Archive for December, 2014

December 26, 2014: 8:20 pm: Grace

Colossians 1:18-23

18 Christ is the head of the church, which is his body. He is the first of all who will rise from the dead, so he is first in everything. 19 For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, 20 and by him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of his blood on the cross. 21 This includes you who were once so far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions, 22 yet now he has brought you back as his friends. He has done this through his death on the cross in his own human body. As a result, he has brought you into the very presence of God, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault. 23 But you must continue to believe this truth and stand in it firmly. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News. The Good News has been preached all over the world, and I, Paul, have been appointed by God to proclaim it.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

There is no worse condition than being separated from God. Those who are not connected to Him are lost and without hope. Only those who are holy will be a part of God and will be with God. But none of us are holy, Romans 3:23 tells, “For all have sinned; all fall short of God’s glorious standard.” Because God is holy, He cannot accept anything or anyone to Himself who is not also holy. Jesus Christ is the remedy for our problem. He came to reconcile us to God. And Christ was without sin because He was fully God, And because He was fully human, He could become the perfect sacrifice for our sins and die. Without a perfect sacrifice, there can be no reconciliation to God. In Christ grace and reconciliation are available to everyone. There is no one who is not able to receive the grace given by Christ to be reconciled to God. Even though it is available to all, not all will accept it and receive it. Only those who believe it will receive it and become a part of the Body of Christ. For those who refuse to accept the grace of Christ will be permanently separated from God for eternity. Be a part of the few who believe and receive. Be holy and blameless by accepting the grace given so freely by Christ.

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December 23, 2014: 8:22 pm: Daily Scripture

Ezekiel 25:6-7

6 “And the Sovereign Lord says: Because you clapped and stamped and cheered with glee at the destruction of my people, 7 I will lift up my fist against you. I will give you as plunder to many nations. I will cut you off from being a nation and destroy you completely. Then you will know that I am the Lord.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Chapters 25-32 of Ezekiel are God’s words of judgment on nations surrounding Israel that laughed when Israel fell to the Babylonians. God judged them not only because of their delight in the destruction of Jerusalem, but they had also failed to acknowledge the one true God or fulfill His purpose for them. The Ammonites were judged for their joy over the desecration of the Temple (25:1-7), the Moabites because they found pleasure in Judah’s wickedness (25:8-11), the Edomites because of their racial hatred for the Jews (25:12-14), and the Philistines because they sought revenge against Judah for defeating them in battle (25:15-17). If any of this sounds familiar it is because we are living the same scenario today. The Palestinians danced with joy at the attack on the World Trade Center on 9-11. And many Moslems cheered when thousands of Americans died that day. God’s judgment will fall on them and the time is coming soon. Americans are not God’s chosen people, but we support them and that is why this attack happened and why it will happen again. And just as God judges these nations, God will judge those who come up against His people. Even if it is America. Do not look for things to get better in the Middle East or for the terrorist attacks to stop on the USA. It will only get worse in the Middle East and we will be under continual attack until the Lord returns for His Church. So learn a lesson for what God has already done in the past because it will happen again. And God always keeps His Word. God’s Word to the children of Abraham in Genesis 12:3 states, “I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you. All the families of the earth will be blessed through you.” Those who support the nation of Israel will be blessed, but those who curse her will be cursed.

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December 22, 2014: 7:40 pm: God in us

1 Corinthians 12:18-31

18 But God made our bodies with many parts, and he has put each part just where he wants it. 19 What a strange thing a body would be if it had only one part! 20 Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. 21 The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.” 22 In fact, some of the parts that seem weakest and least important are really the most necessary. 23 And the parts we regard as less honorable are those we clothe with the greatest care. So we carefully protect from the eyes of others those parts that should not be seen, 24 while other parts do not require this special care. So God has put the body together in such a way that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity. 25 This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other equally. 26 If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad. 27 Now all of you together are Christ’s body, and each one of you is a separate and necessary part of it. 28 Here is a list of some of the members that God has placed in the body of Christ:
first are apostles,
second are prophets,
third are teachers,
then those who do miracles,
those who have the gift of healing,
those who can help others,
those who can get others to work together,
those who speak in unknown languages.
29 Is everyone an apostle? Of course not. Is everyone a prophet? No. Are all teachers? Does everyone have the power to do miracles? 30 Does everyone have the gift of healing? Of course not. Does God give all of us the ability to speak in unknown languages? Can everyone interpret unknown languages? No! 31 And in any event, you should desire the most helpful gifts.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The body of Christ can be compared to smooth stones in a river. Before the stones were in the river, they broke off from a larger rock and the edges were very jagged. But once the stone fell into the river it joined all of the other stones and together they each had their rough edges smoothed. As they tumbled along in the river they each worked together to make them all smooth stones and they became useful to all those who used the river for life. The body of Christ is a place where we can go to get the rough edges of our life smoothed. God works through our lives to help each other become a useful vessel for His love, for His work. And only by being a part of a larger body of Christ can we have our rough edges smoothed. This is how God’s plan for our lives works. He never meant for you to be alone or serve Him alone. Being a part of a believing body of His people will help to make you into a useful vessel for the work God has called you. Are you part of His body? If you are severing God alone, you are not a part of His body. And even though many bodies of believers are not perfect, join them anyway. Because without being a part of a corporate group of believers, you cannot walk in obedience to Him. And if you are not walking in obedience to Him, you will have a difficult time staying connected to Him. So find a church that believes in salvation through Christ and join them in worship and working for Christ.

