Archive for February, 2008

February 15, 2008: 6:30 pm: Daily Scripture

1 Corinthians 1:24-30
24 But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the mighty power of God and the wonderful wisdom of God. 25 This “foolish” plan of God is far wiser than the wisest of human plans, and Gods weakness is far stronger than the greatest of human strength. 26 Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes, or powerful, or wealthy when God called you. 27 Instead, God deliberately chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose those who are powerless to shame those who are powerful. 28 God chose things despised by the world things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important, 29 so that no one can ever boast in the presence of God. 30 God alone made it possible for you to be in Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made Christ to be wisdom itself. He is the one who made us acceptable to God. He made us pure and holy, and he gave himself to purchase our freedom.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

When the Spirit of God shows us what sanctification means, the struggle begins. Our “wisdom” always stands in the way, There is something that pulls with resentment within us against the sanctification of Jesus Christ. We must be willing to set aside our “wisdom” for His. The greatest wisdom the world has to offer is foolishness to God. God alone makes it possible for us to in Christ Jesus. Whatever we are or whatever “wisdom” we have to offer has nothing to do with our becoming like Christ. And when Christ becomes our salvation, we enter into the realization that sanctification is the holiness of Jesus imparted to us. It is His patience, His love, His faith, His purity, and His goodness that is displayed through us. It is not me imitating Him, but “Christ in me.” So I can not boast on what I have done, but what Christ is doing through me. Set aside that struggle within you and take on the righteousness of Christ, accept what God alone made possible, “Christ in you.”

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February 14, 2008: 6:12 pm: Daily Scripture

1 John 5:14,15
Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked for.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

Do you have confidence that God hears your prayers? Is your faith in Him mature, or are you using prayer as an attempt to get God to do what you want? There are no spiritual shortcuts or formulas to guarantee a yes to any request you ask of God. But we can have the confidence that God hears all of our prayers and that He will answer all of them. Sometimes He says no. If you watch parents today and look at how most are dealing with their children, too many will not say no to their child. If they do, most children will keep asking until they get what they want. God does not work that way. His no means no. Like small children, we can not see all of the circumstances around a situation, and He may have something bigger and better than what we have asked for. We are completely blind to all the possibilities and must trust Him to know what is best for us. That means you have to completely surrender your will to His. We give up our rights to anything and submit to Him in everything. Pray with confidence that God hears you, but listen when He says no and then trust what He has for you instead.

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February 13, 2008: 6:23 pm: Daily Scripture

Romans 8:18-25
18 Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. 19 For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. 20 Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, 21 the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. 22 For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us. 24 We were given this hope when we were saved. (If we already have something, we don’t need to hope for it. 25 But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.)
Tyndale House Publishers: Holy Bible : New Living Translation. 2nd ed. Wheaton, Ill. : Tyndale House Publishers, 2004, S.

Hope is the anchor of our lives that will keep us in the troubled times of our lives. Hope can see what is in our future and keep us steady on our course of pursuing a Christ like life. Heb. 6:18-19 tells us to, “Lay hold of the hope set before us. This hope we have is an anchor of the soul both sure and steadfast.” It is all too easy for us to let the troubles of this world drag us down. It is taking the path of least resistance. And like everyone else, there are days we would just like to give up and quit. But the Spirit of God lives in us and He will gently remind us of our hope in Him. Solomon tells us in Prov. 13:12, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick.” If we reject hope, we reject God. No matter what our trouble, hope is available, it is our choice, and we decide to hope. As John Hagee states, “Hope is not something; Hope is Someone! Jesus Christ is called the Hope of glory. Place your hope in Him!”

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February 12, 2008: 6:13 pm: Daily Scripture

Isaiah 59:1-4,8 19-21
Listen! The Lord is not too weak to save you, and He is not becoming deaf. He can hear you when you call. But there is a problem-your sins have cut you off from God. Because of your sin, He has turned away and will not listen anymore. No one cares about being fair and honest. Their lawsuits are based on lies. They spend their time plotting evil deeds and then doing them. They cheat and shortchange everyone. Nothing they do is productive; all their activity is filled with sin. Violence is their trademark. They do not know what true peace is or what it means to be just and good. They continually do wrong, and The Lord looked and was displeased to find that there was no justice. They continually do wrong, and those who follow them cannot experience a moment’s peace. Yes, truth is gone, and anyone who tries to live a godly life is soon attacked. He was amazed to see that no one intervened to help the oppressed. So He Himself stepped in to save them with His mighty power and justice. “The Redeemer will come to Jerusalem,” says the Lord, “to buy back those in Israel who have turned from their sins. And this is my covenant with them,” says the Lord. “My Spirit will not leave them, and neither will these words I have given you. They will be on your lips and on the lips of your children and your children’s children forever. I, the Lord, have spoken!
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville,Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

