Archive for November, 2009

November 30, 2009: 6:12 pm: Daily Scripture

 Proverbs 3:5-8
 5.  Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
 6.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
 7.  Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.
 8.  It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.
 King James Version
 
 There are three types of suffering in this world.  There is common suffering which happens to all of us because we live in a world under a curse.  Everything, human, animal, and plant gets sick and eventually dies.  This curse happened when man sinned against God.  We are all born under the curse and therefore start to die the second we are born.  No one is exempt from this and all of us will get sick and some suffer more than others, but all suffer.  We have to live within these conditions until we are with Him.  We can receive healing and protection from this suffering, but we have to ask God and sometimes He heals and sometimes He does not.  It is according to His will.  The second type of suffering is because of the consequences of our own sin.  Our sin can affect our bodies or any aspect of our life.  If we spend all of our money on the wrong things and do not pay our bills and take care of our responsibilities, we will suffer.   If we smoke or over eat, our bodies will suffer.  Sickness can be caused by our sin, because we do not take care of our body.  But we can do all of the right things and still suffer because we are under the curse.  The third type of suffering is because you are a follower of Christ.  Every year around 5 million people are killed just because they believe in Jesus Christ.  1 Peter 4:14 tells us, “If you suffer for the name of Christ, you are blessed; because the Spirit of glory and the Spirit of God is in you.” Not many of us suffer for the name of Christ in this country, but many around the world do.  Most of our suffering is because of our own bad choices or because we live in a fallen world.  The only type of suffering we can control is our sin.  No one can make us sin, that is completely our choice.  Satan may tempt us to sin, but he cannot make us do it.  If you are suffering in your body today seek the will of God and ask Him for healing.  Ask Him also to show you what His will is during this time of suffering.  If you are suffering because of wrong choices, ask Him to show you how to change and ask Him for help.  God will always be with you and He will never leave you no matter what type of suffering you are going through.  Completely trust Him with all of your heart and do not lean to your own understanding.  But seek the will of God in all that you do and whatever situation you are in.

 Have a God Day! 

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November 27, 2009: 7:42 pm: Daily Scripture

Psalms 118:19-28
19 Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will enter into them, I will give thanks unto Jehovah. 20 This is the gate of Jehovah; The righteous shall enter into it. 21 I will give thanks unto thee; for thou hast answered me, And art become my salvation. 22 The stone which the builders rejected Is become the head of the corner. 23 This is Jehovah’s doing; It is marvellous in our eyes. 24 This is the day which Jehovah hath made; We will rejoice and be glad in it. 25 Save now, we beseech thee, O Jehovah: O Jehovah, we beseech thee, send now prosperity. 26 Blessed be he that cometh in the name of Jehovah: We have blessed you out of the house of Jehovah. 27 Jehovah is God, and he hath given us light: Bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar. 28 Thou art my God, and I will give thanks unto thee: Thou art my God, I will exalt thee. 29 Oh give thanks unto Jehovah; for he is good; For his lovingkindness ‘endureth’ for ever. 
The King James Version, (Cambridge: Cambridge) 1769.

Are you joyful today? Do you have many days of joy? Everyday is a day that the Lord has made and as His child you are to be full of joy. Because you are on your way to heaven and have the righteousness of Christ is reason to have joy. Having joy is not laughing all day and being happy about your circumstances in life. Christ was not happy while He was on the Cross, but He did have the joy of the Lord knowing that He was in God’s will and knowing what was to come because He was obedient. Joy is a decision you make. It is impossible to have joy without peace. Peace is knowing that God is in control and that all things will work for your good according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). It is trusting that God is your Father and that you are safe in His love, no matter what the storm of life may bring. Do not let the Satan steal your joy from you.  He knows that if he can steal your joy, you will not live a victorious life. Make the decision today to trust that God gave you this day and to be glad in it. He is your God and thank Him for He is good and you are His child.

Have a God Day!

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November 25, 2009: 6:23 pm: Daily Scripture

