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October 22, 2015: 11:14 pm: Grace

2 Corinthians 3:7-18
7 That old system of law etched in stone led to death, yet it began with such glory that the people of Israel could not bear to look at Moses’ face. For his face shone with the glory of God, even though the brightness was already fading away. 8 Shouldn’t we expect far greater glory when the Holy Spirit is giving life? 9 If the old covenant, which brings condemnation, was glorious, how much more glorious is the new covenant, which makes us right with God! 10 In fact, that first glory was not glorious at all compared with the overwhelming glory of the new covenant. 11 So if the old covenant, which has been set aside, was full of glory, then the new covenant, which remains forever, has far greater glory. 12 Since this new covenant gives us such confidence, we can be very bold. 13 We are not like Moses, who put a veil over his face so the people of Israel would not see the glory fading away. 14 But the people’s minds were hardened, and even to this day whenever the old covenant is being read, a veil covers their minds so they cannot understand the truth. And this veil can be removed only by believing in Christ. 15 Yes, even today when they read Moses’ writings ,their hearts are covered with that veil, and they do not understand. 16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, then the veil is taken away. 17 Now, the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, he gives freedom. 18 And all of us have had that veil removed so that we can be mirrors that brightly reflect the glory of the Lord. And as the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like him and reflect his glory even more.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.)1996.

Whoever turns to Jesus Christ is removed from darkness and brought into the Light. The veil is removed from their minds and the Holy Spirit of God now reflects the glory of God through them. We are brought into right relationship with God. He starts the process in us to become like Christ. We must keep our minds on this goal and continue on, “For in Him we live and move and have our being”, Acts 17:28. The New Covenant of God now states that His laws are written in our hearts and we want to do His will because of what He has done for us. We are filled with the joy of the Lord and one day we will rule with Him. This is the goal we keep in mind. There is nothing that we cannot do with Christ Jesus in us. We repeat Philippians 4:13 over and over, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” We have the freedom only peace with God can bring. If you do not feel this peace, then look at your relationship with Christ. Do you spend time with Him and discuss your life with Him? Do you take time to thank Him for all that He has done for you? If not, then maybe you should start there. Remember you are a child of the Light and as His child He wants you to know Him. Start today, take 10 minutes and spend time with Him singing, praying or reading His Word and see what a difference it will make.

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August 20, 2015: 1:09 am: Grace

Good Morning!

Zachariah 7:8-13
8 Then this message came to Zachariah from the Lord: 9 “This is what the Lord Almighty says: Judge fairly and honestly, and show mercy and kindness to one another. 10 Do not oppress widows, orphans, foreigners, and poor people. And do not make evil plans to harm each other. 11 “Your ancestors would not listen to this message. They turned stubbornly away and put their fingers in their ears to keep from hearing. 12 They made their hearts as hard as stone, so they could not hear the law or the messages that the Lord Almighty had sent them by his Spirit through the earlier prophets. That is why the Lord Almighty was so angry with them. 13 “Since they refused to listen when I called to them, I would not listen when they called to me, says the Lord Almighty.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Every time we sin, it gets easier to do it again.  Any sin seems more natural the second time, as we become hardened each repetition is easier.  Ignoring or refusing to listen to God hardens you each time you go against His will.  Just as it gets easier to sin, it gets easier to follow God when we walk according to His Word.  We decide which direction we will go and when we chose to walk in obedience to Him, His Spirit steps in and gives us strenght.But casual or occasional obedience, the results of a half-hearted or divided commitment, does not lead to the blessings God has promised. If we are looking to God for strength to serve Him or strength not to sin, His hands are tied if we only want the blessing and not do the obedience.  God will help us if we are committed to Him.  God’s Word tells us that an attitude of worship without a sincere desire to know and love Him will lead to ruin. What is your commitment to Him today? How long has it been since you spent time with Him in prayer or studied His Word?  Examine your life and see if it is easy to sin or if it easy to say no because God’s Word is in your heart.  Your actions will show where your commitment is.

Have a God Day!

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August 13, 2015: 8:17 pm: Grace

Hebrews 10:22-25
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.

