Archive for December, 2007

December 17, 2007: 6:21 pm: Daily Scripture

2 Corinthians 10:3-6
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

Is there sin in your life that you continually battle over and over? Are there things that are not of God in your life that you have felt a complete loss of control over? Do you continue in sin even though you know this is not what God would have you do? Then you are in a spiritual battle and Satan has set up a stronghold in your mind. The source of all spiritual battles find their root in your mind. You have Satan’s way of thinking and not God’s, he has set up a stronghold and has divided off or separated God’s Word and set up his lies in your mind concerning this issue. A stronghold is a mind set that holds you hostage and you believe you are powerless to over come this area of sin in your life. So you say, “I can’t quit smoking, I can’t help it, I drink too much. I can’t, I can’t, it will never happen, I will always”.  Anytime you hear these words out of your mouth or in your mind, you are dealing with a stronghold Satan has set up in your mind. When you say you can’t, Satan has made a home in your mind. You need a new way of thinking. You need to recognize what thoughts are of God and what thoughts are not. Paul is telling us to take every thought captive. Remember, you are dealing with principalities and not flesh. This means they are not human, they are fallen angels. When you recognize a stronghold in your life, take power over it. Christ gave you the power with His victory on the cross and He has transferred this power to you. But Satan will keep your powerless by not recognizing your position in Christ. It is not our power, but the power of Christ in us. Recognize the stronghold, and take power over it in the name of Jesus Christ.

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December 14, 2007: 4:29 am: Daily Scripture

Acts 16:22-34
22 A mob quickly formed against Paul and Silas, and the city officials ordered them stripped and beaten with wooden rods. 23 They were severely beaten, and then they were thrown into prison. The jailer was ordered to make sure they didn’t escape. 24 So he took no chances but put them into the inner dungeon and clamped their feet in the stocks. 25 Around midnight, Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening. 26 Suddenly, there was a great earthquake, and the prison was shaken to its foundations. All the doors flew open, and the chains of every prisoner fell off! 27 The jailer woke up to see the prison doors wide open. He assumed the prisoners had escaped, so he drew his sword to kill himself. 28 But Paul shouted to him, “Don’t do it! We are all here!” 29 Trembling with fear, the jailer called for lights and ran to the dungeon and fell down before Paul and Silas. 30 He brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31 They replied, “Believe on the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, along with your entire household.” 32 Then they shared the word of the Lord with him and all who lived in his household. 33 That same hour the jailer washed their wounds, and he and everyone in his household were immediately baptized. 34 Then he brought them into his house and set a meal before them. He and his entire household rejoiced because they all believed in God.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL:Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Paul and Silas were beaten and put in prison for preaching salvation through Jesus Christ and yet they could sing praises to their God. God worked a miracle and their chains fell off and the jailer and his family were saved. Do you feel like Paul; are you in a dark place today? If you need the power of God to come into your mind to release the chains that bind, sing out in praise to Him. Not because of the difficulty you are in, not because life is hard, but because He is still the God of the universe and He loves and cares for you. It is not about you, it is always about Him. As long as we live in this world, there will be problems and difficulties, always, but we know that our hope lies with Him and in Him and we look beyond our problems and look to Him for our peace. Ephesians 1:6-8 tells us, “So we praise God for the wonderful kindness He has poured out on us because we belong to His dearly loved Son. He is so rich in kindness that He purchased our freedom through the blood of His Son, and our sins are forgiven. He has showered His kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.” Keep your focus on Him and He will see you through any difficulty that comes your way. Praise Him!

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December 13, 2007: 4:21 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.

We are all in a battle even though Christ has already defeated Satan and holds the keys to Death and Hades. Satan still has some control in this world of sin. There is still sickness, death, crime, war and today we are witnessing open blatant sin of all kinds. Some of it is legal and condoned by our government. But be sure God will judge all sin not covered by the Blood of His precious Son. But the fact is while we are in this world; we are in a fight and need to be prepared to battle. Christ wants us to engage and to be alert and knowledgeable about what we can do. A baby chick coming out of its egg will struggle sometimes for hours as it pecks and pecks to break out. If you help it come out by breaking the shell for the chick, he will not be strong enough to live and will die. He is strengthened by the struggle. We are like that chick and as we struggle to live in this world, we become stronger if we use every piece of God’s armor to resist the enemy in these evil times. Christ did not remove us from the battle, but did tell us how to fight. Prepare to fight by using the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Word. Pray for power from the Holy Spirit. You will be surprised at the victory that is your, if you just take it.

