Archive for November, 2007

November 29, 2007: 6:20 pm: Daily Scripture

Mark 1:35-45
35 The next morning Jesus awoke long before daybreak and went out alone into the wilderness to pray. 36 Later Simon and the others went out to find him. 37 They said, Everyone is asking for you. 38 But he replied, We must go on to other towns as well, and I will preach to them, too, because that is why I came. 39 So he traveled throughout the region of Galilee, preaching in the synagogues and expelling demons from many people. 40 A man with leprosy came and knelt in front of Jesus, begging to be healed. If you want to, you can make me well again, he said. 41 Moved with pity, Jesus touched him. I want to, he said. Be healed! 42 Instantly the leprosy disappeared the man was healed. 43 Then Jesus sent him on his way and told him sternly, 44 Go right over to the priest and let him examine you. Don’t talk to anyone along the way. Take along the offering required in the law of Moses for those who have been healed of leprosy, so everyone will have proof of your healing. 45 But as the man went on his way, he spread the news, telling everyone what had happened to him. As a result, such crowds soon surrounded Jesus that he couldn’t enter a town anywhere publicly. He had to stay out in the secluded places, and people from everywhere came to him there.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

As the Messiah, Jesus fulfilled the prophecies of the Old Testament by coming to earth. The first time He came as the sacrificial Lamb, the next time He is coming as the conquering King. Jesus did miracles to convince people who He was and to confirm to the disciples His true identity as God. The more convinced we become that Jesus is God, the more we will see His power and love in our lives. His mighty works show us that He is able to save anyone regardless of their past. His miracle of forgiveness brings healing and changed lives to those who trust Him. And He is still working  miracles in lives today. It is not any different or less than what He did when He walked on the earth. Believe that the Son of God will give you the miracle that you are waiting for. He is able to meet your need according to His riches in glory. Remember the past miracles He has done for you and thank Him for doing it again.

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November 28, 2007: 6:04 pm: Daily Scripture

1. Know your position in Christ!
Matthew 16:19
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.”

John 14:13-14
13 “You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, because the work of the Son brings glory to the Father. 14 Yes, ask anything in my name, and I will do it!”

Under our own authority we have no power and remember we are not dealing with flesh but with fallen angels who have more power than we do, but we have been given power under the name of Jesus Christ. When Christ went to the cross as a man, He defeated the authority of Satan in this world. The authority that he stole from us in the garden. Christ has all authority and as believers we have it under His name. In Jesus name we can bind Satan and rebuke him from trying to deceive us.

2. Use the Word of God.
Matthew 4:1-4
Then Jesus was led out into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit to be tempted there by the Devil. 2 For forty days and forty nights he ate nothing and became very hungry. 3 Then the Devil came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, change these stones into loaves of bread.” 4 But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People need more than bread for their life; they must feed on every word of God.'”

We are to follow Jesus’ example when we struggle with a stronghold in our minds. When lies come to our mind that are not from God, we are to remember the Word and speak it. Jesus was not using His power as God, but was acting as man and in a weaken condition, when Satan came to Him, but Christ used the Word as a sword and quickly rebuked the Devil. We are to do the same. Remember, even a good thought that goes against the Word of God can come from Satan and should be rebuked. We use the Word as a sword to fight the battle. Ask God to give you wisdom to know where the thought is coming from.

3. Keep fighting and do not give up!
Matthew 7:7-8 “Keep on asking, and you will be given what you ask for. Keep on looking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened. 8 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And the door is opened to everyone who knocks.”

Do not give up! What ever it is that you are trying to overcome, will be defeated. The victory is yours, Christ has given it to you. Each time you come up against it, walls break down.  Keep breaking them down until the sin is gone from your life. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean to your own understanding!

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November 27, 2007: 6:01 pm: Daily Scripture

Hebrews 4:12-16
12 For the word of God is full of living power. It is sharper than the sharpest knife, cutting deep into our innermost thoughts and desires. It exposes us for what we realty are. 13 Nothing in all creation can hide from him. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes. This is the God to whom we must explain all that we have done. 14 That is why we have a great High Priest who has gone to heaven, Jesus the Son of God. Let us cling to him and never stop trusting him. 15 This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same temptations we do, yet he did not sin. 16 So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The Word of God is living and sharper than a two-edged sword. This means it can cut through a heart faster and quicker than our words. When dealing with the unsaved, we must use the Word of God like the tool it was meant to be. It is living because once spoken and heard, it will accomplish the purpose it was set out to do. God’s Word is true and He gave us these Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth.(BIBLE)

But how do we receive grace, God’s unmerited favor when we are not righteous? God can not go against His own Word and can not come to us when we are not righteous, so how do we receive His grace? And can we ever become righteous on our own? The Bible tells us that no one is righteous, all have gone their own way to sin. There is nothing we have done, said or thought that we can hide from God. And one Day we will stand before Christ and explain it to Him. That is why we must go to Christ and confess our sins and He will be faithful and forgive us. We can then approach the throne of God boldly being completely righteous, because the Blood of Christ covers us. When God looks at us, He will see us through the righteousness of Christ, because we have accepted Him and made Him Lord of our lives.

