Archive for August, 2010

August 17, 2010: 6:50 pm: Daily Scripture

1 Corinthians 15:40-44
40 There are bodies in the heavens, and there are bodies on earth. The glory of the heavenly bodies is different from the beauty of the earthly bodies. 41 The sun has one kind of glory, while the moon and stars each have another kind. And even the stars differ from each other in their beauty and brightness. 42 It is the same way for the resurrection of the dead. Our earthly bodies, which die and decay, will be different when they are resurrected, for they will never die. 43 Our bodies now disappoint us, but when they are raised, they will be full of glory. They are weak now, but when they are raised, they will be full of power. 44 They are natural human bodies now, but when they are raised, they will be spiritual bodies. For just as there are natural bodies, so also there are spiritual bodies.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Because Christ rose from the dead, He is a life-giving Spirit. This means that He entered into a new form of existence from His human body. He is the source of the spiritual life that will result in our resurrection. Christ’s new glorified human body was suitable to His natural life. He walked and talked and lived as a human after He rose from the dead.  His disciples did not always know Him as Jesus, but they knew Him as a human because that was the form His resurrected body was in. And so it will be for those of us who believe in the work He did on the cross. When we are resurrected, God will give us a transformed eternal body suited to our new eternal life. So when this body you are in now fails you, remember it is just dust and will one day be gone. It just houses your spirit and will one day return to the earth. But you will go on forever and Christ will give you a new body that is not corrupted and will never get sick or die. So face the limitations of this body with the confidence that one day you will have a body that will never get old and never get sick.  Praise His name forever!

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August 16, 2010: 6:31 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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August 13, 2010: 6:54 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 with Christ Jesus 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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August 12, 2010: 5:01 pm: Daily Scripture

John 5:19-30
19 Jesus replied, “I assure you, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does. 20 For the Father loves the Son and tells him everything he is doing, and the Son will do far greater things than healing this man. You will be astonished at what he does. 21 He will even raise from the dead anyone he wants to, just as the Father does. 22 And the Father leaves all judgment to his Son, 23 so that everyone will honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. But if you refuse to honor the Son, then you are certainly not honoring the Father who sent him. 24 ‘I assure you, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life.’ 25 ‘And I assure you that the time is coming, in fact it is here, when the dead will hear my voice, the voice of the Son of God. And those who listen will live. 26 The Father has life in himself, and he has granted his Son to have life in himself. 27 And he has given him authority to judge all mankind because he is the Son of Man. 28 Don’t be so surprised! Indeed, the time is coming when all the dead in their graves will hear the voice of God’s Son, 29 and they will rise again. Those who have done good will rise to eternal life, and those who have continued in evil will rise to judgment. 30 But I do nothing without consulting the Father. I judge as I am told. And my judgment is absolutely just, because it is according to the will of God who sent me; it is not merely my own.’
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Whoever has the Son, has life.  Outside of Him, there is no life at all. To find the way to God, to understand the truth of God’s Word and to receive the gift of life, begins with repentance and faith. Believing that Jesus Christ is God and came to earth as a man is the beginning of life. To repent means to turn from the former to the new. If you recognize the sin in your life and turn away from it and ask Jesus to forgive your sin, then you will spend eternity with Him. Because of the blood of Jesus Christ was shed for your sin and because you believe, you can be free from your sin.  Only through the Son, can we have fellowship with the Father. Only through the power of God’s Spirit can we understand the truth. As we abide with Christ, His Spirit lives in us and we can have fellowship with the Father. We believe and hear the voice of God calling us to the life of Christ Jesus. We then becomes a child of the Most Holy God and we receive the peace that only He can give. Listen to the message Christ gave us and then believe, receive and live it.

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August 11, 2010: 5:57 pm: Daily Scripture

Psalm 121
1 I look up to the mountains does my help come from there?
2 My help comes from the Lord, who made the heavens and the earth!
3 He will not let you stumble and fall; the one who watches over you will not sleep.
4 Indeed, he who watches over Israel never tires and never sleeps.
5 The Lord himself watches over you! The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade.
6 The sun will not hurt you by day, nor the moon at night.
7 The Lord keeps you from all evil and preserves your life.
8 The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

This psalm expresses assurance and hope in God’s protection day and night. He not only made the hills but heaven and earth as well. We should never trust a lesser power than God Himself. Satan does have more power than humans and he does use it to turn people away from God. We see it everyday in this world.  But even though his power is greater than ours, it is very limited and will someday end. We have the greater power God behind us because of what Jesus did for us on the cross.  It is ours to use or not to use.  Only those who believe in Him and walk with Him have access to this power. The is no greater power outside of God. Not only is He all powerful, He also watches over us and cares deeply for us. There is nothing that exists that God did not make. So there is nothing outside of God that can care for and protect us. In Him we are safe. And we never outgrow our need for God’s nurturing watch over our lives. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5)

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August 10, 2010: 7:06 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 ourselves. So praise Him and worship Him for He alone is God.

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August 9, 2010: 8:25 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. Here God is laying out the plan for Abraham. God has asked him 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 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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August 6, 2010: 6:25 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 come to an end. The world is getting prepared for an inclusive religion that all who are left 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 show 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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August 5, 2010: 6:55 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 chose 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 chose 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 chose 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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August 4, 2010: 7:19 pm: Daily Scripture

Colossians 2:6-15
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.  11 When you came to Christ, you were circumcised, but not by a physical procedure. It was a spiritual procedure the cutting away of your sinful nature. 12 For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to a new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead. 13 You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ. He forgave all our sins. 14 He canceled the record that contained the charges against us. He took it and destroyed it by nailing it to Christ’s cross. 15 In this way, God disarmed the evil rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross of Christ.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Receiving Christ as Lord of your life is the beginning of truth in your life. But you must continue to follow His leadership by being rooted, built up and strengthened in your faith. You live for Christ by committing your life and submitting your will to His, seeking to know Him, and by allowing the power of His Holy Spirit to work through you. When we have Christ, we have everything we need for salvation and for right living. This is your reason to give thanks. There is nothing you can be more thankful for than your relationship with Christ Jesus. Nothing else in your life matters outside of Christ. Because your commitment to God is written in your heart, not your body, Christ has set you free from your evil desires. They no longer rule or control you. God removes your old sinful nature and gives you a new nature. Never stop thanking and praising Him for His love and use the righteousness He died to give you by living for Him!.

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