Obedience – are you willing to submit to him?

obedience

Military basic training via twitter

“Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything you do. Try to please them all the time, not just when they are watching you. Serve them sincerely because of your reverent fear of the Lord.” ~Colossians 3:22 NLT

When I first read the book “My Life is Not My Own” by Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, I understood that being a Slave to Christ is so much easier than being the boss of my own life. You can read my review of the book by clicking My Life is Not My Own.  There’s also an interesting written interview by Michael Little, president of CBN and Dr. Bright at the 50th anniversary of Campus Crusade now known as Cru. Dr. Bright explains the contract he and wife, Vonette signed to become, “Slaves for Christ.”

Are you willing to be a Slave for Christ?

When I think of the word slave I think I have no power, no choice, just obedience or there will be consequences. The difference is that God allows us free-will. Yet, the Bible clearly states that He is a God of order and peace. I Corin 14:33, 44.

We have the choice to follow Him and His direction based on the Word and the Holy Spirit, or we can choose not to and suffer the consequences of our choices. The definition of being strong-willed or independent are seen as strengths in the secular world, yet as Christians, God asks us to be obedient, followers of Christ. As I journal my devos I have found an ongoing theme of lessons woven in God’s Word – obedience. I continue to see that often times God asks us to step out on faith to do something for Him, and yet it was to build our character for His purpose, not what we could do for others, but what we could learn, and grow from, in order for God to mold us.

So the next time the Lord speaks and ask you to step out in faith and be obedient to him, don’t ask: how, why, when, or wait until you have all the details before you make any decision – just say, “yes Lord” – because often times, He just wants your obedience.

II Timothy 3:16

“All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

 

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Why I have a Fishing Theme on a Christian Living Blog

Matthew 4:19

New King James Version (NKJV)

19 Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

The reason I picked this theme for my blog is because I liked the look. I love the way the colors look and the animation of the fish and whales. Then I thought this would be a great theme for my Bible2Blog site because of this scripture, Matthew 4:19.

The Resurrection of B2B to BibletoBlog.com

Iwo Jima Flag Raising Marines

Iwo Jima Flag Raising Marines

Bible2Blog.com is now BibletoBlog.com

I’m backkkkkk….. Well, it’s been a long, long while that I have written on this blog, mainly because it’s been offline and I went from a free blog to self-hosting and back on WordPress.com. Fortunately, I think I had most of my data before I shut down the prior site and decided I don’t need to monetize this site just yet and will keep my food blog and writing separate from my devotionals and Christian Living topics.

I guess one could consider this a season of change or as in the photo depicted here a newness, a sense of hope as the flag is raised again in battle and a victory won – more on that later I guess – life is a challenge and our hope in Christ is the victory

Much has happened over the past few years when I first began B2B and even in the last year, of which I’m trying to reorganize and categorize my writing into simple categories; unlike life at least we can try in our writing.

In short, I think it’s been about a year that I got a rude awaking from the hosting company that my cost was going to be more than I was making in writing and I needed to rethink the blog. So, I saved my data and held on to it until now. I’m not sure why it’s taken me this long, maybe I have a better direction of what I write and where topics will go. I’ve narrowed it down to keeping my blog title which I really liked but couldn’t get my domain back from the hosting company so I changed the domain from Bible2Blog.com to BibletoBlog.com – semantics I know, but such is life. Since this is going to be on the free WordPress for now, I’ll still refer to it with the number 2 in the middle.

Another change was that I combined two of my other blogs (and probably entries from other sites) that had personal pieces of Christian Living and one on Christian book reviews – in with my devotional blog and decided that Bible2Blog wouldn’t just be my devotional SOAP journals but also various Christian topics, cause God has a plan for our lives (Jeremiah 29:11) and we may not know what it is just at this point, but He is in control.

UPDATE: Feb. 20, 2013 – I have finally gotten the B2B approved and transferred over. You can now search on Bible2Blog.com or BibletoBlog.com and you should arrive at this site!

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My Life is Not My Own, by Bill Bright

My Life is Not My Own by Bill Bright, Founder of Campus Crusade for Christ

My Life is Not My Own by Bill Bright, Founder of Campus Crusade for Christ

A Book Review of “My Life is Not My Own” – by Bill Bright, Founder of Campus Crusade for Christ

Here’s an excerpt from when I first began reading the book.

