Archive for October, 2006

October 31, 2006: 6:03 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 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. 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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October 30, 2006: 6:03 pm: Daily Scripture

Philippians 3:12-21
12 I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection! But I keep working toward that day when I will finally be all that Christ Jesus saved me for and wants me to be. 13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven. 15 I hope all of you who are mature Christians will agree on these things. If you disagree on some point, I believe God will make it plain to you. 16 But we must be sure to obey the truth we have learned already. 17 Dear brothers and sisters, pattern your lives after mine, and learn from those who follow our example. 18 For I have told you often before, and I say it again with tears in my eyes, that there are many whose conduct shows they are really enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their future is eternal destruction. Their god is their appetite, they brag about shameful things, and all they think about is this life here on earth. 20 But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior. 21 He will take these weak mortal bodies of ours and change them into glorious bodies like his own, using the same mighty power that he will use to conquer everything, everywhere.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Are you everything that God knows you can be? If you are then you are dead! Not one of us will achieve perfection in this life. But that does not mean we do not keep on working toward that goal. Jesus Christ started a work in you when you were saved by faith. He will complete that work one day but until that day, we are to keep allowing His Spirit to live Christ through us. God will keep revealing to us areas of needed growth. We are to keep moving toward the goal of becoming more like Christ and this means removing more and more of ourselves until there is nothing left. God will not come to us and demand perfection. All He wants is for us to be obedient to His will for us. Listen to what the Spirit of God is telling you today. What layer of self needs to be peeled off and discarded? When you complete that layer, there will always be another to be removed. When we are with Him in Heaven, the work will be complete but until then keep peeling.

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October 26, 2006: 6:20 pm: Daily Scripture

James 1:19-27
19 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. 22 And remember, it is a message to obey, not just to listen to. If you don’t obey, you are only fooling yourself. 23 For if you just listen and don’t obey, it is like looking at your face in a mirror but doing nothing to improve your appearance. 24 You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. 25 But if you keep looking steadily into God’s perfect law the law that sets you free and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it. 26 If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are just fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless. 27 Pure and lasting religion in the sight of God our Father means that we must care for orphans and widows in their troubles, and refuse to let the world corrupt us.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Paul emphasizes the purpose of faith is to bring salvation and James emphasizes the results of faith are a changed life. We are not saved by works but we are saved for works. We can measure the effectiveness of our Bible study and prayer time by the effect they have on our attitude and behaviors. Because we are freed from sin, we can do whatever we desire. And if we are freed from sin, we only desire to do the will of God. We are free to live as God intended for us from the beginning. We live and move and have our being because of God’s Spirit in us. We desire to please Him and therefore we control the aspects of our sinful nature that are contrary to the Word of God and He will bless us for it. It is not anything in us but God in us that sets our spirit free to choose to have a positive attitude and to behave according the Word. We care for others as God cares for them and we are not corrupted by the world. This is faith in action, this is Christ in us. Guard your attitude and actions well and do not be controlled by your sinful nature but be controlled by the Holy Spirit.

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October 25, 2006: 6:43 pm: Daily Scripture

Ezekiel 25:6-7
6 “And the Sovereign Lord says: Because you clapped and stamped and cheered with glee at the destruction of my people, 7 I will lift up my fist against you. I will give you as plunder to many nations. I will cut you off from being a nation and destroy you completely. Then you will know that I am the Lord.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Chapters 25-32 of Ezekiel are God’s words of judgment on nations surrounding Israel that laughed when Israel fell to the Babylonians. God judged them not only because of their delight in the destruction of Jerusalem, but they had also failed to acknowledge the one true God or fulfill His purpose for them. The Ammonites were judged for their joy over the desecration of the Temple (25:1-7), the Moabites because they found pleasure in Judah’s wickedness (25:8-11), the Edomites because of their racial hatred for the Jews (25:12-14), and the Philistines because they sought revenge against Judah for defeating them in battle (25:15-17). If any of this sounds familiar it is because we are living the same scenario today. The Palestinians danced with joy at the attack on the World Trade Center on 9-11. And many Moslems cheered when thousands of Americans died that day. God’s judgment will fall on them and the time is coming soon. Americans are not God’s chosen people, but we support them and that is why this attack happened and why it will happen again. And just as God judges these nations, God will judge those who come up against His people. Do not look for things to get better in the Middle East or for the terrorist attacks to stop on the USA. It will only get worse in the Middle East and we will be under continual attack until the Lord returns for His Church. So learn a lesson for what God has already done in the past because it will happen again. And God always keeps His Word. God’s Word to the children of Abraham in Genesis 12:3 states, “I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you. All the families of the earth will be blessed through you.” Those who support the nation of Israel will be blessed, but those who curse her will be cursed.

