Archive for November, 2006

November 30, 2006: 6:17 pm: Daily Scripture

2 Kings 5:9-16
9 So Naaman went with his horses and chariots and waited at the door of Elisha’s house. 10 But Elisha sent a messenger out to him with this message: “Go and wash yourself seven times in the Jordan River. Then your skin will be restored, and you will be healed of leprosy.” 11 But Naaman became angry and stalked away. “I thought he would surely come out to meet me!” he said. “I expected him to wave his hand over the leprosy and call on the name of the Lord his God and heal me! 12 Aren’t the Abana River and Pharpar River of Damascus better than all the rivers of Israel put together? Why shouldn’t I wash in them and be healed?” So Naaman turned and went away in a rage. 13 But his officers tried to reason with him and said, “Sir, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, wouldn’t you have done it? So you should certainly obey him when he says simply to go and wash and be cured!” 14 So Naaman went down to the Jordan River and dipped himself seven times, as the man of God had instructed him. And his flesh became as healthy as a young child’s, and he was healed! 15 Then Naaman and his entire party went back to find the man of God. They stood before him, and Naaman said, “I know at last that there is no God in all the world except in Israel. Now please accept my gifts.” 16 But Elisha replied, “As surely as the Lord lives, whom I serve, I will not accept any gifts.” And though Naaman urged him to take the gifts, Elisha refused.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Every miracle, large or small, always begins with an act of obedience. Sometimes we will not see the solution until we humble ourselves and take a step of faith. Naaman was the army commander for the King of Aram. This was Israel’s neighbor and enemy. The King of Aram had been coming into Israel and raiding and plundering them. Naaman had suffered with leprosy and heard about Elisha a prophet of God and knew that the God of Israel could heal him. Naaman went to Elisha to be healed, but he was a leader and full of pride, and he did not want do something as humble as wash himself in the Jordan River. But when he finally did obey, he was healed by God. Sometimes God provides for us in ways that go beyond our narrow definitions or expectations. No matter how bitter our trials or how hopeless they seem, we should always look for God’s caring touch because it is there. We may find His providence in strange places. What trial are you facing today? Do you need healing for your body or your heart? Bring your need before Him and humble yourself enough to be open to see God where you did not expect Him. God loves you so much; He even has the hairs on your head numbered. So He knows exactly what you are going through. Trust Him to see you through the situation. When you hear His voice move in obedience and do His will. Know that God will take a difficult situation and use it to make you more like Christ.

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November 29, 2006: 5:56 pm: Daily Scripture

1 Corinthians 5:9-13
9 When I wrote to you before, I told you not to associate with people who indulge in sexual sin. 10 But I wasn’t talking about unbelievers who indulge in sexual sin, or who are greedy or are swindlers or idol worshipers. You would have to leave this world to avoid people like that. 11 What I meant was that you are not to associate with anyone who claims to be a Christian yet indulges in sexual sin, or is greedy, or worships idols, or is abusive, or a drunkard, or a swindler. Don’t even eat with such people. 12 It isn’t my responsibility to judge outsiders, but it certainly is your job to judge those inside the church who are sinning in these ways. 13 God will judge those on the outside; but as the Scriptures say, “You must remove the evil person from among you.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

This scripture will become more important to the Church as we move ahead in this world. We are seeing the move of homosexuality into the church. Many church organizations today are stating that sex between a man and a man or a women and a woman is not sin. To make their sin even more evil they are bringing it into the church and stating that they can be Christians and be homosexual. This is blatant sin. Scripture is very clear that any sex outside of man-woman marriage is sin. Yes you can read about all kinds of sexual sin in the Bible, but it documented as sin and is never condoned by God and is always judged by Him. The Word of God is very clear about what sin is! 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 is very clear about homosexual sin, “9 Don’t you know that those who do wrong will have no share in the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, who are idol worshipers, adulterers, male prostitutes, homosexuals, 10 thieves, greedy people, drunkards, abusers, and swindlers-none of these will have a share in the Kingdom of God.”

