Archive for January, 2009

January 16, 2009: 7:31 pm: Daily Scripture

1 Peter 5:6-11
6 So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and in his good time he will honor you. 7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about what happens to you. 8 Be careful! Watch out for attacks from the Devil, your great enemy. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for some victim to devour. 9 Take a firm stand against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are. 10 In his kindness God called you to his eternal glory by means of Jesus Christ. After you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation. 11 All power is his forever and ever. Amen.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Carrying your worries, stresses, and daily struggles by yourself shows that you have not trusted God fully with your life.  It takes humility to recognize that God cares, to admit your need, and to let others in God’s family help you.  Sometimes we think that struggles caused by our own sin and foolishness are not God’s concern.  But when we turn to God in repentance He will bear the weight even in those struggles we have caused by our own sin. Letting God have all of your anxieties calls for action, not passivity.  Don’t submit to circumstances but to the Lord, who controls all circumstances.  God will hear you when you call and He will bring you through any circumstance even if it is of your own doing.  He will always hear a repentant heart and He will always be with you.  The circumstances may not change, but your heart and attitude will if you submit in humility to the only One who understands what you are going through. 

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January 15, 2009: 7:26 pm: Daily Scripture

John 14:1-4
“Don’t be troubled. You trust God, now trust in me. 2 There are many rooms in my Father’s home, and I am going to prepare a place for you. If this were not so, I would tell you plainly. 3 When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. 4 And you know where I am going and how to get there.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Of all the world’s religions, none promises that their god will return. That is because all other religions are of man. Only Christianity has this promise and only Christianity has a God that is alive.  Jesus’ words show that the way to eternal life, though unseen, is secure.  He has already gone ahead of us and is right now preparing a place for each of us who know Him. The only issue that is unsettled is your willingness to believe. John gives us the words of Christ that describe what eternal life will be like.  We will be with Him and we will all have our own place that has been prepared by Christ.  He gave us these words to comfort us and to let us know that we would follow Him.  We can look forward to eternal life because of this promise from Christ for all who believe Him.  We may not have all the details, but we need not fear because Christ is preparing for us and we will spend eternity with Him.  Do not let your heart be troubled, neither fear because Christ is with you and is waiting for you.

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January 14, 2009: 7:21 pm: Daily Scripture

1 Peter 4: 1-3
So then, since Christ suffered physical pain, you must arm yourselves with the same attitude he had, and be ready to suffer, too. For if you are willing to suffer for Christ, you have decided to stop sinning. 2 And you won’t spend the rest of your life chasing after evil desires, but you will be anxious to do the will of God. 3 You have had enough in the past of the evil things that godless people enjoy-their immorality and lust, their feasting and drunkenness and wild parties, and their terrible worship of idols.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Most people live their life doing anything they can to avoid pain.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t work.  We all suffer pain in this life.  No one is exempt from it.  But that does not keep many for running from it or living their life for the next good time.  As followers of Christ our focus should be different.  We should be willing and prepared to do God’s will and to suffer for it if necessary.  When we can come to this point in our walk with Christ, sin loses its power to defeat us.  If we focus on Christ and what He wants us to do, even if that means suffering for Him. sin has lost its power over us.  When we are in pain or our life is in jeopardy, our real values clearly show, and sinful pleasures have no meaning.  You will never hear a dying person say, “I wish I had spent more time drinking, or gambling or cheating my neighbor.”  No, what you will hear is “I wish I had told you sooner how much you meant to me.” Or, “I wish I had spent more time with my family.”  These are the things that are really important and the momentary pleasures of sin lose their appeal.  So whatever it is that Christ is asking you to do today, or whatever pain it may cause you, do it!  You momentary discomfort will be worth the eternal joy of pleasing your Savior!

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January 13, 2009: 7:16 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 always brings death that is a fact as certain as the law of gravity.  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 be forgiven by the work that Christ Jesus did on the cross. When we commit our life to Christ and thus identify ourselves with Him, His death becomes ours. We are crucified with Him.  Our sinful nature is nailed to the cross with Him. He paid the penalty for our sins, and His blood has purified us.  And just as Christ rose from the dead, so we will also rise to a new life for eternal fellowship with Him. But while we walk in this world, we struggle with our sinful nature.  It is sometimes a daily need to nail self to the cross and put Christ on the throne of our lives.  We have to die to self and let Christ live in us and work through us. Until you are with Him, you must let Him live in you. To be His child is to live His life in your body by His power. 

