2.2 Not by my will, nor strength, but in God’s strength

Excerpt: The Lord God spoke about the people of Israel, doing their own thing, worshipping other gods, not following God’s commandments; they didn’t want to have anything to do with the only true and living God. – Experiencing God – Unit 2, Day 2 S – Scripture: Psalm 81:13-14 “Oh, that My people would listen to Me, That Israel would walk in My ways! I would soon subdue their enemies, And turn My hand against their adversaries.” O–Observation: In Psalm 81, The Lord God spoke about the people of Israel, doing their own thing, worshipping other gods, not following God’s commandments; they didn’t want to do have anything to do with the only true and living God.  Because of this rebellion and their refusal to repent of their evil ways, God allowed the people of Israel to suffer the consequences of their actions. God would not protect them from their enemies and blessed them; however, God allowed them to continue to NOT receive his best.

A – Application: Experiencing God workbook – pg 30 – Blackaby encourages us as Christ followers to be aware of what God is doing around us, to be obedient to His Word, to know that we cannot do the things that the Lord may be showing us to do on our own. However, we can allow God to use us and through His power and will, we can accomplish His work. By following the desire of God, we are pleasing to him. We can be assured that He will guide us and protect us and that nothing will be done that is not His will. If we choose to follow a route that is not God’s will, or try to do things on our own, the Lord will try to guide us back on track, but we have free will.

P – Prayer: Lord I pray that my will is always your will. I know that I cannot do many things; however, in you I can do all things as the scripture says. I ask that you forgive me for my sins, help me to be aware of your work around me and create opportunities for me to be involved in your work. In Jesus name, amen.

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Possibilities with God

O – Observation:

Today’s reading is based on the conversation that Jesus had with his disciples when Jesus told them that vs. 15 “I tell you the truth anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.”  A man ran up to Jesus and asked him what he must he do to inherit the eternal life? Jesus told the man he must know the commandments. The man replied that he did know the commandments and followed them. Then Jesus told the man to sell all he had and to follow him. The man was sad because he was wealthy. Jesus said it was very hard for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God.  His disciples than asked him, v 26, “Then who in the world can be saved?”  That’s when Jesus replied with vs. 27.

I choose today’s scripture to write my journal on because I’ve heard it spoken many times, in claim for everything that people would want or need. However we need to remember the context of this particular verse is said to the disciples and all the people to hear, that we alone, on our own, cannot do anything to earn our way to eternity – because it’s not in our human nature to do such an impossible act. Only through Jesus, He dying on the cross for our sins – through the grace of God, are we able to do all things possible – like the camel going through the eye of a needle. An impossible act by our human standards – yet nothing, even this, is impossible for God.

Reading: Mark 10:13-31

S – Scripture: Mark 10:27 “Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God.”

A – Application:

When I’m approached with circumstances in my life where I can’t figure it out, don’t know where to go or what to do next – I have to be reminded that I can do nothing on my own. I should always go to the Lord first for guidance and direction. I need to know that Jesus has a process and a plan – I may not be privileged to that plan. I am not always in the “know” of what’s happening to me. I am human and I make errors. I need to be corrected and sometimes shoved in the right direction. I am often in need to humble myself and do things that I don’t want to do, so that God can take control of the situation. I ask the Lord to use me for his good and in his will – but I need to be moldable like clay in order to be used. I ask that the Lord continue to mold me and use me for his work.

Also check out my journal entry on Matt 19:26

P – Prayer:

Lord I ask that you forgive me for my sins. I thank you for your love and mercy on my life and those around me. I ask that you guide me to where I need to go, be, do. I ask that those I am around, if I offend them that they would tell me so I can correct myself if that is in the way I need to go and that we can grow together. I ask that your hand of protection be on my family and friends. I ask that you show us your will and that we are able to serve you and know your blessings in all that you need us to do for your work here. In Jesus name, Amen.

© elehua808 – 2010- All Rights Reserved

March 02, 2010

Let Go and Let God

 

Going All In – Let Go and Let God

O – Observation:

Paul wrote to the church of Thessalonians – to recognize those who work around you, those who teach you more about Jesus; warn those who are unruly, comfort the faint, uphold the weak, be patient with all. Paul than said to in vs 16-18 to always rejoice, pray without stopping, and in EVERYTHING give thanks – which would mean in good times and bad, give thanks, for this is God’s will.

Reading: I Thessalonians 5:12-28

S – Scripture: I Thess 5:16-18 “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

A – Application:

We are always to praise God, give thanks in no matter what is happening, and as this is God’s will. It’s easy to read a passage, but following the Words of obedience, the direction that Paul is giving the members of the church are not always easy. Then again, no one said it would be easy. It’s just what makes God happy. So then if we are to live our lives as followers of Jesus, and we wish to do God’s will – then this is our instructions.

How do we push through all the challenges that come our way? Through prayer.

