Archive for November, 2013

November 27, 2013: 8:20 pm: Return of Christ

Ephesians 1:9-14

9 God’s secret plan has now been revealed to us; it is a plan centered on Christ, designed long ago according to his good pleasure. 10 And this is his plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ-everything in heaven and on earth. 11 Furthermore, because of Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us from the beginning, and all things happen just as he decided long ago. 12 God’s purpose was that we who were the first to trust in Christ should praise our glorious God. 13 And now you also have heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago. 14 The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us everything he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. This is just one more reason for us to praise our glorious God.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Because we know that Jesus Christ came the first time, we know He will come again. 99.9% of the Bible has already happened. There is just a small percent yet to take place. Long ago, God gave promises to His people about things that were to happen long in the future. Through His prophets God told us everything that was going to happen long before it did. And everything happened just as He said it would and it happened in His time. The Old Testament is full of the prophecies God promised His people. And today we have the promise of God that He will bring everything together under the authority of Christ, everything on earth and in heaven. This is yet to happen, but we can have confident peace and assurance that Jesus Christ will rule on this earth, just as He said He would. But before we get to that time, God’s purpose for each of us today is to know of His love for us through what Jesus Christ has already done. He died on the cross for every sin ever committed. Believing in Him and then receiving His grace is God’s purpose for every human being. Before Christ comes to rule on earth, God wants Him to rule in our hearts. Where are you today with the Lordship of Jesus Christ? Does He rule in your heart? Open up to His gift of love and receive from Him the love that is waiting for you. Only by believing and then asking for His forgiveness will any of us rule with Christ when He does come back? Know the peace of God by accepting Him now and rule with Him when He returns.

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: 12:56 am: Love

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.

It is impossible to go beyond the love of God. There is no disaster, no calamity, no problem or sin that can put you outside of the love of God our Father. So many times in our life we feel as though God is not there and that He does not hear us, but we are never outside of His love. Even when we reject Him and sin His love is not removed. The love of God is completely beyond our comprehension. Paul prayed in Ephesians 3:17-19, “And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts as you trust in him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love. 18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love really is. 19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is so great you will never fully understand it. Then you will be filled with the fullness of life and power that comes from God.” The greatest expression of the love of God is through His Son Christ Jesus. He was rejected and despised, yet He loved us enough to die for every person. This love is so great it can encompass anything that may happen to you in this life. Pray for the anointing of the Holy Spirit to grow in your understanding of the love of God. Knowing how much God loves you will keep you focused on Him. His love will keep you at peace as you go through trials and problems. It will keep you close to God and keep you on the path of righteousness He has set you on. Know His love and you know God.

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November 25, 2013: 9:31 pm: God in us

1 John 1:5-10

5 This is the message he has given us to announce to you: God is light and there is no darkness in him at all. 6 So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness. We are not living in the truth. 7 But if we are living in the light of God’s presence, just as Christ is, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from every sin. 8 If we say we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and refusing to accept the truth. 9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The statement that “God is light” means that God is perfectly holy. In the dark, good and evil look alike; in the light they can be clearly distinguished. Just as darkness cannot exist in the presence of light, sin cannot exist in the presence of a holy God. If we want to have fellowship with God, we must put aside our sinful ways. To claim that we belong to Him and then continue in known sin is hypocrisy. We cannot be a part of the Light and continue to live in sin if we want fellowship with God. All of us sin and will continue to, but to fellowship with God, us, we must be admit or agree with God that we have sin. At conversion all of our sins past, present, and future are forgiven. so at death, we will be with Him. Yet even though we are Christians, we still need to recognize and turn from our sin, not to gain God’s acceptance or salvation but to remove the barrier to fellowship with Him while we are still on earth. To say we have no sin is to call God a lair and then there is no fellowship with Him. And without fellowship with God, we have no relationship with Him. And without a relationship with God, there is no growth, there is no sanctification of our soul. We will stay who we are and not become more like Christ. We can still be saved, but without the growth and fellowship, we will continue in our sin and grow further away from God. Recognize your sins and turn away form them. So you can grow in your fellowship with God your Father through the work Christ Jesus did for you.

