Archive for February, 2009

February 13, 2009: 10:12 pm: Daily Scripture

Hebrews 13:20-21
20-21 And now, may the God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, all that is pleasing to him. Jesus is the great Shepherd of the sheep by an everlasting covenant, signed with his blood. To him be glory forever and ever. Amen.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Hebrews is a call for Christian maturity.  It addresses Christians of any age or background.  Christian maturity means making Christ the beginning and the end of our faith.  God works in us to make us the kind of people that would please Him, and He equips us to do the kind of work that would please Him.  To grow in maturity, we must center our life on Him.  It means not falling back into sin, not trusting in ourselves and not letting anything come between our relationship with Him.  Are you the kind of person who pleases God and are you doing the kind of work that pleases Him?  Examine your life and then go to God for direction and power to be the kind of person who pleases God and then do the kind of work He would have you do.

Have a God Day!

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February 12, 2009: 10:05 pm: Daily Scripture

Galatians 3:1-5
Oh, foolish Galatians! What magician has cast an evil spell on you? For you used to see the meaning of Jesus Christ’s death as clearly as though I had shown you a signboard with a picture of Christ dying on the cross. 2 Let me ask you this one question: Did you receive the Holy Spirit by keeping the law? Of course not, for the Holy Spirit came upon you only after you believed the message you heard about Christ. 3 Have you lost your senses? After starting your Christian lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort? 4 You have suffered so much for the Good News. Surely it was not in vain, was it? Are you now going to just throw it all away? 5 I ask you again, does God give you the Holy Spirit and work miracles among you because you obey the law of Moses? Of course not! It is because you believe the message you heard about Christ.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Oh, foolish Christians! Was it not God who saved you from death and destruction and brought you into His presence by the power of the Holy Spirit? Do you not stand before Him as white as snow without spot or blemish because of what Christ has done for you? Paul could be saying this to any of us today. “Have you lost your senses? After starting your Christian lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort?”  When we committed our lives to Christ, we took a back seat on the bus of life. Christ is the driver and we are passengers. But sometimes we think we know more than God and take the wheel. Get to the back of the bus and let God drive! All we can do is get on the bus and God takes over from there.  We get on the bus by faith in believing that He died for our sins. Then we get to know Him and we read His directions for life. The Word is planted deep in our minds and we begin to have the mind of Christ. We cannot become perfect by our own human power it is only through the power of the Spirit of God working in us that we will be Christ to the world around us. Philippians 1:6 tells us, “I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.” Christ will complete the work He started in you.

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February 11, 2009: 5:06 pm: Daily Scripture

Colossians 3:15-17
15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are all called to live in peace. And always be thankful. 6 Let the words of Christ, in all their richness, live in your hearts and make you wise. Use his words to teach and counsel each other. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. 17 And whatever you do or say, let it be as a representative of the Lord Jesus, all the while giving thanks through him to God the Father.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

When the peace of Christ lives in your heart, you are wise.  Wisdom is applied knowledge and applying the peace that Christ has given in all that you do, shows wisdom.  This kind of peace can only come from knowing that you are in good standing with the Creator of the Universe.  Knowing that you are covered by the blood of Christ is peace beyond description.  This comes from accepting that you are sinner and that God does not tolerate sin in any form.  But because of the sacrifice that Christ made, you are forgiven.  This is the peace that comes when Christ rules in your heart.  This leaves you free to move forward doing His will.  You want to tell others about this peace and love.  When truly understood, you give thanks and sing to your Lord.  Is this you today?  Or are you still struggling to understand you are loved?  If so, memorize this scripture and when that doubt comes into your mind, say it aloud over and over until peace comes.  Speaking this truth is your sword against the enemy who would keep from knowing and living it.

