Archive for March, 2012

March 30, 2012: 8:43 pm: Daily Scripture

Romans 4:13-16
13 It is clear, then, that God’s promise to give the whole earth to Abraham and his descendants was not based on obedience to God’s law, but on the new relationship with God that comes by faith. 14 So if you claim that God’s promise is for those who obey God’s law and think they are “good enough” in God’s sight, then you are saying that faith is useless. And in that case, the promise is also meaningless. 15 But the law brings punishment on those who try to obey it. (The only way to avoid breaking the law is to have no law to break!) 16 So that’s why faith is the key! God’s promise is given to us as a free gift. And we are certain to receive it, whether or not we follow Jewish customs, if we have faith like Abraham’s. For Abraham is the father of all who believe. Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Have you ever wondered why some believers seem to receive so much spiritually and others seem to have so little? There are some Christians who would explain this inequity by teaching that God’s gifts and promises are given when one meets certain “conditions” or levels of service, prayer, study or whatever. But God has not made the dispensing of His promises contingent on any preconceived ideas we may have about Him. Every believer in Jesus Christ has equal privilege to receive the Bibles promises. Our God is no respecter of persons and His promises are not given on a sliding scale of who is, who is not, or when one finally becomes worthy. To God, a believer is worthy because they are in Christ Jesus and have believed in Him. If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior, you have the privilege of receiving spiritual wisdom, power, authority, understanding, answers and peace right now! God has no desire to withhold any good thing from you. If you do not have these attributes or gifts in your life, it is not God who has opposed you receiving them. It is you who has opposed you. The main difference between those who receive and those who do not, is how much room they have made within themselves for God to work. God does not change how He functions to conform our concepts of Him. You must be willing to tear down, strip off and remove the trappings of your old nature to receive from God. Your “understanding” of God may be preventing you from receiving from Him. Go before Him and seek Him as He is. Be willing to lay aside your “knowledge” and seek His in His Word. Sanctification simply comes from a heart that has been able to receive, a heart that is so full of thanksgiving, understanding and love that it can do no less.

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March 28, 2012: 9:12 pm: God in us

Hebrews 10:14-17

14 For by that one offering he perfected forever all those whom he is making holy. 15 And the Holy Spirit also testifies hat this is so. First he says, 16 This is the new covenant I will make with my people on that day, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their hearts so they will understand them, and I will write them on their minds so they will obey them.” 17 Then he adds, “I will never again remember their sins and lawless deeds.” Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Those in Christ have been made perfect, yet we are being made holy. Through His death and resurrection, Christ, once for all made those who believe in Him perfect in God’s sight.  At the same time, He is making us holy.  We are progressively cleansed and are set apart for His special use in our daily walk on earth.  We should not be surprised that we all still need to grow.  God is not finished with us yet, we are in the process of being made holy yet we are perfect in Christ.  And while we are being made holy, God will remember our sins no more.  Even though we still sin, God will not remember our sins and lawless deeds, once confessed and laid at the cross of Christ.  He has put His law into our hearts and into our minds so we will obey Him.  Christ says to us all, “Go and sin no more.” (John 8:11)  Forgiven, we can continue to live for Him and continue our process of being made holy.  The growth process happens by deliberately applying Scripture to all areas of our life.  We are His forever and are perfect in God’s sight. Praise Him, as you walk in His love in perfect peace knowing that all things will work for your good because you love Him and are in the process of being made holy! (Romans 8:28)

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March 27, 2012: 7:44 pm: Sanctification

Hebrews 8:7-10
7 If the first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no need for a second covenant to replace it. 8 But God himself found fault with the old one when he said: “The day will come, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah. 9 This covenant will not be like the one I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand and led them out of the land of Egypt. They did not remain faithful to my covenant, so I turned my back on them, says the Lord. 10 But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel on that day, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their minds so they will understand them, and I will write them on their hearts so they will obey them. I will be their God, and they will be my people.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

