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November 9, 2017
Today’s word
John 10:17-18  Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. 18 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.
Today’s word-Street version
Proverbs 9
Thought for today// The death of the Lord Jesus and by whose hands it came has apparently given many people groups a bad attitude for years. It never ceases to amaze me how little people know about the Word of God when all that needs to be known, has been written. One of the greatest revelations concerning the death of the Lord Jesus was that it was at His hands and in obedience to the Father, not anyone else but them. What He did He did as an act of His will so that even those who naturally carried out the process could be forgiven just like everyone else. This, which I would classify as the epitome of love, was totally the plan and purpose of the Father and the Son and no one else deserves any press for what He did. I want this to be clear to you so you won’t see man, any man, as anything more than one He died for. The world and all its inhabitants were the goal of the Father and Jesus’ mission that would leave none out of this miraculous opportunity called being born-again. It’s important you understand that man had nothing to do with the final sacrifice so all that is necessary now is to keep your eyes on the one who made the sacrifice. You must know that what He did He did of His own free will and not as the result of pressure from anyone or anything, including the Father. Jesus freely gave His life.
Pray this// Father, I know the Master practiced obedience and so will I, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Confess this// All honor and glory belongs to the Father and the Son, and they will receive it in and through my obedience.
Scripture reading// 2 Corinthians 13//Mark 16

 

November 10, 2017
Today’s word
Proverbs 29:23 A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.
Today’s word-Street version
Proverbs 10
Thought for today// We are endeavoring to show what Jesus did for the purpose of knowing what belongs to us. What He did was done because of His love and simply reflected His desire to have a family who loved Him with no strings attached. His sacrifice demands nothing from us but a willingness to believe. The performance and work of the Lord Jesus was the final performance necessary for the curtain to be closed on the power of sin and death in the lives of His creation who would only believe. I know that flys in the face of the religious legalistic crowd, but too bad. In the next few weeks we will see the all-encompassing price that was paid for us which left our performance or works completely out of the equation. Over the centuries man’s understanding of the love of God has become so weak that he’s been made to believe that he must do something to help the process or even make the process work. How crazy to think the Creator needed the creation to rectify what they had done, as if they would know how to handle that, let alone accomplish it. This is a perfect example of man’s desire to be his own god, which is what happens when you defer to one who isn’t, Satan. This lie continues because of a lack of revelation as well as what a self-reliant man has embraced through pride. The knowledge necessary to know what He did and how it can be accessed is only available to the humble and hungry by the Holy Spirit Himself. Jesus paid it all.
Pray this// Father, I choose to believe in what You did through the Master, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Confess this// My life is all about submitting to the Word of God.
Scripture reading// Galatians 1//Luke 1

 

November 11, 2017
Today’s word
2 Corinthians 5:21a For he hath made him to be sin for us....
Today’s word-Street version
Proverbs 11
Thought for today// I want to begin to look at the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus, what He did and what happened through His death, burial, and resurrection. This is a huge subject so be ready to hear some details, realizing they will change your life if you will believe and embrace their purpose. Today, we will look at a verse that we look at frequently in our services, 2 Corinthians 5:21. I’m going to break it down for a couple of days because I want you to understand, by the Holy Spirit, what you have going for you because of what He did. I want to begin with the first ten words of the verse that says, “For He (God) hath made him (Jesus) to be sin for us (put in your name)”. Let’s break it down a little further. God made Jesus what we were so we wouldn’t be responsible for what we were or what we had done. Jesus never personally sinned, but in order to satisfy the justice that was necessary, the Father had to put or assign our sin to Him so we could have the opportunity to access Him. The transaction between the Father and the Lord Jesus was spiritual because the breach in our relationship with Him was spiritual. Don’t try to figure or intellectualize what can only be received spiritually. That is what religious people do. Instead of taking the Word at face value as revealed by the Holy Spirit, they want it to make sense to their senses. What God did was not a sense thing but an unconditional love thing because of your value to Him.
Pray this// Father, I see what You did as totally for me, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Confess this// The Lord Jesus became what I was so I could be free.
Scripture reading// Galatians 2//Luke 2

 

