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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 Thursday, December 08, 2016

God Promises He Will Deliver Us - (Colossians 1:12-13)

I delivered you from darkness into the kingdom of My beloved Son.


Reading Notes

We were all dead in our trespasses and sins. Blinded by the darkness of this present world with no way to reconcile ourselves with a holy God. However, God while we were yet sinners, He sent His beloved Son to die for us on the Cross of Calvary. Thereby bringing us who were in darkness and dead in our trespasses and sins, into the kingdom of light, as children of God and joint heirs with Christ. The word "conveyed" which is used in this passage is the Greek word "hikanoo" and it carries the meaning that God through Jesus' qualified us to be His children. It tells us before Jesus saved us, we were not qualified to be part of the family of God, as children of God. However, because of Jesus, what He did for us and through our faith in Him, we have become qualified to be partakers of His inheritance which is the kingdom of God.

This is another way of saying by faith we have become children of God and joint-heirs with Christ in the kingdom of God. Thus God has given to us, by His grace, the free gift of salvation to all who accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Because of our faith in Jesus as our God, we have been freed from the power of this dark world and the penalty of sin. A world the Apostle Paul tells us is ruled by the "prince of the power of the air," who is Satan. Moreover, we have been transformed into children of God and the disharmony we experienced in our relationship with God the Father, has been removed by Jesus' work on the Cross of Calvary. Because of this transformation the New Testament calls all believers "Saints." Our faith in Jesus has made us saints in the eyes of God, why? Because Jesus' blood shed for us has removed our sins from us. Through faith we receive the imputed righteousness of Christ, and we are spotless in the eyes of God. Because of Jesus, we are adopted into the family of God and destined to receive an inheritance in His kingdom!

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By Faith and By Jesus' Sacrifice, We Have Freedom Part I

Bible Verse Galatians 5:13-14

For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."

Commentary:

Jesus told us anyone who commits sin is a slave to sin, however, those who believe in Him are free indeed. And because of our fallen nature, without Christ we are a slave to our own sin nature. However, through Jesus and His sacrifice for us the power of sin over us has forever been broken. And therefore, through faith we are free from sin and the power of sin over our lives. This is the heart of the message of Galatians. Paul through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, spent six chapters explaining this basic concept to the Galatian church in order to prevent them from losing their freedom by the schemes of the Judaizers. And God through the preservation of His word has made it available for our edification as well. With our salvation, we were forever changed and adopted into the family of God.

Through faith we have become children of God and joint-heirs with Christ. Dear child of God this is so very important to our understanding of a strong Christian life. With our salvation came the deposit of Christ's nature inside of us to live a life pleasing to God. By faith, through the renewing of our spirit, we received the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. God's spirit resides inside of each and every one of us. And this is what drives our motivation to follow the Lord, love those around us and obey His word. And from the new spirit given to us by the power of God, stems our desire to know and study God's word the Bible. And it's the Bible, which is illuminated to our spirit by the Holy Spirit residing in us, that we learn more about our Lord and Savior. From God's word we learn about His interactions with mankind regarding His plan of redemption, made available to us through faith in Christ.

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Hearts Filled with the Holy Spirit, Praise God

Ephesians 5:18-19

And do not be drunk with wine; But be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord

God's Love is Displayed in His Commandments

1st John 5:3

For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.

God Does Not Bring Temptation

James 1:13-14

Let no one say when he is tempted, I am tempted by God'; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.

Don't Change What's Passing Away

1st John 2:15-17

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world-the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life-is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.

Christ is Above All Things

Philippians 4:7-8

But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord.

Your Love for Christ is Known by the Fruit You Bear

Matthew 7:18-20

A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them.

Don't Let the World Lead You to Destruction

Matthew 7:13-14

Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

Don't Be Overwhelmed by the Influences of this World

1st Corinthians 6:12

All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.

Remember Others Watch Our Walk in Christ

Romans 14:15

Yet if your brother is grieved because of your food, you are no longer walking in love. Do not destroy with your food the one for whom Christ died.

