Archive for May, 2010

May 28, 2010: 5:47 pm: Daily Scripture

1 John 5:6-13
6 This is He who came by water and blood,Jesus Christ; not only by water, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth. 7 For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. 8 And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one. 9 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater; for this is the witness of God which He has testified of His Son. 10 He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son. 11 And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12 He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. 13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

Understanding God as three persons can be difficult to explain.  But John gives us a clear picture of who God really is. The Jewish people knew that God was going to send a “man” to save them from the curse that was placed on man after the fall. But they did not fully understand that the Man would also be God. So after Jesus Christ came, they had to change the way they thought about God.  They were familiar with the Holy Spirit working in and through people. But they only knew Him to work in the lives of a few people at a time and not in everyone who would welcome the Son. So John explained the Father as the God head and the Word was the Son as John 1:1 tells us. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are best explained as being one, as water can be explained in its different forms of liquid, ice or steam. All have a different function and purpose, but all are the same and are really one. So God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit all have different functions but are really one. God the Father gives us our direction.  We can communicate with the Father because of what the Son has done for us.  Because Jesus came to the earth as a Man and died as a sinless Man for our sin, we can have communication with the Father.  We move in the direction of the Father by the power of the Holy Spirit that now lives in us because we have accepted the Son.  Our direction comes from the Father, we know Him because of what the Son has done for us and then we do His will by the power of the Holy Spirit in us.

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May 27, 2010: 5:42 pm: Daily Scripture

John 12:37-43
37 But despite all the miraculous signs he had done, most of the people did not believe in him. 38 This is exactly what Isaiah the prophet had predicted: “Lord, who has believed our message?  To whom will the Lord reveal his saving power?”  39 But the people couldn’t believe, for as Isaiah also said,  40 “The Lord has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts” so their eyes cannot see, and their hearts cannot understand, and they cannot turn to me and let me heal them.”  41 Isaiah was referring to Jesus when he made this prediction, because he was given a vision of the Messiah’s glory. 42 Many people, including some of the Jewish leaders, believed in him. But they wouldn’t admit it to anyone because of their fear that the Pharisees would expel them from the synagogue. 43 For they loved human praise more than the praise of God.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

During every age in human history, people have refused to believe in God despite the evidence He has given us. Before Christ, they refused to believe in what God was going to do and after Christ they refused to believe in what He had done. Some of the people who had seen Christ raise Lazarus from the dead, refused to believe He was from God. Even though they knew Lazarus had been dead for 4 days. As a result of their unbelief, God hardened their hearts.  Does this mean God intentionally prevents people from believing in Him?  No, He simply confirms their own choices. They refuse to believe the evidence before them. After a lifetime of resisting God, people become so set in their ways that they will not even try to believe. Even if someone comes back from the dead, they will not believe. Their own pride is what prevents them. That is why pride is one of the deadliest sins. For such people, it is virtually impossible for them to believe in Christ because their hearts have been hardened by their own pride. Many believe but refuse to admit it. This is just as bad, and Jesus had strong words for these people. The Pharisees that believed Jesus was the Messiah refused to admit it for fear of being kicked out of the synagogue and afraid of losing their positions among the other religious leaders. When you feel the tug of God on your heart, don’t turn Him away or you may never have the chance to receive Him again.  Today is the day of salvation and today is all you have.

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May 26, 2010: 5:35 pm: Daily Scripture

2 Corinthians 3:7-18
7 That old system of law etched in stone led to death, yet it began with such glory that the people of Israel could not bear to look at Moses’ face. For his face shone with the glory of God, even though the brightness was already fading away. 8 Shouldn’t we expect far greater glory when the Holy Spirit is giving life? 9 If the old covenant, which brings condemnation, was glorious, how much more glorious is the new covenant, which makes us right with God! 10 In fact, that first glory was not glorious at all compared with the overwhelming glory of the new covenant. 11 So if the old covenant, which has been set aside, was full of glory, then the new covenant, which remains forever, has far greater glory. 12 Since this new covenant gives us such confidence, we can be very bold. 13 We are not like Moses, who put a veil over his face so the people of Israel would not see the glory fading away. 14 But the people’s minds were hardened, and even to this day whenever the old covenant is being read, a veil covers their minds so they cannot understand the truth. And this veil can be removed only by believing in Christ. 15 Yes, even today when they read Moses’ writings ,their hearts are covered with that veil, and they do not understand.  16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, then the veil is taken away. 17 Now, the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, he gives freedom. 18 And all of us have had that veil removed so that we can be mirrors that brightly reflect the glory of the Lord. And as the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like him and reflect his glory even more.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.)1996.

