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.

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March 02, 2010

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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.

 

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Why Did Jesus Speak in Parables?

Today’s Date: Feb 19, 2010

Why Did Jesus Speak in Parables?

Reading: Leviticus 7:28-9:6 ~ Mark 3:31-4:25 ~ Psalm 37:12-29 ~ Proverbs 10:5

S – Scripture:

Mark 4:33-34 “Jesus used many similar stores and illustrations to teach the people as much as they could understand. In fact, in his public ministry he never taught without using parables; but afterward, when he was alone with his disciples, he explained everything to them.

O – Observation:

Today’s scriptures goes well with Jan 19, 2010 journal entry entitled, “Storytelling Secrets.”  That was from the book of Matthew. Now Mark is confirming that Jesus taught in parables, yet with his disciples he went into detail of exactly what he was telling them. It’s always great to hear a great speaker, but if you’re one of the “inner circle” or being “mentored” by that leader – you will have the inside “scope” so to speak – of what they are really saying. In today’s world we are always trying to figure out what the successful business person’s secrets are, or what the athlete does to be ahead of everyone else in their field, or how a one person can share their vast amount of knowledge to the masses.

In the times of Jesus, he had 12 disciples that he taught personally. Yes he would go out and teach large crowds of people, but it was his disciples who had his ear, they were able to ask questions and clarify what his teachings were. In today’s world we do similar things. One person can teach millions of people, however they have a small group of people they mentor, because they know they cannot do all the work and when they are no longer able to get their message out, someone else can carry on their work.

GotQuestions.org has a explanation:  http://www.gotquestions.org/Jesus-parables.html

Here’s an excerpt: Matt 13:10 Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, And seeing you will see and not perceive; For the hearts of this people have grown dull.

From this point on in Jesus’ ministry, when He spoke in parables, He explained them only to His disciples. But those who had continually rejected His message were left in their spiritual blindness to wonder as to His meaning. He made a clear distinction between those who had been given “ears to hear” and those who persisted in unbelief—ever hearing, but never actually perceiving and “always learning but never able to acknowledge the truth” (2 Timothy 3:7).

A – Application:

In today’s verses I am reminded that Jesus left us the Holy Spirit to disciple us – along with his people who are gifted as teachers and pastors to teach us what is written in the Word of God. I was not there during the time that Jesus walked the earth, however he said that he would leave us the Holy Spirit and God’s Word (the Bible) to help us, to mentor us, to explain the details of our past, future, God’s will and how we should live our lives and purpose.

P – Prayer:

Father I thank you for your Word. Without the Word of God – our lives are null and void. Give us the wisdom, knowledge, and understanding to do your will, understand your Word, and serve with a grateful heart. In Jesus name, amen.

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Cry Out to Jesus

Random Thoughts…

I wanted to share the video and lyrics of the song, “Cry Out for Jesus” by Third Day. Along with this – I’m leaving some scriptures where the people have cried out to the Lord.  Where are you today? Have you been crying out to the Lord and feel there is no response? Maybe that lack of hearing from the Lord, is the response. Maybe the answer to your prayer, is no and that’s why there’s silence. Maybe there’s sin in your life or the one that you’re praying for and repentance needs to occur. Whatever the situation is, the Lord says he hears us. He will answer, just remember you may not like the answer, doesn’t mean he didn’t hear you. Keep crying out to the Lord, for he cares for you.

Scriptures that “Cry Out to Lord”

Psalm 107:13 Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, And He saved them out of their distresses.

Numbers 20:16 but when we cried out to the LORD, he heard our cry and sent an angel and brought us out of Egypt.

1 Samuel 7:8
They said to Samuel, “Do not stop crying out to the LORD our God for us, that he may rescue us from the hand of the Philistines.”

2 Samuel 22:7
In my distress I called to the LORD; I called out to my God. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came to his ears.

Psalm 34:17
The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.

Psalm 84:2
My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of theLORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.

Psalm 102:1
A prayer of an afflicted man. When he is faint and pours out his lament before the LORD. ] Hear my prayer, O LORD; let my cry for help come to you.

Be encouraged my friend – God is in control – or maybe you need to give him the control.

Lyrics: “Cry Out To Jesus”

To everyone who’s lost someone they love
Long before it was their time
You feel like the days you had were not enough
when you said goodbye

 

And to all of the people with burdens and pains
Keeping you back from your life
You believe that there’s nothing and there is no one
Who can make it right

There is hope for the helpless
Rest for the weary
Love for the broken heart
There is grace and forgiveness
Mercy and healing
He’ll meet you wherever you are
Cry out to Jesus, Cry out to Jesus

For the marriage that’s struggling just to hang on
They lost all of their faith in love
They’ve done all they can to make it right again
Still it’s not enough

For the ones who can’t break the addictions and chains
You try to give up but you come back again
Just remember that you’re not alone in your shame
And your suffering

When your lonely
And it feels like the whole world is falling on you
You just reach out, you just cry out to Jesus
Cry to Jesus

To the widow who suffers from being alone
Wiping the tears from her eyes
For the children around the world without a home
Say a prayer tonight


Strength in Weakness

Today’s Date: February 16, 2010

Strength Out of Our Weaknesses

Reading: Leviticus 1-3:17, Mark 1:29-2:12, Psalm 35:17-28, Proverbs 9:13-18; Our Daily Bread: Heb 11:33-34

S – Scripture:

Who through faith . . . out of weakness were made strong. —Hebrews 11:33-34

O – Observation:

ODB – gives a great example of a great historic event that forever marked a great man to great depression of the 1930s. We are reminded that although we have and will continue to have failures in our lives, this does not mean that our entire life is a failure. Examples of Abraham, Moses, and David – “despite their sins, these men are remembered for their preserving faith – just as today’s verse tells us, we are made strong through our weaknesses.”

