Jesus Is Your Role Model

1.2 – Jesus: A Role Model –

 S – Scripture: “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too, am working. I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, to your amazement he will show him even greater things than these.” – John 5:17, 19-20        Reading: Experiencing God Unit 1 – Day 2 Jesus Is Your Model

O – Observation:

In today lesson, Blackaby describes the “Bible as Your Guide” and “What is God’s Will for My Life.” It’s true that we often hear people say, “Why should I follow the laws of the bible, that’s so old fashion.” Or, “What does the bible have to do with what’s going on in my life today?”

As Christ followers God called us to be one of His followers before we even knew his name. When God calls people to follow him, he most likely won’t give you all the details of what your future will be. I know for myself if he did, I probably wouldn’t like what I’m hearing, or I may think, “How can I do any of what he needs me to do?” That’s where faith comes and the Lord knows that we lack faith and understanding when we first come to him that comes with time and studying his Word.

We study his Word, the scriptures, the Holy Bible, so that we can know God’s will and receive His guidance. God actually tells us everything that we need to know through the lives of those who came before us. The bible is a guide, our instruction book to life here on earth and all that we are to do.

If you look at the workbook, Blackaby mentions several scriptures which describe God’s call to men to follow Him, without being given the “full story” of what his expectations were of them. Here are the scriptures and the people mentioned:

  1. Matthew 4:18:20 – Simon Peter and Andrew
  2. Matthew 4:21-22 – James and John
  3. Matthew 9:9 – Matthew
  4. Acts 9:1-20 – Saul and Ananias

One of the most profound statements that I received the first time I studied Experiencing God – was the that we should not be asking ourselves, “What is God’s Will for My Life?” But we should ask ourselves, “What is God’s Will (period).” That’s all, because this is not about us; it’s about what is God’s will and for me to adjust my life to Him.

Through the entire study and throughout the years it the one most quoted section that I remember. I even wrote, “eye opener” in my workbook, back in 2001 when I first read it.

A – Application:

I will apply this to my life by remembering that it is not, “how can I be used for God?” but where is He at work and getting involved in His will.

P – Prayer:

Father I thank you for your love, kindness, and mercy. Show me your will and your ways so that I may adjust my life to you. In Jesus name, amen.

Today’s Date: March 15, 2010

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Thoughts: What You Fill Your Mind With

You Are What You Fill Your Mind With

“Some Christians allow the world to fill their minds with ungodly thinking. Some people seem drawn to concentrate on the negative, choosing to be pessimistic about everything. Some remain satisfied with thinking of the mundane. Others fail to intentionally place Scripture in their thoughts, choosing instead to adopt human reasoning. Others, however, choose to expose their minds to the truths of God – to that which is true, noble, just, pure, lovely, and good.

The things you allow your mind to dwell on will be revealed by the way you live.  If you focus on negative things, you will inevitably be a negative person.  If you allow unholy thoughts to fill your mind, ungodliness will become common in your life.  If you fill your mind with thoughts of Christ, you will become Christ-like. What you fill your mind with is a matter of choice. Choose to concentrate on the magnificent truths of God, and they will create in you a noble character that brings glory to God.” ~from Experiencing God, H. Blackaby

S – Scripture:

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—-meditate on these things.
Philippians 4:8

Matthew 12:34 (New Living Translation) “You brood of snakes! How could evil men like you speak what is good and right? For whatever is in your heart determines what you say.”

O – Observation:

 

Many people think if they don’t “act” on the things that they fill their mind with, then it’s ‘okay’ to continue filling their mind with that same information. I’ve had lengthy discussions with people who say it’s ok to watch things like soap operas, television shows, read romance novels etc – all of which contribute to the values of this world.

The world’s view – which I’ve commented on in the past – is just that, the world’s view. The world says it’s ok to break the commandments of the bible and to do what the majority of the population is doing – do what feels good – not what is right and expected and pleasing to God. Because of this, we need to think about what we fill our mind with. It’s not easy. I noticed over the years that my mind would deem it acceptable behavior (whatever was going on around me) based on what I was watching on TV, or exposed to in the news, and especially the people I was hanging out with.  I needed a positive environment. I stopped watching a lot of regular television programs and only saw Food Network and Home and Garden. I even stopped watching the news as it was filling my mind with stuff I didn’t want to dwell on.

Not long ago, friends of mine, along with many other Christians were fascinated with a so-called love story of a vampire and whatever else I’m not sure. It wasn’t of God. These people described their interest as a love story, nothing more.  However there seemed to be an unhealthy obsession that wasn’t of God. My question to them is, what does the bible say about vampires? How does that mind occupation with these books and movies and actors – help them to grow closer to the Lord? Sure I have interests that are not based on biblical study. I watch things like the Food Network, and like Mickey Mouse, but it’s not devil worship. Nor do I have a morbid relation to people sucking the blood life out of others. 

