Daily Scripture


June 24, 2015: 1:34 am: Daily Scripture

Isaiah 41:8-16

8 “But as for you, Israel my servant, Jacob my chosen one, descended from my friend Abraham, 9 I have called you back from the ends of the earth so you can serve me. For I have chosen you and will not throw you away. 10 Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will uphold you with my victorious right hand. 11 “See, all your angry enemies lie there, confused and ashamed. Anyone who opposes you will die. 12 You will look for them in vain. They will all be gone! 13 I am holding you by your right hand-I, the Lord your God. And I say to you, ‘Do not be afraid. I am here to help you. 14 Despised though you are, O Israel, don’t be afraid, for I will help you. I am the Lord, your Redeemer. I am the Holy One of Israel.’ 15 You will be a new threshing instrument with many sharp teeth. You will tear all your enemies apart, making chaff of mountains. 16 You will toss them in the air, and the wind will blow them all away; a whirlwind will scatter them. And the joy of the Lord will fill you to overflowing. You will glory in the Holy One of Israel.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Centuries ago the Church took on the belief that because Israel had rejected Jesus Christ as their Savior, that God was done with the Jews.  And all of His promises to them now belonged to those who believed in Christ.  This is just not true and never has been.  God never goes back on a promise He has made.  Someday the Jewish people will recognize Christ as their Savior and many do today.  The Church today is comprised of Gentiles and Jews.  But what God is telling Israel is that they will become a nation again and that He is not done with them. Christ will come back one day and rule as their King.  We have seen this become true right before our eyes and Israel became a nation again in 1948 after over 2600 years of being ruled by others. In 70 A.D. the Romans destroyed Jerusalem and scattered all of the Jews around the world.  But God never stopped working to bring them back and we are witness to this.  So we should be in support of Israel as brothers who do not know the truth of Christ yet.  God is still working to protect them and will continue until He is ruling on this earth as their King.

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June 22, 2015: 9:22 pm: Daily Scripture

Hebrews 1:14
14 But angels are only servants. They are spirits sent from God to care for those who will receive salvation.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

This verse tells us that there is a whole invisible world going on all around us that many are not aware.  But those in Christ have His Word and we should be aware of this and not only be aware but be prepared to do battle in this invisible world.  For Ephesians 6:12 tells us, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”  There is a very fundamental principle, which is that for everything visible, something invisible corresponds to it.  In other words, what is happening in your walk with Christ is being effected by what is happening in the invisible world around you. Angels are spiritual beings that were created by God for His purposes.  They are servants and are used by God to minister to those who are in Christ.  But there are also fallen angels that followed Satan when he rebelled against God.  There is no redemption for fallen angels. They had their chance and now because they have chosen to rebel against God along with Satan, they will be separated from God for eternity.  But they do not want you or any other human to get salvation.  They can’t make you lose you salvation once received, but they can try and draw you away from Him to make you ineffective for Christ thereby preventing you from becoming victorious or bringing anyone else to Him.  So they are working all around you to keep you miserable and not useful for the Kingdom of God.  Being aware of what is happening, makes you more useful to Christ for the purpose of prayer and for the purpose of moving beyond your stumbling blocks.  Satan would have you stay in a situation that keeps you from growing in Christ.  But you can move forward because Christ has provided a way for you.  He has provided you knowledge and the power of the Holy Spirit in you to move forward.  So pick up your sword of prayer and use the power of the Spirit of God in you and His angels to prevent Satan from having any more victory in your life by keeping you from moving forward for God.  Start today and pray for discernment of the lies Satan is telling you. Move off of that problem that has kept you bound for too many years and start making a difference for God in His Kingdom.

