Archive for March, 2011

March 16, 2011: 6:39 pm: Daily Scripture

Romans 8:31-39
31 What can we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32 Since God did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t God, who gave us Christ, also give us everything else? 33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? Will God? No! He is the one who has given us right standing with himself. 34 Who then will condemn us? Will Christ Jesus? No, for he is the one who died for us and was raised to life for us and is sitting at the place of highest honor next to God, pleading for us. 35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or are hungry or cold or in danger or threatened with death? 36 (Even the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. 38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels can’t, and the demons can’t. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can’t keep God’s love away. 39 Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

When ever you are feeling lost or confused, turn to Romans chapter 8 and let the Word of God soak deep into your mind and heart. This is where you will find peace no matter what is going on in your life. Even in your darkest moments God is at work bringing about restoration in your life. And it is all for your good. When you are facing the harsh consequences of the decisions you have made or the decisions that others have made, you can know that God is in control. He has told us that nothing will ever separate us from His love. This knowledge is always a reason to worship and praise Him. And when your sins are covered by the Blood of Jesus Christ, there is no one who can accuse you. Right now, Satan is before the throne of God trying to state your sins before Him. But he has nothing to say for those of us covered by the Blood. This is reason to praise Him! So no matter what is troubling you today, remember why you can still have peace, joy and comfort. Because of His love for you!

Have a God Day!

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March 4, 2011: 6:39 pm: Daily Scripture

Galatians 2:17-21
17 But what if we seek to be made right with God through faith in Christ and then find out that we are still sinners? Has Christ led us into sin? Of course not! 18 Rather, I make myself guilty if I rebuild the old system I already tore down. 19 For when I tried to keep the law, I realized I could never earn God’s approval. So I died to the law so that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Christ. 20 I myself no longer live, but Christ lives in me. So I live my life in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I am not one of those who treats the grace of God as meaningless. For if we could be saved by keeping the law, then there was no need for Christ to die.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Paul knew from studying the scriptures that he could not be saved by keeping God’s law.  Because we have all been infected by sin, we cannot keep God’s law perfectly.  The law given by God to the nation of Israel was a pointer directing them to the perfect sacrifice that was to come.  Jesus Christ was that perfect sacrifice because He was fully human and fully God and was without sin.  Because He was human, he could die.  And He went freely to the cross to take the penalty for our sins, so that we could be free from the power of sin and death.  But we have to accept His death for us.  Even though Jesus died for every sin ever committed and every sin ever to be committed, we do not receive that forgiveness unless we accept His act of love.  And when we do accept, we are crucified with Christ.  Now Christ lives in us.  We continue to live in our earthly bodies, but we are trusting in the Son of God who now lives in us.  God has provided a way of salvation that depends completely on Jesus Christ and not our own efforts.  And it is by His power that we are able to live for Him and we are able to keep His Word.  Do not treat the grace of God meaningless, God provide a Way for us to be reconciled to Him.  Accept His Way and then live for Him, as He lives in you.

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March 3, 2011: 6:34 pm: Daily Scripture

Jeremiah 17:5-10
5 This is what the Lord says: “Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans and turn their hearts away from the Lord. 6 They are like stunted shrubs in the desert, with no hope for the future. They will live in the barren wilderness, on the salty flats where no one lives.  7 “But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. 8 They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they go right on producing delicious fruit.  9 “The human heart is most deceitful and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? 10 But I know! I, the Lord, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

In times of trouble, those who trust in humans will be disappointed and are spiritually weak, so they will have no strength to draw on.  But those who trust in the Lord will have more strength than they need.  Providing not only for their own needs but for the needs of others.  Are you satisfied being unfruitful or would you like to be like a well watered tree and have strength in times of crisis and even having more to share?  God makes it very clear why we sin; it is a matter of the heart. Our heart is inclined toward sin from the time we are born.  It is easy to fall into the routine of forgetting and forsaking God.  But we can still choose whether or not to continue in sin.  We can yield to temptation or we can ask God for the way out.  Those who forget God are like the tree living in the barren wilderness.  They are stunted and will wither.  But those who turn to God in times of temptation will be full and produce much fruit.  You decide which tree you would like to be.

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March 2, 2011: 8:08 pm: Daily Scripture

2 Corinthians 13:3-6
3 I will give you all the proof you want that Christ speaks through me. Christ is not weak in his dealings with you; he is a mighty power among you. 4 Although he died on the cross in weakness, he now lives by the mighty power of God. We, too, are weak, but we live in him and have God’s power-the power we use in dealing with you.  5 Examine yourselves to see if your faith is really genuine. Test yourselves. If you cannot tell that Jesus Christ is among you, it means you have failed the test. 6 I hope you recognize that we have passed the test and are approved by God.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Can others tell that Jesus Christ lives in you?  This is the true test of Christianity.  Being a Christian isn’t belonging to a church or a religion, it is having the Lord Jesus Christ live in you. It is living in this sinful world as a forgiven sinner working to become more like Christ.  Many call themselves Christian but fail the test because Christ is not in them.  There is a difference in knowing about Christ and accepting His gift of grace in your life.  Once you accept Christ, you turn from your sin and turn toward Him, God becomes the Lord of your life and you now live for Him.  The old person is gone and a new person is born.  Ephesians 4:24 states, “You must display a new nature because you are a new person, created in God’s likeness-righteous, holy, and true.”  How do we become a new person?  Only through Him can we have the righteousness of God.  Because He became weak and lived as a human by the power of God, so we who are weak can live by the power of God in us.  Take the test and see if others can see Christ in you. Maybe you are living with one foot in Christ and one foot in the world.  This will not pass the test.  Christ wants your whole heart and your whole life.  Don’t wait another moment to make Christ your focus and your Lord.

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March 1, 2011: 6:19 pm: Daily Scripture

Philippians 4:11-13
11 Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to get along happily whether I have much or little. 12 I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. 13 For I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

God is able to give us everything we need, even though He does not give us everything we want.  God has given us so much; there has never been a generation of people who have had so much.  Yes, there are still many poor in this country and this world, but most of the people reading this message are extremely blessed.  But even though we have so much, many are not satisfied.  The more we have the more we want.  This attitude is contrary to the Word of God, and is not what Jesus did when He was here.  He had nothing, no home, no job, no family with Him, and yet He had everything. To become like Christ, we need to practice an attitude of gratitude, we need to practice being content with what we have.  Look at the needs of others around you and find someone you can help.  Do it in the name of Christ with no expectation of anything in return.  Practice doing this and always give your tithe (10%) and offerings (beyond the tithe) first.  Walking in obedience to God in this way will change your heart to one of thankfulness and praise for your God who provides for you.  Instead of thinking about what you do not have, thank God for what you do have.  After all, our most important possession is free and available to everyone, eternal life through Christ Jesus.

Have a God Day!

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