Archive for May, 2011

May 27, 2011: 7:43 pm: Daily Scripture

John 14:27-29
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.

Before Jesus left this world, He gave us all a precious gift.  Besides salvation which is the greatest gift of all, He gave us peace of mind and heart.  For those who do not have this, it is only because it has not been accepted.  There is not a situation this world can bring that can take away the peace that Jesus Christ gives us.  What is troubling you today?  What has taken your peace away?  The world today is a very turbulent place to live.  The wars overseas burden heavily on all of us. With what is happening, we all are feeling a little uneasy, but we need to keep in focus what belongs to us through Christ Jesus.  God has told us He is the same today, yesterday and tomorrow.  This includes His love for us, it does not ever change.  We can have peace of heart and mind even in the world we live in because we have His Word.  It takes faith and trusting, but peace can be yours because it is a gift from God.  Take that step of faith and lay your fears before God and give Him your worries.  Then trust that He will work all things out for your good because you love Him.  Don’t let another moment go by with the weight of your worries heavy on your mind, turn them over to Jesus and trust in Him to see you through.  Let them go and let God take care of your needs.

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May 25, 2011: 6:06 pm: Daily Scripture

1 Timothy 4:11-16
11 Teach these things and insist that everyone learn them. 12 Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you teach, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity. 13 Until I get there, focus on reading the Scriptures to the church, encouraging the believers, and teaching them. 14 Do not neglect the spiritual gift you received through the prophecies spoken to you when the elders of the church laid their hands on you. 15 Give your complete attention to these matters. Throw yourself into your tasks so that everyone will see your progress. 16 Keep a close watch on yourself and on your teaching. Stay true to what is right, and God will save you and those who hear you.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Paul is instructing Timothy who had been his disciple, but now was functioning as an apostle to the church at Ephesus. Paul had moved into the position of apostle years before after he had spent two years learning from the apostles in Jerusalem.  And it was in Acts that the disciples of Christ were first called apostles.  They had moved from a position of learning to a position of teaching.  This is the goal of all who come to know Christ as Lord and Savior.  Have you moved from disciple to apostle?  If not, what is holding you back?  If you are in Christ through His death on the cross, you are forgiven and should be learning what Christ lived while He was here on earth.  You should know what the Bible says and be applying it to your life on a daily basis. The next step is to teach it to others.  When you do this, you will be able to focus on the truth of His Word and lead others to know of His grace and love.  It is time to take what you have learned and lived and bring it to those who do not know Him.  No one is exempt from this calling.  And it does not always mean you are in front of the church or in a formal teaching setting.  It means that you have learned His Word and are living it and teaching it to others by how you live or by what you say.  Doing this, you will always be prepared for that one person the Spirit of God will bring before you who wants to know more.  Always be prepared to know what The Word says to lead someone to Christ.  He calls all of us to this work, no one is exempt.  So if you have been serving the Lord for some time now, go before Him and seek His wisdom on this and ask for the power of the Holy Spirit to guide you and instruct you when someone comes to you to know Christ.

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May 24, 2011: 12:01 am: Daily Scripture

Psalm 73:16-26
16 So I tried to understand why the wicked prosper. But what a difficult task it is!
17 Then one day I went into your sanctuary, O God, and I thought about the destiny of the wicked.
18 Truly, you put them on a slippery path and send them sliding over the cliff to destruction.
19 In an instant they are destroyed, swept away by terrors.
20 Their present life is only a dream that is gone when they awake. When you arise, O Lord, you will make them vanish from this life.
21 Then I realized how bitter I had become, how pained I had been by all I had seen.
22 I was so foolish and ignorant-I must have seemed like a senseless animal to you.
23 Yet I still belong to you; you are holding my right hand.
24 You will keep on guiding me with your counsel, leading me to a glorious destiny.
25 Whom have I in heaven but you? I desire you more than anything on earth.
26 My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Pride is any attitude that elevates our effort or abilities above God’s or treats with disdain His work in us.  So many times in this world it looks like the wicked prosper, while we struggle.  But those in the Lord can also become full of pride and worship the created things instead of the Creator.  Anything that takes first place in your mind, thoughts and actions is above God in your life.  The Psalmist is telling us what happens to those who are full of pride.  As he compared his life in the Lord to those outside of God, he saw them prosper and his life was full of trouble.  But God points out that those outside of God and who prosper in this life, will only be swept away by terrors.  God is talking about the final separation from Him that comes to those who put their trust in the things He has created.  Christians can also get caught up in pride of the blessings that God has given them.  Guard your heart and thoughts and remember that all things come from God and it is by His provision that you have anything.  When we take on the attitude of everything belonging to God, we give up our pride in what we have.  Desire Jesus more than anything on earth no matter what is going on with your health, your job, or your family.  Keep Jesus the center of your life and the Giver of all that you have and your attitude and actions will be in the right place.  God does not object to self confidence, healthy self esteem, or good feelings about our accomplishments. He objects to the foolish attitude of taking full credit for what He has done for you. Keep God the strength of your heart and realize the attitude of pride when it comes upon you.  The success of the ungodly will be the only pleasure they have, and if they do not turn to Christ, they will be eternally separated from Him.  But He is yours forever!

