Archive for January, 2014

January 31, 2014: 7:32 pm: God in us

Deuteronomy 17:18-20

18 “When he sits on the throne as king, he must copy these laws on a scroll for himself in the presence of the Levitical priests. 19 He must always keep this copy of the law with him and read it daily as long as he lives. That way he will learn to fear the LORD his God by obeying all the terms of this law. 20 This regular reading will prevent him from becoming proud and acting as if he is above his fellow citizens. It will also prevent him from turning away from these commands in the smallest way. This will ensure that he and his descendants will reign for many generations in Israel.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

After the death of Moses in about 1400 B.C. God knew that the Israelites would eventually want a king and He is giving them instructions for that king to live by. If this man stayed connected to God, he would rule justly. In order to stay connected to God, the king had to read God’s laws daily. At this time in history having the written word was like owning gold. It just wasn’t available to everyone. Only the priests had the Word of God and the people had to come to the priest to find out what God’s instructions were. But God is telling them that the king should have his own copy and to read it daily. As children of the King today, how much more do we need to read His Word daily to stay connected to Him? The daily reading of God’s Word will keep us from becoming proud and will keep us connected to the One who saved us. Accepting God’s grace through faith in Christ is where you start, but the life of Christ is lived daily by staying connected to Him. If the king needed to read the Word daily thousands years ago, don’t you need it more today? Take a few extra minutes each morning and meditate on His Word. Move toward making this a habit and see what a difference it makes in your walk with Christ.

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January 30, 2014: 7:29 pm: God in us, Love

Ephesians 3:14-21

14 When I think of the wisdom and scope of God’s plan, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, 15 the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. 16 I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will give you mighty inner strength through his Holy Spirit. 17 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. 20 Now glory be to God! By his mighty power at work within us, he is able to accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare to ask or hope. 21 May he be given glory in the church and in Christ Jesus forever and ever through endless ages. Amen.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Are you standing on the edge of a great work of God in your life? Is He asking you to move into a direction you have never gone before? At some point in our walk with God, we will all answer yes to these questions. God will never leave any of us at the point we are now. He will always be working gently to expand our knowledge of Him, our trust in Him and our work for Him. Our walk with Him is like a rock being pushed up a hill, as soon as we stop, it starts to roll backwards. We need to be constantly pushing it up the hill. When we are standing at the edge of growth in God, it can be very difficult to take that step of faith, because we cannot see the end result. But remember Christ promised to be a light to our path. So we can only see the next step in front of us and not what is at the end of the trail. Moving out in faith can be difficult. We can never fully understand how great His love for us is, so our puny little minds sometimes hesitate to move forward for Him out of fear. God is telling us to grow our roots deep into Him because His love is so great; He will always direct us to what is good for us. So when God asks us to move in a certain direction or do a certain thing, we can have perfect trust that He will give us the power to do it and to succeed. It is a God thing, and only taking that step of trust will lead to growth. Don’t hesitate, move forward if you hear the voice of God directing you. If you hear Him, He is with you and will give you the power and the strength to succeed. Trust Him to know what is best for you.

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January 29, 2014: 7:22 pm: God in us

Matthew 2:9-12

9 After this interview the wise men went their way. Once again the star appeared to them, guiding them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! 11 They entered the house where the child and his mother, Mary, were, and they fell down before him and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 12 But when it was time to leave, they went home another way, because God had warned them in a dream not to return to Herod.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The astrologers traveled thousands of miles to see the King of the Jews. When they finally found Him, they responded with joy, worship, and gifts. This is so different from the approach people often take today. We expect God to come looking for us, to explain Himself, prove who He is and give us gifts. Hebrews 6:11 tells us, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” We are to seek God and when we find Him, we are to worship Him for Who He is and not what He can do for us. This is the essence of true worship–honoring Christ for Who He is and being willing to give Him what is valuable to you. Do you daily worship the King of Kings? Do you give Him what is valuable to you or is it just what is left over? Give Him the best of your time, the first part of your day, give Him the best of your love because of Who He is and not because of what He can give you. Worship God because He is perfect, just, and almighty Creator of the universe, and He is worthy of the best you have to give!

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January 28, 2014: 6:33 pm: God in us

Philippians 2:5-11 

5 Your attitude should be the same that Christ Jesus had. 6 Though he was God, he did not demand and cling to his rights as God. 7 He made himself nothing; he took the humble position of a slave and appeared in human form. 8 And in human form he obediently humbled himself even further by dying a criminal’s death on a cross. 9 Because of this, God raised him up to the heights of heaven and gave him a name that is above every other name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

God wants you to have the same attitude that Christ had while He was walking as a human here on earth. Do not be afraid to offer yourself and Christ within you to those around you. God wants to use your arms to hug them. God wants to use your voice to speak words of wisdom and hope to them. God wants to use your heart to love them. We all need to create room in ourselves for that kind of boldness, wisdom and love. Jesus stretched Himself out to the hurting and those in need and had compassion on them. We should do no less. To have this kind of attitude, you need to see others as God sees them. If He values their potential, how can you judge them as worth any less? Realize there are times when you may be the only link they have to God. Be willing to get outside of your understanding and allow God to think through you and use you to meet the need of a hurting person. This will show that you have the attitude of Christ and will please the Father.

