Archive for March, 2010

March 16, 2010: 4:43 pm: Daily Scripture

1 John 5:18-21
18 We know that those who have become part of God’s family do not make a practice of sinning, for God’s Son holds them securely, and the evil one cannot get his hands on them. 19 We know that we are children of God and that the world around us is under the power and control of the evil one. 20 And we know that the Son of God has come, and he has given us understanding so that we can know the true God. And now we are in God because we are in his Son, Jesus Christ. He is the only true God, and he is eternal life. 21 Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

John presents a clear picture of Christ. What we think about Jesus Christ is central to our teaching, preaching, and living. Jesus is the God-man, fully God and fully human at the same time. He came to earth to die in our place for our sins.  Through faith in Him, we are given eternal life and the power to do His will.  What is your answer to the most important question you be could ever ask: Who is Jesus Christ?  Your answer will determine where you spend eternity.  It will determine how you live in this world.  Your answer will speak about what you are really made of and who you really are.  Are you Christ’s or are you of this world?

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March 15, 2010: 5:49 pm: Daily Scripture

Proverbs 3:24-26
When you lie down, you will not be afraid; Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet. Do not be afraid of sudden terror, Nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes; For the LORD will be your confidence, And will keep your foot from being caught.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

1 John 5:14-15
14 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

The word confidence comes from two words: con, which means “with,” and faido, which means “faith.” The word confidence means living with faith. So when we live with confidence, it allows us to take advantage of opportunities and live an effective Christian life. Faith is important for successful Christian living. So how do we keep “running the race” and live with confidence when Satan is coming after us like a roaring lion? How do we press on and become the person Christ knows we can be in His power? First we trust the Word of God. Even though we don’t “feel” it, we believe with our heads, because He is our God. We repeat the Word over and over in our minds and repeat it out loud especially when we are discouraged or face difficult circumstances. And we never quit! It’s not who starts the race, but who finishes. So keep on believing, keep on reading, and keep on talking to God. Endure to the end. The answer to your prayer is just around the corner, don’t give up! Stop making excuses. “I’m too busy”, I’m too tired, and I don’t ‘feeeeel’ like it!” Everything around you will try and prevent you from moving forward for God, everything in this world is against you growing more spiritually sound, but remember 1 John 4:4, “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” You can have confidence in Him!

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March 12, 2010: 12:21 am: Daily Scripture

Timothy 4:1-5
1 And so I solemnly urge you before God and before Christ Jesus-who will someday judge the living and the dead when he appears to set up his Kingdom: 2 Preach the word of God. Be persistent, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching. 3 For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to right teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever they want to hear. 4 They will reject the truth and follow strange myths. 5 But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at bringing others to Christ. Complete the ministry God has given you
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

If we only did what we feel like doing, some of us would never do anything. The proof that we are rightly connected to Him is that we do His best whether we feel like doing it or not. None of us has any responsibility to work for our Lord, our responsibility is to stay constantly connected to Him. Once we are connected to Him, we see Him working all around us. All we need to do is join Him. When the coworker comes to you with a need or you find yourself always the one friends call for help, God is showing you where He is working and all you need to do is join in and help Him. We do this by being an example, by prayer and by telling others of His love. Not always easy to do, but with the Holy Spirit working through us, we move forward on His power and not ours. Be persistent, be patient, be encouraging but be something!

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March 11, 2010: 12:16 am: Daily Scripture

Hebrews 13:8, &21-22
8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
20-21 And now, may the God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, all that is pleasing to him. Jesus is the great Shepherd of the sheep by an everlasting covenant, signed with his blood. To him be glory forever and ever. Amen.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

James 5:14-16
14 Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And their prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make them well. And anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven. 16 Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

What is the miracle you need today? Most of us are in need of a miracle from time to time. Jesus healed the blind, the lame and the lepers. He raised a dead boy back to life and called Lazarus from his tomb. Jesus feed 5000 people with one loaf of bread and a few small fishes. If Jesus truly is the same today as He was yesterday, then why are we not seeing more miracles today? Part of the problem is our unbelief. We do not pick up what we have been equipped with by God our Father. The power of the Word buried in our hearts and minds will produce a faith beyond human comprehension. If you are in need of healing today, pick up your sword provided for you in James and go before the elders of the church and be prayed over and anointed with oil. If you have done all of this then sit back and trust God for what He has for you in this world. Give it completely over to Him for His will to be done, believe that He can heal you completely, but trust Him without wavering. And keep in mind what is waiting for all who trust in the saving Grace of Jesus Christ as stated in Hebrews 13:14, “For this world is not our home; we are looking forward to our city in heaven, which is yet to come.”