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May 20, 2011: 6:40 pm: Daily Scripture

Ephesians 4:25-31
25 So put away all falsehood and “tell your neighbor the truth” because we belong to each other. 26 And “don’t sin by letting anger gain control over you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 for anger gives a mighty foothold to the Devil. 28 If you are a thief, stop stealing. Begin using your hands for honest work, and then give generously to others in need. 29 Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. 30 And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he is the one who has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of malicious behavior. 32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

It is very important for those who belong to God to understand that it is our responsibility to lay down the old and pick up the new. That means we change our attitudes and behaviors. God transforms our desires, our character, and our nature, but we must change our behavior. As we lay down the past and pick up the new we are laying down evil and picking up good.  God will give us all the tools, but we must put them into action by the way we live our lives.  God will not make us do anything, He will only give us the direction, desire and power to do so. Philippians 2:13 tells us, “For God is working in you, giving you the desire to obey him and the power to do what pleases him.”  Once transformed by the power of Christ, we are given the desire and the power to do His will. But we are the one who must put it into action.  We take the step, we say the words, we give to the needs around us. If we say we belong to God, but do not change our behavior, we do not fully understand the purpose God intends for those who love Him.  Move forward into the power given to you by the One who died for you and let the world see that love given to you by the way you live your life.

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May 18, 2011: 8:00 pm: Daily Scripture

Ephesians 4:25-31
25 So put away all falsehood and “tell your neighbor the truth” because we belong to each other. 26 And “don’t sin by letting anger gain control over you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 for anger gives a mighty foothold to the Devil. 28 If you are a thief, stop stealing. Begin using your hands for honest work, and then give generously to others in need. 29 Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. 30 And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he is the one who has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of malicious behavior. 32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

It is very important for those who belong to God to understand that it is our responsibility to lay down the old and pick up the new. That means we change our attitudes and behaviors. God transforms our desires, our character, and our nature, but we must change our behavior. As we lay down the past and pick up the new we are laying down evil and picking up good.  God will give us all the tools, but we must put them into action by the way we live our lives.  God will not make us do anything, He will only give us the direction, desire and power to do so. Philippians 2:13 tells us, “For God is working in you, giving you the desire to obey him and the power to do what pleases him.”  Once transformed by the power of Christ, we are given the desire and the power to do His will. But we are the one who must put it into action.  We take the step, we say the words, we give to the needs around us. If we say we belong to God, but do not change our behavior, we do not fully understand the purpose God intends for those who love Him.  Move forward into the power given to you by the One who died for you and let the world see that love given to you by the way you live your life.

