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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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January 26, 2016: 8:40 pm: Daily Scripture

 

Colossians 1:9-14
9 So we have continued praying for you ever since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you a complete understanding of what he wants to do in your lives, and we ask him to make you wise with spiritual wisdom. 10 Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and you will continually do good, kind things for others. All the while, you will learn to know God better and better. 11 We also pray that you will be strengthened with his glorious power so that you will have all the patience and endurance you need. May you be filled with joy, 12 always thanking the Father, who has enabled you to share the inheritance that belongs to God’s holy people, who live in the light. 13 For he has rescued us from the one who rules in the kingdom of darkness, and he has brought us into the Kingdom of his dear Son. 14 God has purchased our freedom with his blood and has forgiven all our sins.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

All Christians want complete understanding of what God wants us to do in our lives. We all seek to be wise with spiritual wisdom. But that is as far as many go, just the wanting. Most Christians know that they should be growing and becoming more like Christ. As each day goes by they aren’t sure how to achieve it. Many make the mistake of looking at the overall perfection of Christ and know that they can never achieve that and just don’t even try. We will never in this life reach perfection, so why even bother. This attitude will hold back the power of Christ working within you to become more like Him. It is God’s plan for every Christian to work at becoming more like Him. It is the working and becoming more like Him that counts, because we will never be complete until we are with Him. No one can say, “I’m not sure what God wants me to do with my life.” The plan is the same for all of us, “Become more like Christ!” Start with very small steps. We all know that we are to read His Word and spend time in prayer. Start by simply taking 5-10 minutes a day doing this and when it becomes a habit, slowly increase. As you spend time in the Word, you will find that you will want to do so. Listen only to Christian music during your day, this will keep you in atmosphere of worship. Keep a very short prayer list and pray everyday. When one is answered add another. Keep it short and simple. Take small baby steps and see what a difference it can make. Your effort will pay off as God will continue to strengthen you.

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January 4, 2016: 2:18 am: Daily Scripture

Psalm 138
1 I give you thanks, O Lord, with all my heart; I will sing your praises before the gods.
2 I bow before your holy Temple as I worship. I will give thanks to your name for your unfailing love and faithfulness,
because your promises are backed by all the honor of your name.
3 When I pray, you answer me; you encourage me by giving me the strength I need.
4 Every king in all the earth will give you thanks, O Lord, for all of them will hear your words.
5 Yes, they will sing about the Lord’s ways, for the glory of the Lord is very great.
6 Though the Lord is great, he cares for the humble, but he keeps his distance from the proud.
7 Though I am surrounded by troubles, you will preserve me against the anger of my enemies. You will clench
your fist against my angry enemies! Your power will save me.
8 The Lord will work out his plans for my life for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever.
Don’t abandon me, for you made me.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Every person makes plans and has dreams for their future. Then they work hard to see that they come true. But God has already charted a plan for each and everyone of us. And He will work out His plans for us. This doesn’t mean that there is only one path that we can and should follow. God has directions for us no matter which way we turn. So if one path does not work out the way we thought it should, God has another direction to take us. And God knows which way we are going to turn before we were even born. Proverbs 16:9 tells us, “We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.” We are not to be passive and just sit back and say, “Well, God already has a plan, so I should just not make any.” No, we are to trust in the Lord and when we make our plans, they are to be surrounded by prayer and direction according to His Word. This is where we find our plan. The Word tells us not to be unequally yoke in marriage to a nonbeliever. So when looking for a person to marry, you look only at those who are Christians. Other issues need more reading of the Word and prayer. But the bottom line is we are to make plans surrounded by the direction of the Word and talking it over with our Father. Doing this, we can know that He will lead us into the plan He has ordained for us.

