Archive for May, 2009

May 29, 2009: 1:27 am: Daily Scripture

John 12:3-8
3 Then Mary took a twelve-ounce jar of expensive perfume made from essence of nard, and she anointed Jesus’ feet with it and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with fragrance. 4 But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples the one who would betray him said, 5 “That perfume was worth a small fortune. It should have been sold and the money given to the poor.” 6 Not that he cared for the poor he was a thief who was in charge of the disciples’ funds, and he often took some for his own use. 7 Jesus replied, “Leave her alone. She did it in preparation for my burial. 8 You will always have the poor among you, but I will not be here with you much longer.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Judas often dipped into the disciples’ money bag for his own use.  Quite likely Jesus knew what he was doing, but never did or said anything about it.  It seems odd that the Son of God would not address sin in His own group, but God had a bigger purpose to fulfill.  And sometimes when we sin God does not stop us from doing so.  When we choose to sin, we are choosing to step outside of His love and guidance and we choose to go against His will.  God doesn’t step in and always stop us.  It is the condition of the heart that determines our obedience and if God always came in and stopped us from sinning, we would not sin because of His interference, and not because we knew it was wrong.  Sometimes we have to go down a road of sin to understand His love for us.  It is not always the best way to go, but it is our decision.  We can read His Word and learn how others have sinned and lost, but sometimes we are hard hearted and need to learn the hard way.  God has given us many examples of the downfalls of sin and many examples of how living His will keeps us safe in His love.  But we are stubborn people and some never learn.  So the next time you are tempted to sin remember it is a decision of your heart to disobey God.  And God may let you go down a wrong road to learn of His love, but it is not without pain and struggling.  You don’t have to feel the flame of fire burn you to know that others have died from it.  Just because God does not stop you, does not mean He approves of what you are doing.  So learn to know His will by knowing His Word and then live it as He did.

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May 28, 2009: 1:27 am: Daily Scripture

2 Samuel 12:13-25
13 Then David confessed to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” Nathan replied, “Yes, but the Lord has forgiven you, and you won’t die for this sin. 14 But you have given the enemies of the Lord great opportunity to despise and blaspheme him, so your child will die.” 15 After Nathan returned to his home, the Lord made Bathsheba’s baby deathly ill. 16 David begged God to spare the child. He went without food and lay all night on the bare ground. 17 The leaders of the nation pleaded with him to get up and eat with them, but he refused. 18 Then on the seventh day the baby died. David’s advisers were afraid to tell him. “He was so broken up about the baby being sick,” they said. “What will he do to himself when we tell him the child is dead?” 19 But when David saw them whispering, he realized what had happened. “Is the baby dead?” he asked.”Yes,” they replied. 20 Then David got up from the ground, washed himself, put on lotions, and changed his clothes. Then he went to the Tabernacle and worshiped the Lord. After that, he returned to the palace and ate. 21 His advisers were amazed. “We don’t understand you,” they told him. “While the baby was still living, you wept and refused to eat. But now that the baby is dead, you have stopped your mourning and are eating again.” 22 David replied, “I fasted and wept while the child was alive, for I said, ‘Perhaps the Lord will be gracious to me and let the child live.’ 23 But why should I fast when he is dead? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him one day, but he cannot return to me.”24 Then David comforted Bathsheba, his wife, and slept with her. She became pregnant and gave birth to a son, and they named him Solomon. The Lord loved the child 25 and sent word through Nathan the prophet that his name should be Jedidiah–beloved of the Lord–because the Lord loved him
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

David confessed and repented of his sin, but God’s judgment was that his child would die.  The consequences of David’s sin were irreversible even though the sin had been forgiven.  When God forgives us and restores our relationship with Him, He doesn’t eliminate all the consequences of our wrong doing.  If He did, we may be tempted to say to ourselves before we enter into a sin, “If this is wrong, I can always just ask God’s forgiveness.”  We must remember that by entering into sin, we may be setting into motion events with irreversible consequences.  God wants our obedience because of His love for us not because we will be punished if we sin.  That small voice inside of you is God directing you out of a sin situation.  Do not ignore Him, He is trying to keep you safe.  It is better to live a life without regrets, than to live a life saying, “if only I hadn’t ____.”  We can all fill in the blank, but the key is learning from our mistakes and learning from the mistakes of others.  David repented from his sin, examine your own heart and let God reveal to you areas of your life that need to changed.

