Archive for September, 2007

September 28, 2007: 5:45 pm: Daily Scripture

Galatians 3:15-23
15 Dear brothers and sisters, here’s an example from everyday life. Just as no one can set aside or amend an irrevocable agreement, so it is in this case. 16 God gave the promise to Abraham and his child. And notice that it doesn’t say the promise was to his children. as if it meant many descendants. But the promise was to his child-and that, of course, means Christ. 17 This is what I am trying to say: The agreement God made with Abraham could not be canceled 430 years later when God gave the law to Moses. God would be breaking his promise. 18 For if the inheritance could be received only by keeping the law, then it would not be the result of accepting God’s promise. But God gave it to Abraham as a promise. 19 Well then, why was the law given? It was given to show people how guilty they are. But this system of law was to last only until the coming of the child to whom God’s promise was made. And there is this further difference. God gave his laws to angels to give to Moses, who was the mediator between God and the people; 20 Now a mediator is needed if two people enter into an agreement, but God acted on his own when he made his promise to Abraham. 21 Well then, is there a conflict between God’s law and God’s promises? Absolutely not! If the law could have given us new life, we could have been made right with God by obeying it. 22 But the Scriptures have declared that we are all prisoners of sin. so the only way to receive God’s promise is to believe in Jesus Christ. 23 Until faith in Christ was shown to us as the way of becoming right with God, we were guarded by the law. We were kept in protective custody, so to speak, until we could put our faith in the coming Savior.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation. (Wheaton. IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Recognizing sin under the law never equaled salvation. The law was given to show man his sin, not to save him because no one could keep the law. Romans 3:10 states, “And the person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as the person who has broken all of God’s laws.” The promised made to Abraham came directly from God and was the promise of inheritance through Christ Jesus the Child. It wasn’t a promise given to Mose but simply the Law and that came to him through angels, not directly from God. Of course, the Law is truth and His Word is eternal, but salvation comes only through the Word who became flesh. Those who count on the Law to save them are trusting in their own ability to obey. And no one is able to keep the Law. If you are guilty of breaking one, you have broken them all. What function then is the Law today? If we are justified by faith and not works, is there any place for works? Can we accept the gift of salvation and then do as we please? The answer is yes because if God lives within us, we want to do His will. When we admit we are sinners and need God, then accept His gift of salvation through Christ, His Holy Spirit lives in us. If God is within us, we are changed and will become more like Him. As we become more like Him, we want to do His will. This is how we know He is in us, we become more and more like Him. The Spirit of God then gives us the desire to keep His Law. It is not of ourselves, but of Him who lives in us.

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September 27, 2007: 6:28 pm: Daily Scripture

Isaiah 26:3, 30:15 &18
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 The Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says, “Only in returning to me and waiting for me will you be saved.” In quietness and confidence is your strength. 18 But the Lord still waits for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion. For the Lord is a faithful God. Blessed are those who wait for him to help them.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

What is your level of contentment? If you had to put it on a level of 1-10, what would you say? If you are not as content as you would like to be, you need to look at what you are trying to find contentment in. Is it a relationship, or circumstances or a job? This world we live in is so sinful and fallen, that there will never be peace only chaos in anything this world has to offer. No matter how hard we try, there will never be peace in this world as we know it. So anything of this world that you are trying to find contentment in will only fail you and bring you more frustration. We only find real contentment when we look to God our Father for unchanging love and guidance. Our trust in Him will bring the inner stability we need to live in this ever changing world. We can deal with anything this world may throw our way, if we fix our thoughts on Him. Return to Him and He will give you peace. He is waiting for you and wants to give you perfect peace. Perfect love casts out fear and God is the only source of this love and peace.

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September 26, 2007: 5:06 pm: Daily Scripture

1 Thessalonians 5:14-25
14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all. 15 See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all. 16 Rejoice always. 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not despise prophecies. 21 Test all things; hold fast to what is good. 22 Abstain from every form of evil. 23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it. 25 Brethren, pray for us.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, {Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

Prayer is one the greatest gifts the Father has given us and one of the most under used. James 5:16 tells us, “The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results.”  Are you spending time every day talking with the Creator of the universe? When you pray, do you get results? If not, you have a weak prayer muscle. Prayer takes time and practice just like the muscles of your body. Taking a healthy adult and immobilizing him in bed, his muscles will eventually not function and become useless. The same is true of your prayer muscle. Commit to pray to God who sent His Son to save you from your sins. When you pray, pray in the name of Jesus Christ and pray according to the Word of God.  Remind God of His promises. Use simple words and begin by thanking God for all that He has done for you. Just spend time worshipping Him and consciously be aware that you are now in the presence of God. Take the attitude of putting everything in God’s hands. Agree with another believer for the answers you need. And finally pray in faith, believing. It doesn’t take great faith to believe in a God who never fails. If Jesus needed to spend time in pray, how much more do we? He never made a move without direction from the Father. He lived in perfection and yet needed to pray. While you are here in this world make it a habit to pray.

