Daily Scripture


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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November 13, 2014: 8:42 pm: Daily Scripture

James 1:5-8

5 If you need wisdom-if you want to know what God wants you to do-ask him, and he will gladly tell you. He will not resent your asking. 6 But when you ask him, be sure that you really expect him to answer, for a doubtful mind is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. 7 People like that should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 They can’t make up their minds. They waver back and forth in everything they do.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

A doubtful mind is not completely convinced that God’s way is best. It treats God’s Word like any human advice and retains the option to disobey. It vacillates between allegiance to subjective feelings, the world’s ideas, and Gods commands. In order to overcome a doubtful mind, we have to put aside what we think we know and our feelings and put God’s Word into action. People who react to life from their feelings are children. Being mature in any situations means doing the hard thing. It means doing what we know we should do even if we do not feel like it. This is true faith in God. Doing what He has asked us to do because we know His way is best and will lead to accomplishing His will. If you find yourself doubting His Word, take a step of faith and put His Word into action. Proverbs 3:5 states it best, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding.” The purpose of faith is salvation, but the results of faith are a changed life. Let God move you into the person He knows you are and do not doubt Him.

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October 21, 2014: 9:58 pm: Daily Scripture

1 Corinthians 15:45-49

45 The Scriptures tell us, “The first man, Adam, became a living person.” But the last Adam-that is, Christ-is a life-giving Spirit. 46 What came first was the natural body, then the spiritual body comes later. 47 Adam, the first man, was made from the dust of the earth, while Christ, the second man, came from heaven. 48 Every human being has an earthly body just like Adam’s, but our heavenly bodies will be just like Christ’s. 49 Just as we are now like Adam, the man of the earth, so we will someday be like Christ, the man from heaven.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

As we live in our earthly bodies, we are like Adam, made of dust. But as a Christian we are also in the process of becoming like Christ. Because of the love God has for us, He wants us to be like His Son. God knows every detail of our lives that will bring us to this end. And that is the only assignment that God will grade when we stand before Him. How much like Christ did we become while we lived in this sinful world. God the Father loves the Son so much that He wants all of His children to conform into His image. This is the only goal God has for our lives. When God tells us in Romans 8:28, “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.” He is telling us that becoming like Christ is His only purpose for all those who love Him. And everything that happens to us, God will work to this end. Nothing else we do will matter, as all things will work for our good to bring us to the purpose that God has for our life, to be like Christ. Everything we do and everything we are is to be focused on becoming like Him Who died for us and not staying like the dust we are. God loves us so much, just like He loves the Son because we His body, we are joint heirs with Christ if we are in Him. If we are a part of Christ we share the same DNA and God will stop at nothing to make us into His image. One day we will be like Him. All of our life is directed towards this goal. Becoming like Christ is God’s purpose for us and we should be mindful of this at all time. Just as we are mindful of our earthly presence, we should be mindful of the heavenly presence that lives in us to accomplish the will of the Father, for us to be like Christ.

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October 9, 2014: 5:47 am: Daily Scripture

Luke 21:20-24

20 “And when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then you will know that the time of its destruction has arrived. 21 Then those in Judea must flee to the hills. Let those in Jerusalem escape, and those outside the city should not enter it for shelter. 22 For those will be days of God’s vengeance, and the prophetic words of the Scriptures will be fulfilled. 23 How terrible it will be for pregnant women and for mothers nursing their babies. For there will be great distress in the land and wrath upon this people. 24 They will be brutally killed by the sword or sent away as captives to all the nations of the world. And Jerusalem will be conquered and trampled down by the Gentiles until the age of the Gentiles comes to an end.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL. Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Christ is instructing His disciples of the coming destruction of Jerusalem and the fate of the Jewish people. Jerusalem was completely destroyed in 70 AD and the Jewish people were scattered around the world. They have been brutally treated by the Gentiles since that time. The children of Abraham were chosen to be the vehicle that God would use to bring restoration to the world. But that did not happen, most chose to reject Christ and crucified Him. Christ is telling the Jewish nation that the time is coming for the Gentiles and is actually the age we are living in now. At this time in history, most of the world hears about salvation through Jesus Christ from Gentiles. The Christian church was started by Jews, but continued on through Gentiles. But the age of the Gentiles is fast coming to an end. We know this because after 2500 years, Israel became a nation under Jewish control again. Luke records the words of Christ telling us about His Second Coming. Jesus Christ came the first time to save; He is coming the second time to judge. Christ goes on to warn us in Luke 21:34 & 35, “Watch out! Don’t let me find you living in careless ease and drunkenness, and filled with the worries of this life. Don’t let that day catch you unaware, as in a trap. For that day will come upon everyone living on the earth.” This is what we need to know for our lives today. We need to be watching and waiting for Him to return. As we take this attitude, we become more Christ centered and less self centered. When we know and are aware that Christ is coming again, our focus changes and there is more urgency to tell others about Him. Search the scriptures for yourself and seek what God would have you understand about His return.

