Archive for November, 2012

November 30, 2012: 8:59 pm: Sanctification

James 1:22-25
22 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.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Reading the Word of God is an important element in your walk with Christ. But it is more than just reading; it is understanding and applying it that makes it real to our lives. We must turn what we read into experience. Many life-giving concepts in the Word become powerful, personal truths you will never forget when those concepts become experiential in your life. Faith does indeed come by hearing the Word, but faith grows by experiencing the Word. Faith and experience turn hope into reality. In order for the Word of God to be real in our lives, we must know it, understand it, and experience it. This comes only by applying the truths we know from the Word of God to situations in our lives. An example would be, feeling a complete sense of peace, when your life is in extreme turmoil. When you are uncertain of what tomorrow will bring or even if there will be a tomorrow, you rest in peace, knowing that God cares about you and will make all things work for good according to His purpose because you love Him. This comes only from knowing the Word and then applying it to your situation. Grow your faith muscle by taking the Word and making it real in your life. Take one small verse and apply it to a situation in your life and see if the Word of God is true. God will not disappoint you as you step out in faith.

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November 28, 2012: 8:16 pm: Sanctification

Matthew 14:15-21
15 That evening the disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and it is getting late. Send the crowds away so they can go to the villages and buy food for themselves.”  16 But Jesus replied, “That isn’t necessary you feed them.”  17 “Impossible!” they exclaimed. “We have only five loaves of bread and two fish!”  18 “Bring them here,” he said. 19 Then he told the people to sit down on the grass. And he took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and asked God’s blessing on the food. Breaking the loaves into pieces, he gave some of the bread and fish to each disciple, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate as much as they wanted, and they picked up twelve baskets of leftovers. 21 About five thousand men had eaten from those five loaves, in addition to all the women and children! Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

After Jesus feed over 5000 men and many more women and children, they wanted to make Him King of Israel. The crowds had been following Jesus and He was healing them and now he feed them food. Many were there not because they believed He was the Son of God, but because He gave them provisions and healed them. They did not belive because of Who He was but because of what He did. Imagine today if every believer received everything they ever prayed for instantly. The lines to get into church would be so long, there would not be enough churches to hold them. Many would come not because of their love for God but because they could get what they wanted. God does not want us to come to Him because of what He can do for us, He wants our hearts because we love Him for what He did for us. This is the true test of our faith; will we continue to believe even in our pain and sorrow? Don’t let your unanswered pray turn you away from the love of Christ. He has a plan in mind for you and may use your bad circumstance to bring you to a greater place. Trust in Him and believe not because of what He can do for you but because you know of His love for you. Make your relationship with Jesus Christ the most important thing in your life even in your sickness or pain. It is your heart and love He wants because you know He first loved you.

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November 27, 2012: 8:43 pm: Sanctification

Matthew 18:21-35
21 Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?” 22 “No!” Jesus replied, “seventy times seven!” 23 “For this reason, the Kingdom of Heaven can be compared to a king who decided to bring his accounts up to date with servants who had borrowed money from him. 24 In the process, one of his debtors was brought in who owed him millions of dollars. 25 He couldn’t pay, so the king ordered that he, his wife, his children, and everything he had be sold to pay the debt. 26 But the man fell down before the king and begged him, ‘Oh, sir, be patient with me, and I will pay it all.’ 27 Then the king was filled with pity for him, and he released him and forgave his debt. 28 “But when the man left the king, he went to a fellow servant who owed him a few thousand dollars. He grabbed him by the throat and demanded instant payment. 29 His fellow servant fell down before him and begged for a little more time. ‘Be patient and I will pay it,’ he pleaded. 30 But his creditor wouldn’t wait. He had the man arrested and jailed until the debt could be paid in full. 31 “When some of the other servants saw this, they were very upset. They went to the king and told him what had happened. 32 Then the king called in the man he had forgiven and said, ‘You evil servant! I forgave you that tremendous debt because you pleaded with me. 33 Shouldn’t you have mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you?’ 34 Then the angry king sent the man to prison until he had paid every penny. 35 “That’s what my heavenly Father will do to you if you refuse to forgive your brothers and sisters in your heart.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Forgiving those who have sinned against us is not easy, but it is not an option.  We are to forgive others as God has forgiven us.  There is not one of us who does not have some deep pain from someone who has done us wrong.  We may be perfectly innocent and they may be perfectly wrong in what they did, but it still does not let us off the hook.  We must forgive them for our sake and not for theirs.  When we harbor unforgiven, we have blocked our direct connection to God.  Our prayers will hit the ceiling.  When we realize this, we must forgive and move on.  The same is true if we have harmed or sinned against another.  Paul tells us that we must go immediately to that person and say you are sorry and ask for forgiveness.  What they do with your request is up to them, but you have done what you can.  We have a responsibility on either side to either forgive or seek forgiveness.  It only hurts you to hold onto resentment and the memory of the pain that sinned caused.  Forgive and forget and then move on.  Life is full of hurts and pains and this will not be the last time someone sins against you.  Open the door for the Spirit of God to come in and fill you with His grace and then fill your heart with peace.  Let it go and give it to God.  He will hear your prayers and you will receive His peace.

