Commitment and Trust

Today’s Date: Feb 18, 2010

Commitment and Trust

Reading: Leviticus 6:1-7:27 ~ Mark 3:7-30 ~ Psalm 37:1-11 ~ Proverbs 10:3-4

S – Scripture:

Psalm 37:5 NKJV Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.

O – Observation:

OYBB: Do you commit everything you do to God? EVERYTHING? Your waking life? Your sleeping life? Your job? Your relationships? Your family? Your finances? Your time? If so, do you trust that God will help you in everything you do in your life?

I also read Blackaby’s devotional today and he talks about “taking up your cross.” Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. (Matthew 16:24) Here’s an excerpt: Your “cross” is God’s will for you, regardless of the cost. Taking up your cross is a choice; it is not beyond your control.

In observation of today’s scripture verse we are to commit “your way” to the Lord – which means whatever we are doing we need to give it up to God, Trust Him – but what does it mean that He will bring “it” to pass? The NLT says, Commit everything you do to the Lord.Trust him, and he will help you. The Amplified Bible says, “Commit your way to the Lord [roll and repose each care of your load on Him]; trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) also in Him and He will bring it to pass.” And The Message bible says, “Open up before God, keep nothing back; he’ll do whatever needs to be done.”

A – Application:

I can apply this scripture to my life by looking at the words “commit” and “trust” – Simplified I need to commit everything in my life to Christ and I need to trust that He will take care of everything. I need not do everything on my own and then go to God. I need to go to Him first in all things. Be committed as a Christ follower.

P – Prayer:

Father forgive me for my sins. Help me, my unbelief. Increase my faith in all things. Help me to know and do your will – so that I can “take up my cross” and commit and trust in you. In Jesus name, amen.

© elehua808 – 2010- All Rights Reserved

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Gods Promises

Today’s Date: February 10, 2010

 God’s Promises

 

Reading: Exodus 30:11-31:18 ~ Matthew 26:47-68 ~ Psalm 32:1-11 ~ Proverbs 8:27-32;  Blackaby’s Devotional: 2 Corin 1:20

S – Scripture:

“For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.”  ~2 Corin 1:20

O – Observation:

It’s interesting to note that Blackaby makes mention of John 16:23b “If you ask for something in His will He will give you what you ask.” – I’ve heard people take that same verse and say, “ask for whatever they want and they should get it because they prayed in Jesus name.” However so many forget that if it’s not God’s will, then the answer is no or not yet. This is Gods promises – God didn’t promise us everything we want. He said he would provide food and shelter – like the birds of the air. He promised us a mansion in heaven, John 14:2 – nowhere did he say he’d give us a Mercedes and a mansion on the beach of Hawai’i.

Here’s an excerpt from GotQuestions.org:

Question: “How do I know which of God’s promises are for me?”There are literally hundreds of promises in the Bible. How can we know which promises apply to us, which promises we can claim? To frame this question another way, how can one tell the difference between general promises and specific promises? A general promise is one that is given by the Holy Spirit to every believer in every age. When the author penned the promise, he set no limitations on time period or recipient.

Answer:

An example of a general promise is 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” This promise is based on the forgiving nature of God and is available to all believers everywhere. Another example of a general promise is Philippians 4:7, “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” This promise is made to all believers who, refusing to worry, bring their requests to God (v. 8). Other examples of general promises include Psalm 1:3; 27:10; 31:24; John 4:13-14 (note the word “whoever”); and Revelation 3:20.

1) Promises are often conditional. Look for the word “if” in the context.
2) God gives us promises to help us better submit to His will and trust Him. A promise does not make God bend to our will.
3) Do not assume to know precisely when, where, or how the promise will be fulfilled in your life.

A – Application:

I will look up at least one promise a day for the next seven days, pray and praise God for it. I will share God’s promises with others. I will remember that whatever I pray for in the name of Jesus Christ will be answered if it is in accord with God’s will and timing. I will have peace and comfort knowing that all things work together for his good.

