Archive for September, 2011

September 30, 2011: 8:45 pm: Daily Scripture

Luke 9:28-35
28 About eight days later Jesus took Peter, James, and John to a mountain to pray. 29 And as he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothing became dazzling white. 30 Then two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared and began talking with Jesus. 31 They were glorious to see. And they were speaking of how he was about to fulfill God’s plan by dying in Jerusalem. 32 Peter and the others were very drowsy and had fallen asleep. Now they woke up and saw Jesus’ glory and the two men standing with him. 33 As Moses and Elijah were starting to leave, Peter, not even knowing what he was saying, blurted out, “Master, this is wonderful! We will make three shrines-one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 34 But even as he was saying this, a cloud came over them; and terror gripped them as it covered them. 35 Then a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, my Chosen One. Listen to him.” 36 When the voice died away, Jesus was there alone. They didn’t tell anyone what they had seen until long after this happened.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Have you ever had such a wonderful experience where God touched you in a way that you never wanted to leave that place?  God works with each of us differently, but many of us have had a touch of God that has left us speechless.  Although we need to experience God in such a way, we need to come down off the mountain top and go back into the reality of our life.  Knowing that struggles await us in the valley may encourage us to linger on the mountain top. Yet staying on the mountain prohibits our ministering to others.  Instead of becoming spiritual giants, we soon become dwarfed by our self-centeredness.  Our desire to stay in the place that we experience God the most will only keep us from going back into reality and doing the work He has called us to do.  We need times of retreat and renewal, but only so we can return to minister to others.  Our faith must make sense off the mountain as well as on it.  Desire to have God fill you with overwhelming love, but then go out and share what He has done for you even though that may bring you into a world that is not pleasant because this is the will of God for you.

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September 29, 2011: 7:25 pm: Daily Scripture

Romans 8:35-39
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.

The love of God revealed through Christ Jesus is all we need to know to be safe in that love.  For those who know Him and suffer today, there is power in knowing His love.  God is Who He is no matter where you are, no matter what you believe or don’t believe.  So why would you doubt His love when times are difficult?  Is it any easier to understand Him when things are going your way?  Revelation 19:10 states, “…For the essence of prophecy is to give a clear witness for Jesus.”  The entire Bible gives a clear picture of Who Jesus Christ is, either leading up to Him or looking back.  And when you are going thorough trials and difficulties in this world He is the One who will sustain and keep you.  Why would you limit Him by not believing Him?  There is nothing that can ever separate you from His love even if you think it can.  It does not matter what you think or know, He is still the same and will never change.  So when there is suffering, go to the truth and find out what He will do for you.  He will keep you safe in His love and calm the storm in your life.  Either He will walk with you through it or He will change the storms path.  But He will never leave you.  So go to His Word and learn Who He is and trust His promises.

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September 26, 2011: 7:09 pm: Daily Scripture

Mark 4:21-25
21 Then Jesus asked them, “Would anyone light a lamp and then put it under a basket or under a bed to shut out the light? Of course not! A lamp is placed on a stand, where its light will shine. 22 “Everything that is now hidden or secret will eventually be brought to light. 23 Anyone who is willing to hear should listen and understand! 24 And be sure to pay attention to what you hear. The more you do this, the more you will understand-and even more, besides. 25 To those who are open to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But to those who are not listening, even what they have will be taken away from them.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The light of the truth about Jesus Christ in our lives should not be hidden.  If we say we love Him, we will obey Him and it will show.  Only as we put God’s teachings into practice will we understand and see more truth. The truth is always clear but our vision may be clouded because we have not applied other truth He has revealed to us.  Our ability to understand may be clouded by our disbelief and that we have not applied what He has already revealed. It is in the applying of God’s understanding that we learn and grow. James 1:22-25 states, “And remember, it is a message to obey, not just to listen to. If you don’t obey, you are only fooling yourself. 23 For if you just listen and don’t obey, it is like looking at your face in a mirror but doing nothing to improve your appearance. 24 You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. 25 But if you keep looking steadily into God’s perfect law-the law that sets you free-and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.”  As we understand His Word we should obey and walk in the truth of what we understand by applying it to our behaviors and attitudes. Our vision then becomes clearer to increase our understanding of more of God’s Word.  What truth has Christ revealed to you?  Apply it, obey it and walk in it and He will give you more understanding.