This passage is a quotation from Jeremiah 31:31-34, which compares the new covenant with the old.  The old covenant was the covenant of law between God and Israel.  The new and better way is the covenant of grace.  Christ death on the Cross to offer Himself for our sins and reconcile those who believe in Him to God.  This new covenant goes beyond Israel and covers anyone who has faith to believe in Christ.  It is new in application because it is written on our heart and in our mind.  It offers a new way to forgiveness, not through animal sacrifice but through faith.  If our heart is not changed, following God’s rules will be unpleasant and difficult.  We will rebel against being told how to live.  The Holy Spirit, however, gives us new desires, new feelings, a new direction and He helps us to want to obey God (see Philippians 2:12, 13).  With a new heart, we find that serving God is our greatest joy.  If this is not true of you today, look at where your focus is.  Are you focused on His Word?  Or are you more focused on what is good for you?  As His child you have the unlimited power of His Spirit to work within you and give you the desires, the wisdom and the power to live effectively for Him.  Don’t let the world or Satan keep you for being all that you can be for your Savior who died for your sin. Go before Him and cry out to Him for wisdom.  Ask God to remove anything that is getting in the way of living effectively for Him.  Be open to hear His voice speak to you about what in your life is holding you back from being all that God indents for you to be.

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March 26, 2012: 6:17 pm: Sanctification

Good Morning!

John 6:61-65 61 Jesus knew within himself that his disciples were complaining, so he said to them, “Does this offend you? 62 Then what will you think if you see me, the Son of Man, return to heaven again? 63 It is the Spirit who gives eternal life. Human effort accomplishes nothing. And the very words I have spoken to you are spirit and life. 64 But some of you don’t believe me.” (For Jesus knew from the beginning who didn’t believe, and he knew who would betray him.) 65 Then he said, “That is what I meant when I said that people can’t come to me unless the Father brings them to me.” Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Jesus had been teaching the people that they must eat His flesh and drink His blood to live forever. This thought was repulsive to the Jews. Many turned away from Him at this point. But Christ was teaching them that to eat living bread means to accept Christ as God and accept Him into our lives and become one with Him. Jesus was not talking about literally eating His flesh, He was saying His life had to become their own. He went on to teach that the Holy Spirit gives this new life. Without the work of God in our lives, no one would be saved. When someone comes to believe in Jesus Christ as Savior, they do so only in response to the urging of God’s Holy Spirit. God does the urging; then we decide whether or not to believe. We can not even see our own need for Him without His urging. All spiritual life begins and ends with God. He reveals truth to us, lives in us and then enables us to respond to that truth. All we can do is say yes or no. And the Spirit draws all people to Himself. There is no one who is not loved by God or called to Him. Christ came to save all people. But many will say no. What have you said to Him today? Are you ready to become one with Him and eat of His flesh and drink His blood? Don’t turn the Spirit away accept His love and receive Him into your heart today.

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March 23, 2012: 6:41 pm: Return of Christ

2 Thessalonians 2:7-12
7 For this lawlessness is already at work secretly, and it will remain secret until the one who is holding it back steps out of the way. 8 Then the man of lawlessness will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will consume with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming. 9 This evil man will come to do the work of Satan with counterfeit power and signs and miracles. 10 He will use every kind of wicked deception to fool those who are on their way to destruction because they refuse to believe the truth that would save them. 11 So God will send great deception upon them, and they will believe all these lies. 12 Then they will be condemned for not believing the truth and for enjoying the evil they do.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The Church is “the one” who is holding the man of lawlessness from being revealed. As the Bride of Christ and a part of the Body, our prayers are moving the hands of God. The Holy Spirit is working through us and it is that work of the Spirit that is keeping complete lawlessness on hold. When we are removed, there will be a period of time when the world will be without anyone here on earth praying. However brief it may be, without this influence, it will be a prefect time for Satan to move in. If you reject the Gospel of Christ now, you are in danger of God sending great deception upon you after the man of lawlessness is revealed. You will be condemned for not believing the truth and enjoying the evil you are doing. This scripture is very clear about rejecting God now. When you hear the salvation message it is dangerous to wait. If Christ returns for His Church, you may not have another chance. Accept His gift of love today and open your heart to His sanctification in your life and have perfect peace that you will stand before Him and hear Him say, “My child welcome home!”

