Daily Scripture


April 1, 2015: 6:37 pm: Daily Scripture

Luke 9:1-6

One day Jesus called together his twelve apostles and gave them power and authority to cast out demons and to heal all diseases. 2 Then he sent them out to tell everyone about the coming of the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick. 3 “Don’t even take along a walking stick,” he instructed them, “nor a traveler’s bag, nor food, nor money. Not even an extra coat. 4 When you enter each village, be a guest in only one home. 5 If the people of the village won’t receive your message when you enter it, shake off its dust from your feet as you leave. It is a sign that you have abandoned that village to its fate.” 6 So they began their circuit of the villages, preaching the Good News and healing the sick.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The truth about Jesus is that He is both God and Man, both spiritual and psychical. The salvation He offers is both for the soul and the body. When Jesus sent His disciples out, He sent them out to save, but also to heal the sick. He is concerned about every aspect of our lives, both the physical and the spiritual. When a person is hungry, they are not going to be concerned about their soul until they are fed. When a person is physically hurting, they are not going to hear God over the pain. It is impossible to minister effectively to one type of need without considering the other. Christ taught this throughout His entire ministry. A little later after this, Christ feed 5000 men and their families with only 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish. He had been teaching them and they were too hungry to walk back to town. What physical need is keeping you from hearing the voice of God today? What need has become bigger than your need for Jesus? God cares about that need and He is going to touch you both physically and spiritually, but it is a matter of trusting Him. Do you believe He cares about every aspect of your life? Do you believe He will heal you? Move forward as if you have your answer from God and He will make it a reality. Bring your need before Him and leave it with Him. Because only He can provide everything that you need. Trust in His Word and trust Him because of what He has already done in your life for both the physical and the spiritual.

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March 30, 2015: 8:15 pm: Daily Scripture

Matthew 7:7-11

7 “Keep on asking, and you will be given what you ask for. Keep on looking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened. 8 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And the door is opened to everyone who knocks. 9 You parents-if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? 10 Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! 11 If you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Jesus is telling us to persist in pursuing God. He was talking about pursuing a relationship with Him. For those who seek to know God there is the reward of knowing Him. But knowing God takes faith, focus, and follow-through. And Jesus assures us we will be rewarded with relationship to Him. But we cannot give up in our efforts to seek God. There is always more of Him and we should always be seeking to know Him more. We will never get to the point of knowing all there is to know about God, so never stop seeking. Outside of Christ, nothing exist, so what more would we need. But God knew we had needs while living on this earth. In a previous verse, He had just said not to worry about your food or clothes, because God will supply what we need. It may not be what we want, but it will always be what we need. Sometimes God knows we are praying for “snakes” and does not give us what we ask for, even though we persist in our prayers. But as we seek more of Him, we will learn to trust His will for everything in our lives. When seeking an answer in prayer, fist seek the Word of God to find out if it is contrary to His Word, and then seek to find out if it is contrary to His will. If not, then never give up, because God will give you your request in His time. Salvation for those we love who do not know Him is a perfect example of a prayer that we should never give up on. God will move in the lives of non-believers if we pray. But our first pursuit is to know Him, then for our daily needs and then for those “things” that we think we need.

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March 26, 2015: 8:02 pm: Daily Scripture

Philippians 4:4-9

4 Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again-rejoice! 5 Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. 6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. 8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, let me say one more thing as I close this letter. Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. 9 Keep putting into practice all you learned from me and heard from me and saw me doing, and the God of peace will be with you.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

There are too many days when I need to read the direction Paul has given us in Philippians 4. When I am stuck on a problem, or I am focusing too much on the cares of this world, that I have no control over, I pray for peace. But I want to experience God’s peace. A peace that is far more wonderful than my human mind can understand. When I stop trying to control the events around the problem, and I focus on God, He always calms my heart and mind. And Paul has given us the recipe for God’s peace. First rejoice if for no other reason than the fact that Christ is coming soon and the problem will be nothing on that Day. If we remember all that God has done in the past, if we think on these things, then God’s peace will cover and protect our hearts and minds. Next we need to thank Him for all He has done for us. If God answered prayer and worked out circumstances in the past, why would you worry that He will not do it again? Tell God what you need. Lay it before Him and then thank Him for the answer. Fix your thoughts on the things that are worthy of your time. think only about positive and true things that are worthy of praising God. But it takes practice. Practice rejoicing, thanking, thinking on the goodness of God. It does not come naturally and you will have to move in this direction many times. But God will protect and guide you. And most important you will experience God’s peace. Rejoice in His love, give Him thanks, and think only on what is true and your problem will fade in the light of His love!

