Daily Scripture


August 13, 2016: 1:54 am: Daily Scripture

Matthew 5:17-20
17″Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18″For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. 19″Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20″For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

It had always been God’s intention to send Jesus Christ to the cross for our sin. It was not something new He thought of at the last minute to compensate for the way things were going. Nothing from God’s plan for man has ever changed. Nor will it ever. He will return again just like He said He would. But it may not be everything that we think. Just like His first coming was not what the Jews thought it would be. Even though they had the scriptures to teach them, they thought that His first coming would be something different. But there was nothing in the Law or the Old Testament that Christ did not fulfill and nothing that He changed.

When you read the Word, your understanding is filtered through your past experiences of life. You put what read into what you know. This is why you should pray for the wisdom of God to open your heart and your mind to understand what God wants you to know. Pray for discernment to know how the scripture you are reading is speaking to your life. Then apply what you have read. True wisdom is application of what you know. Only through understanding and applying the Word of God can you be effective for His kingdom. Jesus said in Matthew 4:17, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” The kingdom of God is living what you know to be true about Him. In the kingdom of God His will is always done. It is never questioned, but always understood and done. Live your life in the kingdom of God by doing the will of God from what you know about His Word.

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March 25, 2016: 11:11 pm: Daily Scripture

Ephesians 4: 29-32
29 Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which you were marked with a seal for the day of redemption. 31 Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice, 32 and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Is there a difference in how you speak to strangers, or people you work with than there is in how you speak to those you love? How is it that we can be one way with people we hardly know and yet be so different with those we love the most? I have to say, when I look at my own behavior and the way I speak to my family, it is at times very different than how I would speak to people I know. I have at times spoken very harshly, sometimes even very cruelly to the ones I love the most, but would never, ever speak that way to friends or acquaintances. Why such a discrepancy? That is why this verse in Ephesians spoke to me as it was being preached by my pastor. Those times where evil came out of my mouth to those I love and how it grieved the Holy Spirit within me, cut through me like a double edge sword. That was the intent of the Word; God wanted me to know how my behavior was a cause of pain for Him and for those I love. The light of His truth opened my eyes to my lack of letting God’s presence fill me with His love. There is no situation, no cause, no reason to, “Let evil come out of my mouth.” God reveals His truth through His Word, so examine your life and look at how you treat all people, especially those you love those most. Put away all bitterness and wrath, no matter how “justified” you feel you may be. There is never a reason to speak evil against anyone. Work to always be aware of the presence of God in you. You must practice it, and know His Word before you can live it.

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March 21, 2016: 7:31 pm: Daily Scripture

Matthew 9:1-8
Jesus climbed into a boat and went back across the lake to his own town. 2 Some people brought to him a paralyzed man on a mat. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “Take heart, son! Your sins are forgiven.” 3 “Blasphemy! This man talks like he is God!” some of the teachers of religious law said among themselves. 4 Jesus knew what they were thinking, so he asked them, “Why are you thinking such evil thoughts? 5 Is it easier to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven’ or ‘Get up and walk’? 6 I will prove that I, the Son of Man, have the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, “Stand up, take your mat, and go on home, because you are healed!” 7 And the man jumped up and went home! 8 Fear swept through the crowd as they saw this happen right before their eyes. They praised God for sending a man with such great authority.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

God is more interested in making us spiritually healthy than He is in making us physically healthy. The bodies we live in our decaying and dying more and more every day and will eventually go back to the dust they are. But our spirit will live forever either in heaven or in hell. And even though God wants our bodies to be healthy, He is more interested in a healthy soul (your mind, will and emotions). If you are praying for physical health today, keep on praying because that is what you should do. But seek spiritual health first because that is more important. That is why Jesus told this man his sins were forgiven before He physically healed Him. If you have not receive the healing of your body, trust God that He is doing a work in your soul and that is more important to Him. Trust that He will heal your body but also know that He is more interested making changes in your heart and wants your focus to be on Him and not on your body. God can heal your body but more important, He can heal your soul and give you right standing with God the Father. Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and then all of these things will be given to you!

