Archive for October, 2014

October 8, 2014: 5:45 am: God in us

1 Kings 3:5-9

5 That night the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream, and God said, “What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!”
6 Solomon replied, “You were wonderfully kind to my father, David, because he was honest and true and faithful to you. And you have continued this great kindness to him today by giving him a son to succeed him. 7 O Lord my God, now you have made me king instead of my father, David, but I am like a little child who doesn’t know his way around. 8 And here I am among your own chosen people, a nation so great they are too numerous to count! 9 Give me an understanding mind so that I can govern your people well and know the difference between right and wrong. For who by himself is able to govern this great nation of yours?”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

When given a chance to have anything in the world, Solomon asked for wisdom. He asked for an “understanding mind” in order to direct God’s people well and to make right decisions. James 1:5 states that we can ask for this same kind of wisdom. We should ask God for wisdom to know what the job is that God wants us to do and then for wisdom to carry it out. We should not ask God to do for us what He wants to do through us. Instead we should ask God to give us the wisdom to know what to do and the strength to follow through. God will never step in and do for us what we can do for ourselves. It is better for us to move into action than to sit back and have it done for us. Knowing and understanding the will of God comes only through knowing His Word and knowing His mind. God will show us all we need to know to have the mind of Christ if we seek Him through His Word and ask Him. Once we know, we must move to action and do the task set before us. This is the will of God for all of those who belong to Him.

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October 7, 2014: 5:44 am: God in us

1 Corinthians 2:6-16

6 However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, 8 which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” 10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. 13 These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. 16 For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

Those who are not in Christ cannot understand God’s spiritual truths and they cannot understand the concept that God’s Spirit lives in believers. Don’t expect people to understand or approve of your decision to follow Christ. People of the world will think it foolish. Just as a tone deaf-person cannot appreciate fine music, the person who rejects Christ cannot understand the spiritual truths from God. They have turned their back on God and will not understand the wisdom He provides for those who choose to follow Him. Believers in fact, have the very mind of Christ. Through The Holy Spirit, we can begin to know God’s thoughts. The more we know the mind of God, the more we grow to become like Him. The world will not understand or accept this. Are you spending enough time with Christ to know His mind? Knowing the thoughts of God comes only by spending time with Him. An intimate relationship with Christ comes only with consistent time in His presence and knowing His Word. The way you live will show how intimate your relationship is with God. The more you know Him the more you will be like Him. Don’t be like the world and close your mind to the things of God. Open your mind and seek His will by knowing His Word and spending time with Him.

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October 6, 2014: 12:32 am: Christian Love

Philippians 1:20-25

20 For I live in eager expectation and hope that I will never do anything that causes me shame, but that I will always be bold for Christ, as I have been in the past, and that my life will always honor Christ, whether I live or I die. 21 For to me, living is for Christ, and dying is even better. 22 Yet if I live, that means fruitful service for Christ. I really don’t know which is better. 23 I’m torn between two desires: Sometimes I want to live, and sometimes I long to go and be with Christ. That would be far better for me, 24 but it is better for you that I live. 25 I am convinced of this, so I will continue with you so that you will grow and experience the joy of your faith.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The verdict is in! The mortality rate is 100%, with no exceptions. The truth is we are all going to die. For the Christian to die is to gain. We go to be with our Lord who died for us. Is this the attitude that you have about living and dying? Are you comforted that no matter what happens, you are in God’s hands? For me, it is not the dying that worries me, it is the living. What we do and how we do it from the time we are born until the day we die is the thing we need to understand. How would you complete the statement, “For me to live is _________?” Could you be like Paul and state, “For me to live is Christ.” Or are you living just to get and accumulate things? What is your ultimate purpose for living? Once we know how to live and what we are living for, we can be prepared to die. Not that we want death or look forward to it, but we are not afraid of it. It is a place of peace, knowing that whatever our state we are with God. If we are living, we are moving toward Him and if we die, we are with Him. This is the place of true joy, knowing that we are held by our Father and He is our purpose. What is your reason for living today? Take time to look at what the purpose of your life is. If you are a child of Jesus Christ, then live for that purpose with an attitude of joy because of God within you.

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October 3, 2014: 8:18 pm: Sanctification

1 Corinthians 6:9-14

9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. 12 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. 13 Foods for the stomach and the stomach for foods, but God will destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 And God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Sanctification, do any of us really know what this means? Is it something that can be achieved in this world? Paul tells the Corinthians that they were sanctified. And we are being sanctified through the blood of Jesus. But none of us will be fully sanctified until we are like Him. We are fully justified, but sanctification is only achieved when we are fully walking in the Kingdom of God under His will. The question then is, do we walk in our sanctification? It means separating yourself from that which is evil. It is really all of God or nothing. We cannot have one foot in the world and one foot with God. There is no such thing as a little bit of sin. If you add one drop of contaminated water to a bucket of clean water, it all becomes contaminated. But if you add one drop of clean water to bucket of contaminated water, it is all still contaminated. We are called by Christ to abstain from any appearance of evil. We must confess our sins and then turn from them. We can do this only through the power of the Holy Spirit. We are sanctified through the blood of Christ by His power. When you are tempted with sin, claim your sanctification and rebuke the enemy by the power of the Holy Spirit in you!

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October 1, 2014: 6:31 am: Christian Love

Galatians 2:17-21

17 But what if we seek to be made right with God through faith in Christ and then find out that we are still sinners? Has Christ led us into sin? Of course not! 18 Rather, I make myself guilty if I rebuild the old system I already tore down. 19 For when I tried to keep the law, I realized I could never earn God’s approval. So I died to the law so that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Christ. 20 I myself no longer live, but Christ lives in me. So I live my life in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I am not one of those who treats the grace of God as meaningless. For if we could be saved by keeping the law, then there was no need for Christ to die.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Sin, by its very nature brings death that is a fact as certain as the law of gravity. Sin always separates us from God. Jesus did not die for His own sins, He had none. Instead, by a transaction that we may never fully understand, He died for the sins of the whole world. He died for all past, present and every sin to ever be committed. There is not one sin that can not be forgiven by the work that Christ Jesus did on the cross. It is by faith believing that we receive the forgiveness that Christ died to give us. Only those who believe Him will be saved from their sin. When we commit our life to Christ and thus identify ourselves with Him, His death becomes ours. We (that is our sinful nature) are crucified with Him. Our sinful nature is nailed to the cross with Him. Our spirit is immediately connected to God and He lives in us. But our soul, that is our mind, our will and our emotions, need to be transformed into His image. This is the working out of our salvation. We surrender our soul to Him sometimes minute by minute. Our bodies also need to be under submission to His will as we take care of our physical needs. He paid the penalty for our sins, and His blood has purified us. Our spirit is immediately connected to Him and our soul starts the process to become like Him. Our body will someday rise from death just as Christ rose from the dead. So we will rise to a new life for eternal fellowship with Jesus Christ.

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