Friday, July 21, 2017

THE RIGHTEOUS ARE BOLD AS LIONS

Proverbs 28:1 (NKJV) The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.

Righteousness is a gift that has been given to us from God, our Heavenly Father, through faith in Jesus Christ our Lord.  No one can stand before God as righteous, unless he has received this free gift.  Righteousness gives us the ability to stand in the presence of a holy God with no sense of guilt or condemnation, not because of how good we are, but because of His free gift to us. 

This verse tells us that the righteous are as bold as lions.  In Christ Jesus we are bold, because we know our place of authority.  We understand that in ourselves, we do not have boldness, but when we stand in His garment of righteousness, it is not us standing there, but Christ in us, the hope of glory.  When we stand against the attacks of the wicked one, and know who we are in Him (in Jesus), it gives us the assurance and confidence that we will be more then conquerors through Him that loves us.  What amazing confidence that should give us in our God!

When God, the Father, declared us righteous, that was no little feat.  Jesus Christ had to go to the cross and shed His divine blood for us so that we could have this righteousness.  This righteousness gives us the ability to enter into the Holy of Holies, a place that only the high priest in the Old Testament could enter, only once a year.

But because of Jesus, we can enter into this Holy place, anytime and anywhere!  Because of Jesus' death on the cross, He took my place, and has set me IN HIM, now!  Because of what Jesus did, God now sees me like He sees His Son: holy, blameless, and accepted!

So today, BE BOLD!  Not in yourself, but in the Greater One Who lives in you. See yourself the way the Father sees you.  Do not listen to the lies of the enemy.  Let God's Word be true, and do not worry about what anyone else says or thinks.

Confession: Today, at this very moment, I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, so I am as bold as a lion.  I am bold to stand against the enemy’s temptations and trials. Today, I am more than a conqueror through Him that loves me! 

Today's Bible Reading
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2 Chronicles 4 - 6:11
Romans 7:1-13
Psalms 17
Proverbs 19:22-23

Thursday, July 20, 2017

THE WORD OF GOD IS ALIVE

Hebrews 4:12 (NLTSE) For the Word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.

God's Word is alive!  It has God's very life and ability within it. Just as people are alive, and animals are alive, and plants are alive, so God’s Word is alive. The difference is that God’s Word has the Creator of all these other things within it. It is full of power to set us free, to heal us, and to deliver us. His Word created the very ground that we are standing on, and the air that we are breathing. His Word is Himself. 

So, no matter what comes at us in life, it is His Word that has the power to release us from every situation. If God has declared it, then it has to happen.  You see, God and His Word are one.  If God’s Word does not work, then God does not work.  But God’s Word does work, as we work the Word.

Faith is what activates God's Word, and as we take His Word and get it deep within our hearts, and then speak it with our mouths, it will come to pass.  God is not a man that He should lie.  If He said it, then He meant it.  Think of it like this: The Bible has the very DNA of God within its pages.  It is just like if I blow up a balloon, it has my DNA within it.  So it is with the Bible.  God has breathed Himself right into those pages that we hold in our hands.

So today, make a decision never to look at the Bible as just a book, but look at it as if it were God the Creator standing right there and saying, “If I wrote it in there, you can have it!  Just believe it and say it with your mouth!”  Truly, our prayer life would never be the same if we did.


Confession:  God’s Word is God’s very Word.  What the Bible says is God speaking right to me.  His Word is powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword.  Today, as I put His Word into my heart, it will change the circumstances around me.  God’s Word is life, and I will feast on it this day.

Today's Bible Reading
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2 Chronicles 1 - 3
Romans 6
Psalms 16
Proverbs 19:20-21

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

SET YOUR MIND ON GOD

Colossians 3:1-2 (NKJV) If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.

When we read a verse like this, it should make us say, “Wow!  So that is how God sees me.  He sees me raised with Him.”  It should make it so much easier to set our minds on things above, and not on things of this earth. Each day, as you go about your daily tasks, keep God on your mind, and you will see that whatever things come your way, through Him, you will be able to do them, and enjoy them!

All things do work out for the good of those who set their minds on the King.  Brother Lawrence, a monk who wrote the book "Practicing the Presence of God,” said, “I have found that the shortest way to God is to go straight to Him.” It sounds so simple, and you know what, it is!  It is when you set your mind on Him, when you think about Him and His goodness during the course of the day, that no matter what happens, you know God will get you through.

God, our Heavenly Father, has promised us that He would never leave us or forsake us.  He has promised us that goodness and mercy will follow us all the days of our lives.  We also know from His Word that no weapon formed against us will prosper, and that He will work all things out for our good.

So today, do not let anything get in your way from seeking Him and giving Him first place in your life.  If you do your part, He has promised that He will do His part.  We might be in this world, but according to the scriptures we are not of this world.  We are seated with Christ in heavenly places, and if that is the way the Father see us, then that is the way I am going to live and act.