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November 26, 2012: 9:47 pm: Sanctification

Good Morning!

Philippians 2:12-17 12 And I want you to know, dear brothers and sisters, that everything that has happened to me here has helped to spread the Good News. 13 For everyone here, including all the soldiers in the palace guard, knows that I am in chains because of Christ. 14 And because of my imprisonment, many of the Christians here have gained confidence and become more bold in telling others about Christ. 15 Some are preaching out of jealousy and rivalry. But others preach about Christ with pure motives. 16 They preach because they love me, for they know the Lord brought me here to defend the Good News. 17 Those others do not have pure motives as they preach about Christ. They preach with selfish ambition, not sincerely, intending to make my chains more painful to me. Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

There are many mornings I get up and don’t feel like reading the Word. Many times, I don’t feel like praying for a loved one or a need. I just don’t feel like obeying God all the time. That is why Paul’s word to the Philippians is so helpful. God helps us desire to obey Him and then gives us the power to do what He wants us to do. And it is always for my benefit to obey God. He doesn’t need my prayers He doesn’t need me to know His Word. I am the one who benefits from obedience. The secret to a changed life is to submit to the power of God within you. Often it is in doing God’s will that we gain the desire to do it. And a transformed life is a powerful witness to the work God can do in a life surrendered to Him. So do the will of God without complaining and live your life in joy following the instructions God has given you. And as you step out in faith, God will increase your wisdom and knowledge of Him and will work His will through you.

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November 20, 2012: 8:15 pm: Sanctification

Luke 1:28-38
28 Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!” 29 Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean. 30 “Don’t be frightened, Mary,” the angel told her, “for God has decided to bless you! 31 You will become pregnant and have a son, and you are to name him Jesus. 32 He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. 33 And he, will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!” 34 Mary asked the angel, “But how can I have a baby? I am a virgin.” 35 The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby born to you will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God. 36 What’s more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! people used to say she was barren, but she’s already in her sixth month. 37 For nothing is impossible with God.” 38 Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant, and I am willing to accept whatever he wants. May everything you have said come true.” And then the angel left.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House publishers, Inc.) 1996.

If we truly want God’s will, then we must be willing to accept the results of it, whether we can fully understand those results or not. When God tries to use us in a way that doesn’t fit into what we’ve learned as acceptable and humanly permissible, we tend to turn Him down. We have been taught by human standards and can only understand with limited understanding, so we may not be open to what God would have for us. We need to completely surrender to anything that God would direct us. This is total and complete dependence on Him and the direction of His Word. God will not ask you to do something that contradicts His Word. Mary didn’t understand what she was about to face and surely she must have been concerned about being an unwed, pregnant woman in a culture that would cast her out for being in such a state. And yet as she listened to Gabriel, her sprit made the choice to accept the will of God regardless of what would happen to her. Mary was as human as you and I and held no special power. She needed the grace of God to forgive her sins, just like anyone else. But she made a choice to go forth with God regardless of the natural human consequences and God blessed her greatly. Are you as willing as Mary was to allow God to work through you in anyway He chooses? Or are you still relying on your own human understanding to move forward? Hear what the Spirit of God is saying to you today and move out in faith to accomplish the work He wants to do through you. Be willing to do that thing you are not so sure of, but are sure that God is in it.

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November 15, 2012: 7:11 pm: Sanctification

1 Peter 1:17-21
17 And remember that the heavenly Father to whom you pray has no favorites when he judges. He will judge or reward you according to what you do. So you must live in reverent fear of him during your time as foreigners here on earth. 18 For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver. 19 He paid for you with the precious lifeblood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. 20 God chose him for this purpose long before the world began, but now in these final days, he was sent to the earth for all to see. And he did this for you.  21 Through Christ you have come to trust in God. And because God raised Christ from the dead and gave him great glory, your faith and hope can be placed confidently in God.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Because God is judge of all the earth, we dare not ignore Him or treat Him casually.  We should not assume our privileged status as children of God gives us freedom to do whatever we want.  Our fear is a healthy respect for the all-powerful God who could have just as well destroyed us all. But because of His love for us, He ransomed us with His Blood, and we are to be forever grateful to Him.  Christ’s sacrifice for our sins was not an after thought.  The plan had been set in motion by the all-knowing God long before the world began.  Luke 22:20 states, “…This wine is the token of God’s new covenant to save you-an agreement sealed with the blood I will pour out for you.” What a comfort for those who love Him to know that He has always had and will always have everything under control.  We can confidently place our trust in Him, as we respect Him for who He is.

