Archive for April, 2015

April 22, 2015: 7:20 pm: Daily Scripture

Colossians 1:25-29

25 God has given me the responsibility of serving his church by proclaiming his message in all its fullness to you Gentiles. 26 This message was kept secret for centuries and generations past, but now it has been revealed to his own holy people. 27 For it has pleased God to tell his people that the riches and glory of Christ are for you Gentiles, too. For this is the secret: Christ lives in you, and this is your assurance that you will share in his glory. 28 So everywhere we go, we tell everyone about Christ. We warn them and teach them with all the wisdom God has given us, for we want to present them to God, perfect in their relationship to Christ. 29 I work very hard at this, as I depend on Christ’s mighty power that works within me.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

How much of your life is under control of your “old nature” and how much is under control of “Christ in you?” Depends on how much room you have made for Christ. If you are still struggling with sin or cannot find time for God, then too much of your “old nature” is in control. Recognizing unacceptable behaviors and habits is the first step to surrendering them to the control of “Christ in you.” All of us have things in our life we are not proud of and realize the need to make some changes. The only time in our life when we do not need to improve or change is when we are dead. But until that time, there will always be a part of your “old nature” that will want to bring you down or away from what God has intended for you. His life in you is truly your only hope of permanently changing the “old nature” in you. We must decrease and He must increase. This is a circumcision of the heart not just self-denial. When you change unacceptable behaviors out of your own will power there will always be inner drives continually trying to sabotage your efforts. But when Christ lives in you and you have made room for Him by surrendering to Him, then you will have victory and joy because it is Christ in you that gives the power. You do this by daily coming before God and opening yourselves up to His examination. You ask and allow God to reveal to you what direction you should take. You surrender completely to His control. It is a step by step process that will take the rest of your life, but it is worked at daily. As you move closer and closer to Him, His life will be lived in you and you will share His glory.

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April 21, 2015: 7:12 pm: Grace

Acts 2:36-42
36 So let it be clearly known by everyone in Israel that God has made this Jesus whom you crucified to be both Lord and Messiah!” 37 Peter’s words convicted them deeply, and they said to him and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?” 38 Peter replied, “Each of you must turn from your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 This promise is to you and to your children, and even to the Gentiles-all who have been called by the Lord our God.” 40 Then Peter continued preaching for a long time, strongly urging all his listeners, “Save yourselves from this generation that has gone astray!” 41 Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church-about three thousand in all. 42 They joined with the other believers and devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, sharing in the Lord’s Supper and in prayer.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

This is the age old question asked by man, “What should we do?” But in order for man to ask himself this question, he has to realize his sin. The world we live in today does not see sin. Society does not want to be told that what they are doing is sin. So they label it something else. It is called a disease or they state I was born this way. People do not want to hear that what they are doing is contrary to the Word of God and is sin. As we get closer to the end of this age, we will see this happen more and more. What was once good has become bad and what was once bad has become good. As Christians we need to ask ourselves, “What should we do?” If there are people you are praying for to know the love of God and salvation, then we must bind the spirit of lawlessness that grips their hearts and minds. Once people choose sin and continue in it, the sin becomes less and less wrong. It is justified in their minds as normal so they do not feel bad about themselves. They become deceived. We need to pray and loose the strongholds of deception and lies that holds them and then bind them to the work of the Cross. We bind them to grace and forgiveness and to the Blood of Jesus. The Holy Spirit will begin to remove the strongholds that keep them from seeing the light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. You cannot pray salvation for them but you can release the power of the sin that holds them and release the power of God to show them. Then they will ask, “What should I do to be saved?” Keep praying, keep believing and God will keeping moving in their lives to bring them to this point.

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April 20, 2015: 7:22 pm: Daily Scripture

James 5: 16-18

16 Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results. 17 Elijah was as human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for the next three and a half years! 18 Then he prayed for rain, and down it poured. The grass turned green, and the crops began to grow again.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The Christian’s most powerful resource is communion with God through prayer. The results are often greater than we thought possible. Some people see praying as a last resort to be tried when all else fails. But this approach is backward. Prayer should come first. Because God’s power is infinitely greater than ours. The resources of God are without limits. And He is waiting to hear from us. When we pray we are stating that we trust God. Prayer is God’s way of releasing power in our life and there will be no growth in Christ without it. There is nothing in our life that God does not care about, so bring it to Him and trust that He will work out the need according to His will. That is the part that often gives us problems. His will. We do not always trust that God knows what He is doing with our lives and we want what we want when we want it. But God will listen to us and will meet our need as we trust Him and pray earnestly. So do not stop believing, keep on trusting in His Word. If Christ needed to take time to pray, how much more do we need to?

