Archive for March, 2009

March 31, 2009: 4:55 pm: Daily Scripture

Hebrews 10:23-25
23 Without wavering, let us hold tightly to the hope we say we have, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. 24 Think of ways to encourage one another to outbursts of love and good deeds. 25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage and warn each other, especially now that the day of his coming back again is drawing near.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

There is no life in Christ outside of His Body.  As a child of God, we were not made to be His outside of His Body.  Therefore we must be connected to Him through the Body.  Just as a hand or a foot can not live without being attached to our human body, so we can’t live in Christ without being a part of the Body of Christ.  Saying you are in Christ, but not having any Christian connection means you are walking alone.  Christ never intended this.  We are to help and strengthen one another and this can only be done by connection.  Who do you spend the most time with, those in Christ or those outside of Him?  If you are spending more time with those not attached to Him, then you will struggle and will not grow.  Do not neglect getting together with, developing friendships with, and supporting those who are in Christ.  Outside of Him there is no life.  And if you are not connected to a body of believers, then you are outside of Him.  Matthew 6:21 states, “Wherever your treasure is, there your heart and thoughts will also be.”  What friends are your treasure?  Are they in Christ?  If not then you are spending too much time outside of Him and you will struggle in your walk with Christ.  Those outside of Christ will pull you away from Him.  So do not neglect your connection to those in Christ.  Find a body of believers who love the Lord and spend time with them in worship.  You find a big difference in your walk with Christ and in your struggle against your “old nature.”

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March 30, 2009: 5:07 pm: Daily Scripture

Romans 12:17-21
17 Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. 18 Do your part to live in peace with everyone, as much as possible.  19 Dear friends, never avenge yourselves. Leave that to God. For it is written, “I will take vengeance; I will repay those who deserve it,” says the Lord. 20 Instead, do what the Scriptures say: “If your enemies are hungry, feed them.  If they are thirsty, give them something to drink, and they will be ashamed of what they have done to you.”  21 Don’t let evil get the best of you, but conquer evil by doing good.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

It is our nature to want to strike back when we have been the victim of evil.  We want them to hurt as much as we have been hurt.  But this is not our responsibility, it belongs to God.  God never wants us to repay evil for evil. Because He knows that when we do, we become evil. We become a judge and we now function outside of God.  He has told us that He will take vengeance and we need to trust Him to do it His way and in His time.  Remember that we are not above evil; we have done wrong to someone at some point in our lives.  We deserve to be punished for the things we have done.  But God in His grace has forgiven us by the Blood of Jesus Christ.  And don’t those who have done you wrong deserve the same?  We are to forgive and to love and let God deal with the vengeance.  But to forgive does not mean we are to continue to allow someone to keep abusing us.  We are to forgive, but we are also free to move on.  Do not let evil continue.  It is love to also be removed from a situation that is not healthy.  Ask God for direction and move in His will.  Forgive and love but do not allow evil to continue.

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March 27, 2009: 10:01 pm: Daily Scripture

Romans 5:1-5
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.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

For those who have been made right in the sight of God by faith, there is peace because of what Jesus Christ has done for us.  We have confident joy as we look forward to sharing His glory.  Because of this, we can have peace when we go through trials and have problems.  We know that every situation is God filtered and that problems are used by God to draw us to Him and to strengthen us.   In order for us to become more like Jesus Christ, we need to focus our attention on Him and learn His ways.  Sometimes the cares of this world get in our way and God turns us back to Him.  There isn’t one trail we go through that Jesus Christ does not understand.  He suffered immensely when He was here on earth, so we know that He understands our pain.  God uses our trouble to teach us to trust Him. He did not cause it, but He can use it for our good.  So when you are in the valley, remember that fruit only grows here and not on the mountain top.
 
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March 26, 2009: 9:58 pm: Daily Scripture

Isaiah 40:27-31
27 Why do you say, 0 Jacob, And speak, 0 Israel: “My way is hidden from the Lord, And my just claim is passed over by my God”? 28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord. The Creator of the ends of the earth. Neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. 29 He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength. 30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, 31 but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
The Holy Bible. New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

God never grows faint or weary. No one can measure the depths of His understanding. His love can not be contained or measured. Our minds will never fully understand the greatness of God while we are in these corruptible bodies. Only when we see Him face to face will we understand. Even though we can not fully comprehend God’s love for us, we do have His Word that tells us of His great love. And we had His demonstration of this great love when Christ went to the Cross and paid the price for our sin. God in His infinite greatness gave us a way to have His holiness through accepting the gift of salvation. Knowing God’s love in this manner gives us strength as we wait for God to move in our situation. Regardless of the outcome, we can have peace and gain confidence as God lifts us up over our problems and fills our hearts and minds with His love. Then we can say as Paul did in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

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March 25, 2009: 9:55 pm: Daily Scripture

