Daily Scripture


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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February 19, 2015: 8:57 pm: Daily Scripture

2 Corinthians 5:14

14 Whatever we do, it is because Christ’s love controls us. Since we believe that Christ died for everyone, we also believe that we have all died to the old life we used to live. 15 He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live to please themselves. Instead, they will live to please Christ, who died and was raised for them. 16 So we have stopped evaluating others by what the world thinks about them. Once I mistakenly thought of Christ that way, as though he were merely a human being. How differently I think about him now! 17 What this means is that those who become Christians become new persons. They are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun! 18 All this newness of life is from God, who brought us back to himself through what Christ did. And God has given us the task of reconciling people to him. 19 For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people‚Äôs sins against them. This is the wonderful message he has given us to tell others. 20 We are Christ’s ambassadors, and God is using us to speak to you. We urge you, as though Christ himself were here pleading with you, “Be reconciled to God!” 21 For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The day we accept that God came to earth as a Man to offer Himself as a perfect sacrifice for our sins, is the day of our righteousness. The righteousness of God is imparted to those who accept His gift of grace. It is very important for us to recognize that God is the One who provides this righteousness. It’s not something that you and I can work out, but rather it is something that God provides for us when we sacrifice our “old self” and give our lives to Christ. We function as His ambassador because of and under the power of His love. We are new people, no longer control by our “old nature.” The newness felt at the beginning of your life in Christ is to be retained throughout your walk with Him. Always remember how it felt to know your sins were forgiven and that you were made right with God. The joy of that moment is to be kept fresh in your mind forever. Throughout eternity, we will praise and thank Jesus Christ for our righteousness that He died to give us. This is our joy, this is our peace. The greatest love of all time is ours.

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February 18, 2015: 7:43 pm: Daily Scripture

Philippians 4:4

4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 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.

When we have a request of God, the Bible instructs us to come before Him with thanksgiving before we make our request known. When God instruct us, it is always to our benefit, even though we may not fully understand why. When we come before God and thank Him for past answers to our prayers, we are reminded that He does answer our prayers. We are reminded that when we put our trust in Him, He is faithful to meet our needs. And as we remember all of the things that God has already supplied, it is easier for us to know that He will also meet this need. Our trust muscle grows as we exercise it. But God doesn’t stop there, He promises us peace of mind and heart if we follow His instructions. He promises peace that our minds can not comprehend. So the next time you have a need, before you bring it to God, remember the past prayers answered and thank Him for all that He has given you. Then bring your need to Him and trust that He will supply. Do not doubt or worry, but fully trust Him, maybe for the first time in your walk with Him. As you trust, you will experience peace. Because you will know that whatever happens, God has all things worked out for your good.

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February 11, 2015: 7:25 pm: Daily Scripture

1 Peter 5:6-11

6 So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and in his good time he will honor you. 7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about what happens to you. 8 Be careful! Watch out for attacks from the Devil, your great enemy. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for some victim to devour. 9 Take a firm stand against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are. 10 In his kindness God called you to his eternal glory by means of Jesus Christ. After you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation. 11 All power is his forever and ever. Amen.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Carrying your worries, stresses, and daily struggles by yourself shows that you have not trusted God fully with your life. It takes humility to recognize that God cares, to admit your need, and to let others in God’s family help you. Sometimes we think that struggles caused by our own sin and foolishness are not God’s concern. But when we turn to God in repentance He will bear the weight even in those struggles we have caused by our own sin. Letting God have all of your anxieties calls for action, not passivity. Don’t submit to circumstances but to the Lord, who controls all circumstances. God will hear you when you call and He will bring you through any circumstance even if it is of your own doing. He will always hear a repentant heart and He will always be with you. The circumstances may not change, but your heart and attitude will if you submit in humility to the only One who understands what you are going through.

