Week of August 14-18, 2017

 

MONDAY

To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ; Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices. Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ's gospel, and a door was opened unto me of the Lord,
2 Corinthians 2:10-12
 

 

Forgiveness is the key to victory. Overcoming the world happens when we forgive. Jesus set the standard for this, for He not only forgave, but He paid for the sins of the world, and He knew no sin. Isn’t that remarkable? One who is not familiar with sin was willing to pay for the sins of all. It just proves that we don’t have to experience everything another person experiences to have compassion on him… we just need the touch of the Master. Since forgiveness opens the door to the Master’s touch, it is correct to say that forgiveness is essential to victory in Christ. When we forgive, we move ourselves from the line of fire of Satan. His fiery darts can’t harm us. We rest in the realm of Divine protection. We need to thank God for this wonderful gift.    

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Rx

            If you are in need of healing, there is good news!

                                 Proverbs 4:20-22 says:

My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.
Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.
For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.

 

So there is life and health in God's word. Since God's word is medicine, we must take it like we would a prescription. I suggest three times a day, like you would your food. Remember, healing is the children's bread. Consider this your "dose" for today.
Remember, read, and meditate three times a day the following:

Rx:
1 John 3:8b ~  For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. 


"Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." 2 Tim. 2:15

If you've never studied the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, we invite you to join us as we read through the Bible in a year. Read and meditate on these chapters today:


**August 14 --- 1 Samuel 4, Romans 4, Jeremiah 42, Psalms 18
**August 15 --- 1 Samuel 5-6, Romans 5, Jeremiah 43, Psalms 19
**August 16 --- 1 Samuel 7-8, Romans 6, Jeremiah 44, Psalms 20-21
**August 17 --- 1 Samuel 9, Romans 7, Jeremiah 45, Psalms 22
**August 18 --- 1 Samuel 10, Romans 8, Jeremiah 46, Psalms 23-24
**August 19 --- 1 Samuel 11, Romans 9, Jeremiah 47, Psalms 25
**August 20 --- 1 Samuel 12, Romans 10, Jeremiah 48-49, Psalms 26-27


TUESDAY

  Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place. For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things? For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.
2 Corinthians 2:14-17
 

 

So through the exercise of forgiveness God causes us to triumph in all things in Christ Jesus. This is much to be thankful for. There is no failure at all in God, and as long as we are obedient to the spirit of Christ that dwells within us, we will experience no failure in anything we undertake. We only experience the sweet savor of Christ wherever we go. Imagine this: we smell good in every situation. For those of us who have left a trail of bad fruit in our lives (and who hasn’t) this is good news. I may be dating myself, but I always think of the song “Everything’s Coming up Roses” when I think of the sweet savor. There was an anticipation of good things in every situation expressed in that song. If the sinner can expect that, even more so the child of God because we have God’s promise. We can go into anyplace God sends us and experience excellent results. God can cause even near disasters to turn out for our good.  


WEDNESDAY

Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place. For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things? For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.
2 Corinthians 2:14-17
 

 

Remember Joseph? It seems that after his dad gave him the coat of many colors, an event that brought him much joy, his life turned sour. Even after his life was spared and he was sold into Egypt’s slave market, it was nip and tuck for him for a while. It seemed he would get ahead for a while and then fall back into disfavor. The sweet savor was not yet a part of his life. Could it have been that there was still some bitterness or unforgiveness toward his brethren after all those years? My guess is that there probably was. It’s easy to understand. Attempted murder is not an everyday offense… it’s not the same as accidentally stepping on someone’s toe. It takes time to work through the trauma of life until you receive your healing from God. Joseph persevered until he became more like Christ. The sweet savor finally began to emerge, and he was taken out of prison, given a new identity, apparel and status. His reputation made that savor manifest in every place. 


THURSDAY

 Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place. For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things? For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.
2 Corinthians 2:14-17

 

Perhaps you have a situation that has caused you much pain. Give God thanks because you will triumph in this if you choose to obey God. He will give you victory over the hurt, pain and discouragement that you feel. When you give God thanks for what He has done for you, then He will do more for you. Whatever we thank Him for will increase. What you lack you should thank Him for, for He has promised to supply it. What you need you should thank Him for. Whatever you desire, you should thank Him for promising that He will do it for you. If you will live a life of thanksgiving, you will triumph over all the power of the enemy and leave the sweet savor of Christ in every place. You will smell like life to those who love God; you will smell like death to those who are perishing.


FRIDAY

Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place. For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things? For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.
2 Corinthians 2:14-17

 

The savor of Christ is sweet, but it sends a message into the earth. To those who know God and love Him, it is a savor of life leading to life. To those who are perishing, the enemies of God, it smells like death unto death. In ancient Rome, when important prisoners were captured, they were paraded through the streets on a chariot filled with flower petals. The savor was sweet, but the prisoner was being paraded to his death. The savor was a sickening sweet because of his final fate. The savor of Christ that we emit is just that way to those who don’t know God, but through forgiveness, this same savor can become one of life unto life. When we forgive, we open the door to the savor that leads to life. Thanks be unto God, who causes us to triumph by leading those who are perishing into eternal life!


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