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December 14, 2015: 10:11 pm: Daily Scripture

Philippians 2:12-17
12 And I want you to know, dear brothers and sisters, that everything that has happened to me here has helped to spread the Good News. 13 For everyone here, including all the soldiers in the palace guard, knows that I am in chains because of Christ. 14 And because of my imprisonment, many of the Christians here have gained confidence and become more bold in telling others about Christ. 15 Some are preaching out of jealousy and rivalry. But others preach about Christ with pure motives. 16 They preach because they love me, for they know the Lord brought me here to defend the Good News. 17 Those others do not have pure motives as they preach about Christ. They preach with selfish ambition, not sincerely, intending to make my chains more painful to me.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

There are many mornings I get up and don’t feel like reading the Word. Many times, I don’t feel like praying for a loved one or a need. I just don’t feel like obeying God all the time. That is why Paul’s word to the Philippians is so helpful. God helps us desire to obey Him and then gives us the power to do what He wants us to do. And it is always for my benefit to obey God. He doesn’t need my prayers He doesn’t need me to know His Word. I am the one who benefits from obedience. The secret to a changed life is to submit to the power of God within you. Often it is in doing God’s will that we gain the desire to do it. And a transformed life is a powerful witness to the work God can do in a life surrendered to Him. So do the will of God without complaining and live your life in joy following the instructions God has given you. And as you step out in faith, God will increase your wisdom and knowledge of Him and will work His will through you.

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September 23, 2015: 12:59 am: Daily Scripture

 

Ephesians 6:10-18
10 A final word: Be strong with the Lord’s mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies and tricks of the Devil. 12 For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against those mighty powers of darkness who rule this world, and against wicked spirits in the heavenly realms. 13 Use every piece of God’s armor to resist the enemy in the time of evil, so that after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14 stand your ground, putting on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that you will be fully prepared. 16 In every battle you will need faith as your shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed at you by Satan. 17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 Pray at all times and on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all Christians everywhere.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.)1996.

We are all in a battle even though Christ has already defeated Satan and holds the keys to Death and Hades. Satan still has some control in this world of sin. There is still sickness, death, crime, war and today we are witnessing open blatant sin of all kinds. Some of it is legal and condoned by our government. Be sure God will judge all sin not covered by the Blood of His precious Son. But the fact is while we are in this world, we are in a fight and need to be prepared to battle. Christ wants us to engage and be alert and knowledgeable to what we can do. A chick coming out of it’s egg will struggle sometimes for hours as it pecks and pecks to break out. If you help it come out by breaking it’s shell, he will not be strong enough to live and will die. He is strengthen by the struggle. We are like that chick and as we struggle to live in this world we become stronger if we use every piece of Gods armor to resist the enemy. Christ did not remove us from the battle, but did tell us how to fight. Prepare yourselves with the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Word, pray for power from the Holy Spirit. You will be surprised at the victory that is your, if you just take it.

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September 10, 2015: 3:20 am: Daily Scripture

 

Philippians 4 10-20
10 How I praise the Lord that you are concerned about me again. I know you have always been concerned for me, but you didn’t have the chance to help me. 11 Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. 12 I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. 13 For I can do everything through Christ,[c] who gives me strength. 14 Even so, you have done well to share with me in my present difficulty. 15 As you know, you Philippians were the only ones who gave me financial help when I first brought you the Good News and then traveled on from Macedonia. No other church did this. 16 Even when I was in Thessalonica you sent help more than once. 17 I don’t say this because I want a gift from you. Rather, I want you to receive a reward for your kindness.18 At the moment I have all I need and more! I am generously supplied with the gifts you sent me with Epaphroditus. They are a sweet-smelling sacrifice that is acceptable and pleasing to God. 19 And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.20 Now all glory to God our Father forever and ever! Amen.
Holy Bible. New Living Translation copyright© 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

