Archive for March, 2011

March 31, 2011: 9:18 pm: Daily Scripture

Good Morning!
1 Kings 3:5-95 That night the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream, and God said, “What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!”6 Solomon replied, “You were wonderfully kind to my father, David, because he was honest and true and faithful to you. And you have continued this great kindness to him today by giving him a son to succeed him. 7 O Lord my God, now you have made me king instead of my father, David, but I am like a little child who doesn’t know his way around. 8 And here I am among your own chosen people, a nation so great they are too numerous to count! 9 Give me an understanding mind so that I can govern your people well and know the difference between right and wrong. For who by himself is able to govern this great nation of yours?”

Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

When given a chance to have anything in the world, Solomon asked for wisdom.  He asked for an “understanding mind” in order to direct God’s people well and to make right decisions.  James 1:5 states that we can ask for this same kind of wisdom.  We should ask God for wisdom to know what the job is that God wants us to do and then for wisdom to carry it out.  We should not ask God to do for us what He wants to do through us.  Instead we should ask God to give us the wisdom to know what to do and the strength to follow through.  God will never step in and do for us what we can do for ourselves.  It is better for us to move into action than to sit back and have it done for us.  Knowing and understanding the will of God comes only through knowing His Word and knowing His mind.  God will show us all we need to know to have the mind of Christ if we seek Him through His Word and ask Him.  Once we know, we must move to action and do the task set before us.  This is the will of God for all of those who belong to Him.

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March 30, 2011: 6:30 pm: Daily Scripture

1 Corinthians 2:6-16

6 However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, 8 which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” 10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. 13 These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. 16 For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

 
Those who are not in Christ cannot understand God’s spiritual truths and they cannot understand the concept that God’s Spirit lives in believers. Don’t expect people to understand or approve of your decision to follow Christ.  People of the world will think it foolish. Just as a tone deaf-person cannot appreciate fine music, the person who rejects Christ cannot understand the spiritual truths from God. They have turned their back on God and will not understand the wisdom He provides for those who choose to follow Him.  Believers in fact, have the very mind of Christ.  Through The Holy Spirit, we can begin to know God’s thoughts. The more we know the mind of God, the more we grow to become like Him.  The world will not understand or accept this.  Are you spending enough time with Christ to know His mind?  Knowing the thoughts of God comes only by spending time with Him.  An intimate relationship with Christ comes only with consistent time in His presence and knowing His Word.  The way you live will show how intimate your relationship is with God.  The more you know Him the more you will be like Him. Don’t be like the world and close your mind to the things of God.  Open your mind and seek His will by knowing His Word and spending time with Him.

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March 29, 2011: 6:24 pm: Daily Scripture

Philippians 1:20-25

20 For I live in eager expectation and hope that I will never do anything that causes me shame, but that I will always be bold for Christ, as I have been in the past, and that my life will always honor Christ, whether I live or I die. 21 For to me, living is for Christ, and dying is even better. 22 Yet if I live, that means fruitful service for Christ. I really don’t know which is better. 23 I’m torn between two desires: Sometimes I want to live, and sometimes I long to go and be with Christ. That would be far better for me, 24 but it is better for you that I live.  25 I am convinced of this, so I will continue with you so that you will grow and experience the joy of your faith. Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.
The verdict is in!  The mortality rate is 100%, with no exceptions. The truth is we are all going to die. For the Christian to die is to gain.  We go to be with our Lord who died for us. Is this the attitude that you have about living and dying? Are you comforted that no matter what happens, you are in God’s hands?  For me, it is not the dying that worries me, it is the living.  What we do and how we do it from the time we are born until the day we die is the thing we need to understand.  How would you complete the statement, “For me to live is_________?” Could you be like Paul and state, “For me to live is Christ.”  Or are you living just to get and accumulate things?  What is your ultimate purpose for living? Once we know how to live and what we are living for, we can be prepared to die.  Not that we want death or look forward to it, but we are not afraid of it.  It is a place of peace, knowing that whatever our state we are with God. If we are living, we are moving toward Him and if we die, we are with Him.  This is the place of true joy, knowing that we are held by our Father and He is our purpose.  What is your reason for living today? Take time to look at what the purpose of your life is.  If you are a child of Jesus Christ, then live for that purpose with an attitude of joy because of God within you.
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March 28, 2011: 7:28 pm: Daily Scripture

