Monday, August 14, 2017

You Are One Of Those Who Are Called According To His Purpose


28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.


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You Are One Of Those Who Are Called According To His Purpose

"Your Mission Today: Jesus told us that there would be times of difficulties, so don't let difficulties cause you to feel down and discouraged. Look up towards heaven and give Him thanks for all things He has done for you. Keep the faith and trust in the Lord because He blesses those who love Him and are called to accomplish His will. Trust in Him to make a way for you.

Did You Know Jesus Is Our High Priest?


25 Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.


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Did You Know Jesus Is Our High Priest?

To fully understand our positions as believers "IN CHRIST," we must understand more about who Jesus is.  He is our Heavenly High Priest and our King of Righteousness.  He is the one who talks to the Father on our behalf.  There is no longer any need for the High Priest to offer sacrifices for the sins of the Church…because Jesus is the sacrifice that was sacrificed once and for all.  This teaching can be rather deep, so—to help you grasp more of who Jesus is—please read Hebrews 7.

As you were reading, did you notice any key phrases that jumped off the page to you?  The one that caught my attention was "THROUGH HIM" in verse 25.  Getting to know who Jesus is by doing key-word searches helps me to know who I am in Christ.  This is vitally important for the believer to understand.


Your Mission Today:  Search for key-phrases in the scriptures that will help you grow in your walk with the Lord.  Share who you are in Christ with others.

Did You Know You Were Created In Christ Jesus For Good Works?


10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.








































Did You Know You Were Created In Christ Jesus For Good Works?

Ephesians 2:10 is one of my all-time favorite scriptures; however, verse 10 is a bit out of context without verse nine.  Even after adding verse nine, something is still missing and we are not getting the full scope of what Paul is teaching.  In order to capture context, I then changed my search on Biblegateway.com to Ephesians 2 and realized that you must read verses one to 10 to understand the depth of Paul's teaching "By Grace Through Faith".  When you read these verses together, I think you will understand why it is so important to get the full depth of any scripture you study.

I mentioned to you in a previous post that I enjoy doing key word or key phrase searches because it helps me to gain a deeper perspective of the scriptures.  To me, it is as if the Lord hid little golden nuggets of truth that He desires for us to search for.  In a previous post, I mentioned the phrase "IN CHRIST" and I gave you all the scriptures that include this phrase.

In today's scripture, I noticed another key phrase that jumped off the page to me:  "IN CHRIST JESUS".  Why is this so important?  Reading scriptures based on key word searches—like this one—will help you to know and understand who you are "IN CHRIST JESUS".  As you look at each scripture, notice the options below each scripture, i.e., "in context,” “full chapter,” and “other translations.” These options are important because you need to read each scripture in context.  Then, read the full chapter to get the full impact of what the Lord is saying to you.  It is also a good idea to read scriptures in other translations because this will help to deepen your understanding of what the Lord is teaching you.


Your Mission Today: Search the word and look for the golden nuggets the Lord has planted for you to find.  Listen to what He says to you and then do what He says.  Be a doer of the word with grace and good works.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, And in His word I do hope


5 I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
And in His word I do hope.


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Do You Not Know That Your Body Is The Temple Of The Holy Spirit Who Is In You?

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 New King James Version (NKJV)

19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body[a] and in your spirit, which are God’s.




Friday, August 11, 2017

He Is So Rich In Kindness And Grace That He . . .


7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace


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He Is So Rich In Kindness And Grace That He . . .

Did you notice the first two words in this scripture says, "In Him"?  What does that mean to you?  As I read this today I thought of all the things we, the Church, are in Him.  Without Him and His grace we are nothing as we can not do anything ourselves to be in Him.  We cannot earn out position in Him as He paid the price so that we can be in Him.

Do you know who you are "in Him"?  I love to do key work searches in Biblegateway.com because it help me to see the whole picture and the hidden truths that are found in key words.  When I searched for the key words "In Him" I found 137 scriptures of which 48 were in the Old Testament and 89 in the New Testament.  Click on the link to see them for yourself "IN HIM"   Read especially the New Testament scriptures as they will help you to understand who you are in Him.