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March 25, 2015: 9:36 pm: Daily Scripture

1 Kings 19:10

10 Elijah replied, “I have zealously served the Lord God Almighty. But the people of Israel have broken their covenant with you, torn down your altars, and killed every one of your prophets. I alone am left, and now they are trying to kill me, too.” 11 “Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the Lord told him. And as Elijah stood there, the Lord passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Only those who are in Christ will hear from Him. The Holy Spirit however, is working on those who don’t know Him to bring them to salvation, but they do not always know His voice. John 10:27 says, “My sheep recognize my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” Do you hear from God? Does He speak to you about your life? If you are in Christ and you do not hear His voice, then you are not listening because He is speaking. As with Elijah, God speaks in the small still voice inside of you. It is a gentle whisper in your ear. And those who follow Him know His voice. If you are not hearing from God, then you need to stop and listen. Take time to listen. Slow down to spend quiet time with Him every day. Reading His Word is a good place to hear the voice of God. Eliminate the distractions in your life that are preventing you from taking time everyday to communicate with God. Get away by yourself and read His Word and then thank Him for His love. He wants to know what is on your mind, speak to Him as you would speak to a good friend. Then listen to Him when He does speak to you. Sometimes it will be strengthening, and sometimes you will feel His disapproval of something you need to change. God is always there to lead and guide you, but it will not be a mighty rushing wind that will knock you down, so you have to stop. The voice of God will be that small still voice and you will know it is Him.

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March 23, 2015: 7:24 pm: Daily Scripture

1 Corinthians 10:12-13

12 If you think you are standing strong, be careful, for you, too, may fall into the same sin. 13 But remember that the temptations that come into your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will keep the temptation from becoming so strong that you can’t stand up against it. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you will not give in to it.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

God will sometimes allow us to be tempted to see if our heart is turned toward Him. There will be things the come into our lives that are not of God and if we turn toward them, they will lead us away from God. When these situations come into our life, they do not wear a big red flag saying they are a temptation. Satan is more subtle than that and he will always come to you in your weakest area and when you are at your weakest. When Satan was allowed to tempt Christ, he came when Christ was weak from hunger. He will come to us when we are tired, frustrated and overworked. The temptation is not sin, but can lead to sin. We need to be alert as Satan is like a roaring lion as stated in 1 Peter 5:8,9: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith…” We need to remember that the roaring lion was the old one with no teeth the rest sent out to scare the prey into the jaws of the others who still had teeth to kill. A lion seeking prey will not make any noise, but the older one would to scare the prey. Satan is like the roaring lion, he has no teeth, but he can scare you into death, if you choose to give in to the temptation before you. God will keep you from being tempted beyond what you can stand, so there is never any excuse to give in. We need to remember this and to pray for wisdom to see the temptation for what it is. It is an old toothless lion trying to scare us into death. Resist him and stand steadfast in your faith in Christ.

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March 18, 2015: 7:25 pm: Daily Scripture

Matthew 11:25-30

25 Then Jesus prayed this prayer: “O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding the truth from those who think themselves so wise and clever, and for revealing it to the childlike. 26 Yes, Father, it pleased you to do it this way! 27 “My Father has given me authority over everything. No one really knows the Son except the Father, and no one really knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” 28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke fits perfectly, and the burden I give you is light.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Many of us today want to know how to lighten our load. Christ gave us the formula in His Word. First, turn to Him, second give up control, and third trust Him and follow. He said, “Come to Me.” There is no peace outside of Christ. It is very difficult for the world to see this, but those who know Him have His Word and we can trust Him to keep His Word. But many Christians are still living with one foot in Christ and one foot in the world. There will be no peace for those who do not come completely to Him. To take up the yoke of Christ is to give up control to Him. The yoke is a symbol of partnership. Christ is right next us, yoked with us to help us with our load. A yoke is also a symbol of guidance. Yoked with Christ, we can only move in His direction and at His pace. But we must give Him first place and give up our control. Which always leads us to trust Him. If we let Christ guide and control us, we trust Him. Without trust, we cannot follow. What is your load today? Are you giving it to Christ and letting Him decide the direction you will go? If not, then you are not trusting Him. Go before Him and confess to Him and ask for direction and understanding, so your load can be lifted.

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March 17, 2015: 6:39 pm: Daily Scripture

Proverbs 2:2-11

2 Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. 3 Cry out for insight and understanding. 4 Search for them as you would for lost money or hidden treasure. 5 Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord, and you will gain knowledge of God. 6 For the Lord grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding. 7 He grants a treasure of good sense to the godly. He is their shield, protecting those who walk with integrity. 8 He guards the paths of justice and protects those who are faithful to him. 9 Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair, and you will know how to find the right course of action every time. 10 For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy. 11 Wise planning will watch over you. Understanding will keep you safe.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Wisdom comes in two ways: It is a God-given gift and also the result of a sincere search. Wisdom’s starting point is God and His Word revealed, the source of all knowledge and understanding. In that sense it is a gift from God. We have His Word, and we have His revealed will in the Bible. It is a gift to all who will read and obey. But He also gives wisdom to those who seek it through His Word. But it takes effort to find and use it. It is when we take the information about living in this world and apply it to our lives that wisdom is revealed. True wisdom and knowledge are God’s but He will reveal them to those who are seeking for His glory. It is in the understanding of His Word, and in the obedience of that Word that wisdom comes. What are you doing to attain His wisdom through the given Word? Are you seeking to know Him and apply His Word through obedience? This should be your focus, if you claim to be His. Search your heart and start today to make His wisdom your purpose. God tells us His mercies are new every morning, so move forward today and forget your failures from yesterday. True wisdom can be yours if you seek the treasure of good sense that comes from God.