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January 27, 2014: 8:16 pm: God in us

Jeremiah 1:4-10

4 The Lord gave me a message. He said, 5 “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my spokesman to the world.” 6 “0 Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I can’t speak for you! I’m too young!” 7 “Don’t say that,” the Lord replied, “for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you. 8 And don’t be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and take care of you. I, the Lord, have spoken!” 9 Then the Lord touched my mouth and said, “See, I have put my words in your mouth! 10 Today I appoint you to stand up against nations and kingdoms. You are to uproot some and tear them down, to destroy and overthrow them. You are to build others up and plant them.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

God knew you, as He knew Jeremiah, long before you were born or even conceived. He thought about you and planned for you. God cares for every minute detail about your life. He tells us in Matthew 10:30 & 31, “But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. Do not fear; remember that God has always thought of you as valuable and that he has a purpose in mind for you.” Jeremiah felt he was too young to be God’s spokesperson, but God promised to be with him. Often we feel inadequate to do God’s work. But our lives are a daily testament to the work He is doing in us. We should not let feelings of inadequacy keep us from obeying God. If God gives you a job to do, He will provide you with the means to accomplish it. We all have the job of growing to become more like Him. We are to die daily to self and allow Christ to live in us. Don’t allow your feelings of inadequacy keep you from accomplishing the work God has started in you. If you knew you only had a month to live, would you live more for God and less for yourself? What makes you think you have a month? Live each day as if it were your last. And when you stand before Him you will hear, “Well done my good and faithful servant.”

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January 24, 2014: 6:50 pm: Salvation

Isaiah 43:10-13, 57:15 

1.0 “But you are my witnesses, 0 Israel!” says the Lord. “And you are my servant. You have been chosen to know me, believe in me, and understand that I alone am God. There is no other God; there never has been and never will be. 11 I am the Lord, and there is no other Savior. 12 First I predicted your deliverance; I declared what I would do, and then I did it-I saved you. No foreign god has ever done this before. You are witnesses that I am the only God, “says the Lord. 13 “From eternity to eternity I am God. No one can oppose what I do. No one can reverse my actions.” 15 The high and lofty one who inhabits eternity, the Holy One, says this: “I live in that high and holy place with those whose spirits are contrite and humble. I refresh the humble and give new courage to those with repentant hearts.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Many people today are looking for immortality. They want to stay alive as long they can and be remembered long after they die. It’s too bad they do not realize that we are already immortal. Our spirit and soul will live on after this body we live in dies and leaves this world. What most people do not realize is that where the spirit goes is decided by us in this world. Immortality begins when we are born and goes on forever. The decision we make in this life about Who Jesus Christ is will determine our forever. Was He fully God and fully human or just some lunatic? After we die, there will be no more deciding, forever begins. We have this guarantee from an eternal God. As we are immortal, God is eternal. He had no beginning and has no end. He is and always will be. From eternity to eternity God is God and there is no other. Our minds cannot comprehend this truth. What we need to know is that this great God loves us puny humans so much, He sent a plan of escape from this world of sin by sending His only Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins. Now your forever is your decision. Will you decide to accept His gift of love by believing that He died for your sin and give your life to Him? Will you spend forever with Him or without Him?

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January 23, 2014: 10:13 pm: Sanctification, Your mind

2 Corinthians 10:1-6
1 Now I, Paul, myself am pleading with you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ-who in presence am lowly among you, but being absent am bold toward you. 2 But I beg you that when I am present I may not be bold with that confidence by which I intend to be bold against some, who think of us as if we walked according to the flesh. 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

Philippians 4:6-9
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 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.

The source of all your spiritual battles is found in your mind. We walk and live in the flesh, but Satan is a spirit and works in the spirit world all around us. The good news is so do God’s angels and they are constantly in battle for us. But they only have power as we give them power. In other words, if we allow Satan to set up a stronghold in our mind and we do not fight him, with opposite and godly thoughts, words and actions, God’s angels have little power to help us. But when we pray and continually affirm the Word of God in our mind and with our mouth, this releases God’s ministering agents to fight Satan on his turf. That is why Paul tells us we do not fight against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers. But we can only fight them with the help of God’s angels. We give them power with our thoughts, words, and prayers. Strongholds are broken down and we are freed of our sins whatever they may be. There is no power on earth that is greater than the power of God working through His praying people. Don’t allow Satan a home in your mind any longer, you know what sin is and you know what God would have you do. And you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you!

