October 14, 2011
January 18, 2011
I guess i can share what i've been learning as well!
I have been doing so much research lately for my future. I feel like I don't have any idea how I am going to ever get to college, and I don't know where exactly God is leading me, but I know I have to be willing to do whatever He wants, and I also know that I can't just sit here and expect Him to do all the work. So, basically I've been doing a lot of research and a lot of praying. But during this time I have also bee doing a lot of searching in the Bible for verses that will help me trust Him with everything I've got. I feel like God is trying to teach me something about waiting... so why not try and learn it? ;) So, here are some of the verses I have found.
13The LORD looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men. (WOW!!! The God in heaven beholds us!!!!!)
14From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth.
15He fashioneth their hearts alike; he considereth all their works. ( He not only notices us, but he pays attention to what goes on in our lives)!!!
16There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength. (We can't look to ppl to help us... it is God alone who has the BEST solution!)
17An horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength.
18Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy;
19To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.
20Our soul waiteth for the LORD: he is our help and our shield.( here it is.... God is a help for those who wait on HIm!)
21For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name.
22Let thy mercy, O LORD, be upon us, according as we hope in thee.
In closing, here is one other verse.
2 Thessalonians 3:5
And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.
Waiting isn't easy, but for those of you in the same boat as me, remember what we are waiting for! We are waiting for direction from: THE GOD OF THE UNIVERSE! If your heart is in tune with God, He will lead you, whether or not is was where you expected or wanted to go.
October 25, 2010
2But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
3And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
4The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
The main verse I want to point out is verse 2,David Loved the law of the Lord, when i read that verse, I thought of how, that Davids favorite thing to do was READ and think about the Law of God, Because blessed is the man that walketh not in the way of sinners... and his meditation, his constant thinking about the law of God would keep him from that, though he did sin, but thats when he let down his gaurd, or when he wasnt thinking about the law of God. But for most of his life he was like the tree planted by the rivers of water, where others could see the differnce in David and Isreal because God kept giving them the victory in their battles, Which always came after he went to the Lord asking for victory. as described in chapter 2. When Isreal was ungodly they were like the chaff, They were driven into captivety, or othe consequences.
For us its the same, we have to love the word of God and his laws also, to keep us from sin, meditate in it think about it, pray about it. and you will be like that tree, Others will see a difference in your life, because of a weapon to use against sin, the word of God. If you try to do it on your own, without God, isnt that ungodly? is your righteousness as filthy rags because it points toward how good you are, and not how great God is? You will be like the chaff, driven about by the wind because you only do whats right when you feel like it.
In chapter 2 it talks about how God laughs when people want to go up against Isreal. because all David has to do is ask God for victory, and God would give it to him. obviously Isreal had to go out and fight, but God was with the swords of isreal, and its the same, sometimes we have to struggle and, we can have the sword (the word of God)but if we have sin, as an Ai, or we just dont ask god to go with us, we dont have our biggest weapon, which is God. the one that gives power to the scripture. Thats How it points to God, and not to yourself. God can lugh at Satan when he comes to attack us, because all we have to ask God to help us in our fight because we have no true power in ourselves. but we need our sword, we need to love it and meditate on it.
October 24, 2010
In the beginning of the Gospel of Mark the bible says that John the baptist cried, “Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.” It then describes his ministry, “John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.....and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins.” It then talks about how John was pointing those whom he preached to and baptized to the ministry of Jesus.
John was sent to prepare the way for Jesus. John's message was the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. Baptism symbolizes our death to sin and new life in Christ. Here is the question that I have: Do we as Christians not do enough prep work in the lives of those that we seek to evangelize?
Now let me say right up front that I am not saying that passing out tracks or having a service that preaches the good news is a bad idea. I am simply stating a question that came to my mind when I came to this passage.
John was sent to prepare the way for Christ. In preparation to the ministry of Christ, John preached the necessity of repentance and the putting to death the works of the the flesh (symbolism of baptism). This was all in preparation for the ministry of Jesus who would bring the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Why was Johns message so vital in preparation to the ministry of Jesus which would bring new life? I wonder whether we often underemphasize the master/servant relationship that becoming a Christian brings. Why does the gospel (the good news) involve baptism, symbolizing our death to sin? Why does Rom. 6 say God forbid that we (Christians) should continue in sin? Why does Galations 5 state that those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts? Why are Christians required to daily take up their cross daily and follow Christ?
I believe that repentance and surrender is a very essential part of the gospel. If this part of gospel is not explained you would expect to find “Christians” who are living lives that are not surrendered to Christ but to sin. You would expect to find many people professing to be Christians but not showing it in the way they live. You would expect to find many people professing faith in the good news simply as a ticket to heaven. Is this not what we are finding in this century?
I am not sure exactly how to put this into practice. I do know that I have often had reservations or questions about the way we preach the good news whether it is to city kids, VBS, etc. John preached repentance and baptism before Christ came and brought the new life through the holy spirit. So is it possible that when evangelizing kids or people who are lacking a moral foundation (I believe this describes most people today) we should start by talking about the law of God which we cannot keep. That maybe we should explain that Gods great love does demand allegiance or surrender. This is a vital part of the Gospel. At least that is what I am thinking after reading this passage.
