November 13, 2018 Verse Of The Day

 

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1 Corinthians 12:27 The Body Of Christ

 

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Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 1 Corinthians 12:27

Paul had been talking about different parts of the church. There are different leaders and different ministries within the church. Each one has a place in the church.

Groups of people tend to believe that their church is the only true church and that all other churches are missing the mark and are not true to God. The reason for these feelings are usually different beliefs in doctrine. One church worships with only fast songs, while another worships only slow songs out of the hymnal. One believes in using wine for communion, while another uses grape juice. One has services in a home, while another in a church building. The differences are uncountable.

Some of these groups broke off from another group because of some of these differences. Yet, God did not make His church to be that way. The church is the body of Christ. It is made up of believers in Jesus, regardless of how they worship or believe.

The core of it is belief in the salvation provided by Jesus. All the rest are sides to how you worship and serve God and each other. As long as the belief does not go directly against any teaching in the Bible, it is acceptable.

Each person must decide between himself and God as to what he wants to believe and do in the process of worship. However, every believer must be a part of the body of Christ, working together to build His kingdom in their own ways as God has shown them. That needs to be the goal of every believer, just as it was with Jesus and is still to this day.

Division must not occur in the body of Christ. Regardless of  how you worship and serve God, do not cut someone else down for the way that they worship and serve God. Build each other up, rather than cut them down.

A body should never cut itself or destroy itself. As a believer in Jesus, do not do anything that would destroy another part of God’s body…the church.

If you are believer in Jesus, you are a part of His body. What is your duty in the body of Christ? What does God want you to do in order to build His body even greater?

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that God will show you your position in His body; that you will love every part of the body of Christ, the church; and that God will help you build the body of Christ.

Matthew 10:1 You Are Given Authority

Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness. Matthew 10:1

Jesus had started His ministry and chosen some men to follow Him. He had taken some time to train them and allow them to see Him in action. Now He was sending them out to do the same ministry He was doing. Jesus gave them authority to cast out spirits and heal those who are sick.

Demonic presence in the lives of people is a very real thing. In today’s society many do not believe in demonic spirits, this is especially true in America. In some countries, it is a very common belief. Yet, demonic spirits are a real part of life.

Often people allow demonic spirits in by accepting false beliefs or actions. Their actions are explained away by the way they grew up, society’s influence, drugs, illnesses or some other event in their life. Very rarely is it looked at as demonic spirits, as was seen often in the Bible.

Sickness, however, was common in the Bible and is still common today. Everyone has had it or seen sickness. Everyone accepts that it is real today.

Jesus gave all His believers/followers the authority to cast out any demonic spirits and to heal all forms of sickness. Reading the Bible, one never sees that Jesus prayed for a healing or a release of impure spirits and it did not occur. That same authority has been given to every believer today.

One of the reasons why Jesus could always heal people, was that He only did what the Father told Him to do. He also had faith in His Father to do what He asked, because He followed Him so closely.

You also have that same ability if you choose to follow Jesus and the Father with all of your heart, soul and mind. Keeping your eyes on the Father will allow you to know what He wants and when He wants it.

Jesus gave you all the authority you need to command spirits out of a person or place and to heal all types of sickness. Sickness and spirits have no control over you and have to obey you, if you are in God’s will.

As you pray for these types of needs, pray knowing God has given you the authority. Take command over sickness and spirits.

I pray today that you will know the power Jesus has given you; that you will keep your eyes on God; that you will only do and say what God tells you to do and say; and that God will work miracles for His kingdom through you.

Jeremiah 1:6-8 I’m Not Qualified

“Alas, Sovereign LORD,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.” But the LORD said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the LORD. Jeremiah 1:6-8

God had called Jeremiah to speak to the nations. It is believed that Jeremiah was just a teenager at the time of this calling. The first thing Jeremiah tells God is that he cannot speak and is too young, he is not qualified to do the job.

These are common words for many people, even today. God calls a person to do some type of ministry and the first thing they say is that they are not qualified. This is not even talking about going around the world to reach nations, it is just doing ministry in their local church, town or workplace.

