Archive for March, 2008

March 17, 2008: 7:47 pm: Daily Scripture

Romans 8:26-30
26 And the Holy Spirit helps us in our distress. For we don’t even know what we should pray for, nor how we should pray. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. 27 And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. 28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. 29 For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn, with many brothers and sisters. 30 And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And he gave them right standing with himself, and he promised them his glory.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

God works for our good in all things.  Not just some things or the things we can understand but in all things.  There is nothing that happens to you that God is not working for your good.  This does not mean that all things that happen to us are good, but that God is able to work good out every situation.  That includes the evil we do or that is done to us.  We may not see immediate good, but it all has a purpose and a plan by our God. He is not working to make us happy but to full fill His long range plan for us.  And this is the place that we find peace and joy.  Note that this promise can not be claimed by all but only those who are called.  It is for those who belong to Him.  For those of us who belong to God,  He gives us a new understanding and a new mind set.  He gives us the mind of Christ. And it is here that we learn to trust Him. Faith does not waver in pain and trials because we know that God is with us and is working for us.

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March 14, 2008: 5:54 pm: Daily Scripture

1 Kings 3:5-9
5 That night the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream, and God said, “What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!”
6 Solomon replied, “You were wonderfully kind to my father, David, because he was honest and true and faithful to you. And you have continued this great kindness to him today by giving him a son to succeed him. 7 O Lord my God, now you have made me king instead of my father, David, but I am like a little child who doesn’t know his way around. 8 And here I am among your own chosen people, a nation so great they are too numerous to count! 9 Give me an understanding mind so that I can govern your people well and know the difference between right and wrong. For who by himself is able to govern this great nation of yours?”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

When given a chance to have anything in the world, Solomon asked for wisdom.  He asked for an “understanding mind” in order to lead God’s people well and to make right decisions.  James 1:5 states that we can ask for this same kind of wisdom.  We should ask God for wisdom to know what the job is that God wants us to do and then for wisdom to carry it out.  We should not ask God to do for us what He wants to do through us.  Instead we should ask God to give us the wisdom to know what to do and the strength to follow through.  God will never step in and do for us what we can do for ourselves.  It is better for us to move into action than to sit back and have it done for us.  Knowing and understanding the will of God comes only through knowing His Word and knowing His mind.  God will show us all we need to know to have the mind of Christ if we seek Him through His Word and ask Him.  Once we know, we must move to action and do the task set before us.  This is the will of God for all of those who belong to Him. 

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March 13, 2008: 5:49 pm: Daily Scripture

1 Corinthians 2:6-16
6 However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, 8 which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” 10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. 13 These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. 16 For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

Those who are not in Christ cannot understand God’s spiritual truths and they cannot understand the concept that God’s Spirit lives in believers. Don’t expect people to understand or approve of your decision to follow Christ.  People of the world will think it foolish. Just as a tone deaf-person cannot appreciate fine music, the person who rejects Christ cannot understand the spiritual truths from God. They have turned their back on God and will not understand the wisdom He provides for those who choose to follow Him.  Believers in fact, have the very mind of Christ.  Through The Holy Spirit, we can begin to know God’s thoughts. The more we know the mind of God, the more we grow to become like Him.  The world will not understand or accept this.  Are you spending enough time with Christ to know His mind?  Knowing the thoughts of God comes only by spending time with Him.  An intimate relationship with Christ comes only with consistent time in His presence and knowing His Word.  The way you live will show how intimate your relationship is with God.  The more you know Him the more you will be like Him. Don’t be like the world and close your mind to the things of God.  Open your mind and seek His will by knowing His Word and spending time with Him.

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March 12, 2008: 5:49 pm: Daily Scripture