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May 27, 2009: 4:00 am: Daily Scripture

Matthew 16:13-19
13 When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”  14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”  16 Simon Peter said in reply, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”  17 Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father.  18 And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the Hell shall not prevail against it.  19 I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven.  Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
The New American Bible, (Nashville, Tennessee: Confraternity of Christian Doctrine) 1997.

The Church of Christ Jesus will continue to grow despite the world coming up against it.  As a child of the King we need to remember that we are on the side of the Victor.  When Christ told this to Peter, it was before His death and resurrection.  It was before the Church had been formed and before it went through the centuries of persecution and death.  But the Church has remained alive and has continued to grow.  At the time of Christ a city had to be fortified with walls and the gates were the only access into a city, so this was the weakest point.  The enemy could work his attack at the gates because this was the place the wall was the weakest.  When Christ told us, “the gates of the Hell shall not prevail against it,” He was not implying that Hell would come up against us.  He was stating that the Church was to come up against Hell.  Satan has dominion over the earth and he has it fortified.  The Church is to come up against the control Satan has over the world and the people in it.  We are to attack and take back what the enemy has taken.  And the promise from Christ is that the “gates” of Hell will not be able to stand against our attack.  We are to go into the world and take back the lives he has destroyed and claim them for the kingdom of God.  We are on the defense, we are on the offense and we will prevail!  Take up your sword and fight to overcome the enemy and win the souls of those around you who belong to Christ.  You have His Word that you will be victorious for His glory!

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May 26, 2009: 5:21 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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May 22, 2009: 5:57 am: 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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May 21, 2009: 5:58 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 Jesus Christ had 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 the Age of Grace and the beginning of the Age 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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May 20, 2009: 6:59 pm: Daily Scripture

Luke 16: 16-17
16 “Until John the Baptist began to preach, the laws of Moses and the messages of the prophets were your guides. But now the Good News of the Kingdom of God is preached, and eager multitudes are forcing their way in. 17 But that doesn’t mean that the law has lost its force in even the smallest point. It is stronger and more permanent than heaven and earth.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

John the Baptist’s ministry was the dividing line between the Old and New Testament.  With the arrival of Jesus came the realization of all the prophets’ hopes. The life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ were the fulfillment of the Law.  It did not negate the Law, but fulfilled and continued the Law.  That means that what was true about the Law is still true today.  Not the parts added to it by the Jews, but the original laws given to them by God.  The 10 Commandments are just as relevant today as they were when God wrote them on stone.  The same is true with what we do with the money God has given us to manage.  Many Christian’s today say that since the death of Christ we are no longer required to give a tenth of what we have.  But Christ Himself stated in Matthew 23:23, “…You should tithe, yes, but you should not leave undone the more important things.”  Just as we should not steal or not commit adultery, we should tithe.  The Words of Christ leave us with a clear picture, “But that doesn’t mean that the law has lost its force in even the smallest point.”  Study the Word and then study your own behavior and see if you need to change.  Seek to know His Word and your heart will seek to do His will in all areas of your life.

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May 19, 2009: 12:45 am: Daily Scripture

Luke 15:25-32
25 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the fields working. When he returned home, he heard music and dancing in the house, 26 and he asked one of the servants what was going on. 27 ‘Your brother is back,’ he was told, ‘and your father has killed the calf we were fattening and has prepared a great feast. We are celebrating because of his safe return.’ 28 “The older brother was angry and wouldn’t go in. His father came out and begged him, 29 but he replied, ‘All these years I’ve worked hard for you and never once refused to do a single thing you told me to. And in all that time you never gave me even one young goat for a feast with my friends. 30 Yet when this son of yours comes back after squandering your money on prostitutes, you celebrate by killing the finest calf we have.’ 31 “His father said to him, ‘Look, dear son, you and I are very close, and everything I have is yours. 32 We had to celebrate this happy day. For your brother was dead and has come back to life! He was lost, but now he is found!'”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The father forgave his son out of love for him.  But his brother refused to forgive because he was bitter about the injustice of it all.  Life is just like that, some seem to get more favor than others even though they do not deserve it.  But it is not about what we deserve or even about being fair.  There is no fairness in life.  The sooner you learn that the sooner you will be able to go on with what you have to deal with.  Even though life is not fair, God is.  His love is the same for every person in this world no matter what they have done or not done.  To us this is not fair, because we may have done more “good” than others and yet God loves them just as much as He loves those who do His will.  God rejoices greatly over any sinner when they voluntarily come to His love.  That is what He wants.  It is not that He does not rejoice over those who walk in His love, because He does, it is just that there is great joy throughout all of heaven when someone comes to God of their own will.  It does not matter what they have done.  Even Hitler or Bin Ladin would receive the same love and mercy, if they truly repented and accepted God’s love.  How easy it is to resent God’s gracious forgiveness.  But if our self-righteousness gets in the way of rejoicing when others come to Jesus, we are no better than the Pharisee of Christ’ day.  Who do you need to forgive today?  Go to God first and then go to them if you can and let it go!  Rejoice that God loves them as much as He loves you.  After all, there are people that you have hurt and they need to forgive you.  None of us is without sin, no matter how small or how great.  Forgive and rejoice over those whom God loves.  Wouldn’t you want the same from those who look at you as the greater sinner?