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June 9, 2015: 7:57 pm: Daily Scripture

Luke 13:24-30

He replied, 24 “The door to heaven is narrow. Work hard to get in, because many will try to enter, 25 but when the head of the house has locked the door, it will be too late. Then you will stand outside knocking and pleading, ‘Lord, open the door for us!’ But he will reply, ‘I do not know you.’ 26 You will say, ‘But we ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.’ 27 And he will reply, ‘I tell you, I don’t know you. Go away, all you who do evil.’ 28 “And there will be great weeping and gnashing of teeth, for you will see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets within the Kingdom of God, but you will be thrown out. 29 Then people will come from all over the world to take their places in the Kingdom of God. 30 And note this: Some who are despised now will be greatly honored then; and some who are greatly honored now will be despised then.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Our measurement of God in our lives is not in what we own or how much we succeed according to the standards of this world.  Wealth is not a measurement of how pleased God is with your life; it is merely a gift and should be looked at it that way.  God does not “reward” us with health because we obey Him; He rewards us with spiritual health for our obedience.  Now that does not mean that God will not help us financially or heal us of our sickness, because He can.  But if He chooses not to heal us, we must understand that it is not a measure of His righteousness in us, but is a part of living for God in a sinful world.  God uses His power to accomplish His purposes through His people.  God doesn’t give you power or heal you to be all you want to be, but He gives you power and heals you to be all that He wants you to be. Because no matter where you are today, wealthy or poor, sick or healthy, it is all to be used for His glory and His purpose.  No matter where you are in this life, God can use you for His purposes.  Do not let your circumstances prevent you from being used by God for His purpose.  Do not be one of the many who will say, “But we ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.”  The heart of these people will not be Christ but will be for their own gain, even though they “look” like they are serving Christ. Know Him, love Him, serve Him according to His purpose and do not let your circumstances hold you back.  God always has a work for you no matter what you are going through.  If we wait for perfect conditions, they will never come.  Remember God is more interested in your connection to Him than in your comfort. Make His will your primary desire and everything else will fall into place.

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June 8, 2015: 8:32 pm: Daily Scripture

Luke 12:35-39

35 “Be dressed for service and well prepared, 36 as though you were waiting for your master to return from the wedding feast. Then you will be ready to open the door and let him in the moment he arrives and knocks. 37 There will be special favor for those who are ready and waiting for his return. I tell you, he himself will seat them, put on an apron, and serve them as they sit and eat! 38 He may come in the middle of the night or just before dawn. But whenever he comes, there will be special favor for his servants who are ready! 39 “Know this: A homeowner who knew exactly when a burglar was coming would not permit the house to be broken into. 40 You must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Jesus repeatedly said He would return back to the earth.  Those who are ready and waiting for Him will be rewarded with special favor.  Since no one knows exactly when He will return we should be ready for Him to come every day.  This could be the day He returns for His Bride.  Those who are ready are those who know Him.  Are you ready today for Him to return?  This is a question we should ask ourselves every day.  To be ready means that we are walking in obedience to His Word.  It means we believe Him and live according to His purpose.  Christ’s return at an unexpected time is not a trap or a trick by which God hopes to catch us off guard.  God gave us many signs of His returning and just as people knew He was coming the first time, many are ready for Him today. We are ready because we know what the Word of God says about His return.  It could happen at any moment and in fact on God’s timeline, His return is the next event to happen.  Prepare your life today for this event and don’t be one of those who were taken by surprise at His return.  You have His Word and He has given us plenty of warning.  Don’t be one of those who knew their duty, but refused to do it.  Be prepared by living in obedience to Him and receive all that Christ has for you into this world and the next.

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June 3, 2015: 8:26 pm: Daily Scripture

Hebrews 10:23-25

23 Without wavering, let us hold tightly to the hope we say we have, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. 24 Think of ways to encourage one another to outbursts of love and good deeds. 25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage and warn each other, especially now that the day of his coming back again is drawing near.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

There is no life in Christ outside of His Body.  As a child of God, we were not made to be His outside of His Body.  Therefore we must be connected to Him through the Body.  Just as a hand or a foot cannot live without being attached to our human body, so we can’t live in Christ without being a part of the Body of Christ.  Saying you are in Christ, but not having any Christian connections means you are walking alone.  Christ never intended this.  We are to help and strengthen one another and this can only be done by connection.  Who do you spend the most time with, those in Christ or those outside of Him?  If you are spending more time with those not attached to Him, then you will struggle and will not grow.  Do not neglect getting together with, developing friendships with, and supporting those who are in Christ.  Outside of Him there is no life.  And if you are not connected to a body of believers, then you are outside of Him.  Matthew 6:21 states, “Wherever your treasure is, there your heart and thoughts will also be.”  What friends are your treasure?  Are they in Christ?  If not then you are spending too much time outside of Him and you will struggle in your walk with Christ.  Those outside of Christ will pull you away from Him.  So do not neglect your connection to those in Christ.  Find a body of believers who love the Lord and spend time with them in worship.  You find a big difference in your walk with Christ and in your struggle against your “old nature.”