Philippians 1:20-25
20 For I live in eager expectation and hope that I will never do anything that causes me shame, but that I will always be bold for Christ, as I have been in the past, and that my life will always honor Christ, whether I live or I die. 21 For to me, living is for Christ, and dying is even better. 22 Yet if I live, that means fruitful service for Christ. I really don’t know which is better. 23 I’m torn between two desires: Sometimes I want to live, and sometimes I long to go and be with Christ. That would be far better for me, 24 but it is better for you that I live.  25 I am convinced of this, so I will continue with you so that you will grow and experience the joy of your faith.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The verdict is in!  The mortality rate is 100%, with no exceptions. The truth is we are all going to die. For the Christian to die is to gain.  We go to be with our Lord who died for us. Is this the attitude that you have about living and dying? Are you comforted that no matter what happens, you are in God’s hands?  For me, it is not the dying that worries me, it is the living.  What we do and how we do it from the time we are born until the day we die is the thing we need to understand.  How would you complete the statement, “For me to live is_________?” Could you be like Paul and state, “For me to live is Christ.”  Or are you living just to get and accumulate things?  What is your ultimate purpose for living? Once we know how to live and what we are living for, we can be prepared to die.  Not that we want death or look forward to it, but we are not afraid of it.  It is a place of peace, knowing that whatever our state we are with God. If we are living, we are moving toward Him and if we die, we are with Him.  This is the place of true joy, knowing that we are held by our Father and He is our purpose.  What is your reason for living today? Take time to look at what the purpose of your life is.  If you are a child of Jesus Christ, then live for that purpose with an attitude of joy because of God within you.

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March 11, 2008: 5:28 pm: Daily Scripture

1 Corinthians 15:45-56
45 The Scriptures tell us, “The first man, Adam, became a living person.” But the last Adam-that is, Christ-is a life-giving Spirit. 46 What came first was the natural body, then the spiritual body comes later. 47 Adam, the first man, was made from the dust of the earth, while Christ, the second man, came from heaven. 48 Every human being has an earthly body just like Adam’s, but our heavenly bodies will be just like Christ’s. 49 Just as we are now like Adam, the man of the earth, so we will someday be like Christ, the man from heaven. 50 What I am saying, dear brothers and sisters, is that flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. These perishable bodies of ours are not able to live forever. 51 But let me tell you a wonderful secret God has revealed to us. Not all of us will die, but we will all be transformed. 52 It will happen in a moment, in the blinking of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, the Christians who have died will be raised with transformed bodies. And then we who are living will be transformed so that we will never die. 53 For our perishable earthly bodies must be transformed into heavenly bodies that will never die. 54 When this happens-when our perishable earthly bodies have been transformed into heavenly bodies that will never die-then at last the Scriptures will come true: “Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” 56 For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. 57 How we thank God, who gives us victory over sin and death through Jesus Christ our Lord!
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Our earthly bodies are just made of dust and will someday quit working for us.  Many already are suffering from bodies that are sick and broken.  This is just a temporary situation.  Even though it is all we know at this time, as a Christian, we need to understand this is just for this moment.  Someday we will have a body just like that of Jesus Christ after His resurrection.  As our earthly bodies grow weak and die, so our heavenly bodies will always be strong and never change.  We will be like Christ.  This scripture tells us that some will die, but some will be alive when the trumpet sounds and we will be transformed immediately into our heavenly bodies.  Our hope then is that whether we are alive on that day or we are already with Christ, we will all be transformed into the likeness of Him.  Life on earth is the patient waiting for the work of Jesus Christ to be completed in us.  We continue to live and work until He comes for those who believe Him. When millions of Christians disappear is not the end of this world.  But it is the end of grace and the beginning of judgment from God for a world that has rejected Jesus Christ. Those Christians who leave this world with Christ will return with Him after 7 years of judgment on this earth to rule with Him for 1000 years. Our bodies may suffer now, but our spirit and soul will carry on in Him in new heavenly bodies that will never die.  So, today, we can move forward until that day knowing that He is working His purpose in us.  Even if we are sick and suffering, we can have perfect peace that Christ will complete the good work He has started in us.  When your body is suffering, thank God for He has given you victory over sin and death.  And it is through His power that you carry on. It is through His power that keeps you strong, even though your body is dying.  You move forward in the peace of knowing that your God will transform your perishable body into a heavenly body that will never suffer or die.  This is your hope!

