Archive for May, 2007

May 30, 2007: 5:50 pm: Daily Scripture

Colossians 1:15-17
15 Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before God made anything at all and is supreme over all creation. 16 Christ is the one through whom God created everything in heaven and earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see kings, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities. Everything has been created through him and for him. 17 He existed before everything else began, and he holds all creation together.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Have you ever wondered why you were created?  So many times in this life, we wonder how we got here.  When it seems that the bad out weighs the good, no one can blame us for wondering what is our purpose for living.  But God is always faithful and answers our questions when we ask.  Everything, absolutely everything was created by Christ and finds its purpose in Him. It is in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for and we are part of the overall purpose He is working out in everything and everyone.  God created everything through Christ Jesus and He is the reason we live.  Even in our pain, even in the times our life when we wonder if anything could be more difficult, He is our purpose.  He is our hope, He is our peace, He is our joy, and He is our everything.  And it is only through Him that we will ever be complete.  Because we were created by Him and for Him, it is only through Him that we understand.  Knowing God results in greater understanding and endurance through the trails and pains of this life.  Because we know He is with us and will bring us through anything that happens to us.  We know that He is working His purpose in us through our trails.  Then we can stand, as Paul did in Philippians 4:13 and say, “I can do all things through Christ.”

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May 29, 2007: 5:43 pm: Daily Scripture

Philippians 2:5-11
5 Your attitude should be the same that Christ Jesus had. 6 Though he was God, he did not demand and cling to his rights as God. 7 He made himself nothing; he took the humble position of a slave and appeared in human form. 8 And in human form he obediently humbled himself even further by dying a criminal’s death on a cross. 9 Because of this, God raised him up to the heights of heaven and gave him a name that is above every other name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Every morning when we wake up we have a choice.  We can decide to take on the attitude of Christ or we can take what ever attitude we are feeling.  But we are not at the mercy of our attitude.  The decision is ours to make.  Paul is telling us to take on the attitude of Jesus Christ.  Even though He was God and lived in glory, He choose to make Himself a humble man.  He suffered and died as a criminal on the cross.  But because He made the choice to obey God, at the name of Jesus every knee will bow.  We should think about the attitude we are projecting and then if it is not in line with the attitude of Christ, make an adjustment.  Think about the attitude you are showing to the world around you and change it.  You have the power within you to change the attitude you have by remembering all that Jesus went through to give you this freedom.

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May 25, 2007: 6:28 pm: Daily Scripture

Ephesians 1:9-14
9 God’s secret plan has now been revealed to us; it is a plan centered on Christ, designed long ago according to his good pleasure. 10 And this is his plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ-everything in heaven and on earth. 11 Furthermore, because of Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us from the beginning, and all things happen just as he decided long ago. 12 God’s purpose was that we who were the first to trust in Christ should praise our glorious God. 13 And now you also have heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago. 14 The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us everything he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. This is just one more reason for us to praise our glorious God.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Because we know that Jesus Christ came the first time, we know He will come again.  99.9% of the Bible has already happened.  There is just a small percent yet to take place.  Long ago, God gave promises to His people about things that were to happen long in the future.  Through His prophets God told us everything that was going to happen long before it did.  And everything happened just as He said it would and it happened in His time.  The Old Testament is full of the prophecies God promised His people. And today we have the promise of God that He will bring everything together under the authority of Christ, everything on earth and in heaven.  This is yet to happen, but we can have confident peace and assurance that Jesus Christ will rule on this earth, just as He said He would. But before we get to that time, God’s purpose for each of us today is to know of His love for us through what Jesus Christ has already done.  He died on the cross for every sin ever committed.  Believing in Him and then receiving His grace is God’s purpose for every human being.  Before Christ comes to rule on earth, God wants Him to rule in our hearts.  Where are you today with the Lordship of Jesus Christ?  Does He rule in your heart?  Open up to His gift of love and receive from Him the love that is waiting for you.  Only by believing and then asking for His forgiveness will any of us rule with Christ when He does come back?  Know the peace of God by accepting Him now and rule with Him when He returns.

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May 24, 2007: 6:28 pm: Daily Scripture

Galatians 3:1-5
Oh, foolish Galatians! What magician has cast an evil spell on you? For you used to see the meaning of Jesus Christ’s death as clearly as though I had shown you a signboard with a picture of Christ dying on the cross. 2 Let me ask you this one question: Did you receive the Holy Spirit by keeping the law? Of course not, for the Holy Spirit came upon you only after you believed the message you heard about Christ. 3 Have you lost your senses? After starting your Christian lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort? 4 You have suffered so much for the Good News. Surely it was not in vain, was it? Are you now going to just throw it all away? 5 I ask you again, does God give you the Holy Spirit and work miracles among you because you obey the law of Moses? Of course not! It is because you believe the message you heard about Christ.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Oh, foolish Christians! Was it not God who saved you from death and destruction and brought you into His presence by the power of the Holy Spirit? Do you not stand before Him as white as snow without spot or blemish because of what Christ has done for you? Paul could be saying this to any of us today. “Have you lost your senses? After starting your Christian lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort?”  When we committed our lives to Christ, we took a back seat on the bus of life. Christ is the driver and we are passengers. But sometimes we think we know more than God and take the wheel. Get to the back of the bus and let God drive! All we can do is get on the bus and God takes over from there.  We get on the bus by faith in believing that He died for our sins. Then we get to know Him and we read His directions for life. The Word is planted deep in our minds and we begin to have the mind of Christ. We cannot become perfect by our own human power it is only through the power of the Spirit of God working in us that we will be Christ to the world around us. Philippians 1:6 tells us, “I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.” Christ will complete the work He started in you.