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February 10, 2015: 12:26 am: Daily Scripture

Luke 9:28-35

28 About eight days later Jesus took Peter, James, and John to a mountain to pray. 29 And as he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothing became dazzling white. 30 Then two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared and began talking with Jesus. 31 They were glorious to see. And they were speaking of how he was about to fulfill God’s plan by dying in Jerusalem. 32 Peter and the others were very drowsy and had fallen asleep. Now they woke up and saw Jesus’ glory and the two men standing with him. 33 As Moses and Elijah were starting to leave, Peter, not even knowing what he was saying, blurted out, “Master, this is wonderful! We will make three shrines-one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 34 But even as he was saying this, a cloud came over them; and terror gripped them as it covered them. 35 Then a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, my Chosen One. Listen to him.” 36 When the voice died away, Jesus was there alone. They didn’t tell anyone what they had seen until long after this happened.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Have you ever had such a wonderful experience where God touched you in a way that you never wanted to leave that place? God works with each of us differently, but many of us have had a touch of God that has left us speechless. Although we need to experience God in such a way, we need to come down off the mountain top and go back into the reality of our life. Knowing that struggles await us in the valley may encourage us to linger on the mountain top. Yet staying on the mountain prohibits our ministering to others. Instead of becoming spiritual giants, we soon become dwarfed by our self-centeredness. Our desire to stay in the place that we experience God the most will only keep us from going back into reality and doing the work He has called us to do. We need times of retreat and renewal, but only so we can return to minister to others. Our faith must make sense off the mountain as well as on it. Desire to have God fill you with overwhelming love, but then go out and share what He has done for you even though that may bring you into a world that is not pleasant because this is the will of God for you.

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February 3, 2015: 8:03 pm: Daily Scripture

Matthew 23:23-24

23 “How terrible it will be for you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are careful to tithe even the tiniest part of your income, but you ignore the important things of the law-justice, mercy, and faith. You should tithe, yes, but you should not leave undone the more important things. 24 Blind guides! You strain your water so you won’t accidentally swallow a gnat; then you swallow a camel!”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Many Christians today do not tithe. Many only give as they want, but they are missing out on a tremendous blessing from God. The argument is that tithing was only for the Old Testament times, because it was not taught in the New Testament. But as you read this scripture today you can see that Jesus Himself stated that, “You should tithe…” Those who do not tithe use 2 Corinthians 8:11, “…give whatever you can according to what you have,” as the scripture that supports not having to tithe. But Paul was not talking about tithing; he was referring to an offering that was above the tithe that the Corinthians were giving to other Christians who were going through hard times. When we have the Word of Jesus Christ stating we should tithe, why would you question it. Tithing is only giving back to God what He has already given to us. Malachi 3:11 states, “…”if you do, says the Lord Almighty, ‘I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in!’…” If you find yourself operating under a closed window of heaven you will be lacking and struggling financially. If this is you, then start tithing 10% of all the money you receive and tithe on the gross, not the net. If you say that you cannot afford to tithe, the Word of God says that you cannot afford not to. God tells us to test Him and see if He will not pour such a blessing that you will not be able to contain! Tithing is for all Christians today because Jesus gives us the directive that we should! And if you love Him you will open Him.

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February 2, 2015: 7:30 pm: Daily Scripture

Hebrews 1:1-4

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily hinders our progress. And let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us. 2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from start to finish. He was willing to die a shameful death on the cross because of the joy he knew would be his afterward. Now he is seated in the place of highest honor beside God’s throne in heaven. 3 Think about all he endured when sinful people did such terrible things to him, so that you don’t become weary and give up. 4 After all, you have not yet given your lives in your struggle against sin.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

What are the obstacles in your life that are preventing you from being all that God intended? What distractions are keeping you too busy so you have no time to read His Word or to spend time in prayer? If the devil cannot make you sin, he will keep you busy. But the truth is that nothing should stand between you and Jesus Christ. If you find yourself unable to answer these questions this morning, than you are too busy and Christ is on the back burner of your life. If you say you love Him then feed on Him through His Word and time with Him. How would your spouse feel if you kept telling them you loved them, but never talked to them or spent any time with them? You would soon find yourself alone. Why would you think your relationship with Christ would any different? You cannot know Him if you do not spend time with Him. Don’t let the distractions of life keep you from what is truly important. A lot of things are not necessarily wrong, but they are just not necessary. 2 Timothy 2:4 warns us, “And as Christ’s soldier, do not let yourself become tied up in the affairs of this life, for then you cannot satisfy the one who has enlisted you in his army.” Take time today to examine your life with Christ and ask Him to show you what distractions are keeping you from becoming more like Him. Maybe you need to say, “no” more to all the busyness or maybe you are in too much debt and that is taking all of your time and energy. Matthew 11:28 states, “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.” Whatever is keeping you from Him remove it and make Him your priority in all that you do. Only with Christ driving the bus of your life will you find joy and peace.