Set the Lord Always Before You

Psalm 16:7-11

I will bless the Lord who has given me counsel; My heart also instructs me in the night seasons. I have set the Lord always before me; Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; My flesh also will rest in hope. For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption. You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Our Riches Found in Jesus

Luke 9:23-26

If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father's, and of the holy angels.

Year of Proverbs
for Thursday, December 08, 2016

We Share Our Lives With Those Around Us - (Proverbs 17:17)

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.


Reading Notes

Here the Bible is contrasting the love of a true friend verses the love of a brother. A true friend is there always when the need arises to help, to console, to support in times of need and times of celebration. In addition, a friend is there during those ordinary times as we share our lives with one another. Whereas a brother because of family ties are there when emergency or tragedy strikes. In many cases a friend can be closer than a brother, in addition a brother can be our best friend and there can be no difference between the two of them because a close friend can be like a brother.

And in many cases brothers share our lives as well as friends do. In this passage the Bible is not placing one above the other. However, what the Bible is doing is once again showing us yet another aspect of the life we live as children of God. And as a friend, as a brother in Christ, we are to be there for those we love in all stages and events in life. Throughout our lives, we can choose to be either a casual friend or we can foster that friendship until it turns into a brotherhood. The choice is ours alone to make. The question is when someone looks back at their friendship with us, will they be able to say this verse is true for the relationship we had with them?

Year of Psalms
for Thursday, December 08, 2016

No Nation Should Squander the Blessings of God and Forget the Lord - (Psalm 137:5-6)

If I forget you, O Jerusalem, Let my right hand forget its skill. If I do not remember you, Let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth-If I do not exalt Jerusalem Above my chief joy.


Reading Notes

Sometimes it's hard for us in our modern society to understand the losses or situations of history, taught to us in the Bible. And it can help to keep in mind that the Southern Kingdom of Judah was a theocracy which followed God. They had a king and that king was mandated to fully follow the guidance of the Lord. It was his oath to ensure the spiritual health and welfare of the kingdom as well. Jerusalem was the capital city and it was the location where all the people came together to worship God and make the annual sacrifices. And through their covenant relationship with God, they were to as a nation, follow scripture and follow the Lord. However the nation of Judah failed to do that, they failed to follow God's command and as a result God sent them into exile for seventy years. The nation as a whole, had abandoned God. And we have to understand for decades and decades the Lord warned the people. God sent prophet after prophet, God sent warning after warning and still the people chose to abandon God. They chose not God, but instead sought to be like the surrounding Gentile nations.

And dear believer this next point is critically important to understand. The people living in the Southern Kingdom of Judah, lived in a nation that was founded on the principles of God and scripture! They lived in a nation whose success, wealth and prestige was entirely based on the actions of their forefathers who followed the Lord. And yet they abandoned God and said He didn't matter. The Lord sent them prophets to literally warn them to stop. God sent warnings in the form of droughts, floods, social unrest and threats of invasion and yet they disregarded God. When the people ignored all of God's warnings. When the nation as a whole broke through all the road blocks God set up to stop them and turn them back, God then sent them into exile. When the nation as a whole took for granted what God, not the people had given them, He took it away from them. And now that it's gone, the psalmist realizes what they had, and more importantly what they people had lost. Therefore, they vowed never to forget Jerusalem. To never forget what God had given them, and what they had squandered.

Bible Principle for Today
for Thursday, December 08, 2016

Often times God can't use us when we act out of our own pride, desires and confidence; brokenness is God's requirement for maximum usefulness and effectiveness.

Prayer for Today
for Thursday, December 08, 2016

Gracious, holy, and merciful God, please use me as an instrument of your peace, grace, and reconciliation. May I be found as a "vessel of honor" a tool you can use for your purposes in ministry to others. I know, dear Father, that your Son will be present as I minister. Please make his presence real to me. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.