Isaiah 55:6-13
6 Seek the Lord while you can find him. Call on him now while he is near. 7 Let the people turn from their wicked deeds. Let them banish from their minds the very thought of doing wrong! Let them turn to the Lord that he may have mercy on them. Yes, turn to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. 8 “MY thoughts are completely different from yours,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. 9 For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, SO are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts. 10 “The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry. 11 It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it. 12 You will live in joy and peace. The mountains and hills will burst into song, and the trees of the field will clap their hands! 13 Where once there were thorns, cypress trees will grow. Where briers grew, myrtles will sprout up. This miracle will bring great honor to the Lord’s name; it will be an everlasting sign of his power and love.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

We are all born into Adam’s physical family and because of this we all will die. We all reap the results of Adam’s sin. We have inherited his guilt and all of us have a sinful nature. But we are not judged for Adam’s sin, we are judged for our own because there is no one without sin. Romans 5:8 states, “But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” That is why we need to seek the Lord while we still can. God’s Word will accomplish it’s purpose, it will always produce fruit. Humans will never fully understand why God choose Christ to die for our sins as a plan of making us right with Him. We can not comprehend it and we never will. Trusting in God’s Word is faith to believe that He will do as He has said. And we know from Romans 6: 23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” We will all die some day unless we are taken when Christ returns for His Church, but if you have not accepted God’s way of redemption, you will also die again at the Second Death. Revelation 21:15 states “And anyone whose name was not found recorded in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire.” This will be complete separation from God. Don’t try to understand it, you never will. But you must believe it because God has ordained it according to His Word and His purpose. Your thoughts will never be equal to God’s, they will never even come close, so seek Him through His Word and then accept His Gift of Love through Christ Jesus by believing that He died for your sin!

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March 24, 2009: 9:53 pm: Daily Scripture

Romans 4:13-16
13 It is clear, then, that God’s promise to give the whole earth to Abraham and his descendants was not based on obedience to God’s law, but on the new relationship with God that comes by faith. 14 So if you claim that God’s promise is for those who obey God’s law and think they are “good enough” in God’s sight, then you are saying that faith is useless. And in that case, the promise is also meaningless. 15 But the law brings punishment on those who try to obey it. (The only way to avoid breaking the law is to have no law to break!) 16 So that’s why faith is the key! God’s promise is given to us as a free gift. And we are certain to receive it, whether or not we follow Jewish customs, if we have faith like Abraham’s. For Abraham is the father of all who believe.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Have you ever wondered why some believers seem to receive so much spiritually and others seem to have so little? There are some Christians who would explain this inequity by teaching that God’s gifts and promises are given when one meets certain “conditions” or levels of service, prayer, study or whatever. But God has not made the dispensing of His promises contingent on any preconceived ideas we may have about Him. Every believer in Jesus Christ has equal privilege to receive the Bibles promises. Our God is no respecter of persons and His promises are not given on a sliding scale of who is, who is not, or when one finally becomes worthy. To God, a believer is worthy because they are in Christ Jesus and have believed in Him. If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior, you have the privilege of receiving spiritual wisdom, power, authority, understanding, answers and peace right now! God has no desire to withhold any good thing from you. If you do not have these attributes or gifts in your life, it is not God who has opposed you receiving them. It is you who has opposed you. The main difference between those who receive and those who do not, is how much room they have made within themselves for God to work. God does not change how He functions to conform to our concepts of Him. You must be willing to tear down, strip off and remove the trappings of your old nature to receive from God. Your “understanding” of God may be preventing you from receiving from Him. Go before Him and seek Him as He is. Be willing to lay aside your “knowledge” and seek His in His Word. Sanctification simply comes from a heart that has been able to receive, a heart that is so full of thanksgiving, understanding and love that it can do no less.

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March 23, 2009: 9:50 pm: Daily Scripture

Hebrews 10:14-17
14 For by that one offering he perfected forever all those whom he is making holy. 15 And the Holy Spirit also testifies hat this is so. First he says, 16 This is the new covenant I will make with my people on that day, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their hearts so they will understand them, and I will write them on their minds so they will obey them.”
17 Then he adds, “I will never again remember their sins and lawless deeds.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Those in Christ have been made perfect, yet we are being made holy. Through His death and resurrection, Christ, once for all made those who believe in Him perfect in God’s sight.  At the same time, He is making us holy.  We are progressively cleansed and are set apart for His special use in our daily walk on earth.  We should not be surprised that we all still need to grow.  God is not finished with us yet, we are in the process of being made holy yet we are perfect in Christ.  And while we are being made holy, God will remember our sins no more.  Even though we still sin, God will not remember our sins and lawless deeds, once confessed and laid at the cross of Christ.  He has put His law into our hearts and into our minds so we will obey Him.  Christ says to us all, “Go and sin no more.” (John 8:11)  Forgiven, we can continue to live for Him and continue our process of being made holy.  The growth process happens by deliberately applying Scripture to all areas of our life.  We are His forever and are perfect in God’s sight. Praise Him, as you walk in His love in perfect peace knowing that all things will work for your good because you love Him and are in the process of being made holy! (Romans 8:28)

