Archive for October, 2007

October 31, 2007: 5:58 pm: Daily Scripture

Psalm 121
1 I look up to the mountains does my help come from there?
2 My help comes from the Lord, who made the heavens and the earth!
3 He will not let you stumble and fall; the one who watches over you will not sleep.
4 Indeed, he who watches over Israel never tires and never sleeps.
5 The Lord himself watches over you! The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade.
6 The sun will not hurt you by day, nor the moon at night.
7 The Lord keeps you from all evil and preserves your life.
8 The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

This psalm expresses assurance and hope in God’s protection day and night. He not only made the hills but heaven and earth as well. We should never trust a lesser power than God Himself. Satan does have more power than humans and he does use it to turn people away from God. We see it everyday in this world.  But even though his power is greater than ours, it is very limited and will someday end. We have the greater power God behind us because of what Jesus did for us on the cross.  It is ours to use or not to use.  Only those who believe in Him and walk with Him have access to this power. The is no greater power outside of God. Not only is He all powerful, He also watches over us and cares deeply for us. There is nothing that exists that God did not make. So there is nothing outside of God that can care for and protect us. In Him we are safe. And we never outgrow our need for God’s nurturing watch over our lives. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5)

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October 30, 2007: 6:32 pm: Daily Scripture

 Genesis 22:6-17
 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. Here God is laying out the plan for Abraham. God has asked him 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 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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October 29, 2007: 6:31 pm: Daily Scripture

1 Corinthians 1:26-30
26 Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes, or powerful, or wealthy when God called you. 27 Instead, God deliberately chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose those who are powerless to shame those who are powerful. 28 God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important, 29 so that no one can ever boast in the presence of God. 30 God alone made it possible for you to be in Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made Christ to be wisdom itself. He is the one who made us acceptable to God. He made us pure and holy, and he gave himself to purchase our freedom.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Some people like to give emphasis to the prominent who have accepted Christ like the entertainment greats, the leaders in industry, and the prominent in government. But God majors in average people. He is calling the simple minded to have His righteousness. Those considered to be the least will be considered great in His kingdom. He has made His plan of salvation so simple that the “wise” of this world would think it too simple to be true. They spend so much time trying to be “wise” that they become utter fools by missing the only thing that matters in this life, Christ Jesus.  That is why no one can boast of being a Christian because it is not anything we are or do, but because of His love for us. Christ is our wisdom and the wisdom of the world. Unfortunately the world will not recognize it until it is too late. One day at the name of Jesus every knee will bow. Bow before Him today because you are grateful for His love for you. It is true wisdom to give to Jesus honor and glory and thanks. It is wisdom from above and not anything from ourselves. So praise Him and worship Him for He alone is God.

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October 26, 2007: 6:20 pm: Daily Scripture

John 14:6
6 Jesus told him, I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

This verse will become more and more important to the followers of Jesus Christ as the last of days fast come to an end. The world is getting prepared for an inclusive religion that all will be required to serve. Every belief will be accepted except faith in Christ Jesus. This one truth that Jesus Christ is the Way and the only Way to God, will become more and more a focal point for why Christianity is barbaric and out of date! Never mind that all of the other major religions also makes similar claims. The focus will be coming down hard by the world on the claims of Jesus Christ and His followers because it is the truth. There is no power to change lives or power to save people from their sins outside of Christ. This is the truth and as His followers, we can not waiver on this truth. But this truth  will become more and more unwelcome in a world that welcomes every other form of religion. We will even see in our lifetime that speaking the Word of God will be against the law, as it is now in Canada.  James Dobson’s simulcast on marriage was banned in Canada because of their new law against hate language.  Because he spoke of man-woman marriage as being the only way, it was against the law to show in Canada.  America is not far away from the same thing. Christians need to be prepared to communicate this one basic truth to the world around them. But it must be communicated with love.  Without the love, that was so freely given to us, expressed with the truth, Christ will be rejected. Christians must work to change the world’s view of Jesus Christ and we must continue to work in His name no matter what the world may think, Continue to stay strong in Christ and show them the love that only He can bring no matter what.

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October 25, 2007: 6:20 pm: Daily Scripture

Revelation 20:11-15
11 And I saw a great white throne, and I saw the one who was sitting on it. The earth and sky fled from his presence, but they found no place to hide. 12 I saw the dead, both great and small, standing before God’s throne. And the books were opened, including the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to the things written in the books, according to what they had done. 13 The sea gave up the dead in it, and death and the grave gave up the dead in them. They were all judged according to their deeds. 14 And death and the grave were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death the lake of fire. 15 And anyone whose name was not found recorded in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Genesis tells us that in the Garden of Eden was the Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.  This was before Eve and Adam chose to disobey God and ate the forbidden fruit. So we know that evil already existed. Humans are not the originators of evil. Satan is. He is a created being just like us and like us, God gave him the choice to serve or not to, Satan chose not to. Because Eve and Adam also chose not to obey, so every human born there after is born into sin. But God made a way for us to chose life through the perfect penalty for our sin through Christ Jesus. The end of evil is documented in this passage from Revelation. This is the final judgment and everyone who does not chose life through the Blood of Christ will be here and will be judged by Christ for every sin they ever committed. It is important to know that at this judgment, there will be no one who does not agree with Christ’s judgment. All will know that it is fair and just because all will know that He is God and that He is righteous and full of justice. There will be no one who will say, “This is not fair!”  Everyone will know that they had a chance to receive Christ but chose not to. It is difficult to think about friends and loved ones who do not know the Lord and knowing what their fate is, but we can rest assured that the judgment of Jesus Christ will be fair and just and that all will agree with Him. So, do not hesitate to let others know what you belive and share the grace of God with them now while you can.

