Archive for May, 2006

May 11, 2006: 7:02 pm: Daily Scripture

Good Morning!

John 14:1-6
1 Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. 4 And where I go you know, and the way you know. 5 Thomas said to Him, Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way? 6 Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

There are few verses in Scripture that describe eternal life as clearly as Jesus does here. He tells us that he is going to prepare a place for us and that we will be with him. What words of comfort! Our Lord is preparing a place for all those who believe in Him. We may not know all the details of what eternity will hold for us but we do know that we will with Him. 2 Corinthians 5:8, tells us, “We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.” We will forever be with Christ Jesus when we leave this world. As a part of the Church, we are objects of His affections. Christians will be wed (united) with Christ and we will celebrate with Him forever. Remember this when the details of this life are difficult to understand. So many times we have no understanding of the pain we all experience but we do know it is only for a season and that someday, we will be with our Lord forever!

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May 10, 2006: 6:32 pm: Daily Scripture

Luke 11:33-36
33 “No one lights a lamp and then hides it or puts it under a basket. Instead, it is put on a lampstand to give light to all who enter the room. 34 Your eye is a lamp for your body. A pure eye lets sunshine into your soul. But an evil eye shuts out the light and plunges you into darkness. 35 Make sure that the light you think you have is not really darkness. 36 If you are filled with light, with no dark corners, then your whole life will be radiant, as though a floodlight is shining on you.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

What is the light that shines in you today? Is it from God or is it from yourself? If the light in you is from God it will last forever. If your life is going well today and you do not recognize that it is from the hand of God, it will not last. Only when you recognize that all good things come from Him will you find true joy. And the joy that comes from God is a joy that will carry your through any problem, trail or tragedy. So if life is good, praise Him and do not hide that it is from Him. Make sure that you thank Him and most of all recognize that it is from Him. Those who belong to Him do not hide the goodness of Him in their lives. Because it is only through praising Him and giving Him the glory that true peace and joy will be who you are. So if you are not at a place of peace today, examine your life and see if you are giving yourself the glory for your accomplishments or do you give glory to God for where you are and what you have. It is only when you know that God is the giver of all good things that His peace will shine through your heart and mind.

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May 8, 2006: 7:27 pm: Daily Scripture

Galatians 5:17-26
17 The old sinful nature loves to do evil, which is just opposite from what the Holy Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are opposite from what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, and your choices are never free from this conflict. 18 But when you are directed by the Holy Spirit, you are no longer subject to the law. 19 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, your lives will produce these evil results: sexual
immorality, impure thoughts, eagerness for lustful pleasure, 20 idolatry, participation in demonic activities, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, divisions, the feeling that everyone is wrong except those in your own little group, 21 envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other kinds of sin. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God. 22 But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. Here there is no conflict with the law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. 25 If we are living now by the Holy Spirit, let us follow the Holy Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. 26 Let us not become conceited, or irritate one another, or be jealous of one another.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

When we are born again, a new life is put into us by the Holy Spirit. But the old life, the flesh is not taken away. The tendency to sin will always be with us as well as the desire. There is a difference between “sin” and sins. Sin is the root-principle of evil, the flesh, the sinful self, the tendency to sin, which may be kept down by the power of God within us, but which will always remain with us until we leave this world. Sins are the outcome of this and are the acts of sin we commit. Sin is not dead in us but we may be dead to sin so that sin does not produce in us the fruit of the desires of the flesh. And as we surrender to the power of God in us we become dead to the evil nature within us and produce fruits of the Spirit of God, as long as we stay connected to Him. It is a choice we make sometimes daily to nail the sin within us to the Cross of Christ and accept His righteousness imparted to us at salvation. Recognizing this truth will keep you focused on the reality that we live in as children of God in a world that loves and draws into sin. Do not become alarmed at what your see happening today, but know that God is at work not only within you but within the world to complete His will. With the power of Christ in you, you have the power to make the choice not to sin. Remember to use this power that Christ died to give you.

