Archive for January, 2008

January 31, 2008: 6:56 pm: Daily Scripture

Mark 1:21-28 21
Jesus and his companions went to the town of Capernaum, and every Sabbath day he went into the synagogue and taught the people 22 They were amazed at his teaching, for he taught as one who had real authority-quite unlike the teachers of religious law. 23 A man possessed by an evil spirit was in the synagogue, 24 and he began shouting, “Why are you bothering us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are-the Holy One sent from God!” 25 Jesus cut him short. “Be silent! Come out of the man.” 26 At that, the evil spirit screamed and threw the man into a convulsion, but then he left him. 27 Amazement gripped the audience, and they began to discuss what had happened. “What sort of new teaching is this?” they asked excitedly. “It has such authority! Even evil spirits obey his orders!” 28 The news of what he had done spread quickly through that entire area of Galilee.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Jesus did many miracles during His ministry here on earth. The wind and waves and demons obeyed Him instantly. Is it so difficult to believe that He is the Son of God with all the miracles we can read about?  We need to not only realize this truth about Jesus, but transfer it into our own lives. God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. He never changes. As He worked back then, He will work today. We must not only believe these miracles really occurred; we must also transfer that truth into our own lives. We do not serve a Savior who can not meet our needs. Because of what we know about Him, we can trust that He will meet our needs. What demons are tormenting you today? What lies from the enemy are you believing? As Christ rebuked the demon in this man, so you are to rebuke the lies that bind you. Through the power that resurrected Christ from the dead, refuse to allow the enemy to bind you.  Let the truth penetrate your mind and live in your heart. You are a child of the King and He has set you free.

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January 30, 2008: 7:14 pm: Daily Scripture

Mark 8:34-37
34 Then he called his disciples and the crowds to come over and listen. “If any of you wants to be my follower,” he told them “you must put aside your selfish ambition, shoulder your cross, and follow me. 35 If you try to keep your life for yourself. you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will find true life. 36 And how do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul in the process? 37 Is anything worth more than your soul? 38 If a person is ashamed of me and my message in these adulterous and sinful days, I, the Son of Man, will be ashamed of that person when I return in the glory of my Father with the holy angels.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

We should be willing to give up our life for the sake of the Good News of Christ, not because our life is useless but because nothing can compare to what we gain with Christ. Jesus wants us to chose to follow Him rather than to lead a life of sin. He wants us to stop trying to control our own destiny and let Him direct us. Only God knows better than we do what real life is about. We can trust Him to lead and direct us because He is God. He asks for submission, He asks us only to deny our self-centered will. We surrender our mind, will and emotions to Jesus Christ.  It is getting up everyday and asking Jesus, “What are we going to do today?” Whatever we gain on earth will only be temporary and it can not be exchanged for your soul. Spending your time pursuing possession, position and power is ultimately worthless. It only brings temporary pleasure in this life. Christ gives us the choice, reject or submit to Him now and when He comes again, He will reject or accept us then depending on what we decide today. Are you willing to make Christ your center now? Or do the cares of this world mean more to you? You decide and He will respond accordingly to your choice.

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January 29, 2008: 8:59 pm: Daily Scripture

Romans 12:2-8
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. 3 As God’s messenger, I. give each of you this warning: Be honest in your estimate of yourselves, measuring your value by how much faith God has given you. 4 Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, 5 so it is with Christ’s body. We are all parts his one body, and each of us has different work to do. And since we are all one body in Christ, we belong to each other, and each of us needs all the others. 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.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, lnc.) 1996.

Paul is laying the foundation for emotion health to the Romans in this letter. You will find no better place for instruction on emotional health than the Word of God. Dr. Gary Chapman has laid out 5 principles for what he calls reality living that applies to how we react to the world around us. These principles are based on the Word of God.
1. I am responsible for my own attitude.
Attitude has to do with the way you choose to think about things. If we focus on the negative, things will get worse. If we focus on the positive, things will be better. Your attitude can have a profound effect on your emotional well being for the good or for the worse depending on what you choose!
2. Attitude affects actions.
Attitudes affect our behavior and words. You may not be able to control your situation but you can control your actions and words. Your are responsible for what you do within your environment!
3. I can not change others, but I can influence others.
Our attitudes and actions are contagious. Every word you say and every action you take will influence people around you for better or for worse. But the same is true for those around you. But don’t let others decide for you how you will respond. Go against the grain and respond to meanness with love and kindness.
4. My actions are not controlled by my emotions.
In our thoughts, we interpret what we experience around us. Our thoughts will become emotions or feelings. Eventually, we take actions, based on our thoughts and emotions, we do something. Our action will enhance or destroy our relationships. Our actions are far more important than our emotions. So think before you act.
5. Admitting my imperfections does not mean that I am a failure.
To admit your own past failures does not mean you are taking all the responsibility for the trouble in your relationships. It simple means you are taking responsibility for where you have failed.

