Archive for June, 2008

June 30, 2008: 5:16 pm: Daily Scripture

1 Corinthians 6:9-14
9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. 12 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. 13 Foods for the stomach and the stomach for foods, but God will destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 And God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Sanctification, do any of us really know what this means? Is it something that can be achieved in this world? Paul tells the Corinthians that they were sanctified. And we are being sanctified through the blood of Jesus. But none of us will be fully sanctified until we are like Him.  We are fully justified, but sanctification is only achieved when we are fully walking in the Kingdom of God under His will. The question then is, do we walk in our sanctification? It means separating yourself from that which is evil. It is really all of God or nothing. We can not have one foot in the world and one foot with God. There is no such thing as a little bit of sin. If you add one drop of contaminated water to a bucket of clean water, it all becomes contaminated. But if you add one drop of clean water to bucket of contaminated water, it is all still contaminated. We are called by Christ to abstain from any appearance of evil. We must confess our sins and then turn from them. We can do this only through the power of the Holy Spirit. We are sanctified through the blood of Christ by His power. When you are tempted with sin, claim your sanctification and rebuke the enemy by the power of the Holy Spirit in you!

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June 27, 2008: 5:17 pm: Daily Scripture

Hebrews 5:7-9
7 While Jesus was here on earth, he offered prayers and pleadings, with a loud cry and tears, to the one who could deliver him out of death. And God heard his prayers because of his reverence for God. 8 So even though Jesus was God’s Son, he learned obedience from the things he suffered. 9 In this way, God qualified him as a perfect High Priest, and he became the source of eternal salvation for all those who obey him.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Jesus’ human life was not a script that He passively followed.  It was a life that He chose freely as John 10:17-18 states, “The Father loves me because I lay down my life that I may have it back again. No one can take my life from me. I lay down my life voluntarily. For I have the right to lay it down when I want to and also the power to take it again. For my Father has given me this command.”  Jesus’ life was a continual process of making the will of God the Father His own.  Jesus chose to obey, even though obedience led to suffering and death.  Because Jesus obeyed perfectly, even under great trail, He can help us obey, no matter how difficult obedience seems to be.  How can we do less after what He did for us?  And if Jesus as a human needed to choose obedience to the Father, how much more do we?  Examine your walk with God and ask Him to help you see what you need to surrender in obedience to His will.

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June 26, 2008: 5:12 pm: Daily Scripture

Luke18:18-23
18 Once a religious leader asked Jesus this question: “Good teacher, what should I do to get eternal life?” 19 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked him. “Only God is truly good. 20 But as for your question, you know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery. Do not murder. Do not steal. Do not testify falsely. Honor your father and mother.'” 21 The man replied, “I’ve obeyed all these commandments since I was a child.” 22 “There is still one thing you lack,” Jesus said. “Sell all you have and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” 23 But when the man heard this, he became sad because he was very rich.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Why was a very hard for the rich person to hear from Jesus, that he must sell everything and give it to the poor or that he must come and follow Jesus?  What ever was more difficult for him, he could not do either.  There was no question that he did not understand exactly what Jesus was asking, only sadness because it was the thing he would not give.  The rich man was more devoted to the idea of Jesus than to Jesus Himself.  If he had been willing to obey, this man would have found treasures that could not be compared to what he already had.  Christ does ask us to surrender anything He has not already surrendered.  Hebrews 5:8 states, “So even though Jesus was God’s Son, He learned obedience from the things He suffered.”  Jesus Christ gave up all this world could offer to give us a right relationship with God the Father.  This man could not see that life was more than what we own in this world.  But he did understand what a right relationship would cost him.  It would cost him his will and that would require obedience to God.  He walked away very sad because he did understand.  Because Christ suffered and gave up so much for us, can we do any less for Him?  What is He asking of you today that is difficult to surrender?  Don’t be like this man and walk away, but give all that God would ask.  Remember He would never require your obedience, if He Himself had not be willing to do the same. 

