Archive for February, 2010

February 26, 2010: 5:43 pm: Daily Scripture

John 14:13-14
13 You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, because the work of the Son brings glory to the rather. 14 Yes, ask anything in my name, and I will do it!
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

1 John 5:14-13
And we can be confident that he will listen to us whenever we ask him for anything in line with his will. 15 And if we know he is listening when we make our requests, we can be sure that he will give us what we ask for.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Philippians 4:6-7
6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

To pray in Jesus name does not mean that we add His Holy Name to our wish list. It simply means our prayers are consistent with what Jesus Himself would have prayed about in a particular situation. We are to pray for anything promised to us in the Word of God and then we know that God will hear us and answer our prayers. There are so many rich blessings for us in the Word. When we have a need, we are to be looking in the Word for direction on what God has already promised us for that need. And then we go before the Father and pray according to that promise. We remind God of what He has told us and of the blessings He has already given us. We thank Him for those blessings and know that He hears us. When we do this, we will have peace. Perfect peace that is not understood by the world around us. We can leave it in God’s hands and cast all our cares on Him, because we know that He cares for us. Practice putting yourself in an atmosphere that allows you to focus on Him and His Word. Talk to God as you would talk to a friend. There is nothing that He cannot do or enable you to do.

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February 25, 2010: 5:25 pm: Daily Scripture

Philippians 1:6
6 And I am sure that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on that day when Christ Jesus comes back again.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Philippians 2:13-16
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.

Colossians 1:9-10
9 So we have continued praying for you ever since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you a complete understanding of what he wants to do in your lives, and we ask him to make you wise with spiritual wisdom. 10 Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and you will continually do good, kind things for others. All the while, you will learn to know God better and better.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Just as God has a work for you to do, He is doing a work in you. He is working within you to make you into His image. And once this work is started, or once we offer our lives to Him for this work, He will be faithful to complete it. So one day, we will be like Him. Right now, we live in a world of darkness, but we are not of the darkness, we are of the Light and must allow ourselves to be used of God to shine in the darkness. That means we are all things to all people to win them to Christ. We stand above the darkness and shine with truth and love to all around us. On our own power this cannot be done, but remember He is working in you to make you like Him and with Him all things are possible.

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February 24, 2010: 5:51 pm: Daily Scripture

1 Corinthians 2:13-16
13 In telling you about these gifts we have even used the very words given to us by the Holy Spirit, not words that we as men might choose. So we use the Holy Spirit’s words to explain the Holy Spirit’s facts. 14 But the man who isn’t a Christian can’t understand and can’t accept these thoughts from God, which the Holy Spirit teaches us. They sound foolish to him because only those who have the Holy Spirit within them can understand what the Holy Spirit means. Others just can’t take it in. 15 But the spiritual man has insight into everything, and that bothers and baffles the man of the world, who can’t understand him at all. 16 How could he? For certainly he has never been one to know the Lord’s thoughts, or to discuss them with him, or to move the hands of God by prayer. But, strange as it seems, we Christians actually do have within us a portion of the very thoughts and mind of Christ.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

When Jesus Christ physically left this world, He sent a Comforter to us, the Holy Spirit. Without the Holy Spirit living within us, we cannot understand the Word of God. It is the Spirit that draws us to God and to His Grace. Those who do not have the Spirit think the Word is foolishness. They cannot understand. They have chosen to close theirs minds to God and have chosen self over Him who gives life. But, as a child of God, we have the very mind of Christ within us. He gives us words to say to those who are hurting or lost. He gives us the power to move the hands of God through prayer. We need to realize who we are in Christ. We need to come out and use the authority given to us and do the works set before us for Him. Do not be deceived, read the Word and bury it in your heart. When you are confused or have doubts, speak the Word, for you have the very mind of Christ within you.

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February 23, 2010: 5:28 pm: Daily Scripture

Zechariah 9:9-10
9 Rejoice greatly, O people of Zion! Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem! Look, your king is coming to you. He is righteous and victorious, yet he is humble, riding on a donkey-even on a donkey’s colt. 10 I will remove the battle chariots from Israel and the warhorses from Jerusalem, and I will destroy all the weapons used in battle. Your king will bring peace to the nations. His realm will stretch from sea to sea and from the Euphrates River to the ends of the earth.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

When we view two distant mountains, they appear to be close together, even touch each other.  But as we approach them, we can see that they far apart, even separated by a huge valley. This is the situation with many Old Testament prophecies.  Verse 9 was fulfilled when Christ rode into Jerusalem before His crucifixion. It was prophesied 500 years before it happen by Zechariah, but it is history for us today. Verse 10 refers to His second coming. And it is in the future for those of us today.  Just as this prophecy was fulfilled when Jesus came to the earth the first time, so the prophecies of His second coming are just as certain to come true.  We have the privilege of living in a time when we can see some prophecies have already come to pass.  So we should have faith that God will do what He said He would do.  Just as He came once to save us, He is coming again.  Acts 1:11 states, “They said, ‘Men of Galilee, why are you standing here staring at the sky? Jesus has been taken away from you into heaven. And someday, just as you saw him go, he will return!'” The Bible gives us a clear picture of what the future will hold.  Read and study His Word, know what God has promised.  Then trust Him that His Word is true and His peace will cover you.  Perfect peace will keep your strong as you live for Him.

