Tag: Jesus Christ

All Thanks be to God!

Scripture reading for August 8th: 2nd Corinthians 9, Psalm 8, Proverbs 4

Key Scriptures: 2nd Corinthians 9:11-15  “You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.  For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God.  By their approval of this service, they will glorify God because of your submission that comes from your confession of the Gospel of Christ, and the generosity of your contribution for them and all others, while they long for you and pray for you, because of the surpassing grace of God upon you.  Thanks be to God for His inexpressible gift!”

Paul explained how the cheerful and generous giving of the Corinthians brought a harvest of thanksgiving to God.  People receiving the gift and ministry it supported thanked God for the givers and the gifts.  The Apostles and ministers thanked God for the harvest made possible by the giving.  All the saints thank God for His inexpressible “Gift”, Jesus Christ, Son of God!

Faith Confession:  Lord, thank You for those who gave support and prayers for me to receive the Gospel of Jesus Christ!  Thank You for Your amazing Church and Jesus Christ, my Savior and Lord!

Proverbs 4:10-12 “Hear, My son, and accept My Words, that the years of your life may be many.  I have taught you the way of wisdom; I have led you in the paths of uprightness.  When you walk, your step will not be hampered, and if you run, you will not stumble.”  

 

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The God of Endurance and Encouragement!

Scripture reading for July 3rd:  Romans 15, Psalm 132, Proverbs 8

Key Scriptures: Romans 15:4-6  “For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.  May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  

Paul knew that the Roman believers needed endurance and encouragement to live by faith in the grace of Jesus Christ.  The God of endurance and encouragement is Jesus Christ!  This amazing Savior gives us the encouragement and endurance we need through His unchanging and true Word, also a source of fulfillment for our deepest need.

Faith Confession:  I believe that Jesus Christ is the God of endurance and encouragement and that His Word gives me hope as well.  I shout for joy at the gifts of hope, endurance and encouragement!

Psalm 132:8-9  “Arise, O Lord, and go to Your resting place, Your and the ark of Your might.  Let Your priests be clothed with righteousness and let Your saints shout for joy.”

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God shows no partiality!

Scripture reading for May 17th:  Acts 10, Psalm 99, Proverbs 6

Key Scriptures: Acts 10:34-38 “So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears Him and does what is right is acceptable to Him.  As for the word that He sent to Israel, preaching good news of peace through Jesus Christ (He is Lord of all), you yourselves know what happened throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee after the baptism that John proclaimed: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power.  He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.”  

Peter had been sent by the Holy Spirit to share the Gospel at the home of the Gentile centurion Cornelius.  As he opened his mouth to share, he noted that God shows no partiality between Jew or Gentile, but accepts all who come to Him in repentance and faith.  He simply shared Jesus Christ and His death and resurrection and that forgiveness of sins was available in His Name.  The Holy Spirit filled this group of Gentiles and they began to speak in tongues!

Faith Confession:  God is impartial and shows mercy to all who sincerely come to Him.  Help me to clearly share the Gospel with those who are open.  Send me to those needing understanding of Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 6:20-22  “My son, keep your father’s commandment, and forsake not your mother’s teaching.  Bind them on your heart always; tie them around your neck.  When you walk, they will lead you; when you lie down, they will watch over you; and when you are awake, they will talk with you.”  

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Blessed Assurance–Jesus is Mine!

Scripture reading for November 23rd:  Ezekiel 31-33, 1st John 5

Key Scriptures:  1st John 5:11-13  “And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.  Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.  I write these things to you who believe in the Name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.” 

John plainly states that God’s grace has given us eternal life through His Son.  God wants no one to perish but all to have this gift.  He wants no one to be uncertain about His promise of eternal life and the One who gives access, Jesus Christ.  No one should live in fear or uncertainty, these truths were written that we might know for certain this truth.

Ezekiel 33:11 “Say to them, As I live, declares the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live; turn back, turn back from your evil ways, for why will you die, O house of Israel?”  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for leading me to turn back from my sinful ways and for the assurance of eternal life through Your Son, Jesus Christ, my Lord!  Amen!

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Avoiding deception!

Scripture reading for November 21st :  Ezekiel 24-26, 1 John 3

Key Scriptures:  1st John 3:7-9  “Little children, let no one deceive you.  Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as He is righteous.  Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning.  The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.  No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God.” 

The false teachers attacking the church in John’s last years were teaching that sin did not matter.  John set the record straight.  Sin is of the devil, who sinned from the beginning.  Jesus Christ appeared to destroy the devil’s work of sinning and giving new life to all who would believe through the Word of God abiding within us and the Holy Spirit teaching us.  No true believer can continue in sin.  Don’t be deceived!

Ezekiel 24:14 “I am the Lord.  I have spoken; it shall come to pass; I will do it.  I will not go back; I will not spare; I will not relent; according to your ways and your deeds you will be judged, declares the Lord God.”  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for Your precious Word and plain truth.  Thank You for the Holy Spirit who teaches me to obey.  Lead me today into application of truth.  Amen.

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Saved by His Mercy!

