Archive for December, 2010

December 31, 2010: 7:19 pm: Daily Scripture

Philippians 2:5-11
5 Your attitude should be the same that Christ Jesus had. 6 Though he was God, he did not demand and cling to his rights as God. 7 He made himself nothing; he took the humble position of a slave and appeared in human form. 8 And in human form he obediently humbled himself even further by dying a criminal’s death on a cross. 9 Because of this, God raised him up to the heights of heaven and gave him a name that is above every other name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Nothing can separate us more from the people around us than our attitude and nothing can bring us closer together then our attitude. When others perceive we are genuine and open to them, they are more receptive to what we have to offer and more willing to work with us. Paul has told us to be all things to all people, to win them to Christ. We should be reflecting the same attitude that Christ displayed for us. He humbled Himself to the lowest position, that He might save all who came to Him. And because of His willingness to be so humbled, God exalted Him to the highest position. When we take on the attitude of Christ, we walk in obedience to Him and will be given a position of reigning with Christ. We are to live our lives as if Christ were in the room with us and treat others as He would have treated them. Make Christ’s attitude of unselfishness, servant hood, humility and obedience your way of life.

Have a God Day! 

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December 30, 2010: 6:38 pm: Daily Scripture


1 Corinthians 12:4-11
4 Now there are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but it is the same Holy Spirit who is the source of them all. 5 There are different kinds of service in the church, but it is the same Lord we are serving. 6 There are different ways God works in our lives, but it is the same God who does the work through all of us. 7 A spiritual gift is given to each of us as a means of helping the entire church. 8 To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; to another he gives the gift of special knowledge. 9 The Spirit gives special faith to another, and to someone else he gives the power to heal the sick. 10 He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and to another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to know whether it is really the Spirit of God or another spirit that is speaking. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, and another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. 11 It is the one and only Holy Spirit who distributes these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Did you know that Christ has given gifts to you? Ephesians 4:8, state, “When he ascended to the heights, he led a crowd of captives and gave gifts to his people.” The Holy Spirit is not an impersonal power and His gifts do not come from human source; it is the work of God in your life. Paul identifies these gifts as a supernatural ability given to an individual by the Holy Spirit for the purpose of doing the work of Christ. Each gift is a manifestation of the Spirit and is evidence of His working in your life. But, you say, I have none of these gifts. You may not be aware of the gifts God has given you or you may have never used them. But Christ gave gifts to all who are His children. We know this because we all have a work to do. You do not come to know the Grace of God without a work to do. We are all responsible for the great commission and it is His intention to use us all in some kind of work. Therefore we all should be preparing ourselves for this work and asking God what our gifts are. Then we examine where our heart is and go to work. Christ will reveal His will for us as we take action. Search these scriptures and go before the Father and seek His will and get to work.

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December 29, 2010: 7:55 pm: Daily Scripture

Romans 1:16-20
16 For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes-Jews first and also Gentiles. 17 This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.” 18 But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who push the truth away from themselves. 19 For the truth about God is known to them instinctively. God has put this knowledge in their hearts. 20 From the time the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky and all that God made. They can clearly see his invisible qualities-his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse whatsoever for not knowing God.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The Word of God tells us that He has put the knowledge of Him in all hearts. All of us have been given this knowledge of God, by God. If we have all been given this knowledge by God, why do some not believe and why will some not believe in His Son, Jesus Christ? It is because some people love this world and the pride within themselves, and will not allow the love of God to come into their hearts. The Bible states that they love this world more and all of the things the world can give them. Things like, lust for physical pleasure, lust for everything they see, and pride in their our possessions. It is these things that get into a person’s heart and they deny God. But when we stand before Christ as our Judge, and we will all stand before Him, no one will have an excuse for not accepting the work He did on the Cross for us. Do not be ashamed of the Good News, because it is the power of God at work in your life.

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December 28, 2010: 8:16 pm: Daily Scripture

A recent poll in Newsweek stated that 84% of people polled believe God can work miracles and 64% believe they have had one. As followers of Jesus Christ we should be leading the world with belief in miracles. And we know that God is the same yesterday, today and forever, so why are we not seeing more miracles? There are 3 barriers to the miracle you need in your life.