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March 21, 2012: 8:25 pm: Sanctification

Galatians 3:15-23
15 Dear brothers and sisters, here’s an example from everyday life. Just as no one can set aside or amend an irrevocable agreement, so it is in this case. 16 God gave the promise to Abraham and his child. And notice that it doesn’t say the promise was to his children. as if it meant many descendants. But the promise was to his child-and that, of course, means Christ. 17 This is what I am trying to say: The agreement God made with Abraham could not be canceled 430 years later when God gave the law to Moses. God would be breaking his promise. 18 For if the inheritance could be received only by keeping the law, then it would not be the result of accepting God’s promise. But God gave it to Abraham as a promise. 19 Well then, why was the law given? It was given to show people how guilty they are. But this system of law was to last only until the coming of the child to whom God’s promise was made. And there is this further difference. God gave his laws to angels to give to Moses, who was the mediator between God and the people; 20 Now a mediator is needed if two people enter into an agreement, but God acted on his own when he made his promise to Abraham. 21 Well then, is there a conflict between God’s law and God’s promises? Absolutely not! If the law could have given us new life, we could have been made right with God by obeying it. 22 But the Scriptures have declared that we are all prisoners of sin. so the only way to receive God’s promise is to believe in Jesus Christ. 23 Until faith in Christ was shown to us as the way of becoming right with God, we were guarded by the law. We were kept in protective custody, so to speak, until we could put our faith in the coming Savior.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation. (Wheaton. IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Recognizing sin under the law never equaled salvation. The law was given to show man his sin, not to save him because no one could keep the law. Romans 3: 10 states, “And the person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as the person who has broken all of God’s laws.” The promised made to Abraham came directly from God and was the promise of inheritance through Christ Jesus the Child. It wasn’t a promise given to Mose but simply the Law and that came to him through angels, not directly from God. Of course, the Law is truth and His Word is eternal, but salvation comes only through the Word who became flesh. Those who count on the Law to save them are trusting in their own ability to obey. And no one is able to keep the Law. If you are guilty of breaking one, you have broken them all. What function then is the Law today? If we are justified by faith and not works, is there any place for works? Can we accept the gift of salvation and then do as we please? The answer is yes because if God lives within us, we want to do His will. When we admit we are sinners and need God, then accept His gift of salvation through Christ, His Holy Spirit lives in us. If God is within us, we will change and will become more like Him. As we become more like Him, we want to do His will. This is how we know He is in us, we become more and more like Him. The Spirit of God then gives us the desire to keep His Law. It is not of ourselves, but of Him who lives in us.

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March 20, 2012: 6:21 pm: Sanctification

James 1:12-18
12 God blesses the people who patiently endure testing. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. 13 And remember, no one who wants to do wrong should ever say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else either. 14 Temptation comes from the lure of our own evil desires. 15 These evil desires lead to evil actions, and evil actions lead to death. 16 So don’t be misled, my dear brothers and sisters. 17 Whatever is good and perfect comes to us from God above, who created all heaven’s lights. Unlike them, he never changes or casts shifting shadows. 18 In his goodness he chose to make us his own children by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his choice possession.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Ever wonder about the Lord’s Prayer that states, “And lead us not into temptation.” God does not lead any of us into temptation to sin. According to what James is telling us, He never tempts us to evil. To be tempted from a divine standpoint means a positive test; from the Devil’s standpoint it is an enticement to sin. Always! God will ask us to demonstrate what He has taught us. Jesus did this with the disciples. After coming down from the mountain where Jesus had taught them, He would put the lesson to a test. Jesus would challenge the disciples’ faith by asking them to believe what He had just said by putting it into practice. After the Sermon on the Mount, there were 5000 people to feed and He told His disciples to feed them. He had just told them to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and then all of their needs would be meet. Whenever we are in a position to sin or not, it is always from Satan. Are you facing a situation of temptation to sin? Look at the source of the temptation and stand firm on the Word of God. God will bless you and strengthen you every time you choose not to sin.

