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June 27, 2014: 2:24 am: Christian Love

Galatians 6:7-10 7

Don’t be misled. Remember that you can’t ignore God and get away with it. You will always reap what you sow! 8 Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful desires will harvest the consequences of decay and death. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. 9 So don’t get tired of doing what is good. Don’t get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time. 10 Whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone, especially to our Christian brothers and sisters.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

We all have the exact same choices of receiving or refusing what Jesus Christ has provided for us. Our past, present and future as believers are all about the seeds sown by the choices we have made or will make. We think we are human beings having a spiritual experience on earth. But we need to understand we are spiritual beings for all time and eternity that happen to be having a little human experience here on earth. The choices we make today will affect us for all eternity. Many will go into eternity without the blood of Jesus Christ to cover their sins. Don’t be one of them, accept the gift of salvation now while you can. For the Christian, the decisions we make today will determine what we will be doing during the Millennium. Are you using the talents that God has given you for His Kingdom? Or are you hiding them? Are you too afraid to step out and take a risk? Break the cycle sown from your past and stop re-living your mistakes. Confusion, fear and unforgivness still thriving in your soul will hinder the work Christ has set before you. Think before you step outside of God’s will and do not sow anymore seeds you do not want to grow. Then pull the weeds of past regrets from your life by applying the grace and forgiveness of God. It will soothe your memories and calm your mind. Then you can move forward into eternity with a crop of plenty of work done in the name of Christ.

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June 26, 2014: 2:22 am: Sanctification

1 Corinthians 1:22-30

22 God’s way seems foolish to the Jews because they want a sign from heaven to prove it is true. And it is foolish to the Greeks because they believe only what agrees with their own wisdom. 23 So when we preach that Christ was crucified, the Jews are offended, and the Gentiles say it’s all nonsense. 24 But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the mighty power of God and the wonderful wisdom of God. 25 This “foolish” plan of God is far wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is far stronger than the greatest of human strength. 26 Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes, or powerful, or wealthy when God called you. 27 Instead, God deliberately chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose those who are powerless to shame those who are powerful. 28 God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important, 29 so that no one can ever boast in the presence of God. 30 God alone made it possible for you to be in Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made Christ to be wisdom itself. He is the one who made us acceptable to God. He made us pure and holy, and he gave himself to purchase our freedom.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

God chose the things the world would consider foolish to bring salvation to us. That God Himself would come down to the earth is foolishness to the world. Today is no different than over 2000 years ago. The world still considers the work of Christ Jesus foolishness. But for those who answer the call, we know it is the very life of all that we are. God and God alone made it possible for you to have His righteousness and it was God who made you acceptable to Himself. He is the One who makes us holy and who give us freedom. The world considers this foolish. Once we chose Christ, we chose life and we chose to be in opposition to the world. The world cannot understand our choice, and the world does not like it. The pressure from the world around us to leave Christ behind and follow our own desires will never go away. As long as we live on this earth, society will pressure the Christian to turn away from God and turn to our own selfish desire. Do not let culture mold what you think and thereby what you do. But let the Word of God direct your thoughts and actions by the example given by God Himself through Jesus Christ. God made us pure and holy and He gave Himself to purchase our freedom. Do not turn away from the love so freely given to you, but use the power given to you by the Holy Spirit of God to live for Him.

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June 25, 2014: 2:21 am: Sanctification

1 John 3:7-10

7 Dear children, don’t let anyone deceive you about this: When people do what is right, it is because they are righteous, even as Christ is righteous. 8 But when people keep on sinning, it shows they belong to the Devil, who has been sinning since the beginning. But the Son of God came to destroy these works of the Devil. 9 Those who have been born into God’s family do not sin, because God’s life is in them. So they can’t keep on sinning, because they have been born of God. 10 So now we can tell who are children of God and who are children of the Devil. Anyone who does not obey God’s commands and does not love other Christians does not belong to God.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

