viernes, 25 de noviembre de 2016

Psalms 138:3
In the day when I cried out, You answered me, And made me bold with strength in my soul.

Thanksgiving has been a hard time of the year for me. Simply because in 2011 my dad had heart attack on this day and passed away. Over the years it has slowly gotten easier to get through and less of a burden on my soul. Don’t get me wrong I still love and miss my Dad as much as ever but God has given me the power to overcome the fear and anger from his loss. This year has been especially unique and challenging year with being involved the PFM touring ministry has me away from home and family. God has used this time to grow me not only in Him but also closer to my brothers on the tour team. During this time of challenge. He reminded me that through the last years He has heard me and when I was broken and my soul could not continue. God gave me boldness and strength in my soul. This just inspired me therefore to take courage that even though I am thousands of miles away from home my God will get me through it.

Application I will pray for strength for the next three days.

martes, 15 de noviembre de 2016

5 The mountains quake before Him , The hills melt , And the earth heaves at His presence , Yes , the world and all who dwell in it.

 Nahum 1 :5

How often today do we talk about God as a being or ever wonder whether or not He can do something or even how He could ever work something out but this verse shows us a glimpse of who God really is. He is a God that can melt hills by His very presence. Nothing humans could do or ever will do can make our very presence great enough to quake mountains. Why would I bring this up though? What is my point. It is simply the God of the universe that has has power beyond imagination who can do awe inspiring thing just by showing up and this God has decided to care about me enough to come along side me to be with me in good times and bad. That alone is extremely encouraging to me knowing with His help I now have the power to do anything. At the same time this now changes my prayer life. When I pray I am talking to the one and powerful God and not just a being or something I can't see. But an all powerful God living inside me. So when I pray it is know with a renewed respect of who I get to talk to like a Good Father.

miércoles, 9 de noviembre de 2016

8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands , you sinners; and purify your hearts , you double-minded.

For the most part Christians want to be closer to God then they are now and this verse makes it simple how to do so. If you want a deeper relationship with God draw near to him. The reason people don't draw closer to God is because in order to do so we have to cleanse our hands and purify our hearts. In order to do that however we have to bring all of our dirt into the light for Him to clean or purify. Our flesh though hates the light and will do whatever is in it power to keep you in the dark. For the light reveals who we really are including the gross dark filthy parts of our lives we would like no one to see and bringing that into the light is humiliating. We are able to put on these fake mask and people buy we are good people and if they knew the truth they would no longer think you were all put together. The beauty is that once we are clean and purified God if faithful to make us one again. This time we are one with Him though and He keeps us together. Does that mean our lives will get a complete over haul. We on the inside yes you will become more loving, peaceful, hopeful and, filled with the Holy Spirit. On the other hand things such as a Job promotion or a new car or maybe a house aren't promised and might not change. This should not discourage you however but encourage you. God has put you in the position you are in for a reason and with His Spirit inside of you the work He wants to do in your life will get done.

So my application for this week is to pray for God to continue to clean my hands and purify my heart in order to do His will for my life.

domingo, 6 de noviembre de 2016

Psalms 8 3-4
  3 When I consider Your heavens , the work of Your fingers The moon and the stars , which You have ordained ,
What is man that You are mindful of him And the son of man that You visit him?
These verses I really found by accident when I just opened up the Psalms at random. But from the beginning it got me thinking how big is God. He is large enough to create something as big and complex as the planets and and stars in the span of one day. It took man kind a year to build the Hoover dam. To me that not only shows how large God is that He could build the universe but the power and might He has to do it in one day. I was seriously struck by this first verse but then I read the second one. Then I had to seriously think of what God could possibly see in man that He would have more thoughts about us than sands on a shore or has a plan for our lives that we may prosper and not plans to harm us. (Jeremiah 29:11) Some say God is watching you which is absolutely true but it is important to realize the God who created the universe is doing so much more than just watching. He is invested in our lives and all He asks in return is for us to follow his perfect plan. Not simply doing what we want to do but doing what the One who know best wants us to do.

My application for this verse is I am going to pray every time I look into stars and tell God great he is and thank Him for caressing about me and ask him to lead me in the plan He has for my life.

jueves, 3 de noviembre de 2016

1 Timothy 4:8
For bodily exercise profits a little , but godliness is profitable for all things , having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.