Do you ever have one of those times in your life that hope is the last thing you have?  Do you find yourself coming up short of the thing you need the most in times of difficulty?  Then you are not alone and neither was the early church the author was writing to.  Sometimes we think our hope is based on our ability to maintain it, but it is exactly the opposite.  Our hope is not based on our ability or our action.  It is based on Him Who is faithful. Most of the time we come up short of what we need to get us through, but He never comes up short.  He is always there to give us what we need, when we need it.  And He never gives us more than we need to get us through the next problem.  It is always just exactly what we need for the time.  When you find it is difficult to hope, look at what your focus is.  Is it the problem or is it God?  If you are constantly looking at the problem, you will stay in the problem.  Satan would like nothing more than to keep you always in the problem.  But God has the answer and He has the way. Hebrews 10:22 says, “…let us go right into the presence of God, with true hearts fully trusting him.”  Only when we draw near to God will He become our focus and the problem will not seem so impossible.  And do not neglect meeting together with other Christians.  If you draw away from His body, you are drawing away from Him.  So take a look at where your focus is in your problem today and turn your eyes on Jesus and His people.  They may not be perfect, but they will strengthen your walk with Him.  Step out of darkness and into the light of His love and you will see things a lot more clearly.

Have a God Day!

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August 6, 2015: 8:57 pm: Grace

Matthew 17:1-9
Six days later Jesus took Peter and the two brothers, James and John, and led them up a high mountain. 2 As the men watched, Jesus’ appearance changed so that his face shone like the sun, and his clothing became dazzling white. 3 Suddenly, Moses and Elijah appeared and began talking with Jesus. 4 Peter blurted out, “Lord, this is wonderful! If you want me to, I’ll make three shrines, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 5 But even as he said it, a bright cloud came over them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, and I am fully pleased with him. Listen to him.” 6 The disciples were terrified and fell face down on the ground. 7 Jesus came over and touched them. “Get up,” he said, “don’t be afraid.” 8 And when they looked, they saw only Jesus with them. 9 As they descended the mountain, Jesus commanded them, “Don’t tell anyone what you have seen until I, the Son of Man, have been raised from the dead.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Moses and Elijah were the two greatest prophets in the Old Testament.  Moses represents the law, or the old covenant.  He wrote the Pentateuch (first five books of the Bible), and he predicted the coming of a great prophet (Deuteronomy 18:15-19). Elijah represents the prophets who foretold the coming of the Messiah. Moses’ and Elijah’s presence with Jesus confirm Jesus’ messianic mission: to fulfill God’s law and the words of His prophets. Just as God’s voice in the cloud over Mount Sinai gave authority to His law, Gods voice at the Transfiguration gave authority to Jesus’ words.  Jesus came to complete the law not change it.  He was and is the completion of God’s plan to reconcile people to Himself.  Nothing is a surprise to God.  He knew all along that Jesus would come.  If God has everything under control why do you still doubt Him?  Trust that God’s plan is complete in your life just as it was in the coming of Jesus.  Just because you do not understand it, does not make it incorrect.  God’s plan in your life does not require that you perfectly understand it, you are just to trust Him and move forward as He directs.  If you are not hearing from Him today move forward until you do. God will be there to guide and direct you as you move out in faith in Him.

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August 4, 2015: 8:29 pm: Grace

Matthew 19:27-30
27 Then Peter said to him, “We’ve given up everything to follow you. What will we get out of it?” 28 And Jesus replied, “I assure you that when I, the Son of Man, sit upon my glorious throne in the Kingdom, you who have been my followers will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or property, for my sake, will receive a hundred times as much in return and will have eternal life. 30 But many who seem to be important now will be the least important then, and those who are considered least here will be the greatest then.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Jesus was talking to his disciples about their eternal reward.  Of course, they were thinking about what they would get on earth and did not understand that Christ was speaking about eternity.  In the Word, God rewards His people with His justice.  We may not always understand how God works in the lives of those who love Him.  We sometimes think that we should get an immediate reward for doing His will.  But God does not work that way.  Obedience and reward are not always linked.  If they were, good people would always be rich and healthy, and suffering would always be a sign of sin.  If material rewards always came to those who walked in obedience to God, we would be tempted to boast about the work we had done for Him that brought us our good fortune.  It would not be done out of love for Him, but out of what we could get.  Those who only wanted things, would do good work only to get and not for His purpose.  And if there was no sickness, or accidents there would be no death.  This is not the world we live in.  Sin is a part of each of us because we will all die.  God wants our service to Him to be out of love for Him and not because of what we can get. It is not the rewards of this life that are important, it is the things we will bring into eternity with us that will never fade.  That is only the work that we do for Him, under His direction and through His power for His purpose.  The only part we have is to be in obedience to Him and that does not guarantee we will have riches and health.  We do it because we love Him.  And then no matter what we have to live through in this world, we will know that we are secure in His love.