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December 17, 2014: 8:56 pm: Christian Love

John 4:50-53

49 The official pleaded, “Lord, please come now before my little boy dies.” 50 Then Jesus told him, “Go back home. Your son will live!” And the man believed Jesus’ word and started home. 51 While he was on his way, some of his servants met him with the news that his son was alive and well. 52 He asked them when the boy had begun to feel better, and they replied, “Yesterday afternoon at one o’clock his fever suddenly disappeared!” 53 Then the father realized it was the same time that Jesus had told him, “Your son will live.” And the officer and his entire household believed in Jesus. 54 This was Jesus’ second miraculous sign in Galilee after coming from Judea.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

This miracle was more than a favor to one official; it was a sign to all people. First the official believed; then he saw a miracle. He not only believed Jesus could heal, he also obeyed Jesus by returning home. He demonstrated his faith by his action of returning home before he knew of the healing of his son. It isn’t enough for us to say we believe that Jesus can take care of our problems. We need to act as if He can. When you pray about a particular need, live as though you believe Jesus can do what He says He will do. Live as though it has already happened. It is a time for you to show Him and the world that you will live what you believe. It is a time to walk in obedience to the Word of God before you see the results. What miracle do you need today? Believe the Word and walk as though it has already happened and God will make more than just a miracle happen, He will change your heart!

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December 15, 2014: 8:10 pm: Daily Scripture

Luke 4:1-4

Then Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan River. He was led by the Spirit to go out into the wilderness, 2 where the Devil tempted him for forty days. He ate nothing all that time and was very hungry. 3 Then the Devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, change this stone into a loaf of bread.” 4 But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People need more than bread for their life.'”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Sometimes what we are tempted to do isn’t wrong in itself. Turning a stone into bread wasn’t necessarily wrong. The sin was not the act but in the reason behind it. Satan was trying to get Jesus to take a shortcut, to solve Jesus’ immediate problem at the expense of His long-range goal, to seek comfort at the sacrifice of His discipline. Satan often works that way, persuading us to take action, even a right action, for the wrong reason or at the wrong time. The fact that something is not wrong in itself does not mean that it is good for you at a given time. Many people sin by attempting to fulfill a legitimate desire outside of God’s will or ahead of His timing. First seek His direction and then pray to know where the thought is coming from. Is it a whisper in your ear from the enemy or is it your own selfish needs speaking? God will give you wisdom to discern the difference and to hear His voice clearly, if you are seeking Him. Always know His Word and seek to hear His voice and He will make you path straight and be a Light onto your steps.

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December 12, 2014: 6:21 pm: Grace

John 1:10-14

10 But although the world was made through him, the world didn’t recognize him when he came. 11 Even in his own land and among his own people, he was not accepted. 12 But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. 13 They are reborn! This is not a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan-this rebirth comes from God. 14 So the Word became human and lived here on earth among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the only Son of the Father.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

John recognized that the Man the world was preparing for would not be only a man, but was also the creator of everything that exists. He understood by the power of the Holy Spirit in Him that Christ would be fully Man and fully God when He made this statement. John was given a great insight into what God was doing with man at this time in history. A little later when Jesus came to him, John said, “Look! There is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” He knew that every morning and every evening, a lamb was sacrificed in the Temple for the sins of the people (Exodus 29:38-42). To pay the penalty for sin, a life had to be given-and God chose to provide the sacrifice Himself. The sins of the world were removed when Jesus died as the perfect sacrifice. Even though that forgiveness is there for all, only those who believe Him and accept Him will receive it as John stated above. Those who believe and accept Him will have the right to be become children of God. To be a child of God means that you believe Him and trust that His Word is true. Do you believe Him? Do you trust Him? Read His Word and then ask Him to show you the truth. As Hebrews 11:5 states, “…Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that there is a God and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.” If you seek Him, you will find Him and His love and forgiveness.

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December 11, 2014: 9:02 pm: God in us

James 2:14-20

14 Dear brothers and sisters, what’s the use of saying you have faith if you don’t prove it by your actions? That kind of faith can’t save anyone. 15 Suppose you see a brother or sister who needs food or clothing, 16 and you say, “Well, good-bye and God bless you; stay warm and eat well–but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do? 17 So you see, it isn’t enough just to have faith. Faith that doesn’t show itself by good deeds is no faith at all-it is dead and useless. 18 Now someone may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.” I say, “I can’t see your faith if you don’t have good deeds, but I will show you my faith through my good deeds.” 19 Do you still think it’s enough just to believe that there is one God? Well, even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror! 20 Fool! When will you ever learn that faith that does not result in good deeds is useless?”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Confession of sins and a changed life are inseparable. As is faith without deeds is dead. Jesus had the harshest words to the respectable religious leaders, who lacked the desire for real change. They wanted to be known as religious authorities, but they didn’t want to change their hearts and minds. They wanted to “look” religious without having to make any changes to how they lived their lives. What people thought about them and their position in society were more important to them than having God change their lives. They have received all the reward they will get in this world. Turning from sin must lead to action, or it isn’t real. Following Jesus means more than saying the right words, it means acting on what He has said, even if you do not feel like it. Your feelings are irrelevant, what is in your heart will show by the actions you do. If Christ is really in your heart your deeds will show. Act Jesus to the world around you because of His love for you.