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March 19, 2012: 7:53 pm: Sanctification

Philippians 4:8-9
8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy-meditate on these things. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

What we put into our mind determines our words.  And our words determine our actions.  Garbage in gets garbage out.  The Word of God in gets the Word of God out.  We decide.  It is a simple fact that most of us know, but it is not the knowing that makes it true it is the doing.  This is more difficult for all of us.  But we take small steps as we are lead by the Spirit of God.  Start with the music you listen to.  If you hear only sex, hate and self, this is what will come out of you.  But if you put the Word into you by way of Christian music, it will feed you with His truth and this will come out in your life.  Take one or two scripture verses and memorize them.  Start small and work your way up and as you are feed more of the Word, you will grow.  Meditate on the things of God you know and apply them to your life by your words and your actions.  Think on the love and truth of God and He will be exposed to the world around you.  You decide what shows in your life.  What are others seeing in you?

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March 16, 2012: 5:53 pm: Daily Scripture

Romans 8:26-30
26 And the Holy Spirit helps us in our distress. For we don’t even know what we should pray for, nor how we should pray. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. 27 And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. 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. 29 For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn, with many brothers and sisters. 30 And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And he gave them right standing with himself, and he promised them his glory. Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

God works for our good in all things.  Not just some things or the things we can understand but in all things.  There is nothing that happens to you that God is not working for your good.  This does not mean that all things that happen to us are good, but that God is able to work good out every situation.  That includes the evil we do or that is done to us.  We may not see immediate good, but it all has a purpose and a plan by our God.  He is not working to make us happy but to fulfill His long range plan for us.  And this is the place that we find peace and joy.  Note that this promise can not be claimed by all only those who are called.  It is for those who belong to Him.  For those of us who belong to God,  He gives us a new understanding and a new mind set.  He gives us the mind of Christ.  And it is here that we learn to trust Him. Faith does not waver in pain and trials because we know that God is with us and is working for us.

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March 15, 2012: 7:25 pm: God in us

Romans 6:1-11
Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more kindness and forgiveness? 2 Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it? 3 Or have you forgotten that when we became Christians and were baptized to become one with Christ Jesus, we died with him? 4 For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.  5 Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised as he was. 6 Our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. 7 For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. 8 And since we died with Christ, we know we will also share his new life. 9 We are sure of this because Christ rose from the dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him. 10 He died once to defeat sin, and now he lives for the glory of God. 11 So you should consider yourselves dead to sin and able to live for the glory of God through Christ Jesus.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

As a child of God, what is your relationship with sin?  Now that you have accepted Christ as Lord and have received forgiveness for your sins, what power does sin have over you?  According to Paul, sin has lost its power to control you.  It does not mean that you will not sin again; it just means that sin has no power over you.  Without the blood of Christ over you, sin has complete control.  It is like swimming into a whirlpool, once in it, you have no control except to go through the whole thing and be spit out at the end.  Sin is like that for those without Christ.  Taking that first step into sin, will pull you deeper into it and it will lead to complete destruction.  As a Christian, we will sin, but the power of the Holy Spirit will bring it to our mind and we will seek forgiveness and have the power to step out of it.  1 Corinthians 10:13 applies to sin in our life, “No trial has come to you but what is human. God is faithful and will not let you be tried beyond your strength; but with the trial he will also provide a way out, so that you may be able to bear it.”  Once you confess your sin, He is faithful to forgive you and will provide you power to step out of it.  We are not bound by the sin we have stepped into.  Our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin.  We are free to do the will of God the Father through the direction of Jesus Christ and by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Consider yourself dead to sin and go out and live for the glory of God through Christ Jesus.

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