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September 25, 2007: 6:05 pm: Daily Scripture

James 1:12-18
12 God blesses the people who patiently endure testing. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. 13 And remember, no one who wants to do wrong should ever say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else either. 14 Temptation comes from the lure of our own evil desires. 15 These evil desires lead to evil actions, and evil actions lead to death. 16 So don’t be misled, my dear brothers and sisters. 17 Whatever is good and perfect comes to us from God above, who created all heaven’s lights. Unlike them, he never changes or casts shifting shadows. 18 In his goodness he chose to make us his own children by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his choice possession.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Ever wonder about the Lord’s Prayer that states, “And lead us not into temptation.” God does not lead any of us into temptation to sin. According to what James is telling us, He never tempts us to evil. To be tempted from a divine standpoint means a positive test; from the Devil’s standpoint it is an enticement to sin. Always! God will ask us to demonstrate what He has taught us. Jesus did this with the disciples. After coming down from the mountain where Jesus had taught them, He would put the lesson to a test. Jesus would challenge the disciples’ faith by asking them to believe what He had just said by putting it into practice. After the Sermon on the Mount, there were 5000 people to feed and He told His disciples to feed them. He had just told them to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and then all of their needs would be meet. Whenever we are in a position to sin or not, it is always from Satan. Are you facing a situation of temptation to sin? Look at the source of the temptation and stand firm on the Word of God. God will bless you and strengthen you every time you choose not to sin.

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September 24, 2007: 7:07 pm: Daily Scripture

Romans 12: 1-2
And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice-the kind he will accept. When you think of what he has done for you, is this too much to ask? 2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The behaviors and customs of this world are turning away from God. As we come to the end of this age, we will see the world adapt a “religion” that is all inclusive of every kind of sin. Actually this world religion does not recognize anything as sin. But God is calling you to a higher standard, because of what He has done for you. He asks that we make our bodies a holy and living sacrifice for Him. What does this mean in the world we live in today? It means we go against what is popular, what is acceptable by the world and what is no longer considered sin. We look to the Word for our standard regarding our bodies. The Word is very clear, stating that any sex outside of a man-women marriage is sin. Say that too loud just about anywhere and you will be labeled homophobic or a hate monger. It is now illegal for a preacher in Canada to preach against the sin of homosexuality.  They consider it hate language and it is a punishable crime.  The USA is not far behind.  The Episcopalians and  now the Lutherans have accepted homosexuals by accepting them into positions of leadership as pastors and priests.  This is blatantly going against the Word of God. But Romans is the Word of God and He is asking us to make our bodies a living sacrifice to Him. We can not embrace only the parts of the Word we like and ignore the rest because we do not like what it tells us to do. Examine your heart, do you truly understand what Christ did for you and do you love Him? Don’t take the position of telling Him how to do it. He is sovereign and He is Almighty and He wrote the Book. Just because you have a desire for sexual activity outside of God’s standard, does not make it right. God did make you to be a sexual person, but going outside of His Word regarding your body is sin. Don’t take anyone’s word regarding this issue, go to the Word of God and seek answers yourself and then pray about it. God will lead you to do what is right.

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September 21, 2007: 6:57 pm: Daily Scripture

John 14:26-29
26 But when the Father sends the Counselor as my representative-and by the Counselor I mean the Holy Spirit-he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I myself have told you. 27 “I am leaving you with a gift-peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give isn’t like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid. 28 Remember what I told you: I am going away, but I will come back to you again. If you really love me, you will be very happy for me, because now I can go to the Father, who is greater than I am. 29 I have told you these things before they happen so that you will believe when they do happen.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

What greater gift than to receive peace of mind and heart. I can think of nothing greater in the entire world. To know you are safe and secure no matter what the circumstances of you life are is true peace.  All those in Christ can know this kind of peace. The peace that comes from knowing you are in right standing with the mighty God of this universe can only come from accepting His gift of salvation. Once we admit we are sinners and can not save ourselves, Christ comes in with not only salvation, but peace. Jesus separated the peace this world has to offer because it can not compare to the true peace He gives to those who trust Him. Satan gives us a small glimpse of peace to draw us away from God. It looks so good and we want to believe it and many are deceived. But the peace this world offers does not last and will only lead to more pain. So stand on the Word of God, accept His gift of salvation and then receive the peace that only Jesus Christ can give.

