Archive for August, 2005

August 31, 2005: 10:55 pm: Daily Scripture

11 Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to get along happily whether I have much or little. 12 I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. 13 For I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

God is able to give us everything we need, even though He does not give us everything we want. God has given us so much; there has never been a generation of people who have so much. Yes, there are still many poor in this country and this world, but most of the people reading this message are extremely blessed. But even though we have so much, many are not satisfied. The more we have the more we want. This attitude is contrary to the Word of God, and is not what Jesus did when He was here. He had nothing, no home, no job, no family, and yet He had everything. To become like Christ, we need to practice an attitude of gratitude, we need to practice being content with what we have. Look at the needs of others around you and find someone you can help. Do it in the name of Christ with no expectation of anything in return. Practice doing this and always give your tithe and offerings first. Walking in obedience to God in this way will change your heart to one of thankfulness and praise for your God who provides for you. Instead of thinking about what you do not have, thank God for what you do have. After all, our most important possession is free and available to everyone, eternal life through Christ Jesus.

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: 5:32 pm: Daily Scripture

And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice-the kind he will accept. When you think of what he has done for you, is this too much to ask? 2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The behaviors and customs of this world are turning away from God. As we come to the end of this age, we will see the world adapt a “religion” that is all inclusive of every kind of sin. Actually this world religion does not recognize anything as sin. But God is calling you to a higher standard, because of what He has done for you. He asks that we make our bodies a holy and living sacrifice for Him. What does this mean in the world we live in today? It means we go against what is popular, what is acceptable by the world and what is no longer considered sin. We look to the Word for our standard regarding our bodies. The Word is very clear, stating that any sex outside of a man-women marriage is sin. Say that too loud just about anywhere and you will be labeled homophobic or a hate monger. It is now illegal for a preacher in Canada to preach against the sin of homosexuality. They consider it hate language and it is a punishable crime. The USA is not far behind. The Episcopalians and now the Lutherans have accepted homosexuals by accepting them into positions of leadership as pastors and priests. This is blatantly going against the Word of God. But Romans is the Word of God and He is asking us to make our bodies a living sacrifice to Him. We can not embrace only the parts of the Word we like and ignore the rest because we do not like what it tells us to do. Examine your heart, do you truly understand what Christ did for you and do you love Him? Don’t take the position of telling Him how to do it. He is sovereign and He is Almighty and He wrote the Book. Just because you have a desire for sexual activity outside of God’s standard, does not make it right. God did make you to be a sexual person, but going outside of His Word regarding your body is sin. Don’t take anyone’s word regarding this issue, go to the Word of God and seek answers yourself and then pray about it. God will lead you to do what is right.

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August 29, 2005: 5:42 pm: Daily Scripture

So make every effort to apply the benefits of these promises to your life. Then your faith will produce a life of moral excellence. A life of moral excellence leads to knowing God better. Knowing God leads to self-control. Self-control leads to patient endurance, and patient endurance leads to godliness. Godliness leads to love for other Christians, and finally you will grow to have genuine love for everyone. The more you grow like this, the more you will become productive and useful in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But those who fail to develop these virtues are blind or, at least, very shortsighted. They have already forgotten that God has cleansed them from their old life of sin. So, dear friends, work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

We are saved by faith and not by works, but once we are saved, God gives us tools to do His work in this world. As we do His work, we become more like Him. And what we do with these tools is what we will be examined on, when we stand before Him. This judgment will not be about sin, we will be in heaven and redeemed, but He will look at what we did after our salvation and what did we do for Him with the gifts and tools He gave us. It is difficult to remember that we cannot do what God does, and that God will not do what we can do for ourselves. God will not give us good habits, but He does give us the instructions to develop them. He will not make us walk holy before Him, but He does give us direction on how we can. We have to do all of that for ourselves. We have to work out our salvation and apply the tools He has given us. Once we apply the benefits of His promises, we operate in the power of the Holy Spirit. But we must take the first step and believe His Word is true. If we will, then He will. Every promise of God starts with us. We start with salvation, but that is only the start. Then we apply faith to produce moral excellence, to produce knowledge of God, to produce self-control, to produce endurance, to produce love. Start applying God’s promises and see His power manifested in your walk for Him!