Because Christ knows what it means to be tempted, He will provide a way out for us when we are tempted.  He was tempted in every way just as we are, and yet Christ did not sin. If you do not have the honor of coming before the throne of God today, get on your knees and acknowledge Him as Lord, confess you sins before Christ and He will set you free from the power of sin and death and make you His child with all of the rights and privileges that provides. But you have to do it, you have to come to Him and bend a knee, confess that you were lost and needed the grace the Christ died to give you. Do it today, do it now!

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November 26, 2007: 6:32 pm: Daily Scripture

Psalm 19:12-14
12 How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart? Cleanse me from these hidden faults.
13 Keep me from deliberate sins! Don’t let them control me. Then I will be free of guilt and innocent of great sin.
14 May the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Sins committed without awareness are a problem for many people today. We just move forward without thinking about what we are doing or we have done it for so long it does not seem like a sin to us. God wants us to be aware of all of our actions and to model them after Him.  If we to be like Christ, we must be aware of all our thoughts, actions and motives.  It is hard enough to be aware of the deliberate sin, let alone the sins we are not aware of.  Many then ask, why should we care, aren’t all of our sins covered by the Blood of Christ?  Yes, this is true, but to have God within us means we turn away from our sin and deliberately purpose in our hearts not to continue to sin. This is what it means to have the mind of Christ. We know that as long as we live in this sinful world, that we will never be able to live without sin, but we continue to grow more and more into His image. Becoming more like Christ means we sin less and less. No, we are not perfect, but we continue to grow. It is what is in our hearts and minds that is lived in our behavior on a daily basis. And those with Christ within them lean on the Rock and their Redeemer for direction and power to become more like Him. To be more like Him, we must know Who He is by reading His Word and spending time with Him.  Keep your thoughts pure and your words and actions will follow!

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November 23, 2007: 5:48 pm: Daily Scripture

Romans 12:6-13
6 God has given each of us the ability to do certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out when you have faith that God is speaking through you. 7 If your gift is that of serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, do a good job of teaching. 8 If your gift is to encourage others, do it! If you have money, share it generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly. 9 Don’t just pretend that you love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Stand on the side of the good. 10 Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. 11 Never be lazy in your work, but serve the Lord enthusiastically. 12 Be glad for all God is planning for you. Be patient in trouble, and always be prayerful. 13 When God’s children are in need, be the one to help them out. And get into the habit of inviting guests home for dinner or, if they need lodging, for the night.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Final instructions given by Paul to the Christians of Rome. They were living in a city where it was illegal to be Christian and Paul is telling them to live above the sin that is all around them. One of the questions they asked was, “How long should we keep praying?” Paul tells them to be patient when in trouble and to always be prayerful. In other words, never stop praying. This still applies to us today. We are always to pray or be communicating with our Lord. But in regards to a specific prayer, we stop asking when we receive from God an answer. But then we always move onto the next need. And since we will always have needs, we never will stop praying. But prayer is more than just asking God for what we need, it is time with our Lord. He wants our worship and love. Matthew 6:33 tells us, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” When we put God first in our lives, all of the other things will be given to us. So, do the work given to you by God with the gifts He has given you and never stop praying. Love the Lord your God with all of your heart and all of your mind and love your neighbor as you love yourself. Demonstrate your love through the actions you do. The love of God in you will show in your actions and behaviors toward all people around you. 

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November 21, 2007: 5:48 pm: Daily Scripture

Psalm 69:30-32
30 Then I will praise God’s name with singing, and I will honor him with thanksgiving.
31 For this will please the Lord more than sacrificing an ox or presenting a bull with its horns and hooves.
32 The humble will see their God at work and be glad. Let all who seek God’s help live in joy.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Never stop thanking God for all He has done for you. Every good thing comes from God whether we know Him or not.  He give us all air to breath and sunshine to warm us.  Without His blessings on your life, you would not be able to spend eternity with Him or enjoy what He has given you today.  Never stop praising His name forever!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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: 5:47 pm: Daily Scripture

Psalm 69:30-32
30 Then I will praise God’s name with singing, and I will honor him with thanksgiving.
31 For this will please the Lord more than sacrificing an ox or presenting a bull with its horns and hooves.
32 The humble will see their God at work and be glad. Let all who seek God’s help live in joy.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Never stop thanking God for all He has done for you. Every good thing comes from God whether we know Him or not.  He give us all air to breath and sunshine to warm us.  Without His blessings on your life, you would not be able to spend eternity with Him or enjoy what He has given you today.  Never stop praising His name forever!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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November 20, 2007: 5:52 pm: Daily Scripture