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September 30, 2014: 5:39 am: Daily Scripture

1 John 1:5-10

5 This is the message he has given us to announce to you: God is light and there is no darkness in him at all. 6 So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness. We are not living in the truth. 7 But if we are living in the light of God’s presence, just as Christ is, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from every sin. 8 If we say we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and refusing to accept the truth. 9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The statement “God is light” means that God is perfectly holy and true and that He alone can guide us out of the darkness of our sin. Light exposes what is true and whatever exists, whether it is good or it is bad. In the light evil and goodness are clearly distinguished. Just as darkness can not exist in the presence of light, so sin can not exist in the presence of our holy God. If we want a relationship with God, we can not approach Him with darkness in us. It will be exposed and God will not have fellowship with darkness. We must nail our sins to the cross of Christ by believing and receiving the grace Christ died to give us. To claim that you belong to Christ but then go out and live for your old sinful nature is hypocrisy. Christ will expose and judge such deceit. Paul tells us to confess our sins and God will cleanse us from every sin. Have fellowship with God and walk in His light by the righteousness Christ died to give you.

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September 16, 2014: 8:50 pm: Daily Scripture

Romans 8:15-17

15 So you should not be like cowering, fearful slaves. You should behave instead like God’s very own children, adopted into his family calling him “Father, dear Father.” 16 For his Holy Spirit speaks to us deep in our hearts and tells us that we are God’s children. 17 And since we are his children, we will share his treasures for everything God gives to his Son, Christ, is ours, too. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Since we are children of God, we are to share the suffering that Jesus Christ suffered. But if we share His suffering, we will also share His glory. When Christ hung on the cross people passing by hurled insults at Him and mocked Him, even the criminal hanging next to Him cursed Him. This added to the suffering Christ was already going through. But He did not lash out at them; He did not come back with a response to their insults. Instead He prayed for God the Father to forgive them. Today we suffer as Christ did when others hurt us, when others sin against us. There is not one Christian alive who has not had someone hurt them. It doesn’t matter if the hurt was malicious or not, the pain we feel is real. God uses these experiences to teach us to forgive. Just as He forgave us of our sins, we are to forgive others who sin against us. It doesn’t matter if they meant to hurt you or not, you are to forgive them, just as God has forgiven you. This is hard to do and it is suffering, just as Christ suffered. But you are to do no less than then He did. And if Christ can pray for forgiveness for those who purposely hurt Him, how can you do less. Pray for those who hurt you and forgive them and then move beyond the deed. Even though we will never forget, we can choose not to think or dwell on it. God will give you the strength to do it and He will allow you to share the glory of Christ.

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September 11, 2014: 5:10 am: Daily Scripture

Jeremiah 17:5-10

5 This is what the Lord says: “Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans and turn their hearts away from the Lord. 6 They are like stunted shrubs in the desert, with no hope for the future. They will live in the barren wilderness, on the salty flats where no one lives. 7 “But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. 8 They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they go right on producing delicious fruit. 9 “The human heart is most deceitful and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? 10 But I know! I, the Lord, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

In times of trouble, those who trust in humans will be disappointed and are spiritually weak, so they will have no strength to draw on. But those who trust in the Lord will have more strength than they need. Providing not only for their own needs but for the needs of others. Are you satisfied being unfruitful or would you like to be like a well watered tree and have strength in times of crisis and even having more to share? God makes it very clear why we sin; it is a matter of the heart. Our heart is inclined toward sin from the time we are born. It is easy to fall into the routine of forgetting and forsaking God. But we can still choose whether or not to continue in sin. We can yield to temptation or we can ask God for the way out. Those who forget God are like the tree living in the barren wilderness. They are stunted and will wither. But those who turn to God in times of temptation will be full and produce much fruit. You decide which tree you would like to be.

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July 24, 2014: 11:54 pm: Daily Scripture

Philippians 1:20-27

20 For I live in eager expectation and hope that I will never do anything that causes me shame, but that I will always be bold for Christ, as I have been in the past, and that my life will always honor Christ, whether I live or I die. 21 For to me, living is for Christ, and dying is even better. 22 Yet if I live, that means fruitful service for Christ. I really don’t know which is better. 23 I’m torn between two desires: Sometimes I want to live, and sometimes I long to go and be with Christ. That would be far better for me, 24 but it is better for you that I live. 25 I am convinced of this, so I will continue with you so that you will grow and experience the joy of your faith. 26 Then when I return to you, you will have even more reason to boast about what Christ Jesus has done for me. 27 But whatever happens to me, you must live in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ, as citizens of heaven. Then, whether I come and see you again or only hear about you, I will know that you are standing side by side, fighting together for the Good News.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

We are to live with one eye on eternity. Knowing that we are citizens of heaven will keep us focused on our goal. Paul was not looking to die in this text but was simply stating that to die was gain but to live was Christ. When those in Christ die, we gain all that God has prepared for us. There will not be one person who will enter heaven and want to return to this world. It will be far more than we can imagine. To be with Christ will be the ultimate reward. But while we yet live, we are to continue His plan and His purpose for our lives. Since Paul had focused his life on doing the work of God, for the Philippians it was better if he lived. The longer he stayed, the more they learned about Christ. Keep your eye on the fact that heaven waits for you, but live your life as Christ directs you. Don’t be surprised if all of your dreams do not come true because this is not your home. Live for Christ through the power of His Spirit now and know that you will enjoy the presence of Christ for eternity when your work is through.

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