Those who pick and choose which parts of the Bible are from God and which parts are not are only fooling themselves and those they lead into their deception. God will say to these, “Depart from Me, I never knew you!” A true believer of Jesus Christ will not agree to any sin in the Church. There will be churches who will allow sin into their organizations but Christ will not be among them. In Christ’ message to the church in Revelations 2:14-16, He stated that sexual sin would be allowed into the church by people not by God, and this is what He had to say to them, “14 And yet I have a few complaints against you. You tolerate some among you who are like Balaam, who showed Balak how to trip up the people of Israel. He taught them to worship idols by eating food offered to idols and by committing sexual sin. 15 In the same way, you have some Nicolaitans among you-people who follow the same teaching and commit the same sins. 16 Repent, or I will come to you suddenly and fight against them with the sword of my mouth.”

Do not be fooled by the world, God not does now or ever will allow sexual sin between two men or two women. This type of sex is always sin and will be judged by Him. Corinthians is very clear we can not allow those who sin in such a way and say they belong to Christ to be a part of our church. Those who are in Christ Jesus are to not even eat with them. This does not mean we are to separate ourselves from them completely, but we are not to worship our God with them. We are to respect all people regardless of their belief, but we do not agree with them regarding their sin and we do not worship with them. If this is happening in your church, you have two choices; remove the sin or remove yourself from the church. Don’t be fooled by sinners message of love and acceptance of all beliefs, this is not what the Bible teaches and is not of God. We are to love all people, but we are to hate sin and not tolerate it or we may be infected by it. Learn from the Israelites, they did not get rid of all the people who worshipped idols and paid dearly for it. They lost their land and their position with God.

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November 21, 2006: 6:04 pm: Daily Scripture

Matthew 6:7-13
7 “When you pray, don’t babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered only by repeating their words again and again. 8 Don’t be like them, because your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him! 9 Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may your name be honored. 10 May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done here on earth, just as it is in heaven. 11 Give us our food for today, 12 and forgive us our sins, just as we have forgiven those who have sinned against us. 13 And don’t let us yield to temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Many of us say the Lord’s prayer without thinking about what we are praying. When we ask for “God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven,” what are we really asking? Many think it is some global change that needs to take place where everything and everyone does exactly what God wants. But Jesus is speaking into the heart of the believer, He is teaching His disciples and telling them the will of God begins and ends in their hearts. We only have control over our own thoughts and actions, we can not control what the world does. So the will of God begins in our own mind and will. When our spirit is rightly connected to God through salvation, doing His will begins in our souls. It is surrendering our will, our mind and our emotions to those of God. Globally the will of God will not be done on earth until Christ is here with us and ruling this world, but in heaven every being willingly does the will of God. All hearts and minds in heaven are surrendered to the will of God. This is out of love for Him. On earth, where the curse of death is still in control, many do not even acknowledge Him as God. But for those of us who love the Lord can start only with our own will. By nailing our sinful nature to the cross of Christ and submitting to God, the will of God is done on earth as it is in heaven. Our prayer should be, “May your will be done in my mind and actions, as it is in the beings of heaven.” Someday, God’s will will be done by every being on earth. But until that Day, start with your will and bind your mind, will, and emotions to those of Jesus Christ and make a conscious decision to know and do what Christ would do in all aspects of your life.

