How is Truth a person?

The Lord has many names, but if we think about it, if we changed Jesus Christ’s name to Truth it would most likely lose the meaning of truth or the definition of what we believe truth to mean.  In today’s devotional, Henry Blackaby gives us an eye-opener on Truth the Person.

Who is Truth?

Truth Is a Person

And they came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” Then He arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water. And they ceased, and there was a calm. But He said to them, “Where is your faith?” (Luke 8:24-25)

~Truth is a Person, not a concept. Jesus said He was the Truth (John 14:6). That means that you can never know the truth of your circumstances unless you have first heard from Jesus. The disciples thought they were perishing in the storm. They were fishermen who knew the sea and knew what their condition was. They had allowed their circumstances to convince them that the “truth” was their imminent death. But they were wrong. Truth was asleep in the back of their boat! ~ Henry Blackaby’s Experiencing God devo

Observation

While reading this devotion I had to tune out all distractions and go back to the scripture to get a better understanding of what Blackaby was trying to explain. Blackaby went on to say something that we all do in our day to day lives:

~Since some of the disciples were fishermen, they trusted in their own expertise and wisdom rather than recognizing that only Jesus knew the truth of their situation. At times, our human knowledge in certain areas of life can blind us to our desperate need to hear a word from Truth.~Blackaby

This is so key to what Blackaby’s devotion is trying to tell us – we need to stop being dependent on ourselves and trust the Truth, which is Christ!

Blackaby goes on to say, “When Jesus spoke, the disciples saw the real truth of their situation. There was absolute calm. The disciples had seen Jesus perform other miracles, but they had not yet witnessed His power over nature in such a dimension. Often we are like the disciples. God may have recently demonstrated His power to us in a mighty way; we may have experienced many spiritual victories in the past. Yet, when a new and frightening situation comes upon us_we, too, panic and say, “Lord save me. I’m perishing!” God will remind us of His provision, saying, “I can handle this situation, too, and you will know more of Me because of it.”

Application

How can we apply this devotional and scripture into our lives?

More notably I would say that I personally would need to remind myself that Christ is Truth and that I must do as Matt 6:33 says to “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness first” – in all things that I do. When I do this, I am able to remind myself that if I am dependent only on my personal life experiences and not God’s Word than I will get stressed and panic like the disciples. It’s common, I don’t know of anyone who wouldn’t do the same, they go through life making choices on a day-to-day basis based on what they know, not always ‘who’ they know.

My reminder is to begin each day in prayer and ask the Holy Spirit to guide me in all things. The scripture that tells us to pray without ceasing is just telling us to constantly be in connection with our Lord. To do, to speak, to act, in all we do. Not just for the major decisions in our lives but to seek the truth in the day to day interactions we have with others. How we respond to conversations, to tasks, and especially before we get ourselves in situations where we panic and lose hope. There is no greater hope than in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Prayer

Father we thank you for all that you did for us by dying on the cross. We ask that you would help us as we seek you first from the time we wake up in the morning until we go to sleep and rest in you. Lord we are thankful for all the experiences that you give us as they help mold us into the character of the person you can use to further your kingdom. We ask that you would not only allow us to use the experiences and wisdom that you gave us but that we would not forget to remember to seek you, the Truth, by faith. Let us trust in you not in ourselves, as we know you can do all things. Amen

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God Hears Your Cry

Today’s Date: February 15, 2010

God Hears Your Cry

Reading: Exodus 37:1-38:31 ~ Matthew 28:1-20 ~ Psalm 34:11-22 ~ Proverbs 9:9-10 (www.OneYearBibleBlog.com from Feb 14, 2010)

S – Scripture:

Psalm 34:17-18 “The LORD hears his people when they call to him for help.  He rescues them from all their troubles. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those who are crushed in spirit.”

O – Observation:

Here’s an excerpt from the “God and Man in Proverbs” via OYBB:

~I am sure all of us have moments of needing help.  Moments of trouble.  Moments of being brokenhearted.  Moments of being crushed in spirit.  The big question is what do we do in those moments?  Or, who do we turn to?  Do you call to God in those moments?  Do you know that he will help you?  Do you know that he will rescue you?  Do you know that he is close to you?  Do you know that He is near? ~

It’s interesting to read in Psalm 34 that this is the Psalm of David, when he pretended to be insane in front of Abimelech in order to be sent away. Then David wrote this passage – to fear the Lord, to receive comfort and eternal happiness. I know that the Lord hears me as the scriptures say to ask and ye shall receive, based on God’s will. David knew that God would take care of him and rescue him, yet he still pretended to be “insane” in order for Abimelech to let him go. It worked. I’m not sure what this has to do with what David wrote in chapter 34, but maybe it’s something to do with the lesson that David had to go through in order for him to learn that God would take care of him and so that we (the generations after) would be able to learn from David’s ways.

