Archive for March, 2010

March 30, 2010: 5:13 pm: Daily Scripture

Philippians 1:20-25
20 For I live in eager expectation and hope that I will never do anything that causes me shame, but that I will always be bold for Christ, as I have been in the past, and that my life will always honor Christ, whether I live or I die. 21 For to me, living is for Christ, and dying is even better. 22 Yet if I live, that means fruitful service for Christ. I really don’t know which is better. 23 I’m torn between two desires: Sometimes I want to live, and sometimes I long to go and be with Christ. That would be far better for me, 24 but it is better for you that I live.  25 I am convinced of this, so I will continue with you so that you will grow and experience the joy of your faith.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The verdict is in!  The mortality rate is 100%, with no exceptions. The truth is we are all going to die. For the Christian to die is to gain.  We go to be with our Lord who died for us. Is this the attitude that you have about living and dying? Are you comforted that no matter what happens, you are in God’s hands?  For me, it is not the dying that worries me, it is the living.  What we do and how we do it from the time we are born until the day we die is the thing we need to understand.  How would you complete the statement, “For me to live is_________?” Could you be like Paul and state, “For me to live is Christ.’  Or are you living just to get and accumulate things?  What is your ultimate purpose for living? Once we know how to live and what we are living for, we can be prepared to die.  Not that we want death or look forward to it, but we are not afraid of it.  It is a place of peace, knowing that whatever our state we are with God.  If we are living, we are moving toward Him and if we die, we are with Him.  This is the place of true joy, knowing that we are held by our Father and He is our purpose.  What is your reason for living today? Take time to look at what the purpose of your life is.  If you are a child of Jesus Christ, then live for that purpose with an attitude of joy because of God within you.

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March 29, 2010: 4:57 pm: Daily Scripture

Philippians 1:12-19
12 And I want you to know, dear brothers and sisters, that everything that has happened to me here has helped to spread the Good News. 13 For everyone here, including all the soldiers in the palace guard, knows that I am in chains because of Christ. 14 And because of my imprisonment, many of the Christians here have gained confidence and become more bold in telling others about Christ. 15 Some are preaching out of jealousy and rivalry. But others preach about Christ with pure motives. 16 They preach because they love me, for they know the Lord brought me here to defend the Good News. 17 Those others do not have pure motives as they preach about Christ. They preach with selfish ambition, not sincerely, intending to make my chains more painful to me. 18 But whether or not their motives are pure, the fact remains that the message about Christ is being preached, so I rejoice. And I will continue to rejoice. 19 For I know that as you pray for me and as the Spirit of Jesus Christ helps me, this will all turn out for my deliverance.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Paul knew what his priority for life was and that is what he focused on while he was in prison.  He was looking at the purpose for his life and not on the circumstances. Because he understood that the priority was to reach the lost for Christ, he could be joyful. Paul put God first in every situation and God gave him peace. He was focused on what really mattered, he was looking at the eternal and not just the external. He was sharing Christ with those who did not know Him and he was encouraging other Christians to live boldly for Christ.  When you are faced with problems and trials, put God first and see what a difference it will make.  Proverbs 3:6 tells us, “In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your effort with success.”  Is there a need that wakes you up at night and keeps you up because you cannot see an answer?  Try putting God first, read His Word and believe it.  Then apply it to your need and keep on trusting that God will work all things out for your good according to His purpose.  Keep your focus on His promises and not on what you see and He will fill you with peace and show you the answer.

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March 26, 2010: 5:07 pm: Daily Scripture

1 Peter 1:17-21
17 And remember that the heavenly Father to whom you pray has no favorites when he judges. He will judge or reward you according to what you do. So you must live in reverent fear of him during your time as foreigners here on earth. 18 For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver. 19 He paid for you with the precious lifeblood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. 20 God chose him for this purpose long before the world began, but now in these final days, he was sent to the earth for all to see. And he did this for you.  21 Through Christ you have come to trust in God. And because God raised Christ from the dead and gave him great glory, your faith and hope can be placed confidently in God.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Because God is judge of all the earth, we dare not ignore Him or treat Him casually.  We should not assume our privileged status as children of God gives us freedom to do whatever we want.  Our fear is a healthy respect for the all-powerful God who could have just as well destroyed us all. But because of His love for us, He ransomed us with His Blood, and we are to be ever grateful to Him.  Christ’s sacrifice for our sins was not an after thought.  The plan was set in motion by the all-knowing God long before the world began.  What a comfort for those who love Him to know that He has always had and will always have everything under control.  We can confidently place our trust in Him, as we respect Him for who He is.

