Wednesday, December 7, 2016

THE LIFE OF GOD

John 10:10 (NKJV) 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.

John 10:10 (NCV) A thief comes to steal and kill and destroy, but I came to give life—life in all its fullness.

Continuing from the last few days, now let us get into the good stuff.  We have seen for the past few days how the thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy.  Now Jesus shows us what He has come to give us: “I have come that they might have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

The first part here is that He came to give us life.  The "life" Jesus offers us is zōē, which is a life that is filled with vitality.

Zōē is another of the New Testament terms for "life."  Zōē refers to life that is of the highest quality, having reached the fullest potential in the people of God through the finished redemptive work of Christ.  In a large number of cases, it refers to "eternal life," not only to heavenly reality, but also to that quality of life initiated by the Spirit of God at conversion.

Think about that for a moment.  God’s very life was placed in us when we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior.  This life is not there to give us goose bumps, but to make us world overcomers through Him!  The Life of God resides within us, and can never be taken away.  His Life will give us all that we need to live victoriously in this world.  So today, do not lean on yourself.  Lean on the Greater One who lives inside of you.  His name is Jesus!


Confession:  I choose life today; the life of God.  His life is inside of me, helping me throughout my day.  I am becoming more God-inside minded, and I am listening to His Spirit within me.

Today's Bible Reading
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Hosea 6 - 9
3 John 1
Psalms 126
Proverbs 29:12-14

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

THE GREATER ONE

John 10:10 (NKJV) 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.

John 10:10 (AMP) The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).

Today, let us continue with John 10:10.  The next part that Jesus went on to say is that the thief also comes "to destroy."  The word "destroy" is from the Greek word apollumi, meaning to destroy.  It carries the idea of something that is ruined, wasted, trashed, devastated, and destroyed.

By using this word, we discover that if the thief is unsuccessful in his attempts to steal from us, or to convince us to sacrifice what we hold dear, he will then try to ruin it!

The devil has one plan for us, and that is to totally destroy us.  However, we know better, or we can say it like this: “We have inside information.”  My Bible says in Romans 8:31, “What then shall we say to these things?  If God is for us, who can be against us?”  God, the Creator of all things, is for us.  He is the Almighty God, and when we pray and give God free access into our lives, the devil does not have a chance!

You see, God gave us a free will to choose his ways or not.  When I say, “God, I give you my life.  Go ahead and do all that needs to be done,” then look out devil and demons!  You do not have a chance!  The Greater One is living inside of me.  Think about that today.  The Greater One is living inside of us!  It does not get better than that!

So today, do not look at your weaknesses; look at His strength.  Do not look at your shortcomings; look to Him who has no shortcomings.  Do not look to your sicknesses; look to His health.  He is the Greater One, and He resides within you.  1 John 4:4 says, “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”  This is the victory of the cross!


Confession: Today, I do not look to myself, but I look to the Greater One who lives in me.  When the enemy comes in like a flood to try and destroy my life, the Greater One always gets me through.  My Father is for me and not against me.  He is totally for me!

Today's Bible Reading
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Hosea 4 - 5
2 John 1
Psalms 125
Proverbs 29:9-11 

Monday, December 5, 2016

DON’T GIVE IT UP

John 10:10 (NKJV) 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.

John 10:10 (NLTSE) The thief's purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.

Today, let us look at the next part of this verse.  Not only does the thief come to steal, but Jesus said that he also comes to kill.

At first, it appears that this means to kill, or to take someone's life.  But the Greek word is thuo, which means to sacrifice.  It referred to the sacrificial giving of animals on the altar. It could mean to sacrifice, to surrender, or to give up something that is precious and dear.  It was particularly used in a religious connotation to denote the sacrifice of animals, and it had nothing to do with killing in terms of murder.

Since Jesus uses this word to describe the work of the thief here in John 10:10, He is telling us that if the thief has not already walked away with everything we hold precious and dear, he will try to convince us that we need to sacrifice, or give up, everything he has not already taken from us.

