Wednesday March 30, 2011

The Word for today is found in 1 Peter 2:11

Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against your soul.

We so often want to blame things on the Devil. As Flip Wilson used to say, “the Devil made me do it!”

The Devil cannot make you do anything against your will any more than God can.

Our biggest enemy is our own unrenewed flesh. As Peter said, your flesh wars against your spirit and the one who calls the shots is your mind.

An unrenewed mind will side with the flesh every time and cause you to be carnal in your actions.

Keep studying the Word and give the Holy Spirit something to work with and God will change you from glory to glory.

Love in Christ, Pastor Louise.

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Tuesday March 29, 2011

The Word for us today is from Matthew 25: 37-40:

Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give you drink? ‘When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? ‘Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ “And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.

SEED FAITH. Whenever you and I give, or plant our seeds of faith, we are doing it for Jesus. The person we feed becomes as Jesus to us. The person we visit in prison or in the sickbed becomes as Jesus to us.

How may we know our Lord? We know Him in doing His works and in doing them as much to Him as for Him. We know Him in putting our arms around those who a desperate or alone. He said that when we do this we are putting our arms around Him–Jesus Christ, or blessed Savior.

Although our giving is to take on very real and tangible forms as we reach out to people, as we give through individuals and churches and ministries to meet great needs around the world, the focus of our faith is to be on Jesus and Jesus alone. He is our God–and He is our Source. He is the object of our worship and our love. He alone is worthy of our lives, and He alone can supply all our needs.

We give to others, but let us keep our vision clear. We look past them, with our faith directed to God and offered as a service of love for Him.

This above commentary made by the late Oral Roberts.

Love in Christ, Pastor Louise.

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Saturday, March 26, 2011

The Word for today is found in Ephesians 1:3

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.

The book of Ephesians and Colossians are two of the most doctrinal epistles in the New Testament. Ephesians deals with who we are in Christ, and Colossians deals with who Christ is as the head of the church.

The first chapter of Ephesians is full of all the wonderful things that were given to us at the New Birth–things that you did not earn or deserve but came through the Grace of God.

These are the truths that God wants you to walk out in your outward man for the world to see.

The production of these gifts do not become evident in your flesh without being diligent to study and apply what you know on a day-to-day basis.

Some of what was given to you at the cross 2,000 years ago is listed below:

• Blessed us with all spiritual blessings
• Chose us (God foreknew you)
• Holy
• Without blame
• Adopted into the family of God
• Made us accepted in Christ Jesus
• Redemption
• Forgiveness of sins
• Given all wisdom and good sense
• Made known the mystery of his will
• Sealed with the Holy Spirit

God did all this so that we should be to the praise of his glory.

Study the Word, and pray and you will be an overcomer.

Love in Christ, Pastor Louise

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Friday March 25, 2011

The Word for today is found in Deuteronomy 28:1-2

And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt harken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee if thou shalt harken unto the voice of the Lord thy God.

And Galatians 3: 13 and 14 tells us: Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

Jesus took the curses so we could freely walk in all the blessing of Deut. 28, with the provision that we diligently listen to the voice of the Lord and do his Word.

How great is that! Yet we fall far short of receiving the wonderful things that God has for us as his children because we are too busy to read and do his will.

We have time for all the things of this world but very little time for God.

My husband said once, and it is so true, that we will always find time for those things we think will promote us or bring us pleasure. Boy do we miss Deut. 28 by a mile!

Read all the blessings and see how short we have fallen from the walk that God has so graciously prepared for us. We can’t earn it; we just need to walk in his blessings by faith in the Lord.

Be a love magnet for Christ today, Pastor Louise.

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Sunday March 20, 2011

The Word for today is found in Job 42:10, 12 and 17.

And the Lord restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.
Now the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning; for he had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, one thousand yoke of oxen, and one thousand female donkeys.
So Job died, old and full of days.

God took me to these particular verses in Job for a reason. Job’s losses were reversed when he got his eyes off of himself, and looked instead to the needs of others.

So often we get so caught up in our own problems and never see what is really happening around us. God called us to a lost and dying world that we should pray and reach out to the lost.

Once we get our eyes and hearts fixed on what God’s priorities are, then your problems will not seem so big.

Larry, my husband, had a meeting in South Florida, this past week, and God sent me along with him. I really could have stayed at home and saved us some money, but God said go, so I went.

The first night we were there we were walking back to the hotel after supper and the Holy Spirit stopped me in my tracks and took me over to a man sitting on a park bench.

He was not partially clean, and seemed really down and out. He had a walker and was just sitting there with his head bowed down as if he had lost his last friend.

I sat down and started talking to Lewis.

The love of God so overcame me that I could do nothing but love on him as we talked. He was so sweet and so thankful that God sent someone along to pray, and to share the love of God with him.

I have and will continue to pray for Lewis and all the Lewises of this world for that is what God has called me to do.

Do you have a Lewis in your life? If not, then ask God to send one by.

The greatest blessing I know is to share the love of Christ with another, and to embrace them as Jesus did while he was here ministering on this earth. We are to be the hands and feet of Christ. How else will the world see Jesus if not through us?

I now know why God had me go with my husband on this particular trip. It was for Lewis and Lewis alone. That is the kind of God we serve, and what a great God he is.
Be a blessing to someone today. Pass the love around.

Love in Christ, Pastor Louise.

