Thursday, February 23, 2017

ALL THINGS


Mark 9:23 (NKJV) Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”

When Jesus said all things, did He mean ALL THINGS?  Well, one thing that we have learned from the Word of God is that our Heavenly Father is not a man that He should lie.  If God said it, it is so.  So, with that in mind, we can have confidence in God and His Word.

We must take the Word of God as the Word of God, and know that all things are possible from His Word.  When we look into the Word and find a scripture that promises us something, like healing, then we need to spend the time that it takes to get that Word, or seed, deep into our heart.  We need to give the Word of God the time that it needs to germinate within us.

Just because we read a verse on healing does not mean it is going to grow in one day.  Remember this verse says, "All things are possible to him who believes.”  I need to get His Word into me and into that believing part.  I will say this, I believe that I am saved and no one can take that from me, yet when it comes to healing, when something is fighting my flesh, I let doubt in.

This, my friend, is the good fight of faith.  This is where the rubber meets the road.  So what do I do to get it to the producing stage?  I meditate on the verses or promises until it becomes real to me, just like salvation is real to me.  When it gets to that place, then I can boldly say, “ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE TO ME BECAUSE I BELIEVE. AMEN!”

Confession:  All things are possible to me because I believe God, and His Word.  God cannot lie.  He said it is true, so I trust Him, and I believe Him, and as I do, I see results!

Today's Bible Reading
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Leviticus 14
Mark 6:30-56
Psalms 40:1-10
Proverbs 10:11-12

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

THE POWER OF THE TONGUE


Proverbs 18:21 (NKJV) Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

Now this is a scripture that we need to chew on!  If this is saying what I believe it is saying, then what I speak has a big part to play in my life.  I can see why this world is so negative.  It is because the devil wants people to have death in their lives. 

He tries to get us to talk death over ourselves and our families.  He tries to get us to talk sickness, lack, destruction, and more.  But he has been exposed!  We see now that the power is in what we say, so we need to put a watch over our tongues.  We need to watch the words that come out of our mouths.

Now, we can look at this verse and just dwell on the death part, but how about the life part?  This verse says that there can be life in our tongues.  We can speak life over ourselves, our families, and the situations in our lives.  Instead of talking about every negative thing that is out there, let us talk the Word.  What does the Word say about the situation?  What does the Word have to say about what I am going through?

We can also say it like this, “What does Jesus have to say about this?”  He and His Word are one.  What does Jesus have to say about sickness and disease?  What does Jesus have to say about lack, depression, or being unloved?

When you find the truth from His Word, say it!  Let life come out of your mouth.  Hey, you are going to eat the fruit of it, so you may as well make it good fruit!  What do you say?

Confession: Today, I am going to watch what comes out of my mouth.  Your Word is life to all of my flesh, so I choose to speak life.  I choose to speak what You, Father, have already declared.  I declare, God is true and everything else that does not agree with His Word is a lie!

Today's Bible Reading
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Leviticus 13
Mark 6:1-29
Psalms 39
Proverbs 10:10

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

LET’S GET FRUITY


John 15:1-2 (NKJV) I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.

What an amazing and loving Heavenly Father we have!  He is always at work within us to help us grow up.  Many people look at verse two and see the words "takes away" and think that God gets rid of those who do not bear fruit.  That is not what it is saying.  This verse means that God lifts up those who are having problems bearing fruit, and He works with them.

A wise farmer does not destroy his branches.  He lifts them up, cleans them, and reties them to the vine.  Our loving Father does the same thing.  He is out for our best, and will keep working with us to produce much fruit.

Remember, good trees naturally bring forth good fruit.  We are good trees planted in the house of the Lord.  If you love God and you have accepted His free gift of Jesus Christ, then God's love is poured out on you, and God is working on the inside to help you produce a great harvest that will last throughout all eternity!

It is important to know that it is not about what you do, but it is about letting Him do the work within you.  Too many times, we say, “I need to do this,” and “I need to do that,” but it all ends up being legalistic.  God wants to do the good work within you and as He does, good things will develop within your heart and you will see that these fruits of the Spirit will become obvious to others.

If you let God do this pruning within you, you will see that the fruit of love, joy, peace, and much more, will start growing, and you will look back and say, “Is this really me?”  Remember, the fruits of the Spirit are not works of law, but gifts of grace.

Confession:  Today, I am going to let the Word of God live in me.  As I do, God will clean my heart so that these nine fruits of the Spirit can operate big time within me!


Today's Bible Reading
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Leviticus 11 - 12
Mark 5:21-43
Psalms 38
Proverbs 10:8-9


Monday, February 20, 2017

IT PAYS TO SERVE GOD


Matthew 5:10 (NKJV) Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

We have all lived long enough to know that whatever we do, we will be criticized.  Even if you do not do anything, you will be criticized and persecuted.  I do not know about you, but I would rather be criticized for doing the right thing, than for doing the wrong thing.  I would rather be called a fool for following God, than be called a wise man for following the devil. Remember that people will persecute you, but God will always justify you.

Peter gives us a great portion of scripture to prepare us for this.  In 1 Peter 4:12-19 he says, “Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; 13 but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ's sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. 14 If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified. 15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a busybody in other people's matters. 16 Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter. 17 For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18 Now ‘If the righteous one is scarcely saved, where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?’ 19 Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator.”

Being a true follower of Jesus comes with a cost, though really it does not cost to serve God, it pays.  When we make a decision to do it all for Jesus, the blessings are beyond this world!  Our main verse today says that ours will be the kingdom of heaven.  I think of Paul and Silas.  They were thrown into a prison for casting out a demon, and look what God did for them in Acts 16:16-34.  He opened the prison doors and got the jailer and his household saved! 

