Archive for February, 2016

February 4, 2016: 8:19 pm: Daily Scripture

Acts 16:22-34
22 A mob quickly formed against Paul and Silas, and the city officials ordered them stripped and beaten with wooden rods. 23 They were severely beaten, and then they were thrown into prison. The jailer was ordered to make sure they didn’t escape. 24 So he took no chances but put them into the inner dungeon and clamped their feet in the stocks. 25 Around midnight, Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening. 26 Suddenly, there was a great earthquake, and the prison was shaken to its foundations. All the doors flew open, and the chains of every prisoner fell off! 27 The jailer woke up to see the prison doors wide open. He assumed the prisoners had escaped, so he drew his sword to kill himself. 28 But Paul shouted to him, “Don’t do it! We are all here!” 29 Trembling with fear, the jailer called for lights and ran to the dungeon and fell down before Paul and Silas. 30 He brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31 They replied, “Believe on the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, along with your entire household.” 32 Then they shared the word of the Lord with him and all who lived in his household. 33 That same hour the jailer washed their wounds, and he and everyone in his household were immediately baptized. 34 Then he brought them into his house and set a meal before them. He and his entire household rejoiced because they all believed in God.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL:Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Paul and Silas were beaten and put in prison for preaching salvation through Jesus Christ and yet they could sing praises to their God. God worked a miracle and their chains fell off and the jailer and his family were saved. Do you feel like Paul; are you in a dark place today? If you need the power of God to come into your mind to release the chains that bind, sing out in praise to Him. Not because of the difficulty you are in, not because life is hard, but because He is still the God of the universe and He loves and cares for you. It is not about you, it is always about Him. As long as we live in this world, there will be problems and difficulties, always, but we know that our hope lies with Him and in Him and we look beyond our problems and look to Him for our peace. Ephesians 1:6-8 tells us, “So we praise God for the wonderful kindness He has poured out on us because we belong to His dearly loved Son. He is so rich in kindness that He purchased our freedom through the blood of His Son, and our sins are forgiven. He has showered His kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.” Keep your focus on Him and He will see you through any difficulty that comes your way. Praise Him!

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February 3, 2016: 10:02 pm: Christian Love

 

Matthew 12:33-37
33 “A tree is identified by its fruit. Make a tree good, and its fruit will be good. Make a tree bad, and its fruit will be bad. 34 You brood of snakes! How could evil men like you speak what is good and right? For whatever is in your heart determines what you say. 35 A good person produces good words from a good heart, and an evil person produces evil words from an evil heart. 36 And I tell you this, that you must give an account on judgment day of every idle word you speak. 37 The words you say now reflect your fate then; either you will be justified by them or you will be condemned.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The old saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me” is not true. Words will hurt you. The words that you say will affect the person they are said to for good or bad. And the words that are said to you will affect you. We need to be careful of what we say and how we say it. Christ tells us that what is really in a person’s heart will come out in what they say. A good heart will produce good words and an evil heart will produce evil. If you have the Spirit of God living in you by accepting Christ as Lord and Savior, then you have a good heart. That means giving control of your life to God, and as you do this, His words will come through you. You cannot hide what is really in your heart, it will come out in what you say. If you are growing more in the Lord, it will reflect in what you say. As you spend time with Him and read His Word, you will reflect more of Him in what you say. This is our mission as followers of Christ, to become more like Him. We want to know Him more because we know how much He loves us. Understanding His unlimited grace and love will show in what you say. Do not get discouraged if you do not show Him all the time. Just recognize your error, ask for wisdom to know how to resist doing it again. Your words have more power than you know, so use them to declare God’s love for you and not who you are at the moment of failure. Continue to speak the truth and it will be reflected in your behavior.

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February 2, 2016: 9:17 pm: Christian Love

Romans 8:31
31 What can we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32 Since God did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t God, who gave us Christ, also give us everything else? 33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? Will God? No! He is the one who has given us right standing with himself. 34 Who then will condemn us? Will Christ Jesus? No, for he is the one who died for us and was raised to life for us and is sitting at the place of highest honor next to God, pleading for us. 35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or are hungry or cold or in danger or threatened with death? 36 (Even the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day: we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. 38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels can’t, and the demons can’t. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can’t keep God’s love away. 39 Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The Word of God illuminated by the Holy Spirit is the one of the ways we can know Who God is and understand how much He loves us. This is the only way to transform a human heart. Our minds are renewed by this transformation. The love of God penetrates every fiber of our being and we are transformed. While this transformation is a continual process, we continue on to the goal, because we know, “If God is for us, who can ever be against us?” There is no one to accuse us and there is not one thing that can separate us from God’s love. This is the scripture to use as a sword against the enemy when he comes at you with discouragement. Pick up your sword and fight. Speak this verse out loud and repeat it to yourself over and over until you feel the power of the Holy Spirit covering you with the love of God. Yes, you will need to keep it handy and use it a lot. Satan does not give up on us and will keep trying to tell you that God does not love you. But don’t believe his lies. He is the father of all lies. But you have the Light of the World living within you and Satan has no power over you. Period!

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February 1, 2016: 10:49 pm: God in us

1 Peter 1:17-21
17 And remember that the heavenly Father to whom you pray has no favorites when he judges. He will judge or reward you according to what you do. So you must live in reverent fear of him during your time as foreigners here on earth. 18 For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver. 19 He paid for you with the precious lifeblood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. 20 God chose him for this purpose long before the world began, but now in these final days, he was sent to the earth for all to see. And he did this for you. 21 Through Christ you have come to trust in God. And because God raised Christ from the dead and gave him great glory, your faith and hope can be placed confidently in God.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Because God is judge of all the earth, we dare not ignore Him or treat Him casually. It is understanding His immeasurable love for us and the grace given to us by the sacrifice of Christ that drives us to reverent fear of Him. And it is not our human understanding of fear, but a fear that He could have just let us die in our sins. But He didn’t. He ransomed us with His Blood, and we are to be ever grateful to Him. Christ’s sacrifice for our sins was not an afterthought. The plan was set in motion by the all-knowing God long before the world began. He desires and wants to be in communion with us because we love Him, not because we fear Him. What a comfort for those who accept this love because we know that He has always had and will always have everything under control. We can confidently place our trust in Him, as we respect Him for who He is. We may not always understand we can know His love. As we walk through eternity with Him, He will be the only one there with any imperfections, the scars. Christ will carry the scars from Calvary for eternity and every time we see Him, we will see the scars and know how much He love us to sacrifice His own Son to have us with Him. Only Jesus Christ is worthy of our praise!

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