Archive for July, 2014

July 17, 2014: 8:38 pm: Salvation

32 A psalm of David.

1 Oh, what joy for those whose rebellion is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight!
2 Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of sin, whose lives are lived in complete honesty!
3 When I refused to confess my sin, I was weak and miserable, and I groaned all day long.
4 Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat.
5 Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide them. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.” And you forgave me!
All my guilt is gone.
6 Therefore, let all the godly confess their rebellion to you while there is time, that they may not drown in the floodwaters of judgment.
7 For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory.
8 The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996

Forgiveness has always been a part of God’s loving nature. He wants to forgive sin. God knows the best path for all of His creatures and He is waiting to direct and guide anyone who is willing to let Him. When the knowledge of His grace becomes real in our lives, we experience great joy. It is by faith we believe that God could have possibly loved us so much that He sent us a way of escape from sin. God has made a Way. In the Book of John, Jesus said to us, “I am the Way the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” God is patiently waiting for you to understand and believe in Him. He knows there is great joy for those that do. Anyone who believes in Him will receive absolution from sin. Then evidence of our faith will show in our life lived for Christ. But God is not going to wait forever. There will come a day when time will end. David had the knowledge of God’s judgment on the world at the great flood. He knew that God would not tolerate sin forever. But today, there is still time to repent. None of us knows what tomorrow will bring, why not be ready to face eternity with God’s grace instead of His judgment!

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July 16, 2014: 1:52 am: Sanctification

2 Timothy 4:3-5

3 For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to right teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever they want to hear. 4 They will reject the truth and follow strange myths. 5 But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at bringing others to Christ. Complete the ministry God has given you.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Over 2000 years ago the time had come when people would no longer listen to right teaching and it is still here today. Many follow their own desires looking for someone to tell them what they want to hear. Many do not want to hear about a God who can change their lives, they want to determine what is right and wrong regardless of who it may hurt. Satan is very busy today deceiving those who would be deceived. As a child of Christ and a part of His body, we need to keep our focus clear. Keeping the mind of Christ is our first priority. Everything else will fall into place with our mind focused on Him. When we know Him, we know the truth and everything else becomes clear. Remember this as you go out into the world. Remember that many people want to be deceived and choose not to believe in a God who can save them from their sin. They do not believe they have sin or simply do not care. Those that will listen will and those who are going to be deceived will. Continue to live for Christ and continue to let your life and actions show that you belong to Him. Never let an opportunity pass to let someone know the truth about Christ’ love because you never know the true heart of a person. Many will come to know of His love and accept it, but many more will not. This is simply a sign of the end of this age. Christ will return soon. Be ready to meet Him, by keeping Him your focus.

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July 15, 2014: 2:25 am: Sanctification

 

2 Timothy 1;1-5

You should also know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. 2 For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. 3 They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control; they will be cruel and have no interest in what is good. 4 They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. 5 They will act as if they are religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. You must stay away from people like that.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The “act” or appearance of being religious includes going to church, knowing Christian doctrine, using Christian cliches, and following Christian traditions. Such practices can make a person look good, but if their inner attitudes of belief, love and worship are lacking, the outer appearance is meaningless. Jesus said it twice in Matthew, “I want you to be merciful; I don’t want your sacrifices.” In other words, God does not want our outward actions unless our heart is turned toward Him and we are living His Word, His way. Those who “live” as if they belong to God, but do worship Him as Lord of their life are just going through the motions. Right now in our society this is quit common. In fact, Christ said it would happen in the days before His return. The hearts of this world are turning toward “spirituality” but are leaving Christ out of it. They want to look like they are religious, but it is of their own doing and really has nothing to do with God. That is why we are seeing homosexuals holding high positions in some churches. (Any sex outside of man-woman marriage is sin according to the Word of God.) They have the “appearance ” of living for God, but are really living their own agenda. God will have nothing to do with it. If the church you are in brings in sin and states that the Word of God is wrong on this sin, run! The Word of God cannot be amended to fit into what our society finds acceptable today. That is what happen in Sodom and Gomorrah and look what happened to them. It may be difficult to distinguish those who say they belong to God, from those that really do at first, but how they worship Him will tell in an instant. Do they call upon the name of Jesus Christ and do they say that all of the Word of God is without error? This is you clue. Look to what His Word says and do not pick out the parts that you like and say, “I will live this part, but not this.” To be a part of Christ, He makes the rules, we don’t. The Bible has already been written and it is from God and we are not in a position to change what He has already done!

