Archive for December, 2010

December 16, 2010: 7:26 pm: Daily Scripture

Ezekiel 11:18-21
18 When the people return to their homeland, they will remove every trace of their detestable idol worship. 19 And I will give them singleness of heart and put a new spirit within them. I will take away their hearts of stone and give them tender hearts instead, 20 so they will obey my laws and regulations. Then they will truly be my people, and I will be their God. 21 But as for those who long for idols, I will repay them fully for their sins, says the Sovereign Lord.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

“Singleness of heart” indicates a unanimous single purpose. No longer will God’s people seek many gods; they will be content with God. A “god” is anything that takes priority over God in your life.  It can be anything, job, money, people, entertainment, anything that is more important to you than God.  A hard, immovable heart of stone will be radically transplanted with a tender, receptive heart of flesh. This is what happens to the heart of a person when they finally accept Christ as Lord and Savior. When we recognize and turn from our sin, new life is given to us.  Our hearts and minds are renewed by a work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. It is God’s work in us but it happens because we believe and turn from self to Him. When we do, God gives us new motives, new guidelines and a new purpose. If you have not received a new heart, do so by believing that God sent Jesus Christ to take the place of judgment for our sins. And God will give you a new heart and replace your heart of stone.

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December 15, 2010: 7:45 pm: Daily Scripture

Colossians 1:9-14
9 So we have continued praying for you ever since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you a complete understanding of what he wants to do in your lives, and we ask him to make you wise with spiritual wisdom. 10 Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and you will continually do good, kind things for others. All the while, you will learn to know God better and better. 11 We also pray that you will be strengthened with his glorious power so that you will have all the patience and endurance you need. May you be filled with joy, 12 always thanking the Father, who has enabled you to share the inheritance that belongs to God’s holy people, who live in the light. 13 For he has rescued us from the one who rules in the kingdom of darkness, and he has brought us into the Kingdom of his dear Son. 14 God has purchased our freedom with his blood and has forgiven all our sins.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

All Christians want complete understanding of what God wants them to do in their lives. We all seek to be wise with spiritual wisdom. But that is as far as many go, just the wanting. Most Christians know that they should be growing and becoming more like Christ as each day goes by but aren’t sure how to achieve it. Many make the mistake of looking at the overall perfection of Christ and know that they can never achieve that and just don’t even try. We will never, in this life, reach perfection, so why even bother. This attitude will hold back the power of Christ working within you to become more like Him. It is God’s plan for every Christian to work at becoming more like Him. No one can say, “I’m not sure what God wants me to do with my life.” The plan is the same for all of us, “Become more like Christ!” Start with very small steps. We all know that we are to read His Word and spend time in prayer. Start by simply taking 5-10 minutes a day doing this and when it becomes a habit, slowly increase. As you spend time in the Word, you will find that you will want to do so. Listen only to Christian music during your day, this will keep you in atmosphere of worship. Keep a very short prayer list and pray everyday. When one is answered, add another. Keep it short and simple. Take small baby steps and see what a difference it can make. Your effort will pay off as God will continue to strengthen you. You will start the journey to become more like Christ.  You will never complete it while you are here on earth, but you should be making progress. 

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December 14, 2010: 7:12 pm: Daily Scripture

Romans 12:2-8
2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is. 3 As God’s messenger, I. give each of you this warning: Be honest in your estimate of yourselves, measuring your value by how much faith God has given you. 4 Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, 5 so it is with Christ’s body. We are all parts his one body, and each of us has different work to do. And since we are all one body in Christ, we belong to each other, and each of us needs all the others. 6 God has given each of us the ability to do certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out when you have faith that God is speaking through you. 7 If your gift is that of serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, do a good job of teaching. 8 If your gift is to encourage others, do it! If you have money. share it generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, lnc.) 1996.

