Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Get Rid Of Anger, Rage, Malicious Behavior, Slander, And Dirty Language. Don’t Lie To Each Other … Put On Your New Nature.


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Get Rid Of Anger, Rage,
Malicious Behavior, Slander, And Dirty Language.
Don’t Lie To Each Other … Put On Your New Nature.


Scripture

Colossians 3

But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language.

 Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds.

 10 Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him.

17 And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.


Observation

It is not what you and I do on Sunday that matters most. Oh no, it is what we do and say Monday thru Saturday that really counts!

Anybody, including you and me can come on Sunday and even Wednesday evening, smile and be nice for a few minutes, but it is how we live the rest of the week that matters most to God.

Don’t kid yourself, what you are doing will find you out.

One of the things that Kathy and I have prayed and will continue to pray for our grown children is that if they are doing something wrong is that they will get caught! It is my prayer for myself too.

Whatever we do or say lets do it as representatives of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.

Lets live for Christ all 7 days out of the week!

Numbers 32:23

But if you fail to keep your word, then you will have sinned against the Lord, and you may be sure that your sin will find you out.

Application

I will live for Jesus Christ 24/7. How about you?

Prayer

Heavenly Father, You know how frustrated I have been because some of the people that You have brought into my life and into Kathy’s life who we love are struggling and are being drawn back into the ways of the old life that was destroying them. Help them to repent and help them to put on the new nature. Help them to live for Christ 24/7. And if they refuse to repent and refuse to turn back to You then I pray that they get caught. Save them from themselves. Help me and anyone else that may be reading this blog to live as Your representatives, living Monday thru Sunday in a way that brings You glory and honor.


Daily Bible Reading: Colossians 1,2,3,4




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Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Live Clean, Innocent Lives As Children Of God, Shining Like Bright Lights In A World Of Crooked And Perverse People.


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Live Clean,
Innocent Lives As Children Of God,
Shining Like Bright Lights In A World Of Crooked And Perverse People. 



Scripture

Philippians 2

15 “… Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.”

Matthew 5:16 

    Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. 

Observation

You and I have been saved from a perverse culture, a culture of drugs, sex, porn, gambling and booze, a culture of cheating, stealing, and lying, saved out of a crazy world full of crooked and perverse people to live clean lives! 

We are commanded to stay away from all appearance of evil! 

Warning after warning after warning, God’s Word tells us over and over again to live clean lives as children of God. 

If you are a child of God and you have been drawn back into the pigpen to wallow in the slop of sinful living then there is no more dangerous place for you to be. 

You and I are called to live clean innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights. 

The pigpen may bring you momentary comfort and pleasure. Living in the pigpen may even be an easier way to make money than a committing yourself to a job that requires hard work, but it will destroy you and it will destroy your family in the end. 

When you and I return to the old way of life and dabble in things that are not clean we remove ourselves and our family out from under the umbrella of God’s protection and grace, and that my friend is a very dangerous place to be. 

Repent right now…get out of the pigpen! 

Let’s live clean, innocent lives as children of God. Let’s shine as bright lights in this dark world full of crooked and perverse people!  

Application

I will ask God to show me anything in my life that is not pleasing to Him that is keeping my light from shining. How about you? 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, I know that the prince of this world, Satan, will use anything and everything to try to destroy us. He is a deceiver. He makes the things of this world look attractive to us. He wants to lure us in and then destroy us. 

I pray for those in my family. If they are in the pigpen of life show them the way out. Help the men in my small group to live godly lives. Help them to recognize the “pigpen” and give them strength to shine and not wallow in the slop. Help us all to live clean lives before You today. Give all of us the strength and the wisdom to stay away from sinful living that ends in destruction. 


Daily Bible Reading:  Philippians 1,2,3,4


> If you are reading this simple blog this morning you are an encouragement to me!



> I have made it a habit to pray for those who read this blog! I enjoy lifting you and your family up to the Lord in prayer.



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Monday, December 05, 2016

You Made Me, You Created Me. Now Give Me The Sense To Follow Your Commands.


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You Made Me,
You Created Me.
Now Give Me The Sense To Follow Your Commands.

Scripture

Psalm 119

73 You made me; you created me.
    Now give me the sense to follow your commands.


Observation


God made us; He created us. Now may He give you and me the sense to follow His commands.
This one chapter, Psalm 119 is longer than 30 books of the Bible! 

Over the next several weeks we will be studying this chapter on Sunday morning in a class that I have the opportunity to teach. 

This Sunday Aaron Myers is teaching and we will be covering Psalm 119:9-16. Come join us! We would love to have you be a part of this Bible study. We meet at 9 am in building “D” in room 102!
Join me, join the Psalmist and let’s ask God to give us the sense to follow His commands.

You and I were not created to live life like God doesn’t exist! He has written down the Instruction Manual for how we are to live and as much as I hate reading instructions before I try to put something together, my life thank goodness is an exception to that rule! 

“How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered!
I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up,
you are still with me!” Psalm 139:17-18


 Application


I am asking God for the sense to follow His commands. How about you?


Prayer

Heavenly Father, You made me; You created me. Now give me the sense to follow Your commands. I pray for anyone reading this blog and I ask You to give him or her the courage and boldness to pray the same thing. Give them the sense to follow all of your commands! Give them the boldness to change the direction of their lives and turn to You.


