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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 14, 2017

God Promises He Will Fill Us With Love If We Abide in Him - (1st John 4:16)

If you make your home in love, you live in Me and I live in you.


Reading Notes

We know the love of God because it has lifted us up through the blood of Jesus, shed for us to make us sons and daughters of God. We know the love of God because it has brought us His grace and mercy which gave us eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. And when we abide in Christ, through living by the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we abide in love. Notice how John tells us in the previous verses, this is all possible because we confessed that "Jesus is the Son of the Living God." In other words, we both publicly and in our hearts make confession as to the divinity of Jesus and we accept Him as our Lord and Savior. And because of who He is and what He as done for us, we call Him Master, Lord and God. As a result of our faith in Jesus we receive salvation and with it, our spirit which was dead in trespasses and sins is replaced by a new spirit which is alive to God and the things of God.

In addition, we are indwelt by the Holy Spirit who begins a good work in us, changing us from the inside out. It's the Holy Spirit who carries out God's process of spiritual growth in us called, "sanctification." And this is a process which He continues till we go home to be with the Lord. And it's through the power of God in us, that we can abide in Christ. John tells us, because we abide in Christ, therefore, we can abide in love. And we have the power to do so, because the Holy Spirit lives within us, as a result of our acceptance of Jesus as our Lord and Savior by faith. Jesus justifies us through His blood shed for us at the Cross of Calvary. And because of our faith in Him, His righteousness has been imputed (or freely credited) to us because of our faith in Him. And with our salvation the Holy Spirit lives in us, working out God's process of sanctification, throughout our entire lives. And when we go to be home with Jesus, we reach the fullness of our sanctification which is our glorification. This is when God gives to all His children new bodies, fit to live in His presence forevermore.

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Jesus Raises Us to Praise and Follow Him

Bible Verse Ephesians 2:6-7

And raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

Commentary:

We are raised with Christ, no longer do we suffer the penalty of death because of our sins. Jesus has reconciled sinful man with a Holy God. And that's the message at the heart of these passages! Paul explains that because of what Jesus did for us and our faith in Him, we are raised up and can now come before a holy God. We have been raised up because we have received the imputed righteousness of Jesus through His sacrifice for us, thereby making us righteous in the eyes of God. Through the grace of God, we have Jesus has our mediator! He represents God to all of humanity and represents humanity to God through His blood shed for us at the Cross of Calvary. Jesus is our faithful High Priests and He took on the cross, died and shed His blood for the remission of our sins. And through our faith in Him alone, Jesus has also raised us up into the heavenly places. Because of our faith in Jesus we have become children of God adopted into the family of God and joint-heirs with Him in the kingdom of God. Because of what Jesus did for us at the cross, His righteousness has been imputed or freely credited to us, because of our faith in Him. Therefore, through faith alone, in Jesus alone, we become righteous in the eyes of God and children in the kingdom of God.

Moreover, we receive the gifts of our salvation, which include the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, who helps us to better understand scripture in light of who Jesus is and what He has done for us. In addition, we receive spiritual gifts along with the power of God working in our lives, as we live for Jesus on a day to day basis. We do so through our daily submission to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. And if that were not enough, God tells us in His word, that we will rule and reign with Christ in His kingdom, and we have a new spiritual life now, along with the ability, through the Holy Spirit's work in us, to live life in this world more abundantly for the kingdom of God. It's the Holy Spirit through His work of sanctification in us, which prepares our hearts and minds to live a life pleasing and fruitful to the Lord. It's the Holy Spirit who not only strengthens us for God's work, but also fills our hearts with an indescribable joy. A joy which comes from having a relationship with Jesus. And when we step into eternity, we will receive glorified bodies as we meet Jesus face to face. Where because of God's riches, we will eternally praise and glorify Him, as He eternally bestows His blessings and love upon us. Dear believer, why is this so important to remember? Because the culmination of God's plan of redemption is to bring all of creation under the lordship of Christ Jesus, to the glory of God the Father.

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Our Selected Daily Bible Verse is made up of selected Bible verses usually consisting of 2-4 verses from all parts of the Bible meant to encourage and build us up as we walk in faith.

 

Let the Lord Direct Your Path

Proverbs 3:5-7

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil.