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September 23, 2011: 6:50 pm: Daily Scripture

James 4:7
7 So humble yourselves before God. Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw close to God, and God will draw close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, you hypocrites. 9 Let there be tears for the wrong things you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy. 10 When you bow down before the Lord and admit your dependence on him, he will lift you up and give you honor.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Anytime you find yourself away from God it is because you have moved. When you find yourself not feeling connected to God or to His people it is always because you have turned another way. The Spirit of God is always working in your life to draw you to God, but He will not stop you from moving away. When you have no connection to God through His Word or prayer or His people you have turned away from Him. John 14-17: states, “16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor, who will never leave you. 17 He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world at large cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you do, because he lives with you now and later will be in you.” Once you accept Christ as your Savior, the Spirit of God lives in you, but you can turn from His direction and not feel connected. It doesn’t mean that you are not saved or that God has left you, it means you have tuned away from Him. If you find yourself in this place today all you need to do is recognize your place and turn around, because He is right there and has never left you. Go to His word and learn more about Him. The more you know Him, the more you will be like Him. Go to His people, His body and connect to those who know Him. God is always there to begin again, He will not turn away from you because of His great love for you. His mercy is new every morning. He is waiting right now to hear you call Him Lord and ask for His help. He will never turn away from you, no matter what you have done. There is grace and forgiveness at the foot of the cross. So, don’t wait a minute longer, you know in your heart when you are tuning away from Him and you will know in your joy and peace when you have turned back to Him and are on back in the process of Him making you a useful servant.

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September 21, 2011: 6:38 pm: Daily Scripture

Hebrews 1:1-4
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily hinders our progress. And let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us. 2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from start to finish. He was willing to die a shameful death on the cross because of the joy he knew would be his afterward. Now he is seated in the place of highest honor beside God’s throne in heaven. 3 Think about all he endured when sinful people did such terrible things to him, so that you don’t become weary and give up. 4 After all, you have not yet given your lives in your struggle against sin.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

What are the obstacles in your life that are preventing you from being all that God intended?  What distractions are keeping you too busy so you have no time to read His Word or to spend time in prayer?  If the devil cannot make you sin, he will keep you busy.  But the truth is that nothing should stand between you and Jesus Christ.  If you find yourself unable to answer these questions this morning, than you are too busy and Christ is on the back burner of your life.  If you say you love Him then feed on Him through His Word and time with Him.  How would your spouse feel if you kept telling them you loved them, but never talked to them or spent any time with them?  You would soon find yourself alone.  Why would you think your relationship with Christ would any different?  You cannot know Him if you do not spend time with Him.  Don’t let the distractions of life keep you from what is truly important.  A lot of things are not necessarily wrong, but they are just not necessary. 2 Timothy 2:4 warns us, “And as Christ’s soldier, do not let yourself become tied up in the affairs of this life, for then you cannot satisfy the one who has enlisted you in his army.”  Take time today to examine your life with Christ and ask Him to show you what distractions are keeping you from becoming more like Him.  Maybe you need to say, “no” more to all the busyness or maybe you are in too much debt and that is taking all of your time and energy.  Matthew 11:28 states, “Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke fits perfectly, and the burden I give you is light.”  Whatever is keeping you from Him remove it and make Him your priority in all that you do.  Only with Christ driving the bus of your life will you find joy and peace.

