Archive for February, 2008

February 29, 2008: 6:09 pm: Daily Scripture

Genesis 15:4
4 Then the Lord said to him, No, your servant will not be your heir, for you will have a son of your own to inherit everything I am giving you. 5 Then the Lord brought Abram outside beneath the night sky and told him, Look up into the heavens and count the stars if you can. Your descendants will be like that too many to count! 6 And Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord declared him righteous because of his faith. 7 Then the Lord told him, I am the Lord who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Our faith is the most precious thing we have.  Without faith it is impossible to please God. Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord declared him righteous because of his faith. Abrams’ faith, not his actions are what made him right before God. A right relationship is based on faith in knowing that God is who He said He is and the He does what He says He will do. Our outward actions will not by themselves make us right with God. But right actions are the outcome of a right relationship with God. Abram, later renamed Abraham, is the father of faith because he believed God. All the world was blessed because of his faith. The Jewish nation came from Abraham and out of the Jewish nation came Christ. So all the world is blessed because of Abraham’s faith. If Abraham could believe that he would be blessed with a child at the age of 99, so we can believe in the written Word of God that is so readily available to us. Believe God by trusting in His promises.

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February 28, 2008: 6:42 pm: 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 b1ood, 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. 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 be alert and knowledgeable to what we can do. A chick coming out of it’s egg will struggle sometimes for hours as it pecks and pecks to break out. If you help it come out by breaking it’s shell, he will not be strong enough to live and will die. He is strengthen 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 Gods armor to resist the enemy. Christ did not remove us from the battle, but did tell us how to fight. Prepare yourselves with 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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February 27, 2008: 6:02 pm: Daily Scripture

Ephesians 4:9-16
9 Notice that it says “he ascended.” This means that Christ first came down to the lowly world in which we live. 10 The same one who came down is the one who ascended higher than all the heavens, so that his rule might fill the entire universe. 11 He is the one who gave these gifts to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 12 Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ, 13 until we come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature and full grown in the Lord, measuring up to the full stature of Christ. 14 Then we will no longer be like children, forever changing our minds about what we believe because someone has told us something different or because someone has cleverly lied to us and made the lie sound like the truth. 15 Instead, we will hold to the truth in love, becoming more and more in every way like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. 16 Under his direction, the whole body is fitted together
perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Everyone in the body of Christ has been given gifts by God. There is not one of us who have not received a gift or two. Only Christ has the power and ability to give these gifts. And Paul tells us what some of them are, but this list only covers a small portion of them because there are many more. But the apostles, teachers, pastors and evangelist are given the responsibility to equip the church to bring her to maturity. We are the church and we have two commissions from Christ in these verses: first we all have gifts and we are to use them to bring the rest of the body of Christ to  maturity, second as a part of the body, we are to bring ourselves to maturity. We need to be strong in Christ so we will not be tossed around by the troubled winds of this world. If you are not using the gifts given to you by God, you will not grow. There isn’t one Christian who is exempt from service, all are required to do his part in the body of Christ. We are all to work together to strengthen the body and to complete the work Christ has laid before us, that of spreading the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Are you still an infant being tossed around by the winds of this world? Then start using the gifts given to you to strengthen the body or to bring others into the body? See what a difference it will make in you in your walk with Christ.

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February 26, 2008: 6:31 pm: Daily Scripture

Matthew 9:1-8
Jesus climbed into a boat and went back across the lake to his own town. 2 Some people brought to him a paralyzed man on a mat. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “Take heart, son! Your sins are forgiven.”  3 “Blasphemy! This man talks like he is God!” some of the teachers of religious law said among themselves. 4 Jesus knew what they were thinking, so he asked them, “Why are you thinking such evil thoughts? 5 Is it easier to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven’ or ‘Get up and walk’? 6 I will prove that I, the Son of Man, have the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, “Stand up, take your mat, and go on home, because you are healed!” 7 And the man jumped up and went home! 8 Fear swept through the crowd as they saw this happen right before their eyes. They praised God for sending a man with such great authority.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

God is more interested in making us spiritually healthy than He is in making us physically healthy. The bodies we live in our decaying and dying more and more every day and will eventually go back to the dust they are. But our spirit will live forever either in heaven or in hell. And even though God wants our bodies to be healthy, He is more interested in a healthy soul. If you are praying for physical health today, keep on praying because that is what you should do. But seek spiritual health first because that is more important. That is why Jesus told this man his sins were forgiven before He physically healed Him. If you have not receive the healing of your body, trust God that He is doing a work in your soul and that is more important to Him. Trust that He will heal your body but also know that He is more interested making changes in your heart and wants your focus to be on Him and not on your body. God can heal your body but more important, He can heal your soul and give you right standing with the Father. Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and then all of these things will be given to you!

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February 25, 2008: 6:06 pm: Daily Scripture

1 Chronicles 29:10-15
10 Then David praised the Lord in the presence of the whole assembly: “O Lord, the God of our ancestor Israel, may you be praised forever and ever! 11 Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things. 12 Riches and honor come from you alone, for you rule over everything. Power and might are in your hand, and it is at your discretion that people are made great and given strength.  13 “O our God, we thank you and praise your glorious name! 14 But who am I, and who are my people, that we could give anything to you? Everything we have has come from you, and we give you only what you have already given us! 15 We are here for only a moment, visitors and strangers in the land as our ancestors were before us. Our days on earth are like a shadow, gone so soon without a trace.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

As a Christians, we need to realize that stewardship is our choice. God does not make us do anything we do not want to do. When our desires line up with the Word of God and His truth, then we see God move into our lives and do great and mighty things. We must acknowledge Who owns everything in the world and who is responsible to take care of it. Psalm 24:1 tells us, “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.” By knowing that God owns everything, we understand what our place is and that He expects us to honor Him as owner and then to do His will by managing all of the things He has given us. When we put God in His right place, we open the windows of heaven for His blessings to be showered upon us. But only when we are in right connection to Him. If we think it is by our own hand that we have a good job or a nice house, we are putting ourselves above God and we operate under a closed window from heaven. How do you respond to the fact that everything you have, belongs to God?  Whatever your answer will determine whether you are functioning under a closed window or an open window from heaven. Open the windows of God’s blessings by honoring Him as owner of all that you have!