2 Kings 5:9-16
9 So Naaman went with his horses and chariots and waited at the door of Elisha’s house. 10 But Elisha sent a messenger out to him with this message: “Go and wash yourself seven times in the Jordan River. Then your skin will be restored, and you will be healed of leprosy.” 11 But Naaman became angry and stalked away. “I thought he would surely come out to meet me!” he said. “I expected him to wave his hand over the leprosy and call on the name of the Lord his God and heal me! 12 Aren’t the Abana River and Pharpar River of Damascus better than all the rivers of Israel put together? Why shouldn’t I wash in them and be healed?” So Naaman turned and went away in a rage. 13 But his officers tried to reason with him and said, “Sir, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, wouldn’t you have done it? So you should certainly obey him when he says simply to go and wash and be cured!” 14 So Naaman went down to the Jordan River and dipped himself seven times, as the man of God had instructed him. And his flesh became as healthy as a young child’s, and he was healed! 15 Then Naaman and his entire party went back to find the man of God. They stood before him, and Naaman said, “I know at last that there is no God in all the world except in Israel. Now please accept my gifts.” 16 But Elisha replied, “As surely as the Lord lives, whom I serve, I will not accept any gifts.” And though Naaman urged him to take the gifts, Elisha refused.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Every miracle, large or small, always begins with an act of obedience.  Sometimes we will not see the solution until we humble ourselves and take a step of faith.  Naaman was the army commander for the King of Aram.  This was Israel’s neighbor and enemy.  The King of Aram had been coming into Israel and raiding and plundering them. Naaman had suffered with leprosy and heard about Elisha a prophet of God and knew that the God of Israel could heal him.  Naaman went to Elisha to be healed, but he was a leader and full of pride, and he did not want do something as humble as wash himself in the Jordan River.  But when he finally did obey, he was healed by God.  Sometimes God provides for us in ways that go beyond our narrow definitions or expectations.  No matter how bitter our trials or how hopeless they seem, we should always look for God’s caring touch because it is there.  We may find His providence in strange places.  What trial are you facing today?  Do you need healing for your body or your heart?  Bring your need before Him and humble yourself enough to be open to see God where you did not expect Him.  God loves you so much; He even has the hairs on your head numbered. So He knows exactly what you are going through. Trust Him to see you through the situation. When you hear His voice move in obedience and do His will. Know that God will take a difficult situation and use it to make you more like Christ.

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March 24, 2011: 6:49 pm: Daily Scripture

1 John 1:5-10
5 This is the message he has given us to announce to you: God is light and there is no darkness in him at all. 6 So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness. We are not living in the truth. 7 But if we are living in the light of God’s presence, just as Christ is, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from every sin. 8 If we say we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and refusing to accept the truth. 9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The statement “God is light” means that God is perfectly holy and true and that He alone can guide us out of the darkness of our sin.  Light exposes what is true and whatever exists, whether it is good or it is bad.  In the light evil and goodness are clearly distinguished.  Just as darkness cannot exist in the presence of light, so sin cannot exist in the presence of our holy God.  If we want a relationship with God, we cannot approach Him with darkness in us.  It will be exposed and God will not have fellowship with darkness. We must nail our sins to the cross of Christ by believing and receiving the grace Christ died to give us.  To claim that you belong to Christ but then go out and live for your old sinful nature is hypocrisy. Christ will expose and judge such deceit.  Paul tells us to confess our sins and God will cleanse us from every sin. Have fellowship with God and walk in His light by the righteousness Christ died to give you.

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March 23, 2011: 7:22 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 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.

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March 22, 2011: 8:33 pm: Daily Scripture

Hebrews 12:1-4
Since we have such a huge crowd of men of faith watching us from the grandstands, let us strip off anything that slows us down or holds us back, and especially those sins that wrap themselves so tightly around our feet and trip us up; and let us run with patience the particular race that God has set before us. 2 Keep your eyes on Jesus, our leader and instructor. He was willing to die a shameful death on the cross because of the joy he knew would be his afterwards; and now he sits in the place of honor by the throne of God. 3 If you want to keep from becoming fainthearted and weary, think about his patience as sinful men did such terrible things to him. 4 After all, you have never yet struggled against sin and temptation until you sweat great drops of blood.
The Living Bible, (Wheaton, Ill.: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1997.