Paul starts off by saying exercise is of little gain to use in the long haul. It only has temporarily effects that will last forever. On the other hand Paul goes on to say that practicing godly things are eternal and since we have the promise of everlasting life it becomes profitable. What does this mean for our lives in a practical way. One way could be being more aware of how what you are doing is effecting spiritually. For example look at the music you are listening to.Is it drawing you towards God or pulling you away from God? Same goes for even good things such as volunteering. If you do charity work becauseyou want to be a better person what gain have you gotten. If you do thesame charity work but with the mindset of showing the love of God your gain is great.
For me it has been giving up things like music and books. What I found out though is that once I got rid of one bad habit my flesh tried picking up a different habits in my case origami. So just as awarning if you get rid of one thing make sure you remember to fill it with something godly.
So my application is for God to show me any thingelse I need to give up in my life and to help me to find things to fillit up with stuff from or of Him.

Philippians 3:8
Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord , for whom I have suffered the loss of all things , and count them as rubbish , that I may gain Christ

In short this verse sums up my testimony. Before Christ I considered my life and most other things rubbish. I really didn't have anything to live for and was a complete mess. But one day during a worship song Iheard him listen to the words and the words of the song I don't quite remember but the message was this. Jesus I give you all I have so that I can be free and live with you forever. This literally broke me I could no longer stand and fell with my hands high giving it all to God. My lifewas now complete I know have something to live for. Although I still count my life and the things of this world as rubbish it is for a different reason. Now in comparison to what Christ means to me nothing in this world has any value. I believe this is what Paul is trying to get at. Nowthat he has Christ being beaten and being hated by old friends means nothing to him because he gets to live with Christ. To see how it applies today's world look at it this way. Anything you value cars, people, a job, anything that will move you if it is taken a way is a sin. It is getting in between the relationship you have with Christ. This has been areally hard realization for me here because family was one of the few thing I have had a hard time letting go. But when I finally did Jesus wasable to take care of them in ways I never could.
So my application isto pray for things I need to let go of in my life.

Romans 6:16
16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey , you are that one's slaves whom you obey , whether of sin <i>leading</i> to death , or of obedience <i>leading</i> to righteousness?
     We are slaves one way or another no matter how you put it. We are slaves to one of two things Paul says sin or obedience. What does that mean? It kind of looks a little off at first glance but look at it this way. Sin is in short worshiping yourself. I bought a car for myself or I hope this pic gets over a hundred likes on instaspam. It can be a ton of different things but no matter what it is a chain that forces you to be selfish. The other option we have is obedience to God. This puts usin a bond servant type of slavery or knowing what you do will only cause you strife and disappointment. You instead say I want to live under Your rule O God.
    This seems like one of those duh moments and you are like yeah I get it Noah or else we would not be here at IGNITE. I say though if we all truly got it we would love sinless perfect lives but weinstead don't fully do that and mess up in sin every day. Because we are humans and tend to forget everything over time. So please don't take this as I am trying to preach to you because it is not to most but ratherplease take it as a reminder we are all works in progress and need to pick up are crosses daily and follow him. A real life example of this is when Austin at the end of class and rebukes everyone for their time management skills. This really convicted me an I realised the only thing I could do is in that situation I had to put my time at the foot of the cross and go and pick up a cross and following Him.
This week I am going to wake up and pray for two things first that He will show any sin in my life and second I am going to lay it at the foot of the cross and ask Him to help pick up a cross and follow Him.

Galatians 5:13
In this verse Paul tells us that Christ has given us liberty and to use that freedom in love. But to be given liberty that must meanwe were bond by something which we know as sin. That part is clear enough but what might not realized is that in are bondage to sin we could not love one another freely. Because the flesh in us was only interested in a self gain so if we got nothing out of it we would not love. Even thenicest non-Christian would not do anything loving unless it felt good. On the other hand Christ has given us a new freedom and that freedom is a choice between love and self. A important thing to notice here is thatyou can believe in Christ but still choose self. This is a dangerous place to live because if you do not choose love how can you be saved for it is written "He who does not love does not know God for God is love" 1 John 4:8
  I say this as a warning love and nothing outside of that because as John just said God is Love
This week I pray for God to revealand place in my life I am not loving and could be more loving.