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November 22, 2013: 8:23 pm: Prayer

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. The crowds had been following Jesus and He was healing them and now He feeds 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 believe because of Who He was but because of what He did for them. 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. 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 21, 2013: 8:16 pm: Salvation

1 Timothy 1:12-17

12 How thankful I am to Christ Jesus our Lord for considering me trustworthy and appointing me to serve him, 13 even though I used to scoff at the name of Christ. I hunted down his people, harming them in every way I could. But God had mercy on me because I did it in ignorance and unbelief. 14 Oh, how kind and gracious the Lord was! He filled me completely with faith and the love of Christ Jesus. 15 This is a true saying, and everyone should believe it: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners and I was the worst of them all. 16 But that is why God had mercy on me, so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life. 17 Glory and honor to God forever and ever. He is the eternal King, the unseen one who never dies; he alone is God. Amen.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL:Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

This is a very important verse of Scripture because it affirms that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. He didn’t come to be the greatest teacher the world has ever known, although He was. He didn’t come to set the best moral example, but He did. He came into the world to save sinners. When you give your testimony make sure that you don’t tell people how wonderful you are or all you have accomplished. Tell them you were a sinner and that Christ saved you. That is what is important. When Paul says he was the chief of sinners, he is speaking the truth. He was the chief of sinners; he blasphemed the Lord Jesus. But, Paul says, I’ve been saved. The Lord Jesus came to save sinners, and if you say, I don’t think Christ can save me I’m the worst, you are wrong. Paul is the chief of sinners, and the chief of sinners has already been saved. So you will be able to be saved if you want to be. The decision rests with you. All you need do is turn to Christ, and He’ll do the rest.
J. Vernon McGee, Thru the Bible commentary [computer file], electronic ed., Logos Library System,(Nashville: Thomas Nelson) 1997, c1981 by J. Vernon
McGee.

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November 20, 2013: 8:15 pm: Return of Christ

1 Corinthians 15:21-28

21 So you see, just as death came into the world through a man, Adam, now the resurrection from the dead has begun through another man, Christ. 22 Everyone dies because all of us are related to Adam, the first man. But all who are related to Christ, the other man, will be given new life. 23 But there is an order to this resurrection: Christ was raised first; then when Christ comes back, all his people will be raised. 24 After that the end will come, when he will turn the Kingdom over to God the Father, having put down all enemies of every kind. 25 For Christ must reign until he humbles all his enemies beneath his feet. 26 And the last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27 For the Scriptures say, God has given him authority over all things. (Of course, when it says authority over all things, it does not include God himself, who gave Christ his authority.) 28 Then, when he has conquered all things, the Son will present himself to God, so that God, who gave his Son authority over all things, will be utterly supreme over everything everywhere.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The work of Christ, yet to come, is to defeat all evil on earth. First, He defeated sin and death on the cross, and in the end He will defeat Satan and all evil once and for all time. World events may seem out of control, and justice may seem to have vanished, but God is still in control. He is allowing evil to remain for a time. That does not mean that God causes all evil, it means that God is in control of all things and will always be in this position of power. But living in a sinful world, means that while we have the mind of Christ in us, we can still sin, if we choose to do so. God will not come down and stop us from sinning. He might send warnings to us through His Word or through the Spirit within us, but ultimately it is still always our choice. So bad things will continue to happen to all people until the end of the reign of Jesus Christ on this earth is over. VS. 23 states the Christ will come back for all His people and then “the end will come.” This is reference to the Rapture when all His people are removed from this world before God judges the world for rejecting Jesus Christ. After the 7 years of judgment, then Christ will rule for a 1000 years and then Satan will be cast into the Lake of Fire having no more authority to ruin the lives of those he can deceive. Christ will completely defeat him and present to God the Father a perfect world. Let the knowledge of the coming King give you peace in these times of uncertainty. God is still on the throne no matter who controls our country.

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November 19, 2013: 7:56 pm: Prayer

Psalm 34:8-10

8 Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who trust in him! 9 Let the Lord’s people show him reverence, for those who honor him will have all they need. 10 Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry, but those who trust in the Lord will never lack any good thing.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Trusting God when nothing seems to happen is difficult. But is harder to live with the consequences of taking matters into our own hands. Resist the temptation to think that God has forgotten you. Have patience and courage to wait for God to act. It is easier to live in need of an answer than to live in regret of a decision.