Are you working on training your mind to seek the Presence of God as you walk through each day? As Paul tells us, his needs were meet at the time of this writing, but he also reminded the Philippians that God could do the same for them. It is too easy as we struggle through our day to forget that the One thing we need the most will never be taken away from us. And that is the Presence of God. He promised us to never leave us when we bent a knee and admitted our sin and our need for the sacrifice that Christ died for our sin. Because most of us have spent so much time struggling to walk with God on our own, we forget He is right there all the time, in all situations. In fact, there is never a time in our Christian walk that our spirit is not perfect in God. It was God who brought you out of darkness and into Light. And it is this Light we walk in. But we need to train our minds and our thoughts to turn to Him for every situation, actually every moment of everyday to remember His love and Presence. But as we are fallible human, we turn to our own strength to meet our needs. It is not any easy thing, but staying close to God will help us. That is why it so important to know His Word, because we will know Him, as we grow in this process of sanctification we are all in. Train your mind to remember your spirit is perfect in Him NOW because you are His and He is in you and will never leave. Do this by knowing His Word and forgetting that our soul (mind, will and emotions) is still in the process of becoming more like Jesus Christ.

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September 9, 2015: 3:16 am: Daily Scripture

Zephaniah 3:14-20
16 On that day the announcement to Jerusalem will be, Cheer up, Zion! Don’t be afraid! 17 For the Lord your God has arrived to live among you. He is a mighty savior. He will rejoice over you with great gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will exult over you by singing a happy song. 18 I will gather you who mourn for the appointed festivals; you will be disgraced no more. 19 And I will deal severely with all who have oppressed you. I will save the weak and helpless ones; I will bring together those who were chased away. I will give glory and renown to my former exiles, who have been mocked and shamed. 20 On that day I will gather you together and bring you home again. I will give you a good name, a name of distinction among all the nations of the earth. They will praise you as I restore your fortunes before their very eyes. I, the Lord, have spoken!
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Zephaniah is telling us about the day when Christ will rule on earth. God is not done with Jerusalem and even though it may look bad for the Jewish nation today, God is not done. His promises for this city will happen. And just as God returned His people to Jerusalem before the first coming of Christ, so He has returned His people to this city before Christ comes again. After the Babylonian exile, the Jewish nation returned to the homeland and rebuilt the temple. It was almost 500 years afterwards that Christ came as a Babe to save the world. Today the Jewish people are again back in their homeland and the temple will once again be rebuilt before Christ returns again. This time He is coming as Judge, the Lion of Judah. But we can rejoice with gladness because we have His Word that God rejoices over us with gladness and with His love He will calm our fears. Christians are His people both Jews and Gentiles, anyone who accepts His gift of grace will be calmed by His love no matter what is happening today. So rejoice that God is in control and know that we have His Word that He will come again.

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September 8, 2015: 3:12 am: Daily Scripture

Numbers 13:30-33
30 But Caleb tried to encourage the people as they stood before Moses. Let’s go at once to take the land, he said. We can certainly conquer it! 31 But the other men who had explored the land with him answered, We can’t go up against them! They are stronger than we are! 32 So they spread discouraging reports about the land among the Israelites: The land we explored will swallow up any who go to live there. All the people we saw were huge. 33 We even saw giants there, the descendants of Anak. We felt like grasshoppers next to them, and that’s what we looked like to them!

14:1 Then all the people began weeping aloud, and they cried all night. 2 Their voices rose in a great chorus of complaint against Moses and Aaron. We wish we had died in Egypt, or even here in the wilderness! they wailed. 3 Why is the Lord taking us to this country only to have us die in battle? Our wives and little ones will be carried off as slaves! Let’s get out of here and return to Egypt! 4 Then they plotted among themselves, Let’s choose a leader and go back to Egypt!
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Why is it that a dog will always return to it’s vomit (Proverbs 26:11) and Christians who have lived in Egypt, want to return? Looking back it is always easier to want what we have known, even it has not always been the best. And sometimes the idea of functioning under faith in a God we cannot see, sends us running back to the evil world we were saved out of. Because we cannot see with our limited senses what God is doing in our lives, we doubt and fear. We see ourselves as grasshoppers in a land of giants. The battle is lost before it began. The Israelites with this mind set died in the wilderness because of their lack of faith and vision. Focusing on what we can do under our own power will destroy the work God has set before us. We need to have the attitude of Joshua and Caleb who stated in Numbers 14:9, “The Lord is with us! Don’t be afraid of them!” When you are comparing what you lack to what others have, you function under intimidation and not confidence. Let Proverbs 3:26 (For the Lord will be your confidence, And will keep your foot from being caught) be your determination to move forward.

