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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 Thursday, September 21, 2017

God Promises He Will Free Us from Sin - (Galatians 4:6-7)

You are no longer a slave, for I have made you My child and My heir.


Reading Notes

Prior to knowing Jesus, we were slaves of sin, slaves to this fallen world because we were caught up in the things of this world. Caught up in the lust of the flesh, desiring for the things of this world, rather, than for the things of God. The Bible tells us that because of the fall of mankind in the Garden of Eden, all of humanity is under the influence of the one the Apostle Paul calls the, "prince of the power of the air," who is Satan. This means that Satan is the primary influence behind the ideologies, philosophies and social movements of this world. Moreover, because we were dead in our trespasses and sins, our sin-nature drove us to follow the things of this world which are at enmity against God. Not only were we slaves to sin, but because we were dead in our trespasses and sins, we had no way of reconciling ourselves with God.

Thankfully, that's where Jesus comes in. What is impossible for mankind to accomplish is possible for God. It was for this very reason Jesus the eternal God of Heaven stepped out of eternity and took on humanity. Jesus forever added humanity to His divinity in order to become our propitiation for sin. And through our faith in Him, we have become free. Through our faith in His payment for our sins, we are now free from the penalty of sin, which is death and eternal separation from God. Moreover, we have become sons and daughters of God, adopted into the family of God by faith. Where we once faced death and eternal punishment for our sins, we now have eternal life and adoption into the family of God. Through faith in the shed blood of Jesus, we also become co-heirs with Christ. God's grace is freely given to us because it is God's gift, His promise to us because of our faith in Christ.

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Advent Day 9: A King is Born to Us, Our Mighty God, Our Prince of Peace

Bible Verse Isaiah 9:6-7

For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

Commentary:

These verses give us an early prophecy of "Immanuel" who is Christ Jesus our Lord, the child born to the virgin. They speak about Jesus of course, who is the very God of the universe. The name "Immanuel" means "God with us" and that's exactly who Jesus is; He is the living God of the universe who stepped out of eternity and added humanity to His divinity, through the incarnation. Jesus did this for us, that He should save us from our sins. Jesus is also the royal son of David making Him the Father and King of the Jewish people. The Bible tells us that Jesus is our "Wonderful Counselor," our "Prince of Peace" and our "Mighty God." These are just a few of the names given to Jesus who is the living God of Heaven. This prophecy has both a near and a far fulfillment. We know the near fulfillment, Jesus was born to a virgin more than two thousand years ago. He lived a sinless life, proved He was God in the flesh, died on the Cross of Calvary for our sins and rose again the third day. For forty days Jesus was witnessed by numerous people, He ascended into heaven in front of a crowd of hundreds of onlookers. There were angels present and they spoke to the crowd saying, "why do you stand staring at the sky, do you not know He will return in the same manner."

The first time Jesus came as the "Suffering Servant," to take away the sins of the world. This was necessary because mankind had no way to save themselves. All of humanity is dead in our trespasses and sins. Because of our sin-nature, humanity has no way to reconcile our sins with a holy God. The true gift at Christmas time, is the free gift of salvation and eternal life through faith in Christ. We have to understand we were each chosen in Christ before the foundations of the world were laid in place. The incarnation of Christ was not an afterthought, God planned to send Himself before the foundations of the world were laid in place. Jesus is the culmination of God's plan of redemption. And the virgin birth was necessary because in order to take our place and pay the price for our sins, Jesus had to share in our humanity. However, He also had to be holy and without a sin-nature which was only possible by the virgin birth. Through the incarnation or "advent" Jesus took on humanity without diminishing His divinity. And His first incarnation was to carry out the grace of God and provide a means of salvation for all of mankind. The second time, which is fast approaching, He will return as our Mighty God, King of kings and Lord of Lords. A time when He will rule the nations with a rod of iron and there will be peace. Dear child of God, we must remember when Jesus comes the second time, it will be too late for those who have rejected Him, to then accept Him as their Lord and Savior. Therefore, at this time of the year we are to be about our Father's business of sharing the gift of God's grace with the rest of the world.

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In the Last Days People Will Abandon God

2nd Timothy 3:1-3

You should know this... in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good.

We Must Worship in Spirit and Truth

John 4:23-24

But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.

Jesus Taught the Things of God

Mark 1:38

But He said to them, "Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also, because for this purpose I have come forth."

Stay True to Christ Our Lord

2nd Peter 2:20

And when people escape from the wicked ways of the world by learning about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and then get tangled up with sin and become its slave again, they are worse off than before.

Nobody is Righteous by Their Own Works

Romans 3:19

Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.

To Trust in Our Idols in Foolishness

Psalm: 115:4-8

Their idols are silver and gold, The work of men's hands. They have mouths, but they do not speak; Eyes they have, but they do not see; They have ears, but they do not hear; Noses they have, but they do not smell; They have hands, but they do not handle; Feet they have, but they do not walk; Nor do they mutter through their throat. hose who make them are like them; So is everyone who trusts in them.

