Archive for October, 2009

October 30, 2009: 6:14 pm: Daily Scripture

Philippians 3:12-15
12 I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection! But I keep working toward that day when I will finally be all that Christ Jesus saved me for and wants me to be. 13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven. 15 I hope all of you who are mature Christians will agree on these things. If you disagree on some point, I believe God will make it plain to you. 16 But we must be sure to obey the truth we have learned already.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Paul was a person who walked closely with God. His intent was to keep growing, learning, and serving Christ. But Paul was never satisfied that he had attained all of the fullness of Christ. This side of heaven, no one can. But God does not ask for perfect people, He seeks people who will listen and obey. God is looking for people who will pick themselves up and get on with the business of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We can’t change our past but we don’t need to let it keep us down. What events in your past are keeping you from all that you can be in Christ Jesus?  If you are dragging the past with you, it will be difficult to mature in Christ. Paul continued to focus all his energies on this one thing: forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead. As Christians, we need to do the same. What ever it is, don’t allow it to affect your today. You cannot drive a car forward while looking in the rear view mirror anymore than you can go forward for Christ while living in the pain of the past. Remember, you are a new creation in Christ Jesus; all things have been made new.  Let the Spirit of God renew your mind. It is in your thinking that the enemy defeats you. When you are reminded of past pain, that is a whisper in your mind planted by Satan to keep you bound in that pain. Remember that you belong to the Holy Almighty Living God and that you now have the mind of Christ.  Think His thoughts!  And speak the Word from Proverbs 3:5, 6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.  Seek His will in all you do, and He will direct your paths.”  Be sure to obey the truth you have already learned and do not let the enemy keep you bound by past pain.  Get over it!

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October 29, 2009: 6:07 pm: Daily Scripture

Mark 11:22-24
22 Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God. 23 I assure you that you can say to this mountain, ‘May God lift you up and throw you into the sea,’ and your command will be obeyed. All that’s required is that you really believe and do not doubt in your heart. 24 Listen to me! You can pray for anything, and if you believe, you will have it. 25 But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

One of the most asked questions is  “Why doesn’t God answer my prayer?”  With all assurance, I can say that God hears all prayers, but that not requests get the answer wanted.  But all do get answered.  It is just not always in the way we want.  God is continually working all things out according to His purpose, His design and His time.  Our request may not fall into what He has intended or our request may not be good for us.  They may not take us the direction that He wants us to go.  There may be unforgivness in our hearts towards someone that needs to be dealt with before God will meet our request.  Jesus is telling us that for our prayers to be answered the way that we want, we must first believe that God is there.  We must be a believer in Him. And we must have faith that He hears us and will give us the object of our request if it is for the good of His Kingdom.  Take your focus off of the request and put it on Him.  When you come before Him give it to Him and then focus on Him and His will and not on the request.  Trust that He will work out for you the request according to His will and have faith that His will is best in the situation. If you are praying for healing, not all will be healed as we all have to die at some point and usually of an illness.  So relax in His care and know that He is with you and is working all things out for the glory of His will and that is what is best for you. 

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October 28, 2009: 5:57 pm: Daily Scripture

2 Corinthians 10:3-6
3For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982

This text tells us that Satan targets his attacks on our minds. We know that because Paul is talking about “arguments,”: “the knowledge of God,” and “taking every thought captive.” Our freedom in Christ begins in our mind; we must learn to think differently.  When Satan attacks a Christian’s mind, he starts building strongholds.  This is a place that he can operate from and he wants to set up permanent residence about this issue in your mind. He will get a grip on the your mind until you begin to think there is no way to overcome the problem, no way to save your marriage, no way to become effective for Christ, no way your child will be saved. Whenever you say, “there is no way or it can’t be done,” you are looking at a stronghold in your mind that Satan has set up to prevent you from receiving victory or becoming effective for Christ. Satan can plant thoughts in your mind, but he cannot make you continue to think about it or make you do it. You are responsible for what you do with the thought after he places it in your mind.  If you continue to think the thought that is contrary to God, even if it is a good thought, he can set up a stronghold in your mind to keep you in bondage. Our weapons against such attacks are: prayer, reading the Bible, obedience to God, meditation on His Word, fasting and service. These weapons can prevent strongholds, but we must pull down the ones Satan already has set up in your mind. This can be done by recognizing them when they come up and by loosing Satan’s hold through prayer. Matthew 16:19 says, “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.” We are to pull down these strongholds and stop thoughts planted by Satan or our own rebellious thoughts by recognizing them.  Pray for wisdom from God to do so and rebuke the thought. Focus on what God can do in your situation and think on Him and His power to take care of your problem. Ask God for wisdom to know what you are thinking is good and building your relationship with AHim.