Scripture reading for October 10th:  Isaiah 39-42, Titus 3

Key Scriptures:  Titus 3:4-7 g“For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another.  But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to His own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”  

Our good works cannot save us.  It is only Christ’s mercy and His washing through His sacrifice of His blood and body on the cross that we are made righteous and justified.  This justification is by faith in Christ Jesus alone.  Through grace we become heirs of the promise of eternal life in God’s holy family.  Amen!

Isaiah 40:9  “Go on up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good news; lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good news; lift it up and fear not; say to the cities of Judah, “Behold your God!”

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank You for Your amazing grace and the washing from my sins by Jesus Christ.  I will proclaim this “Good News” to all today.  Amen!

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Rejoice that God Carries Us!

Scripture reading for February 16th:  Numbers 34-36, Deuteronomy 1-2

Key Scriptures:  Deuteronomy 1:29-32  “Then I (Moses) said to you, “Do not be terrified; do not be afraid of them.  The Lord your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as He did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes, and in the desert.  There you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until your reached this place. In spite of this, you did not trust in the Lord your God.”  

In Deuteronomy, Moses is recounting the history of the Israelites deliverance from Egypt and God’s dealings with them in their unbelief.  God had been patient with them, even though most rebelled.  This had cost those 20 years old or more to die in the desert, except for Caleb and Joshua.  God had led them through the desert experience and carried them to the door of their inheritance!

Rejoice in the victory of Jesus Christ:  Jesus Christ, our ‘Joshua’, carries us into our ‘rest’ and promised inheritance!  “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29)

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All boasting is ‘in the Lord’!

Scripture reading for July 6th:  1st Corinthians 1

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  1st Corinthians 1:26-31  “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. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the strong.  He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things–and things that are not–to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before Him.  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.  Therefore, as it is written; “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.”” 

God loves to work with those men and women that the world looks at as weak and worthless.  That’s because many of the ‘beautiful’ and ‘successful’ people of the world are so caught up by the world’s system and their own human pride that God can’t use them or get their attention!  The world’s own boast of their wisdom, talent, strength, possessions, and position.  But God’s ‘weak’ people boast in the Lord Jesus Christ.  Jesus alone is their wisdom, righteousness, holiness and redemption!  We owe it all to Him!

Observations for over-comers:  Over-comers love Jesus Christ and boast of His goodness and blessing and thank Him for redeeming them.  “Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boast boast about this:  that he knows Me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness in the earth, for in these I delight,” declares the Lord.”  (Jeremiah 9:23-24)

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To live is Christ–to die is gain!

Scripture reading for September 2nd:  Philippians 1

“Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons:  Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”  (Philippians 1:1-2)  In his introduction and greeting Paul refers to God the Father or Jesus Christ the Son four times!  He sets the tone for his letter by exalting Christ and continues to do so throughout the letter.  Christ Jesus is the Lord of Paul’s life and every believer and church leader must center on Jesus as well.

Paul was in jail for preaching the Gospel at the time of writing this letter.  He prayed for this church that he had pioneered with joy, knowing that God had begun a good work in them and that God would see that work through to completion as the church followed Christ!  (Philippians 1:6)  Joy or rejoicing is mentioned fourteen times by Paul in this letter!

Paul did not know whether his imprisonment would lead to freedom again or death by execution for the Gospel.  He conveyed his thoughts to the church for their prayers and encouragement.  These recorded thoughts have encouraged Christians of all generations!  “I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.  For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”  (Philippians 1:20-21)  Paul looked forward to being with Christ for all eternity.  He was assured that life did not end at death.  He lived for Christ and would die to be with Him!  Let these thoughts encourage you today!

 

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The keys of death and Hell!

Scripture reading for December 23rd: Revelation 1-3

The opening words “The revelation of Jesus Christ” give us an immediate understanding that this last book is all about Jesus Christ!  It was written by one of the twelve disciples, John the beloved, while he was imprisoned on the island of Patmos. (Revelation 1:9)  He was worshiping the Lord on a Sunday when he heard a voice speaking to him.  Upon looking, he saw Jesus and heard Him speak to him a message that was to be written down for the churches that John served.

Jesus appeared in such glory and power that John fell down as a dead man.  (Revelation 1:17)  We who are pentecostal might say that John was slain in the Spirit!  Jesus touched John and spoke again. “Then He placed His right hand on me and said:  “do not be afraid.  I am the First and the Last.  I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever!  And I hold the keys of death and Hades.” (Revelation 1:17b-18)

John was imprisoned for preaching the Gospel.  He and many others were suffering for their faith in Jesus.   All the other disciples who walked with Jesus as John did had already been martyred.  During this special worship time, Jesus came in visible form and then spoke words of faith and encouragement to this apostle.

Jesus is the keeper of the keys of death and Hades!  Satan was not in control and neither was Rome!  Human authorities and governments have no power except that granted by our Lord for His purposes.  Even though death looks permanent to us, Jesus conquered death and Hades and rose from the dead.  He took the keys from Satan and holds the key for our deliverance from there as well!  By faith in Jesus Christ, we are freed from our sins and their power to hold us in Satan’s abode.  Jesus was dead and  but is now alive as the first fruits of them that will live forever!  What encouragement this truth gives to us!

Christians rejoice in this truth!  Death has no power over us and the grave is not to be feared!  Faith is the victory and we can rest assured without fear of what is to come!  We know the one who is alive forever and has the keys!

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