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June 2, 2015: 8:39 pm: Daily Scripture

Romans 12:17-21

17 Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. 18 Do your part to live in peace with everyone, as much as possible.  19 Dear friends, never avenge yourselves. Leave that to God. For it is written, “I will take vengeance; I will repay those who deserve it,” says the Lord. 20 Instead, do what the Scriptures say: “If your enemies are hungry, feed them.  If they are thirsty, give them something to drink, and they will be ashamed of what they have done to you.”  21 Don’t let evil get the best of you, but conquer evil by doing good.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

It is our nature to want to strike back when we have been the victim of evil.  We want them to hurt as much as we have been hurt.  But this is not our responsibility, it belongs to God.  God never wants us to repay evil for evil. Because He knows that when we do, we become evil. We become a judge and we now function outside of God.  He has told us that He will take vengeance and we need to trust Him to do it His way and in His time.  Remember that we are not above evil; we have done wrong to someone at some point in our lives.  We deserve to be punished for the things we have done.  But God in His grace has forgiven us by the Blood of Jesus Christ.  And don’t those who have done you wrong deserve the same?  We are to forgive and to love and let God deal with the vengeance.  But to forgive does not mean we are to continue to allow someone to keep abusing us.  We are to forgive, but we are also free to move on.  Do not let evil continue.  It is love to also be removed from a situation that is not healthy.  Ask God for direction and move in His will.  Forgive and love but do not allow evil to continue.

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: 12:33 am: Daily Scripture

Romans 5:1-5

Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. 2 Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of highest privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory. 3 We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they are good for us-they help us learn to endure. 4 And endurance develops strength of character in us, and character strengthens our confident expectation of salvation. 5 And this expectation will not disappoint us. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

For those who have been made right in the sight of God by faith, there is peace because of what Jesus Christ has done for us.  We have confident joy as we look forward to sharing His glory.  Because of this, we can have peace when we go through trials and have problems.  We know that every situation is God filtered and that problems are used by God to draw us to Him and to strengthen us.   In order for us to become more like Jesus Christ, we need to focus our attention on Him and learn His ways.  Sometimes the cares of this world get in our way and God turns us back to Him.  There isn’t one trail we go through that Jesus Christ does not understand.  He suffered immensely when He was here on earth, so we know that He understands our pain.  God uses our trouble to teach us to trust Him. He did not cause it, but He can use it for our good.  So when you are in the valley, remember that fruit only grows here and not on the mountain top.

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May 28, 2015: 8:13 pm: Daily Scripture

Isaiah 55:6-13

6 Seek the Lord while you can find him. Call on him now while he is near. 7 Let the people turn from their wicked deeds. Let them banish from their minds the very thought of doing wrong! Let them turn to the Lord that he may have mercy on them. Yes, turn to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. 8 “MY thoughts are completely different from yours,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. 9 For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, SO are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts. 10 “The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry. 11 It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it. 12 You will live in joy and peace. The mountains and hills will burst into song, and the trees of the field will clap their hands! 13 Where once there were thorns, cypress trees will grow. Where briers grew, myrtles will sprout up. This miracle will bring great honor to the Lord’s name; it will be an everlasting sign of his power and love.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

We are all born into Adam’s physical family and because of this we all will die. We all reap the results of Adam’s sin. We have inherited his guilt and all of us have a sinful nature. But we are not judged for Adam’s sin, we are judged for our own because there is no one without sin. Romans 5:8 states, “But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” That is why we need to seek the Lord while we still can. God’s Word will accomplish it’s purpose, it will always produce fruit. Humans will never fully understand why God choose Christ to die for our sins as a plan of making us right with Him. We cannot comprehend it and we never will. Trusting in God’s Word is faith to believe that He will do as He has said. And we know from Romans 6: 23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” We will all die some day unless we are taken when Christ returns for His Church, but if you have not accepted God’s way of redemption, you will also die again at the Second Death. Revelation 21:15 states “And anyone whose name was not found recorded in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire.” This will be complete separation from God. Don’t try to understand it, you never will. But you must believe it because God has ordained it according to His Word and His purpose. Your thoughts will never be equal to God’s, they will never even come close, so seek Him through His Word and then accept His Gift of Love through Christ Jesus by believing that He died for your sin!