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July 14, 2014: 1:22 am: Your mind

Psalm 23:1-4

1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.
3 He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

When we allow God, our Shepherd, to guide us we have contentment. When we chose to sin and go our own way, however, we cannot blame God for the environment we have created for ourselves. Sometimes the consequences of our choices are not comfortable. A lot of the time our troubles are caused because we have made a bad choice. And it is our choice and not God that has caused our situation. Our Shepherd knows the “green pastures” and the “still waters” that will keep and restore us. God knows what will work the best for us and even though we may not understand, it is His wisdom we should depend. It is a matter of trusting Him to know what is best for us, even though we cannot see it. We will reach this place of peace only by following Him obediently. Rebelling against the Shepherd’s leading is actually rebelling against our own best interests. We must remember this the next time we want our own way rather than the Shepherd’s way.

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July 10, 2014: 12:58 am: Prayer

Colossians 4:2-6

2 Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart. 3 Don’t forget to pray for us, too, that God will give us many opportunities to preach about his secret plan-that Christ is also for you Gentiles. That is why I am here in chains. 4 Pray that I will proclaim this message as clearly as I should. 5 Live wisely among those who are not Christians, and make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be gracious and effective so that you will have the right answer for everyone.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Have you ever grown tired of praying for someone to know the Lord as Savior? Paul says we should devote ourselves to prayer and to be alert in prayer. Our persistence is an expression of our faith that God will answer our prayers. Faith shouldn’t die if the answer comes slowly, for God’s delay may be God’s way of working His will. We can have no way of knowing all of the circumstances surrounding the person we are praying for. Or all of the ways that God is working to draw them to His love. When we pray, we need to trust that God is working the circumstances of their lives to bring them to Himself. God is working in the lives of all people to come to Him. Some turn Him away and some just need more time. The Holy Spirit is doing His job by working beyond their knowledge to bring them to accepting Christ as Savior. So never give up. Never stop praying for those you know who need Him. When you pray, know that God is present, always listening and will always answer your prayer. Maybe not in ways you had hoped, but in ways that He knows are best.

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July 9, 2014: 4:42 am: God in us

Philippians 1:12-19

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. 18 But whether or not their motives are pure, the fact remains that the message about Christ is being preached, so I rejoice. And I will continue to rejoice. 19 For I know that as you pray for me and as the Spirit of Jesus Christ helps me, this will all turn out for my deliverance.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

What is the perspective that you live from? Is it one of peace and joy or it is one of regret and remorse? Paul was in prison for preaching the Gospel and had a guard chained to him 24 hours a day and yet he had joy. His point of view was very clear and it did not depend on what was happening to him on the external, because his joy came from an internal knowledge of who he was in Christ. He was looking at his situation from God’s perspective and not from his own human senses. From a human point of view things could not have been worse. He had no freedom and was doomed to die, but from God’s perspective, people were hearing about the love of God and getting saved from Hell. How are you looking at the problem you face today? Is it from the promises given to us by the Word of God, or are you depending on your own strength to overcome? Get a clear point of view and know that life is just one series of problems and how you look at each situation will determine the outcome. Look at them from God’s point of view and not from your own human perspective. God has a way out of every problem and He has a purpose behind everything that happens to you. And it is for your good and for His plan. Trust Him today with that thing that weighs you down and let His joy fill you heart today.

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July 8, 2014: 1:20 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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