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June 26, 2015: 11:31 pm: Grace

Matthew 21:12-17

12 Jesus entered the Temple and began to drive out the merchants and their customers. He knocked over the tables of the money changers and the stalls of those selling doves. 13 He said, “The Scriptures declare, ‘My Temple will be called a place of prayer,’ but you have turned it into a den of thieves!” 14 The blind and the lame came to him, and he healed them there in the Temple. 15 The leading priests and the teachers of religious law saw these wonderful miracles and heard even the little children in the Temple shouting, “Praise God for the Son of David.” But they were indignant 16 and asked Jesus, “Do you hear what these children are saying?” “Yes,” Jesus replied. “Haven’t you ever read the Scriptures? For they say, ‘You have taught children and infants to give you praise.'” 17 Then he returned to Bethany, where he stayed overnight.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

People came from all over the world to make sacrifices for their sin at the Temple in Jerusalem.  Some came from very long distances.  Travel was difficult and they could not always bring animals for the sacrifice with them, so they had to purchase them when they got to Jerusalem.  The Jews and the Gentiles saw an opportunity to take advantage of these people by selling the animals at an inflated price.  When Jesus entered the Temple, He came into the Court of the Gentiles.  This is where the money changers were and they were Gentiles.  People wanting to purchase an animal had to have the correct currency and this is where the money changers also took advantage of them.  These money changers cheated ignorant people by not giving them a fair exchange.  The Temple and God’s system for forgiveness had been turned into a money making opportunity for Jews and Gentiles alike.  This is why Christ became so angry and why He came in and turned over all of their tables to stop this sinful practice.  People had made God’s grace into a profit by making a sinful situation.  This is not God’s way, He will judge all those who do so very harshly.   We are still seeing this today, when so called preachers use religion for financial gain.  And Christians do it when they do not grow in Christ and use it to only save themselves. There are those who accept His offer of grace and are saved, but never do anything with it.  They never grow to become more like Him and never do His work.  Don’t use what God has given just for your own benefit, He never intended for you to keep what He gave you.  Use it for His purpose and for His glory.  Tell others about what He has done for you and seek to live His will.  Do not become complacent in your salvation.  It is a tremendous gift and was given at a tremendous cost.  He saved you for a purpose and that is to tell others of His love.

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June 16, 2015: 11:06 pm: Grace

John 12:3-8
3 Then Mary took a twelve-ounce jar of expensive perfume made from essence of nard, and she anointed Jesus’ feet with it and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with fragrance. 4 But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples the one who would betray him said, 5 “That perfume was worth a small fortune. It should have been sold and the money given to the poor.” 6 Not that he cared for the poor he was a thief who was in charge of the disciples’ funds, and he often took some for his own use. 7 Jesus replied, “Leave her alone. She did it in preparation for my burial. 8 You will always have the poor among you, but I will not be here with you much longer.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Judas often dipped into the disciples’ money bag for his own use.  Quite likely Jesus knew what he was doing, but never did or said anything about it.  It seems odd that the Son of God would not address sin in His own group, but God had a bigger purpose to fulfill.  And sometimes when we sin God does not stop us from doing so.  When we chose to sin, we are choosing to step outside of His love and guidance and we chose to go against His will.  God doesn’t step in and always stop us.  It is the condition of the heart that determines our obedience and if God always came in and stopped us from sinning, we would not sin because of His interference, and not because we knew it was wrong.  Sometimes we have to go down a road of sin to understand His love for us.  It is not always the best way to go, but it is our decision.  We can read His Word and learn how others have sinned and lost, but sometimes we are hard hearted and need to learn the hard way.  God has given us many examples of the downfalls of sin and many examples of how living His will keeps us safe in His love.  But we are stubborn people and some never learn.  So the next time you are tempted to sin remember it is a decision of your heart to disobey God.  And God may let you go down a wrong road to learn of His love, but it is not without pain and struggling.  You don’t have to feel the flame of fire burn you to know that others have died from it.  Just because God does not stop you, does not mean He approves of what you are doing.  So learn to know His will by knowing His Word and then live it as He did.