Matthew 8 20
For this verse I would like you to imagine your Jesus. Seeing a vast amount of people surrounding you to get healed. They are starting to close you in so you tell to please give you some space for a little while. They listen and start walking a way and you just start to take it easy for a second when out of nowhere a scribe pops up and is asking to follow you. What are you thinking before he even finishes speaking? Maybe you think "did not just hear me? GOOO!!!!" But Jesus doses no such thing. He instead took time and explained to the man through an analogy.Basically kindly helping the man understand every living thing on this earth needs rest and that it was His time to rest.
    How does this apply to our lives though? Well first don't push things God has on hold for the time being. The man want so badly to follow Jesus that he closed his ears to what Jesus was saying. Second, even if you are exhausted andjust want sleep be patient and understanding with people. Because even the IRS are kind when they are in a good mood but if we have needed a break for a long time but still show the love of God. Just imagine how much that could minister into someone's life. Lastly don't expect a break in ministry one thing after another is just how things go and it is hard.To put it more introspective without the Holy Spirit orchestrating the entire thing it is impossible.
So in a more practical sense of how I am going to apply this to my life every day this week before I get out ofbed I will pray for the Holy Spirit to guide my day.

Revelations 1 9
I can't be a hundred percent sure of what John was trying to say in this verse. When I first read it seemed like an introduction butnow I think it was more of an encouragement. He reminds them he is their brother and companion. In other words even if they are not blood related he is there for them as if they were. Then he says in what they are brothers in. Which is tribulation, the kingdom of God and, waiting for Jesus to come back again. He just wrote all this to say we are in this together and God is with us. John is trying to get at more than just saying their awesome. He is also getting in the Christian walk that we need people in our lives that God fearing and in it for the long haul. Because that is how God designed us. That's the reason He created eve and why He made David and Jonathan such good friends. I believe this is very important but at least in my life has kind of been put on the back burner. Since I have been here it has been a little different and I have got a lot closer than I normally would but even then I still find it really hard to open any part of my life that is at all sensitive.
My applicationfor this week then is to pray for boldness

Colossians 1:11
11 strengthened with all might , according to His glorious power , for all patience and longsuffering with joy;
 
    What Paul is saying here is first I want you guys to have power. Because with all the persecution going on at the time power was a necessity. Paul also wants to make a point to clarify. That point is the only power that will work is the one God gives you and use according to His glorious power. In my life God's power is a must. During this program I should be wearing down. However I am continuously growing and without God's power it would be impossible. Yet even still I some times forget and try to do things in my strength. When I do slip up I know within the hour. I get beyond exhausted and start only thinking negative thoughts that are not glorifying to God.
   Secondly Paul Gives why it is so important to work for within God's power. Paul says that with it you will have patience, endurance and, joy. Those are three things that can definitely be a struggle in my life. However Paul tell the Colossians it is almost a byproduct of living in God's will and power.
   Application: If you are lacking in patience, endurance, or joy. Sit and abide in the presence of theLord and let his power over come you. So this week I will pray let my will not be done but let your power and will work through me.

2 Corinthians 1 12
Simply put this verse is telling us how we should spread the gospel. The first thing Paul brings up is spreading the gospel with a clear conscience. So to put it another way don't be living a life of sin and still try and teach the gospel. Because if you are telling someone they should pick a cross and follow Jesus like you are. But you have no evidence of any fruits in your life. And your works show the opposite of what God says to do. How is that person doing to view Christianity. NextPaul tell us that we should keep the gospel simply. Meaning to add to it or complicate it. Keep it the way God made it because God's perfect soif he wanted it any different he would have made it that way. After that Paul says when tell the gospel be sincere. So in other words do tell anyone something that you don't believe with your whole heart. Because how is someone suppose to believe a single part of the gospel is there is any doubt behind the words you say. Paul also adds in a warning that youshould not use your flesh's wisdom to teach the gospel. Because all true wisdom starts with the Lord so your flesh's wisdom won't work at best and lead the person/people you are trying father away from Christ at worst. Instead Paul says though teach the gospel by the grace of God. Meaning when you speak do so knowing full well people will only be truly respective to the gospel by God's mercy and grace.

   For my applicationI will for the next week pray and meditate on these things before we doany events that could involve bringing people to Christ.

James 1-5

"5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting for he who doubts is like a wave of technology sea driven and tossed by he wind."

When you do IBS on verse 5 I think it would be hard if you did not also do IBS on verse 6too. Because I think they are part of the same thought. James starts ofby saying that if you need wisdom (which who doesn't need more wisdom in at least one area) ask the Lord because he gives it freely and withoutreproach. This is a supper important without a doubt but you also have to keep in mind what James said next. He said that if you ask do so withfaith and without doubt because if you don't you should not expect to receive any thing. In fact he even when as far as to say later on the type of people who ask with doubt and expect to receive at double minded and unstable.
My application for this is that we are all in need of wisdom in our lives and that when that need does come ask God and He will give it to you if you ask with faith and not doubt.
How: I will pray for wisdom at least three times today.

