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Everyone of us has sinned and broken God's laws. Everyone has fallen short of God's perfect standard. All people at one point or another have done something or thought something they're not proud of, something that they would not like anyone else to know about, let alone God. Moreover, God looks not only at our deeds, but also the desires and motives behind all the things we do. The Bible says, "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." And that's what Salvation is all about. All of humanity was born with a sin-nature, and we are separated from God because of our sin. In addition, there are no works we can perform, which can earn our way into Heaven. What we consider "good deeds" are god's standard for our normal everyday behavior. If that were not hard enough, we have to remember, no good deeds, no matter how big the sacrifice, erase or remove past sin. There are no scales in Heaven, God is not going to compare our sins against our good deeds, to see which is greater.

That would be like committing a crime, then telling the judge we are not guilty because we did a good deed afterwards. We must remember all sin no matter how small in thought or deed is punishable by Hell. But the good news is God wants to have a relationship with you and me. God's desire is that all people would spend eternity with Him in Heaven. Therefore, God's salvation is a free gift given by His grace, through faith alone in Jesus alone. God gave us a way to receive forgiveness of all of our sins past, present and future! And that is His free gift of grace. We know that we are not perfect. Though try as we might, no one can achieve perfection. We cannot behave perfectly all, or even most of the time, and God knows that! And that's why He gave us the gift of salvation which is 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 anyone should boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9)
 

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Daily Bible Promises
for Sunday, June 26, 2016

God Promises He Will Meet All of Our Needs in Christ - (2nd Corinthians 9:8)

I will meet all your needs so you can overflow with good works.


Reading Notes

God possesses an infinite amount of grace, love and resources for His children and their service to him. Moreover, God equips His people for the service He has called them to do. What this means for us, is that God is sufficient to meet our needs for ministry. This goes hand in hand with the concept that God blesses us with talents, abilities, resources and yes, even wealth so we can bless those in need around us and further the message of the Gospel. In addition, God gives us everything we need for salvation. Even through the trials we know will come, we have sufficiency in Jesus to make it through the storm, knowing our salvation is secure in Him. In addition, we have security through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit who is always with us. God has supplied us with what we need to remain steadfast in Christ through faith, as we grow spiritually through the work of the Holy Spirit in us. We have to remember when we speak of blessings we are speaking of spiritual blessings as well as resources to continue God's work. We are not to seek as the world does after material possessions, personal wealth and success.

As followers of Jesus, we are to submit to the will of God through following the guidance of the Holy Spirit, this includes how we use our time, talents and resources which God has given us. We do so knowing that when we bless others with what God has given us He promises to bless us in return, as we earn rewards in Heaven for the work we do here. Work done out of our love for Jesus and those around us. God will not only bless us, but bless us more abundantly that we may continue our work of the kingdom. That we may continue growing in the knowledge of Christ Jesus our Lord and sharing that knowledge and grace with others. This is the true key to living for Christ. That is, we submit to the guidance of the Holy Spirit and through His promptings in our life and God's word, we follow the Lord. Giving to others what God has given to us and spreading the good news of salvation and eternal life in the name of Christ alone, by faith alone. And as we do so, we not only experience the peace and joy of the Lord now, but we are blessed beyond measure as we store up treasures in heaven. We are to help those in need, share the Gospel with those who are lost and thereby abound in the grace of God.

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Paul's Prayer and Blessing for All Believers Part III

Bible Verse Ephesians 3:16-19

That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Commentary:

The Holy Spirit applies to all believers the personal presence of God in our lives. A presence which is real and felt by all believers as the Holy Spirit indwells all of us who have placed our faith in Christ Jesus our Lord. This is because the Holy Spirit is working out the process of sanctification in our lives whereby we grow in Christ. The result of this sanctification is a supernatural love which grows stronger in us as we grow in the knowledge of Jesus and His word. As a result we now have a new love for Christ, a love for God, a love for His church and a love for others especially the lost.

This supernatural love which can now be found in us is a natural outcome of living a life of faith in Christ. A faith which produces fruit in our lives pleasing to God and helpful to others. From this love we produce good works as a result of the Holy Spirit's work inside of our hearts. And as we grow in Christ and we have a continuing trust in His lordship over our lives we grow in fruitfulness for God. Because as we mature in our faith the Holy Spirit lays down an ever growing foundation of love in us. A foundation built on Christ which produces a self-giving and people-serving love for God, love for His church and love for the Lost.