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January 28, 2008: 6:22 pm: Daily Scripture

Galatians 6:2-5, 14-16
2 Share each other’s troubles and problems, and in this way obey the law of Christ. 3 If you think you are too important to help someone in need, you are only fooling yourself. You are really a nobody. 4 Be sure to do what you should, for then you will enjoy the personal satisfaction of having done your work well, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. 5 For we are each responsible for our own conduct.  14 As for me, God forbid that I should boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of that cross, my interest in this world died long ago, and the world’s interest in me is also long dead. 15 It doesn’t make any difference now whether we have been circumcised or not. What counts is whether we really have been changed into new and different people. 16 May God’s mercy and peace be upon all those who live by this principle. They are the new people of God.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The world is full of enticements. Daily we are confronted with subtle cultural pressures and overt propaganda. As Christians, we must learn to live in this world and still stay connected to Jesus Christ. We can only do this through the power of the Holy Spirit in us. Our conduct reflects how connected we are. We are each responsible of our own conduct. It is our choice. We decide how much of the world we let in. When we accept the salvation of Jesus Christ, our interest in the world should die. Our own desires are crucified with Him. We are changed from the inside out. Our conduct reflects this change. What are others seeing in you? Do they see you interested in this world or in Jesus Christ? What is your conduct saying to those around you? Make sure your conduct yourself as Christ would.  Remember He did not use His power as God while He lived as a Man in this world.  He used the power of the Holy Spirit under the direction of God the Father to live.  He is our example and we are to live as He did.

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January 25, 2008: 6:20 pm: Daily Scripture

Colossians 3:12-17
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. 16 Let the words of Christ, in all their richness, live in your hearts and make you wise. Use his words to teach and counsel each other. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. 17 And whatever you do or say, let it be as a representative of the Lord Jesus, all the while giving thanks through him to God the Father.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Love is not a feeling; it is a decision to meet the needs of another. Paul is saying we are to “put on” love. We are to act love to the people we come into contact with. It starts with our thinking and then leads to actions of love and then we ‘feel” love. This is true with any relationship you have and even with casual contact with strangers. The rule is to give love and you will then live in peace with all those around you. This does not mean that suddenly all differences of opinion disappear, but it does require that you work together despite your differences. To love does not mean you agree with everything someone else does. But you continue to offer loving acceptance and giving in spite of their weakness. Isn’t this what Christ offered to you? How can we give any less than what He gave to us? Living in love is truly letting the words of Christ, in all their richness, live in your heart and makes you wise. Action always follows feelings and if we chose to love first, we will show it by our behavior.

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January 24, 2008: 6:39 pm: Daily Scripture

Just exactly how do we use the Word of God to battle Satan? How do we know where a thought has come from? Is it from God, or ourselves, or did the thought get planted in our minds by Satan? We ask God for wisdom to give us understanding and to recognize where our thoughts come from. Then we use the Word to teach us and we bury it in our minds and then we speak it out loud and rebuke Satan as he tries to pull us away from God. First we have to understand the origin of thoughts in our mind and the Word shows us this through Peter.

Matthew 17:2-4
2 As the men watched, Jesus’ appearance changed so that his face shone like the sun, and his clothing became dazzling white. 3 Suddenly, Moses and Elijah appeared and began talking with Jesus. 4 Peter blurted out, “Lord, this is wonderful! If you want me to, I’ll make three shrines, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 5 But even as he said it, a bright cloud came over them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, and I am fully pleased with him. Listen to him.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Peter, James and John have just seen Jesus transfigured right before their eyes and Peter just blurts out the first thing that comes to his head. But even as he was speaking, God spoke and they all ignored Peter’s statement. This clearly shows the thought he spoke was from himself. Thoughts from ourselves can be either good or bad. We have to sort out what will be useful to bring us closer to being like Christ and what will not.

Matthew 16:21-23
21 From then on Jesus began to tell his disciples plainly that he had to go to Jerusalem, and he told them what would happen to him there. He would suffer at the hands of the leaders and the leading priests and the teachers of religious law. He would be killed, and he would be raised on the third day. 22 But Peter took him aside and corrected him. “Heaven forbid, Lord,” he said. “This will never happen to you!” 23 Jesus turned to Peter and said, “Get away from me, Satan!
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The thought that Peter spoke was clearly from Satan. Jesus recognized it and spoke directly to Satan and did not rebuke Peter. Satan was using Peter to try and stop Jesus from going to the cross, because he knew this would destroy his power. So Satan used Peter, a willing subject, and Peter spoke it. Any thought that pulls you away from God and leads you into sin is not from God, but from Satan. He will stop at nothing until he has completely destroyed your relationship with God or at the very least made you ineffective for Him.

