Archive for October, 2005

October 17, 2005: 6:20 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.

There is a two sided reality of the Christian life. On the one hand, we are complete in Christ (our acceptance with Him is secure). On the other hand, we are growing in Christ (we are becoming more like Him). At one and the same time we have the status of kings and the duties of slaves. We feel both the presence of Christ and the pressure to sin. We enjoy the peace that comes from being made right with God, but we still face daily problems that often help us grow. If we remember the two sides of the Christian life, we will not grow discouraged when face temptations and problems. Instead learn to depend on the power of Christ within you. The more of Him in you, the less of you in your life decisions and you will be living in the safety of His will.

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October 14, 2005: 5:43 pm: Daily Scripture

32 A psalm of David.
1 Oh, what joy for those whose rebellion is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight!
2 Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of sin, whose lives are lived in complete honesty!
3 When I refused to confess my sin, I was weak and miserable, and I groaned all day long.
4 Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat.
5 Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide them. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.
6 Therefore, let all the godly confess their rebellion to you while there is time, that they may not drown in the floodwaters of judgment.
7 For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory.
8 The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Forgiveness has always been a part of God’s loving nature. He wants to forgive sin. God knows what the best path for all of His creatures is and He is waiting to direct and guide anyone who is willing to let Him. When the knowledge of His grace
becomes real in our lives, we experience great joy. It is by faith we believe that God could have possibly loved us so much that He sent us a way of escape from this world of sin. God has made a Way. In the Book of John, Jesus said to us, “I am the Way the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” God is patiently waiting for you to understand and believe in Him. He knows there is great joy for those that do. Anyone who believes in Him will receive absolution from sins. But God is not going to wait forever .There will come a day when time will end. David had the knowledge of God’s judgment on the world at the flood. He knew that God would not tolerate sin forever. While there is still time, you can repent. None of us knows what tomorrow will bring, why not be ready to face eternity with God’s grace instead of His judgment!

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October 13, 2005: 6:05 pm: Daily Scripture

Psalm 85:10-12
A single day in your courts is better than a thousand anywhere else!
I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God than live the good life in the homes of the wicked.
For the Lord God is our light and protector. He gives us grace and glory.
No good thing will the Lord withhold from those who do what is right.
O Lord Almighty, happy are those who trust in you.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

God’s loving presence is our greatest joy. Outside of God there is no joy. What the world has to offer is only fleeting. The world can only offer what is has and the joy that comes is only for a moment. But the joy of the Lord is forever! Outside of Him there can be no peace, there can be no happiness. And those who dwell in the house of the Lord will be contented for eternity. As Nehemiah 8:10 states, “Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Whatever has you down today do not let it rob you of the joy of knowing the love of your God. He can sustain you as you walk through the valley of weeping. Growing strong in God’s presence is often preceded by a journey through barren places in our lives. And those who know of God’s love will experience it as they walk through a valley of pain. Trust in Him to give you what you need in your time of trail. Remember it is better to be a gatekeeper in the house of the Lord than to live the good life in the house of the wicked. God’s love can sustain through anything this world can bring. Remember, God’s loving presence is your greatest joy.

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October 12, 2005: 5:49 pm: Daily Scripture

James 2: 18-24
18 Now someone may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.” I say, “I can’t see your faith if you don’t have good deeds, but I will show you my faith through my good deeds.” 19 Do you still think it’s enough just to believe that there is one God? Well, even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror! 20 Fool! When will you ever learn that faith that does not result in good deeds is useless? 21 Don’t you remember that our ancestor Abraham was declared right with God because of what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see, he was trusting God so much that he was willing to do whatever God told him to do. His faith was made complete by what he did-by his actions. 23 And so it happened just as the Scriptures say: “Abraham believed God, so God declared him to be righteous.” He was even called “the friend of God.” 24 So you see, we are made right with God by what we do, not by faith alone.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

There are three principles of faith. 1. Commitment. It is an essential part of faith. You can not be a Christian simply by affirming right doctrine or agreeing with Bible truths. You must commit your mind and heart to Christ. Just knowing the Word will not save you. You must believe it. 2. Right actions. They are the natural by-product of a heart that is changed by faith. 3. Faith without good deeds is useless. It doesn’t do anyone any good. Paul taught us that the purpose of faith is to bring salvation, but James taught us the results of faith are a changed life. We can not earn our salvation by works, but such actions show that our commitment to God is real. Faith always results in a changed life and moving forward in the work of Christ. Active obedience demonstrates that our faith is genuine. Where do you fit in? Does your faith show through your works. What are you doing for Christ that would show your faith in Him? Take time to ask yourself these questions and then go before Him and seek His direction to move into action.

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October 11, 2005: 6:02 pm: Daily Scripture

Matthew 25:19-30
19 “After a long time their master returned from his trip and called them to give an account of how they had used his money. 20 The servant to whom he had entrusted the five bags of gold said, ‘Sir, you gave me five bags of gold to invest, and I have doubled the amount.’ 21 The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’
22 “Next came the servant who had received the two bags of gold, with the report, ‘Sir, you gave me two bags of gold to invest, and I have doubled the amount.’ 23 The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’ 24 “Then the servant with the one bag of gold came and said, ‘Sir, I know you are a hard man, harvesting crops you didn’t plant and gathering crops you didn’t cultivate. 25 I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth and here it is.’ 26 “But the master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy servant! You think I’m a hard man, do you, harvesting crops I didn’t plant and gathering crops I didn’t cultivate? 27 Well, you should at least have put my money into the bank so I could have some interest. 28 Take the money from this servant and give it to the one with the ten bags of gold. 29 To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who are unfaithful, even what little they have will be taken away. 30 Now throw this useless servant into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The master divided the money among his servants according to their abilities. No one received more or less than he could handle. If he failed in his assignment, his excuse could not be that he was overwhelmed. Failure would indicate only laziness or hatred for the master. The bags of gold represent the resources God has given us. God has given us time, talents and other gifts to do the work He has set out for us to do. These are given according to the abilities that God has also given us. Nothing is of ourselves, we only use the things God has given us. As the servants in this parable, we are also expected to increase what He has given us before He returns. The issue is not how much you have but how well you use what you have. Are you tithing and giving offerings with the money that goes through your hands? Are you using your skills to help others and further His Kingdom? Theses are the things He will be looking at. How well you used the gifts that He gave you under His direction and through His power. There isn’t any of you in the doing. You are merely a vessel that God works through using the gifts He gave you under His direction and through His power. Examine what God has given you and then give it back to Him by using it for Him. Seek His direction and use His power to do His will and you will hear from Him, “well done my good and faithful servant.”