People like to say that they do not have the training or experience to do a ministry. The problem is that everyone has to start at some point with no real training. Going to bible college sounds good, but all it really gives one is book knowledge. Real experience is learned by actually going out and doing a ministry.

God allows you to get experience in the real world by giving you an assignment. The professors in the college cannot give you the words to speak and they will not be there with you. God will do both.

Every believer has a testimony of what God has done in his life. You have yours also. All you need to do is go out and tell others what God has done for you and what God can do for them. As you go into this world, God will give you the words to speak and He will not leave you alone. There will be trouble and hard times, but God will bring you through them.

Let go of your fears and be willing to step out into what God has for you to do. Jeremiah did and became one of the great prophets. With God you are more than qualified to do anything He has called you to do.

What are you willing to let God do through you?

I pray today that God will show you what He has for you to do; that you will not fear doing God’s will; that you will know God’s presence in your life; and that you will speak the words God gives you.

Packing Up And Moving On

There is a family who belonged to our church that had made a good impact on our community over a short couple of years. They had come into the area, from out of state, to run a boys home.

This boys home, Still Creek Ranch, is one where troubled boys could be sent to try to get their life back on the right track. It is Christian based and has its own school for teaching and training the boys. At the ranch, the boys learn to grow gardens and take care of animals, while learning about God.

The couple who ran the ranch, had chosen to become members and attend our church. They were always faithful to be at church and had a heart for God. Their focus was on God in everything that they did. They held a standard in their own lives that would mirror God’s standard.

It was only about two years ago that they came into our life. During that time, we had done several things together and talked many times about many different issues in life. Both, my wife and I, and this couple have had to go through various challenges in life and saw God work through them with great blessings.

About two to three months ago, this couple felt a call from God to move out of state to another ministry in New Mexico. This was something difficult to accept.

Many questions were asked as to why would God move them away. From the outside it did not make much sense. Everything appeared to be going great.

After talking with them, we found out that God was moving their hearts to a different type of ministry. The doors were slowly closing where they were. Although they felt that change was about to occur, they were not looking for a new ministry or for change. They just trusted God and kept doing what God placed them there to do.

As they were doing their ministry, God placed it on the heart of someone else to call them to a different ministry. It would be in a different state and would be doing a church plant. This was something brand new for them. After a lot of prayer, they felt that this was the direction God was leading the. Once this decision was made, the doors opened more for the new ministry and started to close where they currently were.

This last weekend was the weekend for them to pack up and move to the new location. My family was blessed to be able to help them load their moving truck up for the move. It was an event that took all day to finish.

It was a blessing to us to be able to help them load up their truck. During the time of loading we were able to talk about various events in our lives, and memories of the time shared together. We were able to share many more testimonies of how God had blessed us in miraculous ways. At the end were able to pray God’s blessing, provision and protection in this new journey in their life as we sent them off.

As hard as it is to see them leave, we know that God has great things in store for them. Often in life people like to settle down in one place and never move again. It is comfortable staying in one place where you know everyone and everything. Change is never easy and rarely is it fun, at least at the beginning of the change.

However, change can bring on new blessings. If they had never went through change and came to our area, we would never have had the chance to meet them. The blessings of knowing them and their children would never have occurred.

As much as we would love to keep them here, they have new blessings to pour out on other people somewhere else. There are new lives to be touched in an area that I cannot reach and I must be willing to let them go and do that ministry.

Letting friends move on is hard, but it does not mean the end of a friendship. The friendship will still remain, through phone calls, emails and Facebook. We will always be connected by God and prayer. We can touch each other through prayer.  Ultimately there will be a reunion when Jesus returns and we all meet up again in heaven, if not here on this earth.

We look forward to hearing about how God will bless their ministry and about the lives that will be touched in the new location.

If you have never had a friend move on, there will come a day when that will happen. Allow your friends to move forward in the will of God to make a change in this world. Not every believer needs to be in one location. Allow everyone to go where God has a place for them. Do not be selfish and want to keep the person tied down to you alone. Share them with the world.

Always remember that God is with them and will never leave nor forsake them. And God is with you and will never leave nor forsake you.