Satan does not want you to have any blessings that belong to you from the Word of God, so He will try to get you to sacrifice them.  I believe that many times he does this by our wrong thinking and wrong speaking.

Proverbs 23:7, “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he...”

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

It is so important that we do not give up, or sacrifice, the things that we have been taught and believed all these years.  When he comes and says that God does not heal today, do not try to reason with that thought.  Go to the Word of God and quote it, just like Jesus did: "IT IS WRITTEN!"

Jesus defeated the enemy with the Word, and He gave us His example.  So today, do not give anything up.  Get the Word, and see what belongs to you in Christ Jesus.


Confession:  Today, I refuse to give up what God, my Father, has given to me.  Jesus paid an amazing price so that I can have all that the Word says I can have, and I refuse to sacrifice any of it.

Today's Bible Reading
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Hosea 1 - 3
1 John 5
Psalms 124
Proverbs 29:5-8 

Sunday, December 4, 2016

THE THIEF

John 10:10 (NKJV) 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.

Jesus showed us so much in this verse about God, our loving Father, and satan, the thief.  I would like to take a little time here in these devotionals to dig into this verse, so that we can see the truth.  It is knowing the truth that will set us free.

Jesus said that the thief is the one who steals, kills, and destroys, not God.  The word thief in the Greek is klepto, which means “to steal.”  It gives a picture of a bandit, pickpocket, or a thief, who is so artful in the way he steals, that his exploits of thievery are nearly undetectable.

Just like a pickpocket who can slip their hands into a person's pockets, take what they want, and be long gone before that person discovers they were even there, the devil works the same way.  He comes in cunningly and steals from people, and many times they did not even know that he was there.  They had strong faith in an area, and then all of a sudden they are saying, “Well, I do not know what I believe.”  See, he came in and pick-pocketed them.

Many times, the way that the devil does this is through thoughts.  He will put a thought in our mind, and we will end up believing a lie from him.  Today, let us examine every thought, and if it does not line up with the Word, let us cast it down.  Our mind is a battlefield, and that is why satan will fight you so hard in the area of thoughts.  He will always try to get you to think in ways that are contrary to the Word of God.

Peter said it like this in 1 Peter 5:8: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”

So let us be wise and keep a watchful eye, and when satan tries to get in, we will say, “Oh no, you thief!  I am protected from you by the blood of the Lamb, and by the words of my testimony.  Jesus is my Lord, and I have surrendered to Him!”


Confession:  Today, I am watchful of the ways that the devil would try to steal from me.  I know that he is a thief, so I keep my possessions, especially my thought life, under the authority of Christ.

Today's Bible Reading
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Daniel 11:36 - Daniel 12
1 John 4
Psalms 123
Proverbs 29:2-4

Saturday, December 3, 2016

ABIDE IN HIM

John 15:7 (NKJV) “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.

What a promise!  Sometimes we read verses like this and our head says, “Can this be true?  Does it really mean what it says?”  Then, deep down in our hearts, we know that it is.  We say, “God is not a man that He should lie.  If He said it, then it is true!”

The Message Bible says it like this in John 15:7: “But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon.”  The key to this verse is letting God's Word be at home within us.

Too many times, we have what is called a head-knowledge of the Word.  We believe it in our heads, and we say, “Yes, that is right.  That is what the Bible says,” but deep within us, we do not believe it.  The key to true faith is believing in our hearts.  Here, as we let God's Word get in our mind (soul), and then we ponder on it and let it get into our heart, we will see the last part of this verse come to pass: "You will ask what you will and it shall be done for you.”

You might say, “Ok Pastor, whatever we ask for, we can have.  That is kind of stretching the line, right?”  But you see, if you have His Word deep within you, and His Word at home within you, you would never ask for anything that would be outside His Word.

My heart is not to do just what I want.  I want to see His kingdom come and His will be done, here on earth, as it is in heaven.  My heart is to bless others, and to help them become all that God, their Heavenly Father, wants them to become.

