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Jude 1:23 NLT Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. Show mercy to still others, but do so with great caution, hating the sins that contaminate their lives.

Some Christians have took it upon themselves to say God hates this group of people or that group of people. These are lies. God doesn’t hate people. God loves all His creation.

Nowhere in the bible does it say we’re to hate sinners. We are to hate the sin, not the sinner. We’re to hate lies, not the person who is lying. We’re to hate homosexuality, not the person engaged in homosexual relations. We’re to hate adultery, not the person committing adultery. If we find ourselves hating the person, a demonic spirit has influenced our minds.

Like God, we are called to love everyone. And since we love everyone, we should want our brother and sister rescued from the bondage of sin. It’s ultimately going to be up to them if they want to be freed, but we can do our part in assisting in their rescue.

Our part includes, removing demonic influences that are influencing their decisions (Luke 10:19), praying for godly influences to minister to them (Hebrews 1:14), encouraging them on a regular basis (Proverbs 27:17), and telling them the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15).

We shouldn’t want to see people destroying themselves with sin. Let’s be vessels for God and assist in their rescue from sin.

Jeremiah 31:3 NKJV The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.

God’s love is everlasting. It’s doesn’t stop for anyone or anything. God loves people who will never love Him back. God loves the atheist who chooses not to believe in Him. God loves the liar, the homosexual, the fornicator, and the adulterer. God loves people who say they’re going to do better, but never seem to get it right.

God loves the abuser and the abused. God loves the prostitute and the pimp. God loves the drug addict and the drug dealer. If you’ve been in church all your life or never been at all, God loves us all the same.

Love is God’s nature. It will never stop. His love produces goodness, grace, and mercy in the hopes that we will turn to Him and never turn back (Rom. 2:4). Know this, God is not angry with you. He loves you both now and forever. Receive His love.

When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners.
Romans 5:6 NLT

We ALL were utterly helpless at one point in time. We didn’t know what to do, which way to turn, who to talk to, or where to go. Eventually, we humbled ourselves and realized we can’t do life without God. We realized we needed a Savior who can save us from ourselves and our situation. That’s when we received Jesus.

Thank you God for Jesus. He helped when we were utterly helpless. We were deceived into thinking we were doing right, but we were wrong. Thank You for showing us our faults and revealing that You died for our faults.

This gospel is too good not to share. If you know anyone who is utterly helpless, do them a favor by pointing them to Jesus. He can help ANY helpless situation.

2 Corinthians 2:14 NKJV Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.

Nowhere in the bible does it say that we’ll win a few and lose a few. God’s word for the new covenant believer says we ALWAYS win in Christ.

Certain situations may not be favorable, but it doesn’t mean we’ve lost. We may have lost a job, experienced the premature death of a loved one, or had financial depletion, but that’s still not considered a loss because our story is not over. God can bless us with a better job, give us peace in knowing our loved one is in a better place, and give us financial increase.

Stop saying “if I win or lose, I’ll still give Him the praise.” It sounds spiritual, but it’s not scriptural. Through Christ, we always win.

2 Corinthians 3:5 NLT It is not that we think we are qualified to do anything on our own. Our qualification comes from God.

When interviewing for a job, they ask for our qualifications. We usually inform them of our education, degrees, and experience. This makes sense for a job. When it comes to sharing and ministering the gospel of Jesus Christ, people may want to know our qualifications. It should be one answer; God. It shouldn’t be answers such as, I’ve been saved for 7 years, I speak in tongues, I tithe, and I sing on the praise team. No, God is the One who qualifies us to share and minister the gospel.

We may have been saved for one week and have more revelation of God’s word than someone who has been saved for 20 years.

When sharing the message of Christ, some of us may be questioned by our friends. They’ll say, “Who are you to tell me about Christ? Didn’t we get drunk together last year?” Or, “How can you tell me to repent? I know how you used to be.” We’ll simply let them know we’ve been qualified by God.

Any born-again believer is qualified to share or minister the gospel of Jesus Christ. It’s not our good works or years of good behavior that qualifies us. It’s God alone Who qualifies us.

Psalms 139:5 NKJV You have hedged me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me.

