Archive for August, 2014

August 6, 2014: 9:15 pm: Sanctification

2 Corinthians 12:8-10

8 Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. 9 Each time he said, “My gracious favor is all you need. My power works best in your weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may work through me. 10 Since I know it is all for Christ’s good, I am quite content with my weaknesses and with insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

We do not know what the thorn was to Paul, but we do know that it was a hindrance to his ministry. God told Paul no, He would not remove the thorn stating that, “My power works best in your weakness.” It kept Paul humble, reminded him of his need for constant contact with God, and benefited those around him as they saw God work in his life. When we are strong in abilities or resources, we are tempted to do God’s work on our own, and that can lead to pride. When we are weak, allowing God to fill us with His power, then we are stronger than we could ever be on our own. We need to know that even the abilities we have are God given and we can do nothing apart from Him. Only His power will make us effective for Him and will help us do work that has lasting value. Only those things done by His direction and through His power will last. Our weakness is His strength, if we will honor God as the source of everything we are and the power behind everything we do.

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August 5, 2014: 9:12 pm: Sanctification

Deuteronomy 10:12-16

12 “And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you? He requires you to fear him, to live according to his will, to love and worship him with all your heart and soul, 13 and to obey the Lord’s commands and laws that I am giving you today for your own good. 14 The highest heavens and the earth and everything in it all belong to the Lord your God. 15 Yet the Lord chose your ancestors as the objects of his love. And he chose you, their descendants, above every other nation, as is evident today. 16 Therefore, cleanse your sinful hearts and stop being stubborn.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Don’t we all want to know what the Lord requires of us? What makes this Old Testament scripture applicable today? Aren’t we under the blood of Christ and therefore do not have to follow Old Testament Law? The only change in the Law after Christ was the way to be cleansed from sin. The offering for sin has always been blood. This is God’s standard and it is not open to debate. When Christ died for our sin, He made the final sacrifice for us. He went to the altar in heaven and made the final blood sacrifice, His own, but this did not negate what God wants of us. God has always wanted our love and worship. He has always wanted us to obey Him and do His will. Many times in the Old Testament, God stated that He was sick of the sacrifices of the Jewish people because they were so deep into sin against Him. In Isaiah 1:11 He stated “‘I am sick of your sacrifices,’ says the Lord.” God has always wanted us to be connected to Him through love and obedience. It has not changed today. Yes, we are saved by faith and not by works, but there is much to do after salvation. It doesn’t end there. It is only the beginning. The work just begins. The process of sanctification will take us a lifetime. What does God require of you? The answer is simple, “He requires you to fear him, to live according to his will, to love and worship him with all your heart and soul, and to obey the Lord’s commands and laws that I am giving you today for your own good.”

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August 4, 2014: 11:35 pm: Love

Romans 1:18-25

18 But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who push the truth away from themselves. 19 For the truth about God is known to them instinctively. God has put this knowledge in their hearts. 20 From the time the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky and all that God made. They can clearly see his invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse whatsoever for not knowing God.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

God has revealed Himself plainly in the creation of the world for all people to see. From just looking at the earth and the sky, we know there is a God. Even though all people have an inner sense that there is a God, many chose not to acknowledge Him. No one standing before God will have an excuse for not believing in Jesus Christ. Every person born has knowledge of God because God has put that knowledge in all people.

As a child of God our moral standards are always higher than our behavior. In other words, we all know what is right, but do not always do it. For those of us under the Blood, we will have to answer to Him for all that we knew about Him and did not live. Standing before Him, all will regret that more was not done when we had the chance. Because once we leave this world, there are no more chances. Thank God for His patience, He knows we are only dust and is patience in working with us to work out our sanctification. The key is to keep moving forward, to keep growing to become more like Christ. So even though we may take one step backwards, we are taking two steps forward. We keep on moving and growing and becoming more of Christ to the world around us.

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August 1, 2014: 11:27 pm: God in us

Isaiah 40:27-31

27 O Israel, how can you say the Lord does not see your troubles? How can you say God refuses to hear your case? 28 Have you never heard or understood? Don’t you know that the Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth? He never grows faint or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. 29 He gives power to those who are tired and worn out; he offers strength to the weak. 30 Even youths will become exhausted, and young men will give up. 31 But those who wait on the Lord will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Even the strongest person gets tired at times, but God’s power and strength never diminish. He is never too tired or too busy to listen and help us. Only in His strength are we strong. When you feel that life is crushing you and you cannot go another step, remember that you can always call on God to renew you in strength. Only in God can you find new strength and soar through your problem with His help. Trusting God will keep you from growing weary as you face the problems that life can bring. Cry out to God and wait for Him to move in your heart and mind. He may change your circumstances or He may change you, but either way, God will hear you and He will answer you with strength and peace. Trusting in Him will keep you safe in His love and keep you from sin.

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