February 27, 2015: 12:43 am: Christian Love

1 Peter 2:9-12

9 But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are a kingdom of priests, God’s holy nation, his very own possession. This is so you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. 10 “Once you were not a people; now you are the people of God. Once you received none of God’s mercy; now you have received his mercy.” 11 Dear brothers and sisters, you are foreigners and aliens here. So I warn you to keep away from evil desires because they fight against your very souls. 12 Be careful how you live among your unbelieving neighbors. Even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will believe and give honor to God when he comes to judge the world.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Even though it has been over 2000 years, one thing we know is that Jesus Christ will return. We do not know the time, but we do know He will come again. Many did not believe He was coming the first time and more people today do not believe He is coming again. But those who know Him, know He will keep His Word. Are you telling others that He is coming? Are you letting the world know that you believe He is going to return? If not that may be one thing that is hindering your growth in Christ. There are two seas in the area around Israel. One is the Sea of Galilee and the other is the Dead Sea. The Sea of Galilee has water coming into it and the Jordan river flows out of it. So this sea is alive with plants and fish. It is a sea which people can make a living. But the Dead Sea is just that dead. The Jordan river flows into it, but there is nothing flowing out. There are no plants or fish. It provides no life around it. Are you like the Dead Sea with everything coming in and nothing going out? If you live for Christ and learn more about Him, but don’t share what you know, then you are only receiving and not giving. You need to receive and then give to remain alive. Psalm 96:2 tells us, “…Each day proclaim the good news that he saves.” Start by just letting people know what God has done in your life. Tell them the blessings He has given you and how your life has changed. Let the love of God flow out of you and well as in and it will make a difference in your life.

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February 26, 2015: 12:42 am: Daily Scripture

Deuteronomy 8:1-5

“Be careful to obey all the commands I am giving you today. Then you will live and multiply, and you will enter and occupy the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors. 2 Remember how the Lord your God led you through the wilderness for forty years, humbling you and testing you to prove your character, and to find out whether or not you would really obey his commands. 3 Yes, he humbled you by letting you go hungry and then feeding you with manna, a food previously unknown to you and your ancestors. He did it to teach you that people need more than bread for their life; real life comes by feeding on every word of the Lord. 4 For all these forty years your clothes didn’t wear out, and your feet didn’t blister or swell. 5 So you should realize that just as a parent disciplines a child, the Lord your God disciplines you to help you.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

We are more than just a body, we also have a spirit and a soul. Our spirit is the part of us that is in unity with God when we become His child through salvation. Our spirit is immediately connected to God forever. Our soul is the part of us that we must work out our salvation as stated in Philippians 2:12, “…work out your salvation with fear and trembling.” Our soul is our mind, our will and our emotions. But our body is the part of us that will not wait for anything. When we are hungry, we must eat, when we thirst, we must drink, and when we are tired we must sleep. Our bodies do not see anything outside of the needs. Without food, water or rest we would die. So we all meet the needs of the body. It is a fact of life and can not be ignored. But God is telling us not to forget the other parts of us. “Real life comes by feeding on every Word of God.” God is speaking to the other parts of us our soul and our spirit often go hungry. Our spirit needs to be feed by learning the Word of God and spending time in worship to Him. Feeding our soul takes a little more work and requires that we apply what we have leaned in the Word. In other words we live the Word. Whenever we learn a truth and then apply it or make it a part of what we do, we are feeding our spirit and our soul. Most Christians can tell you a lot about what is in the Word, but do not apply it to their lives. They know more than they live. Our mind, our will and our emotions, must each be worked on individually and feed with truth and that truth must be applied into each areas of our soul. The Word is full of instructions from God on how to think, feel and surrender our will to Him and others. When we eat food, it is taken in, but it is also digested and becomes a part of us. God is telling us to do the same for the spirit and the soul. Start by taking in or eating the Word of God and then digest it or make it a part of what you do and who you are.

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: 12:38 am: Christian Love

2 Corinthians 13:3-6

3 I will give you all the proof you want that Christ speaks through me. Christ is not weak in his dealings with you; he is a mighty power among you. 4 Although he died on the cross in weakness, he now lives by the mighty power of God. We, too, are weak, but we live in him and have God’s power-the power we use in dealing with you. 5 Examine yourselves to see if your faith is really genuine. Test yourselves. If you cannot tell that Jesus Christ is among you, it means you have failed the test. 6 I hope you recognize that we have passed the test and are approved by God.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Do you regularly consider your walk in Christ? Are there areas that you need to improve to show those around you that Christ does live in you? Examination of your Christian life should be done regularly. Lamentations 3:40 states, “Instead, let us test and examine our ways. Let us turn again in repentance to the Lord.” Regular examination of how you are doing representing Christ is one way to stay focused on His will. An unexamined life can kill spiritual passion in your walk with Him. Go before Him and simply ask, “Lord are there areas in my life that do not represent You?” Take the time on a regular basis to ask Him this question. He will show you areas that you need to grow. There is no way anyone of us will ever get it completely right. All of us will need to ask this question and turn from our will to His. No one living for Christ in this world will never have to ask this question. We all fall short of living completely in His will. Paul tells us that to pass the test others should be able to see that Christ is with you. That means living His way, doing His will and seeking His direction. Always! Since we will never accomplish this feat in this life, it will always be something we work on. You will never reach a point where you know all there is to know about Him and live in His will always. So move forward to make this your number one priority, to be more like Him. This is not a point of discouragement, but encouragement because we know that, “He will complete the good work He has started in you” Then go to His Word and find out what that means.