Why do cleansed Christians return to sin after receiving the grace of God? God’s ability to love, forgive, and cleanse sinners is incredible.  If we confess, He purifies and forgives…every time…and in every way. But even cleansed people can sin again.  It is difficult to understand why God left us to deal with our old nature and the new nature of Christ within us.  It is a question of faith, will we trust that God knows what He is doing with every detail of our lives?  When we sin, we choose our own wisdom over God’s. Most Christians know what to do. We just need to keep on doing it. The incredible benefit of this life in Christ is the power of the Holy Spirit within us.  Romans 8:9 tells us, “You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you.  And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.” Suddenly, we can do something we could never do before. We can with the power of the Spirit of God within us dispose of sin like old clothing.  To say we have Jesus in our life, and the Holy Spirit’s power, yet claim we can do nothing about habitual sin is absurd.  Taking on the righteousness of Christ needs to become a habit. We need to strip off every sin that holds us back from becoming all that God intends for us.  And we can do that because we have His Word that we can and the proof is His Spirit in us. Confess your sin before God and remove it from your life and become Christ in the flesh to your world.

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March 21, 2011: 7:04 pm: Daily Scripture

1 Corinthians 6:9-14
9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. 12 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. 13 Foods for the stomach and the stomach for foods, but God will destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 And God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Sanctification, do any of us really know what this means? Is it something that can be achieved in this world? Paul tells the Corinthians that they were sanctified. And we are being sanctified through the blood of Jesus. But none of us will be fully sanctified until we are like Him.  We are fully justified, but sanctification is only achieved when we are fully walking in the Kingdom of God under His will. The question then is, do we walk in our sanctification? It means separating yourself from that which is evil. It is really all of God or nothing. We can not have one foot in the world and one foot with God. There is no such thing as a little bit of sin. If you add one drop of contaminated water to a bucket of clean water, it all becomes contaminated. But if you add one drop of clean water to bucket of contaminated water, it is all still contaminated. We are called by Christ to abstain from any appearance of evil. We must confess our sins and then turn from them. We can do this only through the power of the Holy Spirit. We are sanctified through the blood of Christ by His power. When you are tempted with sin, claim your sanctification and rebuke the enemy by the power of the Holy Spirit in you!

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March 18, 2011: 6:01 pm: Daily Scripture

Hebrews 5:7-9
7 While Jesus was here on earth, he offered prayers and pleadings, with a loud cry and tears, to the one who could deliver him out of death. And God heard his prayers because of his reverence for God. 8 So even though Jesus was God’s Son, he learned obedience from the things he suffered. 9 In this way, God qualified him as a perfect High Priest, and he became the source of eternal salvation for all those who obey him.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Jesus’ human life was not a script that He passively followed.  It was a life that He chose freely as John 10:17-18 states, “The Father loves me because I lay down my life that I may have it back again. No one can take my life from me. I lay down my life voluntarily. For I have the right to lay it down when I want to and also the power to take it again. For my Father has given me this command.”  Jesus’ life was a continual process of making the will of God the Father His own.  Jesus chose to obey, even though obedience led to suffering and death.  Because Jesus obeyed perfectly, even under great trail, He can help us obey, no matter how difficult obedience seems to be.  How can we do less after what He did for us.  And if Jesus as a human needed to choose obedience to the Father, how much more do we?  Examine your walk with God and ask Him to help you see what you need to surrender in obedience to His will.

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March 17, 2011: 7:50 pm: Daily Scripture

Luke 18:
18 Once a religious leader asked Jesus this question: “Good teacher, what should I do to get eternal life?” 19 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked him. “Only God is truly good. 20 But as for your question, you know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery. Do not murder. Do not steal. Do not testify falsely. Honor your father and mother.'” 21 The man replied, “I’ve obeyed all these commandments since I was a child.” 22 “There is still one thing you lack,” Jesus said. “Sell all you have and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” 23 But when the man heard this, he became sad because he was very rich.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Why was a very hard for the rich person to hear from Jesus, that he must sell everything and give it to the poor or that he must come and follow Jesus?  What ever was more difficult for him, he could not do either.  There was no question that he did not understand exactly what Jesus was asking, only sadness because it was the thing he would not give.  The rich man was more devoted to the idea of Jesus than to Jesus Himself.  If he had been willing to obey, this man would have found treasures that could not be compared to what he already had.  Christ does ask us to surrender anything He has not already surrendered.  Hebrews 5:8 states, “So even though Jesus was God’s Son, He learned obedience from the things He suffered.”  Jesus Christ gave up all this world could offer to give us a right relationship with God the Father.  This man could not see that life was more than what we own in this world.  But he did understand what a right relationship would cost him.  It would cost him his will and that would require obedience to God.  He walked away very sad because he did understand.  Because Christ suffered and gave up so much for us, can we do any less for Him?  What is He asking of you today that is difficult to surrender?  Don’t be like this man and walk away, but give all that God would ask.  Remember He would never require your obedience, if He Himself had not be willing to do the same.

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