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But the good news is God wants to have a relationship with you. And God's salvation is a free gift given by faith. And He gave you a way to receive forgiveness of all sins past, present and future! And that is His free gift of grace. We all know that 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 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 any man should boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9)
 

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Daily Bible Promises
for Thursday, July 30, 2015

God Promises Us a Crown of Glory - (1st Peter 5:4)

When Jesus appears, you will receive a crown of glory that will never dim.


Reading Notes

We are all called to be ministers to those who are without Jesus and we are called to help edify the body of Christ. We are all part of one body. And God has given each one us talents and gifts to be used for His glory, for His kingdom, to help build up those who are our brothers and sisters. As well as to shine a light for those who are lost! We are to use what God has given us not on ourselves, but on others and those things God has directed us to do. In addition, this doesn't mean we compare ourselves against each other in regards to our role in ministry. God has given us each a unique blending of gifts to be used where He in His sovereignty has determined to place us in the body of Christ which is the church.

Therefore, each being uniquely qualified by God for His service we are to use our gifts to proclaim the Gospel, seek the lost and help those in need around us. All of us, great and small will stand before Christ and give an account of what we did with what God gave us. We can never ignore that God has given each of us special gifts and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit for the administration of those gifts. We are supposed to be the hands, feet and mouth of Christ here on earth as directed by the Holy Spirit. So the question today is can we be directed by the Holy Spirit or has our desires for this world blocked out the Holy Spirit's influence in our lives?

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God's Will for Our Lives, is the Salvation of Souls!

Bible Verse Galatians 5:24-26

And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

Commentary:

Christ Jesus our Lord, has given each of us a unique blending of spiritual gifts, for the service He has called us to do. This is different for each believer, therefore, we cannot look at each other as the world does. Our work within the "body of Christ" is not a competition, there is no corporate ladder to climb with God. The best theologian, and the lowliest of saints are equal in the eyes of God. What matters is what has God called you to do! This means we are not at odds with one another, rather we are unique parts of a cohesive whole. God looks at the motives and intents of our hearts. This means when we think as the world thinks and we look at each with conceit, envy and in a spirit of jealousy, we not only hurt ourselves, but we also hurt the body of Christ. This is why we must remember, when Jesus looks at us He does so with eternity in mind. God looks at everyone with eternity in mind! Moreover, as it relates to our rewards in Heaven, Jesus not only looks at what we do, but the motives, the desires and most importantly the heart attitude behind the actions we carry out.

In other words, God is not interested in our deeds, but in our hearts. He is interested in our hearts toward Him, toward fellow believers, toward those in need and to those who are lost and in rebellion against God. This means that "good works" as God see's them only consist of those things we do out of our love for Jesus, our love for others, our heart for those who are in need and for those who do not know Jesus. Those who are lost in a dark and dying world. Dear child of God, it's vitally important we understand that the calling of God for each and every follower of Christ, first and foremost, is to seek those who are lost and share the Good News of salvation by faith alone in Christ alone! Everything else is secondary to that calling. If we want to know the will of God, we must understand that His first priority is all those who will, should come to faith in Christ Jesus our Lord!

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Jesus the Light of the World.

John 3:19

And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

Jesus is Risen, He Goes Before Us

Mark 16:6-7

But he said to them, "Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him. But go, tell His disciples and Peter, that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you."

Jesus Bore Our Sin and Shame

Isaiah 53:3-4

He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief... Surely He has borne our grief and carried our sorrows.

We Have Eternal Life thru the Resurrection of Christ

Matthew 22:31-32

But now, as to whether there will be a resurrection of the dead, haven't you ever read about this in the Scriptures? Long after Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob had died, God said, 'I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.' So He is the God of the living, not the dead.

Don't Chase After Perishable Things

John 6:27

But don't be so concerned about perishable things like food. Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that the Son of Man can give you. For God the Father has given me the seal of his approval.

Cling to Christ

1st Timothy 1:19

Cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear. For some people have deliberately violated their consciences; as a result, their faith has been shipwrecked.

Trust in Christ, He Knows Our Wanderings

Psalm 56:8,10-11

You number my wanderings; Put my tears into Your bottle; Are they not in Your book? In God (I will praise His word), In the Lord (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?

