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Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
"Sodom's sins were pride, gluttony, and laziness, while the poor and needy suffered outside her door. She was proud and committed detestable sins, so I wiped her out, as you have seen." —Ezekiel 16:49–50
Monday, July 29, 2013
“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”—John 10:27
We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.—Romans 8:28 amp
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”—Jeremiah 29:13
Sunday, July 28, 2013
A Lot to Sing About
Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening. —Acts 16:25
Saturday, July 27, 2013
22 For wives, this means submit to your husbands as to the Lord. 23 For a husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of his body, the church. 24 As the church submits to Christ, so you wives should submit to your husbands in everything.25 For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her Ephesians 5:22-25
Friday, July 26, 2013
Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. 2 You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else. Ephesians 2:2-3
Thursday, July 25, 2013
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Here is the main point: We have a High Priest who sat down in the place of honor beside the throne of the majestic God in heaven. There he ministers in the heavenly Tabernacle, the true place of worship that was built by the Lord and not by human hands. —Hebrews 8:1–2
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.—Psalm 100:4
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?—Psalm 42:1–2
Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.—Psalm 34:5
So that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe.—Philippians 2:15
Monday, July 22, 2013
The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” Let anyone who hears this say, “Come.” Let anyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who desires drink freely from the water of life. Revelation 22:17
Sunday, July 21, 2013
"And I heard a voice from the altar, saying, 'Yes, O Lord God, the Almighty, your judgments are true and just' " -Revelation 16:7
Saturday, July 20, 2013
In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.—Ephesians 6:16
This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.—1 John 1:5–7
“Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.”—Isaiah 12:2
Friday, July 19, 2013
I was reading a powerful devotional from Skip Heitzig yesterday and I really felt led to share this with all of you. It really made me think about my walk with the Lord and how much I want to grow and mature and develop as a Christian.
I think we all feel sad when we meet someone who has not grown or developed physically. We think that is a tragedy. And yet it is even more tragic when we meet someone who hasn't grown spiritually. This is the kind of person who is content to just "maintain," who thinks, "Why get too fanatical about this thing?"
Last week I talked about God's part in our growth as believers, as detailed in His Word: "His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue" (2 Peter 1:3). He has given us all we need.
But we still have a part to play in our growth into full maturity as Christians. 2 Peter 1:5-7 give a list of "additives" to our faith. There's so much here that I commend it to you. Read it and really chew on these things. Let them supercharge your faith. "Giving all diligence" (v. 5) is not a casual "If I'm in the mood, I'll grow" kind of thing. Christianity can never be lived out that way. The sense here is to put every ounce of effort you can into it, and lavishly add this list to your life.
"Add to your faith virtue" (v. 5). That means faith with energy, a faith that works. The Bible says that faith without works is dead (see James 2:14-17).
"...to virtue knowledge "(v. 6). That's knowledge by experience. Jesus said, "Learn of me" (see Matthew 11:29). This is the intimate experience kind of learning, more than merely quoting the Scripture.
"...to knowledge self-control" (v. 6), This means to take a grip of yourself. Paul often compares Christians to athletes who train themselves and say no to temptation. Our walk should have that kind of discipline and self control.
"...to self-control perseverance" (v. 6). This means not quitting, sticking to your commitment when you're under pressure, when it hurts to live a Christian life. God has given you all that pertains to life and godliness, and you need to cooperate by sticking it out.
"...to perseverance godliness" (v. 6; God-like-ness is what the word means), "...to godliness brotherly kindness" (v. 7; that's philadelphia, from which we get the "city of brotherly love"), "and to brotherly kindness love" (v. 7; which is agape, the divine love whose source is God).
And verse 8 gives the promise: "For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ." The word barren means "doesn't work." That is, you won't be able to say, "The Christian life doesn't work." I suspect people who say that have camped at verse 4; they've "escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust," but they haven't grown from there. They haven't diligently added virtue, knowledge, self-control, etc. These things should be in us, and should abound, or overflow.
Jesus said, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink...out of his heart will flow rivers of living water" (John 7:37-38). The normal Christian life, I believe, is the overflowing of God within us. If you are welcoming God into your life daily and you're not hindering Him, He's going to flow out of you. You won't be able to help it!
That was a great teaching to end our week on. I am going to meditate on this and ask the Lord to help me to incorporate this into my daily walk with Him so that I can be in His Will, Way and Word for my life! Have a Simply Heavenly Friday!!! God bless you!!!
Thursday, July 18, 2013
"We are here for only a moment, visitors and strangers in the land as our ancestors were before us. Our days on earth are like a passing shadow, gone so soon without a trace." 1 Chronicles 29:15
The Bible says that disobeying God results in being separated from Him. Our attempts can never unite us with God. Through the ages, people have tried many ways to bridge this gap and reach God – without success. I believe that each one of us has a little puzzle piece in each of our bodies that only the love of God can fill. We try to fill it with all kinds of things like sex, boyfriends, children, drugs, alcohol, education, clubbing, partying and everything else that you can think of. The thing is nothing fits right in there. Only God can quench the longing of your soul.
3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” 4 “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second into their mother’s womb to be born!” 5 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. John 3:3-6
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
For you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness; so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober. 1 Thessalonians 5:5-6
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits on many waters.”—Revelation 17:14
“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.”—John 15:13–15
Monday, July 15, 2013
Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Philippians 2:5-8
When I see all that Jesus did for me I am so humbled and want to have the same attitude that He did in my own life. Humble, obedient and loving. That is what Jesus taught us while He was with us even dying a very painful and humiliating death on the cross. Our calling is to follow His example of self-sacrifice and "servanthood".
How can we do that in our everyday busy lives? Make it a point to bless someone every day. It doesn't have to be huge, just something that truly blesses someone else. If you have a neighbor who is elderly take her dinner while you are cooking yours. You don’t have to stay just drop off a nice lunch or dinner Just because you were thinking of her. Offer to help a neighbor carry in their groceries or return their rubbish can as you are bringing yours back. Sometimes all that is needed is a warm smile or a kind word.
These are really small things but they make a difference. I think that is what Jesus wanted us to see through how He lived. The Lord knew how much it would bless us in the end. I think if every Christian did something nice for someone else we could change the world. Think about it…..
Sunday, July 14, 2013
"You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected." —Luke 12:40
Saturday, July 13, 2013