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January 12, 2009: 7:16 pm: Daily Scripture

Jeremiah 32:36-42
36 “Now I want to say something more about this city. You have been saying, ‘It will fall to the king of Babylon through war, famine, and disease.’ But this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: 37 I will surely bring my people back again from all the countries where I will scatter them in my fury. I will bring them back to this very city and let them live in peace and safety. 38 They will be my people, and I will be their God. 39 And I will give them one heart and mind to worship me forever, for their own good and for the good of all their descendants.40 “And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, promising not to stop doing good for them. I will put a desire in their hearts to worship me, and they will never leave me. 41 I will rejoice in doing good to them and will faithfully and wholeheartedly replant them in this land. 42 Just as I have sent all these calamities upon them, so I will do all the good I have promised them. I, the Lord, have spoken!
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

God uses His power to accomplish His purposes through His people.  God doesn’t give you power to be all you want to be, but He gives you power to be all that He wants you to be.  The people of Israel had to learn that trusting God meant radically realigning their purposes and desires with His.  Serving Christ today means the same thing for anyone who is a part of Him.  Christians must realign our purposes and our desires with those of His.  God will give us “one heart” toward Him.  We must develop a singleness of heart and action to love Christ above anything else in our life.  He is to be our purpose and our desire and then we will be within His love.  We will live His love to those around us and we will be in unity with His body.  The Church today needs to be of “one heart” toward our Head, Christ.  Make Christ your purpose and His love will be your intend in all that you do.

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January 9, 2009: 11:50 pm: Daily Scripture

Philippians 2: 12-16
12 So then, my beloved, obedient as you have always been, not only when I am present but all the more now when l am absent, work out your salvation with fear and trembling. 13 For God is the one who, for his good purpose, works in you both to desire and to work. 14. Do everything without grumbling or  questioning,  15 that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine like lights in the world, 16 as you hold onto the word of life, so that my boast for the day of Christ may be that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.
The New American Bible, (Nashville, Tennessee: Confraternity of Christian Doctrine) 1997.

We are all three-part beings that consist of a body, a soul and a spirit. Your body relates to the physical environment around you. It likes to feel good and be comfortable with plenty of great food, sleep, relaxation and comfort. Your spirit is the part of you that relates to God’s Spirit. It wants a relationship with our Creator. When you ask Jesus Christ to save you, forgive you and wash you with His blood, your spirit is put back into relationship with the Spirit of God. A person will never find contentment if his spirit is not in unity with the Spirit of God. Your soul is a three-part existence of mind, will and emotions. When your spirit is in unity with God’s Spirit, it is your mind, will and emotions that strongly resists following or surrendering to God’s will. It is your mind that has been recording every wrong thing that has happened to you and every wrong idea and belief about God. You mind has stored all the pain of your past experiences and keeps them alive through the emotions they evoke when you think about past failures and pain. Your spirit tells you that God loves and cares for you and then your mind plays an old tape that says, “Ya right. Where was God when this happened or that happened?” Your soul will not surrender to God without a fight. Paul was addressing this unsurrendered soul when he told the Philippians to work out their own salvation. God will not cross the walls of your self-constructed inner strongholds, so they keep His grace and healing out. We must tear down these walls ourselves and allow God to come in and make new tapes of love and joy and peace. Satan can push your buttons anytime he wants just by getting you to remember an old hurt or painful experience.  2 Corinthians 10:4, 5 states, “We use God’s mighty weapons, not mere worldly weapons, to knock down the Devil’s strongholds. 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.” Work out your salvation by tearing down the strongholds in your mind that are preventing you from becoming all of what God intended you to be.

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January 8, 2009: 11:46 pm: Daily Scripture

Galatians 2:16-21
16 And yet we Jewish Christians know that we become right with God, not by doing what the law commands, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be accepted by God because of our faith in Christ-and not because we have obeyed the law. For no one will ever be saved by obeying the law.” 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.

By nature we presume to seek salvation by our works. It seems contrary to our flesh to believe we can not. We want the control. If we could save ourselves by our own work and effort, we could take the credit because it is under our control and our power. We would be putting ourselves on the throne and this is the nature of mankind, to be in control. But the Word of God states it is offensive to Him for us to believe we can. Faith accepts God’s Word in a trusting, childlike manner. Salvation is a free gift, we can do nothing to earn it, it is a completely free gift from God and all we have to do is accept it. Further more, we need to understand that it is just as impossible to maintain our relationship with God through works. We maintain it by listening to and obeying the leading of the Holy Spirit. This may involve works, but it is not because of works. It is living in complete submission to His will. And we know His will by His Word. Put yourself aside and think as if you have put on the life of Jesus Christ like you are putting on clothing. Let Christ live freely through you by the power of His Spirit.