John 15:15
     This verse should be a huge encouragement. Going from slave to friends is almost impossible to imagine but going from slaves to being friends with God of everything is a straight up miracle and extremely awe inspiring. What does being a friend of God mean though? From the verse above it we know we are to follow all of his commandments. But also as friends we are now able to have a more in depth relationship with Him. Meaning we are to share everything with Him as we would our best friend. This includes more than just our lives but our possessions as well. After all, if your best friend asked you for anything would you hold it back. To the same end He is willing to share with us what He has and we are one in a relationship. How amazing is that? The God of all the universe who is all powerful is willing to lend help to you and I. If you can’t already tell I am simply awe struck by this. I still can’t exactly explain how I feel about this so let me try and put it another way. Imagine a dishwasher at McDonalds was approached by the president and said “Do you want to be friends?” I would seem very unlikely. So we should appreciate how much God really is to us

So for my application today I will find a worship psalms and pray it to God.
1John 1:5-7
A good verse to think about is John 3:20 The first thing this verse spoke to me is God is only light and without any darkness. This means He doesn’t hide anything because it is impossible to hide anything in the light. The second point I think is kind of an obvious one God doesn’t sin. For sin is darkness and God has no darkness. I feel this has been used so much though it has lost a large amount of its impact. So I am going to try and put it into a practical form. I ever met an honest person who could tell me at the end of only one day they have done the entire thing perfectly without mistakes. God on the other hand has lived an eternity and continues to live a perfect life without even a single mistake. That is just amazing and in a way inconceivable. Lastly John then goes on to say that if we fellowship with God we should then be like Him and not walk in darkness and if we know we are walking in darkness but say we fellowship with God we are a liar. On the other hand, if we truly fellowship with God and walk in the light we are in a fellowship with one another bound together by the blood of Jesus Christ

Application I take am extra hour today to sit and wait for God to speak to me. Random acts of kindness
Luke 2 46
    This part of the Bible gives us a small insight into what Jesus childhood was like. This first thing we see is He is talking with the elders of the church asking them questions. This shows us two things first that even at a young age we should try and gain an understanding of the Bible. At lot of the people I know say things like I figure out the whole Christian thing latter because He will just forgive me anyway right? This is not the example Jesus sets however; He shows us from a young age that we to learn about the scriptures and what a relationship with him is all about.
    The second thing the verse said Jesus listened and asked questions. Notice that listening came before the questions. Before He spoke to them Jesus understood their potion and let them speak first. I believe this was out of respect for the elders. But with that said since they were elders He understood their wisdom was vast and was compelled to as questions.
     Again this gives an example of what ought to do. When we are around someone who knows way more about the Bible then we do we should ask questions. Not just a few questions either but a lot of them. If you look at the verses around verse 46 you will that Jesus was there for at least three days. If you think about it that is a lot of listening and asking questions. We therefore, should follow in suit and when given the opportunity we should be quick to listen and full of questions with the mindset of being better students of Christ.

   So my application is to pray for God to still my tongue and open my ears more and that when I do speak it is with a heart full of questions.
Proverbs 9 9
     What does it mean to be a wise man and how do you know you are one? A wise man is somebody who uses the knowledge that he possesses and acts on it accordingly. While a fool will do whatever makes him feel best at the time. A simple way to tell the difference is when someone receives instruction. This verse tells us a wise man takes the instruction and learns from it. Because a wise man recognizes he does not know everything but hungers to know more. It does not say in this verse exactly what a fool would do with instruction. However, if a wise man receives instruction then a man without wisdom (or a fool) will therefor in comparison not receive instruction. The reason being if one is to take instruction a lot of times this means admitting someone knows more than us and we then have to laying down what we think is best and follow their idea. This however does not make our pride very satisfied and fight against it. A wise man knows however that is the best course of action and to follow it any way. An example in my life is ever since I was little my mom told me to not swim in the oceans because of riptides. I always thought yeah whatever I will be fine I am a decent swimmer. How strong could riptides really be. Well one day in Guatemala we decided to go to the beach. I went into the water and was only up to my knees. I felt the riptides a little bit but thought I would be fine. However a huge wave took my under and I couldn’t get to shore and almost drown. If would had listened to wisdom I would not have been in that situation


domingo, 18 de septiembre de 2016

Mark 10 47-49
A man sitting on the side of the road probably for the majority of his life. Trying to get just enough money to survive hears of a man. This man can heal the sick, raise the dead and, it is even rumored this man claimed the raging seas. This beggar wondered if it could be true but he could not see how could he find out for himself (because he was blind). One day though this beggar heard people talking about this man Jesus was walking by in the crowd. He could not miss this chance so he started screaming over and over “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” but when the people heard this this they tried to get him to be quiet. My guess is Jesus was preaching and they couldn’t hear when this man was shouting but, did that stop this man? Not even a little bit he actually started shouting even loader. Jesus stopped and commanded this man be brought to Him and in a couple verses down healed him.

