Monday, September 18, 2017

Freedom in Christ alone

Freedom in Christ Alone
S - Luke 2 
 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; 11 for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”

O- My observation is one of joy to just observe the birth of Jesus and all it's glory. And I try to put myself in the place of the shepherd's who are receiving this news that a Savior was born, the Christ. It must have been hard to understand and believe, but at the same time a blessing to receive the message from the angel which made it also clear and undeniable what was happening.

A. -  The application for me is to understand that I need to rejoice in the truth that is Jesus. His birth , death and resurrection were a gift of God to me and to all of us. Therefore my attitude must be aligned with the knowledge of who Jesus is and what he has done in my life. At times I get down and discouraged because of circumstances around me, but I need to remember who Jesus is and what he has done. It is because of this that I have  hope and not in myself but hope in  the finished work of Jesus Christ.

P - dear heavenly father thank you Lord for today's Scripture and for your spirits presence in my life. Or I pray that you will help find me daily of you you are and what you've already done and lord you would help me with the battle in my mind to remember who's help I need to look to when facing challenging circumstances. Help me to remember that you're yoke is lighter than when I try to carry the burdens myself. I pray all this in Jesus name amen.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

God grace and living water
S Rev 22
1 Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, 2in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 3 There will no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will serve Him; 4 they will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads. 5 And there will no longer be any night; and they will not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God will illumine them; and they will reign forever and ever.

O - The observation here in the last chapter of revelations is that God has always had a plan, he is on the throne and in heaven he has the river full of the water of life. Out of that water of life comes our healing and restoration. We have no other more important job then to stay connected to the source through who is Jesus Christ so that we might be like the 12 churches to Bare like-minded fruit from the tree of life. In this day of revelations it will be much easier to follow God because the enemy will have been defeated and we know that all that remains are men and women of God.

A. -  Application for me is to recognize that I live in an Inperfect world view in my own relationship with God through Jesus is in perfect that's what I want to beat up myself just point out that I may wish for perfection but in this world Anymore need the grace of God.

P-do you have any father thank you for this morning's devotions or maybe sealed to my heart. I understand now better than yesterday that the challenges of this world will continue and I must continue to except your grace and look to your future

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Breathing life into my dry bones

S-Ezekiel 37
Vision of the Valley of Dry Bones
1 The hand of the Lord was upon me, and He brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of the valley; and it was full of bones. 2 He caused me to pass among them round about, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley; and lo, they were very dry. 3 He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord God, You know.” 4 Again He said to me, “Prophesy over these bones and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.’ 5 Thus says the Lord God to these bones, ‘Behold, I will cause breath to enter you that you may come to life. 6 I will put sinews on you, make flesh grow back on you, cover you with skin and put breath in you that you may come alive; and you will know that I am the Lord.’”

The Vision Explained
11 Then He said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel; behold, they say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope has perished. We are completely cut off.’ 12 Therefore prophesy and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “Behold, I will open your graves and cause you to come up out of your graves, My people; and I will bring you into the land of Israel. 13 Then you will know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves and caused you to come up out of your graves, My people. 14 I will put My Spirit within you and you will come to life, and I will place you on your own land. Then you will know that I, the Lord, have spoken and done it,” declares the Lord.’”

O- this prophecy by Ezekiel is specifically about the mission of Israel and they've been set off to Babylon in exile, and therefore we can look specifically at the case where God was saying the people who are in XL or a light dry bones. Gods sovereignty and provision for them have been lifted as they had been sent off because of their disobedience. However God is very consistent in his persistent and love of his people. And just like those that were in Egypt under 500 years of slavery The Lord did not intend to leave them there. He has always have a plan for our salvation and reconciliation. Even as he sent his real light off to Babylon on your captivity he knew his plan to restore those dry bones. And so he prophesies of his intention to breathe life back into the nation of Israel.

A-  The application for me is just my own journey and relationship with God. He did save me I was in the world and I did not understand who he was and how much he loved me. Then one day a friend introduced me to him in my relationship with him has grown ever cents. The journey though has been through mountain tops and valleys as described here where my bones were dry and it was me who had wandered from the Lord and felt very far. So now I see God's great love for me in his pursuit of me and patience with me and that he has restored my hope, He has restored my dry  bones.  I may be still learning this lesson years to come but today I think I understand even in my drive bones season the Lord will not abandon me he will always come back to restore me. And like the people of Israel it is for my good that he sends me through these experiences to draw me closer and more dependent on him and less dependent on the world.