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June 12, 2015: 9:17 pm: Grace

Luke 15:25-32
25 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the fields working. When he returned home, he heard music and dancing in the house, 26 and he asked one of the servants what was going on. 27 ‘Your brother is back,’ he was told, ‘and your father has killed the calf we were fattening and has prepared a great feast. We are celebrating because of his safe return.’ 28 “The older brother was angry and wouldn’t go in. His father came out and begged him, 29 but he replied, ‘All these years I’ve worked hard for you and never once refused to do a single thing you told me to. And in all that time you never gave me even one young goat for a feast with my friends. 30 Yet when this son of yours comes back after squandering your money on prostitutes, you celebrate by killing the finest calf we have.’ 31 “His father said to him, ‘Look, dear son, you and I are very close, and everything I have is yours. 32 We had to celebrate this happy day. For your brother was dead and has come back to life! He was lost, but now he is found!'”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The father forgave his son out of love for him.  But his brother refused to forgive because he was bitter about the injustice of it all.  Life is just like that, some seem to get more favor than others even though they do not deserve it.  But it is not about what we deserve or even about being fair.  There is no fairness in life.  The sooner you learn that the sooner you will be able to go on with what you have to deal with.  Even though life is not fair, God is.  His love is the same for every person in this world no matter what they have done or not done.  To us this is not fair, because we may have done more “good” than others and yet God loves them just as much as He loves those who do His will.  God rejoices greatly over any sinner when they voluntarily come to His love.  That is what He wants.  It is not that He does not rejoice over those who walk in His love, because He does, it is just that there is great joy throughout all of heaven when someone comes to God of their own will.  It does not matter what they have done.  Even Hitler or Bin Ladin would receive the same love and mercy, if they truly repented and accepted God’s love.  How easy it is to resent God’s gracious forgiveness.  But if our self-righteousness gets in the way of rejoicing when others come to Jesus, we are no better than the Pharisee of Christ’ day.  Who do you need to forgive today?  Go to God first and then go to them if you can and let it go!  Rejoice that God loves them as much as He loves you.  After all, there are people that you have hurt and they need to forgive you.  None of us is without sin, no matter how small or how great.  Forgive and rejoice over those whom God loves.  Wouldn’t you want the same from those who look at you as the greater sinner?

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April 21, 2015: 7:12 pm: Grace

Acts 2:36-42
36 So let it be clearly known by everyone in Israel that God has made this Jesus whom you crucified to be both Lord and Messiah!” 37 Peter’s words convicted them deeply, and they said to him and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?” 38 Peter replied, “Each of you must turn from your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 This promise is to you and to your children, and even to the Gentiles-all who have been called by the Lord our God.” 40 Then Peter continued preaching for a long time, strongly urging all his listeners, “Save yourselves from this generation that has gone astray!” 41 Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church-about three thousand in all. 42 They joined with the other believers and devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, sharing in the Lord’s Supper and in prayer.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

This is the age old question asked by man, “What should we do?” But in order for man to ask himself this question, he has to realize his sin. The world we live in today does not see sin. Society does not want to be told that what they are doing is sin. So they label it something else. It is called a disease or they state I was born this way. People do not want to hear that what they are doing is contrary to the Word of God and is sin. As we get closer to the end of this age, we will see this happen more and more. What was once good has become bad and what was once bad has become good. As Christians we need to ask ourselves, “What should we do?” If there are people you are praying for to know the love of God and salvation, then we must bind the spirit of lawlessness that grips their hearts and minds. Once people choose sin and continue in it, the sin becomes less and less wrong. It is justified in their minds as normal so they do not feel bad about themselves. They become deceived. We need to pray and loose the strongholds of deception and lies that holds them and then bind them to the work of the Cross. We bind them to grace and forgiveness and to the Blood of Jesus. The Holy Spirit will begin to remove the strongholds that keep them from seeing the light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. You cannot pray salvation for them but you can release the power of the sin that holds them and release the power of God to show them. Then they will ask, “What should I do to be saved?” Keep praying, keep believing and God will keeping moving in their lives to bring them to this point.

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February 6, 2015: 8:23 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.

The love of God revealed through Christ Jesus is all we need to know to be safe in that love. For those who know Him and suffer today, there is power in knowing His love. God is Who He is no matter where you are, no matter what you believe or don’t believe. So why would you doubt His love when times are difficult? Is it any easier to understand Him when things are going your way? Revelation 19:10 states, “…For the essence of prophecy is to give a clear witness for Jesus.” The entire Bible gives a clear picture of Who Jesus Christ is, either leading up to Him or looking back. And when you are going thorough trials and difficulties in this world He is the One who will sustain and keep you. Why would you limit Him by not believing Him? There is nothing that can ever separate you from His love even if you think it can. It does not matter what you think or know, He is still the same and will never change. So when there is suffering, go to the truth and find out what He will do for you. He will keep you safe in His love and calm the storm in your life. Either He will walk with you through it or He will change the storms path. But He will never leave you. So go to His Word and learn Who He is and trust His promises.

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