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December 12, 2007: 8:49 pm: Daily Scripture

Proverbs 3:1-10
1 My son, do not forget my law, but let your heart keep my commands; 2 For length of days and long life and peace they will add to you. 3 Let not mercy and truth forsake you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart, 4 And so find favor and high esteem in the sight of God and man. 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil. 8 It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones. 9 Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the first fruits of all your increase; 10 So your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

Are you looking for prosperity, health or direction for your life? If you are among those of us who are, Proverbs tells us how to accomplish our desires. Written 3000 years ago by Solomon, Proverbs still holds true today. Many Christians have not even read the Old Testament, but the truth of God written so many years ago is still relevant to how you live your life today. If you want peace, do not forget the laws of God, keep mercy and truth in your heart and you will be esteemed by man and God. Are you looking for direction for a specific issue, and then acknowledge God in that issue and He will direct you to the correct path. This will be according to His will and may not always be the direction you first thought about. But when we are in God’s will, we always find peace, security, and joy. When we honor God with the first part of our income, we will have all we need, always. Health, joy, direction, prosperity are promised by our Father, do not let the enemy take them from you. Read the Word and claim the promises of God your Father.

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December 11, 2007: 6:15 pm: Daily Scripture

Matthew 14:13-21
13 As soon as Jesus heard the news, he went off by himself in a boat to a remote area to be alone. But the crowds heard where he was headed and followed by land from many villages. 14 A vast crowd was there as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick. 15 That evening the disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and it is getting late. Send the crowds away so they can go to the villages and buy food for themselves.” 16 But Jesus replied, “That isn’t necessary you feed them.” 17 “Impossible!” they exclaimed. “We have only five loaves of bread and two fish!” 18 “Bring them here,” he said. 19 Then he told the people to sit down on the grass. And he took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and asked God’s blessing on the food. Breaking the loaves into pieces, he gave some of the bread and fish to each disciple, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate as much as they wanted, and they picked up twelve baskets of leftovers. 21 About five thousand men had eaten from those five loaves, in addition to all the women and children!
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

We often feel that our contribution to Jesus is meager. We feel that we have nothing to offer or what we do have is not big enough. We compare what we have to give with what others are giving and feel we do not measure up. So, what we have is not good enough to give. But Christ sees things differently. The talents and skills we have are exactly what He has given to us and when we say they are not good enough, we are saying that God did not do it right. We are not to judge what God will do with what we offer in service to Him. He will take whatever it is and use it for His good. He will multiple it to His purpose. Just because we can not see the end result is no excuse for not offering what we have for His purpose. He will multiple our talents and gifts when we bring them to Him for use. So do not hold back from serving the body of Christ just because what you have is small or does not seem important to you. Let Christ decide what to do with your offering and you believe Him and step out in faith. Believe that He gave you the offering in the first place and give it back to Him.

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December 10, 2007: 6:39 pm: Daily Scripture

Matthew 12:33-37
33 “A tree is identified by its fruit. Make a tree good, and its fruit will be good. Make a tree bad, and its fruit will be bad. 34 You brood of snakes! How could evil men like you speak what is good and right? For whatever is in your heart determines what you say. 35 A good person produces good words from a good heart, and an evil person produces evil words from an evil heart. 36 And I tell you this, that you must give an account on judgment day of every idle word you speak. 37 The words you say now reflect your fate then; either you will be justified by them or you will be condemned.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The old saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me” is not true. Words will hurt you. The words that you say will effect the person they are said to for good or bad. And the words that are said to you will effect you. We need to be careful of what we say and how we say it. Christ tells us that what is really in a person’s heart will come out in what they say. A good heart will produce good words and an evil heart will produce evil. If you have the Spirit of God living in you by accepting Christ as Lord and Savior, then you have a good heart. That means giving control of your life to God, and as you do this, His words will come through you. You can not hide what is really in your heart, it will come out in what you say. If you are growing more in the Lord, it will reflect in what you say.  As you spend time with Him and read His Word, you will reflect more of Him in what you say. This is our mission as followers of Christ, to become more like Him. It will show in what you say. Do not get discouraged if you do not show Him all the time. Just recognize your error, ask for forgiveness and continue on according to His Word. Your words have more power than you know, so use them to declare who God is making you into and not who you are at the moment of failure. Continue to speak the truth and it will be reflected in your behavior.

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December 7, 2007: 5:59 pm: Daily Scripture

John 3:5-18
5 Jesus replied, “The truth is, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. 6 Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives new life from heaven. 7 So don’t be surprised at my statement that you must be born again. 8 Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit.” 9 “What do you mean?” Nicodemus asked. 10 Jesus replied, “You are a respected Jewish teacher, and yet you don’t understand these things? 11 I assure you, I am telling you what we know and have seen, and yet you won’t believe us. 12 But if you don’t even believe me when I tell you about things that happen here on earth, how can you possibly believe if I tell you what is going on in heaven? 13 For only I, the Son of Man, have come to earth and will return to heaven again. 14 And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness, so I, the Son of Man, must be lifted up on a pole, 15 so that everyone who believes in me will have eternal life. 16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God did not send his Son into the world to condemn it, but to save it. 18 “There is no judgment awaiting those who trust him. But those who do not trust him have already been judged for not believing in the only Son of God. 19 Their judgment is based on this fact: The light from heaven came into the world, but they loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. 20 They hate the light because they want to sin in the darkness. They stay away from the light for fear their sins will be exposed and they will be punished. 21 But those who do what is right come to the light gladly, so everyone can see that they are doing what God wants.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