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October 27, 2009: 5:52 pm: Daily Scripture

Psalm 91:1-11
1 Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. 2 This I declare of the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I am trusting him. 3 For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from the fatal plague. 4 He will shield you with his wings. He will shelter you with his feathers. His faithful promises are your armor and protection. 5 Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor fear the dangers of the day, 6 nor dread the plague that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday. 7 Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you. 8 But you will see it with your eyes; you will see how the wicked are punished. 9 If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, 10 no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your dwelling. 11 For he orders his angels to protect you wherever you go
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

If you make God your focus and trust in Him alone, He will keep you safe. This does not mean that you will not be affected by all of the pain and trouble around you. But God has promised to keep you safe in His love. This means you can live with peace of mind knowing that He will keep you safe in His love.  Remember He is the God of all comfort and He will comfort you in all your troubles. In the world today, this is even more important. With the terrorism all around us and financial disaster, you need to be even more focused on God.  Make Him your peace and know that He has everything under control, no matter what you see happening. As a child of God, get your strength and peace from Him and the promise of His Word. Rely on truth and not on what is on the nightly news. This will be a witness to those around you. Others will see how you live in peace during this time of trouble. When others are troubled, you will be able to give them the same comfort God has given you.

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October 26, 2009: 5:50 pm: Daily Scripture

John 14:1-6
1 Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. 4 And where I go you know, and the way you know. 5 Thomas said to Him, Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way? 6 Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

There are few verses in Scripture that describe eternal life as clearly as Jesus does here. He tells us that he is going to prepare a place for us and that we will be with him.  What words of comfort! Our Lord is preparing a place for all those who believe in Him. We may not know all the details of what eternity will hold for us but we do know that we will be with Him. 2 Corinthians 5:8, tells us, “We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and is to be present with the Lord.” As Christ is with us now, we will forever be with Christ Jesus when we leave this world. As a part of the His own Body, we are objects of His affections. Christians will be wed (united) with Christ and we will celebrate with Him forever. Remember this when the details of this life are difficult to understand. So many times we have no understanding of the pain we all experience but we do know it is only for a season and that someday, we will be with our Lord forever!

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October 23, 2009: 5:42 pm: Daily Scripture

Luke 11:33-36
33 “No one lights a lamp and then hides it or puts it under a basket. Instead, it is put on a lampstand to give light to all who enter the room. 34 Your eye is a lamp for your body. A pure eye lets sunshine into your soul. But an evil eye shuts out the light and plunges you into darkness. 35 Make sure that the light you think you have is not really darkness. 36 If you are filled with light, with no dark corners, then your whole life will be radiant, as though a floodlight is shining on you.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

What is the light that shines in you today?  Is it from God or is it from yourself?  If the light in you is from God it will last forever.  If your life is going well today and you do not recognize that it is from the hand of God, it will not last.  Only when you recognize that all good things come from Him will you find true joy.  And the joy that comes from God is a joy that will carry your through any problem, trail or tragedy.  So if life is good, praise Him and do not hide that it is from Him.  Make sure that you thank Him and most of all recognize that it is from Him.  Those who belong to Him do not hide the goodness of Him in their lives.  Because it is only through praising Him and giving Him the glory that true peace and joy will be who you are.  So if you are not at a place of peace today, examine your life and see if you are giving yourself the glory for your accomplishments or do you give glory to God for where you are and what you have.  It is only when you know that God is the giver of all good things that His peace will shine through your heart and mind.

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October 22, 2009: 7:40 am: Daily Scripture

Galatians 5:17-26
17 The old sinful nature loves to do evil, which is just opposite from what the Holy Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are opposite from what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, and your choices are never free from this conflict. 18 But when you are directed by the Holy Spirit, you are no longer subject to the law. 19 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, your lives will produce these evil results: sexual immorality, impure thoughts, eagerness for lustful pleasure, 20 idolatry, participation in demonic activities, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, divisions, the feeling that everyone is wrong except those in your own little group, 21 envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other kinds of sin. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God. 22 But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. Here there is no conflict with the law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. 25 If we are living now by the Holy Spirit, let us follow the Holy Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. 26 Let us not become conceited, or irritate one another, or be jealous of one another.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

When we are born again, a new life is put into us by the Holy Spirit. But the old life, the flesh is not taken away. The tendency to sin will always be with us as well as the desire. There is a difference between “sin” and sins. Sin is the  root-principle of evil, the flesh, the sinful self, the tendency to sin, which may be kept down by the power of God within us, but which will always remain with us until we leave this world. Sins are the outcome of this and are the acts of sin we commit.  Sin is not dead in us but we may be dead to sin so that sin does not produce in us the fruit of the desires of the flesh. And as we surrender to the power of God in us we become dead to the evil nature within us and produce fruits of the Spirit of God, as long as we stay connected to Him. It is a choice we make sometimes daily to nail the sin within us to the Cross of Christ and accept His righteousness imparted to us at salvation. Recognizing this truth will keep you focused on the reality that we live in as children of God in a world that loves and draws into sin.  Do not become alarmed at what your see happening today, but know that God is at work not only within you but within the world to complete His will. With the power of Christ in you, you have the power to make the choice not to sin. Remember to use this power that Christ died to give you.

