Archive for May, 2012

May 9, 2012: 7:00 pm: Sanctification

Luke 11:33-36
33 “No one lights a lamp and then hides it or puts it under a basket. Instead, it is put on a lampstand to give light to all who enter the room. 34 Your eye is a lamp for your body. A pure eye lets sunshine into your soul. But an evil eye shuts out the light and plunges you into darkness. 35 Make sure that the light you think you have is not really darkness. 36 If you are filled with light, with no dark corners, then your whole life will be radiant, as though a floodlight is shining on you.” Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

What is the light that shines in you today?  Is it from God or is it from yourself?  If the light in you is from God it will last forever.  If your life is going well today and you do not recognize that it is from the hand of God, it will not last.  Only when you recognize that all good things come from Him will you find true joy.  And the joy that comes from God is a joy that will carry your through any problem, trail or tragedy.  So if life is good, praise Him and do not hide that it is from Him.  Make sure that you thank Him and most of all recognize that it is from Him.  Those who belong to Him do not hide the goodness of Him in their lives.  Because it is only through praising Him and giving Him the glory that true peace and joy will be who you are.  So if you are not at a place of peace today, examine your life and see if you are giving yourself the glory for your accomplishments or do you give glory to God for where you are and what you have.  It is only when you know that God is the giver of all good things that His peace will shine through your heart and mind.

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May 8, 2012: 7:37 pm: Return of Christ

Isaiah 11:1-9
Out of the stump of David’s family will grow a shoot-yes, a new Branch bearing fruit from the old root. 2 And the Spirit of the Lord will rest on him-the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. 3 He will delight in obeying the Lord. He will never judge by appearance, false evidence, or hearsay. 4 He will defend the poor and the exploited. He will rule against the wicked and destroy them with the breath of his mouth. 5 He will be clothed with fairness and truth. 6 In that day the wolf and the lamb will live together; the leopard and the goat will be at peace. Calves and yearlings will be safe among lions, and a little child will lead them all. 7 The cattle will graze among bears. Cubs and calves will lie down together. And lions will eat grass as the livestock do. 8 Babies will crawl safely among poisonous snakes. Yes, a little child will put its hand in a nest of deadly snakes and pull it out unharmed. 9 Nothing will hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain. And as the waters fill the sea, so the earth will be filled with people who know the Lord.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

This is a description of the Millennial rule of Jesus Christ as King of the world.  After the Tribulation (God’s judgment on the earth for rejecting Christ) and the Second Coming of Christ, Jesus will live and rule the world for 1000 years.  Isaiah saw this time in a word from God and wrote about it over 2600 years ago.  Many today look to this time to come after we get things right here on earth. They quote Revelation 21:5 which states, “And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making all things new!” This verse is talking about the time after God judges the world.  The world will go through a terrible time as stated in Isaiah 13:11-13, “I, the Lord, will punish the world for its evil and the wicked for their sin. I will crush the arrogance of the proud and the haughtiness of the mighty. 12 Few will be left alive when I have finished my work. People will be as scarce as gold-more rare than the gold of Ophir. 13 For I will shake the heavens, and the earth will move from its place. I, the Lord Almighty, will show my fury and fierce anger.”  Things are not going to get better, they are only get to worse!  So much more worse, that those who live through it will think that what happened on 9/11/01 was a picnic! Don’t be fooled into thinking that God will not do what He said He would.  Judgment is coming for those who reject the One true Branch and that is Jesus Christ the Son of God who died to free us from sin.  Only those who accept His free offer will escape the coming judgment of this world.  It will not get better it will only get worse.  God will make all things new, but only after He has rid the world of evil!  Trust Him today and believe Him that the blood of Christ is all you need to be accepted by God.  Then go and be used by Him to bring others with you into His kingdom!

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May 7, 2012: 4:33 pm: Daily Scripture