Confession:  This is a new day with a new goal.  Today, I am going to keep my Heavenly Father on my mind.  I know He is always there, but today I am going to make a decision to acknowledge Him throughout the day, and to live life like He is right there, because He really is!

Today's Bible Reading
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1 Chronicles 28 - 29
Romans 5:6-21
Psalms 15
Proverbs 19:18-19


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

THE POWER OF THE GOSPEL

Romans 1:16 (NKJV) For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.

What would we do without the Gospel?  It is through the Gospel that we receive eternal life.  The Gospel is God’s power to us in our lives.  The word "salvation" means deliverance, safety, preservation, healing, and soundness.  In this Gospel of salvation, there is not only forgiveness of sins, but there is safety, healing, soundness of mind, life, and the promise that God preserves us unto good things. 

What an amazing Father we have Who has given us so much!  As we learn His Word and His ways, we see all the good that He has set in order for us to live the victorious life in Christ Jesus.  God could have so easily said, “I have provided salvation through Jesus so you will live for eternity,” but He gave us that, plus all things that we would need to live a blessed life here on the earth!

God made us with three parts and has provided salvation to each of those parts.  He made us spirit, soul, and body, and He has made provision in His Word to enjoy the fullness for each part.  When life, and the devil, attacks us with sickness, God has given us His Word to bring healing to these earthly bodies.

When fear comes against us, He has made provision for it to be cast out from us.  His love for us is so amazing that no matter what comes against us, spiritually, mentally, physically, socially, or financially, He has made a way for us to be more than a conqueror over it!

So today, make a decision to find out all that the power of the Gospel has for you, and then live it out for His honor and glory. The Gospel is the power of God unto salvation.  If God wants us to have all of His fullness, I, for one, want to go for it! I, for one, want to live it out here on earth, and then live with Him for all eternity.  How about you?


Confession:  Today, I make a decision to live in the true Gospel; a Gospel of power, safety, and healing.  Today, I make a decision to live out all that Jesus bought for me. 

Today's Bible Reading
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1 Chronicles 26:12 - 27:34
Romans 4:13 - 5:5
Psalms 14
Proverbs 19:17

Monday, July 17, 2017

IN MY FATHER’S HOUSE ARE MANY MANSIONS

John 14:1-4 (NKJV) Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. 4 And where I go you know, and the way you know.

In this second verse, Jesus said that in our Heavenly Father’s house are many mansions, and that He is going back to prepare one for us.  Oh, the goodness of God!  He did not just make a few dwelling places, but many dwelling places!  There is a place being made today for you and for me, and He is making it special just for us!

Can you imagine that?  The great architect of all times is making a special place for us to live in throughout all eternity!  It is a place where every desire or want that we would ever have for a home is fulfilled.  It is a place that is more perfect then anything that we would ever put together.  It has the right setting, the right colors, and the right view.  And why does He do it?  It is because of His love for us!  All we can say is, “Wow!” and enjoy what He has prepared for us.

So today, do not look to these natural homes and things of this earth.  This is all going to pass away.  Look to the eternal, and see all that He has in store for those that love Him.  It is going to be exceedingly more than we could have ever even imagined.  This world, with all of its corruption, is going to be gone one day soon, and what the Father will give us will be so amazing that it will last us forever.  Wow!  Can you just see a little of it today through the eye of faith?  Keep looking up!  He is coming soon!


Confession:  My Father has taken time out of His busy schedule to prepare a place for me.  Thank you Father for caring so much for me that you are preparing a special place for me.  I must be special to you if you would do this!


Today's Bible Reading
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1 Chronicles 24 - 26:11
Romans 4:1-12
Psalms 13
Proverbs 19:15-16

Sunday, July 16, 2017

LET NOT YOUR HEART BE TROUBLED

John 14:1-4 (NKJV) Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.

God does not want our lives to be filled with trouble, stirred up, or agitated.  He wants us to have a peaceful life; a life filled with His goodness and His presence. Our God is a God of peace, and He wants His kids to have a life of peace. 

Peace is that assurance that no matter what life might throw at us, we know that God will work it all out for His good.  You see, life and the devil can bring some pretty rotten things our way, but the Father who is all love, who has no evil or bad within Him whatsoever, will always give you a way of escape.

The enemy comes to steal our joy, but our Heavenly Father has come to give us peace, or we can say, “He has come to give us Himself.”  When you feel yourself being agitated or disturbed, take time to hang out with Him, and watch as those troubles melt away like snow does on a warm day. Snow does not have a chance in the heat of day, and troubles cannot stay in His presence.

So today, look to the Father!  Look to His peace and assurance that He will work out whatever you are going through for your good.  Remember, if God is for you, who can be against you?  He has taken you this far, and He is going to get you to the end of your race, and bless you with those amazing words, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”  His peace is so full that it gives us a great confidence in the very storm itself.