P -do you have any father thank you for today's devotion in for restoring my dry bones come I knew I was starting to head into a season where of busyness and distraction and I can feel my bones starting to dry out and then with this devotions Lord you have breathe new life into me and I'd be that new life every day Lord. Lord I ask that you continue to restore even refreshment daily more that you would give me wisdom today as I speak with your people who are who are you giving me to lead help me Lord to love them into transmit a message of your love through my words and so Lord I ask that your Holy Spirit would come find me fill me restore me what your words be my words, in Jesus name Amen.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Staying true and humble

S - Daniel 3
13 Then Nebuchadnezzar in rage and anger gave orders to bring Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego; then these men were brought before the king. 14 Nebuchadnezzar responded and said to them, “Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the golden image that I have set up? 15 Now if you are ready, at the moment you hear the sound of the horn, flute, lyre, trigon, psaltery and bagpipe and all kinds of music, to fall down and worship the image that I have made, very well. But if you do not worship, you will immediately be cast into the midst of a furnace of blazing fire; and what god is there who can deliver you out of my hands?”
16 Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego replied to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to give you an answer concerning this matter. 17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. 18 But even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.”

O- I love this passage in the book of Daniel where we see Shadrach, Meshach, Abednago response to Nebuchadner demand that they worship false gods. They didn't indignantly approach the king and say there is no way were going to do that.  Instead of the responded humbly letting the King know that there is likely no way they would ever follow his order because they're God can both deliver them from the furnace or, even if he doesn't we we don't intend to worship other gods. This response is humble in that it doesn't completely poke the king in the eye but lets them know what their faith in there God truly is.

A-The application for me is when I faced situations where people are challenging me to follow their ways, and I know I need to follow God's ways that I can respond or both humbly and with great clarity that I do not intend to violate my own values, or or direction that I've given that I've been given from my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is this integrity that will both go our fear and respect. Fear of the guy that I follow and respect for me as an individualWho lives according to his values.

P-dear heavenly father thank you for the devotional this morning, helping me learn both to humbly respond to people who are challenging me, and staying true to the one true God. Help me Lord to be patient to hear their words through you so I can understand their hearts and speak to the core issue if you were calling me to do so. But in all cases Lord help strengthen my knowledge and relationship with you so that I one might know you more and draw closer to you, and represent you well in front of those who don't especially those who are challenging personalities in my life.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Seeing our circumstances through gods eyes

S - revelations 11
7 When they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up out of the abyss will make war with them, and overcome them and kill them. 8 And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which mystically is called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified. 9 Those from the peoples and tribes and tongues and nations will look at their dead bodies for three and a half days, and will not permit their dead bodies to be laid in a tomb. 10And those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them and celebrate; and they will send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth.
11 But after the three and a half days, the breath of life from God came into them, and they stood on their feet; and great fear fell upon those who were watching them. 12 And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” Then they went up into heaven in the cloud, and their enemies watched them. 13 And in that hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell; seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the rest were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.

O - this chapter in revelations is about 2 profits in Jerusalem who are testifying to the nations of things to come. Then the beast who is in the Abyss, i.e. Satan, comes back and challenges to profits appears to have defeated them.   It is then that those few who have not choosen to follow God rejoice because they're tired of being tormented are these two profits. And that is it seals their fate.  The last part though won't surprise a Christian believer but to those in in time that it will come to us as surprise as the Lord raises up the two profits again and restores them to heaven while all those who doubted them watch and then the Lords cast his judgment on those people .

A.  I think the action for me out of this is just to understand how truly consistent God is and how he operates and what he lays down as truth. So all of the things that are written and told in the Bible God considers solid ground on which his promises will come true. As believers there are times of doubt when circumstance  surrounding us don't appear to match God's promises. But I'm reminded even in the case of these two profits that though the circumstances look perilous, God is still in control and his promises are true. So it is up to me not to see the world through the world colored glasses,  but to continue to see the world through God or scripture inspired glasses. 

P- dear heavenly father thank you so much for helping me get back to my daily devotions Lord I know you don't condemn me for not doing them on any given day but you do you assess my heart and know that and maybe I just confess that the busyness of work and sometimes begin to overtake my thoughts. Thank you Lord for this reminder and really inspiration to continue to dig into your word and start seeing  A renewed view of the world through your eyes and not my own. Lord I ask that you would give me in the very toughest of circumstances that I face ahead of you of the situation from your perspective, Lord and help help my heart and mind nowhere to pour my energy which really comes from you Lord. I pray all of this in Jesus Christ name amen.Seeing our circumstances through gods eyes

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Turning back to God

S-Ezekial 18
14 “But suppose that sinful son, in turn, has a son who sees his father’s wickedness and decides against that kind of life. 15 This son refuses to worship idols on the mountains and does not commit adultery. 16 He does not exploit the poor, but instead is fair to debtors and does not rob them. He gives food to the hungry and provides clothes for the needy. 17 He helps the poor does not lend money at interest, and obeys all my regulations and decrees. Such a person will not die because of his father’s sins; he will surely live. 18 But the father will die for his many sins—for being cruel, robbing people, and doing what was clearly wrong among his people.