How do we overlook what is occurring in our life and the world around us? We don’t. We need to take one step at a time.

This past weekend our pastor shared that his dad passed away on Wednesday, he, our pastor, was going to teach on heaven. It was a good message. One that we need to hear often. Do we know where we are going when we die? Do we know where our friends and family are going when they die? Is the “sting” of death, less when we know where our loves ones go when they die? Yes.

Yesterday my home state was threatened with a tsunami warning; the entire state came to a stand as they prepared for the worse disaster. They had lots of time to prepare, unlike a Hurricane that comes much quicker. It was interesting to watch and listen and wonder, what everyone was thinking. When you live on a little island out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, there’s nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, you are basically stranded to wait for earth to splash water on you and say boo, or swallow you up. The effects of the earthquake in Chili the day before. Another earthquake in Okinawa, Japan – has rippling effects on the tiny bumps we call islands – Hawaii. After much anxiety, patience, practice, and follow through – my home state made it through without a scratch. The Lord gave us grace.  How many more offerings of grace will we have? I don’t know about you but I want to be prepared. I pray my family and friends are open to hearing God’s call on their lives so that one day when they die, they will know that they will go to heaven to and never need to wonder, and that those of us left on this earth, will have less of a sting, when they are gone.

P – Prayer:

Father I ask for your forgiveness. I ask that you forgive me for my sins. How I speak, act, react, to those around me. Help me to see what I am doing and make right those in my life that I need to make right to. Help those that are hardened to you. Open their hearts and minds to know that it’s not about another person or thing, but a relationship between you and them. I ask that you show us grace and mercy on an ongoing basis. I pray that I am open to your Word and guidance, your wisdom, knowledge, and will. In Jesus name, Amen.

 

© elehua808 – 2010- All Rights Reserved – Originally Posted on: Feb 28, 2010

Gods Will – Not Our Own

Date: February 09, 2010

God’s Will – Not Our Own


Scripture Readings: Exodus 29:1-30:10 ~ Matthew 26:14-46 ~ Psalm 31:19-24 ~ Proverbs 8:14-26  : OYBB

S – Scripture:

Matt 26:39 “Jesus went on a little farther and fell face down on the ground, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will, not mine.”

O – Observation:

Today’s scripture reading in Matthew talks about Jesus’ talking to the disciples about one of them betraying him, communion, and his death.

The scripture that stand out for me is where Jesus knew why his Father sent him on this earth, to die for the sins of the world; and that he would take on God’s wrath for everyone’s sins – Jesus knew that he would receive pain and suffering; as his son, Jesus “fell face down on the ground” and asked his Father in prayer, “If it is possible” don’t let this happen to me, yet humbly and out of obedience Jesus also said, “Yet I want your will, not mine.”

How much of a sacrifice Jesus made for all of us. That is why he is the Savior of this world. He is the mediator between God the Father and us. The Word of God says that God, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are one, yet all fulfilled a different purpose at a different time – the Trinity – yet all represent the same consistent message – God is love. He came and spoke to his people that he created. People sinned, so God said he would send His son as Savior among the people. When Jesus was to leave this earth, he told the people that he would leave the Holy Spirit, which would live within you as a counselor, guidance, and the Word of God which is living. All these things worked hand in hand so that we would understand who God is and know that he wants his will to be done and we may not know all the “why” questions, but if we are obedient and wish to be followers – we pray, Let your will be done, not my own. Jesus is our greatest example of doing God’s will.

A – Application:

It’s easy to pray this prayer, yet as many things in live and in learning God’s word, how to be obedient. Wanting to please the Lord, placing Christ first in all things (Mt 6:33). Like Simon Peter who told Jesus, we would never betray you – if our lives were on the line could we still declare Jesus as our God? We won’t know until we are put in that situation. This scripture goes along with the threads in my mind that say, “What is my purpose on earth?”  Is the answer as simple as to love God and his people? There’s all this “other stuff” that God commands us to do – basically it’s about our relationship with God and our relationship with those around us.  We then get bogged down with the day to day living, working, temptations, conflicts, actions and reactions – why would God allow such complexity?  I ask myself this as I’m busy doing one thing after another, stressed by finances, relationships, commitments, etc  – and I have to stop and pray, like yesterday’s devo – God doesn’t want us to be anxious for anything – the resolution is prayer – and he promises us peace.

P – Prayer:

Lord Jesus, we thank you for your word. I’m thinking your word is simply put in the bible, with our Father’s history, guidance, instructions, resolutions, and predictions – yet we make our lives complicated and because we have choices – we sometimes tend to go in a different direction then where we should be going. Lord I ask for your forgiveness. Correct me and show me my wrong doings – help me to be less oppositional when it’s not your way and I’m trying to do my own way – help me to know your will and do it with a joyful heart. Help me to love others as you have called me to, even when others don’t know you and/or don’t want to follow your ways – help me to love them they way you need me to and your will be done. In Jesus name, amen.

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