Hide God's Word in Your Heart

Psalm 119:10-11

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

Hide God's Word in Your Heart

Psalm 119:10-11

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

Delight in Wisdom from the Lord

Psalm 119:33-35

Teach me, O Lord, the way of Your statutes, And I shall keep it to the end. Give me understanding, and I shall keep Your law; Indeed, I shall observe it with my whole heart. Make me walk in the path of Your commandments, For I delight in it.

Our Heart Rejoices in God's Word

Jeremiah 15:16

Your words were found, and I ate them, And Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; For I am called by Your name, O Lord God of hosts.

We Have Strength Through His Spirit

Ephesians 3:20-21

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to him be glory in the assembly in Christ Jesus unto all generations of the age of ages. Amen

The Fullness of Christ

Ephesians 3:17-19

That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Prosper in God's Will

Joshua 1:8

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

Repent and Turn Toward the Lord

Acts 2:38-39

Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.

God Our Shield and Our Provider

Psalm 84:11

For the Lord God is a sun and shield; The Lord will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold From those who walk uprightly.

Jesus Our Anointed Saviour

Psalm 84:9-10

O God, behold our shield, And look upon the face of Your anointed. For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God Than dwell in the tents of wickedness.

Year of Proverbs
for Thursday, December 14, 2017

We Are to Look as God Looks, Not Judge as Man Judges - (Proverbs 31:30-31)

Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gates.


Reading Notes

This section of scripture ends where it began, with a woman who "fears the Lord." As we have often seen throughout the book of Proverbs and the Bible when it speaks of "fear of the Lord" it is not speaking of being afraid of God. But rather the word "fear" here means to have a deep down love, awe, respect and reverence for God. So much so that she can think of nothing more than to follow God. And because of her faith she has lived a blessed life. Of course not the life she had planned, but a life more abundant and more blessed than she could have dreamed of herself.

Moreover, look at the opening words of this passage and we see the wrongness of how mankind judges people. We often look not at the heart, but at the outward appearance. And often times we assign to a person's character attributes they really do not possess. And we do so just because they look a certain way. Whereas on the other hand, we can dismiss others because they do not fit into what society says is pretty. But we are wrong, because God always looks at the heart. God and His word place more emphasis on the heart of a person, rather than their looks. This is because it's the heart, which governs our love, our attitudes and our actions toward others.

Year of Psalms
for Thursday, December 14, 2017

Jesus is Our Faithful Shepherd - (Psalm 23:1-3)

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name's sake.


Reading Notes

The term "shepherd" and the imagery associated with it is frequently used throughout the Bible as referring to kingly roles. And was most often used in reference to Jesus in the New Testament. These verses beautifully illustrate the four main activities of our King and Good Shepherd Jesus Christ. First, he makes us to lie down in green pastures, this terminology signifies the security of our salvation. Because of what Jesus did for us and our faith in Him our eternity is secure in Him. In addition, our eternal rest and the fulfillment of all of God's blessings are guaranteed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Second He leads us beside still waters, because Jesus is our refreshing source of life that never runs out. We turn to Christ for our strength, for our guidance and for a life lived more abundantly through Him. Third He restores our souls through His grace, He has given back to us what was lost in the fall. Through Jesus, we now have a restored relationship with God.

Because of what Jesus did for us, and because of our faith in Him, our relationship with God the Father has been restored. Our relationship with God, which was forever broken by sin, has been restored through Jesus. When we accept Jesus, we immediately receive salvation, followed by God's life long work of sanctification, which culminates in our glorification when we meet Jesus face to face. And lastly, Jesus leads us in paths of righteousness through the work of the Holy Spirit who indwells us and guides us in our daily walk with Him. Jesus does this because of His overwhelming love for us, not because we deserve it. We must remember, we were dead in our trespasses and sins, unable to save our own souls and He because of His love for us redeemed us with His blood through the pain of the Cross. With our salvation came a new spirit, God took our spirit which was dead in trespasses and sins, and gave us a new spirit which is sensitive to the things of God. In addition, we also received the indwelling of the Holy Spirit who works with our spirit to make us a new creation in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Bible Principle for Today
for Thursday, December 14, 2017

God gave us a weapon more powerful than anything man can provide, if we fight our battles on our knees in prayer, we win every time.

Prayer for Today
for Thursday, December 14, 2017

O Father, please give me a proper sense of what is holy. I do not want to be a legalistic ritual keeper; yet at the same time, I do not want to drain all of life of its meaning by secularizing all time. Teach me to know your will, your time, and your holy ways. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.