Archive for April, 2010

April 30, 2010: 5:35 pm: Daily Scripture

Hebrews 4:12-16
12 For the word of God is full of living power. It is sharper than the sharpest knife, cutting deep into our innermost thoughts and desires. It exposes us for what we realty are. 13 Nothing in an creation can hide from him. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes. This is the God to whom we must explain all that we have done. 14 That is why we have a great High Priest who has gone to heaven, Jesus the Son of God. Let us cling to him and never stop trusting him. 15 This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same temptations we do, yet he did not sin. 16 So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The Word of God is living and sharper than a two-edged sword. This means it can cut through a heart faster and quicker than our words. When dealing with the unsaved, we must use the Word of God like the tool it was meant to be. It is living because once spoken and heard, it will accomplish the purpose it was set out to do. God’s Word is true and He gave us these Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth.(BIBLE)

But how do we receive grace, God’s unmerited favor when we are not righteous? God cannot go against His own Word and cannot come to us when we are not righteous, so how do we receive His grace? And can we ever become righteous on our own? The Bible tells us that no one is righteous, all have gone their own way to sin. There is nothing we have done, said or thought that we can hide from God. And one Day we will stand before Christ and explain it to Him. That is why we must go to Christ and confess our sins and He will be faithful and forgive us. We can then approach the throne of God boldly being completely righteous, because the Blood of Christ covers us. When God looks at us, He will see us through the righteousness of Christ, because we have accepted Him and made Him Lord of our lives.

Because Christ knows what it means to be tempted, He will provide a way out for us when we are tempted.  He was tempted in every way just as we are, and yet Christ did not sin. If you do not have the honor of coming before the throne of God today, get on your knees and acknowledge Him as Lord, confess you sins before Christ and He will set you free from the power of sin and death and make you His child with all of the rights and privileges that it encompasses. But you have to do it, you have to come to Him and bend a knee, confess that you were lost and needed the grace that Christ died to give you. Do it today, do it now!

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April 29, 2010: 5:28 pm: Daily Scripture

Psalm 93
1  The Lord is king! He is robed in majesty. Indeed, the Lord is robed in majesty and armed with strength.The world is firmly
     established ;it cannot be shaken.
2  Your throne, O Lord, has been established from time immemorial. You yourself are from the everlasting past.
3   The mighty oceans have roared, O Lord. The mighty oceans roar like thunder; the mighty oceans roar as they pound the shore.
4   But mightier than the violent raging of the seas, mightier than the breakers on the shore–the Lord above is mightier than these!
5   Your royal decrees cannot be changed. The nature of your reign, O Lord, is holiness forever.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

These Psalms are written by David, who is testifying that God’s laws or Word are irrevocable.  They are completely reliable and will not fail. Hebrews also states the same thing in Hebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” God rules over all of His creation according to His Word. And His Word is His constitution, and contains all of His legal degrees, by which He rules righteously.  Everything in existence is judged by His unchanging Word.  So if we know His Word, we know Him and how He operates in this world He created.  If we know His Word, we know He hears and answers prayer. So we can come bodily before Him and make our requests known to Him by reminding Him of past answers He has already given according to His Word.  So when your need seems impossible or when you are discouraged with sickness, financial problems or family fears–go boldly before the throne of God. Remind God of His Word and His past answers to prayer. Read and study His Word and know that according to His Word He will hear and answer your need. If God has declared it to be true, you can believe and stand on it.  You can rely on Him to hear you and meet your need according to His Word.