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May 17, 2011: 6:01 pm: Daily Scripture

Ephesians 4:17-27
17 With the Lord’s authority let me say this: Live no longer as the ungodly do, for they are hopelessly confused. 18 Their closed minds are full of darkness; they are far away from the life of God because they have shut their minds and hardened their hearts against him. 19 They don’t care anymore about right and wrong, and they have given themselves over to immoral ways. Their lives are filled with all kinds of impurity and greed. 20 But that isn’t what you were taught when you learned about Christ. 21 Since you have heard all about him and have learned the truth that is in Jesus, 22 throw off your old evil nature and your former way of life, which is rotten through and through, full of lust and deception. 23 Instead, there must be a spiritual renewal of your thoughts and attitudes. 24 You must display a new nature because you are a new person, created in God’s likeness-righteous, holy, and true. 25 So put away all falsehood and “tell your neighbor the truth” because we belong to each other. 26 And “don’t sin by letting anger gain control over you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 for anger gives a mighty foothold to the Devil.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

There should be a difference between the way Christians and non-Christians live.  Because those of us in Christ are full of His light, the world should see His light in our lives by the way we live.  Our old way of life before we knew Christ is completely in the past.  We should put it behind us like old clothes to be thrown away.  We cannot move forward in Christ when we are looking back.  Life in Christ cannot be lived while looking in the rear view mirror.  We must look forward and see ourselves as the person Christ knows we will become regardless of our past.  We are to be separate and live as Christ did.  The world should see the difference.  We are not to be driven by our old desires and impulses.  We must put on the new nature, head in a new direction and have the new way of thinking that the Spirit of God within us have given us.  Look to His Word for direction on how to live.  Our attitudes and behaviors should reflect the Spirit of God that is in us.  Don’t live as the ungodly do, who are hopelessly confused because they have refused to believe God.  Live as you have been taught.  Since you have believed in Christ, let Him continue to transform you into the new creation that you are.

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May 16, 2011: 7:25 pm: Daily Scripture

John 21:15-17
15 After breakfast Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”
“Yes, Lord,” Peter replied, “you know I love you.”
“Then feed my lambs,” Jesus told him.
16 Jesus repeated the question: “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
“Yes, Lord,” Peter said, “you know I love you.”
“Then take care of my sheep,” Jesus said.
17 Once more he asked him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
Peter was grieved that Jesus asked the question a third time. He said, “Lord, you know everything. You know I love you.”
Jesus said, “Then feed my sheep.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Many Christian read this passage and do not understand.  Why would Christ question Peter so when He knew that Peter loved Him?  It is not a question just for Peter, but is a question for all those who say they love Him. All who respond to the call of Christ are given gifts from the Lord.  Ephesians 4:7 explains, “However, he has given each one of us a special gift according to the generosity of Christ.”  Christ expects us to use these gifts to follow His command to complete the great commission given in Matthew 28:18, “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”  The verse does not end there but continues on with instructions to teach the disciples they make, “Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you.”  Christ is calling Peter to go out and make sure that His sheep are feed the Bread of Life.  We are all also called to “feed” each other.  As part of the Body of Christ, we are to edify and strengthen each other in our walk with Christ.  We are responsible to other parts of the Body of Christ to help and strengthen.  It is not enough just to bring people into the Body of Christ, but once a part of the Body, we are responsible to each other.  Are your feeding your brothers and sisters in Christ?  If not, read more of Ephesians to understand the gifts that God has given you and then pray for God to give you wisdom.  Move forward into your assignment to strengthen a brother or sister in Christ. God will provide opportunities to do so, we just need to be able to see His work when we are called.  WAnd we are all called and we are all responsible to “feed” His sheep.

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May 13, 2011: 7:45 pm: Daily Scripture

1 Corinthians 15:45-49
45 The Scriptures tell us, “The first man, Adam, became a living person.” But the last Adam-that is, Christ-is a life-giving Spirit. 46 What came first was the natural body, then the spiritual body comes later. 47 Adam, the first man, was made from the dust of the earth, while Christ, the second man, came from heaven. 48 Every human being has an earthly body just like Adam’s, but our heavenly bodies will be just like Christ’s. 49 Just as we are now like Adam, the man of the earth, so we will someday be like Christ, the man from heaven.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