So today, let us get His Word deep within us.  As we do that, let us ask for things that will change our world for His honor and glory.  Let us do all that we can to make our world, His world, and see many come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ!


Confession:  Today, I am going to let God's Word go from my head to my heart, and I am going to ask for the things of the kingdom.  I want God's will done in my life, and throughout the world!

Today's Bible Reading
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Daniel 11:2-35
1 John 3:7-24
Psalms 122
Proverbs 29:1

Friday, December 2, 2016

COME, LORD JESUS, COME

Isaiah 65:17 (NLTSE) Look! I am creating new heavens and a new earth, and no one will even think about the old ones anymore.

Can you see it?  A new heaven and a new earth that is so amazing that we will not even think of this old one.  Now that should get our priorities in line.  God, our Father, has blessed us with so much in this life.  There is nothing wrong with these blessings, but if all of this life is going to pass away, and the new world that God has in store for us is beyond words, then we need to set our priorities in order.

Too often, we become so earthly-minded, and so flesh-ruled, but God wants us to live by faith and walk by His Spirit.  You might ask, “How do I walk in the spirit?  Is this some twilight-zone type of walking?”  No, to walk in the spirit means to put the things of God first; to set our affections on things above and not on things of this earth.

All that we see, and all that we have, will one day be replaced with something so much better.  This world, as C.S. Lewis states, is just a “Shadowland” of what is to come.  What is to come is so beyond words, that this verse says that we will not even remember this world!

So today, make a decision to think God’s thoughts and to think God's ways, and you will find out that His ways are so much better than our ways, and His thoughts are so much better than our thoughts.

All of this world’s system is falling apart because people have tried to raise themselves up, and to call themselves gods.  But we, as Christians, know so much better.  We know the earth is the Lord’s, and all that is therein.  So look up!  Our day of total redemption is upon us, and soon we will hear the voice of our great God saying, “Come on up to your true home!”  Amen!  Come, Lord Jesus, come!


Confession:  The King is coming, and I want to be ready to meet Him!  I set my mind and my heart to look to the eternal, and not to live so earthly-minded.  I want to hear my Lord say at His return, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”


Today's Bible Reading
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Daniel 9 - 11:1
1 John 2:18 - 3:6
Psalms 121
Proverbs 28:27-28

Thursday, December 1, 2016

DON’T THROW AWAY YOUR CONFIDENCE

Hebrews 10:35-36 (KJV) Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward. 36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.

Confidence; so many people lack it, yet here in this verse it tells us not to cast it away.  This word has such power in it because, without confidence in God, we will never see the answers to our prayers, dreams, and visions.  Our confidence, or our knowing that we know that we know, will always bring the reward, or the answer, to what we are trusting God for.

Over my many years of being a Christian, I have seen people start off well, and then lose their confidence and fall from the faith.  Here it tells us that if we would hold onto our faith, or assurance, we will reap a great reward.

Well, you might say, “How do I do this?”  The next verse gives us the answer.  "You have need of patience."   Now that is a tough one.  We have heard many pray like this, “Lord, I pray for patience and I ask you to give it to me right now!”  That might sound funny, yet many of us think this is the way it happens.  However, we see from the Bible that patience is a fruit of the Spirit and, like any fruit, we have to water the plant and tend to it to receive a good return.

As we wait upon the Lord, and let Him do what He needs to do on the inside of us, our trust gets off of ourselves and goes to Him.  Remember, God always wants to work a good work inside of us before we see any of these fruits on the outside.  The roots need to go deep, so that no matter what comes against us, we will stand!

So today, do not cast away your confidence, because there is a great reward coming!  Be patient.  God is still working on you and, at the right time, He will bring it to pass.


Confession:  Today, I am going to let the Lord do in me what He knows needs to be done.  I will be patient, and I will not cast away my confidence, because God is on my side.  He will make it all work out at the right time, and with a great reward.

Today's Bible Reading
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Daniel 8
1 John 2:1-17
Psalms 120
Proverbs 28:25-26