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March 10, 2016: 8:27 pm: Grace

Philippians 1:12-19
12 And I want you to know, dear brothers and sisters, that everything that has happened to me here has helped to spread the Good News. 13 For everyone here, including all the soldiers in the palace guard, knows that I am in chains because of Christ. 14 And because of my imprisonment, many of the Christians here have gained confidence and become more bold in telling others about Christ. 15 Some are preaching out of jealousy and rivalry. But others preach about Christ with pure motives. 16 They preach because they love me, for they know the Lord brought me here to defend the Good News. 17 Those others do not have pure motives as they preach about Christ. They preach with selfish ambition, not sincerely, intending to make my chains more painful to me. 18 But whether or not their motives are pure, the fact remains that the message about Christ is being preached, so I rejoice. And I will continue to rejoice. 19 For I know that as you pray for me and as the Spirit of Jesus Christ helps me, this will all turn out for my deliverance.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Paul was in jail for preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, but he could have been freed had he not appealed to Caesar. (Acts 25:10) He was in Rome under house arrest, and had a Roman guard chained to him 24 hours a day. Paul realized that tough times set up great possibilities. The guard was changed every 12 hours and every one of them knew why he was in chains. And many of the guards became Christians because of Paul’s witness. Paul was using his difficulty to spread the Word of God. As a common Roman citizen he could never have reach the people in Caesar’s palace. but as a prisoner waiting to go before Caesar, he had opportunity to bring many to Christ. Paul had learned to never give up. He knew that God was in control and that God does not always deliver us from our adversity, but He always brings us through it. It is not abnormal to have problems. Problems are a sign of life. If we do not have problems, we are in the grave. If you are going through a difficult time, don’t pray to be removed, pray for courage and direction to get through. God can heal any illness, any disease and He can bring the right people into your life for help in a time of need. Pray for strength, pray for wisdom and direction. Pray for Jesus Christ to be your focus. Read how Paul handled the tough times and see how God brought him through. God will do the same for you what ever your problem is.

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February 18, 2016: 8:53 pm: Grace

Genesis 22:6-17
6 Abraham placed the wood for the burnt offering on Isaac’s shoulders, while he himself carried the knife and the fire. As the two of them went on together, 7 Isaac said, Father? Yes, my son, Abraham replied. We have the wood and the fire, said the boy, but where is the lamb for the sacrifice? 8 God will provide a lamb, my son, Abraham answered. And they both went on together. 9 When they arrived at the place where God had told Abraham to go, he built an altar and placed the wood on it. Then he tied Isaac up and laid him on the altar over the wood. 10 And Abraham took the knife and lifted it up to kill his son as a sacrifice to the Lord. 11 At that moment the angel of the Lord shouted to him from heaven, Abraham! Abraham! Yes, he answered. I’m listening. 12 Lay down the knife, the angel said. Do not hurt the boy in any way, for now I know that you truly fear God. You have not withheld even your beloved son from me. 13 Then Abraham looked up and saw a ram caught by its horns in a bush. So he took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering on the altar in place of his son. 14 Abraham named the place The Lord Will Provide. This name has now become a proverb: On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided. 15 Then the angel of the Lord called again to Abraham from heaven, 16 This is what the Lord says: Because you have obeyed me and have not withheld even your beloved son, I swear by my own self that 17 I will bless you richly. I will multiply your descendants into countless millions, like the stars of the sky and the sand on the seashore. They will conquer their enemies, 18 and through your descendants, all the nations of the earth will be blessed all because you have obeyed me.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

God knew the plan for redemption even before it was needed. In this scripture, God is laying out the plan for Abraham. He is asked to sacrifice his son, his only son. This is the long awaited child of promise. God had promised Abraham to multiple his seed like the stars in the sky, but God wanted his complete obedience and asked Abraham to show his faith. In doing so, God showed all of us how He would redeem the world through the seed of this man. God gave His Son, His only Son for our sins. The plan is clear, God will provide the sacrifice needed to make us right with Him. Jehovah-jireh, means God will provide. Because of our sin, we could not do it ourselves but God provided. This promise was not just for the children of Abraham but for the entire world. All of the nations would be blessed through the obedience of Abraham. Jesus Christ came through the Jews but He came to redeem all of mankind, no matter what nationality or race. All can receive grace by being believing God, just as Abraham did over 6000 years ago.

