministry accepting his own disciples. So you see these men knew the system and had probably been rejected way back at an early age by the Jewish leaders. They knew Jesus was a Rabbi and he was beginning his ministry according to Jewish tradition. It makes more sense now why these men would be so enthusiastic about leaving and following Jesus. They were chosen. Then for 3 years these men followed and learned from Jesus. He never rebukes His disciples for losing faith. It was their ability to do what He asked them to do that He addressed. He is doing the same today with you and me. It is our ability to not do what He asks that gets us into trouble. Know His Word and then do His Word and you will go onto the next level as a ruler with Christ.

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April 6, 2015: 7:44 pm: Daily Scripture

John 12:44-50

44 Jesus shouted to the crowds, “If you trust me, you are really trusting God who sent me. 45 For when you see me, you are seeing the one who sent me. 46 I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the darkness. 47 If anyone hears me and doesn’t obey me, I am not his judge-for I have come to save the world and not to judge it. 48 But all who reject me and my message will be judged at the day of judgment by the truth I have spoken. 49 I don’t speak on my own authority. The Father who sent me gave me his own instructions as to what I should say. 50 And I know his instructions lead to eternal life; so I say whatever the Father tells me to say!”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Just because this world rejects Jesus Christ and all that He is does not make it true. No matter how much they believe Him to be just a man, does not make it true. Man in his own self importance simply believes that if they believe something, it is true. This is all a matter of pride. People have too much pride to humble themselves and believe that Jesus Christ is the Light of this world, and the only Light. So many today have decided against Christ as Lord, but they have made their own decision and we should not let that stop us from speaking the name of Christ, just because it may offend them. Too bad!!! We have just as much right to speak what we believe as they do. So just because the world does not see the Light of this world, do not let their disbelieve influence you. Stand for what you know is the truth. God is simply confirming what so many have already decided and harden their hearts against Him. It will not get easier; it will only get more difficult to speak about the grace of Jesus Christ. And when those of us who speak and believe His name are suddenly removed from this world; they will get just what they wanted: a world without Christ and ruled by Satan himself. At that time they will know. So don’t get caught up in all the political correctness of not speaking the name of Jesus Christ because when He comes again, He is coming to judge those who denied Him. Don’t be a goat and be separated from Him for eternity. Boldly speak the name of Christ.

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