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October 21, 2009: 6:56 am: Daily Scripture

Isaiah 11:1-9
Out of the stump of David’s family will grow a shoot-yes, a new Branch bearing fruit from the old root. 2 And the Spirit of the Lord will rest on him-the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. 3 He will delight in obeying the Lord. He will never judge by appearance, false evidence, or hearsay. 4 He will defend the poor and the exploited. He will rule against the wicked and destroy them with the breath of his mouth. 5 He will be clothed with fairness and truth. 6 In that day the wolf and the lamb will live together; the leopard and the goat will be at peace. Calves and yearlings will be safe among lions, and a little child will lead them all. 7 The cattle will graze among bears. Cubs and calves will lie down together. And lions will eat grass as the livestock do. 8 Babies will crawl safely among poisonous snakes. Yes, a little child will put its hand in a nest of deadly snakes and pull it out unharmed. 9 Nothing will hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain. And as the waters fill the sea, so the earth will be filled with people who know the Lord.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

This is a description of the Millennial rule of Jesus Christ as King of the world.  After the Tribulation (God’s judgment on the earth for rejecting Christ) and the Second Coming of Christ, Jesus will live and rule the world for 1000 years.  Isaiah saw this time in a word from God and wrote about it over 2600 years ago.  Many today look to this time to come after we get things right here on earth. They quote Revelation 21:5 which states, “And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making all things new!” This verse is talking about the time after God judges the world.  The world will go through a terrible time as stated in Isaiah 13:11-13, “I, the Lord, will punish the world for its evil and the wicked for their sin. I will crush the arrogance of the proud and the haughtiness of the mighty. 12 Few will be left alive when I have finished my work. People will be as scarce as gold-more rare than the gold of Ophir. 13 For I will shake the heavens, and the earth will move from its place. I, the Lord Almighty, will show my fury and fierce anger.”  Things are not going to get better, they are only get to worse!  So much more worse, that those who live through it will think that 2009 was a picnic! Don’t be fooled into thinking that God will not do what He said He would.  Judgment is coming for those who reject the One true Branch and that is Jesus Christ the Son of God who died to free us from sin.  Only those who accept His free offer will escape the coming judgment of this world.  It will not get better it will only get worse.  God will make all things new, but only after He has rid the world of evil!  Trust Him today and believe Him that the blood of Christ is all you need to be accepted by God.  Then go and be used by Him to bring others with you into His kingdom!

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October 20, 2009: 4:56 am: Daily Scripture

Romans 8:35-39
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.

It was one of those moments when God spoke to my heart very clearly. I was thanking Him and praising Him for so richly blessing me. I do not understand why I have so much and why others go to bed hungry or are taken from their beds and murdered. I always give God the glory and thank him for His goodness and know that all I have belongs to Him. At the moment, I was willing to give it all up to be with Him in heaven. No matter what we enjoy in this world, it will not compare to the wonder and joy that He has in store for those of us who love Him as Savior when we leave this world. His voice spoke softly and told me that He was with me now. I do not have to wait to be in heaven to be with Him. The Spirit of the Lord told me that I was right where He wanted me to be and always would be. I was to trust Him and do the work He has given me, no matter where I am, there will be work to do for Him. With hot tears streaming down my face I heard, “My love will carry you through anything I ask you to do!” Praise God, His love will bring me through any joy or pain I will go through, while doing the work set before me. His love is our strength now and will be when we are with Him in heaven. It  will be with us through our darkest moments and through our greatest joys. There isn’t a person on the earth that will not go through the valleys of pain this life has to offer. Some more than others and some will never know joy in their lives. For those of us who have known joy, we need to thank God for His goodness and know that when we return to the valley, the fruit of his Spirit will grow in us if we trust and believe Him.

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October 19, 2009: 5:39 pm: Daily Scripture

Luke 10:11-24
11 To illustrate the point further, Jesus told them this story: A man had two sons. 12 The younger son told his father, ‘I want my share of your estate now, instead of waiting until you die.’ So his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons. 13 A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and took a trip to a distant land, and there he wasted all his money on wild living. 14 About the time his money ran out, a great famine swept over the land, and he began to starve. 15 He persuaded a local farmer to hire him to feed his pigs. 16 The boy became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the pigs looked good to him. But no one gave him anything. 17 When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, At home even the hired men have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger! 18 I will go home to my father and say, ‘Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, 19 and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired man.’ 20 So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long distance away, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. 21 His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son.’ 22 But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger, and sandals for his feet. 23 And kill the calf we have been fattening in the pen. We must celebrate with a feast, 24 for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Just as the father would not come to his wayward son while he was in the pigpen, so God will not join us in fellowship when we are in darkness or sin. Because He is light and there is no darkness in Him at all, we must come to Him, He cannot join us in fellowship while we are in darkness.  Now, this does not mean He does not love us because Romans 8:39 tells us that there is nothing that can separate us from the love of God. And while we are in darkness, His Spirit is working to bring us back into fellowship with God. But for us to have a relationship and to know Christ intimately, we must be in the Light. This means confessing our sins before Him and listening to His voice as we continue our sanctification. If we step into sin and step into darkness, we are still saved, but we have just halted the process of sanctification. We will not grow to become more like Christ while we are in sin. This why the father waited for the son to return. He did not go out looking for him and did not come and pull him out the pigpen but waited for the son to return. So, we must come before the Father and confess any sin and continue on in the process of becoming more like Christ.

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