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May 5, 2006: 6:18 pm: Daily Scripture

Isaiah 11:1-9
Out of the stump of David’s family will grow a shoot-yes, a new Branch bearing fruit from the old root. 2 And the Spirit of the Lord will rest on him-the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. 3 He will delight in obeying the Lord. He will never judge by appearance, false evidence, or hearsay. 4 He will defend the poor and the exploited. He will rule against the wicked and destroy them with the breath of his mouth. 5 He will be clothed with fairness and truth. 6 In that day the wolf and the lamb will live together; the leopard and the goat will be at peace. Calves and yearlings will be safe among lions, and a little child will lead them all. 7 The cattle will graze among bears. Cubs and calves will lie down together. And lions will eat grass as the livestock do. 8 Babies will crawl safely among poisonous snakes. Yes, a little child will put its hand in a nest of deadly snakes and pull it out unharmed. 9 Nothing will hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain. And as the waters fill the sea, so the earth will be filled with people who know the Lord.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

This is a description of the Millennial rule of Jesus Christ as King of the world. After the Tribulation (God’s judgment on the earth for rejecting Christ) and the Second Coming of Christ, Jesus will live and rule the world for 1000 years. Isaiah saw this time in a word from God and wrote about it over 2600 years ago. Many today look to this time to come after we get things right here on earth. They quote Revelation 21:5 which states, “And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making all things new!” This verse is talking about the time after God judges the world. The world will go through a terrible time as stated in Isaiah 13:11-13, “I, the Lord, will punish the world for its evil and the wicked for their sin. I will crush the arrogance of the proud and the haughtiness of the mighty. 12 Few will be left alive when I have finished my work. People will be as scarce as gold-more rare than the gold of Ophir. 13 For I will shake the heavens, and the earth will move from its place. I, the Lord Almighty, will show my fury and fierce anger.” Things are not going to get better, they are only get to worse! So much more worse, that those who live through it will think that 2006 was a picnic! Don’t be fooled into thinking that God will not do what He said He would. Judgment is coming for those who reject the One true Branch and that is Jesus Christ the Son of God who died to free us from sin. Only those who accept His free offer will escape the coming judgment of this world. It will not get better it will only get worse. God will make all things new, but only after He has rid the world of evil! Trust Him today and believe Him that the blood of Christ is all you need to be accepted by God. Then go and be used by Him to bring others with you into His kingdom!

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May 4, 2006: 7:45 pm: Daily Scripture

Romans 8:35-39
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.

It was one of those moments when God spoke to my heart very clearly. I was thanking Him and praising Him for so richly blessing me. I do not understand why I have so much and why others go to bed hungry or are taken from their beds and murdered. I always give God the glory and thank him for His goodness and know that all I have belongs to Him. At the moment, I was willing to give it all up to be with Him in heaven. No matter what we enjoy in this world, it will not compare to the wonder and joy that He has in store for those of us who love Him as Savior when we leave this world. His voice spoke softly and told me that He was with me now. I do not have to wait to be in heaven to be with Him. The Spirit of the Lord told me that I was right where He wanted me to be and always would be. I was to trust Him and do the work He has given me, no matter where I am, there will be work to do for Him. With hot tears streaming down my face I heard, “My love will carry you through anything I ask you to do!” Praise God, His love will bring me through any joy or pain I will go
through, while doing the work set before me. His love is our strength now and will be when we are with Him in heaven. It will be with us through our darkest moments and through our greatest joys. There isn’t a person on the earth that will not go through the valleys of pain this life has to offer. Some more than others and some will never know joy in their lives. For those of us who have known joy, we need to thank God for His goodness and know that when we return to the valley, the fruit of his Spirit will grow in us if we trust and believe Him.