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October 24, 2007: 6:12 pm: Daily Scripture

Colossians 2:6-15
6 And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to live in obedience to him. 7 Let your roots grow down into him and draw up nourishment from him, so you will grow in faith, strong and vigorous in the truth you were taught. Let your lives overflow with thanksgiving for all he has done. 8 Don’t let anyone lead you astray with empty philosophy and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the evil powers of this world, and not from Christ. 9 For in Christ the fullness of God lives in a human body, 10 and you are complete through your union with Christ. He is the Lord over every ruler and authority in the universe.  11 When you came to Christ, you were circumcised, but not by a physical procedure. It was a spiritual procedure the cutting away of your sinful nature. 12 For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to a new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead. 13 You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ. He forgave all our sins. 14 He canceled the record that contained the charges against us. He took it and destroyed it by nailing it to Christ’s cross. 15 In this way, God disarmed the evil rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross of Christ.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Receiving Christ as Lord of your life is the beginning of truth in your life. But you must continue to follow His leadership by being rooted, built up and strengthened in your faith. You live for Christ by committing your life and submitting your will to His, seeking to know Him, and by allowing the power of His Holy Spirit to work through you. When we have Christ, we have everything we need for salvation and for right living. This is your reason to give thanks. There is nothing you can more thankful for than your relationship with Christ Jesus. Nothing else in your life matters outside of Christ. Because your commitment to God is written in your heart, not your body, Christ has set you free from your evil desires. They no longer rule or control you. God removes your old sinful nature and gives you a new nature. Never stop thanking and praising Him for His love and use the righteousness He died to give you by living for Him!.

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October 23, 2007: 6:29 pm: Daily Scripture

Philippians 4:4-9
4 Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again rejoice! 5 Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. 6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 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. 8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, let me say one more thing as I close this letter. Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. 9 Keep putting into practice all you learned from me and heard from me and saw me doing, and the God of peace will be with you.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Worry is contrary to faith in God. When we worry, we are saying, “God you can’t help me!” It takes practice not to worry. Every effort must be put into turning our worry into times of prayer. When we worry, we are to take that concern and give it to our Lord Jesus.  He died to give us the right to come directly before God with any concern and ask for His help. Paul goes on to give more advice about how not to worry by fixing our minds on things that are true and right and honorable. What we put into our minds determines our words and our actions. When we worry, our words will be negative and whinny. But when we fill our minds with the truth of God’s Word, our words and our actions will be positive and hopeful. Remove yourself from any situation that causes you to think impure or negative worrisome thoughts. Replace that time with the Word of God and let His Holy Spirit fill you with the ultimate joy of having Christ in you.

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October 22, 2007: 6:10 pm: Daily Scripture

2 Corinthians 9:3-5
3 We are human, but we don’t wage war with human plans and methods. 4 We use God’s mighty weapons, not mere worldly weapons, to knock down the Devil’s strongholds. 5 With these weapons we break down every proud argument that keeps people from knowing God. With these weapons we conquer their rebellious ideas, and we teach them to obey Christ.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation,(Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The proud arguments and strongholds that Paul is talking about here are within our minds.  They are the wrong teachings we have learned about God. Parents and teachers have influenced what we think of God. Right or wrong, everything we have learned about God is programmed in our minds. Sometimes we need to be de-programmed. If we see God as a judgmental disciplinary that is just waiting for us to do wrong so He can punish us, then we may have trouble accepting His unconditional love.  God has given us a clear picture of Himself and His love through Jesus Christ.  Our picture of Him is skewed by our past experiences and interaction with those in authority over us.  These are strongholds in our minds that need to be torn down and replaced with the truth.  That is why Paul is telling us we can not fight this with human weapons but must use spiritual weapons.  Ephesians 6:11 tells us, “Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies and tricks of the Devil.”  Satan will use these false perceptions of God in your mind to keep you from receiving all that God has intended for you.  We need to break these strongholds down with the truth of God.  The truth is in God’s Word.  Know His Word.  And ask God to tear down these strongholds and fill your mind with His truth and the knowledge of His love for you.

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October 19, 2007: 8:12 pm: Daily Scripture

Colossians 3:12-15
12 Since God chose you to be the holy people whom he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 You must make allowance for each other’s faults and forgive the person who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. 14 And the most important piece of clothing you must wear is love. Love is what binds us all together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are all called to live in peace. And always be thankful.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Paul tells us the attributes of being a child of God are something we pick up and place on ourselves. Like we would pick up a coat and cover ourselves, we are to put on Christ. It is not in our nature to be loving and forgiving, we must make a decision to do so. It is not what we always want to do. Only with Christ in our hearts can we truly be holy people. To be holy we must forgive those who have sinned against us. The key to forgiveness is to remember how much God has forgiven you. Realizing God’s infinite love and forgiveness can help us love and forgive others. Put on the garment of love and extend to others what Christ has so freely given to you. Then the peace that comes from Christ alone will rule in your heart and mind!

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October 18, 2007: 8:08 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 every mind. The 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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