Archive for September, 2005

September 15, 2005: 5:14 am: Daily Scripture

Good Morning!

Isaiah 55:6-13
6 Seek the Lord while you can find him. Call on him now while he is near. 7 Let the people turn from their wicked deeds. Let them banish from their minds the very thought of doing wrong! Let them turn to the Lord that he may have mercy on them. Yes, turn to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. 8 “MY thoughts are completely different from yours,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. 9 For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, SO are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts. 10 “The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry. 11 It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it. 12 You will live in joy and peace. The mountains and hills will burst into song, and the trees of the field will clap their hands! 13 Where once there were thorns, cypress trees will grow. Where briers grew, myrtles will sprout up. This miracle will bring great honor to the Lord’s name; it will be an everlasting sign of his power and love.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

We are all born into Adam’s physical family and because of this we all will die. We all reap the results of Adam’s sin. We have inherited his guilt and all of us have a sinful nature. But we are not judged for Adam’s sin, we are judged for our own because there is no one without sin. Romans 5:8 states, “But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” That is why we need to seek the Lord while we still can. God’s Word will accomplish it’s purpose, it will always produce fruit. Humans will never fully understand why God choose Christ to die for our sins as a plan of making us right with Him. We can not comprehend it and we never will. Trusting in God’s Word is faith to believe that He will do as He has said. And we know from Romans 6: 23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” We will all die some day unless we are taken when Christ returns for His Church, but if you have not accepted God’s way of redemption, you will also die again at the Second Death. Revelation 21:15 states “And anyone whose name was not found recorded in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire.” This will be complete separation from God. Don’t try to understand it, you never will. But you must believe it because God has ordained it according to His Word and His purpose. Your thoughts will never be equal to God’s, they will never even come close, so seek Him through His Word and then accept His Gift of Love through Christ Jesus by believing that He died for your sin!

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September 14, 2005: 7:32 pm: Daily Scripture

Romans 4:13-16

13 It is clear, then, that God’s promise to give the whole earth to Abraham and his descendants was not based on obedience to God’s law, but on the new relationship with God that comes by faith. 14 So if you claim that God’s promise is for those who obey God’s law and think they are “good enough” in God’s sight, then you are saying that faith is useless. And in that case, the promise is also meaningless. 15 But the law brings punishment on those who try to obey it. (The only way to avoid breaking the law is to have no law to break!) 16 So that’s why faith is the key! God’s promise is given to us as a free gift. And we are certain to receive it, whether or not we follow Jewish customs, if we have faith like Abraham’s. For Abraham is the father of all who believe.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Have you ever wondered why some believers seem to receive so much spiritually and others seem to have so little? There are some Christians who would explain this inequity by teaching that God’s gifts and promises are given when one meets certain “conditions” or levels of service, prayer, study or whatever. But God has not made the dispensing of His promises contingent on any preconceived ideas we may have about Him. Every believer in Jesus Christ has equal privilege to receive the Bibles promises. Our God is no respecter of persons and His promises are not given on a sliding scale of who is, who is not, or when one finally becomes worthy. To God, a believer is worthy because they are in Christ Jesus and have believed in Him. If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior, you have the privilege of receiving spiritual wisdom, power, authority, understanding, answers and peace right now! God has no desire to withhold any good thing from you. If you do not have these attributes or gifts in your life, it is not God who has opposed you receiving them. It is you who has opposed you. The main difference between those who receive and those who do not, is how much room they have made within themselves for God to work. God does not change how He functions to conform to our concepts of Him. You must be willing to tear down, strip off and remove the trappings of your old nature to receive from God. Your “understanding” of God may be preventing you from receiving from Him. Go before Him and seek Him as He is. Be willing to lay aside your “knowledge” and seek His in His Word. Sanctification simply comes from a heart that has been able to receive, a heart that is so full of thanksgiving, understanding and love that it can do no less.