“For God so loved the world…” Probably the most known scripture verse, and yet people who do not know God will ask, “If God loves me so much then why did so and so die, or why is there sickness, or why do bad things happen to good people?” Have you ever been asked this question and not known how to answer? Well, you are not alone. But to explain to the unsaved why these things happen is a very important concept in understanding the grace of God. What Adam and Eve did not understand when God told them, “If you eat of the fruit of this tree, you will surely die,” was that all every person born after them would also die. Every living thing around us is dying. From the moment of conception, we all start to die. And because of sin in this world, nothing is perfect. So things go wrong in our bodies, people get sick or are born defective. The greatest lie Satan tells people, is that, “If God loves you so much then why did you your child die, or mother, or whoever?” And we believe him. But God never promised He would remove us from the curse, only that He would bring us through it and we would be with Him after we leave this world. So the rain falls on the just and the unjust. Everyone is subject to death. Living with faith in a world of death can not be done without the power of the Holy Spirit. Once we believe in Christ and are saved from our sin, there is no judgment for sin for us ever. Believe Him and trust Him to bring you through what ever it is you will face in this world!

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December 6, 2007: 9:19 pm: Daily Scripture

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 rather. 14 Yes, ask anything in my name, and I will do it!
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

1 John 5:14-13
And we can be confident that he will listen to us whenever we ask him for anything in line with his will. 15 And if we know he is listening when we make our requests, we can be sure that he will give us what we ask for.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Philippians 4:6-7
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.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

To pray in Jesus name does not mean that we add His Holy Name to our wish list. It simply means our prayers are consistent with what Jesus Himself would have prayed about in a particular situation. We are to pray for anything promised to us in the Word of God and then we know that God will hear us and answer our prayers. There are so many rich blessings for us in the Word. When we have a need, we are to be looking in the Word for direction on what God has already promised us for that need. And then we go before the Father and pray according to that promise. We remind God of what He has told us and of the blessings He has already given us. We thank Him for those blessings and know that He hears us. When we do this, we will have peace. Perfect peace that is not understood by the world around us. We can leave it in God’s hands and cast all our cares on Him, because we know that He cares for us. Practice putting yourself in an atmosphere that allows you to focus on Him and His Word. Talk to God as you would talk to a friend. There is nothing that He can not do or enable you to do.

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December 5, 2007: 6:12 pm: Daily Scripture

Philippians 1:6
6 And I am sure that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on that day when Christ Jesus comes back again.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Philippians 2:13-16
13 For God is working in you, giving you the desire to obey him and the power to do what pleases him. 14 In everything you do, stay away from complaining and arguing, 15 so that no one can speak a word of blame against you. You are to live clean, innocent lives as children of God in a dark world full of crooked and perverse people. Let your lives shine brightly before them. 16 Hold tightly to the word of life, so that when Christ returns, I will be proud that I did not lose the race and that my work was not useless.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Colossians 1:9-10
9 So we have continued praying for you ever since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you a complete understanding of what he wants to do in your lives, and we ask him to make you wise with spiritual wisdom. 10 Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and you will continually do good, kind things for others. All the while, you will learn to know God better and better.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Just as God has a work for you to do, He is doing a work in you. He is working within you to make you into His image. And once this work is started, or once we offer our lives to Him for this work, He will be faithful to complete it. So one day, we will be like Him. Right now, we live in a world of darkness, but we are not of the darkness, we are of the Light and must allow ourselves to be used of God to shine in the darkness. That means we are all things to all people to win them to Christ. We stand above the darkness and shine with truth and love to all around us. On our own power this can not be done, but remember He is working in you to make you like Him and with Him all things are possible.

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December 4, 2007: 6:31 pm: Daily Scripture

John 9:1-5
9 As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth. 2 “Teacher,” his disciples asked him, “why was this man born blind? Was it a result of his own sins or those of his parents?” 3 “It was not because of his sins or his parents’ sins,” Jesus answered. “He was born blind so the power of God could be seen in him. 4 All of us must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent me, because there is little time left before the nightfalls and all work comes to an end. 5 But while I am still here in the world, I am the light of the world.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Did you know you have an assignment from God the Father. There are specific things He has set up for you to accomplish in this lifetime. Do you know what they are? Have you ever thought about it before? Jesus stated that all of us must quickly carry out the tasks assigned to us by the One who sent Him. When we stand before Him at the Bema seat of Christ (judgment of the righteous dead) we will be judged on the tasks set before us. This judgment is not about sin, for anyone at this judgment will be redeemed and the Blood of Christ will cover all sin, but we will stand before Him and review all of the talents we were given and how we used them to further the work of Christ. But most important will be the examination of the heart. For whom did you do the things you did. Was it out of love for Christ or out of love for self? Yes, Christians can do very good things while looking like they are being done in the name of Christ, but are actually done for our own glory. Go before the Father and ask for wisdom, He will not deny you. He will show you the work set before you, it is where your heart lies. Ask Him for wisdom and power to do it in His Name and for His Glory and your work will not be burned up at the Bema seat of Christ, but will go through the fire as pure as gold.

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