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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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  • Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. (John 14:6)
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Daily Bible Promises
for Monday, August 29, 2016

God Promises, If We Lean On Him, He Direct Our Paths - (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Trust in Me with all your heart and I will guide you.


Reading Notes

This passage tells us to trust in the Lord with all our heart and lean not on our own understanding, and given our sin nature and the fallen world we live in, this is not something which is possible under our own willpower and that's the point. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we are to trust in God. We are to lean on God's wisdom, we are to follow His direction, which is found in His word and through submission to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. True wisdom which leads to life is not found in the wisdom of humanity. These passages paint a beautiful picture of one making the conscious decision to trust in the Lord. And not only trust in Him; but to lean on Him as one would go to a loving parent for support, guidance and understanding. The Holy Spirit indwells all believers who place their faith in Christ alone for salvation. And He will not only direct our paths; but He will also give us wisdom and discernment as we grow in Christ and in the knowledge of God's word. The Holy Spirit helps to illuminate, or deepen our understanding of the Bible in light of who Jesus is and what He has done for us.

In addition, as we read God's word, our minds and hearts are strengthened because we gain wisdom and understanding which we can use for our day to day lives. God's wisdom and the guidance of the Holy Spirit helps us to live a more abundant life which honors God, and is productive for the kingdom of God. In addition, as we grow spiritually, we learn not to rely on our own ingenuity; but rather lean on God's understanding. With spiritual maturity and a greater understanding of God's word, the Lord can use us more effectively in His kingdom work of spreading the Gospel of Christ to those who are lost in a dark and dying world. Therefore, we have to remember Jesus told us trials will come, they're unavoidable because they are part of the fallen world we live in, a world influenced by the one the Apostle Paul calls the "prince of the power of the air," who is Satan. This means we can either face those trials unprepared and on our own, or we can face them with God at our side and His wisdom and the Holy Spirit to guide us.

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Preparing with God's Armor Part II

Bible Verse Ephesians 6:16-18

Above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit.

Commentary:

As Paul continues with his description of our heavenly armor we get to see the remaining resources given to us by God. Given that we may stand firm in the day of trouble, as spiritual attacks come upon us. These are the Shield of Faith, the Helmet of Salvation, the Sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, and fervent prayer. The first thing we notice is each of these pieces of armor faith, salvation, God's word and prayer are all designed to be used together as one. God never meant these items to be used separately, or sparingly for that matter. But they are meant to be used all together as a cohesive whole, working hand in hand with God's will. And they are meant to be used often. Because only by frequent handling can we become proficient in their use.

And it's only when we use them together as one, that we truly become effective for the kingdom of God. Never forget God has also prepared us for their use. This is because God gave us the truth of the Gospel. By which we were secured and covered with the righteousness of Christ, imputed to us by our faith. The shield described in these passages was a large shield which was designed to protect the whole body. This is necessary because the enemy will shoot his flaming arrows at us from all directions. And it's only by our faith in Christ which becomes our shield that we can quench these fiery darts. Satan's next attack will be toward our minds. He will no doubt try to destroy our assurance of salvation by creating doubt and getting us to doubt our faith. However, that is why we wear the Helmet of Salvation.

It is the salvation given by Christ alone, through faith alone, which protects our hearts and minds from attack. We trust in the Lord because He has given us the guarantee of His resurrection and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. And with all these things in hand, we are prepared for battle. Our foundation is Jesus, and because we have our footing securely in Him we stand firm through His power working in us. Therefore, we are now ready for our only weapon. This is the same weapon Jesus used to defeat Satan when he attacked Him in the wilderness. That sword is the Word of God. This is our most powerful weapon and like any good solider we must train with it often. Like any good soldier we must be thoroughly familiar with our God given weapon of choice. The word of God is so strong, that Satan's only maneuver is to keep us from reading it. Because Satan knows once we understand and learn to wield this weapon, that we truly become effective in the hands of God.

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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.

We Are to Help Spread the Good News of Jesus

Romans 10:14-15

How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? 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.