Application: This man had nothing, No power, money, influence or even an able body. Yet, he called on Jesus anyways. How many times to we say? “I will be a Christian when I get my life together.” Or maybe we just think we are busted and can’t be fixed. It really doesn’t matter the reason we think we are not good enough. Because just like the blind man Jesus is the Master Handyman of life and can fix you in any situation. To do this though we need to crying out like the beggar to have mercy on us because, we don’t deserve any of it.  If you keep reading on in this chapter you will see after this man gets healed and, he gets up and follows Jesus every single day. That is exactly what we should do every day take up our cross and follow Jesus. So, this week I will pray for mercy and pick up my cross and follow him.
Hebrews 5:8
“though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered."
The verse today spoke to me in this this way true obedience involves suffering. From our pride to even our lives true obedience also involves sacrifice. I think this is a lot of times is missed during our walk with the Lord. We tend to only think of what the Lord can do for us heal us save us comfort us and, etc. However, we seem to forget a lot of times that He has called us to be obedient and more often than not what He asks of us is for Him not us. Look at the Holy Spirit for example who has the job of bringing glorify Jesus. How much more so are we responsible to live in the same manor and everything we do to glorify God. A different way to look at it would be like this we have decided to be bondservants in Christ and bondservants only job is the masters will and to lift up our master.

     The other thing I think is important is sometimes to learn true obedience we have to go through trials. I believe this is the reason, if everything in our live is going fine and perfect, we will tend to feel as if we do not need anyone else and this includes the Lord. Sometimes a trail is the best way to keep us on track. Along the same lines if we are able to go through trials with obedience how much more can we speak into others who are struggling with the same thing. Lastly going through trials you do not deserve but do not complain and grumble it is glorifying to the Lord. For 1 Peter 2:20 says “For what credit is it if when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently this is commendable before God.” 
Act 5:29
Peter standing in the courts before the high priest, captain of the temple, chief priest and, a group of people were not important enough to be named. The high priest had just asked them “Did we not strictly command you not teach in this name?” Then Peter standing before them opening his mouth and being filled with the spirit said “We ought to obey God rather than men.” How could the priest combat this? Did they not believe that the God of their fathers not greater than men? Did the apostles not do works only a person of God could do? The only response they had was a desire to kill him.
   What does this really mean though? First let’s look at Peter. The Holy spirit transformed his bold tongue from speaking words of the flesh into word of God that were used for the kingdom. God gave this specifically to Peter because it says they were other apostles there but only Peter spoke up and when he did he spit fire. So this means for us that when trials come and we are in difficult situations there is no reason to fear but instead to speak with boldness. Because the Spirit will give us the words at the right time. Second I would like to look at the words he spoke. He told them the order we should obey people. On top is obeying God and then it is others and as for ourselves we are dead so we have no need or right to obey ourselves. So to apply that to our lives if someone ask us to do something and it is within God’s will do it. For example, if someone asks for money and you know they will never return but you prayed about it and God is for it why should we stand in the way?

So, my application for this week is to give freely of those who ask.
Ephesians 6:11
I have had the hardest time with verse. My mom has been quoting as long as I could remember and the meaning seems fairly straightforward obey parents is good and right and not doing so is wrong. I recently have come to think God was trying to say more thorough Paul. After all he is a grown man talking to other grown men in a letter that would take a long time to get there. So why then would Paul feel lead to say that. I think it was more for the parents then the children. Paul was telling the parents that they should teach kids to obey parents. Right along with that when children question the parent’s authority there is something that’s easily pointed to saying this is why.
    This doesn’t really seem to applicable to us after all you are an adult now and maybe you left your house years ago. But Paul didn’t put an age limit to when we have to stop obeying you parents or anything of that sort. So even though we are of an age where we can make decisions for ourselves that does mean I are given the right to ignore what our parents tell us.