In addition, I give ample time to studying the bible and doing things that edify my growth to my family and Christ. I believe that if something or someone – draws you away from your family, your responsibilities, and Christ – we need to refocus on why this thing or person is so important and work on that issue – not delve deeper into the fantasy of escape.

If you’re interested on what the bible says about vampires here’s an interesting reply from gotquestions.org click here to read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/vampires.html What’s interesting to note, not only young tween girls are affected by the lore of the story, but young women, both single and married need to search their lives and see if this applies to their life and walk with Christ.

It’s interesting to note – if you study the bible the same about of time that you spend on your other “choices” of mind dwelling – that the Word of God will win – allow God to dwell in your heart and mind.

A – Application:

I can apply these scriptures to my life by remembering that everything I do, observe, and absorb – are things that I meditate on. It may not be my intention to stop and ponder on the many things that I am willingly and unwillingly exposed to in my daily life; however I will balance myself by dwelling in the Word of God daily – through devotions, biblical teachings, readings, radio programs – so that I can draw closer to the Lord and focus on the things of the Lord.

P – Prayer:

Father I ask that you help me to know and do your will. I ask that you forgive me for all my sins. I ask that you guide me and help me to do what is right in your will and be a positive person, a person of passion for you, a person that concentrates on the truths of God – so that my character brings glory to you. In Jesus name, Amen.

Reading: Blackaby’s Devotional 3/4/2010

Phil 4:8 and Matt 12:34

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Today’s Date: March 4, 2010

What Is Your House Built On?

Today’s Date:  January 09, 2010

Building On Solid Rock: What’s Your House Built On?

Reading: Gen 20- 22:1-24, Matt. 7:15-29, Psalm 9:1-12, Proverbs 2:16-22

S – Scripture:

“Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock.” Mt 7:24

O – Observation:

Jesus says to “Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep, but are vicious wolves (v15).  If we build our foundational beliefs on God’s Word, which is solid like a rock and not on ‘sand’ so when the flood waters (v25) and winds beat against us we have nothing to stand on and are washed away.

A – Application:

I want to be wise v 24, not foolish (v 26) one who ignores the Lord’s teaching and builds on sand, which has no deep roots to ground themselves (their house). I do not want to collapse with a mighty crash (v27). I need to stay in God’s Word, apply his teachings to my daily walk so that my foundation remains (maintenance) in solid rock.

P – Prayer:

Father thank you for your Word which is freely available to me. Thank you that I can build a solid foundation and that I am reminded that if I don’t have a solid foot in your Word, if my foundation is not grounded in bedrock (v25) then anything that may come my way, without the Holy Spirit of discernment and your Word that dwells in me, I could waiver and wash away. I pray that I will always have a solid rock foundation, based in God’s Word.

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Do I have to love everyone? What if…

January 6, 2010

Title:  Do I have to love everyone? What if they’re…

Readings: Gen 13:5-15:21, Matthew 5:27-48, Psalm 6:1-10, Proverbs 1:29-33

S – Scripture:

‘If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that.’ Mt. 5:47

O – Observation:

The scripture verses of Mt 5:43-48 talk about the law of loving your neighbor, and your enemies! To pray for those who persecute you! Which is the way we should behave as ‘true children of our Father in Heaven.’  If we don’t love everyone, then we are just like everyone else in the world that doesn’t believe in Jesus Christ (pagans).  The scriptures say that it’s easy to love those who love you, but even corrupt tax collectors do that.

A – Application:

Of all the things that I am to do as a child of God I find this one of the most challenging.  I have a difficult time praying for someone who has wronged me. I have negative thoughts of people who are unkind, lack integrity, and are just plain spiteful that it’s very difficult to do what God asks of me.  I remember talking to a Christian sister about a person I worked with, who was, well let’s say a very difficult person to be around.  After hearing me gripe about the person and their evil ways, my ‘sister’ said, “Did you pray for her?” – I gasped and said, “how can I pray for someone as horrible as that?”  She wisely said, “Because that’s what Jesus wants us to do.”

I struggled over the next few days during my prayer time. I couldn’t even get the person’s name out of my mouth to pray for them.  I found that I had to ask the Lord for forgiveness first. I had to pray that the Lord would soften my heart towards that person first, because it’s easier to pray for someone I cared for. I needed to have a heart like Christ, to love everyone, even when “I” didn’t think they deserved it.  I need to remember that “I” didn’t deserve God’s love, yet he gave his only son for my life.  Once I forgave, I was able to pray with sincerity.

