Archive for September, 2005

September 30, 2005: 5:58 pm: Daily Scripture

Colossains 2:13-15
13 You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ. He forgave all our sins. 14 He canceled the record that contained the charges against us. He took it and destroyed it by nailing it to Christ’s cross. 15 In this way, God disarmed the evil rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross of Christ.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

For those who believe, the penalty of sin died with Christ on the cross. God has declared us not guilty and we no longer live under the control of sin and death. But God does not take us out of this sinful world; we are to live as Christ Jesus did with God fully in control. At salvation, our sinful nature is cut away and God imparts to us the righteousness of Christ. We now have God living in us and working His plan to make us like Jesus. Before we were saved, we were slaves to our sinful nature, now we just have to surrender it to God. He has freed us from the power of sin and death. Even though we still have desire to sin, we are no longer under sins control. We can seek the power of God to overcome. God never promised us that we would not desire to sin, only that He has made a way for us not to. 1 Corinthians 10:1 tells us , “But God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” God has a way of escape, we just have to choose it.

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September 28, 2005: 7:11 pm: Daily Scripture

Hebrews 10:23-25
23 Without wavering, let us hold tightly to the hope we say we have, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. 24 Think of ways to encourage one another to outbursts of love and good deeds. 25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage and warn each other, especially now that the day of his coming back again is drawing near. Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Thee is no life in Christ outside of His Body. As a child of God, we were not made to be His outside of His Body. Therefore we must be connected to Him through the Body. Just as a hand or a foot can not live without being attached to our human body, so we can live in Christ without being a part of the Body of Christ. Saying you are in Christ, but not having any Christian connection means you are walking alone. Christ never intended this. We are to help and strengthen one another and this can only be done by connection. Who do you spend the most time with, those in Christ or those outside of Him? If you are spending more time with those not attached to Him, then you will struggle and will not grow. Do not neglect getting together with, developing friendships with, and supporting those who are in Christ. Outside of Him there is no life. And if you are not connected to a body of believers, then you are outside of Him. Matthew 6:21 states, “Wherever your treasure is, there your heart and thoughts will also be.” What friends are your treasure? Are they in Christ? If not then you are spending too much time outside of Him and you will struggle in your walk with Christ. Those outside of Christ will pull you away from Him. So do not neglect your connection to those in Christ. Find a body of believers who love the Lord and spend time with them in worship. You find a big difference in your walk with Christ and in your struggle against your “old nature.”

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September 27, 2005: 5:26 pm: Daily Scripture

Romans 12:17-21
17 Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. 18 Do your part to live in peace with everyone, as much as possible. 19 Dear friends, never avenge yourselves. Leave that to God. For it is written, “I will take vengeance; I will repay those who deserve it,” says the Lord. 20 Instead, do what the Scriptures say: “If your enemies are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink, and they will be ashamed of what they have done to you.” 21 Don’t let evil get the best of you, but conquer evil by doing good.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

It is our nature to want to strike back when we have been the victim of evil. We want them to hurt as much as we have been hurt. But this is not our responsibility, it belongs to God. God never wants us to repay evil for evil. Because He knows that when we do, we become evil. We become a judge and we now function outside of God. He has told us that He will take vengeance and we need to trust Him to do it His way and in His time. Remember that we are not above evil; we have done wrong to someone at some point in our lives. We deserve to be punished for the things we have done. But God in His grace has forgiven us by the Blood of Jesus Christ. And don’t those who have done you wrong deserve the same? We are to forgive and to love and let God deal with the vengeance. But to forgive does not mean we are to continue to allow someone to keep abusing us. We are to forgive, but we are also free to move on. Do not let evil continue. It is love to also be removed from a situation that is not healthy. Ask God for direction and move in His will. Forgive and love but do not allow evil to continue.

