Archive for February, 2010

February 12, 2010: 6:47 pm: Daily Scripture

Psalm 34:8-10
8 Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who trust in him! 9 Let the Lord’s people show him reverence, for those who honor him will have all they need. 10 Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry, but those who trust in the Lord will never lack any good thing.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Trusting God when nothing seems to happen is difficult. But is harder to live with the consequences of taking matters into your own hands. Resist the temptation to think that God has forgotten you. Have patience and courage to wait for God to act. It is easier to live in need of an answer than to live in regret of a bad decision.  Any decision to move outside of God’s will can lead to consequences that can last a life time.  Look what happen to Abraham when he and Sarah decided not to wait for the child God promised and took matters into their own hands.  Abraham had a child with Sarah’s hand servant and the world still suffers for the conflict between her children and the children of the promised child Isaac.  The Jews and the Moslems will never have peace until Jesus returns.  Wait for the good thing that God will do and do not lose faith while wafting for God to move.  The answer that God will bring is better than anything you can do on your own.

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February 11, 2010: 4:32 pm: Daily Scripture

1 Corinthians 12:1-11
And now, dear brothers and sisters, I will write about the special abilities the Holy Spirit gives to each of us, for I must correct your misunderstandings about them. 2 You know that when you were still pagans you were led astray and swept along in worshiping speechless idols. 3 So I want you to know how to discern what is truly from God: No one speaking by the Spirit of God can curse Jesus, and no one is able to say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.  4 Now there are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but it is the same Holy Spirit who is the source of them all. 5 There are different kinds of service in the church, but it is the same Lord we are serving. 6 There are different ways God works in our lives, but it is the same God who does the work through all of us. 7 A spiritual gift is given to each of us as a means of helping the entire church.  8 To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; to another he gives the gift of special knowledge. 9 The Spirit gives special faith to another, and to someone else he gives the power to heal the sick. 10 He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and to another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to know whether it is really the Spirit of God or another spirit that is speaking. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, and another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. 11 It is the one and only Holy Spirit who distributes these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

As we draw closer to the end of this age, Christians will need to keep focused on the work set before us. There is a lot of emphasis on world religions and not all religions lead to God. There will be more and more pressure to be inclusive and to not say Christ is the only Way. It will become more and more politically correct to say everyone’s choice leads to the same God. After all don’t we all serve the same God? The answer is no! Outside of Jesus Christ, you have no relationship with God. We know Jesus was the Son of God and without sin and that He died in our place for our sins. Outside of this, there is no relationship with God. And it is only through the Spirit of God that anyone comes to know or say this. The evidence of our salvation is the presence of God within us and the gifts that He has given us through the Holy Spirit. Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” The test will come for all of us in the near future. Will you be able to take a stand and say what Christ stated to us in John 14?  When the time comes, the Holy Spirit will give you the power that you will need. Remember the Words of Christ in Luke 12: “But if anyone denies me here on earth, I will deny that person before Gods angels.” So use the gifts that God has given you and stand for Jesus Christ in these last days regardless of what the world is saying!

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February 10, 2010: 5:46 pm: Daily Scripture

Jonah 3:1-5
Then the Lord spoke to Jonah a second time: 2 “Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh, and deliver the message of judgment I have given you.” 3 This time Jonah obeyed the Lord’s command and went to Nineveh, a city so large that it took three days to see it all. 4 On the day Jonah entered the city, he shouted to the crowds: “Forty days from now Nineveh will be destroyed!” 5 The people of Nineveh believed God’s message, and from the greatest to the least, they decided to go without food and wear sackcloth to show their sorrow.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Jonah had run away from God but was given a second chance to participate in God’s work.  God sent him to Nineveh to do His work, not Jonah’s. After being in the belly of a fish for 3 days Jonah finally repented of disobeying God and did what God had instructed.  You may feel disqualified from serving God because of past mistakes.  Or you may feel unworthy to do God’s work because you are not perfect.  But serving God is not an earned position. No one qualifies for God’s service, but God still asks us to carry out His work and do His will. The Word of God is for everyone and those who call Him Lord are all called to obey Him.  Obedience means doing His will and doing His will means doing His work. His work is telling others about the salvation of Christ and building each other up to maturity in Christ.  God wants your obedience out of a heart that loves Him.  He does not want to condemn you. Romans 8:1 states, “So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.” So move forward in obedience to Him and get to know Him more and you will hear His voice directing you to action. If we obey God, He will lead us. No one is exempt from His work, no matter how unqualified you feel.  Your feelings have nothing to do with it.  It is your act of obedience that God will use to do His work. 
 