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October 24, 2006: 8:09 pm: Daily Scripture

Ephesians 5:15-20
15 So be careful how you live, not as fools but as those who are wise. 16 Make the most of every opportunity for doing good in these evil days. 17 Don’t act thoughtlessly, but try to understand what the Lord wants you to do. 18 Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, let the Holy Spirit fill and control you. 19 Then you will sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, making music to the Lord in your hearts. 20 And you will always give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

When someone is drunk with wine, we say they are under the influence of alcohol. People do and say things they would not normally do or say; because of the influence alcohol has on their thinking. And the way we think is displayed in our behavior. So a person who would never sing in public. will suddenly sing out in a crowd when they are under the influence of alcohol. They would be doing something contrary to their normal behavior. Paul is telling us to not be drunk with wine, but to be “drunk” with the Holy Spirit. The fruit of the Holy Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness and temperance. I don’t know about you, but these things do not come naturally to me. In fact, these attributes do not come to any of us by nature. We are all self centered and want our own interests. When we have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit of God in us, we are then under His control and our behavior then becomes contrary to what is normal for us. This is what Paul is telling us to do. Be filled with the Holy Spirit of God and be under His influence. Then the life of Christ can be evident in our lives to those around us. Do something you would not normally do, give control to Him and let His behavior become yours.

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October 23, 2006: 6:21 pm: Daily Scripture

Psalm 91:1-16
1 Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in shadow of the Almighty.
2 This I declare of the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I am trusting him.
3 For he will rescue you from every trial and protect you from the fatal plague.
4 He will shield you with his wings. He will shelter you with his feathers. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
5 Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor fear the dangers the day,
6 nor dread the plague that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday.
7 Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you.
8 But you will see it with your eyes; you will see how the wicked are punished.
9 If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter,
10 no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your dwelling.
11 For he orders his angels to protect you wherever you go.
12 They will hold you with their hands to keep you from striking Your foot on a stone.
13 You will trample down lions and poisonous snakes; you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!
14 The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name.
15 When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble; I will rescue them and honor them.
16 I will satisfy them with a long life and give them my salvation.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

God is our shelter; He is our refuge when we are afraid. Putting your faith in God as your protector will carry you through all the dangers and fears of your life. When you trust Him as protector, you are trading your fears for faith in Him. No matter what or how intense your fear, you live and rest in Him through faith. As you do, angels will watch over you. There are many examples of guardian angels throughout scripture. And there is no specific scripture that states there is one angel assigned per believer, but I believe they’re with us always. It is a comfort to know that God is always with us and that He has sent special messengers to protect and guide us. We can count on God to rescue us when we love Him even though that may mean death; we are still protected by Him. Obedience to Him is always the key to receiving from God. He promises to protect and shield us in times of trouble. He will answer when you call. Praise His Holy Name!

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October 20, 2006: 1:02 am: Daily Scripture

1 Corinthians 13:8-13
8 Love will last forever, but prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will all disappear. 9 Now we know only a little, and even the gift of prophecy reveals little! 10 But when the end comes, these special gifts will all disappear. 11 It’s like this: When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child does. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. 12 Now we see things imperfectly as in a poor mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God knows me now. 13 There are three things that will endure-faith, hope, and love-and the greatest of these is love.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

God has given us spiritual gifts so that we may be able to build up His Church and strengthen fellow Christians. But there will come a day when we will see everything with perfect clarity. We will see with the eyes of Christ. But in this world the glass is cloudy and our vision is limited. God has given us His Spirit and spiritual gifts to build us up and help us see more clearly. When we are with God, we will no longer need these spiritual gifts because we will be made perfect. Paul offers this glimpse of the future to give us hope that one day we will be complete when we are with Him. This truth should strengthen our daily walk. We don’t have all the answers now, but one day we will. Faith is our foundation, hope is our attitude and love is our action. You are free to love completely because you understand that God loves you.