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September 26, 2005: 10:13 pm: Daily Scripture

Romans 5:1-5
Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. 2 Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of highest privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory. 3 We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they are good for us-they help us learn to endure. 4 And endurance develops strength of character in us, and character strengthens our confident expectation of salvation. 5 And this expectation will not disappoint us. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

For those who have been made right in the sight of God by faith, there is peace because of what Jesus Christ has done for us. We have confident joy as we look forward to sharing His glory. Because of this, we can have peace when we go through trials and have problems. We know that every situation is God filtered and that problems are used by God to draw us to Him and to strengthen us. In order for us to become more like Jesus Christ, we need to focus our attention on Him and learn His ways. Sometimes the cares of this world get in our way and God turns us back to Him. There isn’t one trail we go through that Jesus Christ does not understand. He suffered immensely when He was here on earth, so we know that He understands our pain. God uses our trouble to teach us to trust Him. He did not cause it, but He can use it for our good. So when you are in the valley, remember that fruit only grows here and not on the mountain top.

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September 23, 2005: 5:12 pm: Daily Scripture

Colossians 3:15-17
15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are all called to live in peace. And always be thankful. 6 Let the words of Christ, in all their richness, live in your hearts and make you wise. Use his words to teach and counsel each other. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. 17 And whatever you do or say, let it be as a representative of the Lord Jesus, all the while giving thanks through him to God the Father.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

When the peace of Christ lives in your heart, you are wise. Wisdom is applied knowledge and applying the peace that Christ has given in all that you do, shows wisdom. This kind of peace can only come from knowing that you are in good standing with the Creator of the Universe. Knowing that you are covered by the blood of Christ is peace beyond description. This comes from accepting that you are sinner and that God does not tolerate sin in any form. But because of the sacrifice that Christ made, you are forgiven. This is the peace that comes when Christ rules in your heart. This leaves you frees to move forward doing His will. You want to tell others about this peace and love. When truly understood, you give thanks and sing to your Lord. Is this you today? Or are you still struggling to understand you are loved? If so, memorize this scripture and when that doubt comes into your mind, say it aloud over and over until peace comes. Speaking this truth is your sword against the enemy who would keep from knowing and living it.

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September 22, 2005: 5:09 pm: Daily Scripture

Colossians 4:2-6
2 Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart. 3 Don’t forget to pray for us, too, that God will give us many opportunities to preach about his secret plan that Christ is also for you Gentiles. That is why I am here in chains. 4 Pray that I will proclaim this message as clearly as I should. 5 Live wisely among those who are not Christians, and make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be gracious and effective so that you will have the right answer for everyone.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Prayer is central to the development of Christ in you. It is the only way for the Holy Spirit to fill your heart and mind with Him. It is mentioned repeatedly in the New Testament. Pray diligently being watchful. What are we watching for? 1 Peter 5:8 tells us, “Be careful! Watch out for attacks from the Devil, your great enemy. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for some victim to devour.” Satan is looking for holes in your Christian walk. When we are not covered with prayer, there are holes in our armor. Satan sends darts through these holes to tempt us or discourage us. He knows our weakest spot and he will send arrows through our holes right into our weaknesses. So cover your life with prayer so you will not be open to attacks. Anyone who proclaims Christ but does not spend time with Him will be easily defeated. Take a look at what is happening in your life. Are you constantly fighting sin and discouragement? Then take a look at your connection to Christ. If you are lacking in reading His Word and spending time with Him, then you are not living a victorious life. Focus on knowing Him and knowing His Word. Pray daily and pray thankfully. Remind God of all the good things He has done for you. And pray specifically, ask God for exactly what you need. Pray to put up your armor for protection from the enemy.

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September 21, 2005: 4:50 pm: Daily Scripture

Matthew 6:19-21
19 “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where they can be eaten by moths and get rusty, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where they will never become moth-eaten or rusty and where they will be safe from thieves. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there your heart and thoughts will also be.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Is it good to remember that everything we accumulate in this world will someday disappear. Our homes ,cars, jobs, everything we value will be gone. Sometimes we put too much value in these things and they are only for this world. Keep in mind that what God finds of value has nothing to do with what you can accomplish. It is only what He can accomplish through you that will make it through the fire. Revelation 19:8 tells us, “She (Bride of Christ) is permitted to wear the finest white linen. (Fine linen represents the good deeds done by the people of God.)” What we do in this world in the name of Christ under His direction and through His power will be the only “things” that we will take into the next world.