November 12, 2017
Today’s word
2 Corinthians 5:21b who knew no sin....
Today’s word-Street version
Proverbs 12
Thought for today// Today we will move forward in yesterday’s verse to bring some more clarity to what the Apostle Paul has to say. I personally believe this verse should be meditated on to the point that it becomes a part of your heart. I say this because it contains everything one needs to see themselves as the Father sees them. In this verse we see for sure that Jesus was as He had to be and that was without sin. This had to be the case because sin is first and foremost a spiritual condition. Sin bears fruit in one’s life that can be seen, but the cause of our separation from the Father was first spiritual. When the Father told Adam that in the day he ate of the fruit of the forbidden tree that he would die, He was speaking of spiritual death. That verse, Genesis 2:17 could have been written, “in the day you eat you will die spiritually and in dying spiritually you will die naturally”. This is exactly what happened because the wages of sin is death. So our point for today-when Jesus was made sin even though He had never committed sin, He took on ours. He was able to accomplish this because the Father saw Him worthy to handle what man had messed up. We have no ability to grasp this transaction intellectually, but those who are humble and hungry will receive a revelation of its legitimacy. The revelation process is triggered by the goodness of God moving on the heart of man to make him receptive to truth. What He did, He did for you.
Pray this// Father, help me become and remain firm in the freedom the Master paid for, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Confess This// Jesus was made sin so I could be free from sin and the effects of sin. I am free!
Scripture reading// Galatians 3//Luke 3

 

November 13, 2017
Today’s word
2 Corinthians 5:21c that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
Today’s word-Street version
Proverbs 13
Thought for today// The end of our verse from yesterday will require some extra scrutiny in order for it to be seen in as much light as possible and it has to do with one of the most if not the most incredible truths made available through what He did. The end of the verse says, “That we might be made the righteousness of God in Him”. Let me say it this way, “That we (put in your name) might be made (made, not you make it happen) the righteousness (in right standing, born-again spiritually, saved, justified) of the Father Himself, in Him (Christ Jesus)”. This statement is a promise to those who will believe and receive. This promise is far beyond our ability to comprehend naturally to any degree. This promise makes it clear that not only are we made right but we are as right as the Father Himself. This promise makes it clear from a spiritual standpoint, which is the only one that matters, that we have become one with the Father and the Son just as Adam and Eve were before they fell from relationship. Our deal is actually even better because it is sealed with the blood of Jesus and He was and is the incorruptible seed that was necessary to have eternal life. The last two words of the verse are what we could see as an anchor to the whole verse because it locates where our stability and confidence should remain regardless of what transpires between now and when we see Him. In Him is where we find ourselves because of what He did.
Pray this// Father, what He did was all that I need, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Confess this// I am now in the One who paid for everything I will ever need.
Scripture reading// Galatians 4//Luke 4

 

November 14, 2017
Today’s word
Romans 5:17 For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)
Today’s word-Street version
Proverbs 14
Thought for today// I want to take a little closer look at our righteousness because our understanding of it will determine how we navigate the affairs and circumstances of life. If we have become the righteousness of God through Jesus, and we have, then it’s up to us to allow righteousness to rule our thoughts, beliefs, speech, and actions. The key to having a no-wavering confidence in this newly acquired righteousness is to remember it’s His and the fruit of what He did. You nor I had any righteousness or goodness to bring to this process so the first thing you must do is leave you out of it. When I say out of it, I mean don’t think your deficiencies are going to alter what you’ve become nor can you become any more righteous than you are the moment you receive Him. This is exactly what happens to religious people; they can’t stand not playing a part or performing so they begin to see themselves as righteous because of what they do. What you do adds nothing to what He did, are you serious? You know you’ve made a wrong turn or heard the wrong message when you believe that what you do is even in the same league with what He did. Let me say it again you do not grow in righteousness, you can only draw from the righteousness you’ve become, in order to enjoy your new life of being right in Him.
Pray this// Father, no matter how lost we were, what He did was bigger, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Confess this// My righteousness is settled by and through the blood of Jesus.
Scripture reading// Galatians 5//Luke 5

 

November 15, 2017 
Today’s word
Romans 10:4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.
Today’s word-Street version
Proverbs 15
Thought for today// In looking at the fact we’ve been made righteous it must be clear that we can add nothing to it whatsoever. I mentioned this briefly the other day. In his fallen state man needed laws to be kept in a place of acceptability by the Father. This was simply His way of keeping us in a place where He could bring Jesus on the scene in order for the law keeping and the works-related activity to cease. Unfortunately man has developed an addiction to needing a law to keep him straight. This never works. We can see the laws of our great nation systematically broken even by those who made them. This is simply a picture of what lost mankind looks like as well as those who have a form of godliness or a religious presence. As I mentioned the other day, it’s almost impossible for a man to not feel the need to help God. What a silly thing to think, huh? I mean, after all does the Creator really need or want anything from us except obedience? I say no He doesn’t. The law or laws are really only to reveal to the lawless that they are living a lawless life. You and I as the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus have an inner presence to bring our lives into balance as well as keep us righteous if we miss the mark in our natural lives. The more we develop a righteousness conscience the quicker we will begin to reflect what we‘ve really been made. Remember, what He did was make us righteous.
Pray this// Father, because I believe, I’m no longer bound by the law, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Confess this// The law is for the lawless, but I am now the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus!
Scripture reading// Galatians 6//Luke 6