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February 17, 2016: 9:43 pm: Grace

 

Psalm 103:11-18
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.
13 The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him.
14 For he understands how weak we are; he knows we are only dust.
15 Our days on earth are like grass; like wildflowers, we bloom and die.
16 The wind blows, and we are gone as though we had never been here.
17 But the love of the Lord remains forever with those who fear him. His salvation extends to the children’s children
18 of those who are faithful to his covenant, of those who obey his commandments!
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

East and west can never meet. This is a symbolic portrait of God’s forgiveness. When He forgives our sin, He separates it from us and doesn’t even remember it. We need never wallow in the past for God forgives and forgets. Do not let Satan dredge up your past by bringing old sin to your mind because it will prevent you from moving forward in your relationship with God. He doesn’t remember sin that has been forgiven and is under the blood of Jesus. And all sin, past present and future are forgiven, if you have accepted the grace Jesus died to give you. You will never forget, but your mind is not the mind of God. And God has wiped the record clean. We are as clean as the driven snow and as righteous as Jesus Christ is righteous. Even though we cannot understand this, it is true. Don’t allow old sin to parade through your mind; it will only make you feel bad. Satan would have you stay in the memory of your past failures to keep you ineffective for God. So live and act like the forgiven child of God that you are! Then move forward to do the work God have given you with the mind of Christ.

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January 14, 2016: 10:41 pm: Grace

 

Romans 8:35-39
35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or are hungry or cold or in danger or threatened with death? 36 (Even the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. 38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels can’t, and the demons can’t. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can’t keep God’s love away. 39 Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Sometimes when we are facing overwhelming trouble the first thing we think is God has deserted us. But just the opposite is true. Sometimes the trouble is used by God to make us more into His image. But God does not cause our pain, but He will use it to help us change and grow. Bad things happen to us for 3 reasons; 1.) We live in a world of sin, so every person alive today is dying, all of us will suffer from our bodies dying one way or another. And because of sin there is evil in the world and bad things will happen. 2.) Sometimes our own behaviors or choices will cause bad things to happen to us. Not all the time, but sometimes we make the wrong choice and suffer the consequences of our choice. 3.) Sometimes we suffer because we serve a Lord the world does not recognize and are persecuted because we serve Him and not the world. Most of the time our troubles are because of the first two reasons, but whatever the reason, it is more important to know that nothing ever happens to you that is not God filtered. In other words, God knew about it and it happened. But more important is the fact that God will never leave you or leave you without hope. Just because He does not remove everything that comes against you, does not mean He does not love you. He gives you the strength and the direction to go through the trial and to become stronger because of it. God has a vision of the sanctified you and He is working out His plan to bring you to the perfection of Christ. You need to be re-trained by God to become like Christ and sometimes that means overcoming your sinful self. That is not always easy, but is always for your good. So never forget how much God loves you and that He will never leave you alone. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you!

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January 13, 2016: 10:49 pm: Grace

1 Timothy 1:12-17
12 How thankful I am to Christ Jesus our Lord for considering me trustworthy and appointing me to serve him, 13 even though I used to scoff at the name of Christ. I hunted down his people, harming them in every way I could. But God had mercy on me because I did it in ignorance and unbelief. 14 Oh, how kind and gracious the Lord was! He filled me completely with faith and the love of Christ Jesus. 15 This is a true saying, and everyone should believe it: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners and I was the worst of them all. 16 But that is why God had mercy on me, so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life. 17 Glory and honor to God forever and ever. He is the eternal King, the unseen one who never dies; he alone is God. Amen.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL:Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