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December 10, 2014: 7:13 pm: Sanctification

Philippians 2:12-16

12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. 14 Do all things without complaining and disputing, 15 that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

What do you think when you see a caterpillar? Do you think it is an ugly worm-like thing or do you see what has been coded within him from the start? Most people do not go out of their way to look at a caterpillar, but many will always stop and look at a beautiful butterfly. When we come to know Jesus Christ as our Savior, we are like the ugly worm. He has put everything inside of us to become Christ-like, but we are still unappealing on the outside. But everything we need to be like Christ is implanted in us at the point of salvation. Even though our spirit is now connected to God and we are saved, the working out our salvation in our soul (mind, will, and emotions) needs to become the butterfly. Christ is in us, but without the right environment, He will not grow. All the caterpillar does is eat and eat and then he cocoons himself in the right environment and soon becomes the beautiful butterfly. We must also consume the Word of God and surround ourselves with His people to become like Him. Without eating or consuming the Word of God, we will not grow to become like Him. We remain undeveloped and unusable for Him. But when we consume His Word and become a part of His Body, we change into a beautiful vessel for His will. Where are you today in your journey to become more like Him? Are you still an ugly worm or are you consuming His Word and developing into Him? Everything you need is already in you to become like Christ, you just need to know His Word and join His body. For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure because of what He has done for you at salvation.

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December 9, 2014: 7:45 pm: Your mind

John 12:31-33

31 The time of judgment for the world has come, when the prince of this world will be cast out. 32 And when I am lifted up on the cross, I will draw everyone to myself.” 33 He said this to indicate how he was going to die.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

When Jesus Christ died on the cross, the prince of this world, Satan was cast out and he no longer has full control of this world. He is limited by God as to what he can do. So that means that everything that happens is God filtered. Meaning God controls everything that Satan does. So why would God who loves us so allow the world to go through such devastation like hurricanes, war and suffering? God is only allowing Satan to carry out what man has chosen and that pattern of destruction was set in place a long time ago when man chose sin over obedience to God. When sin entered, man gave the world back to Satan and death entered. But with death comes destruction. With destruction come all kinds of disasters. As long as Satan is still allowed to cause pain, he will, until Gods purposes are fulfilled. And anywhere Satan causes pain, there is death. But for believers it is a different story. The blood of Jesus not only purchased our eternal salvation, but it renders Satan powerless over those who believe in Christ Jesus. That does not mean we are not affected by all of the disasters of this world or that we will not suffer pain, loss and physical death, but means that we are protected by God from spiritual death. Satan cannot touch us or remove us from God’s love. Now that may not seem like a comfort when you’re going through suffering, but it is. God will not leave you alone to go through any difficulty that He has allowed to happen in your life. But He will be with you and He will use it to make you more like Christ. But the choice is yours, either to allow God to use your sorrows to grow more like Him or you can become bitter and shut God out. What you choose does not change God, He still loves you and will protect you from separation from His love (Romans 8:28, “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”) That is peace you can cling to. As this world becomes more uncertain, you can have perfect peace that Christ has promised to give us because He has cast the prince of this world out!

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December 8, 2014: 7:06 pm: God in us

Luke 11:23-26

23 “Anyone who isn’t helping me opposes me, and anyone who isn’t working with me is actually working against me.24 “When an evil spirit leaves a person, it goes into the desert, searching for rest. But when it finds none, it says, ‘I will return to the person I came from.’ 25 So it returns and finds that its former home is all swept and clean. 26 Then the spirit finds seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they all enter the person and live there. And so that person is worse off than before.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The absence of evil does not mean that God is present. Because we can look at our life and say that we are not as evil as others does not mean that God is present in our lives. We must actively seek Him and actively do His will. Jesus is telling us that those who are not actually working for Him are actually against Him. We cannot live ignoring Him and the work He has given to all of us. If we do, then we are against Him, even if we are living a “good” life according to the standards of the world. If we live according to laws of man, we are considered a good citizen. But Christ has said those who are not for Him are actually against Him. Too often many only cry out to God when they need help, but ignore Him when things are good. Doing what is right is more than simply believing all the right doctrines of God. It means living what we believe and walking in obedience to Him. What are you doing to show your faith in Him? James tells us faith without works is dead.We may be saved and on our way to Heaven, but are we going to bring anyone with us? Is God just a name you call when you are in trouble or is He the one you serve? You cannot say you love Him without showing it. He is asking all those who say they are His to show it by walking in obedience to Him. That means knowing what He wants you to do. It means knowing His Word by living it. Are you working with Him today? Look at your life and examine it against His standard and move forward in action by doing His work, the work He has called you to do.

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