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January 30, 2015: 7:38 pm: Daily Scripture

Romans 1:18-20

18 But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who push the truth away from themselves. 19 For the truth about God is known to them instinctively. God has put this knowledge in their hearts. 20 From the time the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky and all that God made. They can clearly see his invisible qualities-his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse whatsoever for not knowing God.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

How could a loving God send anyone to hell, especially someone who has never heard about Christ? This is a common argument of those who know about Him, but choose not to accept Him. Most of us have heard this at one time or another. But the truth written by Paul takes away this argument because all people has an inner sense of what God requires and that He exists. But they choose not to live up to it. Knowing who Jesus Christ is does not make you right with Him. It is in the knowing and believing and then the living that shows that you believe. The moral standards of most people are better than what they live. But they always expect others to live up to their standard even though they do not themselves. They think the power is in the knowing. Those who know Christ, accept Him and then live Him are those who live in His kingdom. Don’t be fooled! When the day comes for God to judge your response to Him, no excuse will be accepted. If you suppress the truth you know about God in order to live your own way, you will have no excuse. Because it is not in the knowing, it is in believing and if you believe your behavior will show it. Do you live what you know is true? If not, ask God to give you the power to live what you know before you know anymore. Take the knowledge you have of Him today and apply it to your life, then seek to know Him more. It is more important to live Him than to know about Him.

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December 23, 2014: 8:22 pm: Daily Scripture

Ezekiel 25:6-7

6 “And the Sovereign Lord says: Because you clapped and stamped and cheered with glee at the destruction of my people, 7 I will lift up my fist against you. I will give you as plunder to many nations. I will cut you off from being a nation and destroy you completely. Then you will know that I am the Lord.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Chapters 25-32 of Ezekiel are God’s words of judgment on nations surrounding Israel that laughed when Israel fell to the Babylonians. God judged them not only because of their delight in the destruction of Jerusalem, but they had also failed to acknowledge the one true God or fulfill His purpose for them. The Ammonites were judged for their joy over the desecration of the Temple (25:1-7), the Moabites because they found pleasure in Judah’s wickedness (25:8-11), the Edomites because of their racial hatred for the Jews (25:12-14), and the Philistines because they sought revenge against Judah for defeating them in battle (25:15-17). If any of this sounds familiar it is because we are living the same scenario today. The Palestinians danced with joy at the attack on the World Trade Center on 9-11. And many Moslems cheered when thousands of Americans died that day. God’s judgment will fall on them and the time is coming soon. Americans are not God’s chosen people, but we support them and that is why this attack happened and why it will happen again. And just as God judges these nations, God will judge those who come up against His people. Even if it is America. Do not look for things to get better in the Middle East or for the terrorist attacks to stop on the USA. It will only get worse in the Middle East and we will be under continual attack until the Lord returns for His Church. So learn a lesson for what God has already done in the past because it will happen again. And God always keeps His Word. God’s Word to the children of Abraham in Genesis 12:3 states, “I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you. All the families of the earth will be blessed through you.” Those who support the nation of Israel will be blessed, but those who curse her will be cursed.

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December 15, 2014: 8:10 pm: Daily Scripture

Luke 4:1-4

Then Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan River. He was led by the Spirit to go out into the wilderness, 2 where the Devil tempted him for forty days. He ate nothing all that time and was very hungry. 3 Then the Devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, change this stone into a loaf of bread.” 4 But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People need more than bread for their life.'”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Sometimes what we are tempted to do isn’t wrong in itself. Turning a stone into bread wasn’t necessarily wrong. The sin was not the act but in the reason behind it. Satan was trying to get Jesus to take a shortcut, to solve Jesus’ immediate problem at the expense of His long-range goal, to seek comfort at the sacrifice of His discipline. Satan often works that way, persuading us to take action, even a right action, for the wrong reason or at the wrong time. The fact that something is not wrong in itself does not mean that it is good for you at a given time. Many people sin by attempting to fulfill a legitimate desire outside of God’s will or ahead of His timing. First seek His direction and then pray to know where the thought is coming from. Is it a whisper in your ear from the enemy or is it your own selfish needs speaking? God will give you wisdom to discern the difference and to hear His voice clearly, if you are seeking Him. Always know His Word and seek to hear His voice and He will make you path straight and be a Light onto your steps.

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