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February 9, 2010: 6:09 pm: Daily Scripture

Philippians 2:12-18
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. 17 But even if my life is to be poured out like a drink offering to complete the sacrifice of your faithful service (that is, if I am to die for you), I will rejoice, and I want to share my joy with all of you. 18 And you should be happy about this and rejoice with me.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Paul is talking about working out their problems which they had in the church and working out the problems in their own Christian lives. He is not there to help them and is not sure that he ever will be there again because he is in a Roman prison. So he tells them to work out their own salvation. Paul instructs them and us that God works out that which He had worked in. If God has saved you, He has saved you by faith plus nothing. Your spirit is in perfect communion with God.  He will never accept any kind of good works for salvation. But after you are saved, God talks to you about your works. This is the actions of your soul  which is your mind, your emotions and your will. The salvation that He worked in you by faith is a salvation He will also work through you by sanctifying your soul. You are saved for good works for the Kingdom of God. God puts the desire in you and your mind thinks His thoughts and you will to do His will and your emotions are surrendered to Him. When you stand before Jesus, He will not ask about your sin, it has been covered by His Blood, but He will ask you what did with the gifts He gave you.  Did you surrender your soul to Him? Did you become Christ through your thoughts, will and emotions?

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February 8, 2010: 5:36 pm: Daily Scripture

Romans 15:1-6
We may know that these things make no difference, but we cannot just go ahead and do them to please ourselves. We must be considerate of the doubts and fears of those who think these things are wrong. 2 We should please others. If we do what helps them, we will build them up in the Lord. 3 For even Christ didn’t please himself. As the Scriptures say, Those who insult you are also insulting me. 4 Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. They give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises. 5 May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other each with the attitude of Christ Jesus toward the other. 6 Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Waiting patiently for the promises of God to come to pass, can be very difficult for our little pea brains to comprehend.  As humans, we have a difficult time seeing beyond our own hand. And many today do not even try. There are so many adults who just satisfy their wants and desires as quick as they can. They think only of themselves and do not give a thought to any one else around them. For many today it is difficult to understand that being an adult means doing the things we do not like to do and doing them cheerfully! But even the most mature person has a difficult time with patience. And patience is always hardest when we need it most, but it is key to achieving our goals. Only through God can we shine through with patience when we need it. It is by the power of the Holy Spirit that we bring our needs before Christ and trust that He will meet them. This knowledge is what gives us patience to overcome our need. It is by His strength and His power we mature and reach our goals.  Remember to put your trust in Him first when you find yourself in need of a little patience.

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February 5, 2010: 6:29 pm: Daily Scripture

1 Peter 1:3-7
3 All honor to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, for it is by his boundless mercy that God has given us the privilege of being born again. Now we live with a wonderful expectation because Jesus Christ rose again from the dead. 4 For God has reserved a priceless inheritance for his children. It is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. 5 And God, in his mighty power, will protect you until you receive this salvation, because you are trusting him. It will be revealed on the last day for all to see. 6 So be truly glad! There is wonderful joy ahead, even though it is necessary for you to endure many trials for a while. 7 These trials are only to test your faith, to show that it is strong and pure. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold and your faith is far more precious to God than mere gold. So if your faith remains strong after being tried by fiery trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

You and I have a living hope, a hope that rests upon the fact of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. And since Christ was raised from the dead by the Spirit of God, so will those who believe Him. Christ has reserved for us an inheritance not on earth but an inheritance in heaven. That inheritance is imperishable, indestructible, and no enemy can take it away from us. Our inheritance is being reserved in heaven meaning it is being guarded. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are taking care of it for us. We couldn’t have it in a better safety deposit box than that!  Therefore, with our treasure under guard in heaven, we can concentrate on His work down here. We should stop trying to improve our old nature through the power of our flesh and concentrate on the work set before us. Even through there will be trials in this life, we need to keep moving forward with His plan and His purpose. Knowing that in that day, all will be revealed and what we have done for Christ and in His name will be the only thing that will really matter.  The work done for His purpose is the only thing we can bring with us when we leave this world and it will be our treasure in heaven.

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February 4, 2010: 5:49 pm: Daily Scripture

Philippians 3:7-11
7 I once thought all these things were so very important, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. 8 Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the priceless gain of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I may have Christ 9 and become one with him. I no longer count on my own goodness or my ability to obey God’s law, but I trust Christ to save me. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith. 10 As a result, I can really know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I can learn what it means to suffer with him, sharing in his death, 11 so that, somehow, I can experience the resurrection from the dead!
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Paul, at the end of his life, still had the ambition to know Christ. Today some Christians give the impression that they have complete knowledge and they only need to polish their halo every morning and are ready to take off at any moment. Yet Paul, the greatest missionary the world has ever seen, said at the end of his life, “My ambition is still to know Christ his person and the power of his resurrection.” If Paul felt this way, then how much more should we? As long as we live in this world, there will be more to know about Christ and His love. We never will “arrive” this side of heaven. That means, we never stop working at becoming more like Him. We never stop working for Him. Any Christian who sits back and does nothing for God, does not understand the power of the Spirit living in them.  We are not saved by works but we are saved for works. Never stop growing in your relationship with Christ and the work you do for Him will never stop. It will be a motivation for you to live for God. May those who know the love of Christ never stop growing in Him more and may they never stop serving Him.