God’s word tells us that He has a hedge surrounding and protecting us. We won’t benefit from this hedge of protection unless we believe this hedge exists and it’s meant for us.

If we feel like we have to protect ourselves, that’s a lack of faith in God’s hedge of protection. If we’re in fear about going certain places, that’s a lack of faith in God’s hedge of protection. Have faith in this unseen hedge of protection.

This hedge is also available to our children. We no longer need to worry about our children in school. Until they develop their faith, we can use our faith in God’s hedge of protection surrounding them. This will keep us in peace as we drop them off at school.

God has a hedge of protection surrounding us. Believe His word and reap the benefits of this hedge.

2 Corinthians 4:13 NIV It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak,

Faith is more than believing. It’s believing God’s word and acting on our belief. How do we act on our belief? Mainly through confession. When we say the same thing God says about us in His word, we’re acting on our belief.

A person can think they believe they’re healed based on 1 Peter 2:24 which says, “By His wounds you are healed.” If we ask them how they’re feeling and they say, “I’m sick as a dog,” they don’t have faith. They’re not saying what God said. They’re saying what they truly believe (Matt. 12:34). A person in faith would say, “I believe I am healed.” They’re not denying sickness. They’re choosing to believe God’s word above the sickness. They’re ignoring the sickness and saying what God says.

The same rule applies in our finances, our marriages, or any other promise of God. If you see what God says in His word, believe it’s for you AND act on that belief through confession. Don’t let what you see and how you feel change your belief in or confession of the word of God.

Proverbs 2:6 NLT For the Lord grants wisdom! From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.

We all need wisdom for something. It could be at our jobs, in parenting, in growing a business, or in school. Regardless of the area where wisdom is needed, the Lord will provide wisdom if we ask (James 1:5).

Once we ask, we must be willing to follow His instructions even if they don’t make sense. We may need wisdom for our business, but God may instruct us to forgive our parents who mistreated us. To the logical person, they’ll wonder what forgiveness has to do with their business? If that seems too weird to follow, we’ll be stuck in ignorance or not experience God’s best in our business. Those who’ll follow God’s instructions will gain the wisdom needed for maximum success in business. For the example above, God’s word tells us to forgive. When we don’t forgive, our faith is contaminated and our prayers for wisdom are hindered (Mark 11:25).

Human wisdom is not enough to be highly successful. Only the wisdom of God can help us in every area of our lives.

Genesis 3:5 NLT “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.”

Satan deceived Eve into thinking she was missing out on something by saying “your eyes will be open” and “you will be like God.” Because she didn’t want to miss out, she deliberately disobeyed God, ended up in a worse predicament, AND caused Adam to do the same.

Satan is still deceiving people into thinking they’re missing out on something. What people think they’re missing out on varies. Satan deceives people into thinking they’re missing out on another religion that predates Christianity, another way to salvation besides Jesus, or “fun.” If we think we’re missing out on something, we’ll go against the word of God and end up in a terrible situation.

God’s word is the truth. Don’t be deceived into thinking you’re missing out on anything outside of His word. Anything outside of the word of God is a lie and Satan is behind it.

2 Corinthians 5:9 NLT So whether we are here in this body or away from this body, our goal is to please Him.

The goal of every born-again believer is to please God. We don’t please God by keeping the law and we don’t please God by staying in a church 24 hours a day. We please God by doing what He says through His Spirit.

We please God when He tells us to work diligently at the job, but we also please Him when He tells us to stop working even though there’s more work to be done. We please God when we go and worship Him at church on Sunday and we please Him when He directs us to spend time with our family at the park on Sunday. Pleasing God is not limited to traditional things like praying, reading the bible, and going to church. Pleasing God is anything we do where His Spirit is directing us.

Let’s please God by trusting Him and doing what He says.

Luke 18:19 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked him. “Only God is truly good.

God is always good. This is a reason to rejoice and celebrate Him. The reason we don’t celebrate His goodness as much as we should is, we minimize or fail to identify His goodness.

The fact that we’re alive is a sign of God’s goodness. Unless a traumatic event happens, most people are not shouting for joy because they’re alive. We look beyond that goodness and are demonically influenced to focus on what we don’t have. Satan will try to have us focus on not having the amount of money we want, not having a spouse, or other seemingly negative things. Satan’s goal is to steal God’s praise.

