viernes, 7 de abril de 2017

14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.

 Romans 12 :14
I read this verse and constantly get challenged. Because I fully understand stand the meaning of this verse. You should be a blessing to those around you with not only your actions but your words as well. I find this especially hard because doing quite favor for someone is one thing but not being bitter behind their back is another. Especially those people that just rip every one to sheds and is honestly one of those people you would never want to hang around again. And you put up with them for as long as you are with them. But once you left their presence you are willing to tell anybody that would listen how horrible they where. But that is not what we are called to do. So I found the only solution is prayer the second you start to feel bitterness start.
Application starting my day in a half an hour in prayer

martes, 4 de abril de 2017

6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him , and walk in darkness , we lie and do not practice the truth.

 1 John 1 :6
This verse vividly describes the to walks of life we can live in one being the other being of course the dark. There is no half in light and half in the dark. It is one or the other. The light representing not keeping things hidden behind closed doors. For if we want people to see our lives and see Christ we cannot hide. Therefore we are no longer to live in sin because our lives our open and on display for the world to see Christ through us. To more clearly illustrate this here's an example from my life. For a decent while I struggled with lust but never told the anyone. I would tell anyone that asked that I had fellowship with Him. But in reality I was furious at that lie and the fact I couldn't drop the hidden sin. My relationships I held dear to me where fading fast for many reasons but a huge reason is because I didn't want them to discover who I was and my weakness of women. One day my mom just openly ask if if I struggled in that area and being finally tired of running I broke down and told her the truth as awkward and painful for me it was. But after I felt free of the burden that was latched on to me. I had admitted my sin to God but had no one to keep me accountable. And was lying to myself and said I fine. But living darkness is about the worse thing you can do if you want a relationship with God. Now I want to make one thing clear I still struggle with thinking about women in a sinful manner but when I do I repent to God and admit to those close me I'm struggling.
Application: Refuse to hide in the dark and to admit my sins to those brothers and sisters around me who will keep me accountable.

5 Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles!

 James 3 :5
I feel this verse is convicting to most. At least it is very convicting forme. Ever since the beginning of my field time I have continued to struggle with keeping my tongue in check. From not saying little viscous venom filled comments that destroyed relationships before they began. To being to stubborn to back down in an argument. The situation a struggled most in was with my teammate. We both had personalities the tended to playoff each other in negative ways. It would usually start as a playful banter but quickly turn into who could rip the other apart first. Obviously this could not last but I couldn't figure out how to stop these fires.But without getting into a long explanation an overseer of mine as we where sitting around gave us a rebuke. He called us on how we spoke to each other but more importantly called us on not speaking in love as Jesusdid. That was the answer to my solution love. For love covers a multitude of sins. Over time me and my teammate actually start developing a relationship. It didn't happen overnight but it is amazing how fast relationships build when you love and are open with one another.
So my application is to examine my own life and pray if there is anything that is holding me back from the relationships around me and for Him to remove those obstacles. Because I can't on my own.

jueves, 2 de marzo de 2017

Philemon
17 If then you count me as a partner , receive him as  you would me.
 18 But if he has wronged you or owes anything , put that on my account.

   This verse is deep but before we get into the real depths of these two verses we need a little back story. First thing I feel I  should mention is the three characters in play here. The first is Philemon and he is the master of Onesimus. Onesimus is a run away slave who some how meet Paul the apostle. Now Paul is one of the biggest leaders of the first generation of churches.
   A little bit more background that needs to be clarified is how Paul and Onesimus. Well the specifics are not given but one can assume it is while Paul was in prison because of verse 9 but however they meet is kinda boring compared to the relationship between the to men. Something urged Paul to take ones debt and take it upon hImself but, what? The what is love and it is the heart of what I want to talk about. Paul understood the love the Jesus poured out and how He took all of his sins and placed them on Himself. Therefore when Paul discovered a brother in a predicament not so different from his he stepped in to help. He took whatever this man had done and put it on himself just like Jesus did for him. I hope that convicted you as much as it convicted me. Because how often today do we try to place the blame on others or condemn someone who has done wrong. Especially the little things that happen every day the little bits of judgement we send at others all day long. It is not wrong in America but rather it is almost culture to blame, condemn, and judge. But that is not the life Jesus has called us to live. We are to be like Him for that is what a Christian is a "little Christ". Therefore we should be taking what others have done upon ourselves not because of how much we love them but because how much Christ does.