Fear
2 Timothy 1:7
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

Jesus was always telling us to, “Fear not.” He tells us not to fear poverty because God will supply all of our needs according to His riches, we are not to fear sickness for He is the Great Physician. We are not to fear death, because Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. We are not to fear our past, because God’s grace has removed sin covered by the Blood of the Lamb as far as the east is from the west. We are not to fear the future. We may not know what the future holds, but we know Who holds the future. Fear Not!

Stubbornness
1 Samuel 15:22
“And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.”
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

Even in the presence of truth, stubborn people will not change their minds, because their thoughts and opinions are more important to them than the Word of God. They do not believe in anything outside of themselves. It is really a matter of pride. God sees this as idolatry and a stubborn, prideful person will never experience the miracles of God.

Doubt
James 1:6-8
6 But when you ask him, be sure that you really expect him to answer, for a doubtful mind is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. 7 People like that should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 They can’t make up their minds. They waver back and forth in everything they do.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

We are continually told in the Bible to, “have faith in God.” Doubt is like a cancer and can destroy your faith in God. Do not entertain your doubts but feed your faith instead with the promises of God in His Word. Instead of saying to yourself, “it won’t happen,” say, “it will happen.” Instead of saying to yourself, “I can’t, I can’t do it,” say, “I can, I can do it,” You will be amazed at the difference. God does not want you in a state of confusion and fear of the future. Lay every fear at His feet and surrender it to Him who holds your future in His hand! There is nothing He cannot do and will not do for those who trust Him!

Have a God Day! 

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December 27, 2010: 8:09 pm: Daily Scripture

Hebrews 11:1-6
What is faith? It is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen. It is the evidence of things we cannot yet see. 2 God gave his approval to people in days of old because of their faith. 3 By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen. 4 It was by faith that Abel brought a more acceptable offering td God than Cain did. God accepted Abel’s offering to show that he was a righteous man. And although Abel is long dead, he still speaks to us because of his faith. 5 It was by faith that Enoch was taken up to heaven without dying “suddenly he disappeared because God took him.” But before he was taken up, he was approved as pleasing to God. 6 So, you see, it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that there is a God and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Faith is an active principle that always puts Christ first. Faith and our common sense are always at odds with each other. It does not make sense for us to believe that God will provide a way for us when we can see no plan, or no way out of our situation. When we need to understand why we are at this place, at this time in our lives, our common sense always tries to put things in order according to our thinking. We look to our own abilities to change our lives. God is quietly telling us to be still and know He is God and all we want is to make it all go away by our own power. Faith and common sense are not the same they stand in the relationship of the natural and the spiritual. Faith must be tried before the reality of faith is actual. To trust that God will provide for us and not look to how we can do it, is the essence of faith. And it is always a fight it is always going against the natural and trusting in the spiritual. Faith is the whole person rightly related to God by the power of the Holy Spirit. Take that situation you are facing today apply faith to it, bring it to the Father and trust Him for the answer.

Have a God Day!

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December 24, 2010: 8:01 pm: Daily Scripture

Merry Christmas!

Luke 2:8-20
 8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
   and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

 15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

 16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2010 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

At this blessed time of the year let us not forget why we celebrate. Emmanuel, God with us. It is because Jesus Christ (God) came to earth, and was born (as a Man) through the Virgin Mary, that we can know Him. She was just a girl born into sin, but God chose her to use as the way for God to come to earth and be with us. It is only because of His great love for us that we can be righteous (without sin) in His sight.   And He could only be without sin because He was God and He could only die a perfect sacrifice as a Man. He paid the price for your sin with His life. And it is because He came that we will be with Him when we leave this world.

Praise the name of Jesus forever!

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December 23, 2010: 9:07 pm: Daily Scripture

Proverbs 3:5
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;

2 Timothy 1:7
For God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, peace, and sound mind.

Philippians 4:13
For I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need.

John 14:27
“I am leaving you with a gift-peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give isn’t like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”

Romans 8:28
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

Philippians 4:6-7
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.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Are you facing some difficult times? Are you struggling with pain and frustration, do you want peace of mind? Then pick up your sword and fight for what you have been given. It is yours through Christ Jesus. If you are His child, then His Word is your source of peace and comfort, no matter what you are fac1ng 1n l1fe. There is nothing, no problem, no sickness, no frustration, nothing in your life that God does not know about and care about. Bring it to Him and then pick up your sword and fight. Memorize these verses and speak them to your pain and then trust that God will do what He said He would. Put your faith in Him and only Him and He will see you through. Not around or out of your problem, but through it. Yes, you have to go through it, but you will not be alone. Take the hand of your Savior and trust Him. Fill your mind with His Word and God will see you through and you will be stronger, then go and help another. Share the love and peace you have been given, it was never meant to be kept to yourself, it was always meant to be shared with others.

