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He Is The Creator Of All That Is

October 20

"For by him all things were created
that are in heaven and that are on earth,
visible and invisible,
whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers.
All things were created through him and for him.
And he is before all things, and in him all things consist."
1 Thessalonians 1:16-17

Jesus Christ is the creator of all that is. Scientists deny that. I would rather listen to the word of almighty God, than the word of men.

Watch this short video clip. He portrays Christ as creator down to the very cell level. It's the best presentation I've ever, ever seen.

The Philosophies Of The World Are Deceptive

October 19

"BEWARE lest anyone plunder you
through philosophy and empty deceit,
according to the tradition of men,
according to the basic principles of the world,
and not according to Christ."
Colossians 2:8

We tend to put our trust in the "experts." But if they are not in Christ, they have nothing to offer but philosophy gained from the world system.

Know that the world and the things of the world are at ENMITY against the things of God, the things of truth. Don't be deceived by the "experts." Put all of your trust in Christ.

"For the wisdom of this world is FOOLISHNESS with God.
For it is written, 'He catches the wise in their own craftiness;'
and again, 'The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise,
that they are FUTILE.' Therefore let no one boast in men."
1 Corinthians 3:19-21

This is worth truly meditating upon.

Ask God to REVEAL it to you. Ask him to reveal to you where you've put your trust in men of the world rather than in him.

To Look On Him And Pardon Me

October 18

"He has delivered us from the power of darkness
and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of his love,
in whom we have redemption through his blood,
the forgiveness of sins."
Colossians 1:13

Because of the sin of Adam, all his descendants are born into a fallen human nature and subject to the powers of darkness. But upon being born again, we are transferred into the Kingdom of God who redeems us through the atonement he accomplished for us at the Cross.

vs 21:
"And you, who once were alienated
and enemies in your mind by wicked works,
yet now he has reconciled
in the body of his flesh through death,
to present you holy, and blameless,
and above reproach in his sight..."

The Father views us "in Christ." We have been given HIS righteousness and are made holy IN HIM.

"Because the sinless Savior died
my sinful soul is counted free;
for God the just is satisfied
to look on him and pardon me."

Ponder those wondrous words from the hymn:
" look on him and pardon me."

Read it again.

And again.

"to look on HIM ...and pardon me."

Whom Do You Turn To?

October 17

"This also comes from the Lord of hosts,
who is wonderful in counsel
and excellent in guidance."
Isaiah 28:29

If you were sick, would you go to a doctor or to a mechanic? It's a no-brainer, isn't it? But people in need of guidance, in need of direction, in need of counsel, will go to anyone BUT the One who is the source of these things.

When you are in need, go to the Lord. He truly IS wonderful in counsel. He has far more wisdom than a psychologist trained in psycho-babble. The Lord has far more wisdom than your financial counselor. He has far more knowledge of your life than anyone else, and he will give you the correct guidance you need. Don't go to him last. Don't wait until you say "all we can do now is pray." That is an insult to him. Go to him FIRST. Give to him the trust he deserves.

Your Attitude On Your Job

October 16

"Bondservants, be obedient to those who are your masters
according to the flesh, with fear and trembling,
in sincerity of heart, as to Christ;
not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers,
but as bondservants of Christ,
doing the will of God from the heart,
with goodwill doing service,
as to the Lord, and not to men..."
Ephesians 6:5-7

When the Bible mentions "bondservants" think of your relationship to your boss on your job. Read the passage again with that in mind.

The principle is not that you are to have this attitude to your boss only if he/she is good to you. No, it is rather speaking of an attitude of heart that when you do right on your job, you are doing it "as to the Lord, and not to men." This makes all the difference in the world.

Always have the attitude of heart that when you choose to do things God's way, you're doing it "as to the Lord." Sometimes that will be difficult. Do it anyway.

You're doing it "as to the Lord."