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February 9, 2009: 6:14 pm: Daily Scripture

Colossians 4:2-6
2 Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart. 3 Don’t forget to pray for us, too, that God will give us many opportunities to preach about his secret plan that Christ is also for you Gentiles. That is why I am here in chains. 4 Pray that I will proclaim this message as clearly as I should. 5 Live wisely among those who are not Christians, and make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be gracious and effective so that you will have the right answer for everyone.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Prayer is central to the development of Christ in you.  It is the only way for the Holy Spirit to fill your heart and mind with Him.  It is mentioned repeatedly in the New Testament.  Pray diligently being watchful.  What are we watching for?  1 Peter 5:8 tells us, “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.”  Satan is looking for holes in your Christian walk.  When we are not covered with prayer, there are holes in our armor.  Satan sends darts through these holes to tempt us or discourage us. He knows our weakest spot and he will send arrows through our holes right into our weaknesses.  So cover your life with prayer so you will not be open to attacks.  Anyone who proclaims Christ but does not spend time with Him will be easily defeated.  Take a look at what is happening in your life.  Are you constantly fighting sin and discouragement?  Then take a look at your connection to Christ.  If you are lacking in reading His Word and spending time with Him, then you are not living a victorious life.  Focus on knowing Him and knowing His Word. Pray daily and pray thankfully.  Remind God of all the good things He has done for you.  And pray specifically, ask God for exactly what you need. Pray to put up your armor for protection from the enemy.

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February 6, 2009: 6:05 pm: Daily Scripture

Matthew 6:19-21
19 “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where they can be eaten by moths and get rusty, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where they will never become moth-eaten or rusty and where they will be safe from thieves. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there your heart and thoughts will also be.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Is it good to remember that everything we accumulate in this world will someday disappear.  Our homes ,cars, jobs, everything we value will be gone.  Sometimes we put too much value in these things and they are only for this world.  Keep in mind that what God finds of value has nothing to do with what you can accomplish.  It is only what He can accomplish through you that will make it through the fire.  Revelation 19:8 tells us, “She (Bride of Christ) is permitted to wear the finest white linen. (Fine linen represents the good deeds done by the people of God.)”  What we do in this world in the name of Christ under His direction and through His power will be the only “things” that we will take into the next world. 

So where is your focus?  Obviously, we all have to live and work and eat in this world, but that should not be our primary focus.  Outside of providing for yourself and your family, what are you doing in the name of Christ?  Pray about it and get to know the One who died for you.  If you focus on knowing Him and His Word, the rest will come.  If you are walking with Him and hearing His voice, you will do the actions that He directs.  This is what you will take with you. Build up your treasures where your heart is.  But make Christ the center of your heart and thoughts.

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February 5, 2009: 6:00 pm: Daily Scripture

1 Corinthians 6:9, 18-20
9 Don’t you know that those who do wrong will have no share in the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, who are idol worshipers, adulterers, male prostitutes, homosexuals, 10 thieves, greedy people, drunkards, abusers, and swindlers none of these will have a share in the Kingdom of God .18 Run away from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body. 19 Or don’t you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, 20 for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

This part of the Word of God will become more and more unpopular with the world.  In the country of Canada, this is consider hate language and you could be prosecuted if you spoke this passage in public.  It will not be long before the USA will be the same.  Many Christians are leaving the Lutheran and Episcopalian churches because of their decision to accept homosexual unions.  In the Lutheran church they have decided to bless homosexual unions.  If you find yourself in a church that has gone outside of God’s Word, run.  If the truth of Scripture can not be believed, who gets to pick and choose which parts to believe?  This is a desensitizing of sin.  Bit by bit Satan is desensitizing people to believe the lie that there is no sin.  Don’t be fooled, stay close to the Light who saved you and you will not be deceived.  The Word is clear about sexual sin and it is not popular in the world today.  Any sex outside of man-woman marriage is sin.  It is that simple, but not very popular.  But any sin not covered by the blood of Christ will be judged.  No mater what man believes, the Word of God will be accomplished.  Be careful to stay connected to Christ as the world goes forward, because the truth will become less and less accepted and will even become outside of the laws of man. 