A – Application:

I can apply these verses to my life by trusting in the Lord to take care of me even when I am in the scariest of situations. I am reassured that the Lord hears me when I cry out to him, he is close to me when my heart is broken; which is defined as, “having your spirit depressed or crushed by grief or despair.”

P – Prayer:

Father I thank you for your love. Thank you for hearing our cry for help and rescuing us when we are in trouble. You are our Savior, our Lord, and our redeemer. Thank you for forgiving us for our sins, even when we lack faith and trust – allowing us to learn through our experiences so that we can serve you and others better. In Jesus name, amen.

OYBB = OneYearBibleBlog.com

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Fear of God

Today’s Date: Feb 12, 2010

Fear God

 

Reading: Exodus 34-35:9, Matt 27:15-31, Psalm 33:12-22, Proverbs 9:1-6

S – Scripture:

Psalm 33:18 “But the Lord watches over those who fear him, those who rely on his unfailing love.”

O – Observation:

What does it mean to “fear” the Lord, if God is love, why would we fear him? We should look at the phrase, “fear of the Lord,” or “God fearing”.  We’ve often heard these terms but do we really know and understand why?  I believe this is a good definition of the word fear, as used in the bible:

*Fear:  Although there are occasions in the Bible when the word fear represents the human emotion of terror (Exod. 23: 27), there is also a fear which means awe in the presence of the holy (Eccles. 12: 13). This fear induces a hatred of evil (Prov. 8: 13).

There is also awesome fear in the NT, as when the women were told about the Resurrection (Mark 16: 8). ‘Those who fear God’ or ‘God-fearers’ is a technical term applied to pagans who attended a synagogue but shrank from circumcision (Acts 10: 2).

We should note that in Psalm 33:18 it’s the “awe” of the Lord that induces a hatred of evil. God wants us to reverence him.  Like most of us, whomever raised us as our parents / caregivers, we loved them, and yet we feared them in a way that sometimes was because of the consequences of our misbehavior and even when we didn’t know if they would approve or not, it was a fear of reverence – wanting to please our parents. 

A – Application:

I fear God the same way, yet more intensely because no one is above God. He is our Lord, he gave us his son Jesus for our sins and he is our Savior. Our parents gave us physical life and we were entrusted to them on this earth, yet the Lord has given us eternal life. Thus, above my parents, my spouse, and all others, I fear God above all things, in turn he promises to ‘watch over us’.

P – Prayer:

Father I thank you for your patience, love, and understanding. Lord, I thank you for opportunities – to share your Word and your grace. I ask that you show me your will and allow me to know and do your will with a grateful heart. In Jesus name, amen.

*definition of fear found here – encyclopedia.com.

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Fear of the Unknown

Today’s Date:  January 20, 2010

“Fear of the Unknown” (ODB Heb 11:8-12) 

 

Reading: Gen 41:17-42:17, Mt 13:24-46, Psalm 18:1-15, Proverbs 4:1-6,

Our Daily Bread 1/9/10

S – Scripture:

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called . . . . And he went out, not knowing where he was going. —Hebrews 11:8 http://tinyurl.com/y8blnas

O – Observation:

In the One Year Bible, I’ve been enjoying reading through Genesis and Exodus – so much so I’m ahead on my reading of the Old Testament. There are so many things that amaze me: the life span of people in that time went from 900 yrs to 400 yrs to under 200 yrs old. The fact that God would speak directly to his chosen messengers: Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob – and they were men who didn’t always obey God. In addition, things did not happen immediately, some of God’s promises took hundreds of years! Who needs television and movies with all that went on in the bible: lying, stealing, killing, sexual immorality, sibling rivalries, family rivalries, vengeance, money, power, slavery…

Which brings me to the Our Daily Bread devotional of Jan 9, 2010 – here’s an excerpt:

Has God ever asked you to do something that seemed unreasonable? Something that took you into the territory of the unknown? What if He asked you to refuse a long-awaited promotion or resist a longed-for relationship? What if He called you to a remote part of the world or asked you to release your children to serve Him in a faraway place?