1 Samuel 17:32-51
32 “Don’t worry about a thing,” David told Saul. “I’ll go fight this Philistine!” 33 “Don’t be ridiculous!” Saul replied. “There is no way you can go against this Philistine. You are only a boy, and he has been in the army since he was a boy!” 34 But David persisted. “I have been taking care of my father’s sheep,” he said. “When a lion or a bear comes to steal a lamb from the flock, 35 I go after it with a club and take the lamb from its mouth. If the animal turns on me, I catch it by the jaw and club it to death. 36 I have done this to both lions and bears, and I’ll do it to this pagan Philistine, too, for he has defied the armies of the living God! 37 The Lord who saved me from the claws of the lion and the bear will save me from this Philistine!” Saul finally consented. “All right, go ahead,” he said. “And may the Lord be with you!” 38 Then Saul gave David his own armor-a bronze helmet and a coat of mail. 39 David put it on, strapped the sword over it, and took a step or two to see what it was like, for he had never worn such things before. “I can’t go in these,” he protested. “I’m not used to them.” So he took them off again. 40 He picked up five smooth stones from a stream and put them in his shepherd’s bag. Then, armed only with his shepherd’s staff and sling, he started across to fight Goliath. 41 Goliath walked out toward David with his shield bearer ahead of him, 42 sneering in contempt at this ruddy-faced boy. 43 “Am I a dog,” he roared at David, “that you come at me with a stick?” And he cursed David by the names of his gods. 44 “Come over here, and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and wild animals!” Goliath yelled. 45 David shouted in reply, “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord Almighty-the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 Today the Lord will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel! 47 And everyone will know that the Lord does not need weapons to rescue his people. It is his battle, not ours. The Lord will give you to us!” 48 As Goliath moved closer to attack, David quickly ran out to meet him. 49 Reaching into his shepherd’s bag and taking out a stone, he hurled it from his sling and hit the Philistine in the forehead. The stone sank in, and Goliath stumbled and fell face downward to the ground. 50 So David triumphed over the Philistine giant with only a stone and sling. And since he had no sword, 51 he ran over and pulled Goliath’s sword from its sheath. David used it to kill the giant and cut off his head.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Many times our problems seem as big as Goliath did to David.  And sometimes they are, but God is always bigger.  When David faced this giant, he went forward in the name of God and he remembered the other times God had delivered him from other giants.  David remembered the lion and the bear he had killed while protecting his father’s sheep.  Remembering how God had given him past victories gave him strength to face this new one.  David did not go out as others thought he should but went out with what he had.  And God gave him victory.  What makes you think God will not do the same for you?  Has not God given you victory over past problems?  Stop and think about what He has done for you in the past. Whatever you are facing today, God will be with you and He will give you victory.  It may be peace, it may be joy, whatever it is you need God will provide.  Philippians 4:6 tells us, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.”  When you face a problem, remember what God has done in the past for you.  When you thank Him, you remember and remembering God’s grace gives you strength to face the problem today. Go forward remembering what God has done for you and you will move forward into the victory He has already given.  Don’t let your giants take away the joy of victory that God has already given.  The giants of today are the praise reports of tomorrow.

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May 4, 2012: 4:32 pm: Sanctification

Psalms 91:1-7
1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” 3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler And from the perilous pestilence. 4 He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. 5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day, 6 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. 7 A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

When we see ourselves as created beings and we see God as our creator, we can understand how He can protect us.  But before we know He can protect us, we have to know that He wants to and that He loves us enough to do so.  We must have faith in our mighty God to know that He has the ability and the concern to keep us from danger.  God is our refuse and He is our strength in times of trouble.  It is because of His love for us that God will protect us.  He keeps us safe from the evil that is around us.  We put our trust in Him to protect our relationship with Him from all of the evil that would separate us from Him.  It is not protection from disease and death in this world, but protection of our place with Him. Sometimes, He will protects us from physical and emotional harm in this world, but that is only for His propose in your life. He is more interested in your relationship with Him than in your comfort in this world.  And all that He does for you is for His purpose and for His plan for your life. It is your trust in Him that keeps you safe, because you believe Him.  Believe that He cares for you and will keep His promises.  What fear are you facing today that you need to trust that God will keep you from?  Make Him your refuge and your shelter and He will keep you from harm even if you have to walk through the valley.

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May 3, 2012: 4:29 pm: Sanctification

Matthew 25:19-30
19 “After a long time their master returned from his trip and called them to give an account of how they had used his money. 20 The servant to whom he had entrusted the five bags of gold said, ‘Sir, you gave me five bags of gold to invest, and I have doubled the amount.’ 21 The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’ 22 “Next came the servant who had received the two bags of gold, with the report, ‘Sir, you gave me two bags of gold to invest, and I have doubled the amount.’ 23 The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together! 24 “Then the servant with the one bag of gold came and said, ‘Sir, I know you are a hard man, harvesting crops you didn’t plant and gathering crops you didn’t cultivate. 25 I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth and here it is. 26 “But the master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy servant! You think I’m a hard man, do you, harvesting crops I didn’t plant and gathering crops I didn’t cultivate? 27 Well, you should at least have put my money into the bank so I could have some interest. 28 Take the money from this servant and give it to the one with the ten bags of gold. 29 To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who are unfaithful, even what little they have will be taken away. 30 Now throw this useless servant into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