Another fact that may play into this question is the knowledge or state of the people being evangelized. The Jews knew they were sinners (unless they were scribes or pharisees)and had heard much about their rejection from God and had felt the rejection of those who were “righteous.” They did not need a whole lot of education on this principle. However, when Paul was writing to a predominately gentile audience such as in Romans, we find him talking much about Gods law and how it condemns us. If you just look at the chapter headings it is rather revealing; “The Gentiles' need of righteousness,” “Sin will be punished,” “Gods law,” “Obeying God's law,” “All have sinned.” After this it goes into the part of the gospel that we often term the good news.
All this to say that I believe that in this culture many people don't truly recognize their depravity and inability to keep God's law on their own. Therefore I am wondering whether our method of evangelism needs to be adjusted accordingly. Again let me say that I am not against handing out a tract or holding good news clubs, they can be used mightily by God. I am wondering though how many of those who say that they know that they are a sinners really have a grasp on that reality.
I would love to hear what you think; if you think I am taking this out of context, overemphasizing, interpreting correctly or incorrectly, etc.
August 28, 2009
Like Jesus, we are accused.
But unlike Jesus, we give up.
We give out.
We sit down.
How can our hearts have the endurance Jesus had?
By focusing where Jesus focused: on "the joy that God put before Him" (Heb. 12:2
He lifted His eyes beyond the horizon and saw the table. He focused on the feast. And what He saw gave Him strength to finish...and to finish strong.
Such a moment awaits us. In an hour that has no end, we will rest. Surrounded by saints and engulfed by Jesus Himself, the work will, indeed, be finished. The final harvest will be gathered, we will be seated, and Christ will christen the meal with these words "Well done, good and faithful servant" (Matt. 25:23)
July 5, 2009
When I first read this I thought it said, "At its root the word means to *split.*" But I thought it was really cool that I read it that way because basically when I am calling my siblings "worthless" or "stupid," or what ever I'm saying when I'm mad, I am causing a split in my family and it causes our relationships to get farther and farther away, and that is what Satan wants, he wants to disintegrate one of the most important things to God, the family, and I can't let him do that.
July 1, 2009
One of the nights i was in Canada i sat down and prayed for the Lord to lead me to some passage that would help me through the next day.... I opened to Psalm 54... It was just what i needed!
1Save me, O God, by thy name, and judge me by thy strength.
2Hear my prayer, O God; give ear to the words of my mouth.
3For strangers are risen up against me, and oppressors seek after my soul: they have not set God before them. Selah.
4Behold, God is mine helper: the Lord is with them that uphold my soul.
5He shall reward evil unto mine enemies: cut them off in thy truth.
6I will freely sacrifice unto thee: I will praise thy name, O LORD; for it is good.
7For he hath delivered me out of all trouble: and mine eye hath seen his desire upon mine enemies.
June 30, 2009
June 22, 2009
June 21, 2009
"Each time I touch a rose petal and breathe the sweet fragrance it brings, I know theres a God up in heaven. No human could create these things!
The sunset in its golden splendor, such colors no artist can do! I know when I look on its beauty, each page in the Bible is true.
No picture or painting can capture the beauty of any of these. The handiwork of God is revealed in the flowers, the sunset, the trees."
Have a God-focused week,
p.s. If you're reading this, know that you were prayed for today. Keep pressing foward. Its hard at times, but it's always worth it.
June 11, 2009
June 5, 2009
We read this verse in family devotions today, and that last part of the verse struck me hard; it was "for the fruit of their doings." The land was desolate, with nothing good or healthy in it, because, as the verse says, the fruit of their doings wasn't very good either. You know, you do reap what you sow, but you also eat what you reap, and if you're not sowing anything good, then you're not reaping anything good, and if you're not reaping anything good, then you're not eating anything good, and if you're not eating anything good, you're going to die.
June 3, 2009
Ouch. Its almost like Jeremiah is looking at the people and asking "Are you stupid?! Everything you ever really wanted or needed is found in God. He's supplied it for you and its right in front of your face! Yet, you are determined to look in every other place imagineable. You are searching for happiness and fulfillment in places that hold no satisfaction. You're wasting your time digging wells that will never yield anything with which you can quench your thirst. Return to God and know that He will give you the life you are seeking."
Shortly after thinking about all that I was listening to a cd and came across this song. I connected it to the verse in Jeremiah and God really used it to convict me at a time when I needed it most. I hope it does the same for you.
June 2, 2009
May 29, 2009
May 27, 2009
May 18, 2009
May 11, 2009
They were not prepared for what he was to say, nor was it received well. It needs to be heard by every parent, every teacher, every politician, every sociologist, every psychologist, and every so-called expert! These courageous words spoken by Darrell Scott are powerful, penetrating, and deeply personal. There is no doubt that God sent this man as a voice crying in the wilderness. The following is a portion of the transcript:
"Since the dawn of creation there has been both good & evil in the hearts of men and women. We all contain the seeds of kindness or the seeds of violence. The death of my wonderful daughter, Rachel Joy Scott, and the deaths of that heroic teacher, and the other eleven children who died must not be in vain. Their blood cries out for answers.