God's Word Does Not Change With The Culture

October 15

"Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.
For the husband is head of the wife,
as also Christ is head of the church,
and he is the Savior of the body.
Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ,
so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything."
Ephesians 5:22-24

Culture changes, but the Word of God will never change. God doesn't adjust his Word to meet the culture.

In this day and age, this admonition from the Word of God seems ridiculous. But is it? Who dares to tell God his Word is inappropriate?

Appropriating God's Word in your life with your spouse can change things in ways you couldn't imagine, because when you follow the Word of God his blessing then comes upon you, sometimes quite dramatically. Keep in mind that you're not submitting to your husband because he's right, you're not submitting because he's doing what HE'S supposed to do, read that passage again: you're submitting to him AS UNTO THE LORD.

"All flesh is as grass,
and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass.
The grass withers, and its flower falls away,
but the Word of the Lord endures forever."
1 Peter 1: 24-25

"For I am the Lord, I do not change..."
Malachi 3:6

A Deep And Awesome Prayer

October 14

Read this slowly, take in each word, digest the huge deposit of gold in this passage and apply it to yourself:

"...that He would grant you, according to the riches of his glory,
to be strengthened with might through his Spirit in the inner man,
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."
Ephesian 3:16-19

As Paul prays this wonderful prayer for those he led to Christ, so we might pray it also for those on our prayer list. Read it again, meditate on it until you see what a powerful prayer this is. Pray it for yourself, and for those on your prayer list. Pray it every day. This is a passage that is so deep, one could meditate on it continuously and never cease to "see" more and more in it.

Sowing And Reaping

October 13

"Do not be deceived, God is not mocked,
for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.
For he who sows to his flesh
will of the flesh reap corruption,
but he who sows to the Spirit
will of the Spirit reap everlasting life."
Galatians 6:7-8

The reason people don't "get" this is that oftentimes the reaping does not happen immediately; so people go their merry way not realizing that they WILL reap from whatever they sowed. If I touch a hot stove and receive a burn, I will learn that touching a hot stove will harm me, and I won't touch it again. But the laws in the spiritual world are somewhat different. The results of our actions can sometimes come only later. The bottom line, though, is that they WILL come.

The Scripture continues:

vs. 9:
"And let us not grow weary while doing good,
for in due season we shall reap
if we do not lose heart."

Our prayers and the works we do out of love for God and man WILL bring results. But by saying "if we do not lose heart," the Scripture is encouraging us to continue on regardless whether we see results or not, because the results WILL come if we do not lose heart.

"Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy.
He who continually goes forth weeping,
bearing seed for sowing,
shall doubtless come again with rejoicing,
bringing his sheaves with him."
Psalm 126:5-6

Be encouraged therefore. Do not lose heart, but press on. The results will surely come.

The Days Just Ahead

October 12

"The Lord has broken the staff of the wicked,
the scepter of the rulers,
he who struck the people in wrath with a continual stroke,
he who ruled the nations in anger,
is persecuted and no one hinders.
The whole earth is at rest and quiet;
they break forth into singing."
Isaiah 14:5-7

As we watch the approaching great Tribulation and seek again and again to inform and warn the people who for the most part are asleep and unaware, our message is hard and foreboding. It has to be. Multitudes are in the valley of decision, and the end-time events Jesus spoke of are imminent.

But there is a day coming when the Tribulation will be over and the Lord will put down the evil rulers of this world, and then the whole earth will come into rest and quiet, and the peoples will break forth into singing.

HOW we look forward to that day!

But first is the Tribulation in which a huge percent of the population of the earth will suffer sufferings never before known to man.

"For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be." Matthew 24:21

Oh friends, if you are not right with God, please don't put it off any longer, it's just not worth it, the Lord has signaled us that those terrible days are at the door. Turn to him, surrender your life to him, accept him as your Lord and be saved. You'll never regret it.