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October 10, 2005: 6:24 pm: Daily Scripture

Romans 1:18-20
18 But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who push the truth away from themselves. 19 For the truth about God is known to them instinctively. God has put this knowledge in their hearts. 20 From the time the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky and all that God made. They can clearly see his invisible qualities-his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse whatsoever for not knowing God.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

A common excuse people use to not believe in God is asking, “How can a loving God send someone to hell?” Or another one is, “How can God cause such destruction and death?” They are referring to the recent earthquakes and hurricanes. But God does not cause anyone to die or go to hell. We are all going to die one way or another because we were all born into sin. No one can argue this point it is a fact of life. And people send themselves to hell by not believing in Christ. But what about the person who has never heard about Him? The truth is that God has revealed Himself plainly in creation to all people. And yet some reject even the basic knowledge of God. All people have an inner sense of what God requires, but they choose not to live up to it, Put another way, people’s moral standards are always better than their behavior. If people suppress God’s truth in order to live their own way, they have no excuse. They know the truth because the Word tells us that God has put this knowledge in their hearts. And they will have to endure the consequences of ignoring it. This doesn’t however, negate our responsibility to tell others about Him, but only takes away their own excuses to not believe in Christ.

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October 7, 2005: 6:12 pm: Daily Scripture

James 1:19-21
My dear brothers and sisters, be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. 20 Your anger can never make things right in God’s sight. 21 So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the message God has planted in your hearts, for it is strong enough to save your souls.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

When we talk too much and listen too little, we communicate to others that we think our ideas are much more important than theirs. James is wisely advising us to do the reverse. Put a mental stopwatch on your conversation, and keep track of how much you talk and how much you listen. When you talk with others, if you listen more than you talk, you will learn much more about the person you are speaking with. This is very important with our spouses and our children. Listen to what they are saying and you will be surprised at how much you learn about them. Then when you do have something to say, they will be more likely to listen to you. By listening to them, you have communicated how much you care about them. It will show that they are important to you and they will feel more comfortable with you. Your love for God will show in how well you listen to others.

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October 6, 2005: 6:05 pm: Daily Scripture

James 1:5-8
5 If you need wisdom-if you want to know what God wants you to do-ask him, and he will gladly tell you. He will not resent your asking. 6 But when you ask him, be sure that you really expect him to answer, for a doubtful mind is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. 7 People like that should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 They can’t make up their minds. They waver back and forth in everything they do.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

A doubtful mind is not completely convinced that God’s way is best. It treats God’s Word like any human advice and retains the option to disobey. It vacillates between allegiance to subjective feelings, the world’s ideas, and Gods commands. In order to overcome a doubtful mind, we have to put aside what we think we know and our feelings and put God’s Word into action. People who react to life from their feelings are children. Being mature in any situations means doing the hard thing. It means doing what we know we should do even if we do not feel like it. This is true faith in God. Doing what He has asked us to do because we know His way is best and will lead to accomplishing His will. If you find yourself doubting His Word, take a step of faith and put His Word into action. Proverbs 3:5 states it best, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding.” The purpose of faith is salvation, but the results of faith are a changed life. Let God move you into the person He knows you are and do not doubt Him.

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October 5, 2005: 6:04 pm: Daily Scripture

James 1:3-4
2 Dear brothers and sisters, whenever trouble comes your way, let it be an opportunity for joy. 3 For when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

We can’t really know the depth of our character until we see how we react under pressure. It is easy to be kind to others when everything is going well, but can we still be kind when others are treating us unfairly? God wants to make us mature and complete, not keep us from all pain. He is more interested in what is in our hearts than our comfort. God is interested in what is lasting or eternal like our souls, not in what is temporary like our money or our possessions. Are you ready for anything today or are you struggling to get more from this world? God never promised that we would not have trouble, but trouble comes from desiring the things that have no value in the sight of God. Put your faith in Him and trust that He will make you stronger in your faith toward Him in all of your trails. God is making you into His image by your faith in Him when things go wrong. Don’t give up and when you do fail, go back to Him and start again. God will keep you safe in His love as you go through the tough times.

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October 4, 2005: 6:09 pm: Daily Scripture

Hebrews 13:20-21
20-21 And now, may the God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, all that is pleasing to him. Jesus is the great Shepherd of the sheep by an everlasting covenant, signed with his blood. To him be glory forever and ever. Amen.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Hebrews is a call for Christian maturity. It addresses Christians of any age or background. Christian maturity means making Christ the beginning and the end of our faith. God works in us to make us the kind of people that would please Him, and He equips us to do the kind of work that would please Him. To grow in maturity, we must center our life on Him. It means not falling back into sin, not trusting in ourselves and not letting anything come between our relationship with Him. Are you the kind of person who pleases God and are you doing the kind of work that pleases Him? Examine your life and then go to God for direction and power to be the kind of person who pleases God and then do the kind of work He would have you do.

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