Daily Scripture


May 20, 2015: 7:11 pm: Daily Scripture

Proverbs 4:18-25

18 The way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, which shines ever brighter until the full light of day. 19 But the way of the wicked is like complete darkness. Those who follow it have no idea what they are stumbling over. 20 Pay attention, my child, to what I say. Listen carefully. 21 Don’t lose sight of my words. Let them penetrate deep within your heart, 22 for they bring life and radiant health to anyone who discovers their meaning. 23 Above all else, guard your heart, for it affects everything you do. 24 Avoid all perverse talk; stay far from corrupt speech. 25 Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you. 26 Mark out a straight path for your feet; then stick to the path and stay safe. 27 Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

To live effectively for God begins with respecting and appreciating Who God is. God’s wisdom applied in our lives starts with reverence and awe in recognizing God Almighty as Lord. Effective living requires we trust in God and His Word. We allow His Word to speak to us personally and are willing to obey. Then we are to act on God’s direction in our daily devotions with Him. This will result in effective living for Christ in this world of sin. We live in compliance to God’s Word and experience what God can do through that obedience. Do you have victory in your walk with Christ? Or is it a daily struggle for you? If so, apply God’s wisdom by honoring Him and trusting in His Word, then act on His direction. The power of the Holy Spirit in you will guide you step by step as you trust Him.

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May 15, 2015: 6:58 pm: Daily Scripture

Philippians 4:8-9

8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy-meditate on these things. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

What we put into our mind determines our words.  And our words determine our actions.  Garbage in gets garbage out.  The Word of God in gets the Word of God out.  We decide.  It is a simple fact that most of us know, but it is not the knowing that makes it true it is the doing.  This is more difficult for all of us.  But we take small steps as we are directed by the Spirit of God.  Start with the music you listen to.  If you hear only sex, hate and self, this is what will come out of you.  But if you put the Word into you by way of Christian music, it will feed you with His truth and this will come out in your life.  Take one or two scripture verses and memorize them.  Start small and work your way up and as you are feed more of the Word, you will grow.  Meditate on the things of God you know and apply them to your life by your words and your actions.  Think on the love and truth of God and He will be exposed to the world around you.  You decide what shows in your life.  What are others seeing in you?

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May 14, 2015: 6:57 pm: Daily Scripture

Romans 8:26-30

26 And the Holy Spirit helps us in our distress. For we don’t even know what we should pray for, nor how we should pray. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. 27 And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. 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. 29 For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn, with many brothers and sisters. 30 And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And he gave them right standing with himself, and he promised them his glory.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

God works for our good in all things.  Not just some things or the things we can understand but in all things.  There is nothing that happens to you that God is not working for your good.  This does not mean that all things that happen to us are good, but that God is able to work good out every situation.  That includes the evil we do or that is done to us.  We may not see immediate good, but it all has a purpose and a plan by our God. Remember that everything that happens to you is filtered through God before. He is more interested in our relationship with Him than our comfort. He is not working to make us happy but to fulfill His long range plan for us.  And this is the place that we find peace and joy.  Note that this promise cannot be claimed by all only those who are like His Son.  It is for those who belong to Him.  For those of us who belong to God,  He gives us a new understanding and a new mind set.  He gives us the mind of Christ.  And it is here that we learn to trust Him. Faith does not waver in pain and trials because we know that God is with us and is working for us.

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May 13, 2015: 7:15 pm: Daily Scripture

Romans 6:1-11

Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more kindness and forgiveness? 2 Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it? 3 Or have you forgotten that when we became Christians and were baptized to become one with Christ Jesus, we died with him? 4 For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.  5 Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised as he was. 6 Our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. 7 For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. 8 And since we died with Christ, we know we will also share his new life. 9 We are sure of this because Christ rose from the dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him. 10 He died once to defeat sin, and now he lives for the glory of God. 11 So you should consider yourselves dead to sin and able to live for the glory of God through Christ Jesus.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

As a child of God, what is your relationship with sin?  Now that you have accepted Christ as Lord and have received forgiveness for your sins, what power does sin have over you?  According to Paul, sin has lost its power to control you.  It does not mean that you will not sin again; it just means that sin has no power over you.  Without the blood of Christ over you, sin has complete control.  It is like swimming into a whirlpool, once in it, you have no control except to go through the whole thing and be spit out at the end.  Sin is like that for those without Christ.  Taking that first step into sin, will pull you deeper into it and it will lead to complete destruction.  As a Christian, we will sin, but the power of the Holy Spirit will bring it to our mind and we will apply the power Christ has given us to step out of it.  1 Corinthians 10:13 applies to sin in our life, “No trial has come to you but what is human. God is faithful and will not let you be tried beyond your strength; but with the trial he will also provide a way out, so that you may be able to bear it.”  Once you recognize sin, He is faithful to provide you power to step out of it.  We are not bound by the sin we have stepped into.  Our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin.  We are free to do the will of God the Father through the direction of Jesus Christ and by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Consider yourself dead to sin and go out and live for the glory of God through Christ Jesus.

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May 12, 2015: 6:54 pm: Daily Scripture

Mark 12:28-31

28 One of the teachers of religious law was standing there listening to the discussion. He realized that Jesus had answered well, so he asked, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” 29 Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. 30 And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ 31 The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The heartbeat of our mission is to love the Lord our God with all of our heart, all our soul, all our mind and all our strength.  This is what we were created for and this is why Jesus came to die for us, so that we could have access to God the Father to know Him and to receive His love.  How far are you from God today?  When you find yourself in a situation that you know only God can help, how far do you need to run to Him?  Is He with you always, so when you turn, you do not need to go far?  Or when you need Him, do you have far to run to find Him?  Always know that it is you who have put the distance between you and not Christ.  In Matthew 28:20 He states, “And know this; I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”  When we find ourselves separated from God, we have not been keeping this commandment given to us by Jesus.  Loving God with all of our being should be our first priority.  This does not mean selling everything and going off into the jungle.  But it does mean that from wherever we are, He is first in our life.  God is first when we know Him by His Word and by spending time with Him.  How far do you need to run when you turn to Him?  If it is too far, remove the gap by loving the Lord your God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength!

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May 11, 2015: 7:01 pm: Daily Scripture

Psalm 103:10-12
10 He has not punished us for all our sins, nor does he deal with us as we deserve.
11 For his unfailing love toward those who fear him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth.
12 He has removed our rebellious acts as far away from us as the east is from the west.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

If you travel north eventually you will be heading south.  As north and south meet at the poles.  But if you travel east, you will always travel east.  That is because east and west never meet like north and south.  This psalm is a symbolic portrait of God’s forgiveness.  When He forgives our sin, He separates it from us and dos not remember it.  We need never wallow in the past, for God forgives and forgets.  It is difficult to move forward if you are always looking backwards.  Our mind will continue to bring up past failures to make us stumble again. But as a forgiven child of God, we must put our forgiven sin out of our mind and thoughts, because God doesn’t even know what you are remembering.  He is not the One who will continue to bring up past failures in your mind, it is Satan.  He wants you to fail and will remind you of your past failures to keep you down and keep you from moving forward into becoming more like Christ.  So the next time you think about your past failures remember this psalm and put the thought out of your mind.  Think about the good that God has done in your life and not about your own failures.  God doesn’t, so you shouldn’t.

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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 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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