Archive for December, 2006

December 8, 2006: 6:49 pm: Daily Scripture

Romans 3:21-31
21 But now God has shown us a different way of being right in his sight-not by obeying the law but by the way promised in the Scriptures long ago. 22 We are made right in God’s sight when we trust in Jesus Christ to take away our sins. And we all can be saved in this same way, no matter who we are or what we have done. 23 For all have sinned; all fall short of God’s glorious standard. 24 Yet now God in his gracious kindness declares us not guilty. He has done this through Christ Jesus, who has freed us by taking away our sins. 25 For God sent Jesus to take the punishment for our sins and to satisfy God’s anger against us. We are made right with God when we believe that Jesus shed his blood, sacrificing his life for us. God was being entirely fair and just when he did not punish those who sinned in former times. 26 And he is entirely fair and just in this present time when he declares sinners to be right in his sight because they believe in Jesus. 27 Can we boast, then, that we have done anything to be accepted by God? No, because our acquittal is not based on our good deeds. It is based on our faith. 28 So we are made right with God through faith and not by obeying the law. 29 After all, God is not the God of the Jews only, is he? Isn’t he also the God of the Gentiles? Of course he is. 30 There is only one God, and there is only one way of being accepted by him. He makes people right with himself only by faith, whether they are Jews or Gentiles. 31 Well then, if we emphasize faith, does this mean that we can forget about the law? Of course not! In fact, only when we have faith do we truly fulfill the law.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

We all fall short of God’s glorious standard and we all have sinned. There is not a person living who has not sinned. All need the grace of God to receive forgiveness. But sometimes we put levels on our sin. We believe that some sin is worse than others. Like murder is worse than lying or adultery is worse than breaking the law by speeding. God does not put levels on sin. Levels on sin is a man thing! Sin is sin and all sin separates from God. No one will enter into the presence of God with any sin. All sin needs to be covered by the Blood of Christ. Remember this the next time you are tempted to look down on another sinner because you think their sin is worse than yours. God looks at you both the same way. Both of you need the same forgiveness and neither will enter Heaven with any sin. We are only made right with God when we believe that Jesus shed His blood for us. No matter what you have done, all sin can be covered and no sin is greater than the other. We are made right with God when we believe that Jesus shed his blood, sacrificing his life for us. And only when God looks at us through the blood of Christ will we be made right with Him and spend eternity with Him.

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December 7, 2006: 6:48 pm: Daily Scripture

Matthew 16:13-19
13 When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter said in reply, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father. 18 And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the Hell shall not prevail against it. 19 I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
The New American Bible, (Nashville, Tennessee: Confraternity of Christian Doctrine) 1997.

The Church of Christ Jesus will continue to grow despite the world coming up against it. As a Child of the King we need to remember that we are on the side of the Victor. When Christ told this to Peter, it was before His death and resurrection. It was before the Church had been formed and before it went through the centuries of persecution and death. But the Church has remained alive and has continued to grow. At the time of Christ a city had to be fortified with walls and the gates were the only access into a city, so this was the weakest point. The enemy could work his attack at the gates because this was the place the wall was the weakest. When Christ told us, “the gates of the Hell shall not prevail against it,” He was not implying that Hell would come up against us. He was stating that the Church was to come up against Hell. Satan has dominion over the earth and he has it fortified. The Church is to come up against the control Satan has over the world and the people in it. We are to attack and take back what the enemy has taken. And the promise from Christ is that the “gates” of Hell will not be able to stand against our attack. We are to go into the world and take back the lives he has destroyed and claim them for the kingdom of God. We are on the defense, we are on the offense and we will prevail! Take up your sword and fight to overcome the enemy and win the souls of those around you who belong to Christ. You have His Word that you will be victorious for His glory!

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December 6, 2006: 8:12 pm: Daily Scripture

1 Kings 3:5-9
5 That night the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream, and God said, “What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!”
6 Solomon replied, “You were wonderfully kind to my father, David, because he was honest and true and faithful to you. And you have continued this great kindness to him today by giving him a son to succeed him. 7 O Lord my God, now you have made me king instead of my father, David, but I am like a little child who doesn’t know his way around. 8 And here I am among your own chosen people, a nation so great they are too numerous to count! 9 Give me an understanding mind so that I can govern your people well and know the difference between right and wrong. For who by himself is able to govern this great nation of yours?”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

When given a chance to have anything in the world, Solomon asked for wisdom. He asked for an “understanding mind” in order to lead God’s people well and to make right decisions. James 1:5 states that we can ask for this same kind of wisdom. We should ask God for wisdom to know what the job is that God wants us to do and then for wisdom to carry it out. We should not ask God to do for us what He wants to do through us. Instead we should ask God to give us the wisdom to know what to do and the strength to follow through. God will never step in and do for us what we can do for ourselves. It is better for us to move into action than to sit back and have it done for us. Knowing and understanding the will of God comes only through knowing His Word and knowing His mind. God will show us all we need to know to have the mind of Christ if we seek Him through His Word and ask Him. Once we know, we must move to action and do the task set before us. This is the will of God for all of those who belong to Him.

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December 5, 2006: 6:17 pm: Daily Scripture

1 Corinthians 2:6-16
6 However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, 8 which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” 10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. 13 These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. 16 For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

Those who are not in Christ cannot understand God’s spiritual truths and they cannot understand the concept that God’s Spirit lives in believers. Don’t expect people to understand or approve of your decision to follow Christ. People of the world will think it foolish. Just as a tone deaf-person cannot appreciate fine music, the person who rejects Christ cannot understand the spiritual truths from God. They have turned their back on God and will not understand the wisdom He provides for those who choose to follow Him. Believers in fact, have the very mind of Christ. Through The Holy Spirit, we can begin to know God’s thoughts. The more we know the mind of God, the more we grow to become like Him. The world will not understand or accept this. Are you spending enough time with Christ to know His mind? Knowing the thoughts of God comes only by spending time with Him. An intimate relationship with Christ comes only with consistent time in His presence and knowing His Word. The way you live will show how intimate your relationship is with God. The more you know Him the more you will be like Him. Don’t be like the world and close your mind to the things of God. Open your mind and seek His will by knowing His Word and spending time with Him.

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