Sunday, April 30, 2017

POWER OF HIS BLOOD


Romans 6:23 (NKJV) For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Sin has brought death into our world.  In this verse, it says that the wages of sin, is death.  Well, one thing I can tell you is that we were all “good sinners” before we knew Christ, if you know what I mean.  But once we accepted Jesus into our lives, He gave us the power to overcome sin.

Sin does not have to gain the victory in our lives, because God's gift is so much greater than the devil’s power.  When we accept God's gift of grace, it brings justification into our lives, and justification means that God, my loving Father, sees me just as if I have never sinned.

Can you imagine that today?  You are totally free from all guilt and condemnation.  Never do I have to go through a day looking over my shoulder thinking that God is going to get me for that.  As the old song goes, "What can wash me white as snow?  Nothing but the blood of Jesus."

The blood of Jesus has washed us of all present sins, and sins that we might commit 10 years from now.  His blood is all-powerful, and His love for us is amazing.  So today, do not walk around with a weight on your back.  Walk like a King’s kid.  Walk knowing who you are in Christ Jesus.  See yourself free!

You might say, “Well, I do not feel free.”  Well, what do feelings have to do with it?  The Bible teaches us that we walk by faith, and not by sight.  His blood has washed us, so we are washed, cleansed, justified, and set free.  It does not matter how I feel about it.  What matters is what He has said about it.

When a judge in a court case says, “Not guilty,” that person is released from whatever charges were brought against him.  It is the same with us.  When the courts of heaven stated that we have received the free gift of pardon that can only come through Jesus Christ, then we are released to live like free men.  I declare it, so now you do the same thing.

Declare today this confession over yourself:

CONFESSION:  Jesus Christ has justified me by His blood.  Today, I am free, I am guiltless, and I am justified.  In the courts of heaven, there is no sin on me, because the blood of Jesus has made me white as snow!



Today's Bible Reading
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Judges 11 - 12
John 1:1-28
Psalms 101
Proverbs 14:13-14

Saturday, April 29, 2017

MY HELP IS IN GOD


Psalm 121:1-8 (NKJV) I will lift up my eyes to the hills, from whence comes my help? 2 My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth. 3 He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. 4 Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. 5 The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade at your right hand. 6 The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. 7 The LORD shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. 8 The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore.

What an amazing Psalm of protection!  Our God is our help; He is our protector.  Our God never sleeps, and in this mixed up world, I am so grateful for His protection.  It seems like every day that we open the paper or read the news, there is some sort of disaster in our world.  It could be a natural disaster like a hurricane, or a record storm of some sort, or it could be the murders that we hear about, where violent people are becoming more violent.

But this verse, and so many more, tell us that our God is a protector to those who call upon Him.  This is a verse that we should speak over ourselves, and our families, daily.  We need to declare and decree what the Lord has stated that He has done for us.  Again, many people just sit around and never use their sword of the Spirit to defeat the devil.  Remember what our offensive weapon is that God has given us: His Word is our sword.

When Jesus was being tempted by the devil, He did not just say, "Whatever, Mr. Devil."  No, not our Jesus!  He took His sharp sword and defeated the enemy with the spoken Word of God.  So today, do not just sit there.  Sharpen your sword, and speak His Word against the enemy, and watch Him run in terror.  Jesus said we could, so I believe that we can!


CONFESSION: My help comes from the Lord.  My Father has given me His Word to use as a two-edged sword, and I will use it against the enemy.  The Greater One lives in me, and there is no way that I can lose.

Today's Bible Reading
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Judges 9:22 - Judges 10
Luke 24:13-53
Psalms 100
Proverbs 14:11-12


Friday, April 28, 2017

WHY NOT US (PART 5)


1 Corinthians 1:26-31 (MSG) Take a good look, friends, at who you were when you got called into this life. I don't see many of "the brightest and the best" among you, not many influential, not many from high-society families. 27 Isn't it obvious that God deliberately chose men and women that the culture overlooks and exploits and abuses, 28 chose these "nobodies" to expose the hollow pretensions of the "somebodies"? 29 That makes it quite clear that none of you can get by with blowing your own horn before God. 30 Everything that we have—right thinking and right living, a clean slate and a fresh start—comes from God by way of Jesus Christ. 31 That's why we have the saying, "If you're going to blow a horn, blow a trumpet for God."

Today, as we wrap up this mini-series on “Why not us,” I want us to look at how the Message Bible brings these verses out.  God looked down from heaven, and He chose us in spite of us.  That is so great, right?  Little old you and me, are chosen by the Great I Am to be a co-partner with Him, to help people, and to share His message of eternal salvation.  God could have just done it Himself, but He chose to work through us to let people see the light.