Another thought just came to mind is to understand our position as a believer is to also know who we are IN CHRIST.  Please click on this link "IN CHRIST".  The key phrase "In Christ" mentioned 94 times in the New Testament.  Does this help you to identify yourself with Jesus and who you are?  I would love to hear your comments is this type of key word searching is of benefit to you.


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Do You Know Why Jesus Came The First Time?


10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.


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Do You Know Why Jesus Came The First Time?

The first part of John 10:10 is all about what Satan came to do, but the most important part of this scripture is what Jesus came to do for the world and I will talk about that shortly.  First I think we need to know the nature of our enemy.  Acts 20:29 describes Satan, and his followers, as a savage pack of wolves.  Why the analogy of wolves?  Well, the reason is because wolves travel in packs and once they single out one of the weakest animal in the herd they all savagely attack and brutally tear the animal into pieces.  Now notice the second part of the enemy's tactics is to come among us.  Who is us?  I believe the us mentioned here is referring to the Church.  The wolves come among the body of Christ with the intent of tearing the body apart.  And, the next part of the phrase is "not sparing the flock".  The wolves of Satan do not care who in the Church they tear apart.  The enemy is not a respecter of persons, but he especially goes after the weak.

The good news is Jesus came to give us life and to give it more abundantly.  Jesus has given us His word as powerful tool to keep us strong in the faith and to recognize when the enemy among us.  He has given us His word and His name as powerful tools to fight against all that the enemy is attempting to do among the flock.

Your Mission Today:  Feed on the word and let it nourish you and let it wash (renew) your mind.  Allow the Holy Spirit to strengthen you and build you up in the faith so that you will be able to take a stand against the salvage wolves.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Did You Know Jesus Took On Our Sins So That We Could Take On His Righteousness?


21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.


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Did You Know Jesus Took On Our Sins So That We Could Take On His Righteousness?

To me this scripture is one of the most important scriptures for a Christian to understand.  I have found some people have not fully grasp the significance of what Jesus did by going to the cross.  Why did He do it?  My simplified explanation is He did it because the world was lost in sin and without hope.  He did it because He, God, loves us and He had to make a way to pay the price of the world's sin.

God chose His Son to be a sin offering in order to redeem us from the curse of death.  Jesus was tortured or punished (judgement) for our sin and then He paid the ultimate price by dying on the cross.  He was covered in the sacrifice of His blood (justification).  Why is that significant?  Use your imagination to view it this way.  You are standing beside Jesus and He took your place so He is covered in His blood.  He turns to you and takes off the sin covering off of you and places it on the ground.  He takes His covering of blood and wraps it around you so that you are covered from head to toe with His blood (righteousness).  He that did not know any sin took "ALL" your sins away from you so that they could be buried and never again be remembered.  

Jesus wraps us in His righteousness so that when our Heavenly Father looks at us He sees the blood sacrifice covering us.  He sees Jesus when He looks at us.  When the Father looks at His Son He does not see any sins because Jesus paid the price and the sins have "ALL" been washed away.

Your Mission Today:  See yourself clothed in the sacrificial blood of Jesus and cleansed from all unrighteousness.  See yourself as righteous because you are in Christ Jesus.  See yourself as God see you and not as the world sees you.

Is It Scriptural For The Church To Sing, Praise, Dance and Make Music Before The Lord?


4 For the Lord takes pleasure in His people;
He will beautify the humble with salvation.











Is It Scriptural For The Church To Sing, Praise, Dance and Make Music Before The Lord?

After reading today's scripture I decided to read another version just to get a more broad prospective of the passage.  I often go to the Message version because this version usually give additional verses in context.  Read the passage below and I think you will see why it is important to review other versions of the Bible.  I am so please that BibleGateway.com provides us with that ability.

Psalm 149:4 The Message (MSG)

Hallelujah!