There is a difference between committing a sin and continuing in sin. Every Christian will sometimes sin. but they do not cherish a particular sin and then choose to continue to commit that sin. A child of God who commits a sin repents, confesses, and finds forgiveness. The power of God in the life of a Christian gives them victory over that sin and it is does not become a habit. But those who say they belong to Him and then continue to sin because they are not sorry for what they are doing are not of Him. They may even use the Word of GOd to justify their sin, but this does not make it right. It only adds to their own judgment. Thus, this person never confesses and never receives forgiveness, Such a person is in opposition to God, no matter what religious claims they may make. This type of person is in our churches today. They are making claims to belong to God while they continue and even glorify evil sins, such as homosexuality and abortion. Don’t be fooled. Matthew 7:21-23 states, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. “Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'” Just because our society has declared sin to be good does mean it is. We must continue to look to the Word of God as our guide and not the desires of man. Only those who do right because of the righteousness of Christ in them will be with Him throughout eternity. The person who does not believe and live the Word of God will not enter into His rest.

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June 24, 2014: 4:54 am: Sanctification

Romans 12: 1-2

And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice-the kind he will accept. When you think of what he has done for you, is this too much to ask? 2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The behaviors and customs of this world are turning away from God. As we come to the end of this age, we will see the world adapt a “religion” that is all inclusive of every kind of sin. Actually this world religion does not recognize anything as sin. But God is calling you to a higher standard, because of what He has done for you. He asks that we make our bodies a holy and living sacrifice for Him. What does this mean in the world we live in today? It means we go against what is popular, what is acceptable by the world and what is no longer considered sin. We look to the Word for our standard regarding our bodies. The Word is very clear, stating that any sex outside of a man-women marriage is sin. Say that too loud just about anywhere and you will be labeled homophobic or a hate monger. It is now illegal for a preacher in Canada to preach against the sin of homosexuality. They consider it hate language and it is a punishable crime. The USA is not far behind. The Episcopalians and now the Lutherans have accepted homosexuals by accepting them into positions of leadership as pastors and priests. This is blatantly going against the Word of God. But Romans is the Word of God and He is asking us to make our bodies a living sacrifice to Him. We cannot embrace only the parts of the Word we like and ignore the rest because we do not like what it tells us to do. Examine your heart, do you truly understand what Christ did for you and do you love Him? Don’t take the position of telling Him how to do it. He is sovereign and He is Almighty and He wrote the Book. Just because you have a desire for sexual activity outside of God’s standard, does not make it right. God did make you to be a sexual person, but going outside of His Word regarding your body is sin. Don’t take anyone’s word regarding this issue, go to the Word of God and seek answers yourself and then pray about it. God will lead you to do what is right.

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June 20, 2014: 1:30 am: Christian Love

2 Peter 1:5-10

So make every effort to apply the benefits of these promises to your life. Then your faith will produce a life of moral excellence. A life of moral excellence leads to knowing God better. Knowing God leads to self-control. Self-control leads to patient endurance, and patient endurance leads to godliness. Godliness leads to love for other Christians, and finally you will grow to have genuine love for everyone. The more you grow like this, the more you will become productive and useful in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But those who fail to develop these virtues are blind or, at least, very shortsighted. They have already forgotten that God has cleansed them from their old life of sin. So, dear friends, work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

We are saved by faith and not by works, but once we are saved, God gives us tools to do His work in this world. As we do His work, we become more like Him. And what we do with these tools is what we will be examined on, when we stand before Him. This judgment will not be about sin, we will be in heaven and redeemed, but He will look at what we did after our salvation and what did we do for Him with the gifts and tools He gave us. It is difficult to remember that we cannot do what God does, and that God will not do what we can do for ourselves. God will not give us good habits, but He does give us the instructions to develop them. He will not make us walk holy before Him, but He does give us direction on how we can. We have to do all of that for ourselves. We have to work out our salvation and apply the tools He has given us. Once we apply the benefits of His promises, we operate in the power of the Holy Spirit. But we must take the first step and believe His Word is true. If we will, then He will. Every promise of God starts with us. We start with salvation, but that is only the start. Then we apply faith to produce moral excellence, to produce knowledge of God, to produce self-control, to produce endurance, to produce love. Start applying God’s promises and see His power manifested in your walk for Him!