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March 11, 2016: 9:48 pm: Daily Scripture

Isaiah 40:27-31
27 O Israel, how can you say the Lord does not see your troubles? How can you say God refuses to hear your case? 28 Have you never heard or understood? Don’t you know that the Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth? He never grows faint or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. 29 He gives power to those who are tired and worn out; he offers strength to the weak. 30 Even youths will become exhausted, and young men will give up. 31 But those who wait on the Lord will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Even the strongest person gets tired at times. We all experience periods of time when we are weary. Whether our fatigue is physical or emotional, we all go through times when we feel exhausted. Sometimes life does not treat us fairly and we feel zapped of all our strength. But God’s power and strength never diminish. He is never too tired or too busy to help and listen. His strength can be our source of strength, if we trust His Word. When you feel all of life crushing in on you and you cannot understand or go another step, remember that God is waiting and willingly to renew your strength. He has promised to always be with us and He will get us through any trial or problem that comes our way. Waiting on the Lord is the patient expectation that God will fulfill His promises in His Word and strengthen us to rise above all our difficulties. Completely trust in His Word and God will see you through any problem, trial or difficulty that comes your way. Look outside of your problem for the answer. As long as you are looking at the problem, you will not see the answer.

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March 7, 2016: 9:27 pm: Daily Scripture

James 1:17-27
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.

God is in control of your situation today. No matter what it may be, He is there with you and He is working things out for your good. But we are also required to act in our situation. We cannot understand how God can be in control and the need for us to move into action, but both are true. God chooses to work through those willing to act for Him. We should always pray as if all depended on God and act as if it all depended on us. In other words, we are to believe that God can do all things for our good, but act or move into the things we can. God will not just take care of your need without your involvement. We are required to move into the direction He is leading to meet our need. God wants us to act on our faith in Him and not just sit back and let Him do it all. The events that have brought you to this place and time are not just a coincidence, they are the result of God’s sovereign control over your life. This is a call for you to move into action. Do the things that you can and pray about everything. If God does not want you to move into a certain direction, He will provide another way through His Word or other godly people in your life. But you must move, you must take action and believe that God will direct you. Keep looking steadily into God’s perfect Word and do what it tells you to do. God’s Spirit will lead and direct you as move forward into living what you know is true from His Word.

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March 2, 2016: 9:26 pm: Daily Scripture

2 Peter 1:5-10
5 So make every effort to apply the benefits of these promises to your life. Then your faith will produce a life of moral excellence. A life of moral excellence leads to knowing God better. 6 Knowing God leads to self-control. Self-control leads to patient endurance and patient endurance leads to godliness. 7 Godliness leads to love for other Christians, and finally you will grow to have genuine love for everyone. 8 The more you grow like this, the more you will become productive and useful in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ 9 But those who fail to develop these virtues are blind or, at least, very shortsighted. They have already forgotten that God has cleansed them from their old life of sin. 10 So, dear brothers and sisters, work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen. Doing this, you will never stumble or fall away.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

We are saved by faith and not by works, but once saved, God starts to make us into His image. God gives us the tools to become His righteousness but we have to pick them up and apply them. The tools are His promises. God will not make us walk a holy life, we have to apply the benefits of His promises to do so. Once we apply His promises by faith, we operate under the power of the Holy Spirit. Every promise of God starts with our faith and then requires action on our part. Once we step into action, the power of His Spirit enables us to complete the work. Applying faith to His promises produces moral excellence, self-control, endurance and love. Take the first step, know what the Word of God promises and then apply those promises to your life and the process of sanctification (being made into the image of Christ) will continue to show in your life.

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February 22, 2016: 8:58 pm: Daily Scripture

1 Peter 1:17-21
17 And remember that the heavenly Father to whom you pray has no favorites when he judges. He will judge or reward you according to what you do. So you must live in reverent fear of him during your time as foreigners here on earth. 18 For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver. 19 He paid for you with the precious lifeblood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. 20 God chose him for this purpose long before the world began, but now in these final days, he was sent to the earth for all to see. And he did this for you. 21 Through Christ you have come to trust in God. And because God raised Christ from the dead and gave him great glory, your faith and hope can be placed confidently in God.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Because God is judge of all the earth, we dare not ignore Him or treat Him casually. We should not assume our privileged status as children of God gives us freedom to do whatever we want. Our fear is a healthy respect for the all-powerful God who could have just as well destroyed us all. But because of His love for us, He ransomed us with His Blood, and we are to be ever grateful to Him. Christ’s sacrifice for our sins was not an after thought. The plan was set in motion by the all-knowing God long before the world began. What a comfort for those who love Him to know that He has always had and will always have everything under control. We can confidently place our trust in Him, as we respect Him for who He is.

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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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