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We know we are not perfect! Though try as we might no one can achieve perfection all or even most of the time, and God knows that! And that's why He gave us the gift of salvation through the forgiveness of sins. As the Bible says "For by grace you are saved through faith; and not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, Not by works lest any man should boast." (Ephesians 2:8,9)
 

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for Monday, November 24, 2014

God Promises Us, We Have a New Life in Christ - (Colossians 3:3)

Your old life has died and your new life is hid with Christ in Me.


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When we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior we die to sin, we die to our old self and life for us begins to change. Today because of Jesus we are a new creation, saved by grace, indwelt by the Holy Spirit and alive in Christ! Through our faith in Jesus we become a new creation and part of God's ongoing work in His church. Once we begin a relationship with Jesus there starts a process of change within us and it's an ongoing process called sanctification. This is the process whereby we die to self, die to sin and begin to live for Christ. And as this process continues we see changes in ourselves and in our lives. These changes occur in our hearts and affect the way we think, the way we behave, basically our whole nature begins to change.

This change becomes evident to those we love and the world around us. In addition part of this change is we become more sensitive to the things of God and the needs and feelings of those around us. We begin to grow a concern for those who are lost and do not know Jesus and the salvation He alone can provide. It's during this process where we begin to see God work in our lives as He restores what sin has taken away from us. God can restore our families, our homes as well as our love and joy for life. This is because Jesus brings new life into us and He brings it more abundantly. Joy now begins to take the place of anger, hope and yearning for God's kingdom replaces fear and we now have hope because of the future to come, a future we know will be spent with Jesus.

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The Unity of the Church Part II

Bible Verse Ephesians 4:1-6

I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

Commentary:

Starting with chapter four we see a transition in Paul's letter from doctrine to practice as Paul begins to teach on the practical duty and conduct of every believers. In addition Paul cautiously reminds his readers of his imprisonment as a gentle reminder and example of the cost of following Christ and what it means to be faithful to the Lord. This is especially important at this particular time in history within the Roman Empire as Christians are beginning to face stronger and stronger persecution.

Paul reminds believers that the church is called the body of Christ and is comprised of every believer since the day of Pentecost; without exception and without recognition of denomination as we see today. Moreover we are all brought together by one Spirit who is the Holy Spirit, under one Lord who is Jesus Christ for the glory of one God and Father who is above all. Notice how Paul nicely ties together the role and persons of the Trinity for us in these passages with the Holy Spirit in verse four, Jesus in verse five and God the Father inverse six. We are saved by our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus, filled with and brought together by the Holy Spirit who works in the lives of all believers to the glory of God the Father.

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We Strive to be the Good Soil

James 4:7-8, 10

Submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.

We Strive to be a Light to the Lost

Luke 8:16-17

No one, when he has lit a lamp, covers it with a vessel or puts it under a bed, but sets it on a lampstand, that those who enter may see the light. For nothing is secret that will not be revealed, nor anything hidden that will not be known and come to light.

Avoid Obstacles that Hinder Our Service

2nd Timothy 2:3-5, 7

You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. Consider what I say, and may the Lord give you understanding in all things.

Waiting on the Lord

Isaiah 40:31

But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.

The Strength of the Lord Can See Us Through

Isaiah 40:28-29

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, The Creator of the ends of the earth, Neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength.

Only Through Jesus Can We Obtain a Clean Heart

Psalm 51:10-12

Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.

We Are Clean through the Blood of Christ

Psalm 51:7-9

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me hear joy and gladness, That the bones You have broken may rejoice. Hide Your face from my sins, And blot out all my iniquities.

Only Jesus Can Cleanse Us from Sin

Psalm 51:1-4

Have mercy upon me, O God, According to Your lovingkindness; According to the multitude of Your tender mercies, Blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, And cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions, And my sin is always before me. Against You, You only, have I sinned, And done this evil in Your sight-That You may be found just when You speak, And blameless when You judge.

We Have Joy and a Generous Life Through Christ

Psalm 51:11-13

Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit. Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, And sinners shall be converted to You.

Salvation Through Christ Alone, Who is God

Psalm 51:14-17

O God, The God of my salvation, And my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness. O Lord, open my lips, And my mouth shall show forth Your praise. For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it; You do not delight in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart-These, O God, You will not despise.

Blessed Are Those Who Have Their Faith in Christ

Matthew 5:2-11

Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying: Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.

Year of Proverbs
for Monday, November 24, 2014

Without Christ a Heart Becomes Deceitful and Tongue Perverse - (Proverbs 17:20)

He who has a deceitful heart finds no good, And he who has a perverse tongue falls into evil.


Reading Notes

Here God is giving us some of the character traits of the wicked. He is showing us those attributes which are common in the hearts of those who rebel against the Lord. From this we can see that the heart of the wicked is deceitful. The thoughts of their heart shows a constant plotting and planning of destruction for those they meet which is in turn is displayed in their speech. Their speech is meant for only destruction and self-gain as it becomes a tool used to carry out their plots against others. Their perverse tongue not only leads themselves into evil, but entices as many as will follow as well.

A perverse tongue lays ambush against the innocent who cross their paths. However more importantly it shows the progression of a life without God. It shows us what can happen to a life without Christ and without a relationship with the true and living God. Because without Christ we inevitably fall into a pattern of life which serves to feed our own desires, creating a hunger for more which is followed up with more sinful actions. A hunger that can never be filled or stopped without Jesus. A hunger which leads to less joy, less happiness and less fulfillment now as well as eternal destruction later.

Year of Psalms
for Monday, November 24, 2014

The Lord Reigns, He is From Everlasting to Everlasting - (Psalm 93:1-2)

The Lord reigns, He is clothed with majesty; The Lord is clothed, He has girded Himself with strength. Surely the world is established, so that it cannot be moved. Your throne is established from of old; You are from everlasting.


Reading Notes

This psalm speaks of the eternal reign of the Lord and His universal kingdom which is providentially ruled over by His son, Jesus Christ the Second Person of the Trinity. Jesus is God in the flesh and this psalm along with psalms ninety-five to one hundred celebrate the God's sovereignty and kingship over the entire universe. This psalm brings us hope, fills us with joy and excitement for the eternity which awaits us. Nothing created by man is more powerful, more permanent and reigns supreme like our God. This psalm calls for God's kingship over all creation. And we as followers of Christ have to remember Jesus is the author of all creation. The Bible tells in the first chapter of John's Gospel about Jesus, "All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made." In context with this psalm God is the direct leader and protector of His people Israel.

And in context with the Bible the Lord, who is Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, is supremely sovereign. And the Bible tells us Jesus alone will rule over all nations of the earth. These opening verses speak of the majesty of the Lord. They allude to His attributes of omniscience, omnipresence, omnipotence and His eternal nature. The security of God's throne is forever and this should bring comfort to the hearts of all followers of Christ. Because God does not change, nor do His promises. They like the Lord are from everlasting to everlasting. Moreover look at the passage, "Surely the world is established, so that it cannot be moved." This tells us God is in control and God has a plan for mankind and for the world. Therefore nothing can move or change the world until God's appointed time, which the Bible tells us is coming at the end of this age.

Bible Principle for Today
for Monday, November 24, 2014

Often times God can't use us when we act out of our own pride, desires and confidence; brokenness is God's requirement for maximum usefulness and effectiveness.

Prayer for Today
for Monday, November 24, 2014

Thank you Lord for not rationing your wisdom when I seek it, you always give more than I ask.