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May 18, 2009: 5:34 pm: Daily Scripture

Matthew 16:15-23
15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 “And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. 19 “And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” 20 Then He commanded His disciples that they should tell no one that He was Jesus the Christ. 21 From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day. 22 Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!” 23 But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

What voice are your hearing today?  Are you hearing from God and walking in obedience to that voice?  Or are you hearing from your enemy who would keep ineffective for Christ?  It is not important which voice you hear, but which voice you obey.  Just as God speaks to all of us, so Satan also speaks to us.  Only his purpose is to keep you ineffective for God or to completely turn you away from Him.  Satan would have you dead if he could.  Peter was walking with Christ and yet Satan whispered in his ear and Peter acted on that voice.  Notice that Jesus did not rebuke Peter, but the voice he had listened to.  Shortly before Peter had heard the voice of God and acted on it, as Christ told him that the truth he stated was not revealed to him by Peter’s own wisdom, but came from God the Father.  These verses show us that we will walk with Christ, but yet will hear from our enemy.  We need to be able to discern where the voice we hear is coming from.  God will keep us safe in His care as we turn to Him and walk in obedience to His Word.  But we need to know the Word to obey it.  Pray for discernment as you walk with Christ to know where the voice is coming from that you hear.  If it is from God obey it, if it is from Satan rebuke it.  God will lift you up but Satan will tear you down.  You have the power of the Spirit of God living within you, use that power to hear His voice and act on His will.  Your connection to Christ is only as strong as your understanding of Him.  Hear what He is saying to you today and then go and walk according to that Word.

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May 15, 2009: 6:08 pm: Daily Scripture

Jeremiah 31:31-34
31 “The day will come,” says the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah. 32 This covenant will not be like the one I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand and brought them out of the land of Egypt. They broke that covenant, though I loved them as a husband loves his wife,” says the Lord. 33 “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, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. 34 And they will not need to teach their neighbors, nor will they need to teach their family, saying, ‘You should know the Lord.’ For everyone, from the least to the greatest, will already know me,” says the Lord. “And I will forgive their wickedness and will never again remember their sins.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Jeremiah was predicting forward to the day of Jesus Christ and the New Covenant He would make with all people.  This prophesy was not just for the Jews, but for the Gentiles too.  No longer would the Laws of God be written on stone, but on the hearts of those who would accept His gift of grace.  When Jeremiah wrote this it was all in the future for him, but it is in the past for us. But verse 34 is also in the future for us.  We know that today we have to go out and say to people, “You should know the Lord.” So this verse has not come to past yet, but will when Christ is ruling this world.  At that time we will not need to tell others about Him because they will know Him.  Jeremiah 33:17 states, ” For this is what the Lord says: David will forever have a descendant sitting on the throne of Israel.”  David’s descendant is not on the throne at this time, so we know that it is in the future for all of us today.  Christ will be that ruler, but until that Day when He returns, we must tell others about Him.  With the strength of the laws of God written on our hearts and the love of God keeping us, we can continue the work of telling others about Him until that Day when He returns.  Don’t let the sacrifice of Christ become dormant in your life, take what God has given you and tell others about Him.  God will work through you to accomplish His purpose in your life.  Remember, God does not give you power to be all you want to be, He gives you power to be all He wants you to be.

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