Archive for October, 2005

October 31, 2005: 7:02 pm: Daily Scripture

Philippians 4:8-9
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.

What we put into our mind determines our words. And our words determine our actions. Garbage in gets garbage out. The Word of God in gets the Word of God out. We decide. It is a simple fact that most of us know, but it is not the knowing that makes it true it is the doing. This is more difficult for all of us. But we take small steps as we are lead by the Spirit of God. Start with the music you listen to. If you hear only sex, hate and self, this is what will come out of you. But if you put the Word into you by way of Christian music, it will feed you with His truth and this will come out in your life. Take one or two scripture verses and memorize them. Start small and work your way up and as you are feed more of the Word, you will grow. Meditate on the things of God you know and apply them to your life by your words and your actions. Think on the love and truth of God and He will be exposed to the world around you. You decide what shows in your life. What are others seeing in you?

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October 28, 2005: 5:56 pm: Daily Scripture

Romans 8:26-30
26 And the Holy Spirit helps us in our distress. For we don’t even know what we should pray for, nor how we should pray. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. 27 And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. 28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. 29 For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn, with many brothers and sisters. 30 And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And he gave them right standing with himself, and he promised them his glory.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

God works for our good in all things. Not just some things or the things we can understand but in all things. There is nothing that happens to you that God is not working for your good. This does not mean that all things that happen to us are good, but that God is able to work good out every situation. That includes the evil we do or that is done to us. We may not see immediate good, but it all has a purpose and a plan by our God. He is not working to make us happy but to fulfill His long range plan for us. And this is the place that we find peace and joy. Note that this promise can not be claimed by all only those who are called. It is for those who belong to Him. For those of us who belong to God, He gives us a new understanding and a new mind set. He gives us the mind of Christ. And it is here that we learn to trust Him. Faith does not waver in pain and trials because we know that God is with us and is working for us.

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October 27, 2005: 12:05 am: Daily Scripture

Romans 6:1-11
Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more kindness and forgiveness? 2 Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it? 3 Or have you forgotten that when we became Christians and were baptized to become one with Christ Jesus, we died with him? 4 For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives. 5 Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised as he was. 6 Our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. 7 For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. 8 And since we died with Christ, we know we will also share his new life. 9 We are sure of this because Christ rose from the dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him. 10 He died once to defeat sin, and now he lives for the glory of God. 11 So you should consider yourselves dead to sin and able to live for the glory of God through Christ Jesus.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

As a child of God, what is your relationship with sin? Now that you have accepted Christ as Lord and have received forgiveness for your sins, what power does sin have over you? According to Paul, sin has lost its power to control you. It does not mean that you will not sin again; it just means that sin has no power over you. Without the blood of Christ over you, sin has complete control. It is like swimming into a whirlpool, once in it, you have no control except to go through the whole thing and be spit out at the end. Sin is like that for those without Christ. Taking that first step into sin, will pull you deeper into it and it will lead to complete destruction. As a Christian, we will sin, but the power of the Holy Spirit will bring it to our mind and we will seek forgiveness and have the power to step out of it. 1 Corinthians 10:13 applies to sin in our life, “No trial has come to you but what is human. God is faithful and will not let you be tried beyond your strength; but with the trial he will also provide a way out, so that you may be able to bear it.” Once you confess your sin, He is faithful to forgive you and will provide you power to step out of it. We are not bound by the sin we have stepped into. Our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. We are free to do the will of God the Father through the direction of Jesus Christ and by the power of the Holy Spirit. Consider yourself dead to sin and go out and live for the glory of God through Christ Jesus.

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October 26, 2005: 5:46 pm: Daily Scripture

Mark 12:28-31
28 One of the teachers of religious law was standing there listening to the discussion. He realized that Jesus had answered well, so he asked, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” 29 Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. 30 And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ 31 The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The heartbeat of our mission is to love the Lord our God with all of our heart, all our soul, all our mind and all our strength. This is what we were created for and this is why Jesus came to die for us, so that we could have access to God the Father to know Him and to receive His love. How far are you from God today? When you find yourself in a situation that you know only God can help, how far do you need to run to Him? Is He with you always, so when you turn, you do not need to go far? Or when you need Him, do you have far to run to find Him? Always know that it is you who have put the distance between you and not Christ. In Matthew 28:20 He states, “And know this; I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” When we find ourselves separated from God, we have not been keeping this commandment given to us by Jesus. Loving God with all of our being should be our first priority. This does not mean selling everything and going off into the jungle. But it does mean that from wherever we are, He is first in our life. God is first when we know Him by His Word and by spending time with Him. How far do you need to run when you turn to Him? If it is too far, remove the gap by loving the Lord your God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength!