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February 22, 2008: 6:01 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 are within our mind. They are the wrong teachings we have been taught 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.  You 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.

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February 21, 2008: 5:55 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 night falls 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 for you to accomplish in your 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 we will be judged on the tasks set before us. This judgment is not about sin, for everyone at this judgment will be redeemed and the Blood of Christ will cover all sin. But we will stand before Him and He will review all of the talents we were given and how we used them to further the work of Christ. The most important thing 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 for themselves while looking like they are being done in the name of Christ. 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 when you stand before Christ, but will go through the fire as pure as gold.

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February 20, 2008: 5:55 pm: Daily Scripture

Hebrews 12:1-4
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily hinders our progress. And let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us. 2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from start to finish. He was willing to die a shameful death on the cross because of the joy he knew would be his afterward. Now he is seated in the place of highest honor beside God’s throne in heaven. 3 Think about all he endured when sinful people did such terrible things to him, so that you don’t become weary and give up. 4 After all, you have not yet given your lives in your struggle against sin.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

When we accept Christ as Lord and Savior, believing that He died for our sins, we begin our process of sanctification to become like Christ. We are guaranteed the prize of heaven, no matter how well we do, just because we believe God. But as we live in this world and work toward our goal of becoming like Christ, everything around us is trying to pull us back into sin. Besides the Devil trying to pull us off track and down his path of destruction, we have our own evil desires to deal with. Our own sinful nature wants to pull us away from the One source of Truth.  Sometimes we fail, sometimes we trip and fall, but the key is getting back up and to keep on moving down the path that God has set before us. Sometimes, God will show us very clearly when we are being tempted and pulled from His Truth. When the Holy Spirit reveals to us that it is temptation and we ignore the prompting, it always leads us to more pain and struggle than was necessary. We need to trust that God will make a way of escape for us. As stated in 1 Corinthians 10:13, “But remember that the temptations that come into your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will keep the temptation from becoming so strong that you can’t stand up against it.” When you are tempted, He will show you a way out so that you will not give in to it. We must strip aside everything that prevents us from running the race God has set before us. This includes the sin that has been reveled to us. Whenever we are tempted, it is always with sin. God will make a way. Trust Him with all of your heart, soul, and mind to lead you to His righteousness.

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February 19, 2008: 6:41 pm: Daily Scripture

James 1: 19-27
19 My dear brothers and sisters, be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. 20 Your anger can never make things right in God’s sight. 21 So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the message God has planted in your hearts, for it is strong enough to save your souls. 22 And remember, it is a message to obey, not just to listen to. If you don’t obey, you are only fooling yourself. 23 For if you just listen and don’t obey, it is like looking at your face in a mirror but doing nothing to improve your appearance. 24 You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. 25 But if you keep looking steadily into God’s perfect law-the law that sets you free-and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it. 26 If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are just fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless. 27 Pure and lasting religion in the sight of God our Father means that we must care for orphans and widows in their troubles, and refuse to let the world corrupt us.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL:Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

No matter how much we testify to the gospel of Christ, it is all just air passing through our lips unless we demonstrate that it has changed our lives. Unless our thoughts and actions are in harmony with our words, our speech will be meaningless to those who hear it. Anyone can talk about truth, but only those redeemed can walk in the truth. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life.” Good works do not save us, but when we are saved, the fruit of our new life in Christ will be seen through our good works. We must not only hear the truth but speak it, live it and let it shine through us. Live what you have learned, practice what you believe and the light of Christ will draw others to Him through you.

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February 18, 2008: 6:33 pm: Daily Scripture

Matthew 21:21, 22
21 Then Jesus told them, “I assure you, if you have faith and don’t doubt, you can do things like this and much more. You can even say to this mountain, “May God lift you up and throw you into the sea,” and it will happen. 22 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.

Matthew 18:19,20
19 “I also tell you this: If two of you agree down here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you. 20 For where two or three gather together because they are mine, I am there among them.”

Matthew 6:33, 34
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville,Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

Jesus taught us a lot about communication with God. He received all of His power while on earth through prayer with His Father and from the power of the Spirit working through Him. He did not act alone, always under the direction of His Father and through the power of the Spirit. When we pray and agree with another Christian, God will hear and answer our prayers. There is more power praying together. He was the perfect example of how we are to live for Him today. There is nothing that Jesus did that we can not do now. But, we have to come to the Father and ask. We have not because we ask not. Next we have to believe and not waver in our believe. Does this mean God will give us whatever we want? Yes, if we are seeking God first, He will give us the desires of our heart. If we are doing His will, our desires will be in line with the Word of God. We will not want what is contrary to His Word. This is where Jesus lived and where He wants us to live. All these “things” will be added to us. Look at what you are seeking from Him today and if they are in line with His Word, believe and do not waver in your faith. Ask another Christian to pray and agree with you. God will answer your prayer.

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