As We Grow in Christ, God Works in Our Lives

Ecclesiastes 3:11-14

He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end. I know that nothing is better for them than to rejoice, and to do good in their lives, and also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor-it is the gift of God. I know that whatever God does, It shall be forever. Nothing can be added to it, And nothing taken from it. God does it, that men should fear before Him.

Year of Proverbs
for Monday, August 29, 2016

We Should Choose Our Friends Wisely, Based on Character - (Proverbs 18:23-24)

The poor man uses entreaties, But the rich answers roughly. A man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.


Reading Notes

This passage at first glance may look rather straight forward because of the way it has been translated. However, it carries a very deep meaning as it gives practical wisdom for our everyday relationships. The difficulties with this passage are because of the phrase, "friends must himself be friendly." In the Hebrew this phrase really means, "sometimes friends destroy friends." Knowing the meaning of this phrase changes our understanding of the passage. And what God is telling us is to use wisdom gained from God and His word, when choosing our friends. Why? Because the friends we choose can shape our lives.

In other words, if we are to translate this section of the passage literally it says, "Sometimes friends destroy friends; but a friend chosen wisely is closer than a brother to us." So here God is giving us profound wisdom which affects every aspect of our day to day lives. Because it reminds us and warns us that we must choose our friends wisely. Because our friendships can define who we are and affect our lives both here and in our future. Our friends not only shape our character, they also affect our intelligence as well as our outlook on day to day life. They can bring joy into our lives as they help us to grow in the Lord, or they can bring constant turmoil, heartache and drive us away from God. Therefore, we are to choose our friends wisely, we are to look at the heart and character of those call friends.

Year of Psalms
for Monday, August 29, 2016

Praise God, He Hears Us Always (Psalm 5:1-7)

Give ear to my words, O Lord, Consider my meditation. Give heed to the voice of my cry, My King and my God, For to You I will pray. My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; In the morning I will direct it to You, And I will look up. For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness, Nor shall evil dwell with You. The boastful shall not stand in Your sight; You hate all workers of iniquity. You shall destroy those who speak falsehood; The Lord abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man. But as for me, I will come into Your house in the multitude of Your mercy; In fear of You I will worship toward Your holy temple.


Reading Notes

God hears us and He knows our frame, we are fearfully and wonderfully made. And as our sovereign Lord, God knows not only our actions, but also the thoughts and motivations behind those actions. And in the opening verses of these passages the psalmist shows us this thought with his plea for God's help in trials. The psalmist in the opening verse is showing us his confidence of knowing God hears the prayers of those He calls His own. And more important for us to consider is the phrase, "my voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord." The psalmist knows because of his relationship with God, because of his love for the Lord and the special relationship he has with God, that God will hear and answer his prayer. Moreover, the psalmist understands that regardless of the answer, he can trust in God for all eternity. The psalmist also understands that God see's the actions of the wicked, those in rebellion against Him. The Lord not only see's their actions, God knows the true motivations and hatred in their hearts toward Him, and toward the people of God.

As followers of Christ, we have to remember that Jesus told us in this life we would have tribulation; but He also said, "be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world." Jesus stepped out or eternity and took on humanity to show us that He has overcome the world and paid the price for us. Therefore, we understand the victory has already been won! Jesus is alive today, He hears us when we cry out to Him, He is there whenever we need to speak with Him. This is because through our faith in Him, we not only receive salvation, but we become children of God, adopted by faith into the family of God. In addition, one of the many gifts of our salvation and adoption is prayer. Through prayer, we can communicate with God who loves us dearly and wants to hear from us. In addition, through prayer, we can bring the power of God into our lives and the lives of others. Therefore, prayer should always be our first action of the day and our last action before laying our heads down at night. Because of Jesus we have our relationship with God the Father restored, and like the psalmist we can have confidence that God hears us when we cry out to Him!

Bible Principle for Today
for Monday, August 29, 2016

God hears our prayers and they help us to build our relationship with Him, we know God's ways are not our ways and His timetable is not our timetable, so we must never forget He acts on behalf of those who await His answer.

Prayer for Today
for Monday, August 29, 2016

Holy and Almighty LORD, my Father in heaven, I want to honor you and ignore the temptations of Satan. Please empower me with your Spirit and capture my heart with your grace as I seek to live each day for you. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.