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October 25, 2005: 6:01 pm: Daily Scripture

Psalm 103:10-12
10 He has not punished us for all our sins, nor does he deal with us as we deserve.
11 For his unfailing love toward those who fear him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. 12 He has removed our rebellious acts as far away from us as the east is from the west.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

If you travel north eventually you will be heading south. As north and south meet at the poles. But if you travel east, you will always travel east. That is because east and west never meet like north and south. This psalm is a symbolic portrait of God’s forgiveness. When He forgives our sin, He separates it from us and dos not remember it. We need never wallow in the past, for God forgives and forgets. It is difficult to move forward if you are always looking backwards. Our mind will continue to bring up past failures to make us stumble again. But as a forgiven child of God, we must put our forgiven sin out of our mind and thoughts, because God doesn’t even know what you are remembering. He is not the One who will continue to bring up past failures in your mind, it is Satan. He wants you to fail and will remind you of your past failures to keep you down and keep you from moving forward into becoming more like Christ. So the next time you think about your past failures remember this psalm and put the thought out of your mind. Think about the good that God has done in your life and not about your own failures. God doesn’t, so you shouldn’t.

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October 24, 2005: 5:53 pm: Daily Scripture

Colossians 1:25-29
25 God has given me the responsibility of serving his church by proclaiming his message in all its fullness to you Gentiles. 26 This message was kept secret for centuries and generations past, but now it has been revealed to his own holy people. 27 For it has pleased God to tell his people that the riches and glory of Christ are for you Gentiles, too. For this is the secret: Christ lives in you, and this is your assurance that you will share in his glory. 28 So everywhere we go, we tell everyone about Christ. We warn them and teach them with all the wisdom God has given us, for we want to present them to God, perfect in their relationship to Christ. 29 I work very hard at this, as I depend on Christ’s mighty power that works within me.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

How much of your life is under control of your “old nature” and how much is under control of “Christ in you?” Depends on how much room you have made for Christ. If you are still struggling with sin or can not find time for God, then too much of your “old nature” is in control. Recognizing unacceptable behaviors and habits is the first step to surrendering them to the control of “Christ in you.” All of us have things in our life we are not proud of and realize the need to make some changes. The only time in our life when we do not need to improve or change is when we are dead. But until that time, there will always be a part of your “old nature” that will want to bring you down or away from what God has intended for you. His life in you is truly your only hope of permanently changing the “old nature” in you. We must decrease and He must increase. This is a circumcision of the heart not just self-denial. When you change unacceptable behaviors out of your own will power there will always be inner drives continually trying to sabotage your efforts. But when Christ lives in you and you have made room for Him by surrendering to Him, then you will have victory and joy because it is Christ in you that gives the power. You do this by daily coming before God and opening yourselves up to His examination. You ask and allow God to reveal to you what direction you should take. You surrender completely to His control. It is a step by step process that will take the rest of your life, but it is worked at daily. As you move closer and closer to Him, His life will be lived in you and you will share His glory.

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October 21, 2005: 6:02 pm: Daily Scripture

1 Peter 1:13-16
13 So think clearly and exercise self-control. Look forward to the special blessings that will come to you at the return of Jesus Christ. 14 Obey God because you are his children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of doing evil; you didn’t know any better then. 15 But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God-who chose you to be his children-is holy. 16 For he himself has said, “You must be holy because I am holy.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

To be holy is the will of God for your life. Being holy means being totally devoted to God, set aside for His special use and set apart from sin and its influence. God’s qualities in our life make us different. No other religion the world has ever invented makes this claim. Only Christianity states that we are holy because of God in us. Others tell you to be good under your own power. Those who obey the rules of their religion think they are better than those who do not. The power in holiness is theirs. But Christ asks to do something different, we are to submit our will to His. Christ imparts His righteousness into us when we accept His gift of salvation. God then lives in us. We move forward under the direction of the Father through the power of His Spirit in us. As we know Him, we love Him and as we know Him, we live for Him. Only with Christ in us are we holy. Not through our own power but through the power of God in us. We are then free to move forward in righteousness, because He gave us righteousness. Does your life reflect what God has done for you? He paid the ultimate price to give you this freedom. Do you know Him, does it show? If not go back to the beginning, go back to the cross and start over again. God is patient, He will show you, He will lead you. You trusted Him for grace, now trust Him for holiness.