Mark 13:5-11
5 Jesus replied, “Don’t let anyone mislead you, 6 because many will come in my name, claiming to be the Messiah. They will lead many astray. 7 And wars will break out near and far, but don’t panic. Yes, these things must come, but the end won’t follow immediately. 8 Nations and kingdoms will proclaim war against each other, and there will be earthquakes in many parts of the world, and famines. But all this will be only the beginning of the horrors to come. 9 But when these things begin to happen, watch out! You will be handed over to the courts and beaten in the synagogues. You will be accused before governors and kings of being my followers. This will be your opportunity to tell them about me. 10 And the Good News must first be preached to every nation. 11 But when you are arrested and stand trial, don’t worry about what to say in your defense. Just say what God tells you to. Then it is not you who will be speaking, but the Holy Spirit.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Jesus gave us direction as to what would happen before His Second Coming.  He told us that many would come in His name and claim to be Him. This scripture in Mark is talking about the beginning of the Tribulation period.  Christ is warning us that things will only get worse during this period of time.  But how does all of this relate to the time we live in now?  We are not in the Tribulation period because Israel has not signed a contract with Antichrist as stated in Daniel 9:27, “27 He will make a treaty with the people for a period of one set of seven.”  We are in the period of time right before the Tribulation.  What we are seeing happen in the world today is nothing more than labor pains.  We are right before the time of judgment. Right now we are still in the Age of Grace. It is at the end of the Tribulation that Jesus Christ will return as a conquering King to set up His earthly rule.  But before that time, there will be no peace in this world, no matter what we do.  There may be pockets of peace but no real peace throughout the world.  In our life time, we will never see the world at peace unless we miss the Rapture and live through the Tribulation to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. What we need to do today is trust that God has all things under control and the world is moving according to His plan.  We do not know what the future will hold but we do know Who holds the future.  Do not fear, no matter what happens, but know that you belong to Christ Jesus and He will keep your commitment to Him safe until the end.

Have a God Day!

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November 24, 2009: 6:13 pm: Daily Scripture

Philippians 2:12-16
12 Dearest friends, you were always so careful to follow my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away you must be even more careful to put into action God’s saving work in your lives, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. 13 For God is working in you, giving you the desire to obey him and the power to do what pleases him. 14 In everything you do, stay away from complaining and arguing, 15 so that no one can speak a word of blame against you. You are to live clean, innocent lives as children of God in a dark world full of crooked and perverse people. Let your lives shine brightly before them. 16 Hold tightly to the word of life, so that when Christ returns, I will be proud that I did not lose the race and that my work was not useless.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

God is working within us to give us the desire to obey Him.  This can be very comforting in those times when we feel so disconnected from God.  After the decision to follow Christ is made, then we need to know how to follow Him.  The desire to obey God is only in staying connected to Him as described in John 15.  Christ is the vine and we are the branches.  We stay connected to Him by knowing Him through His Word and spending time with Him in prayer.  Once we promise to follow Christ, and we know how, now we have a responsibility to do it.  It is more than just knowing, it is doing. God has promised He would give us not only the desire but the power to do so. We take the first step and move forward in faith and God fills in all the gaps and gives us power to do His will because we are connected to the Vine.  So we can live clean innocent lives in a world of darkness without fear.  Do not be discouraged because of what you see happening all around you, but move forward for your King because He has given the power to do so.

Have a God Day!

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November 23, 2009: 6:09 pm: Daily Scripture

Titus 1:1-3
1 This letter is from Paul, a slave of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ. I have been sent to bring faith to those God has chosen and to teach them to know the truth that shows them how to live godly lives. 2 This truth gives them the confidence of eternal life, which God promised them before the world began, and he cannot lie. 3 And now at the right time he has revealed this Good News, and we announce it to everyone. It is by the command of God our Savior that I have been trusted to do this work for him.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Our eternal status is determined by our faith in God’s work done on our behalf, not our work done on God’s behalf. It is the knowledge of this truth that leads to godliness, not our own efforts to be like Christ. It is our relationship with God that leads to righteous action. Christ is not waiting to love us until we straighten out our lives, He loves us just as we are now! He extends His mercy to us covering our sin and giving us Christ’s righteousness before we have become righteous. This is not a license to sin, but freedom not to. Faith in what God’s mercy alone can accomplish will propel you to a deeper love for God. And it is the power of this love that enables you to live as Christ did. You are as righteous as Jesus Christ. You may not feel it, you may not think it, but God’s Word says it and your belief in His Word makes it real in your heart and life. Understanding divine mercy makes us genuine believers. This mercy stimulates a compelling love for God. And this love for Him is the source of our willingness and power to live for Him. Even this love is not of ourselves but a gift from God. When we act in faith of His love for us, the Holy Spirit is released to work in and through our lives. Accept His mercy and know His love, then believe you have the righteousness of Christ and see what a difference it will make in your actions.