Let’s bring it back to the basics and think about the goodness of God and give Him praise. God’s goodness includes: being alive, healthy, walking, talking, food, shelter, clothes, clean water, employment, excess money, transportation, valuables, going to point A to point B without getting killed in a robbery or a car crash, experiencing God’s love through family and friends.

Some of us may not have everything seen above, but we can give Him praise for what we do have. God is good and don’t let the devil tell you otherwise.

1 John 5:21 NLT Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.

Social media, Netflix, TV, video games, socializing with friends, a relationship, and making money. These are things that could be taking God’s place.

Does this mean we can’t play video games or watch Netflix? Of course not. It’s means there should be some balance. If we binge watch 6 hours of Netflix, but only read the verse of the day in our bible app, our day was imbalanced. God should get more than a couple minutes of prayer and few seconds of reading for the day.

More importantly, like everything else, we should let God’s Spirit lead us. If He says only play video games from 10:00pm – 12:00am, video games are not taking God’s place. If He tells us not to go out with our friends for the night, when we obey, our social life is not taking God’s place. God may even approve us binge watching 6 hours of our favorite show, but since He’s leading us, Netflix is not taking God’s place.

It’s in our best interests to trust Him and not allow anything to take God’s place.

Romans 8:37 NLT No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

Despite how things appear, through Christ, we’re victorious. In our jobs we’re victorious, in our ministry we’re victorious, in our marriages and finances we’re victorious. Anything we’ve been called to do or to be responsible for, we’re victorious.

Victory is NOT automatic. We must look at negative situations in the face and declare we’re victorious. If we allow negative situations to cause doubt and unbelief in our hearts, we’ll either fail or not obtain everything God has for us.

Faith in God’s word for overwhelming victory is what’s going to cause us to experience overwhelming victory. Don’t focus on anything else but God’s word, and you’ll experience victory in every area of your life.

2 Corinthians 1:20 For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through Him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.

Every promise from God is still available to every born-again believer. It doesn’t matter how old we are, how many times we went to prison, how many times we’ve been married, or our financial status. God’s promises are still on the table for the taking.

THE ONLY thing stopping us from receiving what God has for us, is us. When we don’t believe God’s word about something, based on a natural perspective, we’re intentionally leaving a promise on the table.

If we think we’re too old to have a baby because science says so, we’re choosing to believe science instead of the scripture that says with God all things are possible (Matt. 19:26). When we choose to remain single because of failed relationships, we’re allowing fear to win instead of believing that God will give us the desires of our hearts (Psalm 37:4). When we think we have to hustle to get ahead financially, we’re deciding to not believe God’s word where it says, the blessing of the Lord makes one wealthy without toil (Prov. 10:22).

Don’t allow your past, the world’s perspective, or fear to rule. Believe God’s word and take EVERYTHING God has promised you through Jesus Christ.

Psalm 40:4 Oh, the joys of those who trust the Lord, who have no confidence in the proud or in those who worship idols.

When our trust is in the Lord, we’ll experience numerous amounts of joy in our lives. Trusting in God means doing things His way. When we trust God or do things His way in our marriages, in parenting, with our finances, or anything else, we’ll have joy in our marriages, in parenting, or with our finances.

When we add our own ways of doing things, that’s when our joy turns into sorrow. When we do it our way, we may think we’re winning, but we’re headed for destruction (Prov. 14:12).

Experience infinite amounts of joy by trusting in the Lord and no one else, including yourself.

Psalms 71:7‭-‬8 NLT My life is an example to many, because you have been my strength and protection. That is why I can never stop praising you; I declare your glory all day long.

When we personally know what God has done and we’ve seen Him perform the miraculous on more than one occasion, praise will continuously flow from our lips. It’s as if we’ve reached the point of no return and we can’t help it. It’s not luck, good fortune, or anything else. We know with everything in us, it was God.