That is why we can never boast in ourselves, because we know who we are.  We know where we came from, so our boast is always in God.  As we looked at David, Rahab and Joseph these last few days, we could have looked at so many more in the Bible that started off badly, yet God took them on a journey and made something great out of them.

So today, do not put yourself down.  See yourself the way God, your Heavenly Father, sees you, “IN JESUS!”  That is why He sees you blessed, because Jesus is blessed.  That is why He sees you healed, because Jesus is healed.  Start seeing yourself the way God sees you.  Never forget from where you came, and yet, always remember where you are going.  Enjoy the ride!  He brought you this far, and He will get you to the finish line.


CONFESSION:  God, my Father, has gotten me to the starting gate, and I know that He will get me to the finish line.  It is not about me, it is about Christ in me, the hope of glory.

Today's Bible Reading
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Judges 8:18 - 9:21
Luke 23:44 - 24:12
Psalms 99
Proverbs 14:9-10

Thursday, April 27, 2017

WHY NOT US (PART 4)


1 Corinthians 1:26-31 (NIV) Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things--and the things that are not--to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God--that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written: "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord."

I love the way this verse speaks of us. Not many of us had everything going for us, but God still chose us for this great salvation!  As we continue to look at different people in the Word of God that may have had it, then lost it, and then got it back, I think of Joseph.  Here is a young man that is living a good life, enjoying the blessing of being his father’s favorite, yet this put him at odds with his brothers.

Many of you know his story, but here is a quick synopsis of it:  He is the son of Jacob, born from the wife that Jacob truly loved.  At this point, He is their only son and Jacob distinguishes Joseph by giving him a special multi-colored coat.  His brothers get jealous and sell him into slavery.  From there he is working for Potiphar and receives favor from God.

He is lifted up as a slave, and then Potiphar’s wife gets eyes for him, and when Joseph says no, she cries rape.  So he gets thrown into prison, but God is still with Him.  Then Pharaoh has a dream and Joseph interprets it and gets lifted to the place of second in all of Egypt. 

So, as we can see today, if we stay faithful to God, no matter who lets us down, even our family, God has His eyes on us and will get us out of the pit and lift us to a high place.  No matter who hurt you, forgive them, and let God take you to the place that He has prepared for you.


CONFESSION: Today, I forgive those who have hurt me, and I thank you, Father, for taking me to a higher place; a good place of blessings in you.

Today's Bible Reading
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Judges 7 - 8:17
Luke 23:13-43
Psalms 97 - 98
Proverbs 14:7-8

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

WHY NOT US (PART 3)


1 Corinthians 1:27 (AMP) [No] for God selected (deliberately chose) what in the world is foolish to put the wise to shame, and what the world calls weak to put the strong to shame.

The next person that I want us to look at is Rehab.  Her story is found in Joshua 2.  You see, the Bible does not give the occupation of every person, but it does tell us hers.  Rehab was a prostitute, yet God sent the spies to her house, and I believe that the reason He did is because He saw that she had a pure heart; a heart of faith.  Here is what the Bible says about her:

Joshua 2:1, “Then Joshua secretly sent out two spies from the Israelite camp at Acacia Grove. He instructed them, ‘Scout out the land on the other side of the Jordan River, especially around Jericho.’ So the two men set out and came to the house of a prostitute named Rahab and stayed there that night.”

Then we see in Hebrews that she is in the “Hall of Faith” with other great men and women of God.  Hebrews 11:31 says, “It was by faith that Rahab the prostitute was not destroyed with the people in her city who refused to obey God.  For she had given a friendly welcome to the spies.”

The thing that is so amazing is that she is in the lineage of Jesus.  That is right!  An ex-prostitute is in the line of Jesus.  See it for yourself.   Matthew 1:1, 5 says, “The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham…Salmon begot Boaz by Rahab, Boaz begot Obed by Ruth, Obed begot Jesse.”

So you see that even when life throws you a lemon, you can go ahead and make lemonade, with God’s strength.  We do not know why she started in this lifestyle, all I know is that if you let God be God in your life, He can take the lowest part of you and make it His highest.

So today, do not look at where you have come from; look at where you are going to go.  With God on your side, how can you lose?


CONFESSION: If God is for me, how can I lose?  Today God, my Father, is going to take my lows and turn them into great opportunities to help others.