As we live in our earthly bodies, we are like Adam, made of dust.  But as a Christian we are also in the process of becoming like Christ.  Because of the love God has for us, He wants us to be like His Son.  God knows every detail of our lives that will bring us to this end.  And that is the only assignment that God will grade when we stand before Him.  How much like Christ did we become while we lived in this sinful world.  God the Father loves the Son so much that He wants all of His children to conform into His image.  This is the only goal God has for our lives.  When God tells us in 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.” He is telling us that becoming like Christ is His only purpose for all those who love Him.  And everything that happens to us, God will work to this end.  Nothing else we do will matter, as all things will work for our good to bring us to the purpose that God has for our life, to be like Christ.  Everything we do and everything we are is to be focused on becoming like Him Who died for us and not staying like the dust we are. God loves us so much, just like He loves the Son because we His body, we are joint heirs with Christ if we are in Him.  If we are a part of Christ we share the same DNA and God will stop at nothing to make us into His image.  One day we will be like Him. All of our life is directed towards this goal.  Becoming like Christ is God’s purpose for us and we should be mindful of this at all time.  Just as we are mindful of our earthly presence, we should be mindful of the heavenly presence that lives in us to accomplish the will of the Father, for us to be like Christ.

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May 12, 2011: 9:10 pm: Daily Scripture

Ephesians 3:14-21
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. 20 Now glory be to God! By his mighty power at work within us, he is able to accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare to ask or hope. 21 May he be given glory in the church and in Christ Jesus forever and ever through endless ages. Amen.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

One of the greatest weapons Satan brings against Christians is discouragement. There is so much pain and suffering in this world, we all wonder when it will end. Sometimes the cares and problems of this life can be so overwhelming that we lose track of who we are or better yet who we belong to. Discouragement is a normal response to pain in our lives but it can also be a tool for Satan to pull us away from God. When we are hit hard with pain in this life, we become physically drained. Emotionally we are on edge at all times. It is like our nerves are exposed on the surface and even the smallest task can set us off into a fit of anger. Mentally we forget what God has brought us through and the prayers He has answered. Spiritually we lose intimacy with the One who loves us the most. God is the One who knows every detail about us and yet still loves us with a love that we can not comprehend. Paul is writing to let us all know that unless we are rooted in God’s love we will be tossed around by the pain of this life and forget how much God loves us.  God’s love is what will get us through the tough times. If we are rooted and grounded in the Word of God and God’s people, there will be nothing that will ever be able to separate us from the love of God. We have His Word!

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May 11, 2011: 9:46 pm: Daily Scripture

Mark 4:13-20
13 “But if you can’t understand this story, how will you understand all the others I am going to tell? 14 The farmer I talked about is the one who brings God’s message to others. 15 The seed that fell on the hard path represents those who hear the message, but then Satan comes at once and takes it away from them. 16 The rocky soil represents those who hear the message and receive it with joy. 17 But like young plants in such soil, their roots don’t go very deep. At first they get along fine, but they wilt as soon as they have problems or are persecuted because they believe the word. 18 The thorny ground represents those who hear and accept the Good News, 19 but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the cares of this life, the lure of wealth, and the desire for nice things, so no crop is produced. 20 But the good soil represents those who hear and accept God’s message and produce a huge harvest-thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

When we receive the Word of God into our hearts, it can be life changing. But Christ warns us that Satan will try to steal from us what God has planted.  The first thing he will do is immediately bring doubt and confusion into your mind.  The second thing Satan will do is bring a circumstance that will discourage you.  If you don’t recognize what is happening and fight against him, the Word planted in your heart will not grow and you will stumble over and over again without ever receiving what God has promised.  Christ is warning us that Satan comes with lies and half truths and discouraging circumstances to keep us from receiving the promises of God.  If you are not growing in your walk with Christ look at what is happening with the Word planted in your heart.  Don’t let Satan steal it from you.

Receiving the Word of God into your life is more than just reading, it is speaking the Word, meditating on the Word and then to acting on the Word. Paul wrote in Philippians 1:6 that he was “confident in this very thing:–this one thing, this one truth– that “He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until that Day.”  The Word of God in your life and brought to the harvest stage of producing “seed” will change your life.  But you must take that Word and speak it, meditate on it and then act on it for it to grow and produce the crop that God intended.  But while it is growing in your heart, Satan will try to steal it from you.  Beware of him and rebuke him in the name of Jesus and take what God intended for you.  God has so much He wants you to know and so much He wants you to receive, but you need to keep His Word on your lips, in you mind and in your actions before it can grow into the promise.

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