Sing to God a brand-new song,
praise him in the company of all who love him.
Let all Israel celebrate their Sovereign Creator,
Zion’s children exult in their King.
Let them praise his name in dance;
strike up the band and make great music!
And why? Because God delights in his people,
festoons plain folk with salvation garlands!

Monday, August 07, 2017

Who Makes All Things Possible?


26 But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”


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Who Makes All Things Possible?

Do you ever remember a time when everything looked hopeless and you did know how you were going to make it?  I have had this feeling several times and I remember the circumstances looked impossible, but I somehow made it through.  

The truth is I couldn't do anything to make it though on my own.  I give God all the glory because He is the one that made the impossible situations possible. He is the that brought me through.  He is the one that made the way and not me.  I could not see how He did it, but I know He did it because He loves me even when I don't feel lovable.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Do You Suffer Because You Are A Christian?

1 Peter 4:16 New King James Version (NKJV)

16 Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter.[a]


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Do You Suffer Because You Are A Christian?

Most all professing Christians have suffered for being a Christian at one time or another because they do not hide the fact that they are a Christian.  Many years ago I worked in an office environment, in Greenville, Mississippi, where it appeared I was the only Christian that worked there.  I'm sure there had to be  other Christians, but they kept it to themselves.

Two men in particular did not like me because I was a follower of Christ.  They made fun of me and called me names, i.e., "Mr. Clean" and the "The Man from God".  These were harmless names and I was not offended by those names.  It took a simple gift of candy to change these men's attitude towards me.  Even though they never accepted Christ during the time we worked together they did  become my good friends and we enjoyed deer hunting together at Catfish Point Hunting Club close to the Mississippi River.

My example above was not even close to what other believers have suffered because of their relationship with Christ.  I'm am sure there are readers of this BLOG that have stories to tell.  I would like to hear your stories so please feel free to contact me if you would like to share your story.  I will not share your story on the BLOG unless I have your permission to.

Saturday, August 05, 2017

So Why Should I Be Afraid


4 In God (I will praise His word),
In God I have put my trust;
I will not fear.
What can flesh do to me?



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So Why Should I Be Afraid

When I read this scripture this morning I immediately thought of what Jesus said in Luke:

Luke 12:3-5New King James Version (NKJV)

Therefore whatever you have spoken in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have spoken in the ear in inner rooms will be proclaimed on the housetops.

Jesus Teaches the Fear of God

“And I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him!
What does it mean to fear or be afraid in the context of this scripture?  I think Jesus explained it best when He said, " . . . do not be afraid of those that can kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do to you."  Jesus went on to tell us who we should fear, " . . . Fear Him who, after He has killed, has the power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him!"
Our Heavenly Father is a God of Love, but He is also a God of righteousness.  Because He is the creator of all things He has the right and the power to save us and the right and the power to cast those into hell that rejected Him.  Actually those that reject Christ bring judgement on themselves and send themselves to hell.
Those who trust their eternal destiny in Christ Jesus says, "I will not fear!"  But, those that rejected Christ fear what man can do to them and even more the righteous judgement that awaits them in hell. 

Friday, August 04, 2017

Did You Know Some People Will Be Cast Out When They Stand Before Jesus?


37 All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.


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Did You Know Some People Will Be Cast Out When They Stand Before Jesus?

The key phrase in this scripture is: "Those the Father has given Me will come to me, and I will never reject them or cast them out."

However, Jesus reveals to us that He will reject some people and those people that He rejects will be cast out and away from Him.

Matthew 7:21-23New King James Version (NKJV)

I Never Knew You

21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
It is very possible that the people mentioned in the above verse were in the ministry because they were prophets and they cast out demons in Jesus's name.
The most horrifying words Jesus could possible say to us is; "I never know you; depart from Me . . . ".  Jesus reveals where the "Cast Out" will be cast to "Outer Darkness".

11 And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. 12 But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” 13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that same hour.


Did You Know The Meaning of Ask, Seek, And Find?