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February 22, 2010: 5:34 pm: Daily Scripture

Zechariah 7:8-13
8 Then this message came to Zechariah from the Lord: 9 “This is what the Lord Almighty says: Judge fairly and honestly, and show mercy and kindness to one another. 10 Do not oppress widows, orphans, foreigners, and poor people. And do not make evil plans to harm each other. 11 “Your ancestors would not listen to this message. They turned stubbornly away and put their fingers in their ears to keep from hearing. 12 They made their hearts as hard as stone, so they could not hear the law or the messages that the Lord Almighty had sent them by his Spirit through the earlier prophets. That is why the Lord Almighty was so angry with them. 13 “Since they refused to listen when I called to them, I would not listen when they called to me, says the Lord Almighty.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Every time we sin, it gets easier to do it again.  Any sin seems more natural the second time, as we become hardened each repetition is easier.  Ignoring or refusing to listen to God hardens you each time you go against His will.  Just as it gets easier to sin, it gets easier to follow God when we walk according to His Word.  We decide which direction we will go and when we chose to walk in obedience to Him, His Spirit steps in and gives us strenght.But casual or occasional obedience, the results of a half-hearted or divided commitment, does not lead to the blessings God has promised. If we are looking to God for strength to serve Him or strength not to sin, His hands are tied if we only want the blessing and not do the obedience.  God will help us if we are committed to Him.  God’s Word tells us that an attitude of worship without a sincere desire to know and love Him will lead to ruin. What is your commitment to Him today? How long has it been since you spent time with Him in prayer or studied His Word?  Examine your life and see if it is easy to sin or if it easy to say no because God’s Word is in your heart.  Your actions will show where your commitment is.

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February 19, 2010: 5:42 pm: Daily Scripture

Matthew 5:3-12
3 God blesses those who realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is given to them. 4 God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5 God blesses those who are gentle and lowly, for the whole earth will belong to them. 6 God blesses those who are hungry and thirsty for justice, for they will receive it in full. 7 God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy. 8 God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God. 9 God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God. 10 God blesses those who are persecuted because they live for God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. 11  God blesses you when you are mocked and persecuted and lied about because you are my followers. 12 Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted, too.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gave to us God’s way of living in this sinful world. To live for God means giving up your own rights in order to serve others. This is always contrary to the what the world teaches. But Jesus was not of this world, He is from heaven and if we belong to Him, we are not of this world. We live in the world but we are not a part of it. The Beatitudes are a code of ethics for the followers of Christ and a standard of living for us. They contrast the Kingdom values with the values of this world. They teach us the real meaning of faith and they show how the Old Testament expectations can be fulfilled in the Kingdom of God. The Beatitudes do not promise pleasure or earthly prosperity but promise a blessing from God. To be blessed by God means to experience hope, joy and peace.  This is independent of our outward circumstances. No matter what is happening to us or around us, as a follower of Christ we can know joy, hope and peace. The direction given us by Christ still applies today, study the Beatitudes, know them by heart and then ask God to work them within you to show them to the world.

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February 18, 2010: 5:34 pm: Daily Scripture

1 Corinthians 15:21-28
21 So you see, just as death came into the world through a man, Adam, now the resurrection from the dead has begun through another man, Christ. 22 Everyone dies because all of us are related to Adam, the first man. But all who are related to Christ, the other man, will be given new life. 23 But there is an order to this resurrection: Christ was raised first; then when Christ comes back, all his people will be raised. 24 After that the end will come, when he will turn the Kingdom over to God the Father, having put down all enemies of every kind. 25 For Christ must reign until he humbles all his enemies beneath his feet. 26 And the last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27 For the Scriptures say, God has given him authority over all things. (Of course, when it says authority over all things, it does not include God himself, who gave Christ his authority.) 28 Then, when he has conquered all things, the Son will present himself to God, so that God, who gave his Son authority over all things, will be utterly supreme over everything everywhere.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The work of Christ, yet to come, is to defeat all evil on earth. First, He defeated sin and death on the cross, and in the end He will defeat Satan and all evil once and for all time. World events may seem out of control, and justice may seem to have vanished, but God is still in control. He is allowing evil to remain for a time until He can send Jesus to earth again. God is giving sinners time to come to Him out of love and not judgment. The end will come when God’s timing is ready and Satan will have no more authority to ruin the lives of the deceived. Christ will defeat him and present to God the Father a perfect world. Let the knowledge of the coming King give you peace in these times of uncertainty.  God is still on the throne!

