Saturday, February 27, 2016

Acts 5:29-32

“Peter and the apostles replied: “we must obey God rather than human beings! The God of our ancestors raised Jesus from the dead – whom you killed by hanging Him on a cross. God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Savior that he might bring Israel to repentance and forgive their sins. We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him.”

Dear God please fill me with this spirit and understanding. Reading of your apostles boldness inspires me, making me want to line up with them in ever way. Thank you God for this birthright in which we have the freedom to operate in You. Lead me to obedience so that I may receive an abundance of Your Spirit. Christ fulfilled the law that I may be able to walk by it through the Spirit. God I want to take full advantage of this blessing. 
Ephesians 6:1

“Children, obey your patents in the Lord, for this is right.”

Colossians 3:20

“Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord.”

This IBS isn’t really exciting me right now, I’ve already procrastinated for an hour with these verses on my screen. Ok here goes nothing.

Ironically this morning I finished my journal to my son (by finished I mean I ran out of paper in the note book), I’ve been writing him sporadically for a year now, after I received some counsel on journaling. A wise man told me to write my journal entries to someone so it feels more intentional and less selfish. I chose my son, (if God decides to bless me with one) because I want to be a really good parent. Heck I want to be the best father in the world! Reading these verses makes me want my son to read them differently than I do. I want him to see these and think of the good examples his parents have been, and that these verse are no brainers to him.

 See, my parents were not exactly the best, and for the few of you who truly know me, you know they were far from it. But I still obey them, and I still honor them unto the Lord. Because they’re chosen by God, and even if we cant see it now, He gave us our parents for a reason. Both my father and mother have admitted that they have lost the right to parent me. Yet through the Love of Christ I can allow them that right in my life.

It’s not easy it’s God. I choose love, I choose forgiveness, and I choose redemption, for He loved me enough to forgive me and He’s redeeming me now. Selah

Hebrews 5:8
“Though He was a Son, He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.”

There’s a common theme floating around America, tell me if you have heard it as well. “They’ll go to college make mistakes and learn how to be responsible.” This is a paraphrase of what I’ve heard from many parents and friends alike. Its seams that obedience comes from making mistakes, trying it my way first, then trying others ways because my way failed. But this is not the path to obedience; Christ learned it through suffering, not by making mistakes. He was perfect yet still had to learn obedience through suffering. This means that I don’t have to do evil in order to learn obedience, I just need to learn from my suffering. Job learns so much about worshiping God through his suffering. David learned the love of God through his suffering. What shall I learn through my suffering? All I know is I wont waste my pain.

“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 leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?”

An atheist is someone who believes that there is no god, but the reality is that we are all slaves to something. And whatever we are slaves to might as well be our god. In this scripture Paul is explaining that every man has two choices, to be a slave to sin or a slave to God. God made us to worship, since that is our purpose; we naturally worship something at all times. But our purpose was to worship the creator not the creation. When something doesn’t do what it was made to do it loses its value, like if I uses my phone to hammer a nail. A phones greatest value is found when it is used for the purpose it was designed for. In the same way human beings only get the most worth when they do what they were specifically were designed for. Therefore I am most valuable when I become a slave to God through obedience, and in turn this leads to righteousness. By this I fulfill my purpose to the God that is worth of obedience.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

1st Timothy 6:6-8
Week 5

“Now godliness with contentment is great gain.”
“For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.”
“And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.”

Two years ago this verse wouldn’t have meant much to me. I never had worry about food or clothes, and I always had a roof over my head. But today this verse comforts me in ways I can hardly explain. When I arrived in Montana I was a mess of fear. But Pastor Mike gave me this statement “You’ll have food, a bed, and a roof, what more do you need.” Growing up in the materialistic rat race these words were kind of nerve racking. But soon I would understand the freedom they brought. Those are the necessities of life; if I can just become content with those I’ll be set free. Contentment in these comes from God alone, and I can honestly say that I’m content with where I am right now, especially when I look back at the options I passed up to be here. Thank you God for guiding me away from the life I once knew, and for blessing me beyond the desires of my heart.
Luke 3:14

Likewise the soldiers asked him “and what shall we do?” so he said to them “do not intimidate anyone or accuse falsely, and be content with your wages.”

Be content with your wages. Basically John is telling these soldiers that they are to be content with getting what they deserve and not to cheat there way into a bonus. To often the world teaches that the only way to make it in life is to intimidate and falsely accuse. These are not the ways of the Lord. I’m so stinking thankful that Jesus never intimidated or falsely accused me. That He is a just and honest steward of what is His. I should be the same way, never taking advantage of others for personal gain. I should be content with whatever I get.