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March 25, 2010: 5:15 pm: Daily Scripture

Psalms 91:1-7
1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” 3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler And from the perilous pestilence. 4 He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. 5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day, 6 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. 7 A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

When we see ourselves as created beings and we see God as our creator, we can understand how He can protect us.  But before we know He can protect us, we have to know that He wants to and that He loves us enough to do so.  We must have faith in our mighty God to know that He has the ability and the concern to keep us from danger.  God is our refuse and He is our strength in times of trouble.  It is because of His love for us that God will protect us.  He keeps us safe from the evil that is around us. But God is not as interested in our comfort as much as He is interested in our growing relationship to Him.  His goal is to make us more like Christ, so the protection He gives is in keeping us close to Him.  Sometimes we want protection from the pain of life, but God’s main protection is in keeping us safe in Him. We put our trust in Him to protect our relationship with Him from all of the evil that would separate us from Him.  It is our trust in Him that keeps our relationship with Him safe regardless of our circumstances.  We believe that He cares for us and will keep His promises.  What fear are you facing today that you need to trust that God will keep you safe from?  Make Him your refuge and your shelter and He will keep you from the harm that Satan would have for you.

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March 24, 2010: 5:14 pm: Daily Scripture

Genesis 22:6-17
6 Abraham placed the wood for the burnt offering on Isaac’s shoulders, while he himself carried the knife and the fire. As the two of them went on together, 7 Isaac said, Father?  Yes, my son, Abraham replied. We have the wood and the fire, said the boy, but where is the lamb for the sacrifice? 8 God will provide a lamb, my son, Abraham answered. And they both went on together. 9 When they arrived at the place where God had told Abraham to go, he built an altar and placed the wood on it. Then he tied Isaac up and laid him on the altar over the wood. 10 And Abraham took the knife and lifted it up to kill his son as a sacrifice to the Lord. 11 At that moment the angel of the Lord shouted to him from heaven, Abraham! Abraham! Yes, he answered. I’m listening. 12 Lay down the knife, the angel said. Do not hurt the boy in any way, for now I know that you truly fear God. You have not withheld even your beloved son from me. 13 Then Abraham looked up and saw a ram caught by its horns in a bush. So he took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering on the altar in place of his son. 14 Abraham named the place The Lord Will Provide. This name has now become a proverb: On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided. 15 Then the angel of the Lord called again to Abraham from heaven, 16 This is what the Lord says: Because you have obeyed me and have not withheld even your beloved son, I swear by my own self that 17 I will bless you richly. I will multiply your descendants into countless millions, like the stars of the sky and the sand on the seashore. They will conquer their enemies, 18 and through your descendants, all the nations of the earth will be blessed all because you have obeyed me.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

God knew the plan for redemption even before it was needed. In this scripture, God is laying out the plan for Abraham. He is asked to sacrifice his son, his only son. This is the long awaited child of promise. God had promised Abraham to multiple his seed like the stars in the sky, but God wanted his complete obedience and asked Abraham to show his faith. In doing so, God showed all of us how He would redeem the world through the seed of this man. God gave His Son, His only Son for our sins. The plan is clear, God will provide the sacrifice needed to make us right with Him. Jehovah-jireh, means God will provide. Because of our sin, we could not do it ourselves but God provided. This promise was not just for the children of Abraham but for the entire world. All of the nations would be blessed through the obedience of Abraham. Jesus Christ came through the Jews but He came to redeem all of mankind, no matter what nationality or race. All can receive grace by being believing God, just as Abraham did over 6000 years ago.

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March 23, 2010: 5:31 pm: Daily Scripture

Psalm 103:11-18
11 For his unfailing love toward those who fear him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth.
12 He has removed our rebellious acts as far away from us as the east is from the west.
13 The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him.
14 For he understands how weak we are; he knows we are only dust.
15 Our days on earth are like grass; like wildflowers, we bloom and die.
16 The wind blows, and we are gone as though we had never been here.
17 But the love of the Lord remains forever with those who fear him. His salvation extends to the children’s children
18 of those who are faithful to his covenant, of those who obey his commandments!
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

East and west can never meet. This is a symbolic portrait of God’s forgiveness. When He forgives our sin, He separates it from us and doesn’t even remember it. We need never wallow in the past for God forgives and forgets. Do not let Satan dredge up your past by bringing old sin to your mind because it will prevent you from moving forward in your relationship with God. He doesn’t remember sin that has been forgiven and is under the blood of Jesus. You will never forget, but your mind is not the mind of God. And God has wiped the record clean. We are as clean as the driven snow and as righteous as Jesus Christ is righteous. Even though we cannot understand this, it is true. Don’t allow old sin to parade through your mind; it will only make you feel bad.  Satan would have you stay in the memory of your past failures to keep you ineffective for God. So live and act like the forgiven child of God that you are! Then move forward to do the work God have given you with the mind of Christ.

