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Friday, March 24, 2017

SIN HAS LOST ITS POWER

“Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it? Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.”

Romans 6:1-4 New Living Translation

Thursday, March 23, 2017

ENDURING PATIENCE

"God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, 'God is tempting me.' God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else. Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death." 

James 1:12-15 New Living Translation

GOD HAS NO FAVORITES

“Masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Don’t threaten them; remember, you both have the same Master in heaven, and he (God) has no favorites.” Ephesians 6:9 New Living Translation
     I think it is pretty normal for a person to have his or her favorite things in life. We favor certain individuals over others because our personalities seem to mesh well with ours. We like or dislike certain people based on their upbringing, their appearance or financial status. It’s a good thing we aren’t God.
     The scriptures are clear in this matter. The Lord plays no favorites. By this it means he doesn’t judge anyone based on his or her skin color, economic status or ethnicity. He doesn’t like any one person over another. We have been created equal in His sight. What we do with the opportunities He has laid before us determines the path we take in life, but we all have the same opportunities. Any obstacles to them are either caused or allowed by God for a specific purpose. I stopped trying to figure out the minutia of His will and ways a long time ago, finding it a fruitless endeavor. What it really all comes down to is faith and trust in God.
     God loves us all unconditionally. Do we understand what that means? Do we understand that the Creator of the Universe deeply loves us to such an extent that He has placed NO conditions on His love? It is unbridled, merciful love, despite who we are, where we came from, what we look like, where we have been or what we may have done. NO conditions. There are very few, if any, condition free things in this life, but in God’s economy, there are no conditions placed on His love for us. Now the trick is that we must strive to do the same to those around us. Even the most undesirable ones among us, are beautiful to God. Love as you are loved. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resource: The Life Application Study Bible. 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

GIVING THANKS FOR OTHERS

“Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God.” Philippians 1:3 New Living Translation
     Have you ever been grateful for someone’s presence in your life? I have. What a wonderful sentiment to express toward someone you know and love. It can be a spouse, a family member or a dear friend. No matter who it is, their positive effect on your life makes you feel joy with a grateful heart.
     The Apostle Paul established the church in Philippi on his 2nd missionary journey. It is the first church founded on the European continent. Paul’s remembrance of them brings joy to his heart. It warms his soul and ignites his spirit to think of them. Is there anyone in your life that does that for you?
     God is infinitely good and fills us with joy and peace in many ways. One way is our relationship with a trusted friend or intimate mate. It is difficult to make it in this life alone, so God enabled us to have these precious souls in our life. The only relationship that should be eclipsed by the one we have with Christ is the one we have with our spouse. Aside from Jesus, who according to scripture “sticks closer than a brother” (Proverbs 18:24), our relationship with our spouse should be a joyful experience.  Do you give thanks to God for your spouse and any other folks that are a blessing to you?  Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!

Resource: The Life Application Study Bible

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

AVOID EVIL & DO GOOD

Does anyone want to live a life that is long and prosperous? Then keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies! Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it. The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right; his ears are open to their cries for help. But the Lord turns his face against those who do evil; he will erase their memory from the earth.” Psalm 34:12-16 New Living Translation
     The actions promoted in the above verses are the result of fearing the Lord. Not being afraid of the Lord, but fearing him out of love and reverence. Those that revere the Lord God will do as he says for his standard for living is what will work for your ultimate good.
     Don’t repay evil for evil, but rather seek peace and strive to keep it. God is watching. He sees all the evil at play in the world today and I’m sure, while it’s not a surprise to him, it still breaks his heart. We mustn’t contribute to the evil that is running rampant, but speak blessings to those who would war against us. He hears the cries of his children and tends to their needs. Those who know not the Lord are dead spiritually and whether conscience or not, are against what he stands for. For those who strive against the Lord and never turn to him for forgiveness, their existence will be blotted out and remembered no more.
     Knowing that God will honor those who serve him is comforting, but honor is not why we serve. We serve him because he is the truth and knowing him is a blessing far greater than anything this world could ever offer. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!

Resource: The Life Application Study Bible.

Monday, March 20, 2017

SEEKING NOURISHMENT

“Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment, now that you have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness.” 1 Peter 2:2-3 New Living Translation
     Although there were no doubt many recent converts in Asia Minor where this letter is sent, the message is also meant for the Jewish believers who due to heavy persecution were driven out of Jerusalem. Converts to Christianity are new born babes in Christ. They need to take spiritual baby steps before they can walk.
     The Word of God is pure spiritual nourishment for the soul. We must crave it as a newborn baby craves their mother’s milk. It’s the only way we can grow in the Lord. Without growth we will become stunted and as a result good for nothing in the name of Christ.  The Lord in his immense kindness has offered us an incredible gift that should never be taken lightly. To have a huge debt expunged with no payback required is something that is hard to fathom and even more difficult to relate to. Would we do the same for someone who didn’t know us? I’m not sure; probably not. But the fact remains that God in his infinite wisdom paid our sin debt. It was a preplanned payment, something he had set his mind to do from the beginning of time. That is truly incredible. Before we even knew him he loved us and he demonstrated that love in Christ’s death.
     Having been given such an unbelievable gift it stands to reason that we should want to draw near to God and know him as best we can. One clear way to know the Lord better is thru his Word. Feast on its riches and grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!

Resources: The Life Application Study Bible; The Reformation Study Bible.