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November 15, 2013: 11:52 pm: Prayer

Colossians 1:9-14

We ask God to give you a complete understanding of what he wants to do in your lives, and we ask him to make you wise with spiritual wisdom. 10 Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and you will continually do good, kind things for others. All the while, you will learn to know God better and better. 11 We also pray that you will be strengthened with his glorious power so that you will have all the patience and endurance you need. May you be filled with joy, 12 always thanking the Father, who has enabled you to share the inheritance that belongs to God’s holy people, who live in the light. 13 For he has rescued us from the one who rules in the kingdom of darkness, and he has brought us into the Kingdom of his dear Son. 14 God has purchased our freedom with his blood and has forgiven all our sins.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Sometimes we wonder how to pray for others or even how to pray for ourselves. Paul is speaking to the Colossians what his prayer for them was. This is what we should pray when God brings people to mind and we should also say this prayer over our own lives. Paul had never met them and had never been to the city of Colosse, but he knew what all those in Christ needed and that is what he prayed for. We all need to (1)understand what God wants us to do by knowing Him and obeying Him, (2)gain spiritual wisdom, (3)honor and please God by obedience, (4)continually do good for others, (5)learn to know God better and better so we can be like Him, (6)be strengthened with God’s power through being connected to Him, (7)have patience and endurance, (8)stay full of the joy of Christ because He died for our sin, (9)and always give thanks to God for all that He had done for us. All believers have these same basic needs and even though you may not know what to pray for, start with this prayer of Paul. It will cover all of what you need to grow in Christ and to become Christ to the world around you.

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November 14, 2013: 11:47 pm: Sanctification

Nehemiah 8:8-10

8 They read from the Book of the Law of God and clearly explained the meaning of what was being read, helping the people understand each passage. 9 Then Nehemiah the governor, Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who were interpreting for the people said to them, “Don’t weep on such a day as this! For today is a sacred day before the Lord your God.” All the people had been weeping as they listened to the words of the law.
10 And Nehemiah continued, “Go and celebrate with a feast of choice foods and sweet drinks, and share gifts of food with people who have nothing prepared. This is a sacred day before our Lord. Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength!”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Why would the joy of the Lord be our strength? It seems like our joy should be our strength. But Nehemiah is telling us that when we recognize our sin by reading the Word of God, we realize how much we have sinned against God. The Jews who had returned to Israel after 70 years of exile and realized how much they and their ancestors had sinned and this made them very sad. But God was pleased because you cannot make a change if you do not know there is a problem. And the people realized how much they had sinned and knew they had to change. They realized that they needed to obey the Word of God. This made God joyful. It is the recognition and repentance of our sins that is the joy of the Lord. And when we make Him happy by realizing and repenting of our sin, this is our strength. That is why Nehemiah said, “Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength!” Reading and studying the Word of God should cut through our lives like a knife and expose our sin. As we realize our sin, we turn to God for forgiveness and strength. It is our repentance that strengthens us and our willingness to obey God that gives Him joy and this in turn gives us strength. Make God joyful today as you read His Word realize and repent. Determine to live according to His Word an you will find strength.

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November 13, 2013: 11:37 pm: Sanctification

James 4:1-6

1 What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Isn’t it the whole army of evil desires at war within you? 2 You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous for what others have and you can’t possess it so you fight and quarrel to take it away from them. And yet the reason you don’t have what you want is that you don’t ask God for it. 3 And even when you do ask, you don’t get it because your whole motive is wrong-you want only what will give you pleasure. 4 You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with this world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again, that if your aim is to enjoy this world, you can’t be a friend of God. 5 What do you think the Scriptures mean when they say that the Holy Spirit, whom God has placed within us, jealously longs for us to be faithful? 6 He gives us more and more strength to stand against such evil desires. As the Scriptures say, “God sets himself against the proud, but he shows favor to the humble.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Most people want what they want when they want it. When we don’t get what we want, there is conflict. If we are focused only on ourselves and our need, then we will be in constant conflict with the people around us. James is telling us this comes from our sinful nature. It is natural for us to think only of ourselves. Humans will always seek the path of least resistance and seek out what is good for them. But when the Holy Spirit lives within us, we now have the nature of God living in us and making us into His image. As a Christian, we are being made into the likeness of Jesus Christ when we live in obedience to Him. We don’t have victory because we don’t ask God to help us. We don’t surrender our sinful natures to Him. If we ask, God will give us more and more strength to stand against our evil natures. Allow God to change your desires so that they correspond to His will for you. Don’t let your pride direct you into only what pleases you. Allow the Spirit of God within you to lead and direct you into His perfect will. God has placed His Holy Spirit within you and longs for your faithfulness to Him. Go against the natural and step into the supernatural power of God with you!

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