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February 3, 2010: 6:47 pm: Daily Scripture

Job 1:6-12
6 One day the angels came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan the Accuser came with them. 7 Where have you come from? the Lord asked Satan. And Satan answered the Lord, I have been going back and forth across the earth, watching everything that’s going on. 8 Then the Lord asked Satan, Have you noticed my servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth a man of complete integrity. He fears God and will have nothing to do with evil. 9 Satan replied to the Lord, Yes, Job fears God, but not without good reason! 10 You have always protected him and his home and his property from harm. You have made him prosperous in everything he does. Look how rich he is! 11 But take away everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face! 12 All right, you may test him, the Lord said to Satan. Do whatever you want with everything he possesses, but don’t harm him physically. So Satan left the Lord’s presence.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

This earth is the domain of Satan. He states that he has been going up and down, east, west, north, and south on this earth. Remember that Scripture calls him the god of this world (2 Cor. 4:4) and the prince of the power of the air (Eph. 2:2). So we know that he has great access and freedom on this earth today. We are warned by Peter to, “be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8). This is a warning, and this is exactly what we are told in the Book of Job. Satan himself said that he has the freedom to go up and down this earth. When Satan tempted the Lord Jesus he offered to Him the kingdoms of this earth. The Lord Jesus never said, “You don’t have them to offer.” He simply refused the temptation. Apparently those kingdoms were accessible to Satan, and he has that kind of freedom. When you look at this earth today, it does look like Satan is running things. But God is overruling all things for His purpose and He has given Satan only limited freedom. We are told that the world in which you and I live is controlled by Satan. But we are also told we can overcome him by the blood of the Lamb. We may have to live in a sinful world, but we do not have to be sinful.  But Satan is a defeated enemy, through the power of Jesus Christ who lives in you; you can live a righteous life. Remember who you really belong to and that as a Christian you are not part of this world, you only live in it. God is ultimately in control and Satan only has limited power and soon that will be taken away. So, live in the power of the One who died for you and not in fear of the god of this world.

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February 2, 2010: 5:48 pm: Daily Scripture

John 9:1-5
9 As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth. 2 “Teacher,” his disciples asked him, “why was this man born blind? Was it a result of his own sins or those of his parents?” 3 “It was not because of his sins or his parents’ sins,” Jesus answered. “He was born blind so the power of God could be seen in him. 4 All of us must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent me, because there is little time left before the night falls and all work comes to an end. 5 But while I am still here in the world, I am the light of the world.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Did you know you have an assignment from God the Father? There are specific things He has set for you to accomplish in your lifetime. Do you know what they are? Have you ever thought about it before? Jesus stated that all of us must quickly carry out the tasks assigned to us by the One who sent Him. When we stand before Him at the Bema seat (from the Greek: bema, ‘step”) of Christ we will be judged on the tasks set before us. This judgment is not about sin, for everyone at this judgment will be redeemed and the Blood of Christ will cover all sin. But we will stand before Him and He will review all of the talents we were given and how we used them to further the work of Christ. The most important thing will be the examination of the heart. For whom did you do the things you did. Was it out of love for Christ or out of love for self. Yes, Christians can do very good things for themselves while looking like they are being done in the name of Christ. Go before the Father and ask for wisdom, He will not deny you. He will show you the work set before you, it is where your heart directs. Ask Him for wisdom and power to do it in His Name and for His Glory and your work will not be burned up at the bema seat of Christ, but will go through the fire as pure as gold.

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February 1, 2010: 5:40 pm: Daily Scripture

Hebrews 12:1-4
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily hinders our progress. And let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us. 2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from start to finish. He was willing to die a shameful death on the cross because of the joy he knew would be his afterward. Now he is seated in the place of highest honor beside God’s throne in heaven. 3 Think about all he endured when sinful people did such terrible things to him, so that you don’t become weary and give up. 4 After all, you have not yet given your lives in your struggle against sin.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

When we accept Christ as Lord and Savior, believing that He died for our sins, we begin our process of sanctification to become like Christ. We are guaranteed the prize of heaven, no matter how well we do, just because we believe God. But as we live in this world and work toward our goal of becoming like Christ, everything around us is trying to pull us back into sin. Besides the Devil trying to pull us off track and down his path of destruction, we have our own evil desires to contend with. Our own sinful nature wants to pull us away from the One source of Truth.  Sometimes we fail, sometimes we trip and fall, but the key is getting back up and to keep on moving down the path that God has set before us. Sometimes, God will show us very clearly when we are being tempted and pulled from His Truth. When the Holy Spirit reveals to us that it is temptation and we ignore the prompting, it always leads us to more pain and struggle than was necessary. We need to trust that God will make a way of escape for us. As stated in 1 Corinthians 10:13, “But remember that the temptations that come into your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will keep the temptation from becoming so strong that you can’t stand up against it.” When you are tempted, He will show you a way out so that you will not give in to it.” We must strip aside everything that prevents us from running the race God has set before us. This includes the sin that has been reveled to us. Whenever we are tempted, it is always with sin. God will make a way. Trust Him with all of your heart, soul, and mind to lead you to His righteousness.

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