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February 17, 2010: 5:48 pm: Daily Scripture

Matthew 14:15-21
15 That evening the disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and it is getting late. Send the crowds away so they can go to the villages and buy food for themselves.”  16 But Jesus replied, “That isn’t necessary you feed them.”  17 “Impossible!” they exclaimed. “We have only five loaves of bread and two fish!”  18 “Bring them here,” he said. 19 Then he told the people to sit down on the grass. And he took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and asked God’s blessing on the food. Breaking the loaves into pieces, he gave some of the bread and fish to each disciple, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate as much as they wanted, and they picked up twelve baskets of leftovers. 21 About five thousand men had eaten from those five loaves, in addition to all the women and children!
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL:Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

After Jesus feed over 5000 men and many more women and children, they wanted to make Him King. The crowds had been following Jesus and He was healing them and now He feeds them food. Many were there not because they believed He was the Son of God, but because He gave them provisions and healed them. They did not believe because of Who He was but because of what He did. Imagine today if every believer received everything they ever prayed for instantly. The lines to get into church would be so long, there would not be enough churches to hold them. Many would come not because of their love for God but because they could get what they wanted. God does not want us to come to Him because of what He can do for us; He wants our hearts because we love Him. This is the true test of our faith; will we continue to believe even in our pain and sorrow? Don’t let your unanswered pray turn you away from the love of Christ. He has a plan in mind for you and may use your bad circumstance to bring you to a greater place. Trust in Him and believe not because of what He can do for you but because you know of His love for you. Make your relationship with Jesus Christ the most important thing in your life even in your sickness or pain. It is your heart and love He wants because you know He first loved you.

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February 16, 2010: 5:31 pm: Daily Scripture

1 Peter 3:13-22
13 Now, who will want to harm you if you are eager to do good? 14 But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don’t be afraid and don’t worry. 15 Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if you are asked about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it. 16 But you must do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak evil against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ. 17 Remember, it is better to suffer for doing good, if that is what God wants, than to suffer for doing wrong! 18 Christ also suffered when he died for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners that he might bring us safely home to God. He suffered physical death, but he was raised to life in the Spirit. 19 So he went and preached to the spirits in prison 20 those who disobeyed God long ago when God waited patiently while Noah was building his boat. Only eight people were saved from drowning in that terrible flood. 21 And this is a picture of baptism, which now saves you by the power of Jesus Christ’s resurrection. Baptism is not a removal of dirt from your body; it is an appeal to God from a clean conscience. 22 Now Christ has gone to heaven. He is seated in the place of honor next to God, and all the angels and authorities and powers are bowing before him.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

As Christians, we should always be prepared to give an answer for our hope. Witnessing should always be done with gentleness and respect. Respect the other persons beliefs but always be prepared to explain why you believe the way you do. Never fear doing so, because this is your testimony. Explain the way you were and the way you are now because of Christ in you. Never argue and never force your beliefs onto someone else. But always be prepared to show kindness and respect for all people. Today it is more crucial than ever to know the Word to defend your relationship with Christ. People today focus on “religion” but not on Christ. Many are “spiritual” but do not have a relationship with Him. There are two kinds of people in the world; those who are going to heaven and those who are not. Knowing the way to be saved, does not save you, you must make it your own by believing and accepting the work of Christ. Do not let your knowledge of His love for this world go unstated. Be prepared through knowing the Word and prayer to explain why you are going to heaven.

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February 15, 2010: 6:31 pm: Daily Scripture

Psalms 1
1 Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with scoffers.
2 But they delight in doing everything the Lord wants; day and night they think about his law.
3 They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season without fail. Their leaves never wither, and in all they do, they prosper.
4 But this is not true of the wicked. They are like worthless chaff, scattered by the wind.
5 They will be condemned at the time of judgment. Sinners will have no place among the godly.
6 For the Lord watches over the path of the godly, but the path of the wicked leads to destruction.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL:Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Christianity is not a set of rules you follow to make you closer to God, it is based on a relationship with the Living God. Relationship always comes first and is most important. Once a relationship is developed with Christ, service will follow. Once we are in service to our God, then we also walk in obedience. The very essence of Christianity is relationship. Without relationship, you cannot know or understand the message of Christ to this world. Jesus Christ did not come to make us obey the law, He came to fulfill the law and thereby make us right with God. It takes faith to believe that salvation is free and does not require anything of us except to believe. But without faith, there is no relationship, there is no salvation. Once we are made right with God, service for Him is a result of that relationship. We want to obey Him because of His love for us. And once we have a relationship with God, He gives us the power and desire to live in obedience to Him. This is the key to true fulfillment and true joy and peace. Peace that can only come through knowing Christ Jesus.

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