He Is The God Who Multiplies

October 11

"But this I say:
He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly,
and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully."
2 Corinthians 9:6

Whatever you sow liberally, be it money or any work you do for the Lord, believe that you will reap bountifully from it because the Word of God says you will.

vs 10:
"Now may he who supplies seed to the sower,
and bread for food,
SUPPLY and MULTIPLY the seed you have sown
and increase the fruits of your righteousness..."

God is a multiplying God. From just a few fish and loaves of bread, he multiplied them to feed thousands. May he multiply whatever you have and are willing to give to him liberally, and multiply it.

"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 church by Christ Jesus
to all generations, forever and ever. Amen."
Ephesians 3:20-21

The Truth Will Set You Free

October 10

"Have I therefore become your enemy
because I tell you the truth?"
Galatians 4:16

The truth often hurts. Many do all they can to avoid it, to explain it away, to excuse it, to RUN from it, because it does often hurt.

But it also heals for those who have the strength to face it. It will heal you and set you free. Be willing to face it. What seems so hard now will, if you face down the truth, become one of the greatest blessings of your lifetime.

Jesus said:
"If you abide in my word, you are my disciples indeed.
And you shall know the truth,
John 8:31-32

HOW shall you know the truth?

By abiding in his Word. Read it daily, meditate on it, pray for revelation in it, LIVE in it.

Read, meditate, pray, then live it.

It WILL set you free.

His Judgments Are Right

October 9

"And in that day you will say:
'O Lord, I will praise you;
though you were angry with me,
your anger is turned away,
and you comfort me.'"
Isaiah 12:1

I have known the anger of the Lord. And I have known his mercy. The judgments of the Lord are always right, but there is always hope because his mercy endures forever.

vs 5-6:
"Sing to the Lord,
for he has done excellent things;
this is known in all the earth.
Cry out and shout, O inhabitant of Zion,
for great is the Holy One of Israel in your midst!"

God has chosen Israel to reveal himself to us through their stories, and they surely have known the anger of God; but they are about to enter into the discovery of the greatness of the Holy One of Israel, because even in his times of anger he does not forget the covenants and promises he has made. We are witnessing this in our generation, as he brings back the dispersed Jewish people to the land of their fathers, for he has not and will not ever forget the covenant he made with them. What we are witnessing is nothing short of a miracle, because these people were dispersed throughout the world in every country on the earth, yet they are coming back to the land of their fathers in droves and now there are almost seven million of them in  Israel, and they are restoring the desolate land to its former beauty.

If you are in a situation of judgment, just remember the mercy of God and feast on his promises, because he is faithful. Even in judgment, there is hope.

Love All The More

October 8

"And I will very gladly spend and be spent for your souls,
though the more abundantly I love you, the less I am loved."
2 Corinthians 12:15

I love the apostle Paul, I love his heart. Though he receives rejection and all kinds of opposition, he doesn't return spite for spite, in fact he says he loves "all the more." All the more!!!

If you've received rejection from loved ones, don't return spite for spite but love all the more. For it is Christ in you loving, no matter what. It is the grace of God.


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Good Is Now Evil and Evil Is Now Good

October 7

"Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
who put darkness for light, and light for darkness;
who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!"
Isaiah 5:20

If ever a passage fit the conditions of this time in history, this one does.

In America good is called evil. Those who speak of the truth are called haters, homophobes, right-wing fundamentalists, and many, MANY other names called upon those who speak of the Word of God as though God meant what he said.

Pretty much anything goes now. God, they say, did not create the universe, it "evolved." Why? Because if they were to acknowledge that God created it, that would be to admit the natural consequence of that -- that we are not free moral agents, there is a God to whom we must give account.

In America an unborn child is not a child but a fetus, something society has a "right" to murder. And murder they do -- more than 60 million murdered babies whose blood cries out to God.