Confession: Today, I make a decision to keep my heart and mind fixed on the Lord. Troubles, you cannot stay as I let my mind think about Him, and not all the things that try to agitate my life. I take hold of His peace, and live an abundant life in Christ Jesus!

Today's Bible Reading
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1 Chronicles 22 - 23
Romans 3:9-31
Psalms 12
Proverbs 19:13-14

Saturday, July 15, 2017

FRIENDSHIP WITH GOD

Psalms 25:14 (TLB) Friendship with God is reserved for those who reverence Him. With them alone He shares the secrets of His promises.

As children, we used to run around and say, “I know a secret, I know a secret!”  Well, God has special things that He holds for special people.  Our Father wants to reveal them to those whose hearts are right with Him. You see, a secret is shared only with close friends.  I do not go and share my inner thoughts with just anybody.  No, I share them with true friends. And you know what? Those that have a respect and love for the Father, and that give Him that special place in their hearts, are friends of God, and He shares His inner thoughts with them.

Jesus said that He does not call us servants anymore, but He calls us friends.  So, as a friend of God, are we taking time each day to listen to His voice as He reveals His mysteries to us?  God’s secrets are revealed to those who reverence Him.  They are revealed to those who love and respect Him.  They are revealed to those whose hearts are for Him. God is not holding back from us, but He is looking for those who will take what He says to heart, and use it to bless others.  He has a treasure of wisdom for us, and He wants to pour it out to us.

So today, take time to tell your Heavenly Father how much you love Him and how special He is to you, and then watch and see how many things are revealed to you.  Take a few minutes, even now, and express your love to the One who loves you with such an intense love, that He would send His one and only Son to wash away all of your sins.


Confession:  Today I confess that I am loved of my Heavenly Father, and that I am His child; a child of a God of love.  God has called me His friend, so I am His friend.  It is amazing to think that the Creator of all things would call me His friend!  What an honor and privilege it is to be God’s child!  Thank you, Father, for revealing Yourself to me as I take time to worship You.  I am a child of the Most High God, and I love it!

Today's Bible Reading
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1 Chronicles 19 - 21
Romans 2:25 - 3:8
Psalms 11
Proverbs 19:10-12

Friday, July 14, 2017

I'M SOMEBODY SPECIAL


Psalms 8:3 (NKJV) When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained.

Yesterday, we brought out how God made all of this for His creation, humanity.  Have you ever stopped to wonder why everything God makes is so extreme?  You may ask, “What do you mean by that?”  Well, look at the sky.  God could have made enough stars to surround the earth, but no!  He made enough stars to surround the universe.  They say that there are stars that are billions and billions of light-years away!  A light-year is approximately 186,000 miles per second, so can you even imagine how far away the are, and how many stars there are? 

Look at the trees.  He could have made a few varieties, but not our Heavenly Father!  He made thousands of different types of plants and trees.  He made big ones and small ones He made ones with lots of color, and some with one color.  Then we go to the animals that He made, and again, He just does not stop.  So many!  Big ones, little ones, colorful ones, and others that are plain.  It is just amazing!

Listen to these verses in Psalms 19:1-6, “1 The heavens tell the glory of God, and the skies announce what His hands have made. 2 Day after day they tell the story; night after night they tell it again. 3 They have no speech or words; they have no voice to be heard. 4 But their message goes out through all the world; their words go everywhere on earth. The sky is like a home for the sun. 5 The sun comes out like a bridegroom from his bedroom. It rejoices like an athlete eager to run a race. 6 The sun rises at one end of the sky and follows its path to the other end. Nothing hides from its heat.”

Wow!  That is all for us!  Truly, that makes us special.  Confess this until it becomes real to you.  Start seeing yourself the way that God, your Father, sees you.  You are fearfully and wonderfully made.  He did it all for you, so you are truly special!


Confession:  My Father made all of this for me, so in His sight I am special.  The world might not think I am, but if His Word says I am, than I am.  I am special today, and every day.

Today's Bible Reading
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1 Chronicles 16:37 - 1 Chronicles 18
Romans 2:1-24
Psalms 10:16-18
Proverbs 19:8-9


Thursday, July 13, 2017

WE’RE MADE FOR HIM


Psalms 8:1-4 (NLTSE) O Lord, our Lord, Your majestic name fills the earth!  Your glory is higher than the heavens.  2 You have taught children and infants to tell of Your strength, silencing your enemies and all who oppose You.  3 When I look at the night sky and see the work of Your fingers– the moon and the stars You set in place– 4 what are mere mortals that You should think about them, human beings that You should care for them?

How amazing it is to look outside on a clear night and see the wonders of God our Father!  When we think that God has made all of this for us, His people, it truly is hard for our minds to comprehend. 