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May 27, 2015: 7:21 pm: Daily Scripture

Romans 4:13-16

13 It is clear, then, that God’s promise to give the whole earth to Abraham and his descendants was not based on obedience to God’s law, but on the new relationship with God that comes by faith. 14 So if you claim that God’s promise is for those who obey God’s law and think they are “good enough” in God’s sight, then you are saying that faith is useless. And in that case, the promise is also meaningless. 15 But the law brings punishment on those who try to obey it. (The only way to avoid breaking the law is to have no law to break!) 16 So that’s why faith is the key! God’s promise is given to us as a free gift. And we are certain to receive it, whether or not we follow Jewish customs, if we have faith like Abraham’s. For Abraham is the father of all who believe.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Have you ever wondered why some believers seem to receive so much spiritually and others seem to have so little? There are some Christians who would explain this inequity by teaching that God’s gifts and promises are given when one meets certain “conditions” or levels of service, prayer, study or whatever. But God has not made the dispensing of His promises contingent on any preconceived ideas we may have about Him. Every believer in Jesus Christ has equal privilege to receive the Bibles promises. Our God is no respecter of persons and His promises are not given on a sliding scale of who is, who is not, or when one finally becomes worthy. To God, a believer is worthy because they are in Christ Jesus and have believed in Him. If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior, you have the privilege of receiving spiritual wisdom, power, authority, understanding, answers and peace right now! God has no desire to withhold any good thing from you. If you do not have these attributes or gifts in your life, it is not God who has opposed you receiving them. It is you who has opposed you. The main difference between those who receive and those who do not, is how much room they have made within themselves for God to work. God does not change how He functions to conform to our concepts of Him. You must be willing to tear down, strip off and remove the trappings of your old nature to receive from God. Your “understanding” of God may be preventing you from receiving from Him. Go before Him and seek Him as He is. Be willing to lay aside your “knowledge” and seek His in His Word. Sanctification simply comes from a heart that has been able to receive, a heart that is so full of thanksgiving, understanding and love that it can do no less.

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May 26, 2015: 7:48 pm: Daily Scripture

Hebrews 8:7-10

7 If the first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no need for a second covenant to replace it. 8 But God himself found fault with the old one when he said: “The day will come, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah. 9 This covenant will not be like the one I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand and led them out of the land of Egypt. They did not remain faithful to my covenant, so I turned my back on them, says the Lord. 10 But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel on that day, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their minds so they will understand them, and I will write them on their hearts so they will obey them. I will be their God, and they will be my people.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

This passage is a quotation from Jeremiah 31:31-34, which compares the new covenant with the old.  The old covenant was the covenant of law between God and Israel.  The new and better way is the covenant of grace.  Christ death on the Cross to offer Himself for our sins and reconcile those who believe in Him to God.  This new covenant goes beyond Israel and covers anyone who has faith to believe in Christ.  It is new in application because it is written on our heart and in our mind.  It offers a new way to forgiveness, not through animal sacrifice but through faith.  If our heart is not changed, following God’s rules will be unpleasant and difficult.  We will rebel against being told how to live.  The Holy Spirit, however, gives us new desires, new feelings, a new direction and He helps us to want to obey God (see Philippians 2:12, 13).  With a new heart, we find that serving God is our greatest joy.  If this is not true of you today, look at where your focus is.  Are you focused on His Word?  Or are you more focused on what is good for you?  As His child you have the unlimited power of His Spirit to work within you and give you the desires, the wisdom and the power to live effectively for Him.  Don’t let the world or Satan keep you for being all that you can be for your Savior who died for your sin. Go before Him and cry out to Him for wisdom.  Ask God to remove anything that is getting in the way of living effectively for Him.  Be open to hear His voice speak to you about what in your life is holding you back from being all that God indents for you to be.

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