Whoever turns to Jesus Christ is removed from darkness and brought into the Light. The veil is removed from their minds and the Holy Spirit of God now reflects the glory of God through them. We are brought into right relationship with God. He starts the process in us to become like Christ. We must keep our minds on this goal and continue on, “For in Him we live and move and have our being”, Acts 17:28. The New Covenant of God now states that His laws are written in our hearts and we want to do His will because of what He has done for us. We are filled with the joy of the Lord and one day we will rule with Him. This is the goal we keep in mind. There is nothing that we cannot do through the power of the Holy Spirit in us.  We repeat Philippians 4:13 over and over, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” We have the freedom only peace with God can bring. If you do not feel this peace, then look at your relationship with Christ. Do you spend time with Him and discuss your life with Him? Do you take time to thank Him for all that He has done for you? If not, then maybe you should start there. Remember you are a child of the Light and as His child He wants you to know Him. Start today, take 10 minutes and spend time with Him singing, praying or reading His Word and see what a difference it will make.

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May 24, 2010: 6:12 pm: Daily Scripture

Exodus 14:19-28
19 Then the angel of God, who had been leading the people of Israel, moved to a position behind them, and the pillar of cloud also moved around behind them. 20 The cloud settled between the Israelite and Egyptian camps. As night came, the pillar of cloud turned into a pillar of fire, lighting the Israelite camp. But the cloud became darkness to the Egyptians, and they couldn’t find the Israelites. 21 Then Moses raised his hand over the sea, and the Lord opened up a path through the water with a strong east wind. The wind blew all that night, turning the seabed into dry land. 22 So the people of Israel walked through the sea on dry ground, with walls of water on each side! 23 Then the Egyptians all of Pharaoh’s horses, chariots, and charioteers followed them across the bottom of the sea. 24 But early in the morning, the Lord looked down on the Egyptian army from the pillar of fire and cloud, and he threw them into confusion. 25 Their chariot wheels began to come off, making their chariots impossible to drive. “Let’s get out of here!” the Egyptians shouted. “The Lord is fighting for Israel against us!” 26 When all the Israelites were on the other side, the Lord said to Moses, “Raise your hand over the sea again. Then the waters will rush back over the Egyptian chariots and charioteers.” 27 So as the sun began to rise, Moses raised his hand over the sea. The water roared back into its usual place, and the Lord swept the terrified Egyptians into the surging currents. 28 The waters covered all the chariots and charioteers the entire army of Pharaoh. Of all the Egyptians who had chased the Israelites into the sea, not a single one survived.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The children of Israel were stuck between the mountains and the sea and Pharaoh was coming to return them back into slavery. And the Lord told Moses to stop praying and to start moving. There is a time for prayer and a time for action.  And Moses needed to move into action even though there seemed to be no way out. Sometimes we find ourselves caught in a problem and can see no way out. We need to move into action as Moses did and trust that God can make a way where there seems to be no way. Don’t let your circumstances keep you from receiving the answer God has sent. It may not look like the direction you should go, but trust that God can see the whole situation from beginning to the end. And He knows what will happen and what would be best for you. Pray first and then move into the direction God leads you and watch the power of God resolve your problem.

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May 21, 2010: 5:49 pm: Daily Scripture