2 “Thus says the Lord who made it, the Lord who formed it to establish it (the Lord is His name): 3 ‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’





Wow! This is an exciting message from the Lord today.  Did you know the Lord wants and expects us to ask Him to reveal His remarkable secrets and answers to mysteries about things we know nothing about?  He desires to reveal to us things that help understand mysteries that most people never receive.

I am reminded of Jesus' words in Matthew 7:7-12

Keep Asking, Seeking, Knocking ] “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? ...

I find it so exciting to know that the Lord is ready and willing to reveal great and mighty things to me.  Do you remember the last time the Lord revealed a mystery to you?  If you have not had a fresh revelation from the Lord it could be because you haven't thought to ask for it.

James gives us the answer: James 4:2 

You lust and do not haveYou murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask.

The key phrase here is " . . . you do not have because you do not ask."

Jesus drives the answer home:

John 14:13-14New King James Version (NKJV)

13 And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask[a] anything in My name, I will do it.
Your Mission Today: Ask the Father to reveal the secrets and mysteries He want you to know and understand.  Seek to know Him deeper than you have ever know Him before.  And, finally be ready to find those golden nuggets that He has hidden for you to find.  To do that you must pay attention and be watching for Him to reveal Himself to you when you least expect it. 

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Do You Know That Not Any Person Or Thing Can Separate Us From The Love of Christ?


35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?


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Do You Know That Not Any Person Or Thing Can ever
Separate Us From The Love of Christ?

The truth is not any person place or thing can ever separate a true believer from the love of Christ. His love never fails no matter what we have done. He loves us, even when we don't feel loved or worthy of His love. He loves us when we feel such guilt and shame we try to hide from Him. We can never hide ourselves from Him so there is no need to try. During those times when we have messed up in life, and we all have, He wants us to run to Him and not from Him. He wants us to give Him our brokenness and shame so that He can give you rest.

Some teach that a true follower of Christ can loose their salvation because of any forgotten and unconfessed sin. I am sure that some of you can quote several scriptures to argue this point and I know those scriptures you want to use for debate. I personally have talked with believers that are so burden down with guilt because of this doctrine. They are so afraid to go to sleep and night because they think they will go to hell if they have not confessed every little sin they have ever committed.

So is there a sin that is unforgivable? Yes, Jesus mentioned it as blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. I searched on Google and I found a good explanation:

"The blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is a willful, determined opposition to the present power of the Holy Spirit. And Christians cannot commit that sin . . ."

Jesus paid the price for all our sins one time and He can never go to the cross again a there is not any need to. He paid the price for "ALL" our sins. How many is "ALL"? I think all means all. I true believer is covered under the blood of Christ, however the true believer does not willingly practice sinning. While we live in our fleshly body we are still subject to sin. If a person says that he has no sin he is a liar 1 John 1:10. The good news is the true believer admits to the Father when they have knowingly sinned and He is faithful and just to forgive our sins. If we have unknowingly sinned does that mean we have unsaved ourselves because of any sins we have forgotten or committed unknowingly?

Do you know every believer will have to work this question out in their heads before they can rest in and trust Jesus for their salvation? Philippians 2:12-13 says:

12 "Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure."

What does this scripture really mean? Every believer has to settle this question in their minds before they can relax and know for sure whether they are saves or not. How can we know for sure? As I mentioned in yesterday's comments from Matthew 7:24-25 New King James Version (NKJV)

Build on the Rock

24 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. "

The key is to hear what He says and do what He tells you to do. Jesus gave us His Holy Spirit as our comforter and counselor. If we can let ourselves be guided by the Holy Spirit then we have worked out our salvation and our minds can be settled on the fact that we are saved once and for ALL. 

Your Mission today:  Rest in Jesus and His blood that was shed for you.  He took you place on the cross.  He took your place so you can take His place.  See Him resurrected and now see yourself resurrected just as He is so are you.  See yourself today in His image.  See yourself as God see you.  When God looks at you He sees His Son.  Rest in Him.