New trials will come and they have a tendency to make us forget about what God has done. They seem so big until they overshadow God’s marvelous works. That’s why it’s important to stay in the word of God and keep a close connection with Him. Staying close to God and His word helps us remember all He has done for us in times past. It will help us recall how He’s handled “big” things in the past which will encourage us to place our faith in Him now.

So, praise Him for His past performances, praise Him for being a present help, and praise Him for the plans He has for our future. Don’t stop praising the Lord.

Deuteronomy 28:8 NLT “The Lord will guarantee a blessing on everything you do and will fill your storehouses with grain. The Lord your God will bless you in the land he is giving you.

This was a guaranteed promise from God for the children of Israel, who were under the law and didn’t have a personal relationship with Him. If they received this kind of promise, think about what we, the children of God who are saved, are promised.

Hebrews 8:6 says, but now Jesus has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises. We have better promises. We can have this kind of promise and more.

If we update Deuteronomy 28:8 for us today, God promises to bless everything we do. That means we’re anointed to prosper in our careers, in our marriages, with parenting, and with anything else we do.

Since we don’t live in an agricultural society, we no longer have grain and storehouses. If we update this scripture, God promises to fill our bank accounts with money.

Finally, God promises His people land. This is as beneficial now as it was then. If you want land for real-estate purposes, land to expand the Kingdom of God, or land to live, God guarantees this promise to us. These three promises are enough to praise and give God glory for the rest of the day.

If you see an old covenant promise, in context, know you’re entitled to that and MORE through Jesus Christ.

Let’s say you haven’t been sleeping well for the past two months. You ask God for help and He directs you to read Proverbs 3:24 which says, you can go to bed without fear; you will lie down and sleep soundly. That night, you sleep soundly. Since you slept well after reading Proverbs 3:24, you decide to read it the next night. It works again. So, you keep reading that scripture every night for a week. After a week, you read Proverbs 3:24 like normal, but you don’t sleep well. You read it the next night, and you still don’t sleep well. What’s the problem?

A reason why reading Proverbs 3:24 may not be working is because that was yesterday’s instructions. We should be listening for today’s instructions. But since we’ve been enjoying the results of sleeping well, we’re not listening to get today’s instructions. Today’s instructions could be telling us to simply go to bed without reading the scripture. If we’re not mindful, we’ll turn yesterday’s instructions into superstition or legalism.

Whether it’s sleeping well, parenting, preparing for a job interview, or believing God for His promises, be mindful to consult God to get today’s instructions instead of operating from yesterday’s instructions.

Proverbs 16:20 Those who listen to instruction will prosper; those who trust the Lord will be joyful.

John 13:14 NLT And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. 15 I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you.

In these scriptures, Jesus was setting an example for us to follow. No, it’s not washing each other’s feet. There’s no benefit in that. His example was humility.

Here we have the Son of God and Savior of the world washing the feet of His disciples. In the world, the Master is to be waited on by the servants, but in the Kingdom, the greatest is to serve (Matt. 23:11).

Follow Jesus’s example of humility. He loved everyone, fed the hungry, healed the sick, and made everyone feel comfortable around Him. We should too. We shouldn’t be afraid to get our hands dirty and we shouldn’t have a mindset that someone is beneath us. He didn’t have this “look at me, I’m the greatest” mentality and we shouldn’t either. He looked outside the greatness of Himself and humbled Himself.

Do as Jesus did and live a life of humility.

Psalms 32:8 NLT The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.

God promises us guidance along the best pathway for our lives. He didn’t promise guidance along a pathway, but THE BEST pathway. So, any pathway we think of ourselves may be okay, but it’s not the best.

This promise doesn’t work unless we trust our Guide. If we think He’s intentionally leading us down a pathway that’s problematic, a pathway where there’s no joy, or a pathway where we must participate in strange rituals to be considered holy, we won’t trust Him. However, if we believe He’s our Creator Who knows what’s best for us and He’s taking us down a pathway that leads to the best results, we’ll benefit from His guidance.

God’s guidance is only for the believer through His Spirit (John 16:13). Everything He tells us is for our best interests. So, the next time He tells you to leave when the party is just getting started, only eat one slice of pie, or go to bed, don’t argue with Him. Follow His guidance because it’s leading us down the best pathway.

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Scriptures of the Day

March 2023
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