Ephesians 4:9-16
9 Notice that it says “he ascended.” This means that Christ first came down to the lowly world in which we live. 10 The same one who came down is the one who ascended higher than all the heavens, so that his rule might fill the entire universe. 11 He is the one who gave these gifts to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 12 Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ, 13 until we come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature and full grown in the Lord, measuring up to the full stature of Christ. 14 Then we will no longer be like children, forever changing our minds about what we believe because someone has told us something different or because someone has cleverly lied to us and made the lie sound like the truth. 15 Instead, we will hold to the truth in love, becoming more and more in every way like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. 16 Under his direction, the whole body is fitted together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Everyone in the body of Christ has been given gifts by God. There is not a one of us who have not received a gift or two. A gift to use for service to Him. Only Christ has the power and ability to give these gifts. And Paul tells us what some of them are, but this list only covers a small portion of them because there are many more. But the apostles, teachers, pastors and evangelist are given the responsibility to equip the church to bring her to maturity. We are the church and we have two commissions from Christ in these verses: first we all have gifts and we are to use them to bring the rest of the body of Christ to  maturity, second as a part of the body, we are to bring ourselves to maturity. We need to be strong in Christ so we will not be tossed around by the winds of this world. If you are not using the gifts given to you by God, you will not grow. There isn’t one Christian who is exempt from service, all are required to do his part in the body of Christ. We are all to work together to strengthen the body and to complete the work Christ has laid before us, that of spreading the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Are you still an infant being tossed around by the winds of this world? Then start using the gifts given to you to strengthen the body or to bring others into the body, See what a difference it will make in you and your walk with Christ.

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May 20, 2010: 5:01 pm: Daily Scripture

Matthew 9:1-8
Jesus climbed into a boat and went back across the lake to his own town. 2 Some people brought to him a paralyzed man on a mat. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “Take heart, son! Your sins are forgiven.”  3 “Blasphemy! This man talks like he is God!” some of the teachers of religious law said among themselves. 4 Jesus knew what they were thinking, so he asked them, “Why are you thinking such evil thoughts? 5 Is it easier to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven’ or ‘Get up and walk’? 6 I will prove that I, the Son of Man, have the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, “Stand up, take your mat, and go on home, because you are healed!” 7 And the man jumped up and went home! 8 Fear swept through the crowd as they saw this happen right before their eyes. They praised God for sending a man with such great authority.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

God is more interested in making us spiritually healthy than He is in making us physically healthy. The bodies we live in our decaying and dying more and more every day and will eventually go back to the dust they are. But our spirit will live forever either in heaven or in hell. And even though God wants our bodies to be healthy, He is more interested in a healthy soul (your mind, will and emotions). If you are praying for physical health today, keep on praying because that is what you should do. But seek spiritual health first because that is more important. That is why Jesus told this man his sins were forgiven before He physically healed Him. If you have not receive the healing of your body, trust God that He is doing a work in your soul and that is more important to Him. Trust that He will heal your body but also know that He is more interested making changes in your heart and wants your focus to be on Him and not on your body. God can heal your body but more important, He can heal your soul and give you right standing with God the Father. Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and then all of these things will be given to you!

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May 19, 2010: 6:25 pm: Daily Scripture

James 1:21-27
21 So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the message God has planted in your hearts, for it is strong enough to save your souls. 22 And remember, it is a message to obey, not just to listen to. If you don’t obey, you are only fooling yourself. 23 For if you just listen and don’t obey, it is like looking at your face in a mirror but doing nothing to improve your appearance. 24 You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. 25 But if you keep looking steadily into God’s perfect law-the law that sets you free-and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it. 26 If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are just fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless. 27 Pure and lasting religion in the sight of God our Father means that we must care for orphans and widows in their troubles, and refuse to let the world corrupt us.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Many find it easy and comfortable to maintain the appearance of being committed without a deep and sincere loyalty to God. Religious acts or rituals can help you to understand God, but without a sincere commitment to doing His will, they mean nothing.  That is why God instituted circumcision and the sacrificial system in the Old Testament and baptism and the Lord’s Supper in the New.  But religious ritual is helpful only if it is carried out with an attitude of love for and obedience to God.  If a person’s heart is far from God, ritual will become empty mockery. God doesn’t want your “acts” of religion; He wants your actions of His will. Hosea 6:6 states, “I want you to be merciful; I don’t want your sacrifices. I want you to know God; that’s more important than burnt offerings.”  God told the Old Testament people that He did not want their sacrifices, He wanted their heart.  Because a heart that loves Him is a heart that will obey Him.  The actions that come out of a heart that loves Him will be for Him and not to Him.  Pretense of love is not love at all.  God desires your sincere love and the relationship that comes out of that love will keep you safe within His love.  Don’t just go through the motions of serving Him.  Search your heart and read His Word to know Him and you will love Him because of His great love for you!