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September 20, 2007: 6:54 pm: Daily Scripture

2 Peter 1:5-10
So make every effort to apply the benefits of these promises to your life. Then your faith will produce a
life of moral excellence. A life of moral excellence leads to knowing God better. Knowing God leads to self-control. Self-control leads to patient endurance, and patient endurance leads to godliness. Godliness leads to love for other Christians, and finally you will grow to have genuine love for everyone. The more you grow like this, the more you will become productive and useful in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But those who fail to develop these virtues are blind or, at least, very shortsighted. They have already forgotten that God has cleansed them from their old life of sin. So, dear friends, work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

We are saved by faith and not by works, but once we are saved, God gives us tools to do His work in this world. As we do His work, we become more like Him. And what we do with these tools is what we will be examined on, when we stand before Him. This judgment will not be about sin, we will be in heaven and redeemed, but He will look at what we did after our salvation and what did we do for Him with the gifts and tools He gave us. It is difficult to remember that we cannot do what God does, and that God will not do what we can do for ourselves. God will not give us good habits, but He does give us the instructions to develop them. He will not make us walk holy before Him, but He does give us direction on how we can. We have to do all of that for ourselves. We have to work out our salvation and apply the tools He has given us. Once we apply the benefits of His promises, we operate in the power of the Holy Spirit. But we must take the first step and believe His Word is true. If we will, then He will. Every promise of God starts with us. We start with salvation, but that is only the start. Then we apply faith to produce moral excellence, to produce knowledge of God, to produce self-control, to produce endurance, to produce love. Start applying God’s promises and see His power manifested in your walk for Him!

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September 19, 2007: 6:48 pm: Daily Scripture

2 Timothy 1:12-14
12 For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.  13 Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. 14 That good thing which was committed to you, keep by the Holy Spirit who dwells in us. 
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

God will do the work within us if we commit to Him.  Do you know in your heart that He is Lord of all and Lord of your life?  If so, then He will keep you in His love until the Day.  The Day is when He returns or the day when you leave this world to be with Him.  We make the commitment and He does the work.  Philippians 1:6 tells us, “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.”  It is the power of the Holy Spirit in you that enables you to become like Him.  He promises us to finish the work that He has begun.  When you feel incomplete or distressed by your shortcomings, remember God’s promise and provision.  Don’t let your present condition prevent you from moving forward for God or from becoming all that God intends.  When you feel unworthy to tell others of God because of the sins you have committed, remember that God sees a finished product when He looks at you and move forward and do the thing He asks.  Don’t wait, don’t hesitate, just move into action, the action of your faith.  Do you believe you are saved from you sin by the Blood of Christ?  Then move and act on that belief.  Stretching you faith muscle will make it grow and you will live your faith.

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September 18, 2007: 6:45 pm: Daily Scripture

2 Corinthians 4:6-17
6 For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.  7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. 8 We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed, 10 always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. 11 For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 12 So then death is working in us, but life in you. 13 And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak, 14 knowing that He who raised up the Lord Jesus will also raise us up with Jesus, and will present us with you. 15 For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.  16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

Our bodies are made from the earth and to the earth they will return.  But this is not who we really are.  The body that carries us around is just made of dust but our spirit will live forever.  We are just simple jars of clay and when we accept the gift of grace from Christ Jesus, we begin the process to be molded into the image of Him.  But this process can be long, difficult and painful.  We will encounter many obstacles to this process and most of them are of our own doing.  But even though we are pressed on all sides during this process, we are not broken, that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh.  The process of becoming like Christ will only result in submitting our will to His.  It will result in having the mind of Christ in all that we do.  By the time this work is completed in us, we will be with Him, but yet we continue on toward the goal of becoming like Christ.  Until that day, we press on.  It is understanding that we are just made of dust and that the work is being done by God himself in our lives.  And if it is a work of God, we can have faith that He will complete it and when we are pressed on all sides, we can have peace that He is working all things out for our good according to His purpose for our lives. 

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September 17, 2007: 6:30 pm: Daily Scripture

John 14:27-29
27 “I am leaving you with a gift, peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give isn’t like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid. 28 Remember what I told you: I am going away, but I will come back to you again. If you really love me, you will be very happy for me, because now I can go to the Father, who is greater than I am. 29 I have told you these things before they happen so that you will believe when they do happen.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Before Jesus left this world, He gave us all a precious gift.  Besides salvation which is the greatest gift of all, He gave us peace of mind and heart.  For those who do not have this, it is only because it has not been accepted.  There is not a situation this world can bring that can take away the peace that Jesus Christ gives us.  What is troubling you today?  What has taken your peace away?  The world today is a very turbulent place to live.  The wars overseas burden heavily on all of us. With what is happening, we all are feeling a little uneasy, but we need to keep in focus what is belongs to us through Christ Jesus.  God has told us He is the same today, yesterday and tomorrow.  This includes His love for us, it does not ever change.  We can have peace of heart and mind even in the world we live in because we have His Word.  It takes faith and trusting, but peace can be yours because it is a gift from God.  Take that step of faith and lay your fears on the altar before God and give Him your worries.  Then trust that He will work all things out for your good because you love Him.  Don’t let another moment go by with the weight of your worries heavy on your mind, turn them over to Jesus and trust in Him to see you through.  Let them go and let God take care of your needs.

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