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November 20, 2009: 6:06 pm: Daily Scripture

John 12:37-43
37 But despite all the miraculous signs he had done, most of the people did not believe in him. 38 This is exactly what Isaiah the prophet had predicted: “Lord, who has believed our message?  To whom will the Lord reveal his saving power?”  39 But the people couldn’t believe, for as Isaiah also said,  40 “The Lord has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts, so their eyes cannot see, and their hearts cannot understand, and they cannot turn to me and let me heal them.”  41 Isaiah was referring to Jesus when he made this prediction, because he was given a vision of the Messiah’s glory. 42 Many people, including some of the Jewish leaders, believed in him. But they wouldn’t admit it to anyone because of their fear that the Pharisees would expel them from the synagogue. 43 For they loved human praise more than the praise of God.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

During every age in human history, people have refused to believe in God despite the evidence He has given us. Before Jesus Christ, they refused to believe in what God was going to do and after Christ they refused to believe in what He had done. Some of the people who had seen Christ raise Lazarus from the dead, refused to believe He was from God. Even though they knew Lazarus had been dead for 4 days. As a result of their unbelief, God hardened their hearts. Does this mean God intentionally prevents people from believing in Him? No, He simply confirms their own choices. They refuse to believe the evidence before them. After a lifetime of resisting God, people become so set in their ways that they will not even try to believe. Even if someone comes back from the dead, they will not believe. Their own pride is what prevents them. That is why pride is one of the deadliest sins. For such people, it is virtually impossible for them to believe in Christ because their hearts have been hardened by their own pride. Many believe but refuse to admit it. This is just as bad, and Jesus had strong words for these people. Some Pharisees believed Jesus was the Messiah but refused to admit it for fear of being kicked out of the synagogue and afraid of losing their positions among the other religious leaders. When you feel the tug of God on your heart, don’t turn Him away or you may never have the chance to receive Him again.  Today is the day of salvation and today is all you have.

Have a God Day!

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November 19, 2009: 4:48 pm: Daily Scripture

James 3:2-12
2 We all make many mistakes, but those who control their tongues can also control themselves in every other way. 3 We can make a large horse turn around and go wherever we want by means of a small bit in its mouth. 4 And a tiny rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot wants it to go, even though the winds are strong. 5 So also, the tongue is a small thing, but what enormous damage it can do. A tiny spark can set a great forest on fire. 6 And the tongue is a flame of fire. It is full of wickedness that can ruin your whole life. It can turn the entire course of your life into a blazing flame of destruction, for it is set on fire by hell itself.  7 People can tame all kinds of animals and birds and reptiles and fish, 8 but no one can tame the tongue. It is an uncontrollable evil, full of deadly poison. 9 Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it breaks out into curses against those who have been made in the image of God. 10 And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right! 11 Does a spring of water bubble out with both fresh water and bitter water? 12 Can you pick olives from a fig tree or figs from a grapevine? No, and you can’t draw fresh water from a salty pool.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Your speech tells who you are; your tongue gives you away. It tells where you came from. It tells whether you are ignorant or educated, cultured or crude, whether you are clean or unclean, whether you are vulgar or refined, whether you are a believer or a blasphemer, whether you are a Christian or a non-Christian, whether you are guilty or not guilty. Who you really are and what you believe will come out in your speech. Your speech can be compared to fire, it can either be used for good or it can destroy, depending on the control of it. James is telling us to grow up as a Christian, we are not to be babes who can not control themselves. If you can control you tongue, you will be able to control all other aspects of your life. Our Christian maturity is showing in what we talk about. Do people who know you, know that you are a Christian?  If not, then you need to examine what you are saying and how you are saying it. Then examine your behavior. Is it Christ-like?  Would there be enough evidence to convict you of being a Christian?  This is the acid test of our faith, let Him show in your speech and your behavior will follow.

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November 18, 2009: 6:35 pm: Daily Scripture

Ezekiel 36:26-27
26 And I will give you a new heart with new and right desires, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony heart of sin and give you a new, obedient heart. 27 And I will put my Spirit in you so you will obey my laws and do whatever I command.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

We are released from sin’s domination over us when we commit ourselves fully to Christ, trusting completely in what He has done for us. Jesus had to become human so that He could die and rise again, in order to destroy Satan’s power over death. It had to be a man to take back what Satan had tricked us into giving up when man sinned against God. Only through death could Christ deliver us from the fear of death and set us free from the power of sin. Because Christ died for our sin, He is our high priest before God the Father and we need go through no other.  When we accept God’s Gift, we get a new heart with right desires. When we believe God, He fills us with His Spirit. God takes out your stony heart of sin and gives you a new, obedient heart. Colossians 3:9-10 tells us, “Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old evil nature and all its wicked deeds. 10 In its place you have clothed yourselves with a brand-new nature that is continually being renewed as you learn more and more about Christ, who created this new nature within you.” It is only the unbelieving heart that is harden and closes the fellowship with God.  Those who keep renewing their heart through learning more and more about Christ will do His will. The key thing to remember is that our brand-new nature is “continually being renewed as you learn more and more about Christ.” Keep your heart in obedience and believe the Word of God.  Stay in fellowship with Him by knowing his Word and talking to Him.