    My application for this week is to apologize of all the rebellion I have been living in against my mama.
Ephesians 5:21
  Today, we are part of the of an entitled generation and submitting to for example, maybe you see authority just as a means to control you and believe you can govern yourself. Or maybe you do not see the authority in your life as smart or wise enough and you could do it better. Whatever the reason is for thinking you don’t think you need to submit is however ambiguous because the reason is of no importance if you are not following what the Bible tells us to. “Submit to one another” Ephesians is very clear and leaves no room for different interpretations of what else it could mean. It simply puts it that we should submit as we are in God. So now matter how far or long you are called to something if God does not oppose it do it.

So for my application I am going to submit when it does not go against God’s will and not grumble or say anything else bad about it but just do it.
Romans 15:1
     We are all part of one body of Christ. That means when one of us goes through something we all go through something. I believe Paul is getting at when he tells the strong to take the weak’s burden. For if we are all one body and a finger gets injured our strong hand will try and help the weaken hand as much as possible. It is the same way with the body of Christ. If one of us is weakened by something, it is our job as the rest of the body to try and heal the wound.  We therefore should not try and lift ourselves up by helping other members of the body because that would also hurt the body. It would cause division and segregation of who helps the most and who needs the most help. Paul tells us in the next verse that we should instead try and lift up our neighbor and do good leading to his edification. How will this cause different results? Well if we are all attempting to lift up one another no one will be put down and in turn everyone will be lifted up by one another.

     My application is for today I will give out at least 20 compliments today. 
1 Corinthians 12:14-15
     I think these verses have a lot to say and the first one is don’t discriminate. For example, if somebody is a janitor and you are an usher don’t see yourself as better. After all you are all part of one body and you are all used to make the body run but, God also doesn’t need you to make the body run. Along the same lines don’t look down on yourself because you have been stuck some where you don’t want to be. Maybe it is a dead end job or maybe the job’s fine but the boss makes you want to pull your hair out. Maybe though it has nothing to do with your job but with relationships or a living situation or field assignment. Whatever it is the only thing we can do is pray and trust that God will take care of it. Look at David he lost his job for no reason and his pink slip was spears being thrown at him by a king he still loved to where he wept at his death. Did I also mention during this time in exile he lived in caves or with is enemies. If that is not a reason to feel like a worthless piece of God’s plan, I don’t know is. The end of the story though is David became king and everything turned out just fine. With that said I am not saying that God will make you a king or even rich if you follow him because, that’s probably not true. Instead I would like to encourage you that even though you are going through some trials God is working it out for good. Again look at David’s case. Do you think he would be the king he was if he was king right when Samuel first came to him? I think it is highly unlikely. Because God used that time in David’s life to grow David closer to Him than ever before. So that when he became king he was able to follow through with God’s will and I believe he can and will His perfect plan into our lives as well even though the trials

For my application I will pray that through whatever situation I am put though I will grow in Him more.
1 Corinthians 9:22
This verse threw me for a loop the first couple times around. Then a realization came to me. If you want somebody to accept the message, we have come to them from their level. That means if you are in the getto you should not where a suit and tie (unless you want to get robbed of course) but rather you should wear a hoodie and jeans if you want to have any effective witness for Jesus. This also include people’s feeling. If someone is down in the dumps and you run up to them all cheerful asking if they know Jesus. You probably just blew your witness.

So this week I am going to pray to be more sensitive to others feelings

miércoles, 14 de septiembre de 2016

1 Corinthians 9:22
This verse threw me for a loop the first couple times around. Then a realization came to me. If you want somebody to accept the message, we have come to them from their level. That means if you are in the getto you should not where a suit and tie (unless you want to get robbed of course) but rather you should wear a hoodie and jeans if you want to have any effective witness for Jesus. This also include people’s feeling. If someone is down in the dumps and you run up to them all cheerful asking if they know Jesus. You probably just blew your witness.

So this week I am going to pray to be more sensitive to others feelings
Luke 17: 7-9
These words Jesus spoke probably really confused the apostles. Here is one free man telling other free men how a slave is treated and after they had just asked Jesus to increase their faith. If I was the apostles I would be scratching my head asking what does a slave have to do with anything? I think Jesus was trying to make this point though, if you want more faith become faithful even if you are not thanked and extremely underappreciated. You see slave went and made a good meal for his master even though he has been working in the field all day and is extremely tired. How much more should we do being the bondservants of Christ called to serve the world just as Jesus became a servant to all men. So when you do something do it let it be with the best of your ability because did Christ do any less? Along the same lines do things without being asked. Do you think the master had to tell the servant to watch the sheep every day and how to do it? I highly doubt it a good servant would know the master’s will and do it. But still how does that apply to us? Maybe it is getting up before your supposed to so you can get out of your room on time. Maybe you get your work done before the last minute. Those two things I have at least been guilty of late. It could be something else for you or maybe you don’t struggle in this area I don’t know. I do know however this issue does a lot of times get overlooked and ignore. And being a good slave who gets no credit is not on the top of anyone’s to do list but I believe it should be. Because how much more could we be more efficient for Christ if we already did what He told us to do.