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June 19, 2014: 1:19 am: Christian Love

2 Timothy 1:12-14

12 For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day. 13 Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. 14 That good thing which was committed to you, keep by the Holy Spirit who dwells in us.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

God will do the work within us if we commit to Him. Do you know in your heart that He is Lord of all and Lord of your life? If so, then He will keep you in His love until that Day. The Day is when He returns or the day when you leave this world to be with Him. We make the commitment and He does the work. Philippians 1:6 tells us, “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” It is the power of the Holy Spirit in you that enables you to become like Him. He promises us to finish the work that He has begun. When you feel incomplete or distressed by your shortcomings, remember God’s promise and provision. Don’t let your present condition prevent you from moving forward for God or from becoming all that God intends. When you feel unworthy to tell others of God because of the sins you have committed, remember that God sees a finished product when He looks at you and move forward and do the thing He asks. Don’t wait, don’t hesitate, just move into action, the action of your faith. Do you believe you are saved from your sin by the Blood of Christ? Then move and act on that belief. Stretching you faith muscle will make it grow and you will live your faith through the power of God within you.

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June 18, 2014: 1:12 am: Christian Love

Romans 12:2-8

2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is. 3 As God’s messenger, I give each of you this warning: Be honest in your estimate of yourselves, measuring your value by how much faith God has given you. 4 Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, 5 so it is with Christ’s body. We are all parts of his one body, and each of us has different work to do. And since we are all one body in Christ, we belong to each other, and each of us needs all the others. 6 God has given each of us the ability to do certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out when you have faith that God is speaking through you. 7 If your gift is that of serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, do a good job of teaching. 8 If your gift is to encourage others, do it! If you have money, share it generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Paul is laying the foundation for emotional health to the Romans in this letter. You will find no better place for instructions on emotional health than the Word of God. Dr. Gary Chapman has laid out 5 principles for what he calls reality living that applies to how we react to the world around us. These principles are based on the Word of God.
1. I am responsible for my own attitude.
Attitude has to do with the way you choose to think about things. If we focus on the negative, things will get worse. If we focus on the positive, things will be better. Your attitude can have a profound effect on your emotional well being for the good or for the worse depending on what you choose!

2. Attitude affects actions.
Attitudes affect our behavior and words. You may not be able to control your situation but you can control your actions and words. You are responsible for what you do within your environment!

3. I can not change others. but I can influence others.
Our attitudes and actions are contagious. Every word you say and every action you take is influencing people around you for better or for worse. But the same is true for those around you. But don’t let other decide for you how you will respond. Go against the grain and respond to meanness with love and kindness.

4. My actions are not controlled by my emotions.
In our thoughts, we interpret what we experience around us. Our thoughts will become emotions or feelings. Eventually, we take actions, based on our thoughts and emotions, we do something. Our actions will enhance or destroy our relationships. Our actions are far more important than our emotions. So think before you act.

5. Admitting my imperfections does not mean that I am a failure.
To admit your own past failures does not mean you are taking all the responsibility for the trouble in your relationships. It simple means you are taking responsibility for where you have failed. This will promote forgiveness and healing. You will be starting from a point of love and not hate. You can take a positive step.

Taking these five steps will show that you are not copying the behavior and customs of this world, but letting God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.