The unknown is full of haunting “what ifs.”

Imagine how Abraham felt when God asked him to move his whole family without telling him where they were going (Gen. 12:1-3).

The fear of the unknown could cripple our capacity to follow God’s leading through the days ahead. Yet, like Abraham, when we cling to the One who knows all things, we’re in good hands—regardless of where He leads.  — Joe Stowell

 A – Application:

There’s been many occasions where I felt led to go somewhere and I didn’t really want to go. Yet I trusted God that if that’s where he wanted me, I would be obedient. I usually and still am, challenged in not knowing the full story or plan before taking action. I like to be prepared. As time goes on I know that it’s not always about where we are going, but about the journey getting there, that’s how I came up with the title of this blog. As a student of the bible and child of God, I am persuaded that the scriptures of Isaiah 55:8 (New King James Version)

8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
     nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD.

P – Prayer:

Lord I pray that I would come to understand your ways. I ask that I will know and do your will with a joyful heart. Father I pray that I have patience for what you are teaching me and that I will be able to fulfill whatever your ways are.

God also asked Abraham to persevere—to stay in an unknown land even when the lure of past comforts may have threatened to seduce him and his family back to their comfort zone in Ur. – J. Stowell (ODB)

I pray continued trust and faith in Jesus that I am where he needs me to be and will go where he is directing, like Abraham to persevere – ‘even when the lure of past comforts have threatened to seduce me back to my comfort zone’ – in all things: work, family, home, church… Lord be my guide. In Jesus name, Amen. ###

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Trembling at God's Word

Today’s Date: Jan 4, 2010

Reading: Gen 8-10, Matt 4:12-25, Psalm 4:1-8, Proverbs 1:20-23

Blackaby’s Experiencing God: Isaiah 66:2

Title: Trembling at God’s Word

S – Scripture: “But on this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, And who trembles at My word.” Isaiah 66:2

O – Observation: Blackaby shares a great devotion today that you can click on the link to read. In my observation of Isaiah 66:2 I am reminded that we are not to just read for the sake of reading and “getting through” with what is expected, but that we should go before the Father and earnestly seek Him (Mt 6:33).  How often do we “tremble, or are in awe, or fear” of God’s Words and direction? Today’s devotion is so spot on to what I was feeling before I even began to read that I had to do my SOAP on it.

A – Application: I will know that my God is an awesome God and that His word is to be reverenced. I’ll quote Blackaby as this is how I need to apply this scripture to my life and I can do no better than to share what he says, “Do you approach the reading of your Bible with a holy expectation, listening for the life-changing words that God has for you that day? Scripture says that, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Prov. 9:10). There are things you will see and hear out of your fear and reverence for God that you will not experience in any other way.”

P – Prayer: Father thank you for your Word. Thank you that you are Holy and full of wisdom and grace. I pray that I will always go to Your Word with a ‘Holy expectation’ to hear your ‘life changing words for the day.’ ###

The Angel of the Lord Brings Good News

Jan 02, 2010

Gen 3, 4, 5, Luke 2

S – Scripture: Luke 2:10 “but the angel reassured them (shepherds). “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people.”

O – Observation: Jesus was born and shepherds saw an angel of the Lord which brought fear to their hearts, the angel assured them that he was there to bring good news – Jesus the Son of God was born:  v 11-12 “The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! 12 And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”

A – Application: Often times when God shows us a sign, or presents a messenger (by person, Word, teaching, etc) – we immediately think of all the things we have done wrong, or the “wrath of God” – this scripture reminds us that God’s angels can also bring messages of goodness, hope, and promises fulfilled.

P – Prayer:

Father help thou my unbelief. Forgive me for my sins. Help to me to know and do your will. Let your will be done, use me to carry out your work. Let my mind be clear to hear and know you. Create in me a clean heart, oh Lord. For you are the potter and I am the clay.

Reflection: In the past year I felt led to move from the only home that I have ever known. I moved to be closer to my fiancé at the time, now my husband, to another state with no other family or friends. I still believe that this is God’s will, although I am and have been challenged by cultural differences and unfamiliar surroundings. Although sometimes I want God to move faster, He has had to break this clay pot (me) into tiny pieces, only to rebuild and continues to rebuild my character to become the person He needs me to be. At times I’ve felt like dust from being broken and crushed, left as a parched soul, waiting for the rain to come to restore me to dirt so that I could become clay again – and praying the wind would not come and blow me away as particles in the wind.  I pray that I always am available to be molded.