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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.

We Are the Light of Christ

Matthew 5:14-16

You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Jesus, the Image of the Invisible God

Colossians 1:15-17

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.

Christ Image of the Living God

Hebrews 1:1-4,9

God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they... To the Son He says: "Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your Kingdom.

Our Dwelling Place is With Jesus - (Psalm 91:9-11)

Psalm 91:9-11

Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; for He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.

Submit to God

James 4:7-8

Submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.

We Were Chosen Before the Foundation of the World

Ephesians 1:3-6

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He has made us accepted in the Beloved.

Follow Jesus With Your Whole Heart

Psalm 119:10-12

With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You Blessed are You, O Lord Teach me Your statutes

Blessed Are Those Who Follow Christ

Psalm 119:2-6

Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, Who seek Him with the whole heart They also do no iniquity; They walk in His ways. You have commanded us To keep Your precepts diligently. Oh, that my ways were directed To keep Your statutes Then I would not be ashamed, When I look into all Your commandments

Believe in Jesus, Confess Him as Lord

Romans 10:10-13

For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame. For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Year of Proverbs
for Sunday, June 26, 2016

God's Word Brings Wisdom and Joy - (Proverbs 20:5)

Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water, But a man of understanding will draw it out.


Reading Notes

How do we grow in wisdom? Not man's wisdom based on self and this world; but in the wisdom of God. How do we grow in true wisdom which leads to life and brings us a life lived more abundantly? We do so through the deep down study of God's word, once we have placed our faith in Christ Jesus our Lord and given our hearts to Him. Our faith in Jesus brings with it the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. And it's the Holy Spirit who illuminates our understanding of scripture in light of who Jesus is and what He has done for us. The Holy Spirit teaches us as we study God's word, bringing us true wisdom, which comes from God. And that's what these passages are speaking about. It's important to remember all scripture speak of Jesus. From the Old Testament to the New Testament the Bible testifies of Jesus as it unfolds God's plan of redemption.

This means without a relationship with God through Jesus, we have no way of truly understanding the Bible. Without a relationship with God through Christ, we cannot fully understand God's plan of redemption as revealed to us in scripture. These passages also show us that a godly man has understanding that is rooted deep in God's word, the Bible. And through the intentional study of God's word he will draw out more wisdom, more guidance and therefore more joy in his life by following the Lord. In addition, a godly man places himself in fellowship with other men who study the Bible and pass down what they learn to the next generation. In addition, God has raised up great men throughout history who have recorded their commentaries and lessons learned through the study of God's word. This is important for us to read as well, because the primary business of the church is to teach the word of God and preach the Gospel of Christ.

Year of Psalms
for Sunday, June 26, 2016

God's Promises Mean We Can Bring Our Fears Before Him - (Psalm 89:46-48)

How long, Lord? Will You hide Yourself forever? Will Your wrath burn like fire? Remember how short my time is; For what futility have You created all the children of men? What man can live and not see death? Can he deliver his life from the power of the grave? Selah


Reading Notes

Here we begin to see reconciliation within the heart of Ethan. He understands why God has disciplined His people Israel. However now we see the heart of Ethan. In a rhetorical sense he is asking God how long will His discipline last? From Ethan's point of view he ask. "Could it possibly be forever?" Ethan wants to see the Lord's face shine once again upon him and his people. He wants to see this happen in his life time. Here the psalmist is pleading with God because he wants to see God's glory once again, but his fear is he will die before that happens.

So in desperation he ask God, "how long can a man live?" Moreover the prosperity and existence of the Davidic kingdom is dependent on God, and if God abandons the people who can survive? Without God by their side who can stop the mocking from the surrounding Gentile nations. In addition given the promises of God we read about earlier, the psalmist knows it won't last forever. Therefore he is asking God to intervene, change the people's hearts and restore their nation’s relationship with God. In a sense Ethan is asking for a revival lead by the Lord Himself to change the hearts of the people.

Bible Principle for Today
for Sunday, June 26, 2016

God can do anything, if necessary God will move heaven and earth to show us His will... Are we listening for Him? Are we following the promptings of the Holy Spirit which dwells inside of us as children of God?

Prayer for Today
for Sunday, June 26, 2016

Hallelujah, God Almighty. You have taken death and defeated it through the work of your Son and my Savior Jesus. Thank you. I praise you in the name of my risen Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.