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April 28, 2010: 5:22 pm: Daily Scripture

John 14:21-29
21 “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” 22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, “Lord, how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?” 23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. 24 “He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me. 25 “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. 26 “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. 27 “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. 28 “You have heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away and coming back to you.’ If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, ‘I am going to the Father,’ for My Father is greater than I. 29 “And now I have told you before it comes, that when it does come to pass, you may believe.”
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

Jesus said that His followers show their love for Him by obeying Him.  Love is more than words; it is commitment and conduct.  If you love Christ, then prove it by walking in obedience to His Word.  When we know Him, we love Him. And when we love Him, we walk in obedience to Him.  When we walk in obedience to Him, we know His peace.  The Holy Spirit gives us perfect peace when we love Him. Unlike worldly peace, which is usually defined as the absence of conflict, this peace is confident assurance in any circumstance. The peace given to us from God is not dependent on the circumstances of our life, but is present in any circumstance we may face.  And this peace cannot be taken away from us, no matter what may happen.  Our peace is in Christ not in what is happening in our lives, or to our bodies, or to our loved ones.  It is a peace that covers our very souls with assurance that God is in control and that He will work all things out for our good because we love Him.  And when we love Him, we obey Him.  It all comes back to how we show Him we love Him.  Show Christ that you love Him by knowing His Word and doing His Word.  Take the time to love Christ to someone you know today by being His hand extended with acts of kindness and love that can only come from our Savior.

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April 27, 2010: 4:38 pm: Daily Scripture

Hebrews 10:22-25
23 Without wavering, let us hold tightly to the hope we say we have, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. 24 Think of ways to encourage one another to outbursts of love and good deeds. 25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage and warn each other, especially now that the day of his coming back again is drawing near.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Do you ever have one of those times in your life that hope is the last thing you have?  Do you find yourself coming up short of the thing you need the most in times of difficulty?  Then you are not alone and neither was the early church the author was writing to.  Sometimes we think our hope is based on our ability to maintain it, but it is exactly the opposite.  Our hope is not based on our ability or our action.  It is based on Him Who is faithful. Most of the time we come up short of what we need to get us through, but He never comes up short.  He is always there to give us what we need, when we need it.  And He never gives us more than we need to get us through the next problem.  It is always just exactly what we need for the time.  When you find it is difficult to hope, look at what your focus is.  Is it the problem or is it God?  If you are constantly looking at the problem, you will stay in the problem.  Satan would like nothing more than to keep you always in the problem.  But God has the answer and He has the way. Hebrews 10:22 says, “…let us go right into the presence of God, with true hearts fully trusting him.”  Only when we draw near to God will He become our focus and the problem will not seem so impossible.  And do not neglect meeting together with other Christians.  If you draw away from His body, you are drawing away from Him.  So take a look at where your focus is in your problem today and turn your eyes on Jesus and His people.  They may not be perfect, but they will strengthen your walk with Him.  Step out of darkness and into the light of His love and you will see things a lot more clearly.

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April 26, 2010: 5:14 pm: Daily Scripture

Matthew 25 1-13
1 “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 “Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3 “Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, 4 “but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5 “But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. 6 “And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’ 7 “Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. 8 “And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9 “But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ 10 “And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut. 11 “Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ 12 “But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ 13 “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.”
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

When Jesus taught this parable, He was already here on earth.  He had already come once.  He was giving instructions on being prepared for His Second Coming. He is teaching us that each person is responsible for their own spiritual condition.  It will not matter how much you know about Jesus, but about how much you lived Him.  If you know Who He is but have never accepted His gift of love through His death on the cross, it will not matter that you believed He was coming again. The first step to salvation is to believe Him, the second step is to live Him.  Mess up that order and you miss Him.  You can’t be a part of Him through works without faith and you can’t be a growing part of Him thorough faith without works.  One shows no faith and the other shows, no obedience.  Because if you believe Him, you will live Him and obey Him.  The 10 virgins all knew Him and knew He was coming, but only 5 were prepared for Him.  The other 5 were not and did not get in.  Our spiritual condition cannot be bought or borrowed at the last minute.  It will do you no good if your father, mother, sister or friend knows and lives Jesus, if you do not yourself. Each of us must be ready for Him when He returns. We must have accepted His free gift of salvation and became a part of His Body.  Then grow to know Who He is through His Word and then go out and show you know Him by living what you know about Him.  Simply knowing is not enough.  Many will be at the door asking to come in, don’t be one of them. Be prepared today by accepting Him as Lord of your life and then join His body and walk in obedience to His Word.

