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.