P – Prayer:

Father help me to remember these scriptures in my daily life. Help me to remember your love for us, even though we didn’t deserve your love and grace, you cared for us and gave us your Son so that we can have eternal life.  I pray that as I grow in your grace, that I will offer that same grace to others. I pray that you will help me be a better example; to be called your child is an honor that I do not deserve. I pray that I can love the way you love us. ###

Problems that require us to go through a process

How to recognize some problems require us to go through a process

Reading:Gen 5:1-7:24, Matt 3:7-4:11, Psalm 3:1-8, Proverbs 1:10-19

Message from: Luke 18:1-8

Title: Recognize Some Problems Require a Process

S – Scripture: “And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” Luke 18: 7-8

O – Observation: Luke 18: 1-8 talks about the Parable of the Widow. This is a story that Jesus told about a woman who wouldn’t give up. According to Luke, Jesus told the story of a persistent woman in order that we could learn v1 that ‘men always ought to pray and not lose heart’.

A – Application:  I will continue to pray, be consistent and persistent. Whatever I do, unless I receive a clear Word or sign from God that I am going in the wrong direction and need to refocus, I need to not give up.  In Hawaiian we say, Imua, Imua, a Lanakila which means forward, forward to victory. As long as I am in line with God according to His word, through prayer – whatever I’m praying or working towards is all in God’s time, not my own. Although I can set timelines for myself and strive to hit those goals, I need to remember that I shouldn’t give up what God has asked of me. If something isn’t happening at my time or place or whatever, I just need to know that it may not be God’s time.

P – Prayer:

Father thank you for your Word. Thank you for bible teachers and leaders who are an example of daily devotions and seeking you to teach others. Help me to know and do your will. Mold me and give me direction.

–         Prayer for others:

–         Stan and his family as he lost his father yesterday.

–         Prayer for Kim, thankful that doctors were able to remove all of the cancer and now that she’s going thru chemo and/or radiation to make sure there’s no more growth, also prayer that you comfort her as we’re coming to the one year anniversary of her husband Kevin, who went home to be with you after many years of service to your people and his battle with cancer.

–         For Truman & Elizabeth as they follow Your call.

Notes:

In today’s American Society of fast food, disposable everything, quick fix – it’s all too easy to say; “I tried that, it didn’t work,” and that would be the end of the story.  Often times if we pray and seek God and the answer isn’t instantaneous, or when “we” want it, we give up and say, “It must not have been God’s will.”  We also need to remember that it may not be God’s will for what we’re praying for “right now” but in His time. Or it could be we are suffering a consequence for sin. Or it could be we need to go through the process of whatever it is we are going through so that we can grow, build character, AND then and only then would God be able to use us to glorify His kingdom.

I often think about the “process” when my mom was very ill, she had spent months in the hospital, came home briefly, only to return to the hospital again and then went into a semi-comatose state and went home to be with the Lord on Thanksgiving Day 1993.  I wondered if I were to ask God, “why?” if that would make me seem like I didn’t have faith in Him. Well, maybe I’ll write about this another time as that’s a whole story in itself.  However, for this post I’ll note that if it were not for the “process” that my mom went through, I would not have been able to have the one conversation that has carried me through everyday of my walk with Christ. I’ll make this short as to say I went to my mom’s bedside as I felt God prompting me to ask, I didn’t want to as I stated before I felt like I was showing a lack of faith, however God knew what I needed to hear. I sat beside her, held her hand, trying to hold my tears back, and said, “Mom, do you ever questions God?” She looked at me and said, “No, I trust my Jesus.”  We sat in silence for a while, as I knew that God had used her to teach me, that no matter what, I too, could trust in ‘my Jesus’. Everything for a purpose and God’s timing.

Last night we went to church and the pastor talked about Revolution vs. Resolution for the New Year.  Although I read my daily devotions before going to service, often times I hear or read other scriptures and want to journal on those instead so that’s what I did for today. I also liked the five points that the pastor talked about which I will summarize here for my future reverence.

New Year’s Revolution – when people normally make new year’s resolutions to the problems they want to correct or improve, the pastor spoke on making a revolution. Here’s his five points from this weekend’s message:

1. See your problem as a problem. – Amos 3:1

2. Compare your problem to God’s purpose. – Phil 3:14

3. Submit your problem to God’s power. – I Corin 12:12-25

4. Recognize some problems require a process. – Luke 18:1-8

5. Remember everyday is a great day to start a revolution. – Hebrews 3:7

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