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

Revelation 20:11-15
11 And I saw a great white throne, and I saw the one who was sitting on it. The earth and sky fled from his presence, but they found no place to hide. 12 I saw the dead, both great and small, standing before God’s throne. And the books were opened, including the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to the things written in the books, according to what they had done. 13 The sea gave up the dead in it, and death and the grave gave up the dead in them. They were all judged according to their deeds. 14 And death and the grave were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death the lake of fire. 15 And anyone whose name was not found recorded in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Genesis tells us that in the Garden of Eden was the Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.  This was before Eve and Adam choose to disobey God and ate the forbidden fruit. So we know that evil already existed. Humans are not the originators of evil. Satan is. He is a created being just like us and like us, God gave him the choice to serve or not to, Satan chose not to. Because Eve and Adam also chose not to obey, so every human born there after is born into sin. But God made a way for us to choose life through the perfect penalty for our sin through Christ Jesus. The end of evil is documented in this passage from Revelation. This is the final judgment and everyone who does not choose life through the Blood of Christ will be here and will be judged by Christ for every sin they ever committed. It is important to know that at this judgment, there will be no one who does not agree with Christ’s judgment. All will know that it is fair and just because all will know that He is God and that He is righteous and full of justice. There will be no one who will say, “This is not fair”!  Everyone will know that they had a chance to receive Christ but choose not to. It is difficult to think about friends and loved ones who do not know the Lord and knowing what their fate is, but we can rest assured that the judgment of Jesus Christ will be fair and just and that all will agree with Him. So, do not hesitate to let others know what you belive and share the grace of God with them now while you can.

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April 22, 2010: 5:19 pm: Daily Scripture

John 14:6
6 Jesus told him, I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

This verse will become more and more important to the followers of Jesus Christ as the last of days fast comes to an end. The world is getting prepared for an inclusive religion that all will be required to serve. Every belief will be accepted except faith in Christ Jesus. This one truth that Jesus Christ is the Way and the only Way to God, will become more and more a focal point for why Christianity is barbaric and out of date! Never mind that all of the other major religions also makes similar claims. The focus will be coming down hard by the world on the claims of Jesus Christ and His followers because it is the truth. There is no power to change lives or power to save people from their sins outside of Christ. This is the truth and as His followers, we cannot waiver on this truth. But this truth  will become more and more unwelcome in a world that welcomes every other form of religion. We will even see in our lifetime that speaking the Word of God will be against the law, as it is now in Canada.  James Dobson’s simulcast on marriage was banned in Canada because of their new law against hate language.  Because he spoke of man-woman marriage as being the only way, it was against the law to be shown in Canada.  America is not far away from the same thing. Christians need to be prepared to communicate this one basic truth to the world around them. But it must be communicated with love.  Without the love, that was so freely given to us, expressed with the truth, Christ will be rejected. Christians must work to change the world’s view of Jesus Christ and we must continue to work in His name no matter what the world may think, Continue to stay strong in Christ and show them the love that only He can bring no matter what.

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April 21, 2010: 5:28 pm: Daily Scripture

Philippians 4:4-9
4 Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again rejoice! 5 Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. 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. 8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, let me say one more thing as I close this letter. Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. 9 Keep putting into practice all you learned from me and heard from me and saw me doing, and the God of peace will be with you.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Worry is contrary to faith in God. When we worry, we are saying, “God you can’t help me!” It takes practice not to worry. Every effort must be put into turning our worry into times of prayer. When we worry, we are to take that concern and give it to our Lord Jesus.  He died to give us the right to come directly before God with any concern and ask for His help. Paul goes on to give more advice about how not to worry by fixing our minds on things that are true and right and honorable. What we put into our minds determines our words and our actions. When we worry, our words will be negative and whinny. But when we fill our minds with the truth of God’s Word, our words and our actions will be positive and hopeful. Remove yourself from any situation that causes you to think impure or negative worrisome thoughts. Replace that time with the Word of God and let His Holy Spirit fill you with the ultimate joy of having Christ in you.