Hard to believe this was written thousands of years ago. Isaiah could be talking about today and our generation. The ungodly of this world were described a long time ago and things have not changed and have become more evil than ever. It is difficult for sinners to believe in a God who will judge them because they do not see the immediate judgment for their sin. This explains why the unsaved can break the laws of God and seemingly get away with it. The judgment they receive on this earth is merely the judgment of their own deeds, whatever they sow they reap. But there will be a judgment for every law of God that is broken. One day sinners will stand before God and the books of their lives will be opened. Christ will look into The Book of Life to try and find their name, but it will not be there. When we accept Christ, Who died for our sin, He took that judgment for us and our name is written in The Book of Life. We can now stand before God cover by the Blood of Jesus and God will see us as white as snow without sin. Don’t leave this world without being covered by the Blood! Accept Him now and He will accept you then!

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February 11, 2008: 6:12 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 peoples 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.

How awesome is our God to have provided a way for us to have access to Him at anytime. Christ has provided that way for us. He went and offered His Blood for our sins on the altar of God in heaven. He does not have to do this over and over again, because once was enough. Now to anyone who believes, there is direct access to God our Father. Faith accepts the record of who Jesus Christ is and what He has accomplished on our behalf. The believer accepts the benefits of Jesus’ sacrifice and enters into God’s presence with confidence. When we enter into God’s presence, we are transformed. We are consumed by His love for us and are free to become what He would have us be. After being in the presence of God, our aim is to do His will and please Him. At any time we can come into His presence, because of what Christ has done for us. Take time out of your busy day to enter into God’s presence by focusing on Him and His
love for you. It will refresh and restore you.

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February 8, 2008: 8:32 pm: Daily Scripture

John 14:26, 27
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all the things I said to you. Peace, I leave with you, My peace I give to you, not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be trouble neither let it be afraid.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

We have the promise from Christ Himself that He would send a Helper to us after He left this world. The third Person of the Trinity is the Holy Spirit. The Father sent Him to the Church after Christ ascended to heaven after His death and resurrection. It is the Holy Spirit working in your life; that drew you to Christ and brought His saving grace to your knowledge. After salvation, the Holy Spirit continues to work in our lives in a more defined basis. It is His job to teach us as we read the scriptures and the Spirit imprints the Word in our minds and brings it to remembrance when we need it. Jesus told us this to give us peace, His peace. We are never alone, the Holy Spirit is always working on our behalf, teaching and guiding us. When you read the Word, pray and ask for God’s spirit to teach you as you read. Call on the Spirit to bring the Word to remembrance when you need it.

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February 7, 2008: 8:24 pm: Daily Scripture

Thessalonians 4:3-7
For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that you should abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel (body) in sanctification and honor, not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles (unsaved) who do not know God; that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified. For God did not call us to uncleanness, but to holiness. Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God who has also given us His Holy Spirit.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

God gave us His Holy Spirit for power to overcome the lusts of the flesh. We can not do it on our own power, but only through Christ working in us. We in ourselves want to appease our flesh, and the flesh demands what it wants. This is the natural man; this is where the world is today. If it feels good do it. Just because we have these feeling and thoughts, does not make them right and OK. The heart of man is evil and will go against what is good and holy. We must bring our lusts under control by the power of God, only then can we be holy. It is the work of Christ within us that makes us holy. Our flesh wants to do evil, but the Spirit of God within us leads us to righteousness.

The word of God is very clear on what is sin, but the world today does not want to obey. It is a sign of the times, we are living in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah, the days of Noah and God will not tolerate it much longer. The stench of sin is reaching up to heaven and judgment is coming. We are to be separated from the world and obey the Word. Any sex outside of a man-woman marriage is sin. There are no exceptions, God has spoken and His Word will not change just because we do. Just because we believe a lie does not make it true. Use the power God has given you and purge sin from your life. Jesus is our example. What will you say to Jesus when you stand before Him? Do not be counted among those who said, “What is the harm in gay marriage? They just want be a family.”  There is no family outside of what God ordained and anyone believing this lie is not of God. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Have the mind of Christ and take a stand against what the Word of God has said is sin!