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March 16, 2015: 7:36 pm: Daily Scripture

Proverbs 1:1-7

These are the proverbs of Solomon, David’s son, king of Israel. 2 The purpose of these proverbs is to teach people wisdom and discipline, and to help them understand wise sayings. 3 Through these proverbs, people will receive instruction in discipline, good conduct, and doing what is right, just, and fair. 4 These proverbs will make the simpleminded clever. They will give knowledge and purpose to young people. 5 Let those who are wise listen to these proverbs and become even wiser. And let those who understand receive guidance 6 by exploring the depth of meaning in these proverbs, parables, wise sayings, and riddles. 7 Fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. Only fools despise wisdom and discipline.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

In this age of information, knowledge is plentiful, but wisdom is scarce. Wisdom means far more than simply knowing a lot. It is a basic attitude that affects every aspect of your life. The foundation of knowledge is to fear the Lord, to honor and respect God, to live in awe of His love, and to obey His Word. The will of the Lord should be the controlling principle for your understanding of the world, your attitudes, and your actions. Because our actions speak louder than our words, we should be mindful of every thing that we do. Measuring what we do to the attitudes and actions of Christ. People around us will see Christ in us more by what we do than what we say. Most people know more than they live, and Christians are no better. Start applying the things you know are true and you will be truly wise. Pick one truth from the Word of God and apply it to your actions and see what a difference it will make in your witness of Christ in you.

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March 6, 2015: 7:05 pm: Daily Scripture

Psalms 150

1 Praise God in his heavenly dwelling; praise him in his mighty heaven!
2 Praise him for his mighty works; praise his unequaled greatness!
3 Praise him with a blast of the trumpet; praise him with the lyre and harp!
4 Praise him with the tambourine and dancing; praise him with stringed instruments and flutes!
5 Praise him with a clash of cymbals; praise him with loud clanging cymbals.
6 Let everything that lives sing praises to the Lord!
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Although the Bible invites us to praise God. we often aren’t sure how to go about it. Here, several ways are suggested: by singing, dancing, or playing musical instruments. Music and song were a very important part of Old Testament worship. David introduced music into the Tabernacle and Temple services. The music was loud and joyous as evidenced by the list of instruments in this scripture. Are you praising God with joy and singing? It should be a part of what you do everyday. God enjoys His people and He enjoys our praise. Not because He needs it, but because we do. When we praise Him, we focus on Him and not on ourselves or our problems. Praising God brings us into right focus with who He is and what our purpose is. We are His people and we are to praise Him. It is an act of obedience and brings us great peace. Make it a part of what you do daily to show your love for Him.

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February 26, 2015: 12:42 am: Daily Scripture

Deuteronomy 8:1-5

“Be careful to obey all the commands I am giving you today. Then you will live and multiply, and you will enter and occupy the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors. 2 Remember how the Lord your God led you through the wilderness for forty years, humbling you and testing you to prove your character, and to find out whether or not you would really obey his commands. 3 Yes, he humbled you by letting you go hungry and then feeding you with manna, a food previously unknown to you and your ancestors. He did it to teach you that people need more than bread for their life; real life comes by feeding on every word of the Lord. 4 For all these forty years your clothes didn’t wear out, and your feet didn’t blister or swell. 5 So you should realize that just as a parent disciplines a child, the Lord your God disciplines you to help you.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

We are more than just a body, we also have a spirit and a soul. Our spirit is the part of us that is in unity with God when we become His child through salvation. Our spirit is immediately connected to God forever. Our soul is the part of us that we must work out our salvation as stated in Philippians 2:12, “…work out your salvation with fear and trembling.” Our soul is our mind, our will and our emotions. But our body is the part of us that will not wait for anything. When we are hungry, we must eat, when we thirst, we must drink, and when we are tired we must sleep. Our bodies do not see anything outside of the needs. Without food, water or rest we would die. So we all meet the needs of the body. It is a fact of life and can not be ignored. But God is telling us not to forget the other parts of us. “Real life comes by feeding on every Word of God.” God is speaking to the other parts of us our soul and our spirit often go hungry. Our spirit needs to be feed by learning the Word of God and spending time in worship to Him. Feeding our soul takes a little more work and requires that we apply what we have leaned in the Word. In other words we live the Word. Whenever we learn a truth and then apply it or make it a part of what we do, we are feeding our spirit and our soul. Most Christians can tell you a lot about what is in the Word, but do not apply it to their lives. They know more than they live. Our mind, our will and our emotions, must each be worked on individually and feed with truth and that truth must be applied into each areas of our soul. The Word is full of instructions from God on how to think, feel and surrender our will to Him and others. When we eat food, it is taken in, but it is also digested and becomes a part of us. God is telling us to do the same for the spirit and the soul. Start by taking in or eating the Word of God and then digest it or make it a part of what you do and who you are.

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