Colossians 3:1-11
Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits at God’s right hand in the place of honor and power. 2 Let heaven fill your thoughts. Do not think only about things down here on earth. 3 For you died when Christ died, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 And when Christ, who is your real life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.  5 So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual sin, impurity, lust, and shameful desires. Don’t be greedy for the good things of this life, for that is idolatry. 6 God’s terrible anger will come upon those who do such things. 7 You used to do them when your life was still part of this world. 8 But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language. 9 Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old evil nature and all its wicked deeds. 10 In its place you have clothed yourselves with a brand-new nature that is continually being renewed as you learn more and more about Christ, who created this new nature within you. 11 In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Letting heaven fill our thoughts means concentrating on the eternal rather than the temporal.  Because Christ was raised after death, so will those who believe in Him. When Christ rules in our hearts and minds, we can look forward to being with Him in the eternal and that helps us deal with life here on earth. Our real home is where Christ is. This truth gives us a different perspective on our life here on earth. When we look at life from God’s perspective and seek His desires, this gives us proper view of all that happens to us.  When we know that He is working all things for our good because we love Him (Romans 8:28), we can endure any pain this life will have for us. Because we have “died” to our former self, God can work through us to love the hurting around us. Being God’s conduit of love to a hurting world will help us to remember His great love for all people. When this life is less than perfect, reach out to someone else who is also hurting with the love given to you by your Father and let His love flow through you. It will help them and it will help you.

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November 19, 2007: 5:22 pm: Daily Scripture

Hebrews 12:1-4
Since we have such a huge crowd of men of faith watching us from the grandstands, let us strip off anything that slows us down or holds us back, and especially those sins that wrap themselves so tightly around our feet and trip us up; and let us run with patience the particular race that God has set before us. 2 Keep your eyes on Jesus, our leader and instructor. He was willing to die a shameful death on the cross because of the joy he knew would be his afterwards; and now he sits in the place of honor by the throne of God. 3 If you want to keep from becoming fainthearted and weary, think about his patience as sinful men did such terrible things to him. 4 After all, you have never yet struggled against sin and temptation until you sweat great drops of blood.
The Living Bible, (Wheaton, Ill.: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1997.

Why do cleansed Christians return to sin after receiving the grace of God? God’s ability to love, forgive, and cleanse sinners is incredible.  If we confess, He purifies and forgives…every time…and in every way. But even cleansed people can sin again.  It is difficult to understand why God left us to deal with our old nature and the new nature of Christ within us.  It is a question of faith, will we trust that God knows what He is doing with every detail of our lives?  When we sin, we choose our own wisdom over God’s. Most Christians know what to do, we just need to do it. The incredible benefit of this life in Christ is the power of the Holy Spirit within us.  Romans 8:9 tells us, “You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you.  And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.” Suddenly, we can do something we could never do before. We can, with the power of the Spirit of God within us, dispose of sin like old clothing.  To say we have Jesus in our life, and the Holy Spirit’s power, yet claim we can do nothing about habitual sin is absurd.  Taking on the righteousness of Christ needs to become a habit. We need to strip off every sin that holds us back from becoming all that God intends for us.  And we can do that because we have His Word that we can and the proof is His Spirit in us. God never asks us to do anything that He does not gives us the power to do so. Confess your sin before God and remove it from your life and become Christ in the flesh to your world.

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November 16, 2007: 6:55 pm: Daily Scripture

Hebrews 9:11-15
11 So Christ has now become the High Priest over all the good things that have come. He has entered that great, perfect sanctuary in heaven, not made by human hands and not part of this created world. 12 Once for all time he took blood into that Most Holy Place, but not the blood of goats and calves. He took his own blood, and with it he secured our salvation
forever. 13 Under the old system, the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a young cow could cleanse people’s bodies from ritual defilement. 14 Just think how much more the blood of Christ will purify our hearts from deeds that lead to death so that we can worship the living God. For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins. 15 That is why he is the one who mediates the new covenant between God and people, so that all who are invited can receive the eternal inheritance God has promised them. For Christ died to set them free from the penalty of the sins they had committed under that first covenant.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Animal sacrifices were God’s Old Testament way for people to ask for forgiveness for their sins. Since Creation God has made it clear that sin separates people from Him, and that those who sin deserve to die. Death was the penalty for sin. Because “all have sinned” (Romans 3:23), God designed sacrifice as a way to come to Him for forgiveness. Man needed to restore his relationship with God because sin has separated us from Him. Because He is a God of mercy and love, He decided from the very first that He would come into the world and die to pay the penalty for all humans. The Old Testament people had to come regularly and offer perfect animals as a stand in for their sin. Those before Christ looked forward to the work Christ would accomplish on the cross.  The Son of God, who is God, became a human and gave His life as a stand in for our sin. Now all people can be freed from the penalty of sin by simply believing in Jesus and accepting the forgiveness He offers. There is no longer a need for continual sacrifices because Christ has died for our sin once and for all. When we come before God and admit we are sinners and accept the sacrifice that Jesus Christ gave for our sin, God will reconcile us to Himself and we are immediately made right before God the Father. We now have God’s assurance that we are His forever. Peace is a result of this and we give our lives back to Him in service because of His incredible love for us. At salvation, we are given the righteousness of Christ and the process of sanctification begins. Our mind, will and our emotions are being made into His image and will be complete when we are with Him. Sanctification is a continual process that will never be complete here on earth, but we rest in His arms knowing He is doing the work in us.

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