Have a God Day!

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December 21, 2010: 7:17 pm: Daily Scripture

Hebrews 4:12-16
12 For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable. Christ Is Our High Priest 14 So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. 15 This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings 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 most.
Tyndale House Publishers: Holy Bible : New Living Translation. 2nd ed. Wheaton, Ill. : Tyndale House Publishers, 2004, S.

The Word of God is living and sharper than a two-edged sword. This means it can cut through a wicked heart faster and quicker than our words. When dealing with the un-saved, 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 we must stand before Him and explain it to Him. But 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, but only because of the Blood of
Christ covering 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 live. And we can lay our requests before Christ, because He knows how it is to be tempted, as 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 encompasses. But you have to do it, you have to come to Him and bend a knee, make a public confess that you were lost and needed the grace that Christ died to give you. Do it today, do it now!

Have a God Day!

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December 20, 2010: 7:08 pm: Daily Scripture

John 9:1-5
9 As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth. 2 “Teacher,” his disciples asked him, “why was this man born blind? Was it a result of his own sins or those of his parents?” 3 “It was not because of his sins or his parents’ sins,” Jesus answered. “He was born blind so the power of God could be seen in him. 4 All of us must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent me, because there is little time left before the night falls and all work comes to an end. 5 But while I am still here in the world, I am the light of the world.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Did you know you have an assignment from God the Father. There are specific things He has set up for you to accomplish in this lifetime. Do you know what they are? Have you ever thought about it before? Jesus stated that all of us must quickly carry out the tasks assigned to us by the One who sent Him. When we stand before Him at the Bema seat (judgment of the righteous dead) of Christ we will be judged on the tasks set before us. This judgment is not about sin, for anyone at this judgment will be redeemed and the Blood of Christ will cover all sin, but we will stand before Him and review all of the talents we were given and how we used them to further the work of Christ. But most important will be the examination of the heart. For whom did you do the things you did. Was it out of love for Christ or out of love for self. Yes, Christians can do very good things for themselves while looking like they are being done in the name of Christ. Go before the Father and ask for wisdom, He will not deny you. He will show you the work set before you, it is where your heart lies. Ask Him for wisdom and power to do it in His Name and for His Glory and your work will not be burned up at the Bema seat of Christ, but will go through the fire as pure as gold.

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December 17, 2010: 5:37 am: Daily Scripture

Philippians 2:12-18
12 Dearest friends, you were always so careful to follow my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away you must be even more careful to put into action God’s saving work in your lives, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. 13 For God is working in you, giving you the desire to obey him and the power to do what pleases him. 14 In everything you do, stay away from complaining and arguing, 15 so that no one can speak a word of blame against you. You are to live clean, innocent lives as children of God in a dark world full of crooked and perverse people. Let your lives shine brightly before them. 16 Hold tightly to the word of life, so that when Christ returns, I will be proud that I did not lose the race and that my work was not useless. 17 But even if my life is to be poured out like a drink offering to complete the sacrifice of your faithful service (that is, if I am to die for you), I will rejoice, and I want to share my joy with all of you. 18 And you should be happy about this and rejoice with me.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Paul is talking about working out their problems which they had in the church and working out the problems in their own Christian lives. He is not there to help them and is not sure that he ever will be there again because he is in a Roman prison. So he tells them to work out their own salvation. Paul instructs them and us that God works out that which He had worked in. If God has saved you, He has saved you by faith plus nothing. Your spirit is in perfect communion with God.  He will never accept any kind of good works for salvation. But after you are saved, God talks to you about your works. This is the action for your soul, your mind, emotions and will. The salvation that He worked in you by faith is a salvation He will also work through you by your soul. You are saved for good works for the Kingdom of God. God puts the desire in you and your mind thinks His thoughts and you will to do His will and your emotions are surrendered to His. When you stand before Jesus, He will not ask about your sin, it has been covered by His Blood, but He will ask you what did with the gifts He gave you.  Did you surrender your soul to Him? Did you become Christ through your thoughts, will and emotions?

Have a God Day!

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