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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March 9, 2016: 8:17 pm: God in us

Isaiah 48:9-11
9 Yet for my own sake and for the honor of my name, I will hold back my anger and not wipe you out. 10 I have refined you but not in the way silver is refined. Rather, I have refined you in the furnace of suffering. 11 I will rescue you for my sake-yes, for my own sake! That way, the pagan nations will not be able to claim that their gods have conquered me. I will not let them have my glory!
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Faith in Christ does not guarantee personal prosperity, and lack of faith does not guarantee troubles in this life. If this were so people would believe in Him simply to get what they want. Faith based on rewards or prosperity is hollow. To be unshakable, faith must be built on the confidence that God is sovereign. Believing and obeying God does not shelter us from life’s calamities. Matthew 5:45 tells, us “For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” Suffering in this life is a fact and our faith in God does not shelter us from it. While God may allow us to suffer for a reason beyond our understanding, He is never caught by surprise by our troubles and is always with us through the storm. We must remember that we live in a fallen world where good behavior is not always rewarded and bad behavior is not always punished. Not that we can see in this world, but sin will always be punished and our faith in Christ will always be rewarded by Him Who will judge us all. But in this life we will not always see or understand why things happen. Sometimes it is not for us to understand. God may allow us to suffer for a reason beyond our understanding. It is our faith in Him that will strengthen us and see us through to the end. It is always within God’s power to meet our need, but it is not always done by Him the way we think it should be. We need to trust that He is in control and that He will work all things out for our good. This is the test in suffering, “Will we trust Him?” Will we keep on praising Him when life is not fair? Will we believe that He will never leave us and that He will keep us safe in His love? Don’t allow Satan to overcome your faith in God by allowing your troubles to cause you sin. Continue to believe that God will do everything He said He would do and endure to the end even though you do not understand.

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March 8, 2016: 9:23 pm: God in us

 

2 Thessalonians 2:13-17
13 But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, 14 to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle. 16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, 17 comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

As a believer in Christ, we must put aside sinful desires. But doing so is a by-product of our new life in Christ, not the reason for our new life. Our salvation does not depend on our own discipline and rule-keeping but on the power of Christ’s death and resurrection. Keeping rules and requirements cannot change a person’s heart. Only the Holy Spirit can do that. Still we should not expect instant maturity in our walk with Christ or in others who have stated this journey. The process of having our soul (mind, will & emotions) being fully sanctified only begins at being fully justified by believing in Christ. We should not expect instant maturity in ourselves or others. Christian growth is a life long process. Although we have a new nature, we don’t automatically think all good thoughts and have all pure attitudes when we become a new person in Christ. But if we keep listening to God we will be changing all the time. The more of God we know, the more of Him will show in our lives. As you look over the last year, what changes for the better have you seen in your thoughts and actions? What attitudes have changed? Change may be slow, but your life will change significantly if you trust God to change you.

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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 3, 2016: 10:45 pm: Christian Love

Job 19:25-27
25 “But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and that he will stand upon the earth at last. 26 And after my body has decayed, yet in my body I will see God! 27 I will see him for myself. Yes, I will see him with my own eyes. I am overwhelmed at the thought!
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL:Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The Book of Job teaches us four lessons; 1.) God is sovereign. We cannot understand His workings by rational thinking alone; faith must rest in God’s love and our knowledge of Him. Sovereignty means that God is all-powerful; He knows all, He is everywhere and His decision is final. God is the author of all the powers of the universe. 2.) We understand ourselves and our lives in direct relationship to our understanding of the character and workings of God. When we understand that God’s will toward us is good, and that God cares and communicates His caring to His children, as He did to Job, this changes everything. Faith must have a resting place. When deep suffering threatens the foundations of faith, as was the case with Job, an assault on our faith can destroy us unless we are firmly rooted in these truths. 3.) In times of tragedy we face the temptation of making God our adversary instead of our advocate. We can declare our innocence and question the judgment of God, or we can bow in humility and wait for God to reveal Himself and His purposes to us. 4.) The struggle of faith is a personal one. We each must test the strength of our belief in God against uncontrollable forces and win our own individual victories. There will be times when family and friends may be taken from us and we must stand alone with only our faith in our Redeemer. But we like Job can stand under all circumstances and say,

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Job 19:25-27
25 “But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and that he will stand upon the earth at last. 26 And after my body has decayed, yet in my body I will see God! 27 I will see him for myself. Yes, I will see him with my own eyes. I am overwhelmed at the thought!
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL:Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The Book of Job teaches us four lessons; 1.) God is sovereign. We cannot understand His workings by rational thinking alone; faith must rest in God’s love and our knowledge of Him. Sovereignty means that God is all-powerful; He knows all, He is everywhere and His decision is final. God is the author of all the powers of the universe. 2.) We understand ourselves and our lives in direct relationship to our understanding of the character and workings of God. When we understand that God’s will toward us is good, and that God cares and communicates His caring to His children, as He did to Job, this changes everything. Faith must have a resting place. When deep suffering threatens the foundations of faith, as was the case with Job, an assault on our faith can destroy us unless we are firmly rooted in these truths. 3.) In times of tragedy we face the temptation of making God our adversary instead of our advocate. We can declare our innocence and question the judgment of God, or we can bow in humility and wait for God to reveal Himself and His purposes to us. 4.) The struggle of faith is a personal one. We each must test the strength of our belief in God against uncontrollable forces and win our own individual victories. There will be times when family and friends may be taken from us and we must stand alone with only our faith in our Redeemer. But we like Job can stand under all circumstances and say, “I know that my Redeemer Lives!”

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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 29, 2016: 9:00 pm: Love

James 1:21-27
21 So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the message God has planted in your hearts, for it is strong enough to save your souls. 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.