"The first recorded act of violence was when Cain slew his brother Abel out in the field. The villain was not the club he used.. Neither was it the NCA, the National Club Association. The true killer was Cain, and the reason for the murder could only be found in Cain's heart.
"In the days that followed the Columbine tragedy, I was amazed at how quickly fingers began to be pointed at groups such as the NRA. I am not a member of the NRA. I am not a hunter. I do not even own a gun. I am not here to represent or defend the NRA - because I don't believe that they are responsible for my daughter 's death. Therefore I do not believe that they need to be defended. If I believed they had anything to do with Rachel's murder I would be their strongest opponent.
I am here today to declare that Columbine was not just a tragedy -- it was a spiritual event that should be forcing us to look at where the real blame lies! Much of the blame lies here in this room. Much of the blame lies behind the pointing fingers of the accusers themselves. I wrote a poem just four nights ago that expresses my feelings best.
Your laws ignore our deepest needs,
Your words are empty air.
You've stripped away our heritage,
You've outlawed simple prayer.
Now gunshots fill our classrooms,
And precious children die.
You seek for answers everywhere,
And ask the question "Why?"
You regulate restrictive laws,
Through legislative creed.
And yet you fail to understand,
That God is what we need!
"Men and women are three-part beings. We all consist of body, mind, and spirit. When we refuse to acknowledge a third part of our make-up, we create a void that allows evil, prejudice, and hatred to rush in and wreak havoc. Spiritual presences were present within our educational systems for most of our nation's history. Many of our major colleges began as theological seminaries. This is a historical fact.
What has happened to us as a nation? We have refused to honor God, and in so doing, we open the doors to hatred and violence. And when something as terrible as Columbine's tragedy occurs -- politicians immediately look for a scapegoat such as the NRA. They immediately seek to pass more restrictive laws that contribute to erode away our personal and private liberties. We do not need more restrictive laws. Eric and Dylan would not have been stopped by metal detectors. No amount of gun laws can stop someone who spends months planning this type of massacre. The real villain lies within our own hearts.
"As my son Craig lay under that table in the school library and saw his two friends murdered before his very eyes, he did not hesitate to pray in school. I defy any law or politician to deny him that right! I challenge every young person in America, and around the world, to realize that on April 20, 1999, at Columbine? High School prayer was brought back to our schools. Do not let the many prayers offered by those students be in vain. Dare to move into the new millennium with a sacred disregard for legislation that violates your God-given right to communicate with Him. To those of you who would point your finger at the NRA -- I give to you a sincere challenge. Dare to examine your own heart before casting the first stone!
May 8, 2009
I came across this passage the other day and it stuck out to me. I know that all of us church people have heard this passage a countless number of times, but it still stuck out to me. It starts out by talking about the sin of lust/adultery. However, the principle applies to all sin. Basically the question that I keep coming up against is what action am I taking to resist temptation? I think in some ways I have disregarded the seriousness of my sin. While God knows that we won't be perfect, and is ready to forgive, he makes it very clear that we are to make no provision for the flesh but to put it completely to death.
Again, how seriously do I take my sin? Jesus uses a wonderful word picture to show us just how seriously we should take it. It is better to loose a hand or an eye and enter into heaven than to enter into hell with all your bodily members. Talk about putting something to death! I need to look at my spiritual life more like a battle zone. When you are in a battle you take a serious evaluation of your week points. The Holy Spirit helps us do this in our spiritual lives. Next you need to come up with a plan of action. You try to plan ahead so that the enemy will not be able to take advantage of that weakness, of if he does how you can combat it. Shouldn't we do the same?
When I was younger I had a bad habit of calling my brother names that really annoyed him. My dad had told us kids that we weren't supposed to call eachother names, but I had made a habit of it. I started to feel very convicted over my sin...the Holy Spirit. I made a plan of action(I think my dad actually suggested it); when I called him a name, I would pay him money.
Why is it that as I have gotten more lax in my fight against sin? Anyway, it needs to stop. Jesus makes it very clear in this passage that we need to take quick, decisive action against sin. The one other thing to keep in mind, as I said earlier, is that even though Jesus made himself very clear on this issue, He has also stated very plainly elsewhere in the bible that He will give complete forgiveness if we ask and truly repent. These two views can be very hard to hold at the same time. I want to end with a passage that I think gives a very good picture of these two views. It shows that we can know that we are forgiven but still fight with all our strength against sin.
II Cor. 7:8 For though I made you sorry with a letter, I do not repent, though I did repent: for I perceive that the same epistle hath made you sorry, though it were but for a season. 9 Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing. 10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. 11 For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.
May 4, 2009
but it must be lived forwards.
- Soren Kierkegaard