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November 20, 2006: 7:05 pm: Daily Scripture

Proverbs 3:5-8
5. Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
7. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.
8. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.
King James Version

There are three types of suffering in this world. There is common suffering which happens to all of us because we live in a world under a curse. Everything, human, animal, and plant gets sick and eventually dies. This curse happened when man sinned against God. We are all born under the curse and therefore start to die the second we are born. No one is exempt from this and all of us will get sick and some suffer more than others, but all suffer. We have to live within these conditions until we are with Him. We can receive healing and protection from this suffering, but we have to ask God and sometimes He heals and sometimes He does not. It is according to His will. The second type of suffering is because of the consequences of our sin. Our sin can affect our bodies or any aspect of our life. If we spend all of our money on the wrong things and do not pay our bills and take care of our responsibilities, we will suffer. If we smoke or over eat, our bodies will suffer. Sickness can be caused by our sin, because we do not take care of our body. But we can do all of the right things and still suffer because we are under the curse. The third type of suffering is because you are a follower of Christ. Every year around 5 million people are killed just because they believe in Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 4:14 tells us, “If you suffer for the name of Christ, you are blessed; because the Spirit of glory and the Spirit of God is in you.” Not many of us suffer for the name of Christ in this country, but many around the world do. Most of our suffering is because of our own bad choices or because we live in a fallen world. The only type of suffering we can control is our sin. No one can make us sin, that is completely our choice. Satan may tempt us to sin, but he can not make us do it. If you are suffering in your body today seek the will of God and ask Him for healing. Ask Him also to show you what His will is during this time of suffering. If you are suffering because of wrong choices, ask Him to show you how to change and ask Him for help. God will always be with you and He will never leave you no matter what type of suffering you are going through. Completely trust Him with all of your heart and do not lean to your own understanding. But seek the will of God in all that you do and whatever situation you are in.

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November 17, 2006: 6:38 pm: Daily Scripture

Psalms 118:19-28
19 Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will enter into them, I will give thanks unto Jehovah. 20 This is the gate of Jehovah; The righteous shall enter into it. 21 I will give thanks unto thee; for thou hast answered me, And art become my salvation. 22 The stone which the builders rejected Is become the head of the corner. 23 This is Jehovah’s doing; It is marvellous in our eyes. 24 This is the day which Jehovah hath made; We will rejoice and be glad in it. 25 Save now, we beseech thee, O Jehovah: O Jehovah, we beseech thee, send now prosperity. 26 Blessed be he that cometh in the name of Jehovah: We have blessed you out of the house of Jehovah. 27 Jehovah is God, and he hath given us light: Bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar. 28 Thou art my God, and I will give thanks unto thee: Thou art my God, I will exalt thee. 29 Oh give thanks unto Jehovah; for he is good; For his lovingkindness ‘endureth’ for ever.
The King James Version, (Cambridge: Cambridge) 1769.

Are you joyful today? Do you have many days of joy? Everyday is a day that the Lord has made and as His child you are to be full of joy. Because you are on your way to heaven and have the righteousness of Christ is reason to have joy. Having joy is not laughing all day and being happy about your circumstances in life. Christ was not happy while He was on the Cross, but He did have the joy of the Lord knowing that He was in God’s will and knowing what was to come because He was obedient. Joy is a decision you make. It is impossible to have joy without peace. Peace is knowing that God is in control and that all things will work for your good according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). It is trusting that God is your Father and that you are safe in His love, no matter what the storm of life may bring. Do not let the Satan steal your joy from you. He knows that if he can steal your joy, you will not live a victorious life. Make the decision today to trust that God gave you this day and to be glad in it. He is your God and thank Him for He is good and you are His child.

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November 16, 2006: 5:41 pm: Daily Scripture

