Archive for January, 2011

January 31, 2011: 8:51 pm: Daily Scripture

Colossians 4:2-6
2 Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart. 3 Don’t forget to pray for us, too, that God will give us many opportunities to preach about his secret plan-that Christ is also for you Gentiles. That is why I am here in chains. 4 Pray that I will proclaim this message as clearly as I should. 5 Live wisely among those who are not Christians, and make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be gracious and effective so that you will have the right answer for everyone.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Have you ever grown tired of praying for someone to know the Lord as Savior?  Paul says we should devote ourselves to prayer and to be alert in prayer. Our persistence is an expression of our faith that God will answer our prayers. Faith shouldn’t die if the answer comes slowly, for God’s delay may be God’s way of working His will. We can have no way of knowing all of the circumstances surrounding the person we are praying for.  Or all of the ways that God is working to draw them to His love.  When we pray, we need to trust that God is working the circumstances of their lives to bring them to Himself.  God is working in the lives of all people to come to Him.  Some turn Him away and some just need more time.  The Holy Spirit is doing His job by working beyond their knowledge to bring them to accepting Christ as Savior.  So never give up.  Never stop praying for those you know who need Him.  When you pray, know that God is present, always listening and will always answer your prayer.  Maybe not in ways you had hoped, but in ways that He knows are best.

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January 28, 2011: 7:18 pm: Daily Scripture

Philippians 1:12-19
12 And I want you to know, dear brothers and sisters, that everything that has happened to me here has helped to spread the Good News. 13 For everyone here, including all the soldiers in the palace guard, knows that I am in chains because of Christ. 14 And because of my imprisonment, many of the Christians here have gained confidence and become more bold in telling others about Christ. 15 Some are preaching out of jealousy and rivalry. But others preach about Christ with pure motives. 16 They preach because they love me, for they know the Lord brought me here to defend the Good News. 17 Those others do not have pure motives as they preach about Christ. They preach with selfish ambition, not sincerely, intending to make my chains more painful to me. 18 But whether or not their motives are pure, the fact remains that the message about Christ is being preached, so I rejoice. And I will continue to rejoice. 19 For I know that as you pray for me and as the Spirit of Jesus Christ helps me, this will all turn out for my deliverance.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

What is the perspective that you live from?  Is it one of peace and joy or it is one of regret and remorse?  Paul was in prison for preaching the Gospel and had a guard chained to him 24 hours a day and yet he had joy.  His point of view was very clear and it did not depend on what was happening to him on the external, because his joy came from an internal knowledge of who he was in Christ.  He was looking at his situation from God’s perspective and not from his own human senses.  From a human point of view things could not have been worse.  He had no freedom and was doomed to die, but from God’s perspective, people were hearing about the love of God and getting saved from Hell.  How are you looking at the problem you face today?  Is it from the promises given to us by the Word of God, or are you depending on your own strength to overcome?  Get a clear point of view and know that life is just one series of problems and how you look at each situation will determine the outcome.  Look at them from God’s point of view and not from your own human perspective.  God has a way out of every problem and He has a purpose behind everything that happens to you.  And it is for your good and for His plan.  Trust Him today with that thing that weighs you down and let His joy fill you heart today.

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January 27, 2011: 7:18 pm: Daily Scripture

Galatians 6:7-10 7
Don’t be misled. Remember that you can’t ignore God and get away with it. You will always reap what you sow! 8 Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful desires will harvest the consequences of decay and death. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. 9 So don’t get tired of doing what is good. Don’t get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time. 10 Whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone, especially to our Christian brothers and sisters.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

We all have the exact same choices of receiving or refusing what Jesus Christ has provided for us. Our past, present and future as believers are all about the seeds sown by the choices we have made or will make. We think we are human beings having a spiritual experience on earth. But we need to understand we are spiritual beings for all time and eternity that happen to be having a little human experience here on earth. The choices we make today will affect us for all eternity. Many will go into eternity without the blood of Jesus Christ to cover their sins. Don’t be one of them, accept the gift of salvation now while you can. For the Christian, the decisions we make today will determine what we will be doing during the Millennium. Are you using the talents that God has given you for His Kingdom? Or are you hiding them? Are you too afraid to step out and take a risk? Break the cycle sown from your past and stop re-living your mistakes. Confusion, fear and unforgivness still thriving in your soul will hinder the work Christ has set before you. Think before you step outside of God’s will and do not sow anymore seeds you do not want to grow. Then pull the weeds of past regrets from your life by applying the grace and forgiveness of God. It will soothe your memories and calm your mind. Then you can move forward into eternity with a crop of plenty of work done in the name of Christ.

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January 26, 2011: 6:57 pm: Daily Scripture

1 Corinthians 1:22-30
22 God’s way seems foolish to the Jews because they want a sign from heaven to prove it is true. And it is foolish to the Greeks because they believe only what agrees with their own wisdom. 23 So when we preach that Christ was crucified, the Jews are offended, and the Gentiles say it’s all nonsense. 24 But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the mighty power of God and the wonderful wisdom of God. 25 This “foolish” plan of God is far wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is far stronger than the greatest of human strength.  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.