So where is your focus? Obviously, we all have to live and work and eat in this world, but that should not be our primary focus. Outside of providing for yourself and your family, what are you doing in the name of Christ? Pray about it and get to know the One who died for you. If you focus on knowing Him and His Word, the rest will come. If you are walking with Him and hearing His voice, you will do the actions that He directs. This is what you will take with you. Build up your treasures where your heart is. But make Christ the center of your heart and thoughts.

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September 20, 2005: 12:51 am: Daily Scripture

1 Corinthians 6:9, 18-20
9 Don’t you know that those who do wrong will have no share in the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, who are idol worshipers, adulterers, male prostitutes, homosexuals, 10 thieves, greedy people, drunkards, abusers, and swindlers none of these will have a share in the Kingdom of God. 18 Run away from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body. 19 Or don’t you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, 20 for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body. Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

This part of the Word of God will become more and more unpopular with the world. In the country of Canada, this is consider hate language and you could be prosecuted if you spoke this passage in public. It will not be long before the USA will be the same. Many Christians are leaving the Lutheran and Episcopalian churches because of their decision to accept homosexual unions. In the Lutheran church they have decided to bless homosexual unions. If you find yourself in a church that has gone outside of God’s Word, run. If the truth of Scripture can not be believed, who gets to pick and choose which parts to believe? This is a desensitizing of sin. Bit by bit Satan is desensitizing people to believe the lie that there is no sin. Don’t be fooled, stay close to the Light who saved you and you will not be deceived. The Word is clear about sexual sin and it is not popular in the world today. Any sex outside of man-woman marriage is sin. It is that simple, but not very popular. But any sin not covered by the blood of Christ will be judged. No mater what man believes, the Word of God will be accomplished. Be careful to stay connected to Christ as the world goes forward, because the truth will become less and less accepted and will even become outside of the laws of man.

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September 19, 2005: 10:59 pm: Daily Scripture

John 8:1-11

Jesus returned to the Mount of Olives, 2 but early the next morning he was back again at the Temple. A crowd soon gathered, and he sat down and taught them. 3 As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and Pharisees brought a woman they had caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd. 4 “Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the very act of adultery. 5 The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?” 6 They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger. 7 They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, ‘All right, stone her. But let those who have never sinned throw the first stones!” 8 Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust. 9 When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman. 10 Then Jesus stood up again and said to her, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?” 11 “No, Lord,” she said. And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.” Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Have you left your sin and heard the Savior say, “Go and sin no more.”? If not, you were not listening. The Word is very clear about identifying our sin. But more important than identifying sin, is to identify the sin in your own life. Once sin is revealed in your heart, God wants you to turn from it and to “go and sin no more.” Sometimes, the sin returns, but this is only because you have left the source of Light. Sin can not live in the Light of God’s love. Nor do you want to continue in sin once you experienced the love of Christ. So examine your life and see if there are any sins that keep coming back once you have left them. If so, examine your walk with Christ. If the sin keeps coming back, you need to be more plugged into the Light. Only when Christ reigns in your heart and mind will you have victory over sin. Christ gave this answer to the woman caught in adultery, but the message is for you and me today. No one can accuse of us of sin because the power over sin was given to us when we accepted His death on the cross. So use the power given to you and move from your sin and live in the Light of God’s love.

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September 16, 2005: 5:21 am: Daily Scripture

Isaiah 40:27-31

27 Why do you say, 0 Jacob, And speak, 0 Israel: “My way is hidden from the Lord, And my just claim is passed over by my God”? 28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord. The Creator of the ends of the earth. Neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. 29 He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength. 30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, 31 but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
The Holy Bible. New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

God never grows faint or weary. No one can measure the depths of His understanding. His love can not be contained or measured. Our minds will never fully understand the greatness of God while we are in these corruptible bodies. Only when we see Him face to face will we understand. Even though we can not fully comprehend God’s love for us, we do have His Word that tells us of His great love. And we had His demonstration of this great love when Christ went to the Cross and paid the price for our sin. God in His infinite greatness gave us a way to have His holiness through accepting the gift of salvation. Knowing God’s love in this manner gives us strength as we wait for God to move in our situation. Regardless of the outcome, we can have peace and gain confidence as God lifts us up over our problems and fills our hearts and minds with His love. Then we can say as Paul did in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

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