19 “‘What?’ you ask. ‘Doesn’t the child pay for the parent’s sins?’ No! For if the child does what is just and right and keeps my decrees, that child will surely live. 20 The person who sins is the one who will die. The child will not be punished for the parent’s sins, and the parent will not be punished for the child’s sins. Righteous people will be rewarded for their own righteous behavior, and wicked people will be punished for their own wickedness. 21 But if wicked people turn away from all their sins and begin to obey my decrees and do what is just and right, they will surely live and not die. 22 All their past sins will be forgotten, and they will live because of the righteous things they have done.

O- Ezekiel is speaking to the Israelites who have been exiled and are facing the consequences of their sin. But he is also speaking to the Next Generation who will be brought back from exile. He speaks of the child of the parent who sins. Do they pay the price? we know that answer , though we sometimes suspect that the children will pay the price, however even Jesus when he healed the blind man did not say he was blind from the parents sins but so that God may be glorified. So it is here also that the generation that follows the Exile will be blessed and provided for by God the Father. But the same warning is still there that the child who rejects the parents ways and follows God's ways will be blessed, but should they fall back into Old patterns and behaviors there still will be consequences for what they're doing.

A-.  The application for me is to understand that I do go through Seasons where I fall away from God and need to be corrected back. God's Grace has always received me in my seasons of of wandering as long as repentance and correction is my heart and mind. So the application for me is simply to know that in a season where I feel in God's will, following God's ways I must be mindful of the small slow fade away from his ways that occurs as life's busyness worries and fears can drive us from God's best in our lives.

P- dear heavenly father thank you Lord for today's scripture, thank you for the reminder Lord of your promises through prophets like Ezekiel through examples like the Exiles experience in Babylon. I pray Lord that you would help me to be a discerning person who understands when I am wandering away from your ways, and when my mind and I can't see it please Lord send the Holy Spirit to prompt my heart change my ways and bring me to repentance. I pray all this in Jesus Christ name amen.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

A high priest in heaven, a fleet of priests her on earth

S - rev 5
And when he took the scroll, the four living beings and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp, and they held gold bowls filled with incense, which are the prayers of God’s people. 9 And they sang a new song with these words:

“You are worthy to take the scroll
    and break its seals and open it.
For you were slaughtered, and your blood has ransomed people for God
    from every tribe and language and people and nation.
10 And you have caused them to become
    a Kingdom of priests for our God.
    And they will reign on the earth.”

O- my observation today is may be shallow but I know Revelations is deep in meaning.  In this setting we see Jesus the Lamb of God in heaven opening up the scroll and I'm thinking that scroll is list of those who are saved. And those who are saved ie who give themselves to Christ to become children of God they will now represent the high priesthood on Earth,  answer the high priest in heaven Jesus. You see in the Old Testament times the high priest for out of the family of Aaron or the Levites and were chosen because of they were born into it. Their leadership and intercession for the people of Israel at times was good but always seem to find a way to deteriorate. God's Eternal plan was to have Jesus be our high priest hand those who serve under him on Earth R Us who have been born again into this priesthood. What that means is we are given the responsibility than as Christians who are saved to go forth and do the work of the savior. That work is that of a priest who intercedes for those people who are separated from God. We as Christians are to attempts to close that Gap by letting people know who God is what Jesus Christ has done for our life and walking them towards God the Father and Jesus the son.

A - the application for me is just understand my role here on Earth. I have a Colleen based on my being saved and now Jesus Christ is my Lord. My Lord desires that I serve him here on Earth as his representative and therefore in my daily activities I must keep that perspective in the Forefront then dealing with people when correcting people when loving people.

P- dear heavenly father I asked that you would just help me Lord in this season I'm in to stay focused to stay aligned with you and to fulfill the calling you were calling me to be as a Christian here on Earth as a leader here in the Navy in the shipyard in this town in Bremerton and Lord I would just ask that you would just grant me peace and wisdom to lead your people both those that know you and those that don't. In Jesus Christ name I pray amen.