This is a very important verse of Scripture because it affirms that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. He didn’t come to be the greatest teacher the world has ever known, although He was. He didn’t come to set a moral example, but He did do that. He came into the world to save sinners. When you give your testimony make sure that you don’t tell people how wonderful you are or all you have accomplished. Tell them you were a sinner and that Christ saved you. That is what is important. When Paul says he was the chief of sinners, he is speaking the truth. He was the chief of sinners; he blasphemed the Lord Jesus. But, Paul says, I’ve been saved. The Lord Jesus came to save sinners, and if you say, I don’t think Christ can save me I’m the worst, you are wrong. Paul is the chief of sinners, and the chief of sinners has already been saved. So you will be able to be saved if you want to be. The decision rests with you. All you need do is turn to Christ, and He’ll do the rest.
J. Vernon McGee, Thru the Bible commentary [computer file], electronic ed., Logos Library System,(Nashville: Thomas Nelson) 1997, c1981 by J. Vernon
McGee.

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January 12, 2016: 8:53 pm: Grace

1 Corinthians 15:40-44
40 There are bodies in the heavens, and there are bodies on earth. The glory of the heavenly bodies is different from the beauty of the earthly bodies. 41 The sun has one kind of glory, while the moon and stars each have another kind. And even the stars differ from each other in their beauty and brightness. 42 It is the same way for the resurrection of the dead. Our earthly bodies, which die and decay, will be different when they are resurrected, for they will never die. 43 Our bodies now disappoint us, but when they are raised, they will be full of glory. They are weak now, but when they are raised, they will be full of power. 44 They are natural human bodies now, but when they are raised, they will be spiritual bodies. For just as there are natural bodies, so also there are spiritual bodies.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Because Christ rose from the dead, He is a life-giving Spirit. This means that He entered into a new form of existence. He is the source of the spiritual life that will result in our resurrection. Christ’s new glorified human body was suitable to His natural life. He walked and talked and lived as a human after He rose from the dead. His disciples did not always know Him as Jesus, but they knew Him as a human because that was the form His resurrected body was in. And so it will be for those of us who believe in the work He did on the cross. When we are resurrected, God will give us a transformed eternal body suited to our new eternal life. So when the body you are in now fails you, remember it is just dust and will one day be gone. It just houses your spirit and will one day return to the earth. But you will go on forever and Christ will give you a new body that is not corrupted and will never get sick or die. So face the limitations of this body with the confidence that one day you will have a body that will never get old and never get sick. Praise His name forever!

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January 11, 2016: 9:27 pm: Grace

Galatians 4:3-7
3 And that’s the way it was with us before Christ came. We were slaves to the spiritual powers of this world. 4 But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. 5 God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. 6 And because you Gentiles have become his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, and now you can call God your dear Father. 7 Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, everything he has belongs to you.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Christians are those who believe inwardly that Jesus Christ died for their sins, and that without His sacrifice, there could be no reconciliation with God. Christians exhibit the behavior demonstrated to us by Christ. Outwardly we are different than the world because we are not of this world, even though we live in it. Having received the gift of forgiveness and eternal life, we are now daily challenged to live that life through the power of His Spirit living in us. We are no longer slaves to the sins that once weighed us down. The victory is ours because of what Christ did for us. We are immediately justified and are becoming sanctified being imparted the righteousness of Christ because we believe. We confess with our mouth what we have accepted and we demonstrate our relationship with our behavior, and we are different. No longer controlled by our sin, we are free to show the love of God to those around us. This is true freedom, freedom from sin. Remember the price for your freedom was paid by Christ Jesus because of His love for you. Demonstrate this love through your actions and behaviors.