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January 7, 2009: 11:42 pm: Daily Scripture

Malachi 3:8-13
8 “Should people cheat God? Yet you have cheated me! “But you ask, ‘What do you mean? When did we ever cheat you?’ “You have cheated me of the tithes and offerings due to me. 9 You are under a curse, for your whole nation has been cheating me. 10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do, says the LORD Almighty, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Let me prove it to you! 11 Your crops will be abundant, for I will guard them from insects and disease. Your grapes will not shrivel before they are ripe,” says the LORD Almighty. 12 “Then all nations will call you blessed, for your land will be such a delight,” says the LORD Almighty. 13 “You have said terrible things about me,” says the LORD.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Today, many Christians rationalize not tithing by stating that this command by God is from the Old Testament and is under the Law which no longer applies.  They say we are no longer under the Law but under the grace of Christ.  It is true that we are under grace for salvation and not the Law.  But does that mean that nothing in the Old Testament applies to us today?  If that statement were true then we would not have to obey the Ten Commandments!  The truth is we are no longer under the Law to save us, but once saved by grace; we are now to live in obedience to Jesus Christ.  When the disciples questioned Christ about paying taxes, Christ said to them in Matthew 22:21, “Give to Caesar what belongs to him. But everything that belongs to God must be given to God.”  They already had an understanding of tithing and He did not need to state it.  So many Christians today say that we no longer need to tithe because it was not a direct command by Christ.  They are missing out on many blessing promised by God if we obey.  What ever your position on tithing is, read the Bible again and ask the Holy Spirit to direct you as to what you should do.  After all, we will all have to stand before Him and give an account of what we did with the money He gave us.  Wouldn’t you rather hear that you gave too much instead of too little? I want to make sure I have done all that He asked.

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January 6, 2009: 11:37 pm: Daily Scripture

Ephesians 3:16-19
16 I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will give you mighty inner strength through his Holy Spirit. 17 And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts as you trust in him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love. 18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love really is. 19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is so great you will never fully understand it. Then you will be filled with the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

No matter how good we are, God could love us no more.  And no matter how bad we are, He could love us no less.  This is the heart of our relationship with God the Father through Christ Jesus.  God loves us!  It was because of His love for us that Christ came.  It was because of His love for us that He endured the torture of the cross.  Every person ever born can know the love of God, if they choose.  It is not withheld from any.  It is always there and nothing can ever separate us from it.  It is the power of this love that propels us to become His image to the world.  It is not us imitating Christ but Christ actually in us. Pope John Paul ll stated, “We are not the sum of our weakness and failures; we are the sum of the Father’s love for us and our capacity to become the image of his Son.”  Let the world see the love of God through you.  You be His expression of love to those who need it.

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January 5, 2009: 11:36 pm: Daily Scripture

Jeremiah 32:36-42
36 “Now I want to say something more about this city. You have been saying, ‘It will fall to the king of Babylon through war, famine, and disease.’ But this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: 37 I will surely bring my people back again from all the countries where I will scatter them in my fury. I will bring them back to this very city and let them live in peace and safety. 38 They will be my people, and I will be their God. 39 And I will give them one heart and mind to worship me forever, for their own good and for the good of all their descendants. 40 “And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, promising not to stop doing good for them. I will put a desire in their hearts to worship me, and they will never leave me. 41 I will rejoice in doing good to them and will faithfully and wholeheartedly replant them in this land. 42 Just as I have sent all these calamities upon them, so I will do all the good I have promised them. I, the Lord, have spoken!
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

God uses His power to accomplish His purposes through His people.  God doesn’t give you power to be all you want to be, but He gives you power to be all that He wants you to be.  The people of Israel had to learn that trusting God meant radically realigning their purposes and desires with His.  Serving Christ today means the same thing for anyone who is a part of Him.  Christians must realign our purposes and our desires with those of His.  God will give us “one heart” toward Him.  We must develop a singleness of heart and action to love Christ above anything else in our life.  He is to be our purpose and our desire and then we will be within His love.  We will live His love to those around us and we will be in unity with His body.  The Church today needs to be of “one heart” toward our Head, Christ.  Make Christ your purpose and His love will be your intend in all that you do.

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