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September 20, 2011: 6:59 pm: Daily Scripture

John 15:1-8
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. 3 You have already been pruned for greater fruitfulness by the message I have given you. 4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful apart from me. 5 “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. 6 Anyone who parts from me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned. 7 But if you stay joined to me and my words remain in you, you may ask any request you like, and it will be granted! 8 My true disciples produce much fruit. This brings great glory to my Father.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Conflicts and trouble in this life are a part of what everyone experiences.  But sometimes there are Christians who keep on struggling with the same issues over and over.  It would appear they are stuck, but what is actually happening is they are trying to fight a spiritual battle in their own strength.  Lack of victory in the life of a child of Christ shows a lack of understanding of the divine resources available.  It is the inability to move beyond the problem, the inability to get past the failure that keeps you in spiritual defeat.  If Satan can keep you focused on the problem and keep you focused on your pain, he can keep you from being usable for God.  And this position is a place of discomfort.  You are not really sure what the problem is, but you just don’t feel like life is going your way.  Or sometimes you are in extreme pain and fail to look to the One who can move you beyond your failures.  Satan’s plan is so subtle and so deceiving you don’t even notice that he is keeping you in a perpetual circle of frustration that keeps you from growing in God and being at peace in your heart.  You are apart from Christ.  There is no evidence of fruit, peace, joy or patience. You still belong to Him, but you are ineffective for Him.  For the child of God this is not a very good place to be, because you will only struggle here and will continue to have your heart and mind stabbed with the darts of the enemy.  And Satan has you right where he wants you, ineffective for Jesus Christ.  Victory is found in dependence on God.  Only when you turn to Him will you get out of the rut of pain you are in.  Go back to Him and to His people.  There is strength in being connected to Him through His body.  Don’t fight Satan with your power, you have none.  The answer is only through the Word of God.  And it takes an angel to fight an angel.  So turn to Christ and ask for spiritual help to get you moving forward for His purpose.  Jesus said He would never leave us and He never will, so He is always there waiting to hear from you and mold you into a useful vessel for His love.  Only doing His work, for His purpose, and  through His power will you find peace.

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September 19, 2011: 5:54 pm: Daily Scripture

Romans 1:18-20
18 But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who push the truth away from themselves. 19 For the truth about God is known to them instinctively. God has put this knowledge in their hearts. 20 From the time the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky and all that God made. They can clearly see his invisible qualities-his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse whatsoever for not knowing God.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

How could a loving God send anyone to hell, especially someone who has never heard about Christ?  This is a common argument of those who know about Him, but choose not to accept Him.  Most of us have heard this at one time or another.  But the truth written by Paul takes away this argument because all people has an inner sense of what God requires and that He exists. But they choose not to live up to it.  Knowing who Jesus Christ is does not make you right with Him.  It is in the knowing and believing and then the living that shows that you believe.  The moral standards of most people are better than what they live.  But they always expect others to live up to their standard even though they do not themselves.  They think the power is in the knowing.  Those who know Christ, accept Him and then live Him are those who live in His kingdom.  Don’t be fooled! When the day comes for God to judge your response to Him, no excuse will be accepted. If you suppress the truth you know about God in order to live your own way, you will have no excuse. Because it is not in the knowing, it is in believing and if you believe your behavior will show it.  Do you live what you know is true?  If not, ask God to give you the power to live what you know before you know anymore.  Take the knowledge you have of Him today and apply it to your life, then seek to know Him more.  It is more important to live Him than to know about Him.

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September 16, 2011: 6:56 pm: Daily Scripture

Revelation 19:1-6
After this, I heard the sound of a vast crowd in heaven shouting, “Hallelujah! Salvation is from our God. Glory and power belong to him alone. 2 His judgments are just and true. He has punished the great prostitute who corrupted the earth with her immorality, and he has avenged the murder of his servants.” 3 Again and again their voices rang, “Hallelujah! The smoke from that city ascends forever and forever!” 4 Then the twenty-four elders and the four living beings fell down and worshiped God, who was sitting on the throne. They cried out, “Amen! Hallelujah!” 5 And from the throne came a voice that said, “Praise our God, all his servants, from the least to the greatest, all who fear him.” 6 Then I heard again what sounded like the shout of a huge crowd, or the roar of mighty ocean waves, or the crash of loud thunder: “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