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May 23, 2007: 6:44 pm: Daily Scripture

1 John 2:1-6
My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if you do sin, there is someone to plead for you before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who pleases God completely. 2 He is the sacrifice for our sins. He takes away not only our sins but the sins of all the world.  3 And how can we be sure that we belong to him? By obeying his commandments.  4 If someone says, “I belong to God,” but doesn’t obey God’s commandments, that person is a liar and does not live in the truth. 5 But those who obey God’s word really do love him. That is the way to know whether or not we live in him. 6 Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Christ did.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

To love God means more than just being enthusiastic about Him.  Our lives must show that He is our God.  Loving God means doing the work He gives us and applying His instructions to every aspect of our lives.  Once we have received His instructions, we must be diligent in carrying them out.  Those who love God are lead by God.  Because we have Jesus Christ as the sacrifice for our sins, we can move into the work of God.  All of us have sins from our past that will make us feel unworthy for doing the work of God.  But don’t let those sins, that are forgiven and forgotten, prevent you from moving forward into the work that God has called you.  It would be like telling God that He doesn’t know what He is doing by putting you into this work.  Everything that God does is perfect.  You need to show that you love God by hearing His voice and then doing the work He has instructed you to do.  Rahab did not allow her past to keep her from the new role that God had given to her.  Joshua 2 tells us that she was a prostitute, but that she had a heart open to God.  The only thing she knew about God was all the things He had done for the nation of Israel.  She did not let her very sinful past prevent her from doing the work God had called her to.  Your sins have been taken away; do not let them keep you from obeying God’s commandments.  Those who obey God’s Word really do love Him. 

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May 22, 2007: 5:50 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 is impossible to go beyond the love of God.  There is no disaster, no calamity, no problem or sin that can put you outside of the love of God our Father.  So many times in our life we feel as though God is not there and that He does not hear us. But just because we feel it does not make it true. The truth is we are never outside of His love.  Even when we reject Him and sin His love is not removed.  God’s love for us does not mean He approves of everything we do. The love of God is completely beyond our comprehension.  Paul prayed in Ephesians 3:17-19, “And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts as you trust in him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love. 18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love really is. 19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is so great you will never fully understand it. Then you will be filled with the fullness of life and power that comes from God.”  The greatest expression of the love of God is through His Son Christ Jesus.  He was rejected and despised, yet He loved us enough to die for every person.  This love is so great it can encompass anything that may happen to you in this life or any sin you have committed.  Pray for the anointing of the Holy Spirit to grow in your understanding of the love of God.  Knowing how much God loves you will keep you focused on Him.  His love will keep you at peace as you go through trials and problems.  It will keep you close to God and keep you on the path of righteousness He has set you on.  Know His love and you know God.

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May 21, 2007: 6:19 am: Daily Scripture

Ephesians 6: 10-18
10 A final word: Be strong with the Lord’s mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies and tricks of the Devil. 12 For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against those mighty powers of darkness who rule this world, and against wicked spirits in the heavenly realms. 13 Use every piece of God’s armor to resist the enemy in the time of evil, so that after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14 Stand your ground, putting on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that you will be fully prepared. 16 In every battle you will need faith as your shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed at you by Satan. 17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 Pray at all times and on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all Christians everywhere.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Is this scripture very familiar to you? Does your mind automatically go to Ephesians 6 when you think of the armor of God? If not then you need to put on more of the armor of God. The Word of God will come alive to you as you become more familiar with it. Then when you are faced with a problem or concern, the Word automatically comes to your mind. When you need healing you think of Isaiah 53:5, “And by His stripes we are healed” Or when you are stressed and need a touch from God you think of Philippians 4:6, “Don’t worry about anything; instead; pray about everything. Tell God what you need; and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Or you are telling someone how to be saved and you think of Ephesians 2:8, “God saved you by his special favor when you believed.  And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God 9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.”  This is how we fight against our defeated enemy, Satan. Christ has won the battle and Satan is completely defeated. But even though we are assured victory, we must engage in this struggle until Christ returns. Satan will not stop trying to turn us away from God or make us ineffective Christians. And because he is a supernatural being, we must fight him with the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit in us. God has provided this for us but God will not pick up the sword of truth and fight for us, we must pick it up ourselves. Study and know God’s Word and be prepared to fight off discouragement, despair and any other fiery dart Satan may throw at you.