God chose the things the world would consider foolish to bring salvation to us.  That God Himself would come down to the earth is foolishness to the world. Today is no different than over 2000 years ago. The world still considers the work of Christ Jesus foolishness.  But for those who answer the call, we know it is the very life of all that we are. God and God alone made it possible for you to have His righteousness and it was God who made you acceptable to Himself. He is the One who makes us holy and who give us freedom.  The world considers this foolish. Once we chose Christ, we chose life and we chose to be in opposition to the world. The world cannot understand our choice, and the world does not like it.  The pressure from the world around us to leave Christ behind and follow our own desires will never go away. As long as we live on this earth, society will pressure the Christian to turn away from God and turn to our own selfish desire.  Do not let culture mold what you think and thereby what you do. But let the Word of God direct your thoughts and actions by the example given by God Himself through Jesus Christ. God made us pure and holy and He gave Himself to purchase our freedom. Do not turn away from the love so freely given to you, but use the power given to you by the Holy Spirit of God to live for Him.

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January 25, 2011: 6:59 pm: Daily Scripture

John 6:32-40
32 Jesus said, “I assure you, Moses didn’t give them bread from heaven. My Father did. And now he offers you the true bread from heaven. 33 The true bread of God is the one who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34 “Sir,” they said, “give us that bread every day of our lives.”  35 Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. No one who comes to me will ever be hungry again. Those who believe in me will never thirst. 36 But you haven’t believed in me even though you have seen me. 37 However, those the Father has given me will come to me, and I will never reject them. 38 For I have come down from heaven to do the will of God who sent me, not to do what I want. 39 And this is the will of God, that I should not lose even one of all those he has given me, but that I should raise them to eternal life at the last day. 40 For it is my Father’s will that all who see his Son and believe in him should have eternal life-that I should raise them at the last day.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Jesus told us that He was the Bread of Life; He also told us that He was Living Water.  Whoever eats of this Bread and drinks of this Water will never be hungry or thirsty again. Because He had just filled their stomachs with food, the crowd wanted Him to provide them with daily food just like God had done in the wilderness.  But God is not as concerned with filling our stomachs as He is with filling our hearts.  Repeatedly, the Bible instructs us not to worry about what we will eat or drink, but to put God first in our lives.  He tells us that He will provide what our bodies need to live, but that we must want and pursue what will make our soul live.  He will take care of the perishable and we are to focus on the eternal. Making Christ first, takes all of the emphasis off of us and puts us into the Kingdom of God.  When we walk in the Kingdom, we walk with Christ and He leads us where He wants us to go.  If you have not been focusing on the Bread of Life, you are slowly starving to death. Feed your spiritual life daily by turning your focus to Jesus. Put Him first in everything you do and you will walk in the Kingdom of God.

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January 24, 2011: 7:15 pm: Daily Scripture

1 John 3:7-10
7 Dear children, don’t let anyone deceive you about this: When people do what is right, it is because they are righteous, even as Christ is righteous. 8 But when people keep on sinning, it shows they belong to the Devil, who has been sinning since the beginning. But the Son of God came to destroy these works of the Devil. 9 Those who have been born into God’s family do not sin, because God’s life is in them. So they can’t keep on sinning, because they have been born of God. 10 So now we can tell who are children of God and who are children of the Devil. Anyone who does not obey God’s commands and does not love other Christians does not belong to God.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

There is a difference between committing a sin and continuing in sin. Every Christian will sometimes sin. but they do not cherish a particular sin and then choose to continue to commit that sin.  A child of God who commits a sin repents, confesses, and finds forgiveness.  The power of God in the life of a Christian gives them victory over that sin and it is does not become a habit.  But those who say they belong to Him and then continue to sin because they are not sorry for what they are doing are not of Him.  They may even use the Word of God to justify their sin, but this does not make it right.  It only adds to their own judgment. Thus, this person never confesses and never receives forgiveness,  Such a person is in opposition to God, no matter what religious claims they may make.  This type of person is in our churches today.  They are making claims to belong to God while they continue and even glorify evil sins, such as homosexuality and abortion.  Don’t be fooled.  Matthew 7:21-23 states, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. “Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'”  Just because our society has declared sin to be good does mean it is.  We must continue to look to the Word of God as our guide and not the desires of man.  Only those who do right because of the righteousness of Christ in them will be with Him throughout eternity.  The person who does not believe and live the Word of God will not enter into His rest.