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March 10, 2008: 5:19 pm: Daily Scripture

2 Kings 5:9-16
9 So Naaman went with his horses and chariots and waited at the door of Elisha’s house. 10 But Elisha sent a messenger out to him with this message: “Go and wash yourself seven times in the Jordan River. Then your skin will be restored, and you will be healed of leprosy.” 11 But Naaman became angry and stalked away. “I thought he would surely come out to meet me!” he said. “I expected him to wave his hand over the leprosy and call on the name of the Lord his God and heal me! 12 Aren’t the Abana River and Pharpar River of Damascus better than all the rivers of Israel put together? Why shouldn’t I wash in them and be healed?” So Naaman turned and went away in a rage. 13 But his officers tried to reason with him and said, “Sir, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, wouldn’t you have done it? So you should certainly obey him when he says simply to go and wash and be cured!” 14 So Naaman went down to the Jordan River and dipped himself seven times, as the man of God had instructed him. And his flesh became as healthy as a young child’s, and he was healed! 15 Then Naaman and his entire party went back to find the man of God. They stood before him, and Naaman said, “I know at last that there is no God in all the world except in Israel. Now please accept my gifts.” 16 But Elisha replied, “As surely as the Lord lives, whom I serve, I will not accept any gifts.” And though Naaman urged him to take the gifts, Elisha refused.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Every miracle, large or small, always begins with an act of obedience.  Sometimes we will not see the solution until we humble ourselves and take a step of faith.  Naaman was the army commander for the King of Aram.  This was Israel’s neighbor and enemy.  The King of Aram had been coming into Israel and raiding and plundering them. Naaman had suffered with leprosy and heard about Elisha a prophet of God and knew that the God of Israel could heal him.  Naaman went to Elisha to be healed, but he was a leader and full of pride, and he did not want do something as humble as wash himself in the Jordan River.  But when he finally did obey, he was healed by God.  Sometimes God provides for us in ways that go beyond our narrow definitions or expectations.  No matter how bitter our trials or how hopeless they seem, we should always look for God’s caring touch because it is there.  We may find His providence in strange places.  What trial are you facing today?  Do you need healing for your body or your heart?  Bring your need before Him and humble yourself enough to be open to see God where you did not expect Him.  God loves you so much; He even has the hairs on your head numbered. So He knows exactly what you are going through. Trust Him to see you through the situation. When you hear His voice move in obedience and do His will. Know that God will take a difficult situation and use it to make you more like Christ.

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March 7, 2008: 6:41 pm: Daily Scripture

Matthew 6:7-13
7 “When you pray, don’t babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered only by repeating their words again and again. 8 Don’t be like them, because your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him! 9 Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may your name be honored. 10 May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done here on earth, just as it is in heaven. 11 Give us our food for today, 12 and forgive us our sins, just as we have forgiven those who have sinned against us. 13 And don’t let us yield to temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Many of us say the Lord’s prayer without thinking about what we are praying.  When we ask for “God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven,” what are we really asking?  Many think it is some global change that needs to take place where everything and everyone does exactly what God wants.  But Jesus is speaking into the heart of the believer, He is teaching His disciples and telling them the will of God begins and ends in their hearts.  We only have control over our own thoughts and actions, we can not control what the world does.  So the will of God begins in our own mind and will.  When our spirit is rightly connected to God through salvation, doing His will begins in our souls.  It is surrendering our will, our mind and our emotions to those of God.  Globally the will of God will not be done on earth until Christ is here with us and ruling this world, but in heaven every being willingly does the will of God.  All hearts and minds in heaven are surrendered to the will of God.  This is out of love for Him.  On earth, where the curse of death is still in control, many do not even acknowledge Him as God.  But for those of us who love the Lord can start only with our own will.  By nailing our sinful nature to the cross of Christ and submitting to God, the will of God is done on earth as it is in heaven.  Our prayer should be, “May your will be done in my mind and actions, as it is in the beings of heaven.”  Someday, God’s will will be done by every being on earth.  But until that Day, start with your will and bind your mind, will, and emotions to those of Jesus Christ and make a conscious decision to know and do what Christ would do in all aspects of your life.