Paul is laying the foundation for emotion health to the Romans in this letter. You will find no better place for instruction on emotional health than the Word of God. Dr. Gary Chapman has laid out 5 principles for what he calls reality living that applies to how we react to the world around us. These principles are based on the Word of God.
1. I am responsible for my own attitude.
Attitude has to do with the way you choose to think about things. If we focus on the negative, things will get worse. If we focus on the positive, things will be better. Your attitude can have a profound effect on your emotional well being for the good or for the worse depending on what you choose!
2. Attitude affects actions.
Attitudes affect our behavior and words. You may not be able to control your situation but you can control your actions and words. Your are responsible for what you do within your environment!
3. I cannot change others, but I can influence others.
Our attitudes and actions are contagious. Every word you say and every action you take will influence people around you for better or for worse. But the same is true for those around you. Don’t let others decide for you how you will respond. Go against the grain and respond to meanness with love and kindness.
4. My actions are not controlled by my emotions.
In our thoughts, we interpret what we experience around us. Our thoughts will become emotions or feelings. Eventually, we take actions, based on our thoughts and emotions, we do something. Our action will enhance or destroy our relationships. Our actions are far more important than our emotions. So think before you act.
5. Admitting my imperfections does not mean that I am a failure.
To admit your own past failures does not mean you are taking all the responsibility for the trouble in your relationships. It simple means you are taking responsibility for where you have failed.

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December 13, 2010: 6:36 pm: Daily Scripture

Romans 8:26-30
26 And the Holy Spirit helps us in our distress. For we don’t even know what we should pray for, nor how we should pray. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groaning that cannot be expressed in words. 27 And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with Gods own will. 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. 29 For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn, with many brothers and sisters. 30 And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And he gave them right sta11ding with himself, and he promised them his glory.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Are you facing circumstances that you cannot understand? Are you going through some difficulty that doesn’t make any sense? Then you are not alone. This world can be very difficult at times for all of us. But God is good! He has given us tools to get through those difficult times in our lives. Romans 8:28, “All things will work for good according to His purpose” is probably the best known scripture outside of John 3:16. It states all things, not some things, not a few things, but ALL things. When we are facing discouragement, it is sometimes because we have not followed God’s path or we are under attack from Satan. Most of the time the problems we face are just because we live in this world. We are not home yet, we are not in perfection yet. Sometimes we suffer because of our own bad decisions. God does not stop us from making stupid mistakes, but He will help us work through the consequences of them. Whatever the reason is for your pain trust that God has you in His hand and He will see you through. He will work all things for good. We need to hold onto Jesus, hold onto His promises. We continue on reading His Word and talking to Him about our needs. The Bible tells us that He has the very hairs of our head number, so there isn’t anything He does not know and care about us. Hold onto this verse and God will see you through!

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December 10, 2010: 8:14 pm: Daily Scripture

Genesis 15:4
4 Then the Lord said to him, No, your servant will not be your heir, for you will have a son of your own to inherit everything I am giving you. 5 Then the Lord brought Abram outside beneath the night sky and told him, Look up into the heavens and count the stars if you can. Your descendants will be like that too many to count! 6 And Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord declared him righteous because of his faith. 7 Then the Lord told him, I am the Lord who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Our faith is the most precious thing we have.  Without faith it is impossible to please God. Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord declared him righteous because of his faith. Abrams’ faith, not his actions are what made him right before God. A right relationship is based on faith in knowing that God is who He said He is and the He does what He says He will do. Our outward actions will not by themselves make us right with God. But right actions are the outcome of a right relationship with God. Abram, later renamed Abraham, is the father of faith because he believed God. All the world was blessed because of his faith. The Jewish nation came from Abraham and out of the Jewish nation came Christ. So all the world is blessed because of Abraham’s faith. If Abraham could believe that he would be blessed with a child at the age of 99, so we can believe in the written Word of God that is so readily available to us. Believe God by trusting in His promises.

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December 9, 2010: 7:22 pm: Daily Scripture

Ephesians 6:10-18
10 A final word: Be strong with the Lord’s mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies and tricks of the Devil. 12 For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and b1ood, but against the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against those mighty powers of darkness who rule this world, and against wicked spirits in the heavenly realms. 13 Use every piece of God’s armor to resist the enemy in the time of evil, so that after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14 stand your ground, putting on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that you will be fully prepared. 16 In every battle you will need faith as your shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed at you by Satan. 17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 Pray at all times and on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all Christians everywhere.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.)1996.

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

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December 8, 2010: 7:22 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 one of us who have not received a gift or two. 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 troubled 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 in your walk with Christ.

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December 6, 2010: 6:59 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 Who 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 have, 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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December 3, 2010: 6:55 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 mind. 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.  You 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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December 2, 2010: 7:34 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 for you to accomplish in your 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 seat for the righteous dead) of Christ we will be judged on the tasks set before us. This judgment is not about sin, for everyone at this judgment will be redeemed and the Blood of Christ will cover all sin. But we will stand before Him and He will review all of the talents we were given and how we used them to further the work of Christ. The most important thing 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 when you stand before Christ, but will go through the fire as pure as gold.

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