God Looks at the Motives of Our Hearts

Matthew 5:21-22

You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not murder', and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment. But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, 'Raca' shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, 'You fool' shall be in danger of hell fire.

God Will Aks Us What We Did for Christ Out of Love

1st Peter 4:17

For the time has come for judgment, and it must begin with God's household. And if judgment begins with us, what terrible fate awaits those who have never obeyed God's Good News?

We Bless God Thru Our Faith in Jesus

Psalm 113:2-3

Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time forth and forevermore! From the rising of the sun to its going down the Lord's name is to be praised.

We Cannot Take Jesus Name in Vain

Exodus 20:7

You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.

Humble Yourself Before the Lord

Luke 18:10-15

Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, 'God, I thank You that I am not like other men-extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. "I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess." And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, "God, be merciful to me a sinner". I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.

Year of Proverbs
for Thursday, September 21, 2017

Sowing and Reaping Applies to Everyday Life - (Proverbs 22:7-9)

The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender. He who sows iniquity will reap sorrow, and the rod of his anger will fail. He who has a generous eye will be blessed, for he gives of his bread to the poor.


Reading Notes

These passages once again give us practical wisdom for everyday life. However, we should not pass over them too quickly. While they just "make sense" when we read them, we cannot forget God's principle of sowing and reaping. God is sovereign and His laws apply to us whether we believe in Him or not and this includes God's natural law of sowing and reaping. Sowing and reaping is one of the many ways God tries to get our attention, to help us stay on track and turn back toward Him. There is no such thing as Karma! There is no impersonal force seeing over the actions of people. There is no universal force which deals out good and bad luck depending on what we do! Rather, the law of sowing and reaping is just one more way our Lord and Savior shows us He is in control. If we rebel against God and sin, if we carry out actions because of greed, envy or other motives we sow seeds of sin which can grow and take a while to mature.

As a result, when our bad actions finally mature, they can cause terrible consequences for us including severe loss. And likewise when we help others and follow the Lord, our good actions can cause positive changes in others, which, when they mature can bring blessings into our lives. This is part of God's law of sowing and reaping. This means, we should not explain away the things of God to impersonal forces because of our rebellion and enmity with God. Instead, we should turn toward God and remember our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus. God is in control and He has set His laws over us, which include the law of sowing and reaping. In addition, we have to remember we live in a world at enmity against God. Therefore, our actions as children of God serve as a light of the Gospel to others, displaying in a very practical way the grace of God. And when Christians behave badly we impugned the name of Christ among those in rebellion against God and we can further turn people's hearts away from the Lord.

Year of Psalms
for Thursday, September 21, 2017

Our Trust is Placed in God Not in Ourselves - (Psalm 20:7-9)

Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the Lord our God. They have bowed down and fallen; But we have risen and stand upright. Save, Lord May the King answer us when we call.


Reading Notes

Chariots and horses were the leading battlefield equipment of the day and because of that, many kings placed their trust not in God; but in their modern equipment, in their own ingenuity and their ability to wage war. Despite these advantages and their confidence, they fell before the Lord and His people. They were defeated, despite their chariots and armies. Because of our fallen nature, we can make the same mistake. That is the mistake of thinking, that the here and now is all that matters. That somehow mankind knows everything and can accomplish anything because of the arrogance of our modern age. And that is what God is telling us here in these passages. God is reminding us that nothing of man is lasting, nothing we can dream up or create will last, only the things of God last forever. Moreover, there is nothing mankind can discover that God doesn't already know. There is nothing mankind can create which, is more powerful than God. And there is no army regardless of its size that can defeat God.

As followers of Christ, we are not to place our trust in man; but in God alone, through faith alone, in Christ Jesus alone! And we should never take our faith lightly, because trusting in the Lord can be one of the hardest areas for a Christian to have victory. Because of our sin nature and the fallen world we live in, it's easy to place our trust in the things of this world, without even realizing it. However, through the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit who indwells all believers, we are not to trust in ourselves; but only in God. And we do so knowing this cannot be done by our own will power, but only by the work of the Holy Spirit in our hearts and in our minds, as we live our lives in a purposeful, active relationship with God, through prayer, through the study of His word, and by following the guidance of the Holy Spirit. And this is the heart of the message of these passages. Because it's only by our relationship with God through Christ, and by walking closely with the Lord, that we can be assured He will answer us when we call out to Him!

Bible Principle for Today
for Thursday, September 21, 2017

If we obey God and follow His will, we can leave of the consequences to Him, He knows the beginning from the end and His thoughts for us are thoughts of peace and not evil to give us a hope and joy through Christ Jesus our Lord.

Prayer for Today
for Thursday, September 21, 2017

My Lord and my God, I claim today as the source and object of my life and my affection.