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October 19, 2006: 1:03 am: Daily Scripture

Isaiah 26:1-8
Our city is now strong! We are surrounded by the walls of God’s salvation. 2 Open the gates to all who are righteous; allow the faithful to enter. 3 You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, whose thoughts are fixed on you! 4 Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the eternal Rock. 5 He humbles the proud and brings the arrogant city to the dust… Its walls come crashing down! 6 The poor and oppressed trample it underfoot… 7 But for those who are righteous, the path is not steep and rough. You are a God of justice, and you smooth out the road ahead of them. 8 Lord, we love to obey your laws; our heart’s desire is to glorify your name.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

What if peace came in a bottle and was a pill you could swallow. Think of what people would pay to have it. Only the very rich would be able to afford it. Many would sell everything to have it; others would steal, lie or cheat to get it. But we don’t have to buy it or steal it; God gives it freely to those who trust Him. It does not come without a cost however, we must die to self. To have perfect peace you have to be willing to say, “Not my will but Yours.” Obedience to God is the key to obtaining peace in this world. It takes complete and total surrender to our God who loved us enough to send His only Son to take our place on the cross for our sins. How much do you think about Christ? How much of your day is He in? How much of your time is God centered? If you are lacking peace in your life, take a look at who sits on the throne of your life, you or God. Your answer will decide your peace.

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October 18, 2006: 12:53 am: Daily Scripture

James 1:19-27
19 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. 22 And remember, it is a message to obey, not just to listen to. If you don’t obey, you are only fooling yourself. 23 For if you just listen and don’t obey, it is like looking at your face in a mirror but doing nothing to improve your appearance. 24 You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. 25 But if you keep looking steadily into God’s perfect law-the law that sets you free-and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it. 26 If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are just fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless. 27 Pure and lasting religion in the sight of God our Father means that we must care for orphans and widows in their troubles, and refuse to let the world corrupt us.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

When we know that Christ could return at anytime, we tend to live our lives a lot differently. We are more inclined to live as Christ lived and to tell others of His love. Keeping His return in our thoughts will affect our actions. When we know we will have to stand before Him and receive rewards for our work here in this world, we become doers of His Word. James is telling us to not just be hearers of His Word but to put it into action. The recipe to applying God’s Word in our lives is to start with reading His Word obediently, then we follow God’s Word exclusively believing God’s Word totally and to study God’s Word continually. Proverbs 30:5 states, “Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.” We are to walk submissively according to the Word of God because every word from God is without error. Some argue that man has added to it, but God has been in control of His Word from the beginning. If you start to pick the parts of His Word that you think are true and throw out those that you think are not, you put yourself in His place and become the author. All of God’s Word is for us to listen and obey. Anything that is added or taken away by man is not of God and will come under His judgment. Pray for His Spirit to guide you when you read and He will teach you as you walk in obedience.

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October 17, 2006: 6:01 pm: Daily Scripture

1 Timothy 4:7-10
7 Do not waste time arguing over godless ideas and old wives’ tales. Spend your time and energy in training yourself for spiritual fitness. 8 Physical exercise has some value, but spiritual exercise is much more important, for it promises a reward in both this life and the next. 9 This is true, and everyone should accept it. 10 We work hard and suffer much in order that people will believe the truth, for our hope is in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and particularly of those who believe.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

It seems that physical fitness is the “in” thing these days. It is good for your health to be physically fit, but the Word of God tells us it is more important to be spiritually fit. And just as physical fitness takes time and work, so does your spiritual fitness. It will not happen without time and work. There are three steps to getting spiritually fit and keeping yourself there. 1.) Take time to be with God every day. Looking at the life of Jesus, He often withdrew and prayed. In fact, He did not make a move without knowing what the Father wanted Him to do. How can we, who only have a small measure of His Spirit in us expect to do any less. And yet we do. We need God’s constant direction and we can only know what it is by spending time in His Word and talking to Him. 2.) Give a tithe every week. Matthew 6:21 states, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” If everything is God’s and He ask us to return 10% to Him, the rest is under our stewardship. Put God first with your money and He will take care of all the rest. 3.) Get together with other believers regularly. We should get into the habit of meeting together to encourage each other. It is more difficult to serve God outside of His body. Do these three things and you will become spiritually fit and then your treasure will be in heaven and not in this world.

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