God is highly exalted above all His creatures. His moral perfection stands in contrast to evil people and nations. God is perfect and without sin and everything He does is perfect, even if it is judgment against sin.  He is sinless in all His motives and actions, so He is in perfect control of His power, judgment, love and mercy. His holiness is our yardstick for morality.  Because God is holy and without sin, we can trust that what He does is perfect.  People today do not realize that God will judge them for every action and word.  But because they do not see it when they do it, they think it will not happen.  They think that whatever they want to believe is good enough simply because they believe it.  But because they do not believe in the only Way of salvation does not make it any less true.  Because they cannot see it in their own minds, they think it is not true.  God is holy and because He is holy, He can tolerate no sin.  Not even a tiny amount, so all sin is evil in God’s sight and must be judged.  For those coming before Him without the Blood of Lamb will face eternal separation from Him.  There is not one person who will not stand before Jesus Christ and only those He calls friend, those cover by His Blood will enter into the presence of the Father. Remember God is holy and without sin and He will judge all sin someday.  What you believe or don’t believe does not make it true just because you believe it.  Look for the truth in the Word of God because there is only one truth and that is Jesus Christ.

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September 14, 2011: 6:26 pm: Daily Scripture

Isaiah 43:1-7
But now, O Israel, the Lord who created you says: “Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. 2 When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. 3 For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I gave Egypt, Ethiopia, and Seba as a ransom for your freedom. 4 Others died that you might live. I traded their lives for yours because you are precious to me. You are honored, and I love you. 5 “Do not be afraid, for I am with you. I will gather you and your children from east and west 6 and from north and south. I will bring my sons and daughters back to Israel from the distant corners of the earth. 7 All who claim me as their God will come, for I have made them for my glory. It was I who created them.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

God does not want you to be afraid of the future.  God holds your life in His hands and everything that happens to you is God filtered.  Know that your situation has gone by God and He has approved of it.  It is either for you benefit or for your growth.  So when you are going through the valley and life has not been kind, remember that God knows exactly what you are going through and He is with you.  Look for the opportunity to grow stronger in your relationship with Him.  The stronger you are in your faith in Him, the more use you will be to Him in the Kingdom.  Every good thing and every bad thing has a purpose in your life.  Look for the good to come out of each terrible situation.  Yes, take the time to heal, but do not stay there, go forward into the work that God has ordained for you.  Take time to listen and learn what God has for you in each difficult situation, but it was not meant for you to stay there.  Move ahead and move into His plan.  As God told Jeremiah, He tells you, “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”  If God has a plan for you, how can you stay in your pain and let it consume you?  Move forward knowing that He is with you and He will show you each step you are to take.  Trust Him!  He is your Lord and He will not let you stay in the valley of your pain because that is not His plan for you.  His plan is to use your pain to help others.  Go forward knowing this and trust that He will guide you.  You will never forget, but you can forgive and be used to make a difference.

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September 13, 2011: 8:50 pm: Daily Scripture

Colossains 2:13-15
13 You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ. He forgave all our sins. 14 He canceled the record that contained the charges against us. He took it and destroyed it by nailing it to Christ’s cross. 15 In this way, God disarmed the evil rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross of Christ.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

For those who believe, the penalty of sin died with Christ on the cross.  God has declared us not guilty and we no longer live under the control of sin and death.  But God does not take us out of this sinful world; we are to live as Christ Jesus did with God fully in control of His life. Jesus Christ functioned fully as a Man with a complete filling and power of the Holy Spirit under the complete direction of the Father. At salvation, our sinful nature is cut away and God imparts to us the righteousness of Christ.  We now have the Holy spirit of God living in us and working His plan to make us like Jesus.  Before we were saved, we were slaves to our sinful nature, now we just have to surrender it to God.  He has freed us from the power of sin and death.  Even though we still have desire to sin, we are no longer under sins control.  We can seek the power of God to overcome.  God never promised us that we would not desire to sin, only that He has made a way for us not to.  1 Corinthians 10:1 tells us , “But God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”  God has a way of escape, we just have to choose it.

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