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June 25, 2008: 5:04 pm: Daily Scripture

Romans 8:31-39
31 What can we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32 Since God did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t God, who gave us Christ, also give us everything else? 33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? Will God? No! He is the one who has given us right standing with himself. 34 Who then will condemn us? Will Christ Jesus? No, for he is the one who died for us and was raised to life for us and is sitting at the place of highest honor next to God, pleading for us. 35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or are hungry or cold or in danger or threatened with death? 36 (Even the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. 38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels can’t, and the demons can’t. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can’t keep God’s love away. 39 Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

When ever you are feeling lost or confused, turn to Romans chapter 8 and let the Word of God soak deep into your mind and heart. This is where you will find peace no matter what is going on in your life. Even in your darkest moments God is at work bringing about restoration in your life. And it is all for your good. When you are facing the harsh consequences of the decisions you have made or the decisions that others have made, you can know that God is in control. He has told us that nothing will ever separate us from His love. This knowledge is always a reason to worship and praise Him. And when your sins are covered by the Blood of Jesus Christ, there is no one who can accuse you. Right now, Satan is before the throne of God trying to state your sins before Him. But he has nothing to say for those of us covered by the Blood. This is reason to praise Him! So no matter what is troubling you today, remember why you can still have peace, joy and comfort. Because of His love for you!

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June 24, 2008: 4:58 pm: Daily Scripture

Ephesians 4:17-24
17 With the Lord’s authority let me say this: Live no longer as the ungodly do, for they are hopelessly confused. 18 Their closed minds are full of darkness; they are far away from the life of God because they have shut their minds and hardened their hearts against him. 19 They don’t care anymore about right and wrong, and they have given themselves over to immoral ways. Their lives are filled with all kinds of impurity and greed. 20 But that isn’t what you were taught when you learned about Christ. 21 Since you have heard all about him and have learned the truth that is in Jesus, 22 throw off your old evil nature and your former way of life, which is rotten through and through, full of lust and deception. 23 Instead, there must be a spiritual renewal of your thoughts and attitudes. 24 You must display a new nature because you are a new person, created in God’s likeness-righteous, holy, and true.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

As Christians, we all have the desire to surrender to the will of God, sometimes a very strong desire. But what does it really mean to throw off the “old nature” and put on the new nature of Christ that is now within you? How do we do this? It starts with a heart that has been restored. We come to Christ with many past events that have happened to us. We all have “baggage.” Most of it is not good and from these events we have learned how to deal with life. And most of what we have learned is contrary to the Word of God. We do this to protect ourselves from further pain. We have learned how to think and have learned different attitudes and patterns of behavior from these events. All of this is not done consciously and most starts in childhood. Someone said something to us and now we think this is who we are. Everyone has set patterns of thinking and behaving when they come to Christ from past experiences. He has to come in and restore your unresolved pain and unmet needs that come from your way of dealing with life. Your way of thinking, behaving and reacting has to be stripped away and Christ be allowed to come in and place within you His way of thinking, His way of behaving and His way of reacting. Most Christians are not willing to be stripped naked of their “old nature” in order for Christ to do this. There is no room for Him to work because we hold onto what we know. If you can relate to this scripture, God is talking to you about letting Him come in to renew your mind to the mind of Christ. Start by going before Him and telling Him you do not know how to do this, but are willing to let Him show you. Then bind your mind to the mind of Jesus Christ daily and loose your old way of thinking, behaving and reacting. Ask God to come in and make Himself at home in your heart and your mind, as you submit to taking on His nature.

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June 23, 2008: 4:50 pm: Daily Scripture

Isaiah 26:3, 30:15 &18
3 You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, whose thoughts are fixed on you! 4 Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the eternal Rock. 5 The Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says, “Only in returning to me and waiting for me will you be saved.” In quietness and confidence is your strength. 18 But the Lord still waits for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion. For the Lord is a faithful God. Blessed are those who wait for him to help them.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

What is your level of contentment? If you had to put it on a level of 1-10, what would you say? If you are not as content as you would like to be, you need to look at what you are trying to find contentment in. Is it a relationship, or circumstances or a job? This world we live in is so sinful and fallen, that there will never be peace only chaos in anything this world has to offer. No matter how hard we try, there will never be peace in this world as we know it. So anything of this world that you are trying to find contentment in will only fail you and bring you more frustration. We only find real contentment when we look to God our Father for unchanging love and guidance. Our trust in Him will bring the inner stability we need to live in this ever changing world. We can deal with anything this world may throw our way, if we fix our thoughts on Him. Return to Him and He will give you peace. He is waiting for you and wants to give you perfect peace. Perfect love casts out fear and Jesus Christ is the only source of this love and peace.