“…the book by Campus Crusade for Christ (CCC) founder Bill Bright called, “My Life Is Not My Own.” Dr. Bright talks about how we are to be “slaves to God.” Which can be a hard pill to swallow in our American cultural understanding of what it means to be a slave.  However the scripture says in Romans 6:22 that “we have been set free from sin and become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.”  Verse 16 says that were slaves to sin, obeying what the master of that sin was – whether it was a person, job, habit – whatever, we did whatever the master of that sin was. We are to be slaves to Christ who is our ‘go between”‘to God.”

It’s interesting to note that as I read just the beginnings of this book that is opened by letters from Dr. Bright’s wife Vonette, their two sons who are in ministry, and the present president of CCC – even as Dr. Bright spoke to the ministry workers and interviewers and basically everyone he came into contact with – he would say that he never had any problems. When Dr. Bright explained what he meant by this statement, which baffled many; he stated that as a slave to God, only God has all the problems, as his slave we didn’t have to worry about the problem, we just had to be obedient, as God would figure out all the details of how he wanted to orchestrate the issues of the problems and tell or guide us (his slaves) to complete the tasks at hand.

To acknowledge that my life is truly not my own, if I choose to serve Christ and surrender all to Him. I should have no worries and leave all of those pesky problems and thoughts of how things can be done and should be done, by Him, I cannot do them alone and until I realize all of this, I will continue to go through life stressing over all the issues that come before me. I pray that the Lord will help me go through life and know that it is not “I” but His will be done.

Copyright 2012 @mlehua

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free as a gift for volunteering on Vonette Bright’s Christmas card and gifts mailout at Campus Crusade for Christ 2010. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Pali Lookout and Me

I love this picture of me, with outstretched hands as I took my then fiancee, now hubby, to see my home on the Windward side of Oahu. It was his first visit to the islands and meeting my family and friends. We had a limited amount of time to see all that I could show him in a few days. What better way, I thought to myself, then to go to the top of the Pali Lookout and see Kaneohe and Kailua where I grew up, being on top of the Ko’olau Mountain range with a short walk from the parking lot, not having to hike up to Mount Olomana which I saw every morning as a child. Seeing this photo reminds me of the beauty and grace of our God, the unity that we would have, and the freedom that I feel knowing that no matter what, “I love my Jesus”.

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Life’s Lessons, New Insights, New Year…

2011 – I thought I’d start another blog and then decided to combine it with my devo blog. This in contrast to my other writings in order to write about some of the things that I have been going through personally as a new wife, stepmom, living in a different state and culture than I was accustomed to. In addition, the challenges of changes to my body as I not so always gracefully age – the journey of understanding the meaning of life for me here as I know it, and how my relationship with God my Father impacts the rest of how I strive to live day by day.

I started journaling my daily Bible devotions some years ago when I first learned a study method at my home church. Since then I have been able to learn and grow more than I have in my lifetime of studying the Bible. I’ll be blogging some of what I journal using the SOAP method – http://www.enewhope.org/firststeps/journaling/

I find that journaling my devotions allows me to better understand the scriptures I am reading, go back and reflect on things I wrote in the past and see where God is leading, and where I need to follow. I hear Him much clearer when I journal my devotions, rather then just reading alone.

I’m starting to read a book by Campus Crusade for Christ (CCC) founder Bill Bright. You can read my review here: “My Life Is Not My Own.” Dr. Bright talks about how we are to be “slaves to God.” Which can be a hard pill to swollow in our American cultural understanding of what it means to be a slave.  However the scripture says in Romans 6:22 that “we have been set free from sin and become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.”  Verse 16 says that were slaves to sin, obeying what the master of that sin was – whether it was a person, job, habit – whatever, we did whatever the master of that sin was. We are to be slaves to Christ who is our “go between” to God.

It’s interesting to note that as I read just the beginnings of this book that is opened by letters from Dr. Bright’s wife Vonette, their two sons who are in ministry, and the present president of CCC – even as Dr. Bright spoke to the ministry workers and interviewers and basically everyone he came into contact with – he would say that he never had any problems. When in Dr. Bright explained what he meant by this statement, which baffled many; he stated that as a slave to God, only God has all the problems, as his slave we didn’t have to worry about the problem, we just had to be obedient, as God would figure out all the details of how he wanted to orchestrate the issues of the problems and tell or guide us (his slaves) to complete the tasks at hand.

Welcome to a more intimate view of my life, my journey.

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