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April 17, 2015: 7:07 pm: Daily Scripture

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 what the best path for all of His creatures is 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 this world of 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 sins. 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 flood. He knew that God would not tolerate sin forever. While there is still time, you can 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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April 16, 2015: 6:07 pm: Daily Scripture

Romans 8:1-4

So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. 2 For the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you through Christ Jesus from the power of sin that leads to death. 3 The law of Moses could not save us, because of our sinful nature. But God put into effect a different plan to save us. He sent his own Son in a human body like ours, except that ours are sinful. God destroyed sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. 4 He did this so that the requirement of the law would be fully accomplished for us who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Are you dealing with condemnation over past events in your life? Does the memory of past failures keep you from moving forward? If so, then you are dealing with guilt that does not come from God. Satan is using past failures in your life to keep you from becoming what God knows you are. God would never condemn you, but He gently convicts you. God deals gently to show us areas of our life that need to be changed. He exposes what is wrong to make you better. Satan will beat you over the head again and again to make you feel bad about a past wrong to make you bitter. You only need to ask God once for forgiveness. If you are repeatedly asking God to forgive the same past sin, that is Satan working in your life to keep in bondage. If you can not move beyond a past sin, it is not God who brings it to your mind it is the enemy. Once a sin is brought before Christ, it is forgiven, there is no condemnation for those who belong to Him, only grace. That doesn’t mean we do not need to make some changes to prevent from going back into that sin, but does mean that we are forgiven. God will not keep you in bondage over past mistakes. Move forward and once a sin is laid on the cross do not pick it up again. Move forward in the direction of one who has never committed that sin. God’s plan for your life is freedom from sin, not bondage to it. Recognize condemnation as being from the enemy and not from your loving Father.

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April 15, 2015: 6:36 pm: Daily Scripture

Proverbs 16:1-9

1 We can gather our thoughts, but the Lord gives the right answer.
2 People may be pure in their own eyes, but the Lord examines their motives.
3 Commit your work to the Lord, and then your plans will succeed.
4 The Lord has made everything for his own purposes, even the wicked for punishment.
5 The Lord despises pride; be assured that the proud will be punished.
6 Unfailing love and faithfulness cover sin; evil is avoided by fear of the Lord.
7 When the ways of people please the Lord, he makes even their enemies live at peace with them.
8 It is better to be poor and godly than rich and dishonest.
9 We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

If the final outcome of our plans is in the hands of the Lord, then why should we plan at all? As a child of Christ, there is an understanding that there must be a partnership between our efforts and God’s control. He wants us to use our minds, to seek the advice of others, and to plan. Nevertheless, the results are up to Him. As we fill our minds with His Word, and we seek the counsel of those who love Him, we also seek His will for everything in our life. But we move forward in the direction we seek until we hear differently from God. Our guide is His Word and anything that is contrary to His Word is not the direction we should go. As you live for Him, ask guidance as you plan, and then act on your plan as you trust in Him to guide you. It is maintaining a delicate balance between trusting God as if everything depended on Him, while working as if everything depended on you. God wants you to move into action today. If you have given the goal to God move forward into that plan and your action will show your faith while God determines your outcome.

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April 14, 2015: 6:34 pm: Daily Scripture

Matthew 7:13-19

13 “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose the easy way. 14 But the gateway to life is small, and the road is narrow, and only a few ever find it. 15 “Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep, but are really wolves that will tear you apart. 16 You can detect them by the way they act, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit. You don’t pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles. 17 A healthy tree produces good fruit, and an unhealthy tree produces bad fruit. 18 A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. 19 So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. 20 Yes, the way to identify a tree or a person is by the kind of fruit that is produced.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

What a person believes is displayed in their behavior. What you do cannot be separated from what you believe. So those who walk in the Kingdom of God, do His will because they believe in Him. Those who say they believe in Christ but do not walk in the Kingdom of God, do not believe His truth. The Kingdom of God is any place that His will is done. The fruit that we grow cannot be separated from what we believe. If we believe in Christ and are baptized into His family, we will grow the fruit of the Spirit as stated in Galatians 5:22, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control…” Being in God’s family and believing in Him, will produce this fruit. But we need to be in obedience to His will and that takes practice. We must practice obedience to produce good fruit. Those who do not walk in the Kingdom of God will not produce good fruit. They may look good on the outside, but what they believe will show in how they live. Are you living in the Kingdom of God by living in obedience to His Word? Your life will show what you believe. Walk in His Kingdom, under His direction, through His power and you will glorify your Lord.