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November 14, 2012: 7:56 pm: Sanctification

Romans 8:12-16
12 So, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation whatsoever to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. 13 For if you keep on following it, you will perish. But if through the power of the Holy Spirit you turn from it and its evil deeds, you will live. 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. 15 So you should not be like cowering, fearful slaves. You should behave instead like God’s very own children, adopted into his family calling him Father, dear Father. 16 For his Holy Spirit speaks to us deep in our hearts and tells us that we are God’s children. 17 And since we are his children, we will share his treasures for everything God gives to his Son, Christ, is ours, too. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Being led by God is primary to our Christian walk. Many do not hear the voice of God within but only because they do not know His voice. It is our privilege being a child of God, to be led by Him. When we come to salvation our spirit is connected to the Spirit of God and we know that we know that we know that we are His. This is our spirit communicating with Him. This is being led by the Spirit of God. All of His children are led by Him. Psalm 23 2-3 tells us, “He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness.” All who are led by the Spirit of God are His children. Connecting with God through prayer and reading His Word are one way we hear His leading within us. All are led by Him and all will hear His voice. But it takes practice to know Him, we must actively seek to know and hear Him. Jesus told us in John 10:3, “He goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.” His Spirit speaks to all of His children deep in our hearts and we know His voice. This is great peace and joy because we are connected to our Lord. If you are not hearing the voice of God within you, stop and listen to what His Word tells you and believe His promise that all of His own are led by Him. Work on it, get into His Word and believe Him!

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November 13, 2012: 7:37 pm: Sanctification

1 Peter 1:17-21
17 And remember that the heavenly Father to whom you pray has no favorites when he judges. He will judge or reward you according to what you do. So you must live in reverent fear of him during your time as foreigners here on earth. 18 For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver. 19 He paid for you with the precious lifeblood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. 20 God chose him for this purpose long before the world began, but now in these final days, he was sent to the earth for all to see. And he did this for you.  21 Through Christ you have come to trust in God. And because God raised Christ from the dead and gave him great glory, your faith and hope can be placed confidently in God.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Because God is judge of all the earth, we dare not ignore Him or treat Him casually.  We should not assume our privileged status as children of God gives us freedom to do whatever we want.  Our fear is a healthy respect for the all-powerful God who could have just as well destroyed us all. But because of His love for us, He ransomed us with His Blood, and we are to be forever grateful to Him.  Christ’s sacrifice for our sins was not an after thought.  The plan had been set in motion by the all-knowing God long before the world began.  Luke 22:20 states, “…This wine is the token of God’s new covenant to save you-an agreement sealed with the blood I will pour out for you.” What a comfort for those who love Him to know that He has always had and will always have everything under control.  We can confidently place our trust in Him, as we respect Him for who He is.

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November 12, 2012: 8:24 pm: Sanctification

1 Corinthians 13: 11-13
11 It’s like this: When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child does. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. 12 Now we see things imperfectly as in a poor mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God knows me now. 13 There are three things that will endure-faith, hope, and love-and the greatest of these is love.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

There are days when everything goes right and I feel like I can accomplish everything I do. I feel strong and confident. The Spirit of the Lord is in me and all around me. On other days, nothing goes right and I feel like a failure. I think and feel down and depressed. The weight of all of my problems is heavy on my shoulders. And the Spirit of the Lord is in me and all around me. My feelings do not change the truth of God. On both days, I am His child and He lives in me. It is my perception that changes and that decides if Christ will be seen in me or not. My feelings have nothing to do with the truth of God’s love for me. It is because we all have such limited vision and see through a cloudy glass. We cannot see all of the supernatural power of God working all around us for our good. But the more we trust Him, the clearer the glass will become. We trust Him when we step out in faith and ignore our “feelings” and act on His truth. Knowing that our vision is limited will help you do this. We have to believe in His Word and trust Him that He will do as He has promised. And we have His promise 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.”  So on the days I don’t “feel” Gods love and concern, I can still act like it.

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November 9, 2012: 7:58 pm: God in us

John 14:13-14 13 You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, because the work of the Son brings glory to the rather. 14 Yes, ask anything in my name, and I will do it!

Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

1 John 5:14-13 And we can be confident that he will listen to us whenever we ask him for anything in line with his will. 15 And if we know he is listening when we make our requests, we can be sure that he will give us what we ask for. Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Philippians 4:6-7 6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

To pray in Jesus name does not mean that we add His Holy Name to our wish list. It simply means our prayers are consistent with what Jesus Himself would have prayed about in a particular situation. We are to pray for anything promised to us in the Word of God and then we know that God will hear us and answer our prayers. There are so many rich blessings for us in the Word. When we have a need, we are to be looking in the Word for direction on what God has already promised us for that need. And then we go before the Father and pray according to that promise. We remind God of what He has told us and of the blessings He has already given us. We thank Him for those blessings and know that He hears us. When we do this, we will have peace. Perfect peace that is not understood by the world around us. We can leave it in God’s hands and cast all our cares on Him, because we know that He cares for us. Practice putting yourself in an atmosphere that allows you to focus on Him and His Word. Talk to God as you would talk to a friend. There is nothing that He cannot do or enable you to do.

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