Application: pray for God to reveal any wrongs I am holding against others and take hold of them then give them to Christ as part of my living sacrifice.

lunes, 20 de febrero de 2017

"He who does not love does not know God , for God is love. "
  -1 John 4 :8
     Every time I pass over this verse I feel convinced. Because this verse is so easy to understand. In short it basically says this We are to be like God because He is perfect and since God is love we are to follow in the same way and love others. But a simple observation would be that it is against our nature to love. Because we are not of God but of the flesh. Therefore because We do not naturally practice love we do not know God. However because God sent us His love to us first by sending His one and only Son to be beat and killed on a cross we are now allowed a way to know Him. It is through believing Jesus died and rose again. But what I believe Johns point is if we really believe Jesus did what He did and His the Holy Spirit now resides inside of us something should change. And the root of that change should be a love inside of us overflowing on to everyone we meet. But this love John mentions has to be from God. Therefore it has to be so unconditional so vast so power the only explanation is super natural. Because nobody could ever be that kind, selfless, or gentle with out something else. I would also like to mention real quick that because we still live in our earthly bodies are flesh still wants us to hate and be selfish living without love. Therefore we will mess up some moments and not not love but, does that mean we don't know God? Of course not the love John is talking about is a way of life. But if we step off the path that is not good but since we know Jesus we just confess our mistake and get right back on the path of walking in Love.

Application: The biggest area of love I struggle in is patience. So this today and tomorrow I am going to pray for patience

domingo, 12 de febrero de 2017

1 John 2 :4
   "He who says , "I know Him , " and does not keep His commandments , is a liar , and the truth is not in him."

When John the apostle wrote this book in a very direct manner and this verse is no different. But I would like to break it down a little bit more anyway. The first thing I would like to point out is how John made two categories of Christians. One set of Christians knows God and the other does not. I would like to point out there is no in between here it one or the other a Christian or a hypocrite. Whither they would be even considered saved as Christians is not for me to say but for myself when I read and apply it to my self I would have to lean towards if I don't follow His commandments continuously and knowingly I would not consider myself saved. Because how can I be saved if I do not know Him? And how can I be saved if the truth is not in me? I would like to make a quick sidenote here. I am not saying salvation is based of of works and only if you live perfectly in his commandments you are saved. You are saved by Jesus grace alone. But when you are saved some thing has to change and living as you used live is no longer an option and the only way is to live for the Lord Jesus. Therefore  what I am saying is if you know his commandments and choice to break them and do not truly repent I would question if you are saved. Not in a judgemental way at all but from a place of love. Because if I see someone I love in peril and do or say nothing that is not right. Yet I can think of a list of Christians who right now are in the world more than some nonbelievers and I have said nothing for fear of being considered a judgemental person. But after reading this book and even this verse I could not but help feel convinced at how I have not acted. Because a lot of the church today is believing because I believe Jesus exists and died and rose again they are saved but even the demons believe. (James 2:19) but picking up your cross and following Him is a completely different story. It is a challenge especially today because the way Jesus lived defies the way the world lives. It set things in place the make people feel uncomfortable because the darkness hates the light. So in a quick recap of you love God follow his commandments and love others Christ loved us.

sábado, 28 de enero de 2017

James 4:4
“You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.”
            First I would like to break down the where James is coming from. As James watched as the churches around him rapidly grow he started to see some issues. James saw a people in the church who lusted, coveted and, murdered (James 4:2) and he said it was coming from their self-seeking desires. In chasing after what they themselves wanted they left completely God and Him being first in their lives and that is where this verse is coming from. Now to break this verse down. James begins this by calling the church an adulterous people. In other words, he is saying they are committing adultery to God by loving themselves more than Him. But James goes even deeper than. He says a war is taking place and the battle is raging and in this battle there is two sides. On one side we have the world and on the other side is God and therefore, not being on God side makes you his enemy. The challenging part of this verse is how easy it is to become a friend of the world. It could be giving up your time set aside for God withier that is Church, morning devotions, or whatever and replacing it with something of the world. Watching Sunday football, extra hour of sleep, reading a book I really can be anything that keeps you out of the presence of God. Don’t get me wrong I am not saying football is bad or watching TV is a sin and if we are not constantly reading the Bible we are heathens. However, I am saying this when we consistently put the use of our time in things not glorifying to God but things of the world then there is an issue and I am as guilty of it as any one. I struggle getting up in time to get to where I’m going much less in time to pray and once I get home I feel often times to tired to do anything. But that is not how it is supposed to be though we are supposed to get our life from Jesus and when I do wake up early enough to spend time with Him my day is often better and more energized and overall better than a day without. I still struggle often times though more than I would even like to admit. God has been faithful to help me slowly but surely become more like Him each and every day.

Application: Pray for at least one hour in the morning this week.