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September 13, 2005: 10:43 pm: Daily Scripture

Hebrews 10:14-17
14 For by that one offering he perfected forever all those whom he is making holy. 15 And the Holy Spirit also testifies hat this is so. First he says, 16 This is the new covenant I will make with my people on that day, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their hearts so they will understand them, and I will write them on their minds so they will obey them.” 17 Then he adds, “I will never again remember their sins and lawless deeds.” Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Those in Christ have been made perfect, yet we are being made holy. Through His death and resurrection, Christ, once for all made those who believe in Him perfect in God’s sight. At the same time, He is making us holy. We are progressively cleansed and are set apart for His special use in our daily walk on earth. We should not be surprised that we all still need to grow. God is not finished with us yet, we are in the process of being made holy yet we are perfect in Christ. And while we are being made holy, God will remember our sins no more. Even though we still sin, God will not remember our sins and lawless deeds, once confessed and laid at the cross of Christ. He has put His law into our hearts and into our minds so we will obey Him. Christ says to us all, “Go and sin no more.” (John 8:11) Forgiven, we can continue to live for Him and continue our process of being made holy. The growth process happens by deliberately applying Scripture to all areas of our life. We are His forever and are perfect in God’s sight. Praise Him, as you walk in His love in perfect peace knowing that all things will work for your good because you love Him and are in the process of being made holy! (Romans 8:28)

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September 12, 2005: 5:35 pm: Daily Scripture

Hebrews 8:7-10

7 If the first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no need for a second covenant to replace it. 8 But God himself found fault with the old one when he said: “The day will come, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah. 9 This covenant will not be like the one I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand and led them out of the land of Egypt. They did not remain faithful to my covenant, so I turned my back on them, says the Lord. 10 But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel on that day, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their minds so they will understand them, and I will write them on their hearts so they will obey them. I will be their God, and they will be my people.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

This passage is a quotation from Jeremiah 31:31-34, which compares the new covenant with the old. The old covenant was the covenant of law between God and Israel. The new and better way is the covenant of grace. Christ death on the Cross to offer Himself for our sins and reconcile those who believe in Him to God. This new covenant goes beyond Israel and covers anyone who has faith to believe in Christ. It is new in application because it is written on our heart and in our mind. It offers a new way to forgiveness, not through animal sacrifice but through faith. If our heart is not changed, following God’s rules will be unpleasant and difficult. We will rebel against being told how to live. The Holy Spirit, however, gives us new desires, new feelings, a new direction and He helps us to want to obey God (see Philippians 2:12, 13). With a new heart, we find that serving God is our greatest joy. If this is not true of you today, look at where your focus is. Are you focused on His Word? Or are you more focused on what is good for you? As His child you have the unlimited power of His Spirit to work within you and give you the desires, the wisdom and the power to live effectively for Him. Don’t let the world or Satan keep you for being all that you can be for your Savior who died for your sin. Go before Him and cry out to Him for wisdom. Ask God to remove anything that is getting in the way of living effectively for Him. Be open to hear His voice speak to you about what in your life is holding you back from being all that God intends for you to be.

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September 8, 2005: 1:21 am: Daily Scripture

2 Thessalonians 2:7-12

7 For this lawlessness is already at work secretly, and it will remain secret until the one who is holding it back steps out of the way. 8 Then the man of lawlessness will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will consume with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming. 9 This evil man will come to do the work of Satan with counterfeit power and signs and miracles. 10 He will use every kind of wicked deception to fool those who are on their way to destruction because they refuse to believe the truth that would save them. 11 So God will send great deception upon them, and they will believe all these lies. 12 Then they will be condemned for not believing the truth and for enjoying the evil they do.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The Church is “the one” who is holding the man of lawlessness from being revealed. As the Bride of Christ and a part of the Body, our prayers are moving the hands of God and the Holy Spirit is working on our behalf and keeping complete lawlessness on hold. When we are removed, there will be a period of time when the world will be without anyone here on earth praying. However brief it may be, without this influence, it will be a prefect time for Satan to move in. If you reject the Gospel of Christ now, you are in danger of God sending great deception upon you after the man of lawlessness is revealed. You will be condemned for not believing the truth and enjoying the evil you are doing. This scripture is very clear about rejecting God now. When you hear the salvation message it is dangerous to wait. If Christ returns for His Church, you may not have another chance. Accept His gift of love today and open your heart to His sanctification in your life and have perfect peace that you will stand before Him and hear Him say, “My child welcome home!”

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September 6, 2005: 1:03 am: Daily Scripture

Proverbs 4:18-25

18 The way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, which shines ever brighter until the full light of day. 19 But the way of the wicked is like complete darkness. Those who follow it have no idea what they are stumbling over. 20 Pay attention, my child, to what I say. Listen carefully. 21 Don’t lose sight of my words. Let them penetrate deep within your heart, 22 for they bring life and radiant health to anyone who discovers their meaning. 23 Above all else, guard your heart, for it affects everything you do. 24 Avoid all perverse talk; stay far from corrupt speech. 25 Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you. 26 Mark out a straight path for your feet; then stick to the path and stay safe. 27 Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

To live effectively for God begins with respecting and appreciating who God is. God’s wisdom applied in our lives starts with reverence and awe in recognizing God Almighty as Lord. Effective living requires we trust in God and His Word. We allow His Word to speak to us personally and are willing to obey. Then we are to act on God’s direction in our daily devotions with Him. This will result in effective living for Christ in this world of sin. We live in compliance to God’s Word and experience what God can do through that obedience. Do you have victory in your walk with Christ? Or is it a daily struggle for you? If so, apply God’s wisdom by honoring Him and trusting in His Word, then act on His direction. The power of the Holy Spirit in you will guide you step by step as you trust Him.