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March 10, 2010: 12:12 am: Daily Scripture

Philippians 1:20-24
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.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Because Jesus Christ went to Hell and took the keys of Death and Hades from Satan, we no longer have to fear death. It has no victory over us. For the Christian to die is to be with Christ and to live is service for Christ. Are you like Paul and torn between which of the two is better? No, we do not want to leave our family and friends. I do not want to leave until the work set before me for Christ is completed. But there is no fear because I know Who holds tomorrow and I know Who holds my future and my trust is in Him completely. What greater peace, what greater joy can we experience here on this earth? Do not let the enemy hold this fear over you, he is trying to discourage you and pull you away from God. He will try and fill your heart and mind with fear of sickness or fear of death, but remember Who holds the keys and put your trust in Him. We will all eventually get sick and die or die by some other means.  No one will live forever in these human bodies.  But remember when we do get sick or even if we die, we are safe in His arms. Do not fear sickness and death.  If you belong to Christ Jesus, He will be with you through anything you have to face and His love will carry through.

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March 9, 2010: 12:06 am: Daily Scripture

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

Is there sin in your life that you continually battle over and over? Are there things that are not of God in your life that you have felt a complete loss of control over? Do you continue in sin even though you know this is not what God would have you do? Then you are in a spiritual battle and Satan has set up a stronghold in your mind. The source of all spiritual battles find their root in your mind. You have Satan’s way of thinking and not God’s, he has set up a stronghold and has divided off or separated God’s Word and set up his lies in your mind concerning this issue. A stronghold is a mind set that holds you hostage and you believe you are powerless to over come this area of sin in your life. So you say, “I can’t quit smoking, I can’t help it, I drink too much. I can’t, I can’t, it will never happen, I will always be this waya”.  Anytime you hear these words out of your mouth or in your mind, you are dealing with a stronghold Satan has set up in your mind. When you say you can’t, Satan has made a home in your mind. You need a new way of thinking. You need to recognize what thoughts are of God and what thoughts are not. Paul is telling us to take every thought captive. Remember, you are dealing with principalities and not flesh. This means they are not human, they are fallen angels. When you recognize a stronghold in your life, take power over it. Christ gave you the power with His victory on the cross and He has transferred this power to you. But Satan will keep your powerless by not recognizing your position in Christ. It is not our power, but the power of Christ in us. Recognize the stronghold, and take power over it in the name of Jesus Christ.

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March 8, 2010: 12:04 am: Daily Scripture

Acts 16:22-34
22 A mob quickly formed against Paul and Silas, and the city officials ordered them stripped and beaten with wooden rods. 23 They were severely beaten, and then they were thrown into prison. The jailer was ordered to make sure they didn’t escape. 24 So he took no chances but put them into the inner dungeon and clamped their feet in the stocks. 25 Around midnight, Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening. 26 Suddenly, there was a great earthquake, and the prison was shaken to its foundations. All the doors flew open, and the chains of every prisoner fell off! 27 The jailer woke up to see the prison doors wide open. He assumed the prisoners had escaped, so he drew his sword to kill himself. 28 But Paul shouted to him, “Don’t do it! We are all here!” 29 Trembling with fear, the jailer called for lights and ran to the dungeon and fell down before Paul and Silas. 30 He brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31 They replied, “Believe on the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, along with your entire household.” 32 Then they shared the word of the Lord with him and all who lived in his household. 33 That same hour the jailer washed their wounds, and he and everyone in his household were immediately baptized. 34 Then he brought them into his house and set a meal before them. He and his entire household rejoiced because they all believed in God.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL:Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Paul and Silas were beaten and put in prison for preaching salvation through Jesus Christ and yet they could sing praises to their God. God worked a miracle and their chains fell off and the jailer and his family were saved. Do you feel like Paul; are you in a dark place today? If you need the power of God to come into your mind to release the chains that bind, sing out in praise to Him. Not because of the difficulty you are in, not because life is hard, but because He is still the God of the universe and He loves and cares for you. It is not about you, it is always about Him. As long as we live in this world, there will be problems and difficulties, always, but we know that our hope lies with Him and in Him and we look beyond our problems and look to Him for our peace. Ephesians 1:6-8 tells us, “So we praise God for the wonderful kindness He has poured out on us because we belong to His dearly loved Son. He is so rich in kindness that He purchased our freedom through the blood of His Son, and our sins are forgiven. He has showered His kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.” Keep your focus on Him and He will see you through any difficulty that comes your way. Praise Him!