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October 20, 2005: 5:18 pm: Daily Scripture

Acts 2:36-42
36 So let it be clearly known by everyone in Israel that God has made this Jesus whom you crucified to be both Lord and Messiah!” 37 Peter’s words convicted them deeply, and they said to him and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?” 38 Peter replied, “Each of you must turn from your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 This promise is to you and to your children, and even to the Gentiles-all who have been called by the Lord our God.” 40 Then Peter continued preaching for a long time, strongly urging all his listeners, “Save yourselves from this generation that has gone astray!” 41 Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church-about three thousand in all. 42 They joined with the other believers and devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, sharing in the Lord’s Supper and in prayer.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

This is the age old question asked by man, “What should we do?” But in order for man to ask himself this question, he has to realize his sin. The world we live in today does not see sin. Society does not want to be told that what they are doing is sin. So they label it something else. It is called a disease or they state I was born this way. People do not want to hear that what they are doing is contrary to the Word of God and is sin. As we get closer to the end of this age, we will see this happen more and more. What was once good will become bad and what was once bad will become good. As Christians we need to ask ourselves, “What should we do?” If there are people you are praying for to know the love of God and salvation, then we must bind the spirit of lawlessness that grips their hearts and minds. Once people choose sin and continue in it, the sin becomes less and less wrong. It is justified in their minds as normal so they do not feel bad about themselves. They become deceived. We need to pray and loose the strongholds of deception and lies that holds them and then bind them to the work of the Cross. We bind them to grace and forgiveness and to the Blood of Jesus. The Holy Spirit will begin to remove the strongholds that keep them from seeing the light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. You can not pray salvation for them but you can release the power of the sin that holds them and release the power of God to show them. Then they will ask, “What should I do to be saved?” Keep praying, keep believing and God will keeping moving in their lives to bring them to this point.

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October 19, 2005: 6:06 pm: Daily Scripture

Colossians 3:12-17
l2 Since God chose you to be the holy people whom he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 You must make allowance for each other’s faults and forgive the person who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. 14 And the most important piece of clothing you must wear is love. Love is what binds us all together in perfect harmony: 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. 16 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.

Love is not a feeling, it is a decision to meet the needs of another. Paul is saying we are to “put on” love. We are to act love to the people we come into contact with. It starts with our thinking and then leads to actions of love and then we “feel” love. This is true with any relationship you have and even with casual contact with strangers. The rule is to give love and you will then live in peace with all those around you.. This does not mean that suddenly all differences of opinion disappear, but it does require that you work together despite your differences. To love does not mean you agree with everything someone else does. But you continue to offer loving acceptance and giving in spite of their weakness. Isn’t this what Christ offered to you? How can we give any less than what He gave to us? Living in love is truly letting the words of Christ, in all their richness, live in your hearts and makes you wise.

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October 18, 2005: 6:20 pm: Daily Scripture

James 5: 16-18
16 Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results. 17 Elijah was as human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for the next three and a half years! 18 Then he prayed for rain, and down it poured. The grass turned green, and the crops began to grow again.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The Christian’s most powerful resource is communion with God through prayer. The results are often greater than we thought possible. Some people see praying as a last resort to be tried when all else fails. But this approach is backward. Prayer should come first. Because God’s power is infinitely greater than ours. The resources of God are without limits. And He is waiting to hear from us. When we pray we are stating that we trust God. Prayer is God’s way of releasing power in our life and there will be no growth in Christ without it. There is nothing in our life that God does not care about, so bring it to Him and trust that He will work out the need according to His will. That is the part that often gives us problems. His will. We do not always trust that God knows what He is doing with our lives and we want what we want when we want it. But God will listen to us and will meet our need if we trust Him and pray earnestly. So do not stop believing, keep on trusting in His Word. If Christ needed to take time to pray, how much more do we need to?

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