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September 2, 2005: 12:55 am: Daily Scripture

Galatians 3:15-23

15 Dear brothers and sisters, here’s an example from everyday life. Just as no one can set aside or amend an irrevocable agreement, so it is in this case. 16 God gave the promise to Abraham and his child. And notice that it doesn’t say the promise was to his children. as if it meant many descendants. But the promise was to his child-and that, of course, means Christ. 17 This is what I am trying to say: The agreement God made with Abraham could not be canceled 430 years later when God gave the law to Moses. God would be breaking his promise. 18 For if the inheritance could be received only by keeping the law, then it would not be the result of accepting God’s promise. But God gave it to Abraham as a promise. 19 Well then, why was the law given? It was given to show people how guilty they are. But this system of law was to last only until the coming of the child to whom God’s promise was made. And there is this further difference. God gave his laws to angels to give to Moses, who was the mediator between God and the people; 20 Now a mediator is needed if two people enter into an agreement, but God acted on his own when he made his promise to Abraham. 21 Well then, is there a conflict between God’s law and God’s promises? Absolutely not! If the law could have given us new life, we could have been made right with God by obeying it. 22 But the Scriptures have declared that we are all prisoners of sin. so the only way to receive God’s promise is to believe in Jesus Christ. 23 Until faith in Christ was shown to us as the way of becoming right with God, we were guarded by the law. We were kept in protective custody, so to speak, until we could put our faith in the coming Savior.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation. (Wheaton. IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Recognizing sin under the law never equaled salvation. The law was given to show man his sin, not to save him because no one could keep the law. Romans 3: 10 states, “And the person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as the person who has broken all of God’s laws.” The promised made to Abraham came directly from God and was the promise of inheritance through Christ Jesus the Child. It wasn’t a promise given to Mose but simply the law and that came to him through angels, not directly from God. Of course, the law is truth and His Word is eternal, but salvation comes only through the Word who became flesh. Those who count on the Law to save them are trusting in their own ability to obey. And no one is able to keep the Law. If you are guilty of breaking one, you have broken them all. What function then is the law today? If we are justified by faith and not works, is there any place for works? Can we accept the gift of salvation and then do as we please? The answer is yes because if God lives within us, we want to do His will. When we admit we are sinners and need God, then accept His gift of salvation through Christ, His Holy Spirit lives in us. If God is within us, we are changed and will become more like Him. As we become more like Him, we want to do His will. This is how we know He is in us, we become more and more like Him. The Spirit of God then gives us the desire to keep His law. It is not of ourselves, but of Him who lives in us.

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September 1, 2005: 12:58 am: Daily Scripture

James 1:12-18

12 God blesses the people who patiently endure testing. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. 13 And remember, no one who wants to do wrong should ever say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else either. 14 Temptation comes from the lure of our own evil desires. 15 These evil desires lead to evil actions, and evil actions lead to death. 16 So don’t be misled, my dear brothers and sisters. 17 Whatever is good and perfect comes to us from God above, who created all heaven’s lights. Unlike them, he never changes or casts shifting shadows. 18 In his goodness he chose to make us his own children by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his choice possession.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Ever wonder about the Lord’s Prayer that states, “And lead us not into temptation.” God does not lead any of us into temptation to sin. According to what James is telling us, He never tempts us to evil. To be tempted from a divine standpoint means a positive test; from the Devil’s standpoint it is an enticement to sin. Always! God will ask us to demonstrate what He has taught us. Jesus did this with the disciples. After coming down from the mountain where Jesus had taught them, He would put the lesson to a test. Jesus would challenge the disciples’ faith by asking them to believe what He had just said by putting it into practice. After the Sermon on the Mount, there were 5000 people to feed and He told His disciples to feed them. He had just told them to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and then all of their needs would be meet. Whenever we are in a position to sin or not, it is always from Satan. Are you facing a situation of temptation to sin? Look at the source of the temptation and stand firm on the Word of God. God will bless you and strengthen you every time you choose not to sin.

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