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March 22, 2010: 3:47 pm: Daily Scripture

Colossians 2:6-10
6 And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to live in obedience to him. 7 Let your roots grow down into him and draw up nourishment from him, so you will grow in faith, strong and vigorous in the truth you were taught. Let your lives overflow with thanksgiving for all he has done. 8 Don’t let anyone lead you astray with empty philosophy and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the evil powers of this world, and not from Christ. 9 For in Christ the fullness of God lives in a human body, 10 and you are complete through your union with Christ. He is the Lord over every ruler and authority in the universe.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Many Christians are slowed in their spiritual growth because of lack of wisdom. We should not let anyone lead us astray with false doctrine. But if we do not know God’s Word, we may be lead easily away from Christ. Be aware that there are many erroneous religious traditions that are contrary to Christ. Just because they have been done for thousands of years, doe not make them right in the eyes of God. We need to know the source, and test it to see if it contradicts scripture. Everything should be tested against the Word of God and if it does not line up with the Word, proceed with caution. We should be diligent in Bible study and practice scripture memorization and then meditate on the Word. This will let the Sprit of God penetrate your mind and fill you with His wisdom. Become a person of prayer. Reject and refuse any unrighteousness in your life. Once the Word is imbedded in your mind, you will have a better understanding of What Would Jesus Do. WWJD.

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March 19, 2010: 4:32 pm: Daily Scripture

Matthew 5:13-16
13 “You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it useful again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless. 14 You are the light of the world-like a city on a mountain, glowing in the night for all to see. 15 Don’t hide your light under a basket! Instead, put it on a stand and let it shine for all. 16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Luke 8:16-18
16 “No one would light a lamp and then cover it up or put it under a bed. No, lamps are mounted in the open, where they can be seen by those entering the house. 17 For everything that is hidden or secret will eventually be brought to light and made plain to all. 18 So be sure to pay attention to what you hear. To those who are open to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But to those who are not listening, even what they think they have will be taken away from them.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Jesus told us after He left, that we would be the light of the world, and that we would be the salt of the earth. We are Jesus Christ in the flesh to all of our world. When we tell others about our faith, they are seeing Christ in you. To fully understand how much God loves us is our mission. We are to do only what we saw Jesus doing and He did only what He saw the Father doing. We are to align our will with His and receive understanding from His Word. When we say, “Yes” to God, we will receive more of Him. We will receive more understanding of His Word, and more understanding of His love for us. When we are enveloped in His love, the world cannot harm us, we are safe in His arms and know, “That we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us!”

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March 18, 2010: 5:25 pm: Daily Scripture

Romans 8:31
31 What can we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32 Since God did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t God, who gave us Christ, also give us everything else? 33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? Will God? No! He is the one who has given us right standing with himself. 34 Who then will condemn us? Will Christ Jesus? No, for he is the one who died for us and was raised to life for us and is sitting at the place of highest honor next to God, pleading for us. 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.

The Word of God illuminated by the Holy Spirit is the only true means of transforming a human heart. Our minds are renewed by this transformation. The love of God penetrates every fiber of our being and we are transformed. While this transformation is a continual process, we continue on to the goal, because we know, “If God is for us, who can ever be against us?” There is no one to accuse us and there is not one thing that can separate us from God’s love. This is the scripture to use as a sword against the enemy when he comes at you with discouragement. Pick up your sword and fight. Speak this verse out loud and repeat it to yourself over and over until you feel the power of the Holy Spirit covering you with the love of God. Yes, you will need to keep it handy and use it a lot. Satan does not give up on us and will keep trying to tell you that God does not love you. But don’t believe his lies. He is the father of all lies. But you have the Light of the World living within you and Satan has no power over you. Period!

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March 17, 2010: 4:52 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 sin, we begin our race in this world toward the prize of heaven. Even though we are assured we gain the prize, the Devil tries to pull us off track and down his path of destruction. And we also have our own evil desires to deal with. It seems that everything around us would try and pull us away from the One true 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 we know God’s truth and we are tempted to put it aside and say this one does not apply to me in this situation, it will always lead to more pain and struggle for us. We need to trust that God will make a way of escape. 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 set aside everything that prevents us from running the race God has set before us. This includes sin that He has revealed in your life. Whenever you are tempted, it is always with sin. God will make a way. Trust Him with all of your heart, soul and mind!

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