So this week (and preferably in general) I am going to get all my Jesuswork done a day or more before it is due.
Mathew 20:26-27
    In order to give some context for this verse the disciples were in an uproar of who is the greatest. It Started with two of them asking to sit at the right or left hands of Jesus in heaven. In response to their bickering Jesus told them part of the “value system” of heaven. In that system slaves and servant are considered greater than their masters. Jesus then goes on to say look at how I became a servant to all men. Now go and do that. But why do the servants become greater? I believe it is because in comparison to God we have no power and those without power need to serve and those who serve is already doing what God has called us to do. Jesus knew this of course and set the perfect example of what a servant should look like. By doing things like washing the disciple’s feet to dying on the cross for our sins. How can this apply to us in our life today though? After all it would not be appreciated very well to cleaning our friend’s feet randomly and dying for our sins is something only Christ could have done. But what we do have is seeing people every day in need of something and when we go and help them that is being a servant of Christ. Even to go as far as dying for someone else should bother us little because of we are dead to ourselves and alive in Christ. In order to share his love and to glorify him.

Application: I will pray today that my eyes will be opened to see of more way I can serve others. 
John 15:15
     This verse should be a huge encouragement. Going from slave to friends is almost impossible to imagine but going from slaves to being friends with God of everything is a straight up miracle and extremely awe inspiring. What does being a friend of God mean though? From the verse above it we know we are to follow all of his commandments. But also as friends we are now able to have a more in depth relationship with Him. Meaning we are to share everything with Him as we would our best friend. This includes more than just our lives but our possessions as well. After all, if your best friend asked you for anything would you hold it back. To the same end He is willing to share with us what He has and we are one in a relationship. How amazing is that? The God of all the universe who is all powerful is willing to lend help to you and I. If you can’t already tell I am simply awe struck by this. I still can’t exactly explain how I feel about this so let me try and put it another way. Imagine a dishwasher at McDonalds was approached by the president and said “Do you want to be friends?” I would seem very unlikely. So we should appreciate how much God really is to us
So for my application today I will find a worship psalms and pray it to God.

domingo, 7 de agosto de 2016

Psalms 111:10
  When I think of wisdom I see an image of a man in a lab coat and glasses. Who along with looking smart has millions of facts soaring though his mind. That though does not fit into the psalmist definition of what wisdom is however. The psalmist broke down wisdom into three parts. The first step to get true wisdom is to fear the Lord. Because he says that is where all true wisdom begins. The second is clear but hard to live out and, that is living out all of the Lords commandments. This ties in tightly with the first one but is altogether different because on can fear Him but, not follow all his commandments. Look at demons for example, they openly feared Jesus but by don’t live according to God’s Law. Finally praise the Lord forever. This one may seem a little odd but try and think about it this way. If someone does you a huge favor a thank you is at the very least expected if not required. How much more than is it require for us to praise God for the magnificent gift of wisdom. So to wrap it all up wisdom is from the Lord. It is not glasses, facts or anything else of this world for that matter but rather a gift from our Lord God in heaven. So it should be treat as such being cherished and valued.

Application: this week I will pray for wisdom because in James 1:5 “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”
Mark 10 47-49
A man sitting on the side of the road probably for the majority of his life. Trying to get just enough money to survive hears of a man. This man can heal the sick, raise the dead and, it is even rumored this man claimed the raging seas. This beggar wondered if it could be true but he could not see how could he find out for himself (because he was blind). One day though this beggar heard people talking about this man Jesus was walking by in the crowd. He could not miss this chance so he started screaming over and over “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” but when the people heard this this they tried to get him to be quiet. My guess is Jesus was preaching and they couldn’t hear when this man was shouting but, did that stop this man? Not even a little bit he actually started shouting even loader. Jesus stopped and commanded this man be brought to Him and in a couple verses down healed him.

