Archive for February, 2007

February 13, 2007: 6:33 pm: Daily Scripture

Genesis 16:1-6
But Sarai, Abram’s wife, had no children. So Sarai took her servant, an Egyptian woman named Hagar, 2 and gave her to Abram so she could bear his children. “The Lord has kept me from having any children,” Sarai said to Abram. “Go and sleep with my servant. Perhaps I can have children through her.” And Abram agreed. 3 So Sarai, Abram’s wife, took Hagar the Egyptian servant and gave her to Abram as a wife. (This happened ten years after Abram first arrived in the land of Canaan.) 4 So Abram slept with Hagar, and she became pregnant. When Hagar knew she was pregnant, she began to treat her mistress Sarai with contempt. 5 Then Sarai said to Abram, “It’s all your fault! Now this servant of mine is pregnant, and she despises me, though I myself gave her the privilege of sleeping with you. The Lord will make you pay for doing this to me!” 6 Abram replied, “Since she is your servant, you may deal with her as you see fit.” So Sarai treated her harshly, and Hagar ran away.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The Word teaches us to pray in line with the will of God. We are told by the Word that if we pray in line with God’s will, our prayers will be answered. But have you ever received a promise from the Lord, as Abram did in Genesis, and not seen the results of that promise? We pray for the promise to come to past, but don’t see it happening. It can be very frustrating to know that what you want is God’s will and yet you do not have it. It is during these times that it is tempting to take matters into our own hands, to force the issue. Most of the time when we do this it leads to sin. When we know God has promised us an answer to our prayers and we know our request is in His will and do not see it happening as quickly as we would like, making it happen in our power and time will lead to sin. Abram and Sarai found out the hard way that they could not make God move to their time table. And Sarai ended up in an even more difficult situation than she had been. Sometimes trusting God means waiting for His timing to work out the situation. He always knows exactly what we need and when it is the best time to give it. It is the waiting that can cause us to sin and try to make it happen. Seek to know not only His will, but His timing. Both are as important and the timing of an answer is just as important as the will of God. What are you waiting for God to do for you today? If you have heard from God and know that the answer is His will don’t try to make it happen. Trust that God will do what He said He would do and do it at the time He has appointed. Don’t take matters into your hands or you may find yourself in a worse situation and it may cause you to sin. Wait for God to work His plan in your life and the lives of those you love according to His time and God will answer you prayer. He will save the one you are praying for, He will heal your disease, He will meet your need, and He will do it at just the right time.

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February 12, 2007: 5:46 pm: Daily Scripture

Habakkuk 2:9-14
9 “How terrible it will be for you who get rich by unjust means! You believe your wealth will buy security, putting your families beyond the reach of danger. 10 But by the murders you committed, you have shamed your name and forfeited your lives. 11 The very stones in the walls of your houses cry out against you, and the beams in the ceilings echo the complaint. 12 “How terrible it will be for you who build cities with money gained by murder and corruption! 13 Has not the Lord Almighty promised that the wealth of nations will turn to ashes? They work so hard, but all in vain! 14 For the time will come when all the earth will be filled, as the waters fill the sea, with an awareness of the glory of the Lord.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Today many live in fear of war, financial disaster and disease. Terrorist attacks are on everyone’s mind. This world has nothing to offer but pain and destruction. And yet many continue to trust in the things that their hands have made. Idolatry may seem like a sin that modern people do not commit. But it is not just bowing down to idols, it is trusting in what one has made. If we trust in what we have made, we are trusting in our own power as creator and sustainer. If we say we worship God but put our trust in bank accounts, homes, businesses and governments, than we are idolaters. We must live above the circumstances of this world and everything it has to offer. It is all corruptible and will someday be gone. The only thing that will last is the love that flows through us from God the Father. Habakkuk 2:4 states, “Look at the proud! They trust in themselves, and their lives are crooked; but the righteous will live by their faith.” Do not put your trust in the gifts God has given you. Recognize the Giver and put your trust in Him and Him alone. Do not let your feelings be controlled by the events happening in the world today but by faith in God’s ability to direct all things according to His purpose and His ability to give you strength.