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March 6, 2008: 6:35 pm: Daily Scripture

Galatians 2:17-21
17 But what if we seek to be made right with God through faith in Christ and then find out that we are still sinners? Has Christ led us into sin? Of course not! 18 Rather, I make myself guilty if I rebuild the old system I already tore down. 19 For when I tried to keep the law, I realized I could never earn God’s approval. So I died to the law so that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Christ. 20 I myself no longer live, but Christ lives in me. So I live my life in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I am not one of those who treats the grace of God as meaningless. For if we could be saved by keeping the law, then there was no need for Christ to die.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Sin, by its very nature brings death that is a fact as certain as the law of gravity.  Sin always separates us from God. Jesus did not die for His own sins, He had none.  Instead, by a transaction that we may never fully understand, He died for the sins of the whole world.  He died for all past, present and every sin to ever be committed.  There is not one sin that can not be forgiven by the work that Christ Jesus did on the cross. It is by faith believing that we receive the forgiveness that Christ died to give us.  Only those who believe Him will be saved from their sin.  When we commit our life to Christ and thus identify ourselves with Him, His death becomes ours. We (that is our sinful nature) are crucified with Him.  Our sinful nature is nailed to the cross with Him. Our spirit is immediately connected to God and He lives in us.  But our soul, that is our mind, our will and our emotions, need to be transformed into His image.  This is the working out of our salvation.  We surrender our soul to Him sometimes minute by minute.  Our bodies also need to be under submission to His will as we take care of our physical needs. He paid the penalty for our sins, and His blood has purified us. Our spirit is immediately connected to Him and our soul starts the process to become like Him. Our body will someday rise from death just as Christ rose from the dead.  So we will rise to a new life for eternal fellowship with Jesus Christ.

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March 5, 2008: 6:28 pm: Daily Scripture

1 John 1:5-10
5 This is the message he has given us to announce to you: God is light and there is no darkness in him at all. 6 So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness. We are not living in the truth. 7 But if we are living in the light of God’s presence, just as Christ is, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from every sin. 8 If we say we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and refusing to accept the truth. 9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The statement “God is light” means that God is perfectly holy and true and that He alone can guide us out of the darkness of our sin.  Light exposes what is true and whatever exists, whether it is good or it is bad.  In the light evil and goodness are clearly distinguished.  Just as darkness can not exist in the presence of light, so sin can not exist in the presence of our holy God.  If we want a relationship with God, we can not approach Him with darkness in us.  It will be exposed and God will not have fellowship with darkness. We must nail our sins to the cross of Christ by believing and receiving the grace Christ died to give us.  To claim that you belong to Christ but then go out and live for your old sinful nature is hypocrisy. Christ will expose and judge such deceit.  Paul tells us to confess our sins and God will cleanse us from every sin. Have fellowship with God and walk in His light by the righteousness Christ died to give you.

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March 4, 2008: 6:21 pm: Daily Scripture

2 Corinthians 3:7-18
7 That old system of law etched in stone led to death, yet it began with such glory that the people of Israel could not bear to look at Moses’ face. For his face shone with the glory of God, even though the brightness was already fading away. 8 Shouldn’t we expect far greater glory when the Holy Spirit is giving life? 9 If the old covenant, which brings condemnation, was glorious, how much more glorious is the new covenant, which makes us right with God! 10 In fact, that first glory was not glorious at all compared with the overwhelming glory of the new covenant. 11 So if the old covenant, which has been set aside, was full of glory, then the new covenant, which remains forever, has far greater glory. 12 Since this new covenant gives us such confidence, we can be very bold. 13 We are not like Moses, who put a veil over his face so the people of Israel would not see the glory fading away. 14 But the people’s minds were hardened, and even to this day whenever the old covenant is being read, a veil covers their minds so they cannot understand the truth. And this veil can be removed only by believing in Christ. 15 Yes, even today when they read Moses’ writings, their hearts are covered with that veil, and they do not understand.  16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, then the veil is taken away. 17 Now, the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, he gives freedom. 18 And all of us have had that veil removed so that we can be mirrors that brightly reflect the glory of the Lord. And as the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like him and reflect his glory even more.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.)1996.

Whoever turns to Jesus Christ is removed from darkness and brought into light.  The veil is removed from their minds and the Holy Spirit of God now reflects the Glory of God through them.  We are brought into right relationship with God.  He starts the process in us to become like Christ.  We must keep our minds on this goal and continue on, “For in Him we live and move and have our being”, Acts 17:28.  The New Covenant of God now states that His laws are written in our hearts and we want to do His will because of what He has done for us. We are filled with the joy of the Lord and one day we will rule with Him.  This is the goal we keep in mind. There is nothing that we cannot do with Christ Jesus in us.  We repeat Philippians 4:13 over and over, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  We have the freedom only peace with God can bring.

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