Mark 13:5-11
5 Jesus replied, “Don’t let anyone mislead you, 6 because many will come in my name, claiming to be the Messiah. They will lead many astray. 7 And wars will break out near and far, but don’t panic. Yes, these things must come, but the end won’t follow immediately. 8 Nations and kingdoms will proclaim war against each other, and there will be earthquakes in many parts of the world, and famines. But all this will be only the beginning of the horrors to come. 9 But when these things begin to happen, watch out! You will be handed over to the courts and beaten in the synagogues. You will be accused before governors and kings of being my followers. This will be your opportunity to tell them about me. 10 And the Good News must first be preached to every nation. 11 But when you are arrested and stand trial, don’t worry about what to say in your defense. Just say what God tells you to. Then it is not you who will be speaking, but the Holy Spirit.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Jesus gave us direction as to what would happen before His Second Coming. He told us that many would come in His name and claim to be Him. This scripture in Mark is talking about the beginning of the Tribulation period. Christ is warning us that things will only get worse during this period of time. But how does all of this relate to the time we live in now? We are not in the Tribulation period because Israel has not signed a contract with Antichrist as stated in Daniel 9:27, “27 He will make a treaty with the people for a period of one set of seven.” We are in the period of time right before the Tribulation. What we are seeing happen in the world today is nothing more than labor pains. We are right before the time of judgment. Right now we are still in the Age of Grace. It is at the end of the Tribulation that Jesus Christ will return as a conquering King to set up His earthly rule. But before that time, there will be no peace in this world, no matter what we do. There may be pockets of peace but no real peace throughout the world. In our life time, we will never see the world at peace unless we miss the Rapture and live through the Tribulation to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. What we need to do today is trust that God has all things under control and the world is moving according to His plan. We do not know what the future will hold but we do know Who holds the future. Do not fear, no matter what happens, but know that you belong to Christ Jesus and He will keep your commitment to Him safe until the end.

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November 15, 2006: 6:04 pm: Daily Scripture

Philippians 2:12-16
12 Dearest friends, you were always so careful to follow my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away you must be even more careful to put into action God’s saving work in your lives, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. 13 For God is working in you, giving you the desire to obey him and the power to do what pleases him. 14 In everything you do, stay away from complaining and arguing, 15 so that no one can speak a word of blame against you. You are to live clean, innocent lives as children of God in a dark world full of crooked and perverse people. Let your lives shine brightly before them. 16 Hold tightly to the word of life, so that when Christ returns, I will be proud that I did not lose the race and that my work was not useless.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

God is working within us to give us the desire to obey Him. This can be very comforting in those times when we feel so disconnected from God. After the decision to follow Christ is made, then we need to know how to follow Him. The desire to obey God is only in staying connected to Him as described in John 15. Christ is the vine and we are the branches. We stay connected to Him by knowing Him through His Word and spending time with Him in prayer. Once we promise to follow Christ, and we know how, now we have a responsibility to do it. It is more than just knowing, it is doing. God has promised He would give us not only the desire but the power to do so. We take the first step and move forward in faith and God fills in all the gaps and gives us power to do His will because we are connected to the Vine. So we can live clean innocent lives in a world of darkness without fear. Do not be discouraged because of what you see happening all around you, but move forward for your King because He has given the power to do so.

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November 14, 2006: 5:28 pm: Daily Scripture

Titus 1:1-3
1 This letter is from Paul, a slave of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ. I have been sent to bring faith to those God has chosen and to teach them to know the truth that shows them how to live godly lives. 2 This truth gives them the confidence of eternal life, which God promised them before the world began, and he cannot lie. 3 And now at the right time he has revealed this Good News, and we announce it to everyone. It is by the command of God our Savior that I have been trusted to do this work for him.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Our eternal status is determined by our faith in God’s work done on our behalf, not our work done on God’s behalf. It is the knowledge of this truth that leads to godliness, not our own efforts to be like Christ. It is our relationship with God that leads to righteous action. Christ is not waiting to love us until we straighten out our lives, He loves us just as we are now! He extends His mercy to us covering our sin and giving us Christ’s righteousness before we have become righteous. This is not a license to sin, but freedom not to. Faith in what God’s mercy alone can accomplish will propel you to a deeper love for God. And it is the power of this love that enables you to live as Christ did. You are as righteous as Jesus Christ. We may not feel it, we may not think it, but God’s Word says it and our belief in His Word makes it real in our hearts and lives. Understanding divine mercy makes us genuine believers. This mercy stimulates a compelling love for God. And this love for Him is the source of our willingness and power to live for Him. Even this love is not of ourselves but a gift from God. When we act in faith of His love for us, the Holy Spirit is released to work in and through our lives. Accept His mercy and know His love, then believe you have the righteousness of Christ and see what a difference it will make in your actions.