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August 26, 2005: 10:17 pm: Daily Scripture

12 For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day. 13 Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. 14 That good thing which was committed to you, keep by the Holy Spirit who dwells in us.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

God will do the work within us if we commit to Him. Do you know in your heart that He is Lord of all and Lord of your life? If so, then He will keep you in His love until the Day. The Day is when He returns or the day when you leave this world to be with Him. We make the commitment and He does the work. Philippians 1:6 tells us, “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” It is the power of the Holy Spirit in you that enables you to become like Him. He promises us to finish the work that He has begun. When you feel incomplete or distressed by your shortcomings, remember God’s promise and provision. Don’t let your present condition prevent you from moving forward for God or from becoming all that God intends. When you feel unworthy to tell others of God because of the sins you have committed, remember that God sees a finished product when He looks at you and move forward and do the thing He asks. Don’t wait, don’t hesitate, just move into action, the action of your faith. Do you believe you are saved from you sin by the Blood of Christ? Then move and act on that belief. Stretching you faith muscle will make it grow and you will live your faith.

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August 23, 2005: 10:29 pm: Daily Scripture

2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is. 3 As God’s messenger, I give each of you this warning: Be honest in your estimate of yourselves, measuring your value by how much faith God has given you. 4 Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, 5 so it is with Christ’s body. We are all parts of his one body, and each of us has different work to do. And since we are all one body in Christ, we belong to each other, and each of us needs all the others. 6 God has given each of us the ability to do certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out when you have faith that God is speaking through you. 7 If your gift is that of serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, do a good job of teaching. 8 If your gift is to encourage others, do it! If you have money, share it generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Paul is laying the foundation for emotion health to the Romans in this letter. You will find no better place for instructions on emotional health than the Word of God. Dr. Gary Chapman has laid out 5 principles for what he calls reality living that applies to how we react to the world around us. These principles are based on the Word of God.

1. I am responsible for my own attitude.
Attitude has to do with the way you choose to think about things. If we focus on the negative, things will get worse. If we focus on the positive, things will be better. Your attitude can have a profound effect on your emotional well being for the good or for the worse depending on what you choose!

2. Attitude affects actions.
Attitudes affect our behavior and words. You may not be able to control your situation but you can control your actions and words. You are responsible for what you do within your environment!

3. I can not change others. but I can influence others.
Our attitudes and actions are contagious. Every word you say and every action you take is influencing people around you for better or for worse. But the same is true for those around you. But don’t let other decide for you how you will respond. Go against the grain and respond to meanness with love and kindness.

4. My actions are not controlled by my emotions.
In our thoughts, we interpret what we experience around us. Our thoughts will become emotions or feelings. Eventually, we take actions, based on our thoughts and emotions, we do something. Our actions will enhance or destroy our relationships. Our actions are far more important than our emotions. So think before you act.

5. Admitting my imperfections does not mean that I am a failure.
To admit your own past failures does not mean you are taking all the responsibility for the trouble in your relationships. It simple means you are taking responsibility for where you have failed. This will promote forgiveness and healing. You will be starting for a point of love and not hate. You can take a positive step.

Taking these five steps will show that you are not copying the behavior and customs of this world, but letting God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.

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August 22, 2005: 10:14 pm: Daily Scripture

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 sanctified through the blood of Jesus. The question 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 can not 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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August 19, 2005: 5:53 pm: Daily Scripture

Good Morning!

7 While Jesus was here on earth, he offered prayers and pleadings, with a loud cry and tears, to the one who could deliver him out of death. And God heard his prayers because of his reverence for God. 8 So even though Jesus was God’s Son, he learned obedience from the things he suffered. 9 In this way, God qualified him as a perfect High Priest, and he became the source of eternal salvation for all those who obey him.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Jesus’ human life was not a script that He passively followed. It was a life that He chose freely as John 10:17-18 states, “The Father loves me because I lay down my life that I may have it back again. No one can take my life from me. I lay down my life voluntarily. For I have the right to lay it down when I want to and also the power to take it again. For my Father has given me this command.” Jesus’ life was a continual process of making the will of God the Father His own. Jesus chose to obey, even though obedience led to suffering and death. Because Jesus obeyed perfectly, even under great trail, He can help us obey, no matter how difficult obedience seems to be. How can we do less after what He did for us. And if Jesus as a human needed to choose obedience to the Father, how much more do we? Examine your walk with God and ask Him to help you see what you need to surrender in obedience to His will.