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Wednesday March 16, 2011

The Word for today is found in Matthew 13:18-23

When any one heareth the Word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the Word, and anon with joy receiveth it; Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the Word, by and by he is offended. He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the Word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the Word, and he becometh unfruitful. But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the Word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

Last night while teaching in jail—and I have some really great girls–they were having a hard time understanding some, what seemed to me, really simple teaching on what transpired at the New Birth. I saw some of their frustration at not being able to put it together.

I told them that this kind of knowledge did not come from the natural realm but was spiritually discerned by the power of the Holy Spirit.

We have been given at the New Birth the greatest of all teachers who lives inside us and we need to trust him to teach and give is revelation knowledge of God’s Word.

Don’t become anxious or frustrated when it does not come immediately, but continue to press in. Realize that no one wants you to understand the Word more than God, so that is one request he is more than willing to do.

Jesus gave this teaching as the key to the Kingdoe of God. It is a progression through the different kinds of soil, or ground that is in people’s lives.

Which soil are you and are you willing to prepare your soil to receive the Word?

When Jesus speaks of the stony places, (v20) he is talking about forgiveness and unconfessed sins that people have in their lives. To harbor unforgiveness is to stop the Word in its tracks from working in your life. Get over it and ask God to forgive you so you can move on to higher and better ground.

Cares of this world are another way of saying you are a worrier, and worry is a sin. Those who worry and are not in faith and anything that is not faith is a sin according to the Word. Get rid of worry by studying the Word and put your thought life under the authority of the Word.

God does not care if you have riches; it is just when riches are your master and you are not the master of them. It is God’s greatest desire to bless his people, but we first need to develop the character it takes to be able to handle the blessings, so we can be a channel of blessings to others.

Press for the high mark of the calling in Jesus Christ and reach for verse 23 where you will be bearer of much fruit for the kingdom.

Love in Christ, Pastor Louise.

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Saturday March 12, 2011

The Word for today is found in Ephesians 4:22-24

that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit (attitude) of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.

In these verses Paul says that we are to do three things.

1. Put off,
2. be renewed,
3. and put on.

Notice that it is not God that does these things, but that we are commanded to be the one who acts. So often we pray that God will cause us to walk in the righteousness that he has called us to, but it is our responsibility to do the putting off and putting on.

The Word in the Greek for putting off and putting on is the same as the one who changes clothes. How hard is it to get dressed in the morning? You do it as a natural thing one does in life, so we as Christians should dress ourselves as God has created us to be.

The key is found in the verse that is sandwiched in between v22 and v24: It through the renewing of your mind. It is your job to study, and yours alone.

Be a blessing to someone today,

Love in Christ, Pastor Louise

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Friday March 11, 2011

The Word for today is found in Isaiah 53:5

But he was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by his stripes we are healed.

Isaiah 53 clearly teaches that bodily healing is included in the atoning work of Christ. The Hebrew Word for “griefs” and “sorrows” (v4) specifically means physical affliction. This is verified in Matthew 8:17: This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: “He took up our infirmities and bore our diseases.

Furthermore, that the word “bore” refers to Jesus’s atoning work on the Cross is made clear by the fact that it is the same Word used to describe Christ’s bearing our sins. See, for example, 1 Peter 2:24: who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.

These texts unequivocally link our salvation and our healing to the atoning work of Calvary.

Neither is automatically appropriated however; for each provision-a soul’s eternal salvation or a person’s temporal, physical healing–must be received by faith. Christ’s work on the cross makes each possible: simple faith receives each as we choose.

Incidentally, a few contend that Isaiah’s prophecy about sickness was fulfilled completely by the one-day healings described by Matt. 8:17. A close look, however, will show that the Word “fulfill” often applies to an action that extends throughout the whole church age.

Have a blessed day, Pastor Louise.

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Thursday March 10, 2011

The Word for today is found in Philemon 1:6

That the sharing of your faith may become effective by the acknowledgment of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.

What you do not know you cannot acknowledge, therefore you need to find who you are in Christ Jesus. There is no better place to start than in the book of Ephesians. It tells us all the things that have been given to us at the new birth in Christ.

Once you learn who you are and what has been given to you, you can begin to apply your faith to it. You must have knowledge of the Word to operate in faith; otherwise you are only operating in wishful thinking.

Once you put these things together then you need to confess what you have, for faith has a voice. You cannot believe one thing and then speak another. That is a double-minded man and he will receive nothing from the Lord.

Faith knows something. Faith says something. And Faith acts on what it believes.

Be a blessing to someone today.

Love in Christ, Pastor Louise

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Wednesday March 9, 2011

The Word for today is found in Psalms 92:12-15

The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bear fruit in old age; they shall be fresh and flourishing, to declare that the Lord is upright: He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.

Matthew 7:24 is the teaching of Jesus where one man built his house on the rock and when the floods came it did not fall. The other man built his house on sand and when the foods came great was its fall.

If you build your life on any other foundation other than Jesus Christ and his Word you will not stand when the winds and rain come.

It is so important in these last days that we be grounded and rooted in the whole truth of God’s Word. To be dependent on the world system will only bring disappointment and destruction.

God will cause you to flourish even in the hard times if your mind is stayed on his Word.

It is those who hear and do the Word who will overcome tribulation.

Jesus never said that tribulation would not come. He did say that he would see you through it by the power of the indwelling Word.

Start today on the sure foundation of the Word.

Love in Christ, Pastor Louise.

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