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June 17, 2014: 1:08 am: Grace

Mark 1:21-28 21

Jesus and his companions went to the town of Capernaum, and every Sabbath day he went into the synagogue and taught the people 22 They were amazed at his teaching, for he taught as one who had real authority-quite unlike the teachers of religious law. 23 A man possessed by an evil spirit was in the synagogue, 24 and he began shouting, “Why are you bothering us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are-the Holy One sent from God!” 25 Jesus cut him short. “Be silent! Come out of the man.” 26 At that, the evil spirit screamed and threw the man into a convulsion, but then he left him. 27 Amazement gripped the audience, and they began to discuss what had happened. “What sort of new teaching is this?” they asked excitedly. “It has such authority! Even evil spirits obey his orders!” 28 The news of what he had done spread quickly through that entire area of Galilee.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Jesus did many miracles during His ministry here on earth. The wind and waves and demons obeyed Him instantly. Is it so difficult to believe that He is the Son of God with all the miracles we can read about? We need to not only realize this truth about Jesus, but transfer it into our own lives. God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. He never changes. As He worked back then, He will work today. We must not only believe these miracles really occurred; we must also transfer that truth into our own lives. We do not serve a Savior who cannot meet our needs. Because of what we know about Him, we can trust that He will meet our needs. What demons are tormenting you today? What lies from the enemy are you believing? As Christ rebuked the demon in this man, so you are to rebuke the lies that bind you. Through the power that resurrected Christ from the dead, refuse to allow the enemy to bind you. Let the truth penetrate your mind and live in your heart. You are a child of the King and He has set you free.

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June 16, 2014: 12:43 am: Christian Love

Galatians 6:2-5, 14-16

2 Share each other’s troubles and problems, and in this way obey the law of Christ. 3 If you think you are too important to help someone in need, you are only fooling yourself. You are really a nobody. 4 Be sure to do what you should, for then you will enjoy the personal satisfaction of having done your work well, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. 5 For we are each responsible for our own conduct. 14 As for me, God forbid that I should boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of that cross, my interest in this world died long ago, and the world’s interest in me is also long dead. 15 It doesn’t make any difference now whether we have been circumcised or not. What counts is whether we really have been changed into new and different people. 16 May God’s mercy and peace be upon all those who live by this principle. They are the new people of God.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The world is full of enticements. Daily we are confronted with subtle cultural pressures and overt propaganda. As Christians, we must learn to live in this world and still stay connected to Jesus Christ. We can only do this through the power of the Holy Spirit in us. Our conduct reflects how connected we are. We are each responsible of our own conduct. It is our choice. We decide how much of the world we let in. When we accept the salvation of Jesus Christ, our interest in the world should die. Our own desires are crucified with Him. We are changed from the inside out. Our conduct reflects this change. What are others seeing in you? Do they see you interested in this world or in Jesus Christ? What is your conduct saying to those around you? Make sure you conduct yourself as Christ would. Remember He did not use His power as God while He lived as a Man in this world. He used the power of the Holy Spirit under the direction of God the Father to live. He is our example and we are to live as He did.

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June 13, 2014: 9:27 pm: Christian Love

Colossians 3:12-17

12 Since God chose you to be the holy people whom he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 You must make allowance for each other’s faults and forgive the person who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. 14 And the most important piece of clothing you must wear is love. Love is what binds us all together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are all called to live in peace. And always be thankful. 16 Let the words of Christ, in all their richness, live in your hearts and make you wise. Use his words to teach and counsel each other. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. 17 And whatever you do or say, let it be as a representative of the Lord Jesus, all the while giving thanks through him to God the Father.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Love is not a feeling; it is a decision to meet the needs of another. Paul is saying we are to “put on” love. We are to act love to the people we come into contact with. It starts with our thinking and then leads to actions of love and then we “feel” love. This is true with any relationship you have and even with casual contact with strangers. The rule is to give love and you will then live in peace with all those around you. This does not mean that suddenly all differences of opinion disappear, but it does require that you work together despite your differences. To love does not mean you agree with everything someone else does. But you continue to offer loving acceptance and giving in spite of their weakness. Isn’t this what Christ offered to you? How can we give any less than what He gave to us? Living in love is truly letting the words of Christ, in all their richness, live in your heart and makes you wise. Action always follows feelings and if we chose to love first, we will show it by our behavior.

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