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March 20, 2009: 9:49 pm: Daily Scripture

Hebrews 8:7-10
7 If the first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no need for a second covenant to replace it. 8 But God himself found fault with the old one when he said: “The day will come, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah. 9 This covenant will not be like the one I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand and led them out of the land of Egypt. They did not remain faithful to my covenant, so I turned my back on them, says the Lord. 10 But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel on that day, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their minds so they will understand them, and I will write them on their hearts so they will obey them. I will be their God, and they will be my people.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

This passage is a quotation from Jeremiah 31:31-34, which compares the new covenant with the old.  The old covenant was the covenant of law between God and Israel.  The new and better way is the covenant of grace.  Christ death on the Cross to offer Himself for our sins and reconcile those who believe in Him to God.  This new covenant goes beyond Israel and covers anyone who has faith to believe in Christ.  It is new in application because it is written on our heart and in our mind.  It offers a new way to forgiveness, not through animal sacrifice but through faith.  If our heart is not changed, following God’s rules will be unpleasant and difficult.  We will rebel against being told how to live.  The Holy Spirit, however, gives us new desires, new feelings, a new direction and He helps us to want to obey God (see Philippians 2:12, 13).  With a new heart, we find that serving God is our greatest joy.  If this is not true of you today, look at where your focus is.  Are you focused on His Word?  Or are you more focused on what is good for you?  As His child you have the unlimited power of His Spirit to work within you and give you the desires, the wisdom and the power to live effectively for Him.  Don’t let the world or Satan keep you for being all that you can be for your Savior who died for your sin. Go before Him and cry out to Him for wisdom.  Ask God to remove anything that is getting in the way of living effectively for Him.  Be open to hear His voice speak to you about what in your life is holding you back from being all that God indents for you to be.  

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March 19, 2009: 5:25 pm: Daily Scripture

John 6:61-65
61 Jesus knew within himself that his disciples were complaining, so he said to them, “Does this offend you? 62 Then what will you think if you see me, the Son of Man, return to heaven again? 63 It is the Spirit who gives eternal life. Human effort accomplishes nothing. And the very words I have spoken to you are spirit and life. 64 But some of you don’t believe me.” (For Jesus knew from the beginning who didn’t believe, and he knew who would betray him.) 65 Then he said, “That is what I meant when I said that people can’t come to me unless the Father brings them to me.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Jesus had been teaching the people that they must eat His flesh and drink His blood to live forever. This thought was repulsive to the Jews. Many turned away from Him at this point. But Christ was teaching them that to eat living bread means to accept Christ as God and accept Him into our lives and become one with Him. Jesus was not talking about literally eating His flesh, He was saying His life had to become their own. He went on to teach that the Holy Spirit gives this new life. Without the work of God in our lives, no one would be saved. When someone comes to believe in Jesus Christ as Savior, they do so only in response to the urging of God’s Holy Spirit. God does the urging; then we decide whether or not to believe. We can not even see our own need for Him without His urging. All spiritual life begins and ends with God. He reveals truth to us, lives in us and then enables us to respond to that truth. All we can do is say yes or no. And the Spirit draws all people to Himself. There is no one who is not loved by God or called to Him. Christ came to save all people. But many will say no. What have you said to Him today? Are you ready to become one with Him and eat of His flesh and drink His blood? Don’t turn the Spirit away accept His love and receive Him into your heart today.

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March 18, 2009: 5:05 pm: Daily Scripture

2 Thessalonians 2:7-12
7 For this lawlessness is already at work secretly, and it will remain secret until the one who is holding it back steps out of the way. 8 Then the man of lawlessness will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will consume with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming. 9 This evil man will come to do the work of Satan with counterfeit power and signs and miracles. 10 He will use every kind of wicked deception to fool those who are on their way to destruction because they refuse to believe the truth that would save them. 11 So God will send great deception upon them, and they will believe all these lies. 12 Then they will be condemned for not believing the truth and for enjoying the evil they do.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The Church is “the one” who is holding the man of lawlessness from being revealed. As the Bride of Christ and a part of the Body, our prayers are moving the hands of God and the Holy Spirit is working on our behalf and keeping complete lawlessness on hold. When we are removed, there will be a period of time when the world will be without anyone here on earth praying. However brief it may be, without this influence, it will be a prefect time for Satan to move in. If you reject the Gospel of Christ now, you are in danger of God sending great deception upon you after the man of lawlessness is revealed. You will be condemned for not believing the truth and enjoying the evil you are doing. This scripture is very clear about rejecting God now. When you hear the salvation message it is dangerous to wait. If Christ returns for His Church, you may not have another chance. Accept His gift of love today and open your heart to His sanctification in your life and have perfect peace that you will stand before Him and hear Him say, “My child welcome home!”

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