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February 9, 2007: 6:22 pm: Daily Scripture

Philippians 1:20-25
20 For I live in eager expectation and hope that I will never do anything that causes me shame, but that I will always be bold for Christ, as I have been in the past, and that my life will always honor Christ, whether I live or I die. 21 For to me, living is for Christ, and dying is even better. 22 Yet if I live, that means fruitful service for Christ. I really don’t know which is better. 23 I’m torn between two desires: Sometimes I want to live, and sometimes I long to go and be with Christ. That would be far better for me, 24 but it is better for you that I live. 25 I am convinced of this, so I will continue with you so that you will grow and experience the joy of your faith.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The verdict is in! The mortality rate is 100%, with no exceptions. The truth is we are all going to die. For the Christian to die is to gain. We go to be with our Lord who died for us. Is this the attitude that you have about living and dying? Are you comforted that no matter what happens, you are in God’s hands? For me, it is not the dying that worries me, it is the living. What we do and how we do it from the time we are born until the day we die is the thing we need to understand. How would you complete the statement, “For me to live is_________?” Could you be like Paul and state, “For me to live is Christ.’ Or are you living just to get and accumulate things? What is your ultimate purpose for living? Once we know how to live and what we are living for, we can be prepared to die. Not that we want death or look forward to it, but we are not afraid of it. It is a place of peace, knowing that whatever our state we are with God. If we are living, we are moving toward Him and if we die, we are with Him. This is the place of true joy, knowing that we are held by our Father and He is our purpose. What is your reason for living today? Take time to look at what the purpose of your life is. If you are a child of Jesus Christ, then live for that purpose with an attitude of joy because of God within you.

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February 8, 2007: 6:09 pm: Daily Scripture

Philippians 1:12-19
12 And I want you to know, dear brothers and sisters, that everything that has happened to me here has helped to spread the Good News. 13 For everyone here, including all the soldiers in the palace guard, knows that I am in chains because of Christ. 14 And because of my imprisonment, many of the Christians here have gained confidence and become more bold in telling others about Christ. 15 Some are preaching out of jealousy and rivalry. But others preach about Christ with pure motives. 16 They preach because they love me, for they know the Lord brought me here to defend the Good News. 17 Those others do not have pure motives as they preach about Christ. They preach with selfish ambition, not sincerely, intending to make my chains more painful to me. 18 But whether or not their motives are pure, the fact remains that the message about Christ is being preached, so I rejoice. And I will continue to rejoice. 19 For I know that as you pray for me and as the Spirit of Jesus Christ helps me, this will all turn out for my deliverance.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Paul knew what his priority for life was and that is what he focused on while he was in prison. He was looking at the purpose for his life and not on the circumstances. Because he understood that the priority was to reach the lost for Christ, he could be joyful. Paul put God first in every situation and God gave him peace. He was focused on what really mattered, he was looking at the eternal and not just the external. He was sharing Christ with those who did not know Him and he was encouraging other Christians to live boldly for Christ. When you are faced with problems and trials, put God first and see what a difference it will make. Proverbs 3:6 tells us, “In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your effort with success.” Is there a need that wakes you up at night and keeps you up because you can not see an answer? Try putting God first, read His Word and believe it. Then apply it to your need and keep on trusting that God will work all things out for your good according to His purpose. Keep your focus on His promises and not on what you see and He will fill you with peace and show you the answer.

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February 7, 2007: 5:24 pm: Daily Scripture

1 Peter 1:17-21
17 And remember that the heavenly Father to whom you pray has no favorites when he judges. He will judge or reward you according to what you do. So you must live in reverent fear of him during your time as foreigners here on earth. 18 For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver. 19 He paid for you with the precious lifeblood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. 20 God chose him for this purpose long before the world began, but now in these final days, he was sent to the earth for all to see. And he did this for you. 21 Through Christ you have come to trust in God. And because God raised Christ from the dead and gave him great glory, your faith and hope can be placed confidently in God.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Because God is judge of all the earth, we dare not ignore Him or treat Him casually. We should not assume our privileged status as children of God gives us freedom to do whatever we want. Our fear is a healthy respect for the all-powerful God who could have just as well destroyed us all. But because of His love for us, He ransomed us with His Blood, and we are to be ever grateful to Him. Christ’s sacrifice for our sins was not an after thought. The plan was set in motion by the all-knowing God long before the world began. What a comfort for those who love Him to know that He has always had and will always have everything under control. We can confidently place our trust in Him, as we respect Him for who He is.

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February 6, 2007: 6:03 pm: Daily Scripture

Psalms 91:1-7
1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” 3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler And from the perilous pestilence. 4 He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. 5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day, 6 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

When we see ourselves as created beings and we see God as our creator, we can understand how He can protect us. But before we know He can protect us, we have to know that He wants to and that He loves us enough to do so. We must have faith in our mighty God to know that He has the ability and the concern to keep us from danger. God is our refuse and He is our strength in times of trouble. It is because of His love for us that God will protect us. He keeps us safe from the evil that is around us. We put our trust in Him to protect our relationship with Him from all of the evil that would separate us from Him. It is our trust in Him that keeps us safe, because we believe Him. We believe that He cares for us and will keep His promises. What fear are you facing today that you need to trust that God will keep you safe from? Make Him your refuge and your shelter and He will keep you from the harm that Satan would have for you.