Daily Bible Reading:  Ephesians 5,6; Psalms 119:1-80




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Sunday, December 04, 2016

So Stop Telling Lies.


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So Stop
Telling
Lies.

Scripture

Ephesians 4

20 But that isn’t what you learned about Christ. 21 Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, 22 throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. 23 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. 24 Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.
25 So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body.

Observation

 Liar, Liar, Pants On Fire! 

Lying … stop it … it is sad, but just as the Apostle Paul had to exhort the Christians in Ephesians to be honest and truthful, the same word of exhortation is needed for us who call ourselves Christians today. 

Nothing destroys relationships faster than lies and deception. Let your yes be yes and your no be no. 

Lets be people of our word. Lets be people of integrity. 

Need to get honest with someone? Do it right away. 

The truth will set you free! 

We can’t be what God has called us to be if we are not people of integrity. 

Application

I will strive to be a person of integrity. How about you?

Prayer

Heavenly Father, help me to throw off my old sinful nature and my former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception and may Your Spirit renew my thoughts and attitudes.  Help me to put on my new nature, created to be like You —truly righteous and holy.


Daily Bible Reading:  Ephesians 1,2,3,4




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Saturday, December 03, 2016

I Pray That God, The Source Of Hope, Will Fill You Completely With Joy And Peace Because You Trust In Him.


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I Pray That God, The Source Of Hope,
Will
Fill You Completely With Joy And Peace Because You Trust In Him.



Scripture

Romans 15

13 I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Observation


 I pray for every person that reads this simple blog and clicks “like” or that makes a comment about what has been written or about the verse or passage. 

I consider this privilege of praying for you as the most important thing that God has put on my heart to do. So this morning when I read Romans 15:13 I immediately thought of you. 

This is my prayer for you this morning: I pray that our God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in Him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. 

Application

This is my prayer for you and I pray that you will take it to heart today and you will trust in Him.

Prayer


Heavenly Father, thank for the joy and peace that comes from trusting in You. Help all of us overflow with confident hope today through the power of Your Holy Spirit. This is the day that You have made we will rejoice and be glad in it!


Daily Bible Reading:  Romans 13,14,15,16





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Friday, December 02, 2016

Take Your Everyday, Ordinary Life – Your Sleeping, Eating, Going-To-Work, And Walking Around Life – And Place It Before God As An Offering.


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Take Your Everyday, Ordinary Life –
Your Sleeping, Eating, Going-To-Work, And Walking Around Life –
And Place It Before God As An Offering.


Scripture

Romans 12

1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.
Romans 12 (MESSAGE)

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.

Observation

Why is the temptation to sin greater when Friday rolls around? People go out clubbing, get drunk, act out in all sorts of bad ways on Friday nights. 

Have you ever gone to the emergency room on a Friday night? It is totally crazy! I guess Fridays and Saturdays are like that because most people are off work on the weekends. 

So here is our choice, we can take our everyday, ordinary life, our sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking around life – and place it before God as a living sacrifice today or we can live like the world, by selfishly lying, cheating, and indulging ourselves in behavior that dishonors God. It is our choice everyday, but especially on weekends. 

How are we going to spend our time this weekend, indulging ourselves in sinful pleasure or pleasing God? 

The choice is ours to make?

Application

I choose to live my life as a living sacrifice today. How about you?


Prayer

Heavenly Father, I know that I always have a choice to either live for myself or live for You. Help me to make good decisions. Help me make decisions that honor You. I pray for my children today. I pray that You would help them to make decisions that bring You honor. Protect them from messing up their lives with sin. Draw them close to You today. Give them understanding and discernment. Help them to be wise to the traps of this world. 


Daily Bible Reading:  Romans 9,10,11,12




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Thursday, December 01, 2016

We Can Rejoice, Too, When We Run Into Problems And Trials, For We Know That They Help Us Develop Endurance.


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We Can Rejoice, Too,
When We Run Into Problems And Trials,
For We Know That They Help Us Develop Endurance. 




Scripture

Romans 5

We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.

When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.


Romans 6

23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.


   

Romans 7

21 I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. 22 I love God’s law with all my heart. 23 But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. 24 Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? 25 Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord.


Romans 8

11 The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. …


Observation


Loaded … these chapters are so loaded with good stuff!

Since one of our guys in our men’s small group is having a particularly hard time right now I thought that I would write something that might be an encouragement to him and maybe it will encourage you today too.

The Apostle Paul lets us know that we can “rejoice” when we run into problems and experience things that totally frustrate us and then he also tells us why we should rejoice?

We rejoice because we know that God will use this season of difficulty in our life to develop our character, making us more like Jesus Christ! 

 I listed the other verses from the other chapters just because they are so powerful. I could have put the entire chapter of Romans 8 because it is so good! 

Application


I know that God will use every circumstance, good and bad, to make me more like Jesus. He is on my side. I am a friend of God’s. 

(Romans 5:11 So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.”)

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You for allowing me the privilege of being one of your children. I don’t deserve it. I am Your friend, not because of my goodness, but because of what Jesus Christ did for me on the cross. Help me to trust You with every part of my life. I pray for those experiencing trials and troubles. Help them to rejoice knowing that You are at work in their lives and help them to know that You are developing their character and making them more and more like Jesus Christ.


Daily Bible Reading:  Romans 5,6,7,8



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