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February 20, 2015: 10:21 pm: Your mind

Matthew 12:33-36

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.

These are very powerful words spoken by our Lord. Often we do not realize the power of the spoken word in our lives. Every word we say is being recorded and one day we will have to give an account of all that we have said. Not an account for sin, but for usefulness. Our minds cannot comprehend this time, but God has said it will happen. So what do we do now to not regret what we say. Jesus reminds us that what we say reveals what is in our heart. And what is in our heart is what is in our mind and what is put into our mind. But we can only change what is our heart if God has done a circumcision of our heart. We need to allow God to cut away that which is not needed from our minds and those desires that will only harm us. It starts at our acceptance of His work on the cross and letting Him save us from our sins. Then we fill our mind with His truth from His Word. Then we think and meditate on His Word. As He fills our mind and thoughts, God will change our attitudes and intentions to conform to His. As He fills us and we focus on Him, what we say and what we do will reflect God in our lives. To change what we say, we need to change what we think and believe. Only God can change us and only God can deliver us from ourselves and our words. Let God perform a cutting away of all that is not of Him in your heart today. Go before Him and seek to know what God would remove from you today and then fill the void with His truth found only in His Word.

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February 19, 2015: 8:57 pm: Daily Scripture

2 Corinthians 5:14

14 Whatever we do, it is because Christ’s love controls us. Since we believe that Christ died for everyone, we also believe that we have all died to the old life we used to live. 15 He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live to please themselves. Instead, they will live to please Christ, who died and was raised for them. 16 So we have stopped evaluating others by what the world thinks about them. Once I mistakenly thought of Christ that way, as though he were merely a human being. How differently I think about him now! 17 What this means is that those who become Christians become new persons. They are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun! 18 All this newness of life is from God, who brought us back to himself through what Christ did. And God has given us the task of reconciling people to him. 19 For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. This is the wonderful message he has given us to tell others. 20 We are Christ’s ambassadors, and God is using us to speak to you. We urge you, as though Christ himself were here pleading with you, “Be reconciled to God!” 21 For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The day we accept that God came to earth as a Man to offer Himself as a perfect sacrifice for our sins, is the day of our righteousness. The righteousness of God is imparted to those who accept His gift of grace. It is very important for us to recognize that God is the One who provides this righteousness. It’s not something that you and I can work out, but rather it is something that God provides for us when we sacrifice our “old self” and give our lives to Christ. We function as His ambassador because of and under the power of His love. We are new people, no longer control by our “old nature.” The newness felt at the beginning of your life in Christ is to be retained throughout your walk with Him. Always remember how it felt to know your sins were forgiven and that you were made right with God. The joy of that moment is to be kept fresh in your mind forever. Throughout eternity, we will praise and thank Jesus Christ for our righteousness that He died to give us. This is our joy, this is our peace. The greatest love of all time is ours.

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February 18, 2015: 7:43 pm: Daily Scripture

Philippians 4:4

4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy-meditate on these things. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

When we have a request of God, the Bible instructs us to come before Him with thanksgiving before we make our request known. When God instruct us, it is always to our benefit, even though we may not fully understand why. When we come before God and thank Him for past answers to our prayers, we are reminded that He does answer our prayers. We are reminded that when we put our trust in Him, He is faithful to meet our needs. And as we remember all of the things that God has already supplied, it is easier for us to know that He will also meet this need. Our trust muscle grows as we exercise it. But God doesn’t stop there, He promises us peace of mind and heart if we follow His instructions. He promises peace that our minds can not comprehend. So the next time you have a need, before you bring it to God, remember the past prayers answered and thank Him for all that He has given you. Then bring your need to Him and trust that He will supply. Do not doubt or worry, but fully trust Him, maybe for the first time in your walk with Him. As you trust, you will experience peace. Because you will know that whatever happens, God has all things worked out for your good.

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February 17, 2015: 8:56 pm: Highway of Holiness

Colossians 3:1-11

Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits at God’s right hand in the place of honor and power. 2 Let heaven fill your thoughts. Do not think only about things down here on earth. 3 For you died when Christ died, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 And when Christ, who is your real life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory. 5 So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual sin, impurity, lust, and shameful desires. Don’t be greedy for the good things of this life, for that is idolatry. 6 God’s terrible anger will come upon those who do such things. 7 You used to do them when your life was still part of this world. 8 But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language. 9 Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old evil nature and all its wicked deeds. 10 In its place you have clothed yourselves with a brand-new nature that is continually being renewed as you learn more and more about Christ, who created this new nature within you. 11 In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us. Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Letting heaven fill our thoughts means concentrating on the eternal rather than the temporal. Because Christ was raised after death, so will those who believe in Him. When Christ rules in our hearts and minds, we can look forward to being with Him in the eternal and that helps us deal with life on earth. Our real home is where Christ is. This truth gives us a different perspective on our life here on earth. When we look at life from God’s perspective and seek His desires, it gives us a proper view of all that happens to us. When we know that He is working all things for our good because we love Him, we can endure any pain this life will have for us. Because we have “died” to our former self, God can work through us to love the hurting around us. Being God’s conduit of love to a hurting world will help us to remember His great love for all people. When this life is less than perfect, reach out to someone else who is also hurting with the love given to you by your Father and let His love flow through you. It will help them and it will help you.