Be a Good Witness for Christ

Colossians 4:5-6

Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.

Our Joy is in Christ and His Gospel

Romans 10:14-15

And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: 'How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!'

What Idols Have We Set Up?

Ezekiel 14:3

Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their hearts, and put before them that which causes them to stumble into iniquity. Should I let Myself be inquired of at all by them?

As Christians We Should Forgive Others Before Ourselves

Mark 11:25-26

And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.

Year of Proverbs
for Thursday, July 30, 2015

Do Not Walk in the Way of the Wicked - (Proverbs 4:14-18)

Do not enter the path of the wicked, And do not walk in the way of evil. Avoid it, do not travel on it; Turn away from it and pass on. For they do not sleep unless they have done evil; And their sleep is taken away unless they make someone fall. For they eat the bread of wickedness, And drink the wine of violence. But the path of the just is like the shining sun, That shines ever brighter unto the perfect day.


Reading Notes

God's word provides us wisdom and guidance to live a good life, a fulfilling life. A life not of riches and wealth, but a life of peace, joy and fulfillment. God's thoughts toward us, are thoughts of love and peace. And through the guidance provided by His word and the Holy Spirit who indwells us, we can live a good life, walking close to the Lord. In addition, through the wisdom of God's word we understand the warnings of these passages. We understand that sin corrupts always. Moreover, sin not only corrupts, sin never stops its relentless desire to destroy all that is good and holy. Therefore, because of our love for the Lord will follow His commandments and the wisdom given in His word. We have to remember God never promised us riches, or health, or prosperity! As a matter of fact, Jesus told us in this life we will have tribulation.

In addition, we have to remember the example set by the apostles and followers of Christ. All of them suffered persecution and many Christians died a martyr’s death. This is because we live in a fallen world, a world which is at enmity against God. A world the Apostle Paul tells us is influenced by the, "Prince of the power of the air" who is Satan. However, by following the Lord and walking in His precepts we will have a joy and a happiness that surpasses all human understanding now in this life, and later we will spend eternity in His presence. If we follow the wicked God assures us we will walk in darkness, violence and ultimate despair. And if someone rejects Jesus and the salvation He alone can provide they will be eternally separated from God and spend forever in isolation, suffering, always remembering every moment they heard the Gospel of Jesus and rejected it. That is why God's word warns us so much to avoid the path of the wicked.

Year of Psalms
for Thursday, July 30, 2015

Praise the Lord for His Redemption - (Psalm 117:1-2)

Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles Laud Him, all you peoples For His merciful kindness is great toward us, And the truth of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord


Reading Notes

This psalm brings together all peoples, of all lands in praise of God for His redemption offered freely to all mankind. This psalm has three unique features about it. First it's the shortest psalm only two verses long, which also makes it the shortest chapter in the entire Bible. Moreover this psalm sits in the exact middle of the Bible. And this psalm shows us that God is looking redemptively at all people from all nations and lands.

Moreover because the word Gentiles is used within the context of praising God for His "merciful kindness" we get an indication that the psalmist is speaking of God's redemption and salvation through the promised Messiah who was Christ Jesus our Lord. The first call with "praise the Lord" is for the nation of Israel and the second call "all you Gentiles Laud Him" then includes Gentiles in God's call of redemption. And finally the phrase "all you peoples for His merciful kindness is great toward us" confirms that we are all one in God's plan of redemption for all peoples.

The New Testament further clarifies and confirms this idea as Paul tells us in his letter to the Galatians. "There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus." As we read these passages we see how fitting it is that God has placed these verses where He has. Because they take us from the Old Testament and point us in the direction of Jesus who in Himself fulfills God's plan of redemption for all people.

In addition these passages help us to remember that Israel's position as God's chosen people was for the purposes of bringing the knowledge of God to the rest of the world. God called Israel to be a nation of priests showing the light of God to the surrounding Gentile nations and we see that here as God directly calls the Gentiles to praise Him for His mercy of salvation.

Bible Principle for Today
for Thursday, July 30, 2015

During times of trouble when the storm is raging and it appears we can be swept away, remember God's Word is an achnor which nothing can move.

Prayer for Today
for Thursday, July 30, 2015

O Lord let our lives reflect the joy you have put into our hearts that your name may be glorified above all else.