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February 4, 2009: 6:00 pm: Daily Scripture

John 8:1-11
Jesus returned to the Mount of Olives, 2 but early the next morning he was back again at the Temple. A crowd soon gathered, and he sat down and taught them. 3 As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and Pharisees brought a woman they had caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd. 4 “Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the very act of adultery. 5 The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?” 6 They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger. 7 They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, ‘All right, stone her. But let those who have never sinned throw the first stones!” 8 Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust. 9 When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman. 10 Then Jesus stood up again and said to her, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?” 11 “No, Lord,” she said. And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Have you left your sin and heard the Savior say, “Go and sin no more.”?  If not, you were not listening.  The Word is very clear about identifying our sin.  But more important than identifying sin, is to identify the sin in your own life.  Once sin is revealed in your heart, God wants you to turn from it and to “go and sin no more.”  Sometimes, the sin returns, but this is only because you have left the source of Light.  Sin can not live in the Light of God’s love.  Nor do you want to continue in sin once you experienced the love of Christ.  So examine your life and see if there are any sins that keep coming back once you have left them.  If so, examine your walk with Christ.  If the sin keeps coming back, you need to be more plugged into the Light.  Only when Christ reigns in your heart and mind will you have victory over sin.  Christ gave this answer to the woman caught in adultery, but the message is for you and me today.  No one can accuse of us of sin because the power over sin was given to us when we accepted His death on the cross.  So use the power given to you and move from your sin and live in the Light of God’s love.

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February 3, 2009: 5:48 pm: Daily Scripture

Psalm 119:49-56
49 Remember your promise to me, for it is my only hope.
50 Your promise revives me; it comforts me in all my troubles.
51 The proud hold me in utter contempt, but I do not turn away from your law.
52 I meditate on your age-old laws; O LORD, they comfort me.
53 I am furious with the wicked, those who reject your law.
54 Your principles have been the music of my life throughout the years of my pilgrimage.
55 I reflect at night on who you are, O LORD, and I obey your law because of this.
56 This is my happy way of life: obeying your commandments.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Freedom, it is a word American’s have fought and died for.  But today the world views freedom as being able to do whatever we want, whenever we want without restrictions.  But is this really freedom?  Whenever we give into our passions and do our will, we then become slaves to that desire. Young people in the 1960’s discovered later in life what “free love” really cost them. When the restraints of sexual purity were removed, teen pregnancy increased, and sexually transmitted diseases rapidly increased.  New diseases we had never heard of came into play.  Now “free love” can mean not only spiritual death but also physical. In the pursuit of happiness, we have equated freedom with it.  But to be truly free, means to live in obedience. Titus 2:14 tell us, “He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing what is right.”   It is a life lived by doing what is right in the eyes of Christ.  True freedom, means to be released from our sinful desires.  God knew that our happiness would be found in Him and obeying His commandments. When we reflect on the Word of God and live within His guidelines, we find happiness and peace. As we surrender our sinful desires and live within the Word of God, we find contentment and joy.

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February 2, 2009: 5:39 pm: Daily Scripture

Colossians 1:18-23
18 Christ is the head of the church, which is his body. He is the first of all who will rise from the dead, so he is first in everything. 19 For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, 20 and by him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of his blood on the cross. 21 This includes you who were once so far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions, 22 yet now he has brought you back as his friends. He has done this through his death on the cross in his own human body. As a result, he has brought you into the very presence of God, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault. 23 But you must continue to believe this truth and stand in it firmly. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News. The Good News has been preached all over the world, and I, Paul, have been appointed by God to proclaim it.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

There is no worse condition than being separated from God. Those who are not connected to Him are lost and without hope. Only those who are holy will be a part of God and will be with God.  But none of us are holy, Romans 3:23 tells, “For all have sinned; all fall short of God’s glorious standard.”  Because God is holy, He can not accept anything or anyone to Himself who is not also holy.  Jesus Christ is the remedy for our problem. He came to reconcile us to God.  And Christ was without sin because He was fully God, And because He was fully human, He could become the perfect sacrifice for our sins and die. Without a perfect sacrifice, there can be no reconciliation to God.  In Christ grace and reconciliation are available to everyone.  There is no one who is not able to receive the grace given by Christ to be reconciled to God.  Even though it is available to all, not all will accept it and receive it.  Only those who believe it will receive it and become a part of the Body of Christ.  For those who refuse to accept the grace of Christ will be permanently separated from God for eternity.  Be a part of the few who believe and receive. Be holy and blameless by accepting the grace given so freely by Christ.

Have a God Day!

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