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February 16, 2015: 7:22 pm: Love

1 Timothy 1:12-17

12 How thankful I am to Christ Jesus our Lord for considering me trustworthy and appointing me to serve him, 13 even though I used to scoff at the name of Christ. I hunted down his people, harming them in every way I could. But God had mercy on me because I did it in ignorance and unbelief. 14 Oh, how kind and gracious the Lord was! He filled me completely with faith and the love of Christ Jesus. 15 This is a true saying, and everyone should believe it: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners-and I was the worst of them all. 16 But that is why God had mercy on me, so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life. 17 Glory and honor to God forever and ever. He is the eternal King, the unseen one who never dies; he alone is God. Amen.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The Good News is that Jesus Christ came to earth to save sinners and no sinner is beyond His saving grace! God did not become a Man to merely show us how to live a good life or to become better people; He came to offer to anyone who would believe salvation. If you have not accepted God’s gift of love, it is not too late. Paul tells Timothy that he was the worst of sinners, even hunting down God’s people and putting them to death. Paul held the cloaks of those who stoned Stephen in Acts and agreed with what they did. So if God could reach him, there is no one whose sin is too great to be covered by the Blood of Christ. Nothing you can do or have ever done is too great for God to forgive, if you come to Him and ask Him. Paul never forgot where he came from, so he never lost his humility. And because Paul never forgot where he came from, he could reach out to the worst of sinners with the love God so freely gave to him. This is the example for us; never forget the grace given to you for your sin when others sin against you.

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February 13, 2015: 7:32 pm: Love

1 John 1:1-4

The one who existed from the beginning is the one we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is Jesus Christ, the Word of life. 2 This one who is life from God was shown to us, and we have seen him. And now we testify and announce to you that he is the one who is eternal life. He was with the Father, and then he was shown to us. 3 We are telling you about what we ourselves have actually seen and heard, so that you may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.4 We are writing these things so that our joy will be complete.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

John was one of Christ’s original disciples. He was the “the disciple Jesus loved.”(John 21:20) This letter was written at about 85 A.D. from Ephesus, before John’s exile to the island of Patmos, before he wrote the Revelation of Jesus Christ. Jerusalem had been destroyed by the Romans in 70 A.D. and Christians had been scattered around the world. John knew his life was coming to an end and wrote this letter to put believers back on track. He knew that when all of those who knew Christ as a person would soon be gone, that Christians would have to continue on without this first hand witness. He clarifies that they had a person to person relationship with Christ. That they had lived with Him, had touched Him, and they had heard Him. But most of all that they had fellowship with Him and now all believers who knew John could have fellowship with Him. All believers could have fellowship with Christ because they had fellowship with John. We too can have fellowship with Christ because of John’s testimony, because of his written word. Because God worked through those who knew Christ personally and they wrote about that experience, those who read and believe can have fellowship with Christ. And having fellowship with God will bring joy and make us complete. The Word was given to us through those who personally knew Him, and because of their relationship with Christ, as we can have a relationship with Christ. True fellowship is a personal and spiritual interaction through a living relationship with Christ. And is for all who believe Him and we can believe Him because of the witness of those who knew Him first.
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February 12, 2015: 7:42 pm: Return of Christ

Acts 2:1-4

On the day of Pentecost, seven weeks after Jesus’ resurrection, the believers were meeting together in one place. 2 Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm in the skies above them, and it filled the house where they were meeting. 3 Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. 4 And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

First evidence of the Church is at Pentecost. The Church, born at Pentecost, is called the Body of Christ (Colossians 1:18). Jews and Gentiles are united. Events in the ministry of Jesus were essential to the establishment of the Church. Certain things had to take place. They are the resurrection and ascension of Jesus to become head of the Church (Ephesians 1:20-23 and 4:7-11). The Church, with the believers as the body and Christ as the head, did not exist until after Christ ascended to become its head. And it could not become a functioning entity until the Holy Spirit provided the necessary spiritual gifts and power. The Church is distinct from Israel in that it is a unique relationship between Jews and Gentiles called one new man in Ephesians 2:15. During this current age, God is saving a remnant of the two previous entities (Israel and Gentiles) and combining them into a third new entity-the Church. This unity of Jews and Gentiles covers only the Church age, from Pentecost to the Rapture. There has never been an easier time to come to know God than during the current time we live. If you not part of the Body of Christ, there is still time, but this Age is coming to end very rapidly. Accept the resurrected Christ as your Lord and Savior and become a part of His body.

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