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January 22, 2014: 7:57 pm: God in us

Numbers 6:22-27

22 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: 23 “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, ‘This is the way you shall bless the children of Israel. Say to them:
24 “The LORD bless you and keep you;
25 The LORD make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you;
26 The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.” ‘
27 “So they shall put My name on the children of Israel, and I will bless them.”
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

This is the blessing God instructed the priests to give to the people of Israel so the world would know they belonged to Him. God was looking for a people to bless. He wanted them to be strong in faith, wealthy and contented under His care. He wants the same for us today. The priests were instructed to speak the blessing over the people. Their words were powerful and spoke the wisdom of God. Our words today can speak the same blessing or curse to those around us. So many times we do not realize the power of our words that we speak about or to others. We can bless their life or curse it by what we say. Be very careful about what you say about others. If we speak evil, such as, “So and so is stupid and lazy,” we are speaking a curse over them. This is even more true of our children, even if they do not hear what we say they will be influenced by our words about them. We should always be careful about what we say about others and we should always try to speak good about them. “So and so is working hard at improving.” Whatever it is, your words have power. So speak this blessing over those you know and see what God can do in their lives.

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January 21, 2014: 1:27 am: Daily Scripture

Matthew 5:3-12

3 God blesses those who realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is given to them. 4 God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5 God blesses those who are gentle and lowly, for the whole earth will belong to them. 6 God blesses those who are hungry and thirsty for justice, for they will receive it in full. 7 God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy. 8 God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God. 9 God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God. 10 God blesses those who are persecuted because they live for God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. 11 God blesses you when you are mocked and persecuted and lied about because you are my followers. 12 Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted, too.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gave to us God’s way of living in this sinful world. To live for God means giving up your own rights in order to serve others. This is always contrary to the what the world teaches. But Jesus was not of this world, He is from heaven and if we belong to Him, we are not of this world. We live in the world but we are not a part of it. The Beatitudes are a code of ethics for the followers of Christ and a standard of living for us. They contrast the Kingdom values with the values of this world. They teach us the real meaning of faith and they show how the Old Testament expectations can be fulfilled in the Kingdom of God. The Beatitudes do not promise pleasure or earthly prosperity but promise a blessing from God. To be blessed by God means to experience hope, joy and peace. This is independent of our outward circumstances. No matter what is happening to us or around us, as a follower of Christ we can know joy, hope and peace. The direction given us by Christ still applies today, study the Beatitudes, know them by heart and then ask God to work them within you to show them to the world.

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January 20, 2014: 12:45 am: God in us

Numbers 9:15-23
On the day the Tabernacle was set up, the cloud covered it. But from evening until morning the cloud over the Tabernacle looked like a pillar of fire. 16 This was the regular pattern-at night the cloud that covered the Tabernacle had the appearance of fire. 17 Whenever the cloud lifted from over the sacred tent, the people of Israel would break camp and follow it. And wherever the cloud settled, the people of Israel would set up camp. 18 In this way, they traveled and camped at the Lord’s command wherever he told them to go. Then they remained in their camp as long as the cloud stayed over the Tabernacle. 19 If the cloud remained over the Tabernacle for a long time, the Israelites stayed and performed their duty to the Lord. 20 Sometimes the cloud would stay over the Tabernacle for only a few days, so the people would stay for only a few days, as the Lord commanded. Then at the Lord’s command they would break camp and move on. 21 Sometimes the cloud stayed only overnight and lifted the next morning. But day or night, when the cloud lifted, the people broke camp and moved on. 22 Whether the cloud stayed above the Tabernacle for two days, a month, or a year, the people of Israel stayed in camp and did not move on. But as soon as it lifted, they broke camp and moved on. 23 So they camped or traveled at the Lord’s command, and they did whatever the Lord told them through Moses.
Tyndale House Publishers: Holy Bible : New Living Translation. 2nd ed. Wheaton, Ill.

The Israelites traveled and camped as God commanded after leaving slavery in Egypt. They had the advantage of having physical proof that God was with them. When you follow God’s guidance, you know you are where God wants you, whether you are moving or staying in one place. Right now each of us is physically someplace. And even though we do not have a cloud or a pillar of fire to tell us God is directing us, we do have His Word to guide us. The Word of God is our physical evidence that God is with us right now, right where we are. But instead of praying, “God what do you want me to do next?” ask, “God, what do you want me to do while I’m here?” Direction from God is not just for your next big move. He has a purpose in placing you where you are right now. Open you eyes to see the work God has for you where you are and when it is time to move, He will show you. Begin to understand God’s purpose for your life and always starts from the place you are at!

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