We must not make excuses to avoid doing what God calls us to do.  We see from this parable that all of us are given something from God.  We all have talents or abilities to do something for Him.  And we all placed into positions of responsibility no matter what it is.  It is not an excuse to compare ourselves to others and say, “I will never be able to do that!” It doesn’t matter what someone else is doing, you are called to work where you are and with what you have.  You will not be judged on someone else’s position or talents, but on your own.  So start with where you are.  Are you married?  Start with loving your spouse and giving them what they need according to what the Word of God teaches.  Do you have children?  Then start by loving them and teaching them the love of God.  Are you working at a job? Than start by working that job as if God were your employer.  Are you part of a church?  Then do something in that body to help it become strong.  Even if it is washing dishes or scrubbing toilets, do it as if you were doing for Him.  Because in all of these positions you are doing it for Him.  So you see no one will have an excuse on that Day when you are before Him.  Start with where you are and do it as if it was for Him and He will say to you. “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”

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May 2, 2012: 6:39 pm: Sanctification

Matthew 21:12-17
12 Jesus entered the Temple and began to drive out the merchants and their customers. He knocked over the tables of the money changers and the stalls of those selling doves. 13 He said, “The Scriptures declare, ‘My Temple will be called a place of prayer,’ but you have turned it into a den of thieves!” 14 The blind and the lame came to him, and he healed them there in the Temple. 15 The leading priests and the teachers of religious law saw these wonderful miracles and heard even the little children in the Temple shouting, “Praise God for the Son of David.” But they were indignant 16 and asked Jesus, “Do you hear what these children are saying?” “Yes,” Jesus replied. “Haven’t you ever read the Scriptures? For they say, ‘You have taught children and infants to give you praise.'” 17 Then he returned to Bethany, where he stayed overnight. Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

People came from all over the world to make sacrifices for their sin at the Temple in Jerusalem.  Some came from very long distances.  Travel was difficult and they could not always bring animals for the sacrifice with them, so they had to purchase them when they got to Jerusalem.  The Jews and the Gentiles saw an opportunity to take advantage of these people by selling the animals at an inflated price.  When Jesus entered the Temple, He came into the Court of the Gentiles.  This is where the money changers were and they were Gentiles.  People wanting to purchase an animal had to have the correct currency and this is where the money changers also took advantage of them.  These money changers cheated ignorant people by not giving them a fair exchange.  The Temple and God’s system for forgiveness had been turned into a money making opportunity for Jews and Gentiles alike.  This is why Christ became so angry and why He came in and turned over all of their tables to stop this sinful practice.  People had made God’s grace into a profit making sinful situation.  God does not take people using His system for making money and will judge all those who do so very harshly.   We are still seeing this today, when so called preachers use religion for financial gain.  And Christians do it when they do not grow in Christ and use it to only save themselves. There are those who accept His offer of grace and are saved, but never do anything with it.  They never grow to become more like Him and never do His work.  Don’t use what God has given just for your own benefit, He never intended for you to keep what He gave you.  Use it for His purpose and for His glory.  Tell others about what He has done for you and seek to live His will.  Do not become complacent in your salvation.  It is a tremendous gift and was given at a tremendous cost.  He saved you for a purpose and that is to tell others of His love.

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May 1, 2012: 8:39 pm: Sanctification

James 3:13-18
13 Are there those among you who are truly wise and understanding? Then they should show it by living right and doing good things with a gentleness that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you are selfish and have bitter jealousy in your hearts, do not brag. Your bragging is a lie that hides the truth. 15 That kind of “wisdom” does not come from God but from the world. It is not spiritual; it is from the devil. 16 Where jealousy and selfishness are, there will be confusion and every kind of evil. 17 But the wisdom that comes from God is first of all pure, then peaceful, gentle, and easy to please. This wisdom is always ready to help those who are troubled and to do good for others. It is always fair and honest. 18 People who work for peace in a peaceful way plant a good crop of right-living.
The New Century Version, (Dallas, Texas: Word Publishing) 1987, 1988, 1991.

God is a God of order.  Wherever there is confusion, it is not from God.  Anything that originates from Him must be done properly and in an orderly manner.  One of Satan’s major goals is to bring about confusion, disruption, disharmony, and disorder.  He does this because he knows that God will not act in an environment of conflict, chaos or confusion. God steps back from confusion because it is against His nature and He knows that until the confusion is cleared, His voice cannot be heard.  That is why in Psalm 46:10 He states, “Be still, and know that I am God…”  If you are in a place of confusion right now, stop and listen for the voice of God.  He is there because His Word has stated He will never leave you, but He cannot work in your life if you are listening to lies from Satan and there is confusion because of those lies.  So stop and listen to what God would say over your situation.  The Word of God has all you need to know to make a joyful life in this sinful world.

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