Our Father is a God of the amazing.  All He made is over-the-top.  How easy it would have been for Him to just make enough to fill the earth, and be done.  But not our Father!  When He does something, He does it to the max! When He created this universe, He made it so large and so full that scientists still cannot see the end.  What an amazing God!  What an awesome God we serve!

Sometimes, we can feel so small when we look at the night sky and think that there are trillions upon trillions of stars and galaxies, but when we take time to truly ponder what God has made, and that He made it for us, this shows how big we really are in His sight.  What a loving Father we serve!

So today, look up and see all that your heavenly Father has done, and made, for you.  Look at the stars!  Look at the animal kingdom!  Look at the variety of plants and trees!  Look at a baby, and see Him who made it all for you and for me.  You are special to Him!  He loves you, and He has a great plan in store for your life.

Confession:  Today, I confess and believe that God, my Father, is the Creator of all things.  Thank you Father that you created me in your image.  Thank you Father that I am not just dust, but a spirit made in Your likeness.  Thank you Father that today will be a great day, because the Greater One lives inside of me!

Today's Bible Reading
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1 Chronicles 15 -16:36
Romans 1:18-32
Psalms 10:1-15
Proverbs 19:6-7


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

TRANSFORMED INTO HIS IMAGE


2 Corinthians 3:18 (NKJV) But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

Day in and day out we are being changed into the image of the Lord.  We are growing to be more like Him.  What does it mean to be more like God, to be more like Jesus, and to be more like the Holy Spirit?  It means to act like they would act.  We can always see how God would act by looking at the life of Jesus.  Jesus is God manifested in the flesh.  He said that whoever has seen Him has seen the Father.

So how did Jesus act?  He went around doing good and healing those who were oppressed by the devil.  He loved people.  John could lay His head on the Creator’s chest.  He saw people who were hungry, and He went and fed them.  When a person had a problem with a demon, He cast that thing out of them.

What was Jesus like?  When a woman was caught in adultery, He said He did not condemn her.  So we see He was a restorer.  When the woman at the well talked to Him and He revealed her past, He never condemned her, but she left sharing the good news about Him.  Jesus never condemned Mary.  In fact, the only people that He had a problem with were the arrogant religious leaders.

God wants us to look at the face of our Jesus and to be transformed into His image; to change from glory to glory.  The way you do this is to look to Jesus. Look to His large heart and look at how He loves people, and then let that love flow from you to others.  Be His hands to a hurting world. Instead of words that would cause strife, let your words be words of His grace.

You see, people are so hungry for love.  People are looking for true Christians.  They are looking for ones that do not make them feel condemned, but when they are around these Jesus-people, they feel lifted up.  It makes them want to know this Jesus too.  So today, let us look clearly into His loving eyes and share that love with those around us.


CONFESSION:  I choose to be a person that lets Jesus shine through me.  I choose this day to be a lover of people, because Jesus is. I choose to look into His loving eyes and let others see Jesus in me.

Today's Bible Reading
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1 Chronicles 12:19 - 1 Chronicles 14
Romans 1:1-17
Psalms 9:13-20
Proverbs 19:4-5


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

TRUST HIM



1 Corinthians 13:12 (NLT) Now we see things imperfectly as in a cloudy mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.

While we live on this earth, we are not going to know the answer to every question.  When we think we do, it is kind of arrogant on our part.  God is the only One who knows it all.  In this life, we walk by faith and not by sight.  We put our trust in Him, believing that He will show us things we need to know, because He knows what is best for us.

Faith is a big word, and a big step, for so many of us that like to know everything in advance.  It is saying, “Father, I know that you have my best interest in mind, and that everything is going to work out for my good because You love me.”

In this verse, it shows us that things can be cloudy at times, and that we might not get the full understanding of all that is going on, but one day we will see all that happened in this life, and have perfect clarity of why certain things went the way they did.

So you might ask, “What do I do now?”  I have found that the best thing to do is pray and trust God for the rest.  That does not mean I do not keep moving forward.  In fact, I keep doing things that I believe are His will for me.  I take steps of faith, and if I miss it (which we all will at times) I dust myself off and continue on.  It is like a car.  It is so much easier to steer it when we start it and put it in drive.  We can sit around and say, “Well, I hope I get somewhere someday,” and yet go nowhere.  Or, we can put our lives in His hands, and believe that our steps are ordered by the Lord.

So do not get discouraged when things do not go your way, or end up the way you thought they should.  Put your trust in Him, and when we stand before Him on that day, He will reveal many things to us and we will say, “Oh, I am so glad you did it that way, Lord!”


CONFESSION: I put my trust in God today, knowing that He has my best interest in mind, and that all things will work out for my good, because I love the Lord.

Today's Bible Reading
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1 Chronicles 11 - 12:18
Acts 28
Psalm 9:1-12
Proverbs 19:1-3