Dennis Fisher wrote: “Our life is not a failure if we’ve repented of our sins. God can still use us to serve Him.”

A – Application:

I can apply this scripture to my life by knowing that Christ is our great redeemer. Jesus not only came to take on the sins of the world, he is our example of how we are to live and grow in our relationships with the Father and with our brothers and sisters here on earth. I know that I have made mistakes and as hard as I try, I will “fall short of the glory of God.” I can strive to do my best and know that none of my sins, mistakes, or failures is a waste – I can learn from all of it and God can use it for his glory.

P – Prayer:

Lord thank you for forgiving me of my sins. I ask that you guide me and give me wisdom, knowledge, and understanding to do the things that are your will and give me a joyful heart to do your will. I ask that I not fail you, but if I do, through faith, you will strengthen me. In Jesus name, amen.

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Marriage is a Tool and a Test

Love and Respect:

“Marriage is a tool and test, to draw closer to Christ.”

~emerson eggerichs


This teaching is for every married couple and singles who are thinking about it – Why did God create marriage on earth, if there’s no marriage in heaven?  If you have just begun…  or you think your marriage is over… give yourselves one more chance… the Lord wants you to hear him once more.

Why we need “Love and Respect” – Marriages today face a mountain of challenges. Busy schedules, family-of-origin issues, work expectations, addictive behaviors, affairs and dwindling romance all conspire against healthy marriages. Often the mountain of marital problems seems insurmountable, prompting too many couples to give up and consider divorce as their best option. (from loveandrespect.com)


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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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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Time, Gifts, and Talents

Today’s Date:  Feb 07, 2010

What Are You Doing with Your Time, Gifts, and Talents?

Reading: Exodus 26:1-27:21 ~ Matthew 25:1-30 ~ Psalm 31:1-8 ~ Proverbs 8:1-11

S – Scripture:

Matt 25:29  – “To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.”

O – Observation:

I’ve been a Christian for many years and I’ve heard the two parables taught in Matt 25:1-30 many times. I often thought it just means I need to be prepared, as I wrote yesterday, the scripture says that we don’t know the time or day, and we won’t be able to do anything if we aren’t prepared – Jesus will return and we are either ready or we aren’t. This brings me to the parable of the servants who were each given bags of money to invest. I agree with the devotional by One Year Bible Blog (OYBB) so much so that I decided why rewrite what is obviously the same thing I observed in my reading today. Here’s an excerpt:

Today we read in Matthew chapter 25 verses 14 through 30 Jesus’ “Parable of the Talents.” This story of the three servants has often been a parable I have struggled with.  For a long time I didn’t get what was so wrong about the guy who buried the money. “He at least gave back to the master the same amount he was originally given,” I thought.  “What’s so wrong with that?”  Well, as I read this parable again, the thing that really stands out to me is that this parable is not talking about simply money. . . but I think it is talking about our very lives and our time here on earth.  I read it now as if God gives each of us a certain amount of time to live on this earth and a certain amount of gifts and skills.  And then, we have to ask ourselves – will we simply just go through life very stably & comfortably with those gifts and skills – perhaps even just going through the motions and serving ourselves – to the extent that when God calls us home, we have really not produced much of anything in our lives?  What if we spend our time & gifts in such a way that by the end of it we haven’t really blessed or served others?   We simply give back to God at the end of our lives what God gave to us and nothing more.  OR – is it possible that God is calling each of us to do so much more with our lives?  Is God calling us to really use the time, gifts and skills he has given us for something bigger than ourselves?  Is God calling us to produce a great harvest of loving and serving and blessing others in our lives?  So that when we arrive at heaven’s gate at the end of our lives we will hear verse 21 from God Himself – “The master was full of praise. `Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!'” How about your life today?  Are you multiplying the skills and gifts that God has given you in your life?  Are you investing your skills and gifts in loving service of others?  Are you at least “doubling” God’s investment in you?

If you’d like to read more click here.

A – Application:

I can apply today’s scripture to my life by praying through the gifts and talent that the Lord has blessed me with, to use all things for His glory, so that on the day of judgment I can hear the words, “well done, my good and faithful servant.”

P – Prayer:

Lord Jesus, I thank you for your love and faithfulness. I pray that I will be “awake, alert, and prepared” for your coming. I ask that you forgive me for my sins. Show me your will. I ask that you would help me to do your will with a joyful heart. Open the doors of opportunity where you need to use me for the gifts and talents you have given me, so that your people can be blessed by you, through me. Give me the strength and discernment – in Jesus name, amen.

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