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January 8, 2016: 9:26 pm: Grace

Psalm 14:1-3
1 Only fools say in their hearts, There is no God. They are corrupt, and their actions are evil; no one does good!
2 The Lord looks down from heaven on the entire human race; he looks to see if there is even one with real understanding, one who seeks for God.
3 But no, all have turned away from God; all have become corrupt. No one does good, not even one!
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

As a consequence of sin, death and a corrupt nature entered the human race. We were created by God for God and meant to live in fellowship with Him forever. But as result of sin, we have all turned from the only source of Life and have chosen to live without God. Romans 3:23 tells us that, “For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Though each one of us in our own way has betrayed God, He did not abandon us. There is hope for us. As God promised, He sent the One who would rescue us. His name is Jesus. The only Son of God became one of us and took the penalty for our sin when He died on the Cross. Because God is holy and just, He cannot look on sin. But because Jesus Christ became a man while never giving up His deity, He never sinned. There was no corruption in Him, therefore He could be the perfect atonement for our sin. He stepped in and took the penalty for our sin. Every sin you ever committed or ever will commit can be covered by the Blood of Christ. So when you go before the Father, He sees you through the Blood and you are without sin. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” (John 3:16,17)

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December 1, 2015: 8:45 pm: Grace

1 Corinthians 15:21-28
21 So you see, just as death came into the world through a man, Adam, now the resurrection from the dead has begun through another man, Christ. 22 Everyone dies because all of us are related to Adam, the first man. But all who are related to Christ, the other man, will be given new life. 23 But there is an order to this resurrection: Christ was raised first; then when Christ comes back, all his people will be raised. 24 After that the end will come, when he will turn the Kingdom over to God the Father, having put down all enemies of every kind. 25 For Christ must reign until he humbles all his enemies beneath his feet. 26 And the last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27 For the Scriptures say, God has given him authority over all things. (Of course, when it says authority over all things, it does not include God himself, who gave Christ his authority.) 28 Then, when he has conquered all things, the Son will present himself to God, so that God, who gave his Son authority over all things, will be utterly supreme over everything everywhere.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The work of Christ, yet to come, is to stop all evil on earth. First, He defeated sin and death on the cross, and in the end He will defeat Satan and all evil once and for all time will end. World events may seem out of control, and justice may seem to have vanished, but God is still in control. He is allowing evil to remain for a time until Jesus Christ returns to earth again. God is giving sinners time to come to Him out of love and not judgment. The end will come when God’s timing is ready and Satan will have no more authority to ruin the lives of the deceived. Christ will defeat him and present to God the Father a perfect world. Let the knowledge of the coming King give you peace in these times of uncertainty. God is still on the throne!

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October 23, 2015: 11:18 pm: Grace

John 12:37-43
37 But despite all the miraculous signs he had done, most of the people did not believe in him. 38 This is exactly what Isaiah the prophet had predicted: “Lord, who has believed our message? To whom will the Lord reveal his saving power?” 39 But the people couldn’t believe, for as Isaiah also said, 40 “The Lord has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts” so their eyes cannot see, and their hearts cannot understand, and they cannot turn to me and let me heal them.” 41 Isaiah was referring to Jesus when he made this prediction, because he was given a vision of the Messiah’s glory. 42 Many people, including some of the Jewish leaders, believed in him. But they wouldn’t admit it to anyone because of their fear that the Pharisees would expel them from the synagogue. 43 For they loved human praise more than the praise of God.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

During every age in human history, people have refused to believe in God despite the evidence He has given us. Before Christ, they refused to believe in what God was going to do and after Christ they refused to believe in what He had done. Some of the people who had seen Christ raise Lazarus from the dead, refused to believe He was from God. Even though they knew Lazarus had been dead for 4 days. As a result of their unbelief, God hardened their hearts. Does this mean God intentionally prevents people from believing in Him? No, He simply confirms their own choices. They refuse to believe the evidence before them. After a lifetime of resisting God, people become so set in their ways that they will not even try to believe. Even if someone comes back from the dead, they will not believe. Their own pride is what prevents them. That is why pride is one of the deadliest sins. For such people, it is virtually impossible for them to believe in Christ because their hearts have been hardened by their own pride. Many believe but refuse to admit it. This is just as bad, and Jesus had strong words for these people. The Pharisees that believed Jesus was the Messiah refused to admit it for fear of being kicked out of the synagogue and afraid of losing their positions among the other religious leaders. When you feel the tug of God on your heart, don’t turn Him away or you may never have the chance to receive Him again. Today is the day of salvation and today is all you have.

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