Not only do the immoral demand "rights," they parade their sin with pride. If anyone dare express what God has to say about it, they can be punished by society and called evil. The sin is now good, and expressing that it is sin is now called evil.

vs 24
"Therefore, as the fire devours the stubble,
and the flame consumes the chaff,
so their root will be as rottenness,
and their blossom will ascend like dust;
BECAUSE they have rejected the law of the Lord of hosts,
and despised the WORD of the Holy One of Israel."

The fire is on its way. The flame will consume them.

Of that, there is no doubt because is the Word of God that says it.

The Many Lost -The Few Saved

October 6

"But even if our gospel is veiled,
it is veiled to those who are perishing,
whose minds the god of this age has blinded,
who do not believe,
lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ,
who is the image of God, should shine on them."
2 Corinthians 4:3-4

When you care so much for people's salvation, it's hard and extremely painful to realize that the many will NOT be saved. Their minds have been blinded by the god of this world. Hell has to expand its gates to accommodate the multitudes coming in.

"Therefore Sheol has enlarged itself
and opened its mouth beyond measure;
their glory and their multitude and their pomp,
and he who is jubilant, shall descend into it."
Isaiah 5:14

The MANY, the FEW:

"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."
Matthew 7:13-14

You Started Well. Who Has Bewitched You?

October 5

"O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you
that you should not obey the truth,
before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed
among you as crucified?"
Galatians 3:1

Who has bewitched you?

While the passage context is speaking of those trying to be justified by works of the law, we also might ask many others "who has bewitched you?"

You started out well. You received the Lord with all of your heart. But as time went on, the influences of the world, the culture, and work, and tv and movies and being with unsaved people -- have taken a toll on your faith. Your fire has become a smoldering wick.

"Nevertheless I have this against you,
that you have left your first love.
Remember therefore from where you have fallen;
repent and do the first works,
or else I will come to you quickly
and remove your lampstand from its place"
—unless you repent.
Revelation 2:4-5

Please Be Reconciled

October 4

"So we are always confident,
knowing that while we are at home in the body
we are absent from the Lord.
For we walk by faith, not by sight.
We are confident, yes, well pleased rather,
to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord."
2 Corinthians 5:6-8

There aren't too many people who would be "well pleased" to die. When I see the heroics people go through to prolong their lives, I'm frequently mindful of the saying "if heaven is such a wonderful place, why do people try so hard to avoid it?"

Only someone who has been with the Lord and who has filled himself with his Word can have the mindset that eagerly looks forward to being with Christ in heaven. Paul, who saw heaven, says:

"Eye has not seen,
nor ear heard,
nor have entered into the heart of man
the things which God has prepared
1 Corinthians 2:9

Heaven is a very real place where very real people live. If you have a loved one who has gone there, be comforted in knowing that that person is NOT DEAD, but very much alive - living in a very wonderful place.

But just as heaven is very real, hell is too.

vs 11:
"Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord,
we persuade men;"

vs 20:
"Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ,
as though God were pleading through us:
we implore you on Christ’s behalf,
be reconciled to God.:

Please reconciled to Him.

First Bring Thanksgiving

October 3

"Offer to God thanksgiving,
and pay your vows to the Most High.
Call upon me in the day of trouble;
I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me."
Psalm 50:14-15

Before you ask anything of the Lord, first bring thanksgiving to him. HOW we take for granted the many blessings he has blessed us with! If your eyes see, think about those who are blind. If your ears hear, think about those who are deaf. If your legs carry you, think about those who are paralyzed. Remember "There, but for the grace of God, go I," and bring thanksgiving to God for the many blessings in your life.

Help yourself to realize how very blessed you are, even amid any trial you may be going through. Write down all the things you're thankful for, things you don't ordinarily even think of. Thank him for the phone or computer you're reading this on. Keep writing, and write some more, and then some more ...and you will be amazed at the blessings of God in your life.

vs 50:
'Whoever offers praise glorifies me;
and to him who orders his conduct aright
I will show the salvation of God.'