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May 3, 2006: 5:45 pm: Daily Scripture

Luke 10:11-24
11 To illustrate the point further, Jesus told them this story: A man had two sons. 12 The younger son told his father, ‘I want my share of your estate now, instead of waiting until you die.’ So his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons. 13 A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and took a trip to a distant land, and there he wasted all his money on wild living. 14 About the time his money ran out, a great famine swept over the land, and he began to starve. 15 He persuaded a local farmer to hire him to feed his pigs. 16 The boy became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the pigs looked good to him. But no one gave him anything. 17 When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, At home even the hired men have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger! 18 I will go home to my father and say, ‘Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, 19 and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired man.’ 20 So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long distance away, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. 21 His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son.’ 22 But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger, and sandals for his feet. 23 And kill the calf we have been fattening in the pen. We must celebrate with a feast, 24 for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Just as the father would not come to his wayward son while he was in the pigpen, so God will not join us in fellowship when we are in darkness or sin. Because He is light and there is no darkness in Him at all, we must come to him, He can not join us in fellowship while we are in darkness. Now, this does not mean He does not love us because Romans 8:39 tells us that there is nothing that can separate us from the love of God. And while we are in darkness, His Spirit is working to bring us back into fellowship with God. But for us to have a relationship and to know Christ intimately, we must be in the Light. This means confessing our sins before Him and listening to His voice as we continue our sanctification. If we step into sin and step into darkness, we are still saved, but we have just halted the process of sanctification. We will not grow to become more like Christ while we are in sin. This why the father waited for the son to return. He did not go out looking for him and did not come and pull him out the pigpen but waited for the son to return. So, we must come before the Father and confess any sin and continue on in the process of becoming more like Christ.

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May 2, 2006: 6:22 pm: Daily Scripture

Romans 8:12-16
12 So, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation whatsoever to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. 13 For if you keep on following it, you will perish. But if through the power of the Holy Spirit you turn from it and its evil deeds, you will live. 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. 15 So you should not be like cowering, fearful slaves. You should behave instead like God’s very own children, adopted into his family calling him Father, dear Father. 16 For his Holy Spirit speaks to us deep in our hearts and tells us that we are God’s children. 17 And since we are his children, we will share his treasures for everything God gives to his Son, Christ, is ours, too. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL:Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Being lead by God is primary to our Christian walk. Many do not hear the voice of God within but only because they do know His voice. It is our privilege by being a child of God to be lead by Him. When we come to salvation our spirit is connected to the Spirit of God and we know that we know that we know that we are His. This is our spirit communicating with Him. This is being lead by the Spirit of God. All of His children are lead by Him. Psalm 23 2-3 tells us, “He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness.” All who are lead by the Spirit of God are His children. Connecting with God through prayer and reading His Word are one way we hear His leading within us. All are lead by Him and all will hear His voice if they have ears to listen. Jesus told us in John 10:3, “He goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.” His Spirit speaks to all of His children deep in our hearts and we know His voice. This is great peace and joy because we are connected to our Lord. If you are not hearing the voice of God within you, stop and listen to what His Word tells you and believe His promise that all of His own are lead by Him.

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May 1, 2006: 2:45 am: Daily Scripture

Galatians 4:3-7
Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world. 4 But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. 6 And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, Abba, Father! 7 Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

At the time Jesus lived and walked the earth, the name of God was the most holy name you could say to the Jews. They even feared mispronouncing it. The Jewish people at that time would never have use the name of God in a personal manner. But this is what Jesus taught us to do. The term Abba, Father, is like saying, “Daddy Dearest.” Jesus Christ is the initiator of an intimate relationship that was previously unavailable. This was very new to all people at this time. But Christ opened the door for anyone to come in and sit on God’s lap and have a very intimate relationship with Him. His death on the Cross, tore the curtain between the Holy of Holies in half, indicating that now anyone could come into the presence of God, our Abba Father. No longer a distant God but a personal God who cares so very deeply about every aspect of our lives. Christians are no longer slaves but are now a part of God’s family and He is our Abba Father. Shake off the garments of slavery and put on the heritage of the royal family you are a part of and live and move within this freedom!

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