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November 13, 2006: 6:03 pm: Daily Scripture

John 12:37-43
37 But despite all the miraculous signs he had done, most of the people did not believe in him. 38 This is exactly what Isaiah the prophet had predicted: “Lord, who has believed our message? To whom will the Lord reveal his saving power?” 39 But the people couldn’t believe, for as Isaiah also said, 40 “The Lord has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts, so their eyes cannot see, and their hearts cannot understand, and they cannot turn to me and let me heal them.” 41 Isaiah was referring to Jesus when he made this prediction, because he was given a vision of the Messiah’s glory. 42 Many people, including some of the Jewish leaders, believed in him. But they wouldn’t admit it to anyone because of their fear that the Pharisees would expel them from the synagogue. 43 For they loved human praise more than the praise of God.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

During every age in human history, people have refused to believe in God despite the evidence He has given us. Before Jesus Christ, they refused to believe in what God was going to do and after Christ they refused to believe in what He had done. Some of the people who had seen Christ raise Lazarus from the dead, refused to believe He was from God. Even though they knew Lazarus had been dead for 4 days. As a result of their unbelief, God hardened their hearts. Does this mean God intentionally prevents people from believing in Him? No, He simply confirms their own choices. They refuse to believe the evidence before them. After a lifetime of resisting God, people become so set in their ways that they will not even try to believe. Even if someone comes back from the dead, they will not believe. Their own pride is what prevents them. That is why pride is one of the deadliest sins. For such people, it is virtually impossible for them to believe in Christ because their hearts have been hardened by their own pride. Many believe but refuse to admit it. This is just as bad, and Jesus had strong words for these people. Some Pharisees believed Jesus was the Messiah but refused to admit it for fear of being kicked out of the synagogue and afraid of losing their positions among the other religious leaders. When you feel the tug of God on your heart, don’t turn Him away or you may never have the chance to receive Him again. Today is the day of salvation and today is all you have.

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November 10, 2006: 5:25 pm: Daily Scripture

James 3:2-12
2 We all make many mistakes, but those who control their tongues can also control themselves in every other way. 3 We can make a large horse turn around and go wherever we want by means of a small bit in its mouth. 4 And a tiny rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot wants it to go, even though the winds are strong. 5 So also, the tongue is a small thing, but what enormous damage it can do. A tiny spark can set a great forest on fire. 6 And the tongue is a flame of fire. It is full of wickedness that can ruin your whole life. It can turn the entire course of your life into a blazing flame of destruction, for it is set on fire by hell itself. 7 People can tame all kinds of animals and birds and reptiles and fish, 8 but no one can tame the tongue. It is an uncontrollable evil, full of deadly poison. 9 Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it breaks out into curses against those who have been made in the image of God. 10 And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right! 11 Does a spring of water bubble out with both fresh water and bitter water? 12 Can you pick olives from a fig tree or figs from a grapevine? No, and you can’t draw fresh water from a salty pool.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Your speech tells who you are; your tongue gives you away. It tells where you came from. It tells whether you are ignorant or educated, cultured or crude, whether you are clean or unclean, whether you are vulgar or refined, whether you are a believer or a blasphemer, whether you are a Christian or a non-Christian, whether you are guilty or not guilty. Who you really are and what you believe will come out in your speech. Your speech can be compared to fire, it can either be used for good or it can destroy, depending on the control of it. James is telling us to grow up as a Christian, we are not to be babes who can not control themselves. If you can control you tongue, you will be able to control all other aspects of your life. Our Christian maturity is showing in what we talk about. Do people who know you, know that you are a Christian? If not, then you need to examine what you are saying and how you are saying it. Then examine your behavior. Is it Christ-like? Would there be enough evidence to convict you of being a Christian? This is the acid test of our faith, let Him show in your speech and your behavior will follow.

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