P – Prayer:

Father I ask for peace in all areas of my life: marriage, family/friends, pets health, work, ministry, finances, accountability, fellowship, righteousness, comfort, knowledge, guidance – in no particular order, I ask for the Holy Spirit to guide me, protect me, and show me your will. So that I may do your will with a joyful heart. I ask for forgiveness of my sins. In Jesus name, amen. ###

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Anxiety or Peace

We’re reminded to give God praise in all things – here’s a great song by Casting Crowns, “Praise You In The Storm” which goes well with today’s devotional.

Today’s Date: February 08, 2010

Don’t Be Anxious – God’s Peace

Reading: Exodus 28:1-43 ~ Matthew 25:31-26:13 ~ Psalm 31:9-18 ~ Proverbs 8:12-13

Blackaby’s Devotional: http://www.blackaby.org/devarchive.asp

S – Scripture:

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)

O – Observation:

I’ve always appreciated this verse; for its simplicity, yet find the most challenging is the first part – “Be anxious for nothing” – how’s that possible? Knowing that we are all human and we have a full range of emotions. How could we NOT be anxious over the big or little things in life? Well the rest of the verse tells us how – by prayer – asking God’s help, being thankful to the Lord for what we have – let our requests be made known by asking. Since God already knows what we want and need, he wants to hear us ask – to seek – to look towards him and tell him, talk to him in prayer.

Verse 7 – says that once we go before the Lord in prayer – we will no longer be anxious about anything – because he will give us the ‘peace of God’ – a peace that is so great, we won’t know why we are calm – not anxious – because the peace of God will wash over us.

A – Application:

There are always many things to be anxious about – money, relationships, job, school, weather, need and wants…Often times people will go through every emotion they can before they go to God in prayer and cry out, “why Lord, why?” yet if we just go to God first, we wouldn’t need to be anxious and be exhausted from the emotional roller coaster of anxiety we bring upon ourselves.  I will go to God in prayer – to take care of all of my needs and those who come to me and share their problems, concerns – we need to go to God first – so he can take care of it all and we may not get the answer that we want, nor get any answer; but we will have peace.

P – Prayer:

Father we thank you for your love and mercy. We praise you for giving us your word so that we have guidance in what to do in all situations. I ask that you help meet my daily needs of food and shelter; and that you bless us with work that we can provide for ourselves and help others. Lord we ask that you give direction to your will and ways. Help us in our faith. Help us to be focused and disciplined so that all things work together for good to those who love you and are called according to your purpose.  In Jesus name, amen.

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Looking for Jesus

Today’s Date: February 05 , 2010

Where’s Jesus?

Reading: Exodus 21:22-23:13, Matt 24:1-28, Psalm 29:1-11, Proverbs 7:6-23

Blackaby: Mark 1:36 Seeking Jesus

S – Scripture:

And Simon and those who were with Him searched for Him. (Mark 1:36)

O – Observation:

Blackaby’s devotion today, “Seeking Jesus” is key to one of my favorite scriptures which is Mt 6:33 “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and he will make your path straight.”  In Blackaby’s devotion he talks about how Simon Peter didn’t always say or do the right things, yet he was always seeking after Jesus.

Read it here for yourself:

Simon Peter is well known to us for his foolish, extemporaneous statements throughout the Gospels (Matt. 16:22; 17:4; 26:33). But Peter was always seeking after Jesus. Peter followed Jesus from afar during the night of Jesus’ crucifixion (Matt. 26:58). Peter ran to the tomb when he heard Jesus had risen (Luke 24:12). Peter swam in the sea in his haste to get to Jesus (John 21:7) and even walked on water in order to join Jesus (Matt. 14:29).

Whenever we see Peter coming to Jesus he is always accompanied by others. Because Peter was seeking Jesus, others sought Him too. What are you known for by those who know you best? Do they see you searching for fame, power, success, or happiness? Are you known as a person who seeks after Jesus? God promises: “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart” (Jer. 29:13).

Did you begin today intent on encountering Jesus? Is your search for Him halfhearted, or are you seeking Him with all your heart? Have others grown closer to Jesus because they followed your example and sought Jesus? If your heart is set on pursuing Jesus, you will always find Him. “And the Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let him who hears say, ‘Come!’ And let him who thirsts come” (Rev. 22:17).