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February 5, 2007: 5:48 pm: Daily Scripture

Genesis 15:4-7
4 Then the Lord said to him, No, your servant will not be your heir, for you will have a son of your own to inherit everything I am giving you. 5 Then the Lord brought Abram outside beneath the night sky and told him, Look up into the heavens and count the stars if you can. Your descendants will be like that too many to count! 6 And Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord declared him righteous because of his faith. 7 Then the Lord told him, I am the Lord who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Our faith is the most precious thing we have. Without faith it is impossible to please God. Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord declared him righteous because of his faith. Abrams’ faith, not his actions are what made him right before God. A right relationship is based on faith in knowing that God is Who He said He is and the He does what He says He will do. Our outward actions will not by themselves make us right with God. But right actions are the outcome of a right relationship with God. Abram, later renamed Abraham, is the father of faith because he believed God. The entire world was blessed because of his faith. The Jewish nation came from Abraham and out of the Jewish nation came Christ. The entire world is blessed because of Abraham’s faith. If Abraham could believe that he would be blessed with a child at the age of 99, so we can believe in the written Word of God that is so readily available to us. Believe God by trusting in His promises and your actions will show your faith.

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February 2, 2007: 7:11 pm: Daily Scripture

1 John 1:5-10
5 This is the message he has given us to announce to you: God is light and there is no darkness in him at all. 6 So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness. We are not living in the truth. 7 But if we are living in the light of God’s presence, just as Christ is, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from every sin. 8 If we say we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and refusing to accept the truth. 9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The statement “God is light” means that God is perfectly holy and true and that He alone can guide us out of the darkness of our sin. Light exposes what is true and whatever exists, whether it is good or it is bad. In the light evil and goodness are clearly distinguished. Just as darkness can not exist in the presence of light, so sin can not exist in the presence of our holy God. If we want a relationship with God, we can not approach Him with darkness in us. It will be exposed and God will not have fellowship with darkness. We must nail our sins to the cross of Christ by believing and receiving the grace Christ died to give us. To claim that you belong to Christ but then go out and live for your old sinful nature is hypocrisy. Christ will expose and judge such deceit. Paul tells us to confess our sins and God will cleanse us from every sin. Have fellowship with God and walk in His light by the righteousness Christ died to give you.

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February 1, 2007: 6:07 pm: Daily Scripture

Genesis 22:6-17
6 Abraham placed the wood for the burnt offering on Isaac’s shoulders, while he himself carried the knife and the fire. As the two of them went on together, 7 Isaac said, Father? Yes, my son, Abraham replied. We have the wood and the fire, said the boy, but where is the lamb for the sacrifice? 8 God will provide a lamb, my son, Abraham answered. And they both went on together. 9 When they arrived at the place where God had told Abraham to go, he built an altar and placed the wood on it. Then he tied Isaac up and laid him on the altar over the wood. 10 And Abraham took the knife and lifted it up to kill his son as a sacrifice to the Lord. 11 At that moment the angel of the Lord shouted to him from heaven, Abraham! Abraham! Yes, he answered. I’m listening. 12 Lay down the knife, the angel said. Do not hurt the boy in any way, for now I know that you truly fear God. You have not withheld even your beloved son from me. 13 Then Abraham looked up and saw a ram caught by its horns in a bush. So he took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering on the altar in place of his son. 14 Abraham named the place The Lord Will Provide. This name has now become a proverb: On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided. 15 Then the angel of the Lord called again to Abraham from heaven, 16 This is what the Lord says: Because you have obeyed me and have not withheld even your beloved son, I swear by my own self that 17 I will bless you richly. I will multiply your descendants into countless millions, like the stars of the sky and the sand on the seashore. They will conquer their enemies, 18 and through your descendants, all the nations of the earth will be blessed all because you have obeyed me.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

God knew the plan for redemption even before it was needed. In this scripture, God is laying out the plan for Abraham. He is asked to sacrifice his son, his only son. This is the long awaited child of promise. God had promised Abraham to multiple his seed like the stars in the sky, but God wanted his complete obedience and asked Abraham to show his faith. In doing so, God showed all of us how He would redeem the world through the seed of this man. God gave His Son, His only Son for our sins. The plan is clear, God will provide the sacrifice needed to make us right with Him. Jehovah-jireh, means God will provide. Because of our sin, we could not do it ourselves but God provided. This promise was not just for the children of Abraham but for the entire world. All of the nations would be blessed through the obedience of Abraham. Jesus Christ came through the Jews but He came to redeem all of mankind, no matter what nationality or race. All can receive grace by being believing God, just as Abraham did over 6000 years ago.

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