Application: This man had nothing, No power, money, influence or even an able body. Yet, he called on Jesus anyways. How many times to we say? “I will be a Christian when I get my life together.” Or maybe we just think we are busted and can’t be fixed. It really doesn’t matter the reason we think we are not good enough. Because just like the blind man Jesus is the Master Handyman of life and can fix you in any situation. To do this though we need to crying out like the beggar to have mercy on us because, we don’t deserve any of it.  If you keep reading on in this chapter you will see after this man gets healed and, he gets up and follows Jesus every single day. That is exactly what we should do every day take up our cross and follow Jesus. So, this week I will pray for mercy and pick up my cross and follow him.
Luke 8 22-25
   Life can be similar to the ocean smooth as glass on minute but rocky and dangerous or as the old saying goes the calm before the storm. This is the predicament the disciples physically. Pushing off the shore with nothing to worry about but soon the waters turned violent and they were close to going under when they shake Jesus and yelled for Him because He was asleep during the storm. Then He gets up and rebukes the storm and everything is again calm. Then Jesus rebukes them for have such little faith. Again this relates to life so well. How many times have I heard it said in my struggles is not there for me or in this case asleep. We then try and do it ourselves almost to the point of dying. Then when we finally turn to Jesus we yell at him for being inattentive. How little faith do we have by doing this? Is God’s will and strength not better than our own? So even if Jesus solve our problem that we pray for He is still God and will work everything out for His Good.

     Application: In a simple way here is the point. Trusting and have faith in God the is not only believing if He does what you think He should but having even if God doesn’t save us from a situation He is still God and will follow Him anyway. 


 Mathew 8 9-10
   What is amazing faith? Is it simply when you trust something? I think that is but only the tip of the iceberg. I think that leaves huge part of faith untouched. To get a better example of what faith I would like to give the story of the roman centurion. Imagine a man with a hundred men under his command. Meaning he might not have had a lot of power but at least had a little. Yet he leaves his men to go and search for Jesus. Why would a man do this though when he easily could have had one of his solders bring Jesus to him? Because his servant was extremely sick and I believe he wanted to make it personal because he really cared about this servant. When he gets to Jesus though he doesn’t demand that Jesus comes running to heal his servant. In fact, he did not even ask Jesus to come to his house. But rather he simply told Jesus that he has soldiers that go when he says “go” and if Jesus would just say the servant was healed that it would be so. Jesus was marveled at this saying there is not faith like this in all of Israel. What does this tell us about faith? Faith is more than a trust. It is a without a doubt conviction someone can and will do something without seeing.
   So this week any time I have a problem I going to have faith that God can do it. Even if I can’t see 

the results of what I am praying for right away
Hebrews 11:6
     But without faith it is impossible to please God. This is what was written to the Hebrews because they believed they since they were from Abraham’s seed.  This though was the wrong idea and in fact their view would have kept them out of heaven. We might think well that doesn’t apply to us today. But how often do we believe we will go to heaven because we believe that Christ died and rose again for our sins but do not take up our cross and follow him. Is this not the same as the Hebrews? I would also like to make a quick distinction between faith and believing. Believing in something is thinking it will happen, but faith is putting action to your belief. Why would I make this distinction? Because I could list hundreds of people who I know believe in Jesus. If I was asked how many people, I know that have faith in Jesus? The list would be generous if I said it was about one tenth of the people in the list of those who believe in Jesus. I don’t say this to sound negative or better than thou. I used to believe for so long never truly realizing what true faith is. However, this is still a problem because even the demons believe but have no place in heaven. What I am trying to get at is we need true faith. How do we get more faith? It not like we can just go down to the supermarket and buy three boxes of it. However, we have a good generous God who gives to those who ask. So ask today for more faith with the whole expect our God will respond.
    Application: I will wake up every day this week and ask for faith.


First IBS (Inductive Bible Study) post!!!
Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things unseen.”

The fact that my car will start in the morning or the lights turn on when I flick a switch is proof my life runs off faith.  More importantly is that my entire salvation runs on faith. (Because how can someone believe in a God without faith). But I have come to discovered in the past couple month’s my faith is weaker than I previously thought. I realized this when, the other day I felt God telling me to pray for someone on the street but instead of stepping out in faith I made up an excuse of why it wasn’t really God saying anything. That moment stuck in my mind of what God could have done if I had acted. Foolishly I didn’t listen to what God want me to do because I didn’t have enough faith to follow something I could not see. This type of disobedience is not an uncommon occurrence in the American Christian culture today. But what is most disturbing is that Paul writes “But without faith it is impossible to please God.” (Hebrews 11:6) This really hit me hard because how many times have I not used the faith that God has given me. So this I decided if I hear or feel anything from God I’ll do it using the faith he has given me.