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August 31, 2015: 2:47 am: Daily Scripture

 

James 1:21-27
21 So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the message God has planted in your hearts, for it is strong enough to save your souls. 22 And remember, it is a message to obey, not just to listen to. If you don’t obey, you are only fooling yourself. 23 For if you just listen and don’t obey, it is like looking at your face in a mirror but doing nothing to improve your appearance. 24 You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. 25 But if you keep looking steadily into God’s perfect law-the law that sets you free-and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it. 26 If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are just fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless. 27 Pure and lasting religion in the sight of God our Father means that we must care for orphans and widows in their troubles, and refuse to let the world corrupt us.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Many find it easy and comfortable to maintain the appearance of being committed without a deep and sincere loyalty to God. Religious acts or rituals can help you to understand God, but without a sincere commitment to doing His will, they mean nothing. That is why God instituted circumcision and the sacrificial system in the Old Testament and baptism and the Lord’s Supper in the New. But religious ritual is helpful only if it is carried out with an attitude of love for and obedience to God. If a person’s heart is far from God, ritual will become empty mockery. God doesn’t want your “acts” of religion; He wants your actions of His will. Hosea 6:6 states, “I want you to be merciful; I don’t want your sacrifices. I want you to know God; that’s more important than burnt offerings.” God told the Old Testament people that He did not want their sacrifices, He wanted their heart. Because a heart that loves Him is a heart that will obey Him. The actions that come out of a heart that loves Him will be for Him and not to Him. Pretense of love is not love at all. God desires your sincere love and the relationship that comes out of that love will keep you safe within His love. Don’t just go through the motions of serving Him. Search your heart and read His Word to know Him and you will love Him because of His great love for you!

Have a God Day!

Daily Scripture commentary is written by Christine Zimmerman

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August 10, 2015: 10:10 pm: Daily Scripture

Matthew 21:1-22
18 In the morning, as Jesus was returning to Jerusalem, he was hungry, 19 and he noticed a fig tree beside the road. He went over to see if there were any figs on it, but there were only leaves. Then he said to it, “May you never bear fruit again!” And immediately the fig tree withered up. 20 The disciples were amazed when they saw this and asked, “How did the fig tree wither so quickly?” 21 Then Jesus told them, “I assure you, if you have faith and don’t doubt, you can do things like this and much more. You can even say to this mountain, ‘May God lift you up and throw you into the sea,’ and it will happen. 22 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Why did Jesus curse the fig tree? This was not a thoughtless, angry act but He was actually acting out a parable for his disciples.  Jesus was showing His anger at the appearance of religion, but really nothing is there.  Just as the fig tree looked good from a distance, but was fruitless on close examination, so the lives of those in “religion” can look good, but there is no fruit of the Sprit of God.  If you only appear to have faith without putting it to work in your life, you are like the fig tree that withered and died because it bore no fruit.  Those who look good, but do not have a relationship with Christ will bear no fruit. For those today who appear to have faith, but have no relationship with Jesus Christ, there will no fruit and their faith will wither and die.  Christ wants genuine faith in Him and that means the fruit of the Spirit of God will be evident.  Don’t take what you see as substance or validity in Christ.  Look for the fruit of God produced in a persons life.  In your life and the lives of those you see, seek to see the evidence of the Spirit of God.  If He is there, there will be fruit. For those who “look” good, but do not have Christ, there will be no fruit.  For those in Christ and those who are a part of Him, they will reflect Him and show the fruit of Him in their lives.

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