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April 13, 2015: 7:58 pm: Daily Scripture

Matthew 8:23-27

23 Then Jesus got into the boat and started across the lake with his disciples. 24 Suddenly, a terrible storm came up, with waves breaking into the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went to him and woke him up, shouting, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” 26 And Jesus answered, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” Then he stood up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly all was calm. 27 The disciples just sat there in awe. “Who is this?” they asked themselves. “Even the wind and waves obey him!”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Although the disciples had witnesses many miracles, they panicked in this storm. As experienced sailors, they knew the danger, what they did not know was Who was sleeping on the boat. We often experience sudden storms in our life, where we cannot feel God’s presence. Even though God has done many things for us in the past, we forget Who He is and what He can do. When we truly understand Who God is, we realize He controls both the storms of nature and the storms of our life. The same power that calmed this storm can calm the storm in your heart that you are going through right now. God can change the circumstances, He can change the hearts of people, He can even change your heart. Jesus is right there with you in the storm, even though it may feel like He is sleeping, He is with you. Trust in His Word that tells you so and trust in His love that He is working out all things for His purpose in your life. Take your eyes off the storm and look to the One Who can control storms of nature and the storms of your heart.

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April 10, 2015: 6:29 pm: Daily Scripture

Good Morning!

2 Peter 3:3-10
3 First, I want to remind you that in the last days there will be scoffers who will laugh at the truth and do every evil thing they desire. 4 This will be their argument: “Jesus promised to come back, did he? Then where is he? Why, as far back as anyone can remember, everything has remained exactly the same since the world was first created.” 5 They deliberately forget that God made the heavens by the word of his command, and he brought the earth up from the water and surrounded it with water. 6 Then he used the water to destroy the world with a mighty flood. 7 And God has also commanded that the heavens and the earth will be consumed by fire on the day of judgment, when ungodly people will perish. 8 But you must not forget, dear friends, that a day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. 9 The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise to return, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to perish, so he is giving more time for everyone to repent. 10 But the day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief. Then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and everything in them will disappear in fire, and the earth and everything on it will be exposed to judgment.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

It is interesting to see that God does not get everything He wants. As we look at Peter’s final instructions to the Church, he reminds us that God does not want anyone to die without knowing the saving grace of Jesus Christ. This is what God wants and He does not get what He wants. This would be a good argument to use on your kids the next time they come asking. Peter tells us that in the last days people will scoff and laugh at those of us waiting for the Lord to return. These people will miss spending eternity with God. They will perish in their sin because of their own choice not to believe in Jesus Christ as Lord. And it will not be because they did not have a chance to know Him. All have the same chance or it would not be righteous justice from God. The Bible tells us that everything around us reminds us that God made the world, so no one will have an excuse, all will have had a chance to know Christ. If we did not have all have a chance to know Him, how could God’s justice be perfect? On the day of the judgment of the unrighteous dead, all present will agree that their punishment is fair and perfect. As God can do nothing else. But God does not want anyone to parish and go through this judgment; He wants all to know His perfect plan of reconciliation. Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life and no one comes to the Father except through Him. Don’t be a scoffer, but be prepared to meet Him when He comes.

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April 9, 2015: 7:52 pm: Daily Scripture

James 2:14-19

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.

Do you register your faith by a set of Christian teachings? If so, then you faith is incomplete. Faith has nothing to do with what we agree to, but has everything to do with what we know is true. True faith transforms our conduct as well as our thoughts. If your life remains unchanged after making a statement of faith in Christ, then you don’t truly believe the truth you claim. We can not earn our salvation by serving and obeying God. But such actions show that our commitment to God is real. Deeds of loving serve and obedience are not a substitute for, but rather a verification of our faith in Christ. Jesus told us the poor would always be with us, but that is not an excuse to not do what you can to meet their needs. If you see a hungry person, feed them, or someone with a need you can meet, do it. I believe that God brings people before us to see what we will do. Will we give out of our abundance or will we walk away. Do not walk away give because you believe Christ and because He gave to you.

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