You’ll notice that often times I will comment on another devotion while reading my One Year Bible, as the additional devotions can always be used in my SOAP.  The time I spend “Seeking Jesus” is not only what I write or don’t write but how I spend the time in his Word, reflecting upon what I have read, thinking about how to apply at least one verse to my life, and prayer.

A – Application:

I will remember Simon Peter and his search for Jesus when I read these scriptures and remember that I am not perfect, never claimed to be, yet I can continue to seek Jesus even when I make mistakes I know I can go to the Father for guidance and be redirected.

As the scripture says, Jeremiah 29:13 (see above)

If you’re “seeking Jesus” and you’d like to know Him as your Lord and find the peace that only God can give, click on the link under “Blog roll” that says, “How to know God.”

P – Prayer:

Father thank you for your love and mercy. Forgive me for my sins. Help me to continually be seeking you in all things and to bring others with me. In Jesus name, amen.

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Forgiveness: Be Reconciled

Today’s Date:  January 17, 2010

Title: Forgiveness: Be Reconciled

Reading: Gen 35-36:43, Matt 12:1-21, Psalm 15:1-5, Proverbs 3:21-26; Blackaby daily devotional: Matt 5:24

S – Scripture:

“Leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.”  –Matthew 5:24

Here’s Blackaby’s daily devotional:

“It is useless to give offerings to God while you are at enmity with your brother.  Jesus said that His followers should be reconciled with anyone who has something against them.  The world seeks reconciliation on limited terms.  Christians are to be reconciled, whatever it takes.

You say, “”But you don’t know how deeply he hurt me!  It’s unreasonable to ask me to restore our relationship.””  Or, “”I tried but she would not be appeased.”” Jesus did not include an exception clause for our reconciliation. If the person is an enemy, Jesus said to love him (Matt. 5:44).  If he persecutes you, you are to pray for him (v. 44).  If she publicly humiliates you, you are not to retaliate (v. 39).  If someone takes advantage of you, you are to give even more than he asks (v. 41).  The world preaches “”Assert yourself.”” Jesus taught “”Deny yourself.”” The world warns that you will be constantly exploited.  Jesus’ concern was not that His disciples be treated fairly but that they show unconditional love to others regardless of how they were treated.  Men spat upon Jesus and nailed Him to a cross.  His response was our model: “”Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do”” (Luke 23:34).

If there were ever a command that is constantly disobeyed, it is this mandate to be reconciled.  We comfort ourselves with the thought, “”God knows that I tried to make things right, but my enemy refused.”” God’s word does not say “”Try to be reconciled,”” but “”Be reconciled.”” Is there someone with whom you need to make peace?  Then do what God tells you to do.”

O – Observation: (and Interpretation)

In searching the scripture my observation is who is considered a “brother” in this verse. Is it my blood relatives, my friends, only Christians? Or is it anyone I have a relationship with? Most bible translations read “brother”; some translations report “person” – none say if that person is a Christian or not. Which goes with the question that Blackaby refers to that Jesus said, “Be reconciled”, not “Try to be reconciled”. My question is what if the person you are trying to reconciled with refuses? I don’t see Blackaby truly answering this, but to keep trying, would that mean that we can never go before the Lord if the other person refuses? Is it our act of going to the person to make right and making assertive, consistent effort enough, so that we can come before the Lord to commune with God?

Here’s a bible definition of what a “brother” is in, The New Testament Greek Lexicon (http://tinyurl.com/bible-bro)

Definition
  1. a brother, whether born of the same two parents or only of the same father or mother
  2. having the same national ancestor, belonging to the same people, or countryman
  3. any fellow or man
  4. a fellow believer, united to another by the bond of affection
  5. an associate in employment or office
  6. brethren in Christ
    1. his brothers by blood
    2. all men
    3. apostles
    4. Christians, as those who are exalted to the same heavenly place

Now according to this definition, brother = everyone!