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November 17, 2009: 6:37 pm: Daily Scripture

2 Corinthians 9:3-5
3 We are human, but we don’t wage war with human plans and methods. 4 We use God’s mighty weapons, not mere worldly weapons, to knock down the Devil’s strongholds. 5 With these weapons we break down every proud argument that keeps people from knowing God. With these weapons we conquer their rebellious ideas, and we teach them to obey Christ.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The proud arguments and strongholds that Paul is talking about are within our minds.  They are the wrong teachings we have learned about God.  Parents and teachers have influenced what we think of God.  Right or wrong, everything we have learned about God is programmed in our minds.  Sometimes we need to be de-programmed.  If we see God as a judgmental disciplinary that is just waiting for us to do wrong so He can punish us, then we may have trouble accepting His unconditional love.  God has given us a clear picture of Himself and His love through Jesus Christ.  Our picture of Him is skewed by our past experiences and interaction with those in authority over us.  These are strongholds in our minds need to be torn down and replaced with the truth.  That is why Paul is telling us we cannot fight this with human weapons but must use spiritual weapons.  Ephesians 6:11 tells us, “Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies and tricks of the Devil.”  Satan will use these false perceptions of God in your mind to keep you from receiving all that God has intended for you.  We need to break these strongholds down with the truth of God.  The truth is in God’s Word.  Know His Word and you will know His truth and love.  And ask God to tear down these strongholds and fill your mind with His truth.

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November 16, 2009: 7:17 pm: Daily Scripture

1 Corinthians 5:9-13
9 When I wrote to you before, I told you not to associate with people who indulge in sexual sin. 10 But I wasn’t talking about unbelievers who indulge in sexual sin, or who are greedy or are swindlers or idol worshipers. You would have to leave this world to avoid people like that. 11 What I meant was that you are not to associate with anyone who claims to be a Christian yet indulges in sexual sin, or is greedy, or worships idols, or is abusive, or a drunkard, or a swindler. Don’t even eat with such people. 12 It isn’t my responsibility to judge outsiders, but it certainly is your job to judge those inside the church who are sinning in these ways. 13 God will judge those on the outside; but as the Scriptures say, “You must remove the evil person from among you.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

This scripture will become more important to the Church as we move ahead in this world.  We are seeing the move of homosexuality into the church.  Many church organizations today are stating that sex between a man and a man or a women and a woman is not sin.  To make their sin even more evil they are bringing it into the church and stating that they can be Christians and be homosexual.  This is blatant sin.  Scripture is very clear that any sex outside of man-woman marriage is sin.  Yes, you can read about all kinds of sexual sin in the Bible, but it is documented as sin and is never condoned by God and is always judged by Him. The Word of God is very clear about what sin is! 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 is very clear about homosexual sin, “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.” 

Those who pick and choose which parts of the Bible are from God and which parts are not are only fooling themselves and those they lead into their deception.  God will say to these, “Depart from Me, I never knew you!” A true believer of Jesus Christ will not agree to any sin in the Church, even if it is stated as law by our own country!.  There will be churches who will allow sin into their organizations but Christ will not be among them.  In Christ’ message to the church in Revelations 2:14-16, He stated that sexual sin would be allowed into the church by people not by God, and this is what He had to say to them, “14 And yet I have a few complaints against you. You tolerate some among you who are like Balaam, who showed Balak how to trip up the people of Israel. He taught them to worship idols by eating food offered to idols and by committing sexual sin. 15 In the same way, you have some Nicolaitans among you-people who follow the same teaching and commit the same sins. 16 Repent, or I will come to you suddenly and fight against them with the sword of my mouth.” 

Do not be fooled by the world, God not does now or ever will allow sex between two men or two woman, or between an unmarried man and woman. This type of sex is always sin and will be judged by Him.  Corinthians is very clear we cannot allow those who sin in such a way and say they belong to Christ to be a part of our church.  Those who are in Christ Jesus are to not even eat with them.  This does not mean we are to separate ourselves from them completely, but we are not to worship our God with them.  We are to respect all people regardless of their belief, but we do not agree with them regarding their sin and we do not worship with them.  If this is happening in your church, you have two choices; remove the sin or remove yourself from the church.  Don’t be fooled by sinners message of love and acceptance of all beliefs, this is not what the Bible teaches and is not of God. Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the way the truth and the life…” We are to love all people, and treat them with respect, but that does not mean we agree with them. We are to hate sin and not tolerate it or we may be infected by it.  Learn from the Israelites, they did not get rid of all the people who worshipped idols and paid dearly for it.  They lost their land and many lost their lives. Standing on the Word of God according to truth will not be popular and will eventually not be legal by our own countries laws, but do not be ignorant of God’s Word.  Those who stand on His truth will be few! 

Have a God Day! 

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