Matthew 16:15-17
15 Then he asked them, “Who do you say I am?”  16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”  17 Jesus replied, “You are blessed, Simon son of John, because my Father in heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Jesus shows us that Peter did not get this from any other source, but God the Father. Any thought from God will not go against His Word and will build us and lead us into a closer walk with Him. We need to pray for wisdom to know where our thoughts come from and then to quickly deal with the ones that will tear us down and lead us away from our Father. The Word tells us to “take every thought captive.” (2 Cor  10:5) do this through the power of God within you.

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January 23, 2008: 6:44 pm: Daily Scripture

Revelation 1:12-13, & 20
12 When I turned to see who was speaking to me, I saw seven gold lampstands. 13 And standing in the middle of the lampstands was the Son of Man. He was wearing a long robe with a gold sash across his chest. 20 This is the meaning of the-seven stars you saw in my right hand and the seven gold lampstands: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

When Jesus told us He was the light of the world, what He was saying was that there isn’t any light outside of Him. This world would not have light or righteousness without Christ in the world. While He walked on the earth, He was the Light, but when He left, He sent the Holy Spirit to live in us and then we became the Light of the world with Christ living in us. The seven candle sticks represent the Church and Christ stands in the middle of the Church. This means we get our light from Him and apart from Him, there is no light. We have nothing of ourselves to give light, we are like a world without a sun and until Christ comes into us and lives in us, we have no light. How much of you is living in you and how much of Christ is in you. How much light you give out to those around you will answer the question. Go to the only source of Light and become a bigger flame! 

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January 22, 2008: 6:14 pm: Daily Scripture

Romans 7:18-25, 8:1,2
18 I know I am rotten through and through so far as my oId sinful nature is concerned. No matter which way I turn, I can’t make myself do right. I want to, but I can’t. 19 When I want to do good, I don’t. And when I try not to do wrong, I do it anyway. 20 But if I am doing what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing it; the sin within me is doing it.2l It seems to be a fact of life that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. 22 I love God’s law with all my heart. 23 But there is another law at work within me that is at war with my mind. This law wins the fight and makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. 24 Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin? 25 Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin. 8:1 So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. 2 For the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you through Christ Jesus from the power of sin that leads to death.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

When we commit our lives to serving Jesus Christ, the expression of our new character is not being good, but being recreated in His image and His likeness. If the Spirit of God has transformed you by the renewing of your mind, then your behavior will exhibit Christ. If this is not happening for you, then you need to look at how much of your mind is controlled by your old sinful self, of which you have no control. Your lust has control. If your lusts are in control of you, then Christ is not in the thing that you do or what you desire to do. You can not try to be Godly, you will fail. You must surrender that lust to Him on a continual basis until He is control. Is that easy, not when you have given control to that lust in your life. You must fight to take it back, but not with human weapons, with spiritual weapons. Fight as Christ did when Satan came to tempt Him with power and food. “It is written!” Speak the truth over your lust and lay it before Christ each time it comes to you. You may have to do this many, many times, but you will have victory over it, Christ has promised this. It will be with His power and not yours, because you have none. Give it over to Him today and start the battle to become Christ to the world around you.

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January 21, 2008: 6:19 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 really 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.

When we continue to do the things we don’t want to do, we become less like Christ and more like the world. And none of us can say this does not happen. We are all alike, because we live in a world of sin. On a constant basis, we are being pulled from all directions. And the pull is away from becoming more like Christ. We must swim against the stream and do the un-natural. When we come before God and when we read His word, it cuts through all of our excuses and bargaining. It exposes us for who we really are and that makes most of us uncomfortable, so we tend stay away. No reading, no prayer, and we grow weaker and weaker. We unplug from the only source of power that will enable us to live effectively in this world of sin. Jesus understand. He has been where we are, He has been human and knows our weaknesses, and yet He loved us and died that we may be reconciled to God our Father. And right now, He is standing before the Father and interceding for you to plug into Him. Swim against the flow and become connected to the Source of Life and see what a difference it makes for you.

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January 18, 2008: 4:15 am: Daily Scripture

Psalm 99:5
Exalt the Lord our God, And worship at His footstool- He is holy.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

Psalm 100
Make a joyful Shout to the Lord, all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before His presence with singing. Know that the Lord, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good;
His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

Only the life lived in the light of God’s Word will be lived wisely. For this reason, our study of the Bible must constantly be accompanied by our petition before God to give us wisdom and understanding when we study His Word. We ask for wisdom to learn to live in a way that pleases Him and not ourselves. This is maturity. We do the things we know we need to do, even though we do not feel like doing it. Too many adults today have not learned this concept and only do what feels good to them, pleasing only themselves. Too many forget that God made us and too many have made God into what serves their needs. God is God and we can not change Him through our ignorance of who He really is. He sets the rules, He tells us how we are to live and not the other way around. Ask God to teach you and lead you in performing His will. Daily ask God to open your heart and mind through the power of the Holy Spirit to show you who He really is.

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