Archive for September, 2013

September 10, 2013: 9:30 pm: Sanctification

Jude 24-25

24 Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault. 25 All glory to him who alone is God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord. All glory, majesty, power, and authority are his before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time! Amen.
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Do you find joy in spending time with God or is it more like a chore? To really be one with God and walk with Jesus, there needs to be joy in being with Him.  This may be why you are not growing, or are feeling frustrated or bored in your life with Christ. Psalm 5:11 states, “But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them sing joyful praises forever. Spread your protection over them, that all who love your name may be filled with joy.” God wants us to want to be with Him because we know of His love and mercy for us. Understanding the freedom of knowing you are free from any condemnation gives you the desire to want to know Him more. And it is in knowing Him and living in His Presence that we find joy. This takes practice. Seeking God with our whole heart is the only way to fulfill the deepest desires of our heart. It is only in living in His Presence that we can be complete. And when we are complete, He can use us for His purposes.  And we know His purpose because we know Him and our life is complete and there is joy.

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September 9, 2013: 9:22 pm: Christian Love

Ephesians 4: 29-32

29 Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear.  30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which you were marked with a seal for the day of redemption.  31 Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice,  32 and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you. Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Is there a difference in how you speak to strangers, or people you work with than there is in how you speak to those you love? How is it that we can be one way with people we hardly know and yet be so different with those we love the most? I have to say, when I look at my own behavior and the way I speak to my family, it is at times very different than how I would speak to people I know. I have at times spoken very harshly, sometimes even very cruelly to the ones I love the most, but would never, ever speak that way to friends or acquaintances. Why such a discrepancy? That is why this verse in Ephesians spoke to me as it was being preached by my pastor.  Those times where evil came out of my mouth to those I love and how it grieved the Holy Spirit within me, cut through me like a double edge sword. That was the intent of the Word; God wanted me to know how my behavior was a cause of pain for Him and for those I love.  The light of His truth opened my eyes to my lack of letting God’s presence fill me with His love.  There is no situation, no cause, no reason to, “Let evil come out of my mouth.” God reveals His truth through His Word, so examine your life and look at how you treat all people, especially those you love those most. Put away all bitterness and wrath, no matter how “justified” you feel you may be. There is never a reason to speak evil against anyone. Work to always be aware of the presence of God in you. You must practice it, and know His Word before you can live it.

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September 6, 2013: 10:35 pm: God in us

Colossians 4:2
2 Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Have you ever grown tired of praying for something or someone? Paul says we should “devote” ourselves to prayer and be “alert in prayer. Our persistence is an expression of our faith that God answers our prayers. But what about Matthew 6:7 that states, “When you pray, don’t babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered only by repeating their words again and again.” If we don’t hear from God when we pray for something once, should we keep praying until we get an answer? Christ stated not to keep repeating the same words, not the same request for your need. Sometimes we wonder how to keep praying for the same thing over and over again. The Word of God is very clear. This verse in Matthew states not to just repeat words that have no meaning and that you are repeating over and over but have no meaning in your heart. Matthew 18:6-7 instructs us to keep bringing our requests before the Lord. (Then the Lord said, “Learn a lesson from this evil judge. 7 Even he rendered a just decision in the end, so don’t you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who plead with him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?”) God wants to know what is in our heart and we are to keep asking until we get an answer from Him. Faith shouldn’t die if the answers come slowly, for God may be working His will in our life. When you feel tired of praying, know that God is present, always listening and will always answer your prayer. Maybe not in the ways you had hoped, but in ways that He knows are best for you. He is more interested in our relationship with Him than He is in our comfort.

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September 4, 2013: 10:29 pm: Sanctification

Matthew 9:1-8

Jesus climbed into a boat and went back across the lake to his own town. 2 Some people brought to him a paralyzed man on a mat. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “Take heart, son! Your sins are forgiven.” 3 “Blasphemy! This man talks like he is God!” some of the teachers of religious law said among themselves. 4 Jesus knew what they were thinking, so he asked them, “Why are you thinking such evil thoughts? 5 Is it easier to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven’ or ‘Get up and walk’? 6 I will prove that I, the Son of Man, have the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, “Stand up, take your mat, and go on home, because you are healed!” 7 And the man jumped up and went home! 8 Fear swept through the crowd as they saw this happen right before their eyes. They praised God for sending a man with such great authority.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

God is more interested in making us spiritually healthy than He is in making us physically healthy. The bodies we live in our decaying and dying more and more every day and will eventually go back to the dust they are. But our spirit will live forever either in heaven or in hell. And even though God wants our bodies to be healthy, He is more interested in a healthy soul (your mind, will and emotions). If you are praying for physical health today, keep on praying because that is what you should do. But seek spiritual health first because that is more important. That is why Jesus told this man his sins were forgiven before He physically healed Him. If you have not receive the healing of your body, trust God that He is doing a work in your soul and that is more important to Him. Trust that He will heal your body but also know that He is more interested making changes in your heart and wants your focus to be on Him and not on your body. God can heal your body but more important, He can heal your soul and give you right standing with God the Father. Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and then all of these things will be given to you!

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September 3, 2013: 8:59 pm: Sanctification

2 Corinthians 9:3-5

3 We are human, but we don’t wage war with human plans and methods. 4 We use God’s mighty weapons, not mere worldly weapons, to knock down the Devil’s strongholds. 5 With these weapons we break down every proud argument that keeps people from knowing God. With these weapons we conquer their rebellious ideas, and we teach them to obey Christ.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The proud arguments and strongholds that Paul is talking about are within our minds. They are the wrong teachings we have been taught about God. Parents and teachers have influenced what we think of God. Right or wrong, everything we have learned about God is programmed in our minds. Sometimes we need to be de-programmed. If we see God as a judgmental disciplinary that is just waiting for us to do wrong so He can punish us, then we may have trouble accepting His unconditional love. God has given us a clear picture of Himself and His love through Jesus Christ. Our picture of Him is skewed by our past experiences and interaction with those in authority over us. These are strongholds in our minds that need to be torn down and replaced with the truth. That is why Paul is telling us we can not fight this with human weapons but must use spiritual weapons. Ephesians 6:11 tells us, “Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies and tricks of the Devil.” Satan will use these false perceptions of God in your mind to keep you from receiving all that God has intended for you. We need to break these strongholds down with the truth of God. The truth is in God’s Word. Know His Word. And ask God to tear down these strongholds and fill your mind with His truth.

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