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January 21, 2011: 8:49 pm: Daily Scripture

Ephesians 3:14-19
14 When I think of the wisdom and scope of God’s plan, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, 15 the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. 16 I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will give you mighty inner strength through his Holy Spirit. 17 And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts as you trust in him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love. 18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love really is. 19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is so great you will never fully understand it. Then you will be filled with the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

When a person feels loved, they feel secure and confident.  So much of what troubles people today is the lack of feeling loved by someone. So many go through life looking for this sense of security that only God can provide.  Many social problems are because of a lack of love. This is an effect of sin. It is not what God wanted for us, but it is what we choose.  Sin separates us from God and from knowing His love for us.  To have even a tiny glimmer of understanding of His love is to have a life filled with power and peace.  That is why Jesus Christ came, that we might know the love of God.  Even though we will never fully understand it in this life, we can know that it is there.  But it is a choice that each person will make in life.  For those who do know of the love God, He asks that we tell others and that we grow our roots deeper into Christ to become stronger. Do you know the love that God has for you? Do you know that nothing can ever separate you from that love? Think about this truth, plant it deep into your mind and continue to grow in that love and you will know a peace that the world will not understand.

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January 20, 2011: 6:23 pm: Daily Scripture

Romans 12: 1-2
And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice-the kind he will accept. When you think of what he has done for you, is this too much to ask? 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.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The behaviors and customs of this world are turning away from God. As we come to the end of this age, we will see the world adapt a “religion” that is all inclusive of every kind of sin. Actually this world religion does not recognize anything as sin. But God is calling you to a higher standard, because of what He has done for you. He asks that we make our bodies a holy and living sacrifice for Him. What does this mean in the world we live in today? It means we go against what is popular, what is acceptable by the world and what is no longer considered sin. We look to the Word for our standard regarding our bodies. The Word is very clear, stating that any sex outside of a man-women marriage is sin. Say that too loud just about anywhere and you will be labeled homophobic or a hate monger. It is now illegal for a preacher in Canada to preach against the sin of homosexuality.  They consider it hate language and it is a punishable crime.  The USA is not far behind.  The Episcopalians and  now the Lutherans have accepted homosexuals by accepting them into positions of leadership as pastors and priests.  This is blatantly going against the Word of God. But Romans is the Word of God and He is asking us to make our bodies a living sacrifice to Him. We cannot embrace only the parts of the Word we like and ignore the rest because we do not like what it tells us to do. Examine your heart, do you truly understand what Christ did for you and do you love Him? Don’t take the position of telling Him how to do it. He is sovereign and He is Almighty and He wrote the Book. Just because you have a desire for sexual activity outside of God’s standard, does not make it right. God did make you to be a sexual person, but going outside of His Word regarding your body is sin. Don’t take anyone’s word regarding this issue, go to the Word of God and seek answers yourself and then pray about it. God will lead you to do what is right.

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January 19, 2011: 8:42 pm: Daily Scripture

John 14:26-29
26 But when the Father sends the Counselor as my representative-and by the Counselor I mean the Holy Spirit-he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I myself have told you. 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. 28 Remember what I told you: I am going away, but I will come back to you again. If you really love me, you will be very happy for me, because now I can go to the Father, who is greater than I am. 29 I have told you these things before they happen so that you will believe when they do happen.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

What greater gift than to receive peace of mind and heart. I can think of nothing greater in the entire world. To know you are safe and secure no matter what the circumstances of your life are is true peace.  All those in Christ can know this kind of peace. The peace that comes from knowing you are in right standing with the mighty God of this universe can only come from accepting His gift of salvation. Once we admit we are sinners and cannot save ourselves, Christ comes in with not only salvation, but peace. Jesus separated the peace this world has to offer because it cannot compare to the true peace He gives to those who trust Him. Satan gives us a small glimpse of peace to draw us away from God. It looks so good and we want to believe it and many are deceived. But the peace this world offers does not last and will only lead to more pain. So stand on the Word of God, accept His gift of salvation and then receive the peace that only Jesus Christ can give.

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January 18, 2011: 6:18 pm: Daily Scripture

2 Peter 1:5-10
So make every effort to apply the benefits of these promises to your life. Then your faith will produce a life of moral excellence. A life of moral excellence leads to knowing God better. Knowing God leads to self-control. Self-control leads to patient endurance, and patient endurance leads to godliness. Godliness leads to love for other Christians, and finally you will grow to have genuine love for everyone. The more you grow like this, the more you will become productive and useful in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But those who fail to develop these virtues are blind or, at least, very shortsighted. They have already forgotten that God has cleansed them from their old life of sin. So, dear friends, work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

We are saved by faith and not by works, but once we are saved, God gives us tools to do His work in this world. As we do His work, we become more like Him. And what we do with these tools is what we will be examined on, when we stand before Him. This judgment will not be about sin, we will be in heaven and redeemed, but He will look at what we did after our salvation and what did we do for Him with the gifts and tools He gave us. It is difficult to remember that we cannot do what God does, and that God will not do what we can do for ourselves. God will not give us good habits, but He does give us the instructions to develop them. He will not make us walk holy before Him, but He does give us direction on how we can. We have to do all of that for ourselves. We have to work out our salvation and apply the tools He has given us. Once we apply the benefits of His promises, we operate in the power of the Holy Spirit. But we must take the first step and believe His Word is true. If we will, then He will. Every promise of God starts with us. We start with salvation, but that is only the start. Then we apply faith to produce moral excellence, to produce knowledge of God, to produce self-control, to produce endurance, to produce love. Start applying God’s promises and see His power manifested in your walk for Him!

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