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March 5, 2010: 7:23 pm: Daily Scripture

Ephesians 6:10-18
10 A final word: Be strong with the Lord’s mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies and tricks of the Devil. 12 For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against those mighty powers of darkness who rule this world, and against wicked spirits in the heavenly realms. 13 Use every piece of God’s armor to resist the enemy in the time of evil, so that after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14 Stand your ground, putting on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that you will be fully prepared. 16 In every battle you will need faith as your shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed at you by Satan. 17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 Pray at all times and on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all Christians everywhere.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL:Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

We are all in a battle even though Christ has already defeated Satan and holds the keys to Death and Hades. Satan still has some control in this world of sin. There is still sickness, death, crime, war and today we are witnessing open blatant sin of all kinds. Some of it is legal and condoned by our government. But be sure God will judge all sin not covered by the Blood of His precious Son. But the fact is while we are in this world; we are in a fight and need to be prepared to battle. Christ wants us to engage and to be alert and knowledgeable about what we can do. A baby chick coming out of its egg will struggle sometimes for hours as it pecks and pecks to break out. If you help it come out by breaking the shell for the chick, he will not be strong enough to live and will die. He is strengthened by the struggle. We are like that chick and as we struggle to live in this world, we become stronger if we use every piece of God’s armor to resist the enemy in these evil times. Christ did not remove us from the battle, but did tell us how to fight. Prepare to fight by using the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Word. Pray for power from the Holy Spirit. You will be surprised at the victory that is your, if you just take it.

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March 4, 2010: 6:35 pm: Daily Scripture

Proverbs 3:1-10
1 My son, do not forget my law, but let your heart keep my commands; 2 For length of days and long life and peace they will add to you. 3 Let not mercy and truth forsake you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart, 4 And so find favor and high esteem in the sight of God and man. 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil. 8 It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones. 9 Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the first fruits of all your increase; 10 So your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

Are you looking for prosperity, health or direction for your life? Most of us are looking for something for God to do in our lives. Proverbs tells us how to accomplish our desires.Written 3000 years ago by Solomon, Proverbs still holds true today. Many Christians have not even read the Old Testament, but the truth of God written so many years ago is still relevant to how you live your life today. If you want peace, do not forget the laws of God, keep mercy and truth in your heart and you will be esteemed by man and God. Are you looking for direction for a specific issue, and then acknowledge God in that issue and He will direct you to the correct path. This will be according to His will and may not always be the direction you first thought about. But when we are in God’s will, we always find peace, security, and joy. When we honor God with the first part of our income, we will have all we need, always. Health, joy, direction, prosperity are promised by our Father, do not let the enemy take them from you. Read the Word and claim the promises of God your Father.

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March 3, 2010: 6:13 pm: Daily Scripture

Matthew 14:13-21
13 As soon as Jesus heard the news, he went off by himself in a boat to a remote area to be alone. But the crowds heard where he was headed and followed by land from many villages. 14 A vast crowd was there as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick. 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.

We often feel that our contribution to Jesus is meager. We feel that we have nothing to offer or what we do have is not big enough. We compare what we have to give with what others are giving and feel we do not measure up. So, what we feel what we have is not good enough to give. But Christ sees things differently. The talents and skills we have are exactly what He has given to us and when we say they are not good enough, we are saying that God did not do it right. We are not to judge what God will do with what we offer in service to Him. He will take whatever it is and use it for His good. He will multiple it to His purpose. Just because we cannot see the end result is no excuse for not offering what we have for His purpose. He will multiple our talents and gifts when we bring them to Him for use. So do not hold back from serving the body of Christ just because what you have is small or does not seem important to you. Let Christ decide what to do with your offering and you believe Him and step out in faith. Believe that He gave you the offering in the first place and give it back to Him.

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