A – Application:

In reading today’s devotional, I must ask the question, what do I do when others sin against me? http://www.gotquestions.org/forgiveness.html

In addition, what happens when we go to someone to “Be reconciled” and they refuse? I read over and over again that we are to lay that issue before God and leave it up to him. My conclusion for this verse is that we make every effort to do what is right before God, to “be reconciled” with all people in our lives and if that person chooses to NOT reconcile then it’s no longer our responsibility. We can now go before the Lord without sin as we have done what he has asked us to do. I believe that the Holy Spirit will convict my heart and mind if I am nonchalant about “being reconciled” and I will not have peace until I do so, to the extent that Jesus says, alright, now that person is against him – because the scripture also says in John 13:20 (NLT) I tell you the truth, anyone who welcomes my messenger is welcoming me (Jesus), and anyone who welcomes me (Jesus) is welcoming the Father who sent me (Jesus).

P – Prayer:

Father I ask you to forgive me for my sins. I ask that you show me those I have wronged and that you provide an opportunity for me to reconcile. I ask that you reveal whom I need to pray for and that sometimes we may offend others and we don’t know that we have offended that person; and they don’t tell us what or how we offended them, nor come to us to reconcile and then causes sin by not being in your will. Lord I ask that I can come before you daily and I am humbled by your grace and forgiveness so that I can “make right” and reconcile with all that are in my life. Help me to be the person you want me to be. Help me to know and do your will. In Jesus name, Amen.

© elehua808 – 2010- All Rights Reserved

What is the Truth? What is Worldview?

What is The Truth?


In 2008 during a midweek service I saw a promotion of The Truth Project. I was immediately intrigued. Shortly afterwards, I attended a small group and went through the 13 week series. It changed my life.  The Truth Project is primarily taught by Dr. Del Tackett, and special guest speakers; presented by Focus on the Family.

There are many circumstances, teachings, readings, experiences – that have helped me grow into being a better Christian. Besides daily devotions and journaling; preparing and going on missions; I would say that these studies are some of the tools  that I carry with me years later in my walk with Christ and I highly recommend you Experience God by learning The Truth.

1. Small Group study of Experiencing God.

2. Small Group study of The Truth Project.

To find a small group near you and for more information click here:

The Truth Project

http://truthprojectblog.com/


What is Worldview?

The thing that I remember most about The Truth Project was the definition of “Worldview” – Do you have a biblical / Christian worldview or do you believe whatever the majority of the world believes to be “truth”?

Get Over Yourself

January 11, 2010

“Get Over Yourself”

Reading: Gen 24:52-26:16, Mt 8:18-34, Psalm 10:1-15, Proverbs 3:7-8

S – Scripture: “

Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil.” Proverbs 3:7

O – Observation:

“Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom.” If that don’t slap you in the face! Basically, ‘get over yourself.’ This is how I read this verse. It’s funny cause often I hear people talk about themselves and they’re so impressed with their knowledge that everything is about themselves – some call it call it self-promotion. How else would people know what I’m doing so that I can be promoted or get business or get attention. I don’t think it’s wrong to tell others about what you know, it’s called “sharing knowledge” – if it’s done in a way to help and edify others. However if all a person does is talk about how great, smart, etc they are – then they may be saying, “I don’t need God cause I know everything.” This proverb is saying, fear God – you aren’t that wise! When we do things on our own and succeed, it’s easy to say, it’s cause I know what I’m doing. It’s easy to say I trust in God when you have money, training, head knowledge to do something you believe God lead you to do. But it takes faith to move a mountain that you know you can’t do on your own.

A – Application:

I love my long-term missionary friends. They are truly people of faith and servants of God and His people. The many people who I have met through the years who live on very little in foreign countries, where they may or may not know the language, don’t know where they will sleep or when they will eat – they are just called to do God’s work by serving others –  these same missionaries also never say, “look at all I have done” – they say, “look at what God is doing.”  I’m humbled and reminded that these missionaries could have had a much easier life if they just said no, I was trained to do such and such so why would I go to a foreign land and serve people who won’t know who I am or what I sacrificed for serve them.

It’s one thing to be book smart, another to be street smart, but do we promote ourselves a little too much?  I think as long as it’s done with humility, not overly boisterous, then I’m striving to do as this proverb is instructing us to do.

P – Prayer:

Father I ask for forgiveness of my sins. That I never feel that I am better then others. That I am humbled by your servants example to me and that I be a servant to you Father God. That I be given an opportunity to be a witness for you. That you are a shining light within me.

Help me to sow the seeds of righteousness, Proverbs 11:18b (Experiencing God Devo)– 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.’ ###