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April 20, 2010: 4:53 pm: Daily Scripture

1 Corinthians 1:26-30
26 Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes, or powerful, or wealthy when God called you. 27 Instead, God deliberately chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose those who are powerless to shame those who are powerful. 28 God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important, 29 so that no one can ever boast in the presence of God. 30 God alone made it possible for you to be in Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made Christ to be wisdom itself. He is the one who made us acceptable to God. He made us pure and holy, and he gave himself to purchase our freedom.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Some people like to give emphasis to the prominent who have accepted Christ like the entertainment greats, the leaders in industry, and the prominent in government. But God majors in average people. He is calling the simple minded to have His righteousness. Those considered to be the least will be considered great in His kingdom. He has made His plan of salvation so simple that the “wise” of this world would think it too simple to be true. They spend so much time trying to be “wise” that they become utter fools by missing the only thing that matters in this life, Christ Jesus.  That is why no one can boast of being a Christian because it is not anything we are or do, but because of His love for us. Christ is our wisdom and the wisdom of the world. Unfortunately the world will not recognize it until it is too late. One day at the name of Jesus every knee will bow. Bow before Him today because you are grateful for His love for you. It is true wisdom to give to Jesus honor and glory and thanks. It is wisdom from above and not anything from us. So praise Him and worship Him for He alone is God.

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April 19, 2010: 5:40 pm: Daily Scripture

There are 3 keys to breaking down strongholds in your mind. Any past sin or hurt against you can prevent you from being useful to God by making you feel the pain of the situation again.  This keeps you in a position where God cannot use you.  A stronghold in your mind gives Satan easy access to your thinking by using past situations where you sinned or someone sinned against you. Change your thinking to God’s way of thinking and you change you life..

1. Know your position in Christ!
Matthew 16:19
19 “I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

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 Father. 14 Yes, ask anything in my name, and I will do it!”

Under our own authority we have no power and remember we are not dealing with flesh but with fallen angels who have more power than we do, but we have been given power under the name of Jesus Christ. When Christ went to the cross as a man, He defeated the authority of Satan in this world. The authority that he stole from us in the garden. Christ has all authority and as believers we also have it under His name. In Jesus name we can rebuke Satan from trying to deceive us.

2. Use the Word of God.
Matthew 4:1-4
Then Jesus was led out into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit to be tempted there by the Devil. 2 For forty days and forty nights he ate nothing and became very hungry. 3 Then the Devil came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, change these stones into loaves of bread. ” 4 But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People need more than bread for their life; they must feed on every word of God.’

We are to follow Jesus’ example when we struggle with a stronghold in our minds. When Satan reminds of us of past sin or past hurt we are to remember the Word and speak it. Jesus was not using His power as God, but was acting as man and in a weaken condition, when Satan came to Him, but Christ used the Word as a sword and quickly rebuked the Devil. We are to do the same. Remember, even a good thought that goes against the Word of God can come from Satan and should be rebuked. We use the Word as a sword to fight the battle. Ask God for discernment to recognize the lies of the enemy that come into your mind.

3. Keep fighting and do not give up!
Matthew 7:7-8 “Keep on asking, and you will be given what you ask for. Keep on looking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened. 8 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And the door is opened to everyone who knocks.

Do not give up! What ever it is that you are trying to overcome, will be defeated. The victory is yours, Christ has given it to you. Each time you come up against it, walls break down and keep breaking down until the barrier in your mind is gone and Satan does not have easy access to make you feel unworthy or unloved. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean to your own understanding!

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