Today's Bible Reading
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Judges 6
Luke 22:54 - 23:12
Psalms 95 - 96
Proverbs 14:5-6

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

WHY NOT US (PART 2)


1 Corinthians 1:27 (NLT) Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful.

We looked at King David yesterday.  Even though his father rejected him, God did not, and when it was time for Him to come to the next step, he was ready.  We see this in the great story of David and Goliath.  When David came to where the children of Israel were fighting the Philistines, he was immediately put down by his older brother:

1 Samuel 17:28-30 Now Eliab his oldest brother heard when he spoke to the men; and Eliab's anger was aroused against David, and he said, "Why did you come down here? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your pride and the insolence of your heart, for you have come down to see the battle." 29 And David said, "What have I done now? Is there not a cause?" 30 Then he turned from him toward another and said the same thing; and these people answered him as the first ones did.

David did not let this discourage him.  He moved on with what he knew he had to do.  It should be the same with us.  There will be times that even our family members might not understand why we believe the way we do, but we need to be true to God, and we will see that He will get us right where He wants us to be.

Discouragement will always come and, at times, it might come from where we least expect it, but we need to know that, like David, God is with us.  He promised He will never leave us or forsake us.  So today, if you feel discouraged or that no one understands, let me say this, “GOD DOES!” and He will see that you get to the Promised Land that He has for you.

Remember, people look at the outside, but God looks at the inside.  Keep your heart pure, serve Him, and watch Him line everything up in your life and get you into a position for success.


CONFESSION:  My feet are ordered by God, and I know that He will get me into the right place at the right time.  My trust is in Him.  All is going to be well!

Today's Bible Reading
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Judges 4 - 5
Luke 22:35-53
Psalms 94
Proverbs 14:3-4


Monday, April 24, 2017

WHY NOT US (PART 1)


1 Corinthians 1:27 (NKJV) But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty.

When you look through the stories of the Bible, one thing stands out: God does not do things like the world does.  He operates the way He wants to, and nobody is going to tell Him differently.  We see this so clearly in the type of people that He uses.  He does not go for the high and mighty.  He goes for the low and humble, and makes them into who He wants them to be.  For the next few days, I want us to look at different people in the Bible, and see how God chose them and used them.

King David:  David was a young man that watched his father’s sheep.  One day when the prophet Samuel came to anoint one of his sons to be the next king of Israel, his father never even called him to come in to meet this great man of God.  Yet after Samuel went through all of David’s brothers, he asked if there was another.  Look at what the Bible says:

1 Samuel 16:10 Thus Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. And Samuel said to Jesse, "The LORD has not chosen these." 11 And Samuel said to Jesse, "Are all the young men here?" Then he said, "There remains yet the youngest, and there he is, keeping the sheep." And Samuel said to Jesse, "Send and bring him. For we will not sit down till he comes here." 12 So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with bright eyes, and good-looking. And the LORD said, "Arise, anoint him; for this is the one!"

David’s father might have passed him up, but God did not.  At times, you might feel like you were passed up, but stay faithful and close to God your Father.  He is the one that has great plans for you!  He never misses the one that He wants, and what He is looking for is a person with a pure heart.  So today, be that person.  Why not you?


CONFESSION:  It is God my Father that promotes and makes strong, so today my trust is in Him.  He will get me to the place that He wants me to be.

Today's Bible Reading
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Judges 2:10 - Judges 3
Luke 22:14-34
Psalms 92 - 93
Proverbs 14:1-2


Sunday, April 23, 2017

BE A BLESSING


Daniel 12:3 (NKJV) Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever.

Here is another reward for those who take the things of the Kingdom seriously.  Those who turn many to righteousness will be like stars that will shine forever and forever.  I like that, how about you?  You see, if we will just say that we will live for God and let His glory shine through us, it will bless so many people!  Then, throughout all eternity, we will be blessed as we see people in heaven, because of us.

I heard a saying once and it has stuck with me: “You can either pay now and play later, or play now and pay later, but you will have to pay at some time in life.”  So you see, if we will do what we have to do now and work for the Kingdom and help many come to righteousness, we will enjoy the blessings of heaven forever!

Some say, “Well all you are looking for is to get blessed,” but I believe it is much more than that.  I believe it is being a blessing to someone else.  It is getting someone out of the chains of bondage, and helping them to be set free from the lies of the devil.  There is a heaven to gain and a hell to shun, and I want to make it hard for people to go to hell on my watch.  How about you?

So today, pray about who you can help.  Do not always look at the problems that you have; look to the blessings that you have!  Look to Jesus, and let His light shine through you.  You will truly be amazed at all that He has placed within you.  You will find out that it is more blessed to give than to receive, that a giving life, a life of giving yourself to the needs of others, is a life of rewards here, and also throughout all eternity!


CONFESSION:  I choose today to be a blessing, and to let my light shine before people that they may see my good works and glorify my Father who is in heaven.

Today's Bible Reading
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Judges 1 - 2:9
Luke 21:29 - 22:13
Psalms 90 - 91
Proverbs 13:24-25