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June 20, 2008: 6:18 pm: Daily Scripture

1 Thessalonians 5:14-25
14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all. 15 See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all. 16 Rejoice always. 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not despise prophecies. 21 Test all things; hold fast what is good. 22 Abstain from every form of evil. 23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it. 25 Brethren, pray for us.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, {Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

Prayer is one the greatest gifts the Father has given us and one of the most under used. James 5:16 tells us, “The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results.”  Are you spending time every day talking with the Creator of the universe? When you pray, do you get results? If not, you have a weak prayer muscle. Prayer takes time and practice just like the muscles of your body. Taking a healthy adult and immobilizing him in bed, his muscles will eventually not function and become useless. The same is true of your prayer muscle. Commit to pray to God who sent His Son to save you from your sins. When you pray, pray in the name of Jesus Christ and pray according to the Word of God.  Remind God of His promises. Use simple words and begin by thanking God for all that He has done for you. Just spend time worshipping Him and consciously be aware that you are now in the presence of God. Take the attitude of putting everything in God’s hands. Agree with another believer for the answers you need. And finally pray in faith, believing. It doesn’t take great faith to believe in a God who never fails. If Jesus needed to spend time in pray, how much more do we? He never made a move without direction from the Father. He lived in perfection and yet needed to pray. While you are here in this world make it a habit to pray.

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June 19, 2008: 6:09 pm: Daily Scripture

Romans 8:15-17
15 So you should not be like cowering, fearful slaves. You should behave instead like God’s very own children, adopted into his family calling him “Father, dear Father.” 16 For his Holy Spirit speaks to us deep in our hearts and tells us that we are God’s children. 17 And since we are his children, we will share his treasures for everything God gives to his Son, Christ, is ours, too. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Since we are children of God, we are to share the suffering that Jesus Christ suffered.  But if we share His suffering, we will also share His glory.  When Christ hung on the cross people passing by hurled insults at Him and mocked Him, even the criminal hanging next to Him cursed Him.  This added to the suffering Christ was already going through.  But He did not lash out at them; He did not come back with a response to their insults.  Instead He prayed for God the Father to forgive them.  Today we suffer as Christ did when others hurt us, when others sin against us.  There is not one Christian alive who has not had someone hurt them.  It doesn’t matter if the hurt was malicious or not, the pain we feel is real.  God uses these experiences to teach us to forgive.  Just as He forgave us of our sins, we are to forgive others who sin against us.  It doesn’t matter if they meant to hurt you or not, you are to forgive them, just as God has forgiven you.  This is hard to do and it is suffering, just as Christ suffered.  But you are to do no less than then He did.  And if Christ can pray for forgiveness for those who purposely hurt Him, how can you do less.  Pray for those who hurt you and forgive them and then forget the deed.  God will give you the strength to do it and He will allow you to share the glory of Christ.

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June 18, 2008: 5:38 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.

Paul knew from studying the scriptures that he could not be saved by keeping God’s law.  Because we have all been infected by sin, we cannot keep God’s law perfectly.  The law given by God to the nation of Israel was a pointer directing them to the perfect sacrifice that was to come.  Jesus Christ was that perfect sacrifice because He was fully human and fully God and was without sin.  Because He was human, he could die.  And He went freely to the cross to take the penalty for our sins, so that we could be free from the power of sin and death.  But we have to accept His death for us.  Even though Jesus died for every sin ever committed and every sin ever to be committed, we do not receive that forgiveness unless we accept His act of love.  And when we do accept, we are crucified with Christ.  Now Christ lives in us.  We continue to live in our earthly bodies, but we are trusting in the Son of God who now lives in us.  God has provided a way of salvation that depends completely on Jesus Christ and not our own efforts.  And it is by His power that we are able to live for Him and we are able to keep His Word.  Do not treat the grace of God meaningless, God provide a Way for us to be reconciled to Him.  Accept His Way and then live for Him, as He lives in you.

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June 17, 2008: 6:54 pm: Daily Scripture

Jeremiah 17:5-10
5 This is what the Lord says: “Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans and turn their hearts away from the Lord. 6 They are like stunted shrubs in the desert, with no hope for the future. They will live in the barren wilderness, on the salty flats where no one lives.  7 “But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. 8 They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they go right on producing delicious fruit.  9 “The human heart is most deceitful and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? 10 But I know! I, the Lord, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

In times of trouble, those who trust in humans will be disappointed and are spiritually weak, so they will have no strength to draw on.  But those who trust in the Lord will have more strength than they need.  Providing not only for their own needs but for the needs of others.  Are you satisfied being unfruitful or would you like to be like a well watered tree and have strength in times of crisis and even having more to share?  God makes it very clear why we sin; it is a matter of the heart. Our heart is inclined toward sin from the time we are born.  It is easy to fall into the routine of forgetting and forsaking God.  But we can still choose whether or not to continue in sin.  We can yield to temptation or we can ask God for the way out.  Those who forget God are like the tree living in the barren wilderness.  They are stunted and will wither.  But those who turn to God in times of temptation will be full and produce much fruit.  You decide which tree you would like to be.

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