Archive for July, 2011

July 13, 2011: 7:30 pm: Daily Scripture

Ephesians 4: 20-25
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.

A major aspect of holiness is living a life separated from the world. Jesus taught us to be in the world but not of the world. What used to be good is now bad and what used to bad is now good according to the world’s standards. But the Word of God does not change; sin is still sin, no matter what you call it or how you look at it. And it is God’s standards that we use to measure. He laid out the plan before the beginning of time and it has not changed. We need to shed the “old man” and stand in readiness for spiritual combat. We need to recognize that we have demonic enemies that are out to separate us from God or at least make us useless Christians. If we are too weak in our faith and relationship with God, we will not be an effective witness to those around us. Reject any evil attitudes and let God work His divine nature through you.

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July 8, 2011: 7:22 pm: Daily Scripture

32 A psalm of David.
1 Oh, what joy for those whose rebellion is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight!
2 Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of sin, whose lives are lived in complete honesty!
3 When I refused to confess my sin, I was weak and miserable, and I groaned all day long.
4 Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat.
5 Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide them. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.
6 Therefore, let all the godly confess their rebellion to you while there is time, that they may not drown in the floodwaters of judgment.
7 For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory.
8 The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996

Forgiveness has always been a part of God’s loving nature. He wants to forgive sin. God knows the best path for all of His creatures and He is waiting to direct and guide anyone who is willing to let Him. When the knowledge of His grace becomes real in our lives, we experience great joy. It is by faith we believe that God could have possibly loved us so much that He sent us a way of escape from sin. God has made a Way.  In the Book of John,  Jesus said to us, “I am the Way the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” God is patiently waiting for you to understand and believe in Him. He knows there is great joy for those that do. Anyone who believes in Him will receive absolution from sin. Then evidence of our faith will show in our life lived for Christ. But God is not going to wait forever. There will come a day when time will end. David had the knowledge of God’s judgment on the world at the great flood. He knew that God would not tolerate sin forever. But today, there is still time to repent. None of us knows what tomorrow will bring, why not be ready to face eternity with God’s grace instead of His judgment!

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July 7, 2011: 8:06 pm: Daily Scripture

2 Timothy 4:3-5
3 For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to right teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever they want to hear. 4 They will reject the truth and follow strange myths. 5 But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at bringing others to Christ. Complete the ministry God has given you.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Over 2000 years ago the time had come when people would no longer listen to right teaching and it is still here today.  Many follow their own desires looking for someone to tell them what they want to hear.  Many do not want to hear about a God who can change their lives, they want to determine what is right and wrong regardless of who it may hurt.  Satan is very busy today deceiving those who would be deceived.  As a child of Christ and a part of His body, we need to keep our focus clear.  Keeping the mind of Christ is our first priority.  Everything else will fall into place with our mind focused on Him.  When we know Him, we know the truth and everything else becomes clear.  Remember this as you go out into the world.  Remember that many people want to be deceived and choose not to believe in a God who can save them from their sin.  They do not believe they have sin or simply do not care.  Those that will listen will and those who are going to be deceived will.  Continue to live for Christ and continue to let your life and actions show that you belong to Him.  Never let an opportunity pass to let someone know the truth about Christ’ love because you never know the true heart of a person.  Many will come to know of His love and accept it, but many more will not.  This is simply a sign of the end of this age.  Christ will return soon.  Be ready to meet Him, by keeping Him your focus.

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July 6, 2011: 8:58 pm: Daily Scripture

2 Timothy 1;1-5
You should also know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. 2 For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. 3 They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control; they will be cruel and have no interest in what is good. 4 They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. 5 They will act as if they are religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. You must stay away from people like that.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The “act” or appearance of being religious includes going to church, knowing Christian doctrine, using Christian cliches, and following Christian traditions.  Such practices can make a person look good, but if their inner attitudes of belief, love and worship are lacking, the outer appearance is meaningless.  Jesus said it twice in Matthew, “I want you to be merciful; I don’t want your sacrifices.”  In other words, God does not want our outward actions unless our heart is turned toward Him and we are living His Word, His way. Those who “live” as if they belong to God, but do worship Him as Lord of their life are just going through the motions.

Right now in our society this is quit common.  In fact, Christ said it would happen in the days before His return.  The hearts of this world are turning toward “spirituality” but are leaving Christ out of it.  They want to look like they are religious, but it is of their own doing and really has nothing to do with God.  That is why we are seeing homosexuals holding high positions in some churches. (Any sex outside of man-woman marriage is sin according to the Word of God.) They have the “appearance ” of living for God, but are really living their own agenda.  God will have nothing to do with it.  If the church you are in brings in sin and states that the Word of God is wrong on this sin, run!  The Word of God cannot be amended to fit into what our society finds acceptable today.  That is what happen in Sodom and Gomorrah and look what happened to them.  It may be difficult to distinguish those who say they belong to God, from those that really do at first, but how they worship Him will tell in an instant.  Do they call upon the name of Christ and do they say that all of the Word of God is without error?  This is you clue.  Look to what His Word says and do not pick out the parts that you like and say, “I will live this part, but not this.”  To be a part of Christ, He makes the rules, we don’t.  The Bible has already been written and it is from God and we are not in a position to change what He has already done!

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July 1, 2011: 9:29 pm: Daily Scripture

Psalm 23:1-4
1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.
3 He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

When we allow God, our Shepherd, to guide us we have contentment.  When we chose to sin and go our own way, however, we cannot blame God for the environment we have created for ourselves. Sometimes the consequences of our choices are not comfortable. A lot of the time our troubles are caused because we have made a bad choice.  And it is our choice and not God that has caused our situation.  Our Shepherd knows the “green pastures” and the “still waters” that will keep and restore us.  God knows what will work the best for us and even though we may not understand, it is His wisdom we should depend.  It is a matter of trusting Him to know what is best for us, even though we cannot see it.  We will reach this place of peace only by following Him obediently.  Rebelling against the Shepherd’s leading is actually rebelling against our own best interests.  We must remember this the next time we want our own way rather than the Shepherd’s way.

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