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February 6, 2008: 8:23 pm: Daily Scripture

1 Timothy 2:1-8
First of all, I ask you to pray for everyone. Ask God to help and bless them all, and tell God how thankful you are for each of them. 2 Pray for kings and others in power, so that we may live quiet and peaceful lives as we worship and honor God. 3 This kind of prayer is good, and it pleases God our Savior. 4 God wants everyone to be saved and to know the whole truth, which is, 5 There is only one God, and Christ Jesus is the only one who can bring us to God. Jesus was truly human, and he gave himself to rescue all of us. 6 God showed us this at the right time. 7 This is why God chose me to be a preacher and an apostle of the good news. I am telling the truth. I am not lying. God sent me to teach the Gentiles about faith and truth. 8 I want everyone everywhere to lift innocent hands toward heaven and pray, without being angry or arguing with each other.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL:Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Paul knew the importance of prayer. He was continually connected to Christ. And God used him greatly as one of the writers of the New Testament, I am glad Paul was willing to be used by God in such a tremendous way. But this did not come without time in prayer to the Lord. God is speaking to all of us through Paul and telling us that we are to pray for all people and for those in authority over us. As we grow closer to Christ and know more of what His will for us is, we will find we are all to be “preachers” of His Word. Salvation is for all and we are the light of Christ in the world at this time and His will is for all to hear the Word and be saved. Prayer is the fuel that keeps us focused on His goal for us. When Jesus walked on this earth, He was the Light of the world and He passed that torch onto us. We are to fulfill His will in this world. This realization comes through prayer. When we plug into Christ through prayer, the Holy Spirit reveals His will to us. A lamp cannot light a dark room without being plugged into an electrical socket and turned on. We cannot light our world with the love of Christ without being “plugged” into Him by prayer. We are “turned on” by the power of the Holy Spirit that comes to us through prayer. Get plugged in and turned on and light your world.

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February 5, 2008: 6:35 pm: Daily Scripture

Job 19:25-27
25 “But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and that he will stand upon the earth at last. 26 And after my body has decayed, yet in my body I will see God! 27 I will see him for myself. Yes, I will see him with my own eyes. I am overwhelmed at the thought!
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL:Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The Book of Job teaches us four lessons; 1.) God is sovereign. We can not understand His workings by rational thinking alone; faith must rest in God’s love and our knowledge of Him. Sovereignty means that God is all-powerful; He knows all, He is everywhere and His decision is final. God is the author of all the powers of the universe. 2.) We understand ourselves and our lives in direct relationship to our understanding of the character and workings of God. When we understand that God’s will toward us is good, and that God cares and communicates His caring to His children, as He did to Job, this changes everything. Faith must have a resting place. When deep suffering threatens the foundations of faith, as was the case with Job, an assault on our faith can destroy us unless we are firmly rooted in these truths. 3.) In times of tragedy we face the temptation of making God our adversary instead of our advocate. We can declare our innocence and question the judgment of God, or we can bow in humility and wait for God to reveal Himself and His purposes to us. 4.) The struggle of faith is a personal One. We each must test the strength of our belief in God against uncontrollable forces and win our own individual victories. There will be times when family and friends may be taken from us and we must stand alone with only our faith in our Redeemer. But we like Job can stand under all circumstances and say, “I know that my Redeemer Lives!”

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February 4, 2008: 6:27 pm: Daily Scripture

Romans 5:1-6
Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. 2 Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of highest privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory. 3 We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they are good for us they help us learn to endure. 4 And endurance develops strength of character in us, and character strengthens our confident expectation of salvation. 5 And this expectation will not disappoint us. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. 6 When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL:Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

There is a two sided reality to living a life for Christ. On one hand, we are complete in Christ when we accept His free gift of grace by faith. Because of our faith, we are given the highest privilege of sharing God’s glory.  On the other hand, we are imperfect and continually growing to become more like Christ. We have the status of royalty and the duties of slaves. We experience both the presence of Christ and pressure of sin. While we enjoy the peace that can only come from being made right with God, we also struggle with temptation and pain.  Remembering our double nature in this world will keep of us from becoming discouraged while we continue to work with Christ to complete this process of sanctification.  We keep our eyes focused on Him and the prize of eternity with Him.  Remember, we are friends of God and He is working to draw us closer to Him and not to condemn us for our mistakes.  God is slowly building our confidence and character for higher responsibilities for the work of His kingdom. Remember who you are in Christ and let the power of the Spirit of God within you lead you through your trails and temptations to become the royalty you are.

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