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May 18, 2007: 6:17 am: Daily Scripture

Luke 24:35-49
35 Then the two from Emmaus told their story of how Jesus had appeared to them as they were walking along the road and how they had recognized him as he was breaking the bread. 36 And just as they were telling about it, Jesus himself was suddenly standing there among them. He said, “Peace be with you.” 37 But the whole group was terribly frightened, thinking they were seeing a ghost! 38 “Why are you frightened?” he asked. “Why do you doubt who I am? 39 Look at my hands. Look at my feet. You can see that it’s really me. Touch me and make sure that I am not a ghost, because ghosts don’t have bodies, as you see that I do!” 40 As he spoke, he held out his hands for them to see, and he showed them his feet. 41 Still they stood there doubting, filled with joy and wonder. Then he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he ate it as they watched. 44 Then he said, “When I was with you before, I told you that everything written about me by Moses and the prophets and in the Psalms must all come true.” 45 Then he opened their minds to understand these many Scriptures. 46 And he said, “Yes, it was written long ago that the Messiah must suffer and die and rise again from the dead on the third day. 47 With my authority, take this message of repentance to all the nations, beginning in Jerusalem: ‘There is forgiveness of sins for all who turn to me.’ 48 You are witnesses of all these things. 49 “And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised. But stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The resurrected Christ appeared to His disciples and showed them His hands and His feet.  They walked, talked and ate with Him.  Before Christ gave them their final instructions, He told them that it was written long ago that He would suffer and die and then be raised from the dead on the third day.  It was not what the disciples expected to happen, even though He had told them what would happen before it did.  As the disciples were given the power that comes from the Holy Spirit, so we are filled with His power.  For all of those in Christ Jesus, the power of the Holy Spirit is given to them by the resurrected Christ.  He gives us the power to live for Him. 

When we die and leave this world, we will be with Him and we will have a body just like His.  All of us will have perfect bodies in heaven.  Not like these earthly bodies that are made of dust and get sick and die.   All of those in Christ will be perfect in heaven. But there will be one exception; Christ will be the only one in heaven with an imperfection.  He will have the scars on His hands and His feet.  All will see for eternity what He did for us.  We will always see Him as the resurrected Christ and know what He did for us.  We will be eternally grateful as we live in perfection with Him.  Praise Him for the grace that is so freely given but was so very expensive to give.  The Son of God had to come and suffer a painful death and separation for God the Father so we could have forgiveness for our sins.  Praise His name forever!
 
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May 17, 2007: 6:14 am: Daily Scripture

Jeremiah 17:5-10
5 This is what the Lord says: “Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans and turn their hearts away from the Lord. 6 They are like stunted shrubs in the desert, with no hope for the future. They will live in the barren wilderness, on the salty flats where no one lives.  7 “But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. 8 They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they go right on producing delicious fruit.  9 “The human heart is most deceitful and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? 10 But I know! I, the Lord, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

In times of trouble those who trust in humans will be disappointed. Because all are spiritually weak so they will have no strength to draw on.  But those who trust in the Lord will have more strength than they need.  Providing not only for their own needs but for the needs of others.  Are you satisfied being unfruitful or would you like to be like a well watered tree and have strength in times of crisis and even having more to share?  God makes it very clear why we sin; it is a matter of the heart.  Our heart is inclined toward sin from the time we are born.  It is easy to fall into the routine of forgetting and forsaking God.  But we can still choose whether or not to continue in sin.  We can yield to temptation or we can ask God for the way out.  Those who forget God are like the tree living in the barren wilderness.  They are stunted and will wither.  But those who turn to God in times of temptation will be full and produce much fruit.  You decide which tree you would like to be.

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May 15, 2007: 4:54 pm: Daily Scripture

Romans 12:17-21
17 Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. 18 Do your part to live in peace with everyone, as much as possible.  19 Dear friends, never avenge yourselves. Leave that to God. For it is written, “I will take vengeance; I will repay those who deserve it,” says the Lord. 20 Instead, do what the Scriptures say: “If your enemies are hungry, feed them.  If they are thirsty, give them something to drink, and they will be ashamed of what they have done to you.”  21 Don’t let evil get the best of you, but conquer evil by doing good.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

It is our nature to want to strike back when we have been the victim of evil.  We want them to hurt as much as we have been hurt.  But this is not our responsibility, it belongs to God.  God never wants us to repay evil for evil. Because He knows that when we do, we become evil. We become a judge and we now function outside of God.  He has told us that He will take vengeance and we need to trust Him to do it His way and in His time.  Remember that we are not above evil; we have done wrong to someone at some point in our lives.  We deserve to be punished for the things we have done.  But God in His grace has forgiven us by the Blood of Jesus Christ.  And don’t those who have done you wrong deserve the same?  We are to forgive and to love and let God deal with the vengeance.  But to forgive does not mean we are to continue to allow someone to keep abusing us.  We are to forgive, but we are also free to move on.  Do not let evil continue.  It is love to also be removed from a situation that is not healthy.  Ask God for direction and move in His will.  Forgive and love but do not allow evil to continue.

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