Many find it easy and comfortable to maintain the appearance of being committed without a deep and sincere loyalty to God. Religious acts or rituals can help you to understand God, but without a sincere commitment to doing His will, they mean nothing. That is why God instituted circumcision and the sacrificial system in the Old Testament and baptism and the Lord’s Supper in the New. But religious ritual is helpful only if it is carried out with an attitude of love for and obedience to God. If a person’s heart is far from God, ritual will become empty mockery. God doesn’t want your “acts” of religion; He wants your actions of His will. Hosea 6:6 states, “I want you to be merciful; I don’t want your sacrifices. I want you to know God; that’s more important than burnt offerings.” God told the Old Testament people that He did not want their sacrifices, He wanted their heart. Because a heart that loves Him is a heart that will obey Him. The actions that come out of a heart that loves Him will be for Him and not to Him. And we can love Him because of His unconditional, unfailing, unending love that He has for us! Pretense of love is not love at all. God desires your sincere love and the relationship that comes out of that love will keep you safe within His love. Don’t just go through the motions of serving Him. Search your heart and read His Word to know Him and you will love Him because of His great love for you!

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February 26, 2016: 9:28 pm: God in us

Ezekiel 11:18-21
18 When the people return to their homeland, they will remove every trace of their detestable idol worship. 19 And I will give them singleness of heart and put a new spirit within them. I will take away their hearts of stone and give them tender hearts instead, 20 so they will obey my laws and regulations. Then they will truly be my people, and I will be their God. 21 But as for those who long for idols, I will repay them fully for their sins, says the Sovereign Lord.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

“Singleness of heart” indicates a unanimous single purpose. No longer will God’s people seek many gods; they will be content with God. Their hard, immovable hearts of stone will be radically transplanted with a tender, receptive heart of flesh. This is what happens to the heart of a person when they finally accept Christ as Lord and Savior. When we recognize and turn from our sin, new life is given to us. Our hearts and minds are renewed by a work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. It is God’s work in us but it happens because we believe and turn from self to Him. When we do, God gives us new motives, new guidelines and a new purpose. If you have not received a new heart, do so by believing that God sent Jesus Christ to take the place of judgment for your sins. No matter how impure your life is right now, Jesus Christ can offer you a fresh start. You can have your sins washed away, receive a new heart from the lord, and have His Spirit within you, if you accept God’s promise. He will remember your sin no more and you can begin a new life in Christ by His power.

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February 25, 2016: 10:35 pm: Highway of Holiness

Colossians 2:6-15
6 And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to live in obedience to him. 7 Let your roots grow down into him and draw up nourishment from him, so you will grow in faith, strong and vigorous in the truth you were taught. Let your lives overflow with thanksgiving for all he has done. 8 Don’t let anyone lead you astray with empty philosophy and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the evil powers of this world, and not from Christ. 9 For in Christ the fullness of God lives in a human body, 10 and you are complete through your union with Christ. He is the Lord over every ruler and authority in the universe. 11 When you came to Christ, you were circumcised, but not by a physical procedure. It was a spiritual procedure the cutting away of your sinful nature. 12 For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to a new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead. 13 You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ. He forgave all our sins. 14 He canceled the record that contained the charges against us. He took it and destroyed it by nailing it to Christ’s cross. 15 In this way, God disarmed the evil rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross of Christ.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Receiving Christ as Lord of your life is the beginning of truth in your life. But you must continue to follow His leadership by being rooted, built up and strengthened in your faith. You live for Christ by committing your life and submitting your will to His, seek to know Him, and allow the power of His Holy Spirit to work through you. When we have Christ, we have everything we need for salvation and for right living. Understanding how much God loves you and that He has made you righteous through believing in what His son did for you on the cross is your reason to give thanks. God looks at you as if you have never sinned. There is nothing you can be more thankful for than your relationship with Christ Jesus. Nothing else in your life matters outside of Christ. Because your commitment to God is written in your heart, not your body, Christ has set you free from your evil desires. Remember that the next time you are tempted to sin. Your old sinful nature was crucified on the cross with Christ and God gives you a new nature, His nature. In this world, we will continue to sin, but we are not sinners, we are saints who sometimes sin. Wear your new nature like you would a coat that covers you and keep the cold from coming in. Your new nature will keep sin from coming in if you use it. And never stop thanking and praising Him for His love that gives you the power to overcome.

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February 24, 2016: 8:55 pm: God in us

1 John 5:6-13
6 This is He who came by water and blood,Jesus Christ; not only by water, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth. 7 For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. 8 And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one. 9 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater; for this is the witness of God which He has testified of His Son. 10 He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son. 11 And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12 He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. 13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

Understanding God as three persons can be difficult to explain. But John gives us a clear picture of who God really is. The Jewish people knew that God was going to send a “man” to save them from the curse that was placed on man after the fall. But they did not fully understand that the Man would also be God. So after Jesus Christ came, they had to change the way they thought about God. They were familiar with the Holy Spirit working in and through people. But they only knew Him to work in the lives of a few people at a time and not in everyone who would welcome the Son. So John explained the Father as the God head and the Word was the Son as John 1:1 tells us. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are best explained as being one, as water can be explained in its different forms of liquid, ice or steam. All have a different function and purpose, but all are the same and are really one. So God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit all have different functions but are really one. God the Father gives us our direction. We can communicate with the Father because of what the Son has done for us. Because Jesus came to the earth as a Man and died as a sinless Man for our sin, we can have communication with the Father. We move in the direction of the Father by the power of the Holy Spirit that now lives in us because we have accepted the Son. Our direction comes from the Father, we know Him because of what the Son has done for us and then we do His will by the power of the Holy Spirit in us.

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