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May 18, 2010: 6:04 pm: Daily Scripture

1 Chronicles 29:10-15
10 Then David praised the Lord in the presence of the whole assembly: “O Lord, the God of our ancestor Israel, may you be praised forever and ever! 11 Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things. 12 Riches and honor come from you alone, for you rule over everything. Power and might are in your hand, and it is at your discretion that people are made great and given strength.  13 “O our God, we thank you and praise your glorious name! 14 But who am I, and who are my people, that we could give anything to you? Everything we have has come from you, and we give you only what you have already given us! 15 We are here for only a moment, visitors and strangers in the land as our ancestors were before us. Our days on earth are like a shadow, gone so soon without a trace.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

As a Christians, we need to realize that stewardship is our choice. God does not make us do anything we do not want to do. When our desires line up with the Word of God and His truth, then we see God move into our lives and do great and mighty things. We must acknowledge wWho owns everything in the world and who is responsible to take care of it. Psalm 24:1 tells us, “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.” By knowing that God owns everything, we understand what our place is and that He expects us to honor Him as owner and then to do His will by managing all of the things He has given us. When we put God in His right place, we open the windows of heaven for His blessings to be showered upon us. But only when we are in right connection to Him. If we think it is by our own hand that we have a good job or a nice house, we are putting ourselves above God and we operate under a closed window from heaven. How do you respond to the fact that everything you process, belongs to God?  Whatever your answer will determine whether you are functioning under a closed window or an open window from heaven. Open the windows of God’s blessings by honoring Him as owner of all that you have!

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May 17, 2010: 10:47 pm: Daily Scripture

2 Corinthians 9:3-5
3 We are human, but we don’t wage war with human plans and methods. 4 We use God’s mighty weapons, not mere worldly weapons, to knock down the Devil’s strongholds. 5 With these weapons we break down every proud argument that keeps people from knowing God. With these weapons we conquer their rebellious ideas, and we teach them to obey Christ.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The proud arguments and strongholds that Paul is talking about are within our minds. They are the wrong teachings we have been taught about God.  Parents and teachers have influenced what we think of God.  Right or wrong, everything we have learned about God is programmed in our minds. Sometimes we need to be de-programmed.  If we see God as a judgmental disciplinary that is just waiting for us to do wrong so He can punish us, then we may have trouble accepting His unconditional love.  God has given us a clear picture of Himself and His love through Jesus Christ.  Our picture of Him is skewed by our past experiences and interaction with those in authority over us.  These are strongholds in our minds that need to be torn down and replaced with the truth.  That is why Paul is telling us we can not fight this with human weapons but must use spiritual weapons.  Ephesians 6:11 tells us, “Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies and tricks of the Devil.”  Satan will use these false perceptions of God in your mind to keep you from receiving all that God has intended for you.  We need to break these strongholds down with the truth of God.  The truth is in God’s Word.  Know His Word.  And ask God to tear down these strongholds and fill your mind with His truth.

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May 14, 2010: 11:02 pm: Daily Scripture

Matthew 7:21-27
21 “Not all people who sound religious are really godly. They may refer to me as ‘Lord,’ but they still won’t enter the Kingdom of Heaven. The decisive issue is whether they obey my Father in heaven. 22 On judgment day many will tell me, ‘Lord, Lord, we prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ 23 But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Go away; the things you did were unauthorized.’ 24 “Anyone who listens to my teaching and obeys me is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. 25 Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse, because it is built on rock. 26 But anyone who hears my teaching and ignores it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. 27 When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will fall with a mighty crash.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

There will come a day for each of us, when every action every thought and every word will have to stand before the Lord. We will have to give account for the things that we said, did, and thought in this life. For those who are covered by the Blood of Christ, this will not include our sin only the work we did for the Lord.  But for everyone else, every deed, every word, every thought will come under the judgment of God. And many call Him “Lord” but He will say, “Depart from me, I never knew you.” The issue is not that they knew about Christ but did they believed in Him and obeyed the Father in heaven.  Christ wants us to do what is right not just say it. What you do cannot be separated from what you believe. And what you give will show what you believe. Those who just “know” about Christ but do not “live” Christ will have to stand before Him in judgment. On that day only our relationship with Christ, our acceptance of Him as Lord and Savior and our obedience to Him will matter.  Being “good” will have nothing to do with it. Practice obedience to “live” Christ to the world around you and you will hear, “Well done my good and faithful servant!”

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