So today, remember that it pays to serve God, and it pays amazingly!  God blesses those who stand up for His ways.  To the world we might look weak and powerless, but to God we are the image of His dear Son, Jesus!

Confession:  Today, I declare that I am a follower of Jesus Christ, and even through persecution, I come out the winner!

Today's Bible Reading
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Leviticus 9:7 - 10:20
Mark 4:26 - 5:20
Psalms 37:30-40
Proverbs 10:6-7


Sunday, February 19, 2017

PEACEMAKERS, NOT PEACE-BREAKERS


Matthew 5:9 (NKJV) Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

Matthew 5:9 (AMP) Blessed (enjoying enviable happiness, spiritually prosperous — with life-joy and satisfaction in God's favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the makers and maintainers of peace, for they shall be called the sons of God!

God wants us to be peacemakers, not PEACE-BREAKERS!

He wants us to be a part of the solution, not part of the problem.

Have you ever been in a room where everybody is negative and complaining?  Everything is going wrong.  Then a person walks in and says something that causes people to change their attitude.

God wants peacemakers at home.  God wants peacemakers in His church. God wants peacemakers in the workplace.  God wants peacemakers out in the world.  He wants people who do not dwell on the negative, but concentrate on the positive, and see the good things that He is doing in the world.

Jesus had the ability to change things, even storms at sea. In Matthew, there is a story of a storm. The storm was so strong that the disciples thought they were going to die. Do you remember what Jesus did?

Matthew 8:26 says, “But He said to them, ‘Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?’ Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea and there was a great calm.”

You see, Jesus was a peacemaker!  He changed things.  He has called us to be peacemakers, too.  Today, look at and ponder these scriptures:

Proverbs 12:20 (NLTSE) Deceit fills hearts that are plotting evil; joy fills hearts that are planning peace!

Proverbs 29:8 (NLTSE) Mockers can get a whole town agitated, but the wise will calm anger.

Hebrews 12:14 (NKJV) Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord

James 3:18 (NLTSE) And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.

Romans 14:19 (NKJV) Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another.

Today, be a peacemaker!  Be a person who goes out of his way to bring peace not strife.  Be a person who is a peacemaker, not a peace-breaker.

Confession:  Today, I choose peace, not strife.  I choose to be a peacemaker, not a peace-breaker.

Today's Bible Reading
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Leviticus 7:28 -9:6
Mark 3:31 - 4:25
Psalms 37:12-29
Proverbs 10:5


Saturday, February 18, 2017

PURE IN HEART


Matthew 5:8 (NKJV) Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

Matthew 5:8 (AMP) Blessed (happy, enviably fortunate, and spiritually prosperous — possessing the happiness produced by the experience of God's favor and especially conditioned by the revelation of His grace, regardless of their outward conditions) are the pure in heart, for they shall see God!

The Greek word for “pure” has a number of interesting facets. It was used for dirty clothes that had been washed clean.  It was used to describe grain and flour that had been carefully sifted, or cleansed of all impurities.  It was used when describing milk or wine that had not been mixed with any other liquid.  It was not diluted or watered down.  It was pure.

So this beatitude could be translated, “Blessed is the man who is genuine in heart, who is authentic, who is not a phony, and who is real, because such a man will see God.”  Now what does that mean?  It does not mean that one is perfect.  It means one is pure.  It means that we take the mask off, we quit being phony, we are real with God and ourselves, and we quit pretending to be the person we are not.  It means we become honest with God, we become honest with ourselves, we become honest with each other.  It means we strive to be “pure in heart.”

Remember this has all been given to us because of the finished work of Jesus on the cross.

Ephesians 1:4-7 says, “Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, 5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. 7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.”

So today, be you, and be a blessing to others.  Do not try to be someone that you are not.  Let God your Father do a work within you, and let Him use your personality for His honor and glory!

Confession:  I am me!  I am not going to try to be anyone else, just me.  I am going to let my Father work on me to be pure in heart and a blessing to whoever I come in contact with.

Today's Bible Reading
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Leviticus 6 - 7:27
Mark 3:7-30
Psalms 37:1-11
Proverbs 10:3-4


Friday, February 17, 2017

SHOW MERCY, RECEIVE MERCY


Matthew 5:7 (NKJV) Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.

Matthew 5:7 (AMP) Blessed (happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous — with life-joy and satisfaction in God's favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy!

Mercy means to show compassion or forgiveness.  Easton dictionary says it means to have compassion on the miserable.  Well, that is me!  God had compassion on me, how about you?

Jesus made being merciful, or showing kindness to those in distress, a major part of the Christian's life.  We see this in the story of the Good Samaritan:

Luke 10:30-37 (NKJV) 30 Then Jesus answered and said, “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. 33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. 34 So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’ 36 So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?” 37 And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

Forgiveness and mercy are what God has demonstrated to us, and He expects us to do the same to others. Did you know that the manner in which you forgive people is the manner in which you will be forgiven?

I read a story about John Wesley visiting the governor of the colony of Georgia. The governor mentioned an incident involving a man who had angered him and remarked, “I shall never forgive him!”  Wesley responded, “Then I hope, sir, that you never sin!”

How should we show mercy and forgiveness?

Luke 6:35-36 says, “But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. 36 Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.”

So today, give mercy to others and watch it come right back to you!

Confession: Today, I chose to be merciful, kind, and forgiving to others. 

Today's Bible Reading
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Leviticus 4 - 5 
Mark 2:13 - 3:6 
Psalms 36
Proverbs 10:1-2