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August 17, 2005: 5:19 pm: Daily Scripture

Good Morning!

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.

When ever you are feeling lost or confused, turn to Romans chapter 8 and let the Word of God soak deep into your mind and heart. This is where you will find peace no matter what is going on in your life. Even in your darkest moments God is at work bringing about restoration in your life. And it is all for your good. When you are facing the harsh consequences of the decisions you have made or the decisions that others have made, you can know that God is in control. He has told us that nothing will ever separate us from His love. This knowledge is always a reason to worship and praise Him. And when your sins are covered by the Blood of Jesus Christ, there is no one who can accuse you. Right now, Satan is before the throne of God trying to state your sins before Him. But he has nothing to say for those of us covered by the Blood. This is reason to praise Him! So no matter what is troubling you today, remember why you can still have peace, joy and comfort. Because of His love for you!

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August 16, 2005: 5:33 pm: Daily Scripture

Good Morning!

17 With the Lord’s authority let me say this: Live no longer as the ungodly do, for they are hopelessly confused. 18 Their closed minds are full of darkness; they are far away from the life of God because they have shut their minds and hardened their hearts against him. 19 They don’t care anymore about right and wrong, and they have given themselves over to immoral ways. Their lives are filled with all kinds of impurity and greed. 20 But that isn’t what you were taught when you learned about Christ. 21 Since you have heard all about him and have learned the truth that is in Jesus, 22 throw off your old evil nature and your former way of life, which is rotten through and through, full of lust and deception. 23 Instead, there must be a spiritual renewal of your thoughts and attitudes. 24 You must display a new nature because you are a new person, created in God’s likeness-righteous, holy, and true.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

As Christians, we all have the desire to surrender to the will of God, sometimes a very strong desire. But what does it really mean to throw off the “old nature” and put on the new nature of Christ that is now within you? How do we do this? It starts with a heart that has been restored. We come to Christ with many past events that have happened to us. We all have “baggage.” Most of it is not good and from these events we have learned how to deal with life. And most of what we have learned is contrary to the Word of God. We do this to protect ourselves from further pain. We have learned how to think and have learned different attitudes and patterns of behavior from these events. All of this is not done consciously and most starts in childhood. Someone said something to us and now we think this is who we are. Everyone has set patterns of thinking and behaving when they come to Christ from past experiences. He has to come in and restore your unresolved pain and unmet needs that come from your way of dealing with life. Your way of thinking, behaving and reacting has to be stripped away and Christ be allowed to come in and place within you His way of thinking, His way of behaving and His way of reacting. Most Christians are not willing to be stripped naked of their “old nature” in order for Christ to do this. There is no room for Him to work because we hold onto what we know. If you can related to this scripture, God is talking to you about letting Him come in to renew your mind to the mind of Christ. Start by going before Him and telling Him you do not know how to do this, but are willing to let Him show you. Then bind your mind to the mind of Jesus Christ daily and loose your old way of thinking, behaving and reacting. Ask God to come in and make Himself at home in your heart and your mind, as you submit to taking on His nature.

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August 15, 2005: 6:04 pm: Daily Scripture

Good Morning!

3 You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, whose thoughts are fixed on you! 4 Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the eternal Rock. 5 The Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says, “Only in returning to me and waiting for me will you be saved.” In quietness and confidence is your strength. 18 But the Lord still waits for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion. For the Lord is a faithful God. Blessed are those who wait for him to help them.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

What is your level of contentment? If you had to put it on a level of 1-10, what would you say? If you are not as content as you would like to be, you need to look at what you are trying to find contentment in. Is it a relationship, or circumstances or a job? This world we live in is so sinful and fallen, that there will never be peace only chaos in anything this world has to offer. No matter how hard we try, there will never be peace in this world as we know it. So anything of this world that you are trying to find contentment in will only fail you and bring you more frustration. We only find real contentment when we look to God our Father for unchanging love and guidance. Our trust in Him will bring the inner stability we need to live in this ever changing world. We can deal